Don't Forget the Cover Letter

02 August 2012 / Chart Reviews / Comments Off on Don't Forget the Cover Letter

There is usually some sort of cover letter. The letter comes in two basic flavors.

The first is the standard form letter printed asking the doctor to please review the attached medical records and render a supplemental opinion. Fairly standard.

The second type of letter is a much more spirited document. Typically it will introduce you to the documents in a specific manner, "From Dr. O'Hara's November 6, 2010 office visit note you will be interested to find that the employee actually reported seven prior industrial injuries and had disability well in advance of working for ACME Business".

Take a quick mental note of which cover letter flavor you receive, because clearly the two present very different expectations on the chart review.

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