Defensive Charting: A Legal Perspective on the Do's and Don'ts of Documentation 

Many health professionals struggle with creating adequate and thorough charting. By the time a case reaches an attorney's desk, there are often omissions, misspellings, inconsistencies, or failures in following up. Examples will be used to help illustrate charting's impact in the judicial setting and how to avoid common pitfalls associated with poor documentation.


Educational Objectives

• Review proper medical charting procedures and techniques

Identify common mistakes in charting

Explain the legal impact of documentation errors


Doug Bitner, JD is an attorney in Indianapolis and a partner in the law firm Stoll Keenon Ogden. His practice focuses on defense of health care professionals, with a specialty of representing medical professionals who are sued by incarcerated or detained individuals for medical malpractice or violation of their civil rights. He is a highly rated speaker at NCCHC conferences and has given many presentations on risk management and litigation for jails and prisons.

Webinar Fee:

$65 ($55 for CCHPs), includes access to the power point presentation, the webinar recording and CE credit – 1.00 hours for ACCME, ANCC, APA, and CCHP.

Continuing education credit (1.00 hours) available for:

Nurses: The National Commission on Correctional Health Care is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

NCCHC designates this educational activity for 1.00 contact hours.


Physicians: The National Commission on Correctional Health Care is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. NCCHC designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Psychologists: The National Commission on Correctional Health Care is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. NCCHC maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This educational activity has been approved for up to 1.00 hours of credit.


CCHPs: Certified Correctional Health Professionals may earn up to 1.00 contact hours of Category I continuing education for recertification.


Social Workers, counselors and others: When evaluating the presentation, select the “General” category, print your certificate, and use it to report directly to your certifying board. 

Financial Disclosures:

Mr. Doug Bitner, has no financial disclosures. No education committee members have disclosed any financial interest or relationships with a commercial entity.


NCCHC Education Committee

Sylvie Stacy, MD, MPH, CCHP-CP (chair)

Patricia Blair, PhD, JD, CCHP-RN, CCHP-A (vice-chair)

Joel Andrade, PhD, LICSW, CCHP-MH

Sharen Barboza, PhD, CCHP-MH

Eileen Couture, DO, RN, CCHP-P

Todd Haiken, MPA, EMT, CCHP

Amy Jo Harzke, DrPH

Keith Ivens, MD

Michael Johnson, DDS, MPH

Susan Laffan, RN, CCHP-RN, CCHP-A

Tami Rodriguez, PharmD

Lori Roscoe, DNP, PhD, CCHP-RN

Samuel Soltis, PhD, MHA, CCHP

Staff Liaisons: Toyin Alaka, Kim Sterling, MBA, CAE

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When and Where
  • 12/14/2023 1:00 PM CST
  • 12/14/2023 2:00 PM CST
  • Webinar
  • Chicago
  • IL