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Tip of the week: Set up alternate forms of recordkeeping during a disaster

Credentialing Resource Center Insider, April 6, 2012

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During a disaster, volunteer physicians are required to keep a ­record of the patients they see and treat. If there is a power outage, physicians may have to use paper medical records to document patient care. Medical staff offices should provide physicians with these forms at the beginning of the day, and physicians should be instructed to return all patient care forms to the medical staff office at the end of the day for recordkeeping.

Plan out ahead of time how these records can be stored safely during the disaster. According to Anne Roberts, CPCS, CPMSM, senior director of medical affairs at Children's Medical Center in Dallas, her organization has a fire-safe, waterproof lockbox at each facility that has been identified as a potential central reporting area in the event of a disaster. Each box contains preprinted ­volunteer badges and stickers for various specialties, along with forms to collect provider information.

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