What is a Medical Chronology and its Importance

Posted by Bonnie Miller on April 22nd, 2021

A Medical Chronology is a report which offers a compact, factual and informative summary of the medical treatment of the patient. If you work as an attorney, you must have been juggling multiple cases and browsing through heavy volumes of medical records can be time-consuming. Service providers who offer medical chronological services have team experienced in reviewing and analyzing medical records and create custom chronologies as per your need. A Medical Chronology can be helpful to attorneys for understanding what happened to the client and the type and condition of the injuries and medical treatment. Additionally, Medical Chronology can be helpful as a tool to the insurance carrier to help in making the settlement of a claim easier and fast. Medical chronologies can be used in litigation if a settlement cannot be achieved pre-suit, such as to preparation for a deposition or trial.

Items of a Medical Chronology

  • A brief narrative of all the relevant medical encounter and treatment.
  • The treating medical provider’s comments regarding the cause of the injuries, diagnosis, and permanency are covered in a medical summary.
  • The records pertaining to a hospital visit or stay and thereafter treatment details by physicians and physical therapists are summarized, coupled with the results of diagnostic tests and imaging.
  • Highlights of any major events are mentioned.
  • Includes a synopsis of the medical bills and expenses.
  • It is tailored to suit your needs.

In some cases, it may consist of a separate letter to the attorney mentioning about the red flags, missing records, and any records which may not be relevant to the claim. Medical summaries may be enhanced with tables and charts, along with hyperlinks to the records.

Process and Features of a Chronology include

  • Sorting and categorization of medical records.
  • Creation of a thorough text-based medical record summary that is easy to understand, written chronologically, and highlights the critical aspects of the record.
  • Option to add highlighted post-its or notes.
  • The critical area of the records summary is also highlighted.
  • Accurate capture of the date of each procedure, record, treatments, and other custom data fields.
  • A log is created of the deleted records after the deletion of the duplicate records.
  • Can be delivered in PDF format or WORD format. PDF format includes options for bookmarking to index by user-defined keywords or categories, hyperlinks for quick navigation to the source pages, Definitions of medical terms, and lastly identification of statements by the client regarding the accident.

Advantages of a Chronology

  • The time spent by the reviewer is reduced by over 60%.
  • Attorneys can focus on other important case-related matters, including, proving liability, causation, and damages as the time to study medical records is effectively reduced by chronological records.
  • These are designed by experienced medical records reviewers, doctors and nurses, and professionals with medical coding certification.
  • For a full understanding of all treatment, it is focused on accurate summaries.
  • Custom reports which are easily understood.

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