In the interest of thoroughness and stringent commitment to the confidentiality of patient health information, Group Health all but requires the use of their own particular authorization form in order to release protected health information (PHI). If you attempt to request records from Group Health with something other than the Group Health Legal Release Form, your chances of gaining compliance to your request are rare indeed. For this reason, it is highly recommended that you utilize the Group Health Legal Release Form for any medical records requests made to Group Health. The Group Health form is updated periodically and MEDRECS keeps a keen eye out for any updates to the form to ensure that the forms we provide access to contain all the most recent verbiage. The most recent Group Health form includes authorization language for sensitive information. This form, and dozens of other facility-specific authorization forms, can be found in a reliable and up-to-date format on MEDRECS website.
Happy 2013 to all of our family and friends! We are looking forward to another successful year of service and dedication to the legal community.
We would like to start the year off with our first installment of the MEDRECS Tips to Remember series for medical records retrieval. Click here for our free white paper which contains helpful reminders for requesting medical records for auto-accident injury cases and on-the-job injury cases:
We periodically post white paper downloads through this blog so stay tuned for more helpful tips from your friends at MEDRECS!
MEDRECS is a trusted leader in the records retrieval industry and this download offering is just one way of showing our appreciation and support for our customers and the legal community as a whole.
Medrecs is a family — not only are we family-owned and operated, but many here have been with Medrecs for 20 years or more. In fact, we recently calculated that our long-term employees represent over 152 years of experience in the industry!
May you enjoy a happy and joyous holiday and a prosperous new year — from our family to yours!
MEDRECS is monitoring the recent outbreak of fungal meningitis which has been linked to tainted lots of Methylprednisolone Acetate (PF), an injectable steroid mixed and distributed by the New England Compounding Center in Massachusetts. It appears that most of the victims received spinal injections of the steroid to treat chronic back pain, and a few victims received injections of the steroid in other joint locations. As of this writing, there are over 370 confirmed cases of fungal meningitis and 29 reported deaths across 19 states (according to the Center for Disease Control), with the largest number of cases being reported in Tennessee, Michigan, Virginia, and Indiana.
This terrible outbreak is not the first of its kind, unfortunately. We are reminded of past outbreaks of disease related to tainted food/medicine, most recently the salmonella outbreak of 2009 linked to contaminated peanut butter produced by the Peanut Corporation of America in its Georgia, Texas, and Virginia plants. That outbreak prompted one of the largest recalls of a food product in US history, sickening more than 700 and killing 9 people across 46 states.
During the 2009 peanut butter litigation, attorneys across the country were mired in the daunting task of retrieving voluminous sets of medical and billing records within a strict time frame with very limited resources (on average, a paralegal can spend 30 hours retrieving medical and billing records for a single patient). Many of these firms turned to MEDRECS for help retrieving records. “I remember working with one attorney who had so many medical records to retrieve, her paralegal just sent us an Excel spreadsheet and we took it from there,” explains one MEDRECS account representative. Another MEDRECS team member also remembers working on the peanut butter cases: “It was satisfying to me to spend my day working on these cases, then read the latest news at night and think ‘at least I’m doing something to help.’”
Our hearts go out to the victims of this fungal meningitis outbreak. We wish a speedy recovery to those who have fallen ill, and we offer our sincere condolences to the family members who have lost loved ones.
(Infographic courtesy of Buckfire Law.)
UPDATE (November 9, 2012)
The total number of confirmed cases of fungal meningitis tied to this outbreak is now 424 with 31 deaths. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families.
On October 18th, Washington Defense Trial Lawyers (WDTL) presented its prestigious and peer selected 2012 Attorney of the Year Awards at the Seattle office of Dorsey & Whitney, LLP. MEDRECS was there to join in the celebration and we would like to congratulate the following award recipients:
2012 Defense Attorney of the Year (co-winners):
Daniel F. Mullin, Mullin Law Group, PLLC
M. Colleen Barrett, Barrett & Worden PS
2012 Defense Associate Attorney of the Year:
Adam Rosenberg, Keating, Bucklin and McCormack, Inc., PS
2012 Plaintiff Attorney of the Year:
Steven G. Lingenbrink, Lingenbrink Law
We would like to tip our hats to these outstanding lawyers for their tenacious advocacy and commitment to the highest standards of professionalism in their practice. These attorneys have made invaluable contributions to the legal community in the State of Washington, one of the most respected and vibrant legal communities in the nation.
From all of us here at MEDRECS, congratulations!
Welcome Back to the MEDRECS Blog! Please consider this a forum for all things Record Retrieval. Medical Record Retrieval is the core expertise of MEDRECS, Inc. and we want to share our knowledge and experience with you in hopes of improving the record retrieval experience for all parties involved: attorneys, patients, clients, adjusters, and healthcare professionals. Medical Record Retrieval is difficult enough even with all of the resources, skills, knowledge and support of a company like MEDRECS, but it can prove to be extremely cumbersome and perplexing if you jump into it without equipping yourself with the tools and knowledge necessary for a successful retrieval campaign.
Now enter the birth of the MEDRECS blog: the intent of this blog is to fill a much needed space where information and discussion relating to medical record retrieval can flow. This means that we would love to hear from all of you! Please feel free to post comments relating to your strategies and successes in your record retrieval effort.
Let us initiate this new Blog with a few key things to remember when preparing for a record retrieval effort:
1) Specific Authorization Forms –
Not all facilities were created equal – i.e. some accept multiple forms of authorization, while others reject all forms of authorization except their own. It is always a good idea to check your facility list with MEDRECS up front in order to determine whether any facilities will require their own specific authorizations. This can save a significant amount of time in the long run! To see a list of facility specific authorizations please visit http://medrecs.com/Resource/FormsDownload
2) Reconcile the medical records with the billing records
This will determine if anything crucial is missing from the record set. This falls under the “record collection best practices” category. It is a reality in the industry that healthcare Providers do not always release all information in their possession, as is explicitly requested in the authorization. There are many reasons for this, not least of which is accidental non-disclosure of all information. The record retrieval service will sometimes notice that key information is missing from a record. But it is best practice to review the records carefully to ensure that all requested information is contained within.
The MEDRECS Blog is live!
Welcome all to the MEDRECS, Inc. Medical Record Retrieval Blog. This blog is created to be a one of a kind forum for all things record retrieval. We invite you to visit this site to read, link, and share with colleagues, post your ideas, issues, projects, and conundrums regarding your record retrieval efforts. We hope this blog will help decipher some of the complexities and confusion surrounding this topic. Stay tuned!
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