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Journal Q&A (10/98)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: October 02, 1998


Q: As an RRA and an assistant director of an HIM department in the northeastern US, where can I find pertinent salary information?

A: The results of AHIMA's annual membership profile, published in AHIMA Advantage (June 1998), provide this information. The information als....

Journal Q&A (5/98)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: May 02, 1998


Q: The facility that I work for is planning to use an outside copy service. How can we be sure it will protect our patient information?

A: Start by evaluating the potential companies to ensure that they are reputable and provide quality services. Next, ask the various ....

Journal Q&A (5/98)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: May 02, 1998


Q: I am currently employed by an organization that is implementing a long term care demonstration program for the frail elderly. I am in charge of the database for the demonstration. I'm writing policies and procedures for release of information and confidentiality and would like t....

Journal Q&A (5/98)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: May 02, 1998


Q: With the revised method of calculating my delinquent rate for Joint Commission, are undictated operative reports (Ops) and H&Ps counted as delinquent?

A: Even though the Joint Com-mission's standard on how to calculate delinquency rates changed, the standards regardi....

Journal Q&A (4/98)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: April 02, 1998


Q: I am trying to find out if AHIMA has any position on the names and room numbers of hospitalized patients being left unattended at an information desk in a hospital lobby. If just the name and room number—no other information such as age, religion, etc.—is listed so that vi....

Journal Q&A (4/98)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: April 02, 1998


Q: I'm looking for any information regarding the identification of duplicate medical record numbers, or any articles that might address the process of merging MPI systems. Can you help me?

A: See AHIMA's practice briefs on master patient indexes: "Master Patient (Pers....

Journal Q&A (4/98)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: April 02, 1998


Q: I have a deposition scheduled for next week. The issue at hand is whether a preprinted manufacturer's instruction sheet on how to use a piece of medical equipment should be a part of the medical record. Our position is that it should not be included because it does not reflect ....

Journal Q&A (4/98)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: April 02, 1998


Q: I have a practice question regarding sharing patient information with the state Department of Insurance. The ambulatory surgery center for which I work is having difficulty with several managed care companies that are not reimbursing our facility according to our contracts. It was....

Journal Q&A (3/98)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: March 02, 1998


Q: In light of last year's changes to the Joint Commission's standard on delinquent records, how do I compute my delinquent record rate?


A: Last year the Joint Commission reduced the prescriptive nature of the language regarding delinquent records. Only the total number of ....

Journal Q&A (3/98)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: March 02, 1998


Q: Cellular phones are very popular and are a convenient way to increase communication. Should we place any restrictions on the use of cellular phones to discuss patient information?

A: Cellular phones operate on radio frequencies, which means anyone tuning into that f....

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