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30 July 2015 at 8:10:11 PM
Two different employees that were treated entirely differently from Ray Reynolds, admin at Glen Rose Medical Center. One, Shelley Turk, along with her husband, was concerned about hospital safety and pushed for some changes to ensure that patients could have confidence in the treatment they are getting. She was fired.
The other one, Liz Morgan, stole money from a church, Cottonwood Baptist Church of Somervell County, Texas. She did it for a period over 2 years. . Originally, when she was brought in on a warrant, she pleaded Not Guilty but eventually changed that to Guilty of a 3rd degree felony, with a plea bargain that leaves her on probation for the next 10 years, and unable to expunge her record when deferred adjudication eventually takes place. The second employee holds a Director level position in charge of patient records AND is the HIPAA officer. This means that she is charge of sensitive and private information. A person, again, who pled guilty to a 3rd degree felony. THIS woman still works for the hospital, again, in a DIRECTOR level position.
WHY? What kind of screwed up place is Glen Rose Medical Center that ignores honest, concerned doctors and nurses while favoring someone who stole money from a church, of all places? I am not a religious person but I believe that the kind of person that would steal money from a church has less scruples than, say, someone who steals money from a convenience store, because presumably one would have a higher level of morality at a church than simply generally. Guess not. Why would Glen Rose Medical Center's administrator believe that is a good idea?
I don't personally think people should have to suffer forever for mistakes they make, even when this appears not to be a spur of the moment felony done in haste but done over more than a 2 year period. WHEN someone a person receives, as Liz Morgan did, deferred adjudication, with the condition that she live up to the terms of her probation for ten years, AT THAT POINT, she will be free and clear with the exception of always having an available record showing she pled guilty to a 3rd degree felony by stealing over 55k from a church. UNTIL THEN, why in the world should she have the position of a director in charge of patient records AND be the HIPAA officer? I know I sure don't feel comfortable knowing there is someone at the level of Director working with such sensitive information as patient records and HIPAA privacy. Why isn't GRMC concerned?
Here is a description of what a HIPAA privacy officer does.
and here's a description of a medical records manager.
Medical Records Manager Job Description
Medical records managers are responsible for maintaining and securing all written and electronic medical records within a facility's medical records department or its equivalent. They also ensure that information contained in the record is complete, accurate, and only available to authorized personnel. Other duties include overseeing personnel for the entire department, which can include medical record technicians (also known as health information technicians), medical coding specialists, cancer registrar coders, medical secretaries, and file clerks. Medical records managers also collect data for medical research and for calculating hospital occupancy rates.
Daily Job Duties
Medical records managers supervise, guide, motivate, and evaluate their employees--all while implementing department policies. They also conduct job interviews, hire staff, and train new personnel. Other ongoing tasks may include keeping abreast of any new computer technologies or new regulations enacted by Medicare, Medicaid, and insurance companies. This information is then delivered to all employees by e-mail, written correspondence, or interdepartmental meetings. Medical records managers also handle fiscal operations, such as bookkeeping, budget planning, and authorizing expenditures for new equipment and supplies.
Requirements for a Medical Records Manager
To become a medical records manager, an individual must earn a four-year bachelor's degree in health information management through a university program accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Accredited programs ensure that students are eligible to sit for the national certification exam to receive the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) credential. The RHIA exam is administered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and covers such topics as medical ethics, medical law, statistics, medical record privacy procedures, medical coding systems, medical record administration and pathophysiology. The 4-hour exam consists of 180 multiple-choice questions, which is scored on a pass-or-fail basis (www.ahima.org)
P.S. At the Somervell County Hospital District Board meeting on July 30 2015, Paul Harper made a motion after a closed session to terminate the employment of Liz Morgan, with no second. Seems that Glen Rose Medical Center has no problem with people who plead guilty to 3rd degree felonies working in high level positions. I do. I WANT a hospital here in Glen Rose, but sheesh, you'd think the people in charge would have some common sense. guess not!
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