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Monthly Archives: November 2014

What to Avoid When Maintaining Medical Records

What to Avoid When Maintaining Medical Records

Given the fact that providers have to maintain patient medical records adequately, especially to facilitate medical record review, there are a few snares that they should avoid. Here are some considerations. Unreadable records: Make sure that the medical records, if handwritten, are legible and the information entered is accurate. A reviewer should find it easy … Continue reading What to Avoid When Maintaining Medical Records

Exchangeable and Fully Functional EHRs – A Firm Stride Towards Improved Care Provision

Exchangeable and Fully Functional EHRs – A Firm Stride Towards Improved Care Provision

Digital technology has dramatically transformed the world we live in and the way we communicate. Tablets, smartphones and web-enabled devices rule the world today, and are proving to be especially beneficial in the field of Medicine, where information is paramount. Electronic health records allow a seamless flow of information and bring a positive impact on … Continue reading Exchangeable and Fully Functional EHRs – A Firm Stride Towards Improved Care Provision

Use of Medical Records in Criminal Defense and Prosecution

Use of Medical Records in Criminal Defense and Prosecution

Medical evidence is very important with regard to criminal cases. It is only through a comprehensive medical record review that attorneys can get a clear idea of the case they are handling, and prepare their argument accordingly. In recent news it was reported that the Commonwealth’s attorney’s office filed a motion in Barren Circuit Court … Continue reading Use of Medical Records in Criminal Defense and Prosecution

Medical Review Service for Insurance Defense Paralegals

Medical Review Service for Insurance Defense Paralegals

Insurance defense paralegals working in an insurance defense litigation firm form part of the larger team comprising attorneys and secretaries working on various cases. Their work is quite fast-paced with little time to spare amidst complex and challenging legal questions. Often, paralegals are entrusted with case management that involves keeping track of documents, deadlines and … Continue reading Medical Review Service for Insurance Defense Paralegals

Medical Records as Proof-bearers of Medical Negligence

Even the minutest negligence in a hospital setting can trigger a series of fatalities and therefore needs to be prevented at all costs. Take the case of the recent Ebola case in the U.S. Reports say that the patient Thomas Eric Duncan’s medical records that were given to the Associated Press by his family present … Continue reading Medical Records as Proof-bearers of Medical Negligence

Electronic Health Records and the Incompatibility Question

Are doctors being turned into clerks with electronic health record implementation? While physicians agree on the good points of EHRs, many of them feel that their documentation burden is considerably increased with this type of record entry. It interferes with their role as clinicians and robs the time they ought to spend in direct engagement … Continue reading Electronic Health Records and the Incompatibility Question

Complying with HIPAA – Important Pointers for Law Firms

Complying with HIPAA – Important Pointers for Law Firms

Medical records are an indispensable requirement for attorneys during the prosecution of their case. When handling protected healthcare information (PHI), attorneys have to comply with state laws concerning patient privacy and also with federal regulations found in the HIPAA Act of 1996. The “Omnibus Rule” published in 2013 contains several amendments to HIPAA and incorporates … Continue reading Complying with HIPAA – Important Pointers for Law Firms

Integrated Electronic Health Record Solution for Improved Care Coordination

Integrated Electronic Health Record Solution for Improved Care Coordination

Healthcare organizations are increasingly investing in electronic health records with a view to improve patient care and make it cost-effective. However, many EHR systems are not comprehensive or complete in that they contain only 30 – 50% of patient information. A considerable amount of patient data is contained in document repositories and many clinical IT … Continue reading Integrated Electronic Health Record Solution for Improved Care Coordination