Laura Groshong, LICSW, Director, Policy and Practice
The Impact of “Open Notes” on LICSW Practice
A recent message on the new rule called “Open Notes” created more questions than answers. This article is an attempt to clarify what is a somewhat regulatory, primarily semantic, and largely a continuation of record-keeping for LICSWs. Here is a list of FAQs about the Open Notes rule:
As LICSWs, we know that it is a clinical issue if the patient wants to see what we have written about them and it happens fairly rarely. We also know that it is a best practice, whether we are keeping notes for our own medical record or an interoperable one, to keep notes brief and connected to the treatment goals established for a given patient. If we stick to these practices, Open Notes should not pose a problem for clinical social workers.
Laura Groshong is the Director, Policy and Practice for the Clinical Social Work Association.
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