Add "Emergency Contact" for patients
Most medical practices need to know who the emergency contact is much more often than they need to know who the next of kin is. They are often not the same.
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Most of the patients we see are over the age of 70. Having those contacts on file are used very often in our practice. 1 next of kin is not going to work.
Is this an option to have this added to practice fusion ???
Edward Taubman commented
Definitely need an Emergency Contact (not necessarily the same as next of kin). Also in our present paper chart system that we are migrating from we have a sheet that gives authorization from the patient as to who we do or do not have permission to discuss stuff with.
William Gilmer commented
absolutely true. Need the emergency contact instead of, or in addition to, the next of kin. Not only for "emergencies" but for elderly or impaired who have a power of attorney acting for them.
Ms Carla Stange commented
I had a state inspection this week and was "dinged" for my charts not having an "Emergency Contact" listed. I was told that "next of kin" was not appropriate.
I am facility site reviewer for a health plan and we take away points for not having emergency contact documented. Yes, please make this a priority.
Dr Susan Scharf commented
Yes, I agree. It can't hurt to have next of kin, but Emergency contact is imperative. Thank you.