List two reasons why the HIM Department reviews patient medical records.

by Tannika
(Rydal, Georgia)

What is the answer to this question i can not figure it out and its a question on my paper that is due Sunday.


The Health Information Management Department of a medical facility like a hospital would most likely need to review patient medical records for reasons such as:

  • To code the diagnosis and treatment of services performed on or for patients for billing and statistical reasons.
  • For conducting audits for compliance or quality assurance purposes. This is usually an ongoing regularly scheduled activity.
  • In response to requests from providers or other health care facilities for the patients medical records.
  • For legal reasons such as in response to litigation (lawsuit) by a patient or to support an investigation by a law enforcement agency.

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