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I say go with the online records searches - I had some "fishy" stuff I needed to check out.

Posted By: MTMQ on 2005-07-31
In Reply to: Has anyone ever done a background check? - something's fishy

Tried it on my own via the courts, court clerks, public records, etc., and it took me days and days of weeding, and found out a smidge of info.  Went online and paid $9.95 at one of the common search sites, and found out PAYDIRT! So much info, and all turned out true, that I was amazed! Best $10 I ever spent! This was on a "relative" who was trying to pull a con on an elderly relative.  The elderly relative still fell for the con, but my conscience is free, cause I warned her up front.  Everything we feared has come to pass, but at least we tried to give warnings up front. Found out aliases, financial info as in legal charges for bad checks, property titles, and a whole bunch more! For $10 and all on one form! Then called the court clerks back and verified all info, but I had to have the info first - backwards, as usual!

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It searches specific websites.

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5 minutes or 3 google searches sm
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By the minute...I think I'd do less looking up. If you get docked for QA or a bonus for fewer numbers (I get a bonus for fewer files to QA) that is different. I think you are being ripped off anyway, don't rip yourself off more.
patient records and prisoner records
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Is there a way to do ''wildcard'' searches for medical terms on Google? nm
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DID you check with Social Security& does your son receive a check???

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First of all, let me say congratulations on getting out of a bad situation. I've been there and done that, and I know that it's not easy. Everyone seems to think that it's just an automatic response to leave, and no one seems to understand why a spouse would stay after something like that, but unless they've been there themselves, they just don't understand how hard it is. So {{big hugs}} to you and stay strong.

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Please, stay strong and keep yourself safe. I've been there, and I know it's not easy. You were with this person because you loved them, and that doesn't just magically disappear once they hit you. It would be much easier if it did. Try to prepare yourself for the inevitable crying, apologizing, swearing he'll get help, etc. It can all be very believable and convincing, but trust yourself and your instincts, and if you need to talk, I'm here.
Can top that... in my mom's records
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Are old records from AAMT available??? sm
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Check the classified board here and check
E-bay.  Some companies will provide them for free or a small rental fee. 
Electronic Medical Records?? What do you think? SM

Ok, so I went to my doctor's office today and noticed that they just installed a computer station for all doctors in the clinic to start doing their own records while they are visiting you!  What do you guys think?? Is this the end of our profession or is our profession going turn it to something else..like editing those reports that the doctors have to type.

Is this a real problem or will it be many years from now before it effects us?  Let me know your thoughts.


50, A.S. in Medical Records Technology.
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Look up cyberterrorism in medical records.
Was the person in Pakistan who threatened to post VA medical records on the Internet unless they were paid off with thousands of dollars in cash?  Give me an American with a criminal background check any day.