Record Controls - Record Controls Ashley Hogue HCA/210 Lindsey Jacobs Medical records are necessary to enable a medical facility to have all of a

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Record Controls Ashley Hogue HCA/210 June 12, 2011 Lindsey Jacobs
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Medical records are necessary to enable a medical facility to have all of a persons information to be in one place, and easily accessible. Keeping track of these records can be a difficult task, especially trying to keep up with where the records are at all times, making sure they are kept confidential so that the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA ) guidelines are met and ensuring that privacy is not compromised at any point in time. All medical facilities have their own way of accomplishing these tasks, but there are differences and similarities among all sizes of facility. No matter what size the facility is, each has a responsibility to control the records in the facility and ensure the patients privacy. Small, medium and large facilities each have different places where the files are kept for example, filing cabinets and locked rooms. The numbers of different places vary and can be one location, like in a filing cabinet or many places, like a cabinet, physician’s desk, and locked rooms. Access to these files are sometimes limited to staff of the facility. Controlling access helps if there is an issue with missing files since there are only a few people who could have moved them, therefore making it easier to track them down. When another department needs a record, obtaining that record is often done in
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This note was uploaded on 07/09/2011 for the course HCR 210 taught by Professor Byrnes during the Spring '11 term at University of Phoenix.

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Record Controls - Record Controls Ashley Hogue HCA/210 Lindsey Jacobs Medical records are necessary to enable a medical facility to have all of a

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