Patient records management

November/December 2015 Issue
Putting Pre-Visit Planning Into Practice [Feature]

Patient visits can be more effective if much of the information gathering is done ahead of time.

November/December 2013 Issue
How to Survive an EHR Meaningful Use Audit [Feature]

As part of the meaningful use program, which awards financial incentives to physicians for use of electronic health records (EHRs), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is instituting random audits of incentive recipients. Practices facing these audits are advised to use a combination of careful record-keeping practices, close consultation with EHR vendors, and good relations with the auditors themselves to meet their record requests and avoid any penalties.

May/June 2013 Issue
HIPAA Again: Confronting the Updated Privacy and Security Rules [Feature]

Author explains final "omnibus" rule released from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Jan. 17 that it said would strengthen patient privacy protections, give patients greater control over their health records, and beef up the government’s ability to enforce the regulations.

Feb 2007 Issue
The Dreaded Request for Medical Records [The Last Word]

Sometimes a patient's reasons for leaving aren't as bad as we might imagine.

Feb 2007 Issue
Simple Strategies to Avoid Medication Errors [Feature]

The article describes practical ways physicians can reduce medication-related errors in their practices.

May 2006 Issue
An Introduction to Personal Health Records [Feature]

The author explain what personal health records (PHRs) are and how they can benefit both patients and family physicians. The article will also mention the continuity of care record as providing a PHR function.

Feb 2005 Issue
Practicing Without Paper Charts: One Clinic's Experience [Feature]

The article describes one clinic's experience moving from paper charts to an electronic medical record run on wireless, tablet PCs.

May 2003 Issue
Implementing an EMR System: One Clinic's Experience [Feature]

An account of the major issues involved in implementing an EMR system in a small outpatient residency practice. Examples include pre-planning, configuring software, training staff and redesigning work systems.

Apr 2003 Issue
Making Paper Charts More Efficient [Improving Patient Care]

The article explores how simple interventions can save physicians time. For example, the author has improved the efficiency of her practice's lab reporting process by using standard stamped messages in place of writing those messages by hand.

Apr 2003 Issue
The Integrated Summary: A Documentation Tool to Improve Patient Care [Feature]

The author presents his "integrated summary," a paper-based documentation tool that captures the patient's most crucial data on a single page, and explains how it can assist physicians in providing high-quality, efficient care.

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