A quick reference for the medical transcriptionist, this book provides basic rules of grammar as well as current trends in the field. It's especially useful in searching for help with an obscure rule or in reinforcing a common practice. Using short chapters, this text provides the Do's - the grammatical rule, its exceptions, and its variations, along with examples; and the Don'ts - any common contradictions of that rule. Examples are taken from medical writing rather than general writing.
Easy-to-use format provides numbered topics in each chapter, which are followed by Do's and Don'ts in quick, easy sentences.
Spiral binding allows book to lay flat so MT's can refer to a rule without taking their hands off the keyboard.
Clear examples are given to clarify difficult-to-understand concepts and rules.
New to this Edition
HIPAA Guidelines chapter provides general information about HIPAA legislation, with rules explaining its impact on topics such as e-mail, faxing, patient records, and privacy/security.
Content has been updated to reflect changes in technology (such as use of the Internet), slang terms, and new medical terms that affect the rules of medical transcription.
A table lists dangerous abbreviations to avoid, all banned by JCAHO.
Homonyms and Sound-alike Words in the appendix focus on the many homonyms in medical language that can confuse a medical transcriptionist and cause a document to be transcribed incorrectly, leading to incorrect treatment of the patient.
Appendices are lettered and thumb-tabbed for ease of use, to differentiate from the body of the text.
Content reflects the AAMT style, the standard among major employers of medical transcriptionists.
1. Abbreviations and Symbols 2. Address Formats for Letters and Forms of Address 3. Apostrophe 4. Brief Forms, Short Forms, and Medical Slang 5. Capitalization 6. The Colon 7. The Comma 8. Compounds 9. Dash 10. Drugs and Drug References 11. Editing 12. Electronic Mail 13. Envelope Preparation 14. Eponyms 15. Exclamation Mark 16. Faxing Documents 17. Grammar 18. HIPAA Guidelines 19. History and Physical Format 20. Hyphen Use and Word Division 21. Laboratory Terminology and Normal Values 22. Letter Format 23. Manuscripts 24. Medical Reports 25. Memos, Minutes, and Other Reports 26. Metric System 27. Numbers 28. Obstetric Terms 29. Parentheses 30. Period and Decimal Point 31. Plural Forms 32. Possessives 33. Progress Notes or Chart Notes 34. Proofreading and Revisions 35. Question Mark 36. Quotation Marks 37. Reference Materials and Publications 38. Rules to Transcribe by 39. Semicolon 40. Slang Expressions and Unusual Medical Terms 41. Slash 42. Spacing with Punctuation Marks 43. Spelling 44. Symbols 45. Time 46. Underlining and Italics 47. Vitae Format and Preparation 48. Working From Home 49. Zip Codes Appendices Appendix A Abbreviations Commonly Used Appendix B Selected Abbreviations Appendix C Brief Forms, Short Forms, and Medical Slang Appendix D French Words Used in Medical Records Appendix E Genus and Species Names, Clinically Significant Current Taxonomy Appendix F Homonyms and Sound-alike Words Appendix G Laboratory Terminology and Normal Values Appendix H Latin Phrases Appendix I Plural Forms Appendix J Sound Variations of Syllables Appendix K Unusual Medical Terms Bibliography Index
By Marcy O. Diehl, BVE, CMA-A, CMT, FAAMT San Diego, CA