Navigating Medical Records
Webinar Faculty: Jennifer Grossman, RN, BSN, LNC
July 13, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. (90 minutes)
About the Webinar: There are many challenges when it comes to deciphering medical records. Electronic Medical Record (EMR) formats differ greatly from one hospital to the next, providers handwrite notes that can feel impossible to decipher or medical records arrive highly redacted and missing information. In Navigating Medical Records, Jennifer Grossman, BSN, RN, LNC introduces attorneys to the basics of handling medical records. Attorneys attending this presentation will learn about the systems that medical providers and facilities use to document patient care, how to locate the most pertinent information and determine if information is missing. Discussion will focus on those areas specific to criminal defense medical records including emergency room trauma levels, EMS reports, and laboratory/toxicology results. Attorneys will learn where to find the most concise notes on radiology reports and how to interpret medical terminology, abbreviations and symbols. We will spend time focusing on sexual assault assessment forms, the tests used in these documents and their legitimacy. By the end of the presentation attorneys will have gained a greater understanding of medical records as a whole, know how to determine if they need assistance and who/where they can turn to for medical reviews versus expert witness testimony.
About the Faculty: Ms. Grossman graduated with a bachelor of science in nursing degree (BSN) from Hunter Bellevue School of Nursing. For the last 10 years she has worked as a neurology-neurosurgery Staff Nurse, outpatient Clinical Nurse Manager and Legal Nurse Consultant in New York City. She has experience reviewing medical records from all over the country, giving her vast knowledge of electronic medical records (EMR), medical terminology and chart organization. Over the past 4 years Jennifer has worked independently for the Legal Aid Society in New York, assisting attorneys in their criminal division with medical record review. More recently she has been working independently for the Committee for Public Counsel Services in Massachusetts. Jennifer is a member of the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants and the Medical Reserve Corps of New York. She has been a volunteer at community medical centers in New York and New Orleans. She is dedicated to standing up for the exploited and powerless - to this end she gives free CLE talks on medical record review to public defenders across the country and works independently for public defenders and non-profit legal organizations.