New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, May 17, 1987, Page 5

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

May 17, 1987

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 17, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas New Texas Sunday May Page 5A The McKenna Memorial Part 6 f At personnel director Dana Riedel talks with Red Cross volunteers Pearl Marion and Frances Brawley This is last in a series of departmental overviews about McKenna Memorial Hospital The HeraldZeitung publishes these hospital staffwritten articles as part of the obser vance of National Hospital Week and Texas Hospital Medical Records For thousands of years physicians have recorded clinical observations as private notes to document the clinical and treat ment of their The medical record was generated exclusively for the physicians use in treating the During the past 20 the role Respiratory technician Ray Meek watches Anna Rosales take a respiratory treatment of Pharmacy Karen and Teo pharmacy fill out some prescriptions of the medical record has changed and it now has become a multipur pose Even the number of health care professionals who com municate by way of clinical documentation is increasing as our society becomes more mobile and the number of available ancillary health care services The medical record is used by in surance companies and other third party payers to determine eligibility for benefits and also to determine payment policy on the regional and national level The medical record also serves as a legal document intended to pro tect the the health care pro viders and the The same medical record becomes extremely valuable as a source of information for the education of and medical record Medical records also provide the data necessary for health care pro viders and institutions to evaluate the quality of their performance and level of compliance with govern ment regulations and the standards set forth by a multitude of other regulatory and accreditating agen cies such as the Joint Commission on Accreditation of The Medical Record Department here at McKenna is staffed by ten highly qualified individuals whose education and expertise range from that of the specially trained clerical personnel and medical transcribers to the registered records ad ministrators who hold college degrees in medical record ad ministration and have met the stan dards of excellence for registration with the American Medical Record It is the primary responsibility of the medical record department to protect the right to privacy of all patients treated here at All primary and secondary records are handled with the utmost in keeping with the strict policies and procedures for release of informa tion set forth by the medical record Gwenn admissions assists admissions clerk Lucia go over admission papers department and hospital ad Only those persons duly aulhorix ed are allowed access to patient in formation and special care is taken to verify the identity of those per sons and to release only that in formation for which there is a bonafide On a routine daily the department is involved in the following types of activities con trolling Hie release ol information and patient records to insurance attorneys and physicians assembling and compil ing records of those iiipationt and outpatients treated the previous day transcribing and posting physi cians dictation and various other reports to the appropriate charts coding and abstracting patient clinical information compiling and analyzing statistical tor ad medical stall govern mental agencies and other re questing providing development and printing of medical record forms lor approval by the medical record committee supervising the timely completion of records by physicians and other care providers processing birth certificate information for City Hall as a courtesy to physicians prepar ing and maintaining special registeries for statistical and pur poses and for followup on the out come of occasionally taking subpoen ed medical records in courts coor dinating quality assurance internal audit activities throughout the hospital systematic review of medical care lor patients current ly in the hospital to ensure ap propriate utilization ol hospital facilities according in regional and national standards 6A Francine assistant director of medical and Becky Carrillo search for files with Bonnie Howell in the medical records area Medical records employees Jan Mary Alice Phyllis and Sandra Heideman and Juanjta heJp patient Lois on her continuous positive motion gait Flanagan Rebecca talk to an Emergency Medical Services technician Helen worlss on Ihf raaeJws ;