Are the following Chart Notes Good or Bad?

Are your clinical records good, bad or ugly?

I audit lots and lots of dental records. I like the challenges of auditing detailed records, as I have to pay close attention to identify potential documentation and billing issues. Unfortunately, and all too often, the records I have to audit are not detailed and result in a lot of red ink on my audit reports.

Common charting that I encounter looks like this:


  • Comprehensive Exam
  • 2 bite wings
  • 2 PA’s


  • Pulp/SSC #A ,B, D, E, F, J, K, L
  • Ext. #C
  • Sealants #S, T


  • Completed planned TX
  • Prescription amox. And T#3
  • NV: 6 mo. Recall

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