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The Case For Medical Transcription Credentialing

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Canada Goose online Could this grievous error have been avoided other ways? Certainly had a nurse noted the amount and questioned it, if a doctor had reviewed the record perhaps disaster could have been avoided. The reality though is that no one did catch the error and the ultimate responsible party would be the physician who didn’t sign the record and the transcription service who perpetrated the error. CPSEs are on the rise today as are major errors in medical records. As a top QA editor for a large company, I caught and flagged probably at least 25 per day. That’s a staggering amount when you consider that the people doing the transcription are considered qualified already! Canada Goose online

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Canada Goose Parka The other problem within the industry today is not as easily understood by many. The advent of speech canada goose engines and voice recognition technology is a great boon to the workforce doing medical transcription. However, with it comes a high price tag the propensity for errors to occur and very easily. Canada Goose Parka

MTs are faced with paragraph after paragraph of text that “looks” right but may have several critical patient safety errors interspersed within the text. A physically taxing job before, MT work now has moved to the mentally taxing. It’s an acquired skill that requires someone to focus on a screen for at least 8 hours per day reading from left to right, watching the bouncing cursor and canada goose store thinking about every single syllable that is presented on the screen. Taking one’s mind off the screen or being distracted for even 1 nanosecond can mean the difference between catching an error and not catching an error 80 versus 8.

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Canada Goose Outlet However, up to the present time, there have been canada goose black friday sale relatively few transcription services who reward their employees for having credentials of RMT canada goose clearance (registered medical transcriptionist) or CMT (certified medical transcriptionist). Even fewer hire only credentialed transcriptionists. Canada Goose Outlet

In all cases, to a person, every single one of them has been rather shocked and not a little alarmed hearing that there are major errors made and critical safety errors that go unnoticed. People tend to believe that their medical records should be preserved and pristine and somehow treated as a sacred part of their life. In reality, who would welcome incorrect allergies or medications being populated in one report which went uncorrected only to show up in five more medical records down the road because the information was taken from the original report with an error in it that was never fixed?

canada goose coats In order to preserve the sanctity of the canada goose clearance sale medical record or the electronic health record, only qualified professionals should have access or be involved in the creation of anyone’s medical record. MTs have access to patient information and can accidentally assign health information to the wrong patient, type in, edit or not edit out an incorrect diagnosis, medications, dosages, surgeries the list goes on and on. Yes, maybe he could do it and yes, maybe he’s really talented. But has he proven his expertise by having a credential behind his name that verifies that he knows his stuff? canada goose coats

buy canada goose jacket cheap Credentialing in the MT world comes in several different forms and at different levels. The beginning MT starts out as an RMT and then after several years of experience, is allowed to sit for the CMT test. There is also a requirement that upon passing either of these two tests and getting one’s credential, it has to be renewed after 3 years. buy canada goose jacket cheap

canadian goose jacket In order to be renewed, in the case of the CMT certificate, the CMT must accumulate at least 30 continuing education credits across four (with two optional) core aspects of the medical world in a 3 year period in order to maintain his or her credential. These include Clinical Medicine, MT Tools, Technology in the Workplace, and Medicolegal Issues. All of these categories are important to the overall integrity of anyone working on medical documents. There are two optional categories CMTs can earn credits in such as Professional Development and Complimentary Medicine (including alternative medicine, acupuncture, etc). canadian goose jacket

canada goose uk shop Just as physicians must keep up with current day practices and provide proof of ongoing education, so must the CMT. The RMT can sit for the CMT exam after completion of the required experience, but cannot advance until they have successfully passed the CMT exam. The CMT who is recertifying can actually earn up to 50 CECs for extra recognition, something I believe is completely achievable by canadian goose jacket anyone and is further reassurance that the credentialing individual takes his or her job very seriously. Simply by requiring MTs to prove that they know their profession and are continuing to embrace new trends and discoveries assures the person most affected the patient a much cheap Canada Goose better outlook in terms of accuracy of their canada goose coats medical record. canada goose uk shop

canada goose Would any of us want a physician’s assistant canada goose deals treating us if he or she did not have a credential behind their name? I know I wouldn’t. Why then should medical transcription be any different and why should unqualified or at least untried individuals practice medical transcription literally without a license? There should be some measure of ability in this highly trained, complicated branch of the medical profession and like every other, it should come with the understanding that to be hired, the applicant has to be licensed. As scandalous as this may Canada Goose Parka sound, the fact that they would be allowed to work on one patient medical Canada Goose Jackets record is frightening to me. Usually these people’s work speaks for itself eventually and they don’t last but the possibility is certainly there canada goose outlet for fraud and deceit. When you’re dealing with something as vital as medical records, it just doesn’t make sense to not have a better process for assuring quality of care at this most important level. Some of the arguments: canada goose.

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