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Monthly Archives: July 2013

Between the Devil and the Deep Sea – the EHR Dilemma

With the promise of financial incentives and the threat of Medicare payment cuts, the federal lawmakers have persuaded physicians and hospitals to adopt electronic health records. The new care and payment models look upon EHRs as a very positive feature. However, medical service providers are in a dilemma with CMS waking up to the fact … Continue reading Between the Devil and the Deep Sea – the EHR Dilemma

Use of Medical Records in Personal Injury Claims

Lawyers handling personal injury lawsuits will have to scrutinize a number of medical records from the various healthcare providers who may have treated the injured person. These records are storehouses of vital information related to the case. They contain the observations of the providers as well as what the patient may have told them. The … Continue reading Use of Medical Records in Personal Injury Claims

Electronic Health Records Pick up Pace in the U.S

As cited at the government’s health and human services website, the U.S has reached a tipping point in adoption of EHR. HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius mentioned this when calling attention to the fact that electronic health records are critical to modernizing the American healthcare system. Already 50% of physicians have adopted EHR, demonstrated meaningful use … Continue reading Electronic Health Records Pick up Pace in the U.S

Identifying Medical Record Components – a Crucial Process in Medical Record Review

Identifying the components in the medical record is an important part of the medical record review process. The major components professional medical reviewers look for in a patient’s medical record include:

  • Patient registration form or patient identification
  • Consent for treatment; consent for invasive procedures (if relevant)
  • Lifetime authorization for Medicare (if relevant)
  • Benefit assignment and release of information
  • Medical history of the patient including drug allergies if any
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