The HITECH Act was developed so encourage the dissemination of health information technology, which was believed to facilitate improved patient and decrease the cost of healthcare for patients. Yet, even though hospitals are receiving incentives and are adhering to requirements placed on them, nursing staff are struggling due to interruption in workflow and loss in productivity due to time spent learning to use an electronic health record. Nurses are also challenged with technical issues that arise, while providing patient care, which limits their access to patient information. Nevertheless, advantages due to exist to utilizing electronic health record, which include less medical errors, and an improvement in the overall health of populations. Additionally, there is a reduced cost of healthcare for patients as less repetition in treatments and labs are done for patients. Nurse educators have a key role in educating nursing staff on requirements of electronic health records and assisting in a smooth transition. A modification to the HITECH Act to address documentation, may assist in better workflow for nurses. Modification could ensure that only pertinent information requires documentation and then healthcare facilities compliant with the HITECH Act could modify their policies to reflect the
Overall, incomplete documentation and delinquent medical records cause inaccurate reimbursement and results in inaccurate gross revenue to the hospital. It can have a negative impact on the hospital budgeting and financial planning process for the hospital. It is for this purpose that every healthcare institution should be purposeful on reviewing the accuracy and completeness in clinical documentation, no matter the cost. Even though, for most physicians, most of their time is focused on the actual care of the patient and there is little to no time to devote to extensive documentation, it is imperative to understand patient care includes both the one-to-one attention and the documentation of said treatment.
It frustrates me what Dr. Anna Pou had to go through with the lawsuits of the Memorial Medical Center incident. As Healthcare professionals, being sued for making the rightful decision for the patient and the hospital is unjust. Healthcare professionals like Dr. Pou, have taken the Hippocratic oath, and one of the promises made within that oath is “first, do no harm”. Hospital’s should not be so quick to make such an important decision of pressing charges to their faculty; more trust should be placed in them. In addition, she made it clear her intentions were just to ‘‘help’’ patients ‘‘through their pain,’’ on national television. While her actions might not be seen as the best decision, she made one and did her best to make the rightful one under such poor circumstances that were out of her control.
“Medical malpractice claims and lawsuits deal with Improper, unskilled, or negligent treatment of a patient by a physician, dentist, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care professional. Negligence is the predominant theory of liability concerning allegations of medical malpractice, making this type of litigation part of Tort Law. Since the 1970s, medical malpractice has been a controversial social issue. Physicians have complained about the large number of malpractice suits and have urged legal reforms to curb large damage awards, whereas tort attorneys have argued that negligence suits are an effective way of compensating victims of negligence and of policing the medical profession. A person who alleges negligent medical malpractice must
When retrieving information from a nurse to update the patient 's file, never share that information to another nurse even if a question is asked. It is against HIPAA, and if a fellow employee overhears, it could cause possibly termination.
The Atlanta Falcons, Alabama Crimson Tide, Cleveland Indians, and Golden State Warriors, and the United States Government. What do they all have in common? Over the last year, they each managed to blow a big advantage and snatch defeat from the jaws of victory when the stakes were the highest.
Different from DNA testing, there are numerous forensic and medical disciplines that have since developed primarily to accommodate the use of indicting criminals. Sabrina Butler’s case, however, also touched up on sensitive topics such as the “shaking baby syndrome” and the so-called “sudden infant death syndrome”. Notwithstanding, little has been discussed regarding the legitimacy of such medical epidemic.
Appropriately modified de-identified data for the 56431 attendee at the various clinics was used for this analysis.
The case of Smith vs. Haugland and the Iowa Heart and Vascular Clinic is a medical malpractice case in which the parties involved include the plaintiffs, a woman named Louetta Smith and her husband Richard and the defendant, a cardiologist named Dr. Frank Haugland and the clinic in which he practiced, the Iowa Heart and Vascular Care Clinic. The plaintiffs sued for malpractice after the defendant performed a procedure on Louetta in which she had complications and irreversible life changing harm. The plaintiffs believed that the defendant performed an unnecessary procedure and that he did not obtain an informed consent.
I n October 2012, Medicare began rewarding hospitals that provide high-quality care for their patients through the new Hospital Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) Program. Hospitals paid under the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) are paid for inpatient acute care services based on quality of care not for the volume of services they provide.
There are five common purposes for medical records. List each of these purposes and provide an example of each in healthcare.
Cruzan v. Director, Missouri Department of Health was the first case heard on the subject of the legal interests of patients in critical conditions. In 1983, Nancy Cruzan, a 25-year-old woman, got involved in a car accident and suffered traumatic injuries to the brain. Following that event, she was in a coma for three weeks then was diagnosed as being in a persistent vegetative state. Her parents request the hospital to cease the supply and according to Legal Information Institute, “hospital employees refused, without court approval, to honor the request of Cruzan’s parents, co-petitioners here, to terminate her artificial nutrition and hydration,
Health Information Management (HIM) is the process of protecting, analyzing, inspecting and acquiring medical information such as health records, each time a patient is seen by a healthcare provider. The HIM professional is an important connection between doctors, nurses, patients, insurance companies and everyone in the medical field. Every time a healthcare professional sees and treats a patient, they record what they observed, how the patient was treated medically, and future steps in the treatment plan discussed between the patient and the healthcare worker. The medical record includes the patient’s symptoms, medical history that includes past, present, and family history, results of studies, such as x-ray reports, or lab results, diagnosis,
I did my job shadowing at Baptist Health in Richmond, KY. I worked with the Charge Capture Supervisor Angie Wallace. The system guides the coder through the coding process, covering the full range of situations from complex oncology treatments to repetitive or typical patient encounters. At any time, the coder can view the comprehensive selection of online references to clarify the situation and make appropriate decisions. Today’s shortage of qualified coders requires organizations to identify ways to maintain coding accuracy and consistency. 3M gives coders the support and confidence they need to follow correct coding rules and guidelines. In addition, screen-specific help and secondary how-to windows answer questions about navigation and
Compliance management in a complicated and ever expanding portion of the Health Information Management (HIM) field. As federal, state and local laws are created and revised, HIM professionals must stay current of not only the regulations but also the consequences of non-compliance. Along with federal, state and local laws, attention must be paid to the guidelines of various accreditation and credentialing bodies.