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Understanding the Patient Intake Process

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Understanding the Patient Intake Process Adrienne Martin HCR/220 Ms. Tucker
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According to Mosby’s Dictionary of Medicine, the intake process is the process in which a person is admitted to a hospital or a clinic, or is signed in as a patient for an office visit with a doctor. Notes are taken on the reason for the visit and identifying information on the patient. Routine procedures are often done such as the taking of the temperature, blood pressure , and sometimes a urine sample. In some practices the intake procedure might also include additional information such as the patient’s basic medical history and previous doctors that they may have seen. Gathering Patient Information: In order to gather the correct information for billing and medical care, an intake nurse needs to obtain information from the patient and double check the information. New patients may have to fill out many forms before their first appointment. There are two types of patients; new patients are patients that have not been seen by the provider before or another provider of the same specialty who might be a member of the same practice. An established patient is one who is a returning patient of the provider or another provider of the same specialty in the same practice within three years. Information for New Patients: There are five types of information that is needed from a new patient: Pre-registration and scheduling information The patient’s medical history
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