Cost-Effective Method of Getting a Report to an Attorney
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Neil Baum, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Urology, Tulane Medical School, New Orleans, LA
Author, Marketing Your Clinical Practice-Ethically, Effectively, and Economically, Jones Bartlett Publishers
Many physicians are working with attorneys and providing expert witness testimony as well as evaluating medical records on behalf of an attorney. These activities generate fees from $300 to $500 hour. It is often difficult to have letters transcribed as quickly as attorneys would like. When an attorney wants a report “yesterday,” you can dictate the letter and ask the attorney’s office to pick up the tape as well as a few pieces of your stationary. The attorney’s office can transcribe the letter on your letterhead and fax it to your office for any corrections or changes. The final letter can then be brought back your office for your signature. Now there is the possibility to send your dictation directly to a typist by e-mail over an ordinary computer network. The Web Dictate Internet dictation software includes an encryption system to ensure confidentiality and HIPAA compliance (http://www.nch.com.au/webdictate/index.html)
Bottom line: By using either of these methods, the attorney obtains the report sooner and your staff is free to work on other medical and clinical activities.