Contact Relationship Management: What does your LNC business want to be when it grows up?

Posted by on Feb 27, 2016 in AALNC, Best Practices, Kari Williamson, Legal Nurse Consultant, Legal Nurse Consulting, MK Consulting, Services

By Kari Williamson, BS, RN, LNCC, CCM MKC Medical Management I recently saw a post by a fellow LNC, inquiring: “How do I best manage leads, names, clients, contacts, supportive colleagues, and others while I grow my business?” What’s a LNC to do? There are many Contact Relationship Management (CRM) platforms which boast a variety of functions—in addition to the ol’ tried and true Excel spreadsheet. Some CRMs are very expensive, while others more reasonable. Excel is on most everyone’s computer, is very versatile and can be effective. So how do you choose what would work best for you? What systems work the best? Does a more expensive tool really give you better results? Click over to the AALNC Presidents Blog to see the full blog...

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Top 5 Traits of a Great LNC

Posted by on Jan 18, 2016 in AALNC, Best Practices, Kari Williamson, Legal Nurse Consultant, Legal Nurse Consulting, LNC

By Kari Williamson, BS, RN, LNCC, CCM MKC Medical Management What a difference 18 years makes. I was a rarity way back in 1997, when I became a Legal Nurse Consultant and it was still a fairly new specialty practice. Hardly anyone knew what an LNC was, much less what to do with us. Nowadays, you can hardly swing a stethoscope without hitting one, and attorneys and claim representatives better realize the value of using a skilled LNC to evaluate a claim or review complex medical records. What makes an LNC great and how do you know? And, if you are a LNC, how do you know if you are providing maximum value to your client? Click over to the AALNC Presidents Blog to see the full blog...

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How are you at telling a story?

Posted by on Jan 9, 2014 in Blog, Kari Williamson, Legal Nurse Consultant, Social Media

I often tell the nurses on our staff, “You have to tell the story with your legal nurse consulting comments.”   I explain that the chronology or medical timeline will mostly tell itself. But it’s the analysis of the medical facts that tells the real story.  It’s expressing the subtleties and nuances buried in the facts that tend to make the difference in the value of an analysis. It is these small, yet important tidbits that really bring into focus the story of the case.  And, it’s the story telling that helps the reader connect with the truth of the case.  This is what helps your analysis sink in and almost come to life. But most importantly it assists your reader in fully understanding the facts about a medical malpractice or liability insurance claim. A story-telling confession I have been stuck in a blog writing rut for months!!  So, I discussed the problem with a biz colleague.  I whined and groused about how I had nothing to write about.  He just looked at me and said, “Just tell the stories.” I thought about it and then replied, “What stories?!”    “The stories within your cases,” he said confidently – and, I might add, a bit smugly. I thought… he was right.  He was telling me exactly what I tell my nurses every day!  I tell them to write about the stories behind our cases. Just tell the story! Hold on to your keyboard!! OK, starting with New Years 2014, MKC will tell stories.  We will post stories for you about rotator cuffs, curious slip and falls, mysterious intervening events, prolonged labor, questionable ED care, missed tumors and the removal of the wrong organs…just to name a few. And through these MKC case stories, you’ll get great information and, we hope, better insights into medical reviews, medical management, legal nurse consulting and all the associated benefits!  You’ll get lots of useable knowledge, great take- aways and helpful tips…such as: Informative tips on how to better understand medical issues What is this “mechanism of injury” thing? And, WHY is it so important? How to best decipher a quirky trauma timeline. How attorneys, insurance claim and risk management personnel can get the most from legal nurse consultants and other experts. What’s in a ‘WORD’? What’s the difference between a CT scan and a MRI? So, stay tuned!  Let us know if you have a story you would be interested in reading about.  And, Happy New Year! Kari Williamson, BS, RN, LNCC, CCM BSN, is the founder and president of MKC Medical Management.  Contact Kari at 865-551-6800 and...

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What Am I?

Posted by on Nov 17, 2010 in Blog, Kari Williamson, Legal Nurse Consultant, LNC, MK Consulting, MKC, Nursing, RN

What Am I?   I am reviewer of records…all kinds of medical records from all kinds of providers. I am registered nurse with additional education in the legal field. amercially reasonable mannersame day loans bad credit no fees I have YEARS of being an active nurse provider in the clinical, insurance and legal arenas I know medical terminology, and can read and understand an operative report. I create medical summaries and chronologies. I help with causality issues and injury-medical relatedness questions. I search for medical/nurse experts across the country. I analyze medical records and documentation. I consult with adjusters and attorneys about liability issues. I use critical thinking and knowledge to help resolve claims and file issues.   I read and write reports….ALOT I do medical literature research I have to know and understand the insurance legal arenas …and the list goes on. What am I? A seasoned Legal Nurse...

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Beginnings

Posted by on Nov 3, 2010 in Blog, Kari Williamson, Legal Nurse Consultant, LNC, MK Consulting, MKC

I started my LNC career many years ago, back in 1994. Back then legal nurse consulting was still relatively new, and there were not many practicing LNC’s.   I actually began reviewing cases for a few adjuster friends who wanted “help” with understanding the medical records in their claims files.  Right from the beginning I realized I LOVED the work.  It was very challenging and really fit with my personality and thought processes. Being a LNC is much like being a detective- a file has many puzzle pieces that have to be sorted out, and then put in to some sort of cohesive order.  I also like the opportunity to help attorneys and adjusters with specific medical questions.  I take great delight in the satisfaction of unraveling a particularly difficult case, and helping to achieve my client goals. Over the years, I developed a unique reporting style that my clients have grown to rely on.  Through ongoing, advanced education, and work opportunities, I have continued to improve my work product.  Many of my current clients have been with me since the beginning, over 15 years ago.  They have richly affected and influenced my career and work products.  Many of the MKC current products and services are a direct response to individual client requests.   I have also shared some my reporting techniques and styles with other nurses along the way, and I continue to be dedicated to helping other nurses who want to broaden their skill sets. I guess the bottom line is that I am passionate about helping others, both professionally and personally.  I like being my own boss, and independent to set my own schedule. And yes, I am one of those crazy small business owners who takes work on vacation to meet a deadline, and will usually always answer the phone!  The other really great thing is- I love what I do!   I have been blessed to work in this industry for many years, and hope that I will be able to enjoy many more to come! I invite you to come along on this blogging journey with me, and begin some interactive feedback and dialogue. I hope you find the blog to be educational, informative and useful. Also, please let me know issues or topics that you would like to learn more...

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