Medical records may also be viewed by others in addition to
the clinician writing the note (198) or other members of an interdisciplinary
treatment team. These include third-party payers, quality assurance/peer
review evaluators, the patient, and, in certain jurisdictions, the
executor of an estate after a patient's death. Furthermore,
records may be part of future or current legal or administrative
hearings, including disability litigation, divorce and custody adjudication,
competency determinations, and actions of medical licensing boards.
Such accessing of patient's medical records needs to be
taken into consideration when documenting the evaluation, formulation,
diagnosis, and plan of treatment.