Perspectives

The Five-Step Process for Assessing Quality of Care

by Excelas8. June 2017 18:10
There are many aspects to building a strong defense, but one crucial factor is using the medical record to paint a picture of the quality of care that was provided. In many cases, the medical record contains much of the information the defense needs. The trick is knowing how to navigate the complexities of the medical record. [More]

Defense Tactics | Issues in LTC | Long-term Care

Three Steps to Building a Successful Wrongful Death Defense

by Excelas11. May 2017 15:17
Defending against a wrongful death claim can prove challenging. Often, the "blame" is directed at the last place the deceased received care, although myriad factors may have contributed to the cause of death. To be successful, the plaintiff must first prove that an event or injury occurred as a result of negligence. Then it must be proven that the event or injury proximately caused or contributed to cause of death. Even with a death certificate, the cause of death can remain uncertain, so an accurate and detailed medical record review is vital. Here are a few recommendations to consider... [More]

Defense Tactics | Issues in LTC | Long-term Care

LEGAL IMPLICATIONS OF CHANGES TO PRESSURE ULCER TERMINOLOGY

by Excelas29. November 2016 12:42
Recent—and controversial—changes to pressure ulcer (now pressure injury) terminology and staging are accompanied by potentially significant legal implications for the healthcare field. [More]

Defense Tactics | Issues in LTC | Litigation Trends | Long-term Care

ARE YOU USING THE CORRECT TERMINOLOGY FOR PRESSURE INJURIES?

by Excelas22. November 2016 10:40
The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP), a not-for-profit organization of pressure injury experts, recently made changes to the terminology and staging system used for the identification and assessment of pressure ulcers. [More]

Issues in LTC | Legal Nurse | Long-term Care | Medical Records | Medical Review

EMR: DETAILS TO WATCH FOR WHEN EXTRACTING RECORDS

by Excelas11. October 2016 09:16
Excelas has retrieved more than 600,000 pages of medical records from a variety of EMR systems and for a variety of projects and has observed some common trouble areas. Be aware of these six top issues when pulling electronic records. [More]

HIPAA | Issues in LTC | Long-term Care | Medical Records

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