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    Is the Cures Act a Game Changer?
    Patients Now See Clinical Notes

    by Pat Folcarelli, RN, PhD, CRICO | 03/31/2021

    Patients already have access to information through patient portals at most hospitals and other institutions. With the arrival of the Cures Act, clinicians and hospitals may notice that there’s increasing activity on those patient portals. It’s also possible there could be some additional questions of the notes. But it still remains to be seen what impact this will have in terms of patients accessing their notes.

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    COVID Delays New Fed Rule Opening Clinical Notes to Patients

    by Margaret Janes, RN, JD, Tom Augello, CRICO | 10/30/2020

    The goal of the act is to provide better provider/patient communication, improve provisions for patient rights and engagement, and reduce patient safety risk. It includes requirements that patients have access without extra charge to all of their medical records. These include clinical notes regarding: consultation, history and physical, procedure, progress, and discharge summaries, as well as imaging/lab/pathology report narratives.

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    Predicting Case Outcomes: Medmal Analysis Turns to the Dollars

    by Tom Augello, CRICO | 09/22/2020

    It’s time for a spotlight on three factors in medical professional liability cases: a lack of a protocol or failure to follow one, patient assessment shortfalls, and documentation problems

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