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Web FAQ

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: October 2002

Who can authorize the release of patient health information on behalf of a deceased patient?
The individual authorized to consent to the release of patient health information on behalf of a deceased patient varies by state.
Usually, the personal representative of a deceased patient (execu....

Web FAQ

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: October 2002


If the deceased patient had a sexually transmitted disease (STD) such as HIV, are the standards for release of information more rigid?
The release of patient records containing evidence of sexually transmitted disease is governed by state law. In the absence of state law to the contrary,....

Web FAQ

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: October 2002


Is the authority to consent to the disclosure of patient information different when it identifies the deceased as an alcohol or drug abuser?
The Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records regulation (42 CFR 2) applies to patient drug or alcohol abuse information obtained by....

Web FAQ

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: October 2002

How should we handle requests for birth information by adoptees?
Adoption is a statutory procedure governed entirely by state law.1 Although birth records are sealed, most states allow adoptees to get information about their birth parents but prohibit access to data that could be used to ident....

Web FAQ

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: October 2002

I am looking for productivity standards for health information management (HIM) functions in an acute care facility. Where can I obtain these?
Organizational nuances and practice differences generally require organizational customization to achieve optimal productivity standards. Variances in....

Web FAQ

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: October 2002

What is the recommended practice for handling lost or missing paper records?
It is prudent to begin reconstruction immediately when you are sure the information is missing since it is unknown whether the original records or components will be recovered. Notify risk management and your malpract....

Journal Q&A (9/02)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: September 02, 2002


Q: What is a virtual shredder?
A: The phrase "virtual shredder" refers to software that recognizes deleted files and overwrites "free" space with random information to prevent recovery of the original material.


When you delete a computer file, that area on the disk is mark....

Journal Q&A (9/02)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: September 02, 2002


Q: What is a critical access hospital?
A: By definition, a critical access hospital (CAH) is located more than 35 miles from any hospital or other CAH or is certified by the state as being a necessary provider of healthcare to residents in the area. In mountainous terrain or in areas with....

Journal Q&A (9/02)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: September 02, 2002


Q: Are there alternatives to traditional passwords and biometric identifiers that make passwords secure yet easy to remember?
A: Most people have a difficult time remembering passwords and personal identification numbers, yet the human brain appears to be amazingly effective at rememberin....

Journal Q&A (9/02)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: September 02, 2002


Q: A developmentally disabled adult was recently admitted to our hospital. The patient was accompanied by his older sister. The sister indicated her brother could not write but that he could draw an "X." Because the patient doesn't have a court-appointed guardian and his parents are deceased,....

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