e Podiatry Consent Forms

Uniform Consent-Form Standard Benefits

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Minimizing Consent-Form Variations


By Dr. David Edward Marcinko; MBA



Although following a bell-shaped standard distribution curve does not protect you from having your surgical consent-forms audited; it can go a long way in establishing your usual-customary-reasonable standard-of-care protocol to a third-party reviewer, quality assurance manager, insurance company, patient attorney, etc.


Consent-Forms Vary


Understanding your options is the first step in visualizing and upgrading the bell-curve. For example, in modern podiatric practice, there are usually several different practice venues. Accordingly, podiatrists encounter patients in at least six different venues that require consent-form use.


More importantly, most of the consent-forms are markedly different at each institution or venue, and some podiatrists don’t recognize the problems that this may cause. So, here is a typical location line-up for the average modern podiatrist:


1.       Multi-specialty group

2.       Clinic

3.       Podiatry office

4.       ASC

5.       Hospital [out-patient]

6.       Hospital [in-patient]


Even more vexing is the fact that most podiatrists use a dizzying combination of the above locations in their professional lives.




It is well known that true patient informed-consent is a collaborative communication process between patient and surgeon. And, it is bi-lateral collaboration; not just the completion of a mere medico-legal form.


Nevertheless, the process is recorded for legal posterity on the consent-form.


Therefore, medical risk-managers, attorneys and insurance agents increasingly believe that consent-forms should have the same “look and feel”, “format and style”, “inclusions and recitations” for each patient; regardless of venue.


In other words, “why should a consent form differ – for the same procedure – when done at different locations? Ceteras paribus.


Self-Evaluation and Need for Consent-Form Improvement


Today, podiatrist’s can review physical charts or electronic medical records [eMRs] to evaluate where their consent-form use falls within the above schematic. And, most podiatrists have noted significant location changes as modern practice continually evolves.


The Bell Shaped Curve


A normal bell-shaped-curve for most podiatrists would probably demonstrate most of the procedural venues spread out fairly evenly over the different locations above; with a smaller number at the top and bottom levels. The majority would be in the third-fourth levels; podiatry office and Ambulatory Surgery Center.




e-Podiatry Consent Forms ™ may be used to standardize your documentation and informed-consent process, regardless of venue, by using professionally prepared Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality [AHRQ] styled forms.




· Using standardized e-Podiatry Consent Forms™, across the entire spectrum of venues, may be a prudent malpractice defense step.

· Using e-Podiatry Consent Forms™ establishes a consistent standard-of-care level for the informed-consent process and related documentation.

· Using e-Podiatry Consent Forms™ may improve patient care quality.

· Using e-Podiatry Consent Forms™ may reduce your professional liability risks.


You, your patients and the profession deserve nothing less than e-Podiatry Consent Forms™.  


TO ORDER: https://epodiatryconsentforms.com/order-form/

Written by Dr. Marcinko

January 4, 2009 at 1:11 pm

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