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Medical Legal Aspects of Medical Records, Second Edition (Volume I)

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  • Author: Patricia W. Iyer, Barbara J. Levin
  • ISBN 10: 1-933264-79-9
  • ISBN 13: 978-1-933264-79-0
  • Copyright Date Ed:  February 1, 2010
  • Pages: 416 pages
  • Binding Information: Casebound
  • Size: 8.5 ✕ 11 Inches (US)

Medical Legal Aspects of Medical Records, Second Edition is the reference of choice for cases involving medical records and their use. The book has been divided into two volumes for ease of finding the information you need. Both volumes have been updated to give you the latest information, as recent changes in legislation and technology have changed the medical records process. The authors have designed this work to give extensive information on the HIPPA policies, standards initiatives, legal use of records, billing and coding, and computerization of records and record keeping systems and how they apply in forensic situations.

Use Volume I to get a comprehensive overview of the medical records process. In any health care situation, records are made, and each situation presents its own unique aspects and challenges. This book explores the many aspects of medical records that apply across all specialties. It is specially designed to complement Volume II.

Use Volume II for in-depth information on many clinical specialties. This book informs you of the specific nature of clinical specialty records and hospital areas of specialty are covered, including chapters on dental, chiropractic, nursing home, pediatrics, medication, and home care. It is specially designed to complement Volume I.

Used jointly, these two Volumes are a powerful tool for your practice and are exceptionally valuable to all those in the legal profession or in law enforcement who deal with medical records on a regular basis.

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Topics Include:

  • Complementary and alternative medicine
  • Dental records
  • Home care records
  • Independent medical examination
  • Office-based medical records
  • Ophthalmology records
  • Emergency medical services records
  • Emergency department records
  • Critical care records
  • Diagnostic testing
  • Intravenous therapy records
  • Long-term care records
  • Medical surgical records
  • Medication records
  • The nursing process and nursing records
  • Obstetrical records
  • Orthopedic records
  • Pain assessment and management
  • Pediatric records
  • Perioperative records
  • Physician documentation
  • Psychiatric records
  • Physical therapy records
  • Rehabilitation records
  • Respiratory care records
  • Skin trauma
  • Medical terminology and abbreviations
  • Internet resources
  • Textbook references
  • Glossary
  • And more!

Use Volume I to get a comprehensive overview of the medical records process. In any health care situation, records are made, and each situation presents its own unique aspects and challenges. This book explores the many aspects of medical records that apply across all specialties.

It is specially designed to complement Volume II. Used jointly, these two Volumes are a powerful tool for your practice and are exceptionally valuable to all those in the legal profession or in law enforcement who deal with medical records on a regular basis.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Generating and Preserving Medical Records
Cynthia L. Northcutt, BSN, RN, JD and Mary Ann Shea, JD, BS, RN
1.1 Introduction
1.2 Definition and Purposes of the Medical Record
1.3 HIPAA and Medical Records: Administrative Simplification, Privacy, and Confidentiality
1.4 Privacy and Confidentiality
1.5 The Field of Health Information Management
1.6 Ownership of the Medical Record
1.7 Standards of Record-Keeping and Patient
1.8 Retention of Medical Records
1.9 Storage and Destruction of Old Medical Records
1.10 Additional or Supplemental Medical Records that May Exist Outside the Main Chart
1.11 Summary

Chapter 2: Legal Aspects of Charting
Patricia Iyer, MSN, RN, LNCC
2.1 Introduction
2.2 Timing of Charting
2.3 Format of Charting
2.4 Content of Charting
2.5 Summary

Chapter 3 : Obtaining and Organizing Medical Records
Patricia Iyer, MSN, RN, LNCC and Jane Barone, BS, RN, LNCC
3.1 Introduction
3.2 Who Asks for the Records
3.3 What Records to Obtain
3.4 When to Ask for Records
3.5 How to Request Records and Other Information
3.6 Initial Intake of Records
3.7 Ensuring Records are Complete
3.8 Organizing Hospital Records
3.9 Organizing Rehabilitation Facility Records
3.10 Organizing Nursing Home Records
3.11 Organizing Physician Office Records
3.12 Organizing Ambulatory Care Records
3.13 Deciphering Records
3.14 Handling of Records
3.15 Summary

Chapter 4 : Analyzing Medical Records
Marguerite Barbacci, BSN, RNC, LNCC, and Patricia Iyer, MSN, RN, LNCC
4.1 Introduction
4.2 Indexing
4.3 Analysis of Medical Records
4.4 Review of Personal Injury Records
4.5 Summary

Chapter 5: Charting Systems
Patricia Iyer, MSN, RN, LNCC
5.1 Introduction
5.2 Source-Oriented Charting
5.3 Narrative Charting
5.4 Problem-Oriented Charting (SOAP)
5.5 PIE Charting
5.6 Focus Charting(r)
5.7 Charting by Exception
5.8 FACT Charting
5.9 Summary

Chapter 6 : Computerized Medical Records
Patricia Iyer, MSN, RN, LNCC and Hilary Flanders, MPH, RN-BC, RRT
6.1 Introduction
6.2 The Paper Chart
6.3 Use of Computers to Prepare Medical Records
6.4 Definitions of Computerized Medical Records
6.5 Status of Computerized Medical Records
6.6 Advantages and Disadvantages of Computerized Records
6.7 Bedside Terminals
6.8 Barriers to the Introduction of Nursing Information Systems
6.9 Implementation Challenges
6.10 Summary

Chapter 7 : Preparing for E-discovery of Electronic Medical Record Information
G. Ann Geyer, Esq.
7.1 Introduction
7.2 The New E-discovery Rules
7.3 Managing E-discovery of EMR Information
7.4 Summary

Chapter 8 : Billing and Coding
Agnes Grogan, BS, RN
8.1 Introduction
8.2 Value of Bill Review in Legal Setting
8.3 Basics of Medical Billing
8.4 Codes
8.5 Coding Responsibilities
8.6 Resources
8.7 Generation of Bills
8.8 Fraudulent Billing
8.9 Miscellaneous Issues
8.10 Summary

Chapter 9 : Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
Marilyn Frank-Stromborg, EdD, JD, FAAN, Kenneth Burns, RN, PhD, Bob Morgan, Esq., and Desirée Bromme Sierens, BA
9.1 Introduction
9.2 History of HIPAA
9.3 Who is Regulated by HIPAA?
9.4 How HIPAA Impacts Medical, Nursing, and Legal Arenas
9.5 Frequently Asked Questions About HIPAA
9.6 The Effect of HIPAA on Healthcare Providers and Law Firms
9.7 Privacy Issues
9.8 HIPAA Case Study
9.9 The Next Phase: Security Rules, Transaction and Code Set Standards, and Identifier Standards
9.10 Conclusion

Chapter 10 : Patient Safety Initiatives and Medical Records
Patricia Iyer, MSN, RN, LNCC and Susan Mellott, RN, CPHQ, FNAHQ, PhD
10.1 Introduction
10.2 The Current Healthcare Environment
10.3 The Joint Commission
10.4 The Joint Commission Survey Process
10.5 National Patient Safety Goals
10.6 NPSG.01: Improve the Accuracy of Patient Identification
10.7 NPSG.02: Improve the Effectiveness of Communication Among Caregivers
10.8 NPSG.03: Improve the Safety of Using Medications
10.9 NPSG.04: Eliminate Wrong-Site, Wrong-Patient, Wrong-Procedure Surgery
10.10 NPSG.05: Improve the Safety of Using Infusion Pumps: Ensure Free Flow Protection
10.11 NPSG.06: Improve the Effectiveness of Clinical Alarm Systems
10.12 NPSG.07: Reduce the Risk of Healthcare-Acquired Infections
10.13 NPSG.08: Accurately and Completely Reconcile Medications Across the Continuum of Care
10.14 NPSG.09: Reduce the Risk of Patient Harm Resulting From Falls
10.15 NPSG.10: Reduce the Risk of Influenza and Pneumococcal Disease in Older Adults
10.16 NPSG.11: Reduce the Risk of Surgical Fires
10.17 NPSG.12: Implementation of Applicable National Patient Safety Goals and Associated Requirements by Components and Practitioner Sites
10.18 NPSG.13: Encourage the Active Involvement of Patients and Their Families in the Patient's Care as a Patient Safety Strategy
10.19 NPSG.14: Prevent Healthcare-Associated Pressure Ulcers (Decubitus Ulcers)
10.20 NPSG.15: The Organization Identifies the Safety Risks Inherent in its Patient Population
10.21 NPSG.16: Improve Recognition and Response to Changes in a Patient's Condition
10.22 Universal Protocol
10.23 The Leapfrog Group
10.24 National Quality Forum
10.25 Institute for Healthcare Improvement Initiatives
10.26 Summary

Chapter 11: Presuit Use of Medical Records
Leilani Kicklighter, MBA, RN, ARM, DFASHRM, CPHRM, LHRM
11.1 Introduction
11.2 Incident Reports and Reporting to Risk Management
11.3 Confidentiality of Incident Reports
11.4 Regulatory Standards
11.5 Sequestering Records
11.6 The Record Is What the Record Is
11.7 Potentially Compensable Events (PCEs)
11.8 Expert Witnesses
11.9 References
11.10 Reviewing the Medical Record
11.11 Insurance Carrier's Involvement
11.12 Summary

Chapter 12 : Attorney Use of Personal Injury Medical Records
Jeffrey I. Zimmerman, Esq.
12.1 Introduction
12.2 Are the Relevant Records Complete?
12.3 History of Injury
12.4 Use of Medical Records
12.5 Analysis of Medical Records
12.6 Communicating with the Physician
12.7 Battle of the Titans, or How to Play David to the Insurance Carrier's Goliath
12.8 Summary

Chapter 13 : Attorney Use of Medical Records in a Medical Malpractice Case
Peter I. Bergé, Esq., P.A.
13.1 Introduction
13.2 The Role Of Medical Records in Evaluating Medical Malpractice Claims
13.3 Pitfalls in Obtaining Medical Records
13.4 Preparing to File Suit
13.5 Use of Records After Suit is Filed
13.6 Use of Records at Deposition
13.7 Use of Records at Trial
13.8 Summary

Chapter 14: Preventing Healthcare-Acquired Conditions Means Never Having to Say You're Sorry
Carol Ann Armenti, MA, JD
14.1 Introduction
14.2 The Healthcare Climate Begs Change
14.3 Financial Climate Motivates
14.4 Payment Implications
14.5 DRA Revisited
14.6 Unintended Consequences
14.7 Documentation Implications
14.8 Summary

Chapter 15 : Tampering with Medical Records
Roy Konray, Esq. and Patricia Iyer, MSN, RN, LNCC
15.1 Introduction
15.2 Substandard Charting
15.3 Suspicious Charting
15.4 Definitions of Spoliation
15.5 Spoliation Inference
15.6 Implications of Spoliation
15.7 Organizing Medical Records
15.8 Techniques for Tampering with Medical Records
15.9 Detection of Tampering
15.10 Strategic Decisions
15.11 Defense of Spoliation Claims
15.12 Summary

Chapter 16: Forensic Examination of Medical Records
A. Frank Hicks, DABFDE
16.1 Introduction
16.2 What Is a Forensic Document Examiner and How Is One Located?
16.3 How Can a Forensic Document Examiner Assist the Attorney?
16.4 The Importance of Knowing the Charting Habits of the Medical Personnel
16.5 Summary

Chapter 17: Forensic Medical Records
Virginia A. Lynch, MSN, RN, FAAN and Jamie Ferrell, BSN, RN, DABFN, CA/CP-SANE, SANE-A, CMI-III, CFN
17.1 Introduction
17.2 Definitions of Forensic Nursing
17.3 Forensic Professionals
17.4 Location and Provision of Forensic Services
17.5 Common Forensic Issues
17.6 Trauma Quality Management (TQM) and Forensic Cases
17.7 Principles of Forensic Documentation
17.8 What Is Forensic Evidence?
17.9 Commonly Occurring Forensic Circumstances Requiring Evidence Recovery
17.10 Bite Marks
17.11 Gunshot Wounds
17.12 Forensic Toxicology
17.13 Sexual Assault
17.14 Ethical Issues and Legal Precedents
17.15 Summary

Chapter 18 : Autopsy Reports
Cyril H. Wecht, MD, JD, Steven A. Koehler, MPH, PhD, and Lone Thanning, MD
18.1 Introduction
18.2 Death Investigation System Developmen
18.3 The Death Investigation Systems in Modern America
18.4 The Stages of Death
18.5 Pronouncing and Criteria for Reporting a Death
18.6 The Death Investigation Team
18.7 The Forensic Pathologist
18.8 Types of Autopsies
18.9 Exhumation of a Body
18.10 Key Components of the Forensic Reports
18.11 Definition: Medical-Legal
18.12 Summary





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Beth C. Diehl-Svrjcek MS RN, CCRN NNP CCM LNCC
Journal of Legal Nurse Consulting

(Text exerpted from review.) Upon turning the initial pages of this textbook, one becomes acutely aware that this publication is an incredible compilation of information essential to the practice of any legal nurse consultant (LNC). Penned by authors well-known for their extensive involvement and long term commitment to legal nurse consulting, Patricia Iyer, Barbara Levin, and Mary Ann Shea, the book had exceptional depth and breadth. It provides a structural foundation for medial legal record review and analysis that encompasses regulatory issues and multiple clinical specialty areas. In addition the reader is privy to the shared knowledge and clinical expertise of 50 contributing authors. These authors represent various disciplines: nursing, law, emergency medicine technology, medicine, pharmacy, chiropractic, dentistry, forensic document examination, and epidemiology. Given the vast array of contributors, the reader may surmise that the flow of the text could be somewhat erratic; however this is not the case. The authors have clearly provided a uniform concept and context upon which the book is written. This text is architecturally sound, with an outlay of information that proceeds in a methodical fashion from fundamental principles of medical record structure/format to a subsequent detailed discussion of clinical specialty areas and forensics. Given that the medical record is the keystone for clinical practice, one cannot underestimate the importance of being thoroughly familiar with how to best interpret, analyze, scrutinize, and reference all of the crucial information contained within such a document. This formidable task is simplified by referencing "Medical Legal Aspects of Medical Records". The book is divided into four major parts that independently cover the essentials of all medical legal aspects of documentation. The four parts are: Part I: Overview; Part II: Outpatient Specialty Areas; Part III: Specialty Areas; Part IV: Forensic Aspects; Interestingly, each chapter leads off with a detailed synopsis referencing specific points of discussion so that the reader can quickly seek the desired information. Throughout the text, tables, illustrations, photographs, and graphic templates of documents serve as practical examples. The frequent "Tips" on virtually every page are refreshing and effective anecdotes to highlight salient pieces for information. Chapter "Endnotes" provide the reader with an alternate listing of resources, if further exploration is needed. (review truncated here) The book concludes with an appendix of medical terminology, Internet resources, textbook references, and a glossary. These four subcomponents, as evaluated separately from the main text are excellent as a stand-alone reference for the practicing legal nurse consultant. In summary, authors Iyer, Levin and Shea have provided the legal and nursing community a comprehensive and worthwhile resource for medical record examination. Whatever your level of competence in legal nurse consulting practice, whether novice or seasoned expert, this publication will be a valuable addition to your reference library.

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