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How and Why to Preserve Health Records During Litigation

Author: Hedges, Ron

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2014



The term preservation, when used in a legal context, refers to placing information identified as relevant to a civil or criminal US court case in a legal hold to ensure the data is not destroyed or tampered with.


Health information managers, or anyone who works with records....

Risks and Results of Data Spoliation

Author: Hedges, Ron

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2014



The September e-HIM Best Practices article answered some basic questions about preservation of records in the context of civil litigation. This article will consider the question, “What if something goes wrong?”

Spoliation Defined


Health information management (H....

Releasing Records from Other Providers

Author: Herrin, Barry S.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2008


Question: Should organizations include records of other providers when responding to a release of information?

Answer: Yes. There are three reasons this is so.

First, there is no law or regulation that generally prohibits the redisclosure of information received from anot....

Leading on the Legal EHR

Author: Hicks, Jewelle E

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2009


Carol F. Smith, MBA, RHIA, is enthusiastic about the year ahead. As director of health information management for the University of Texas Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX, Smith supervises 110 full-time employees and works on projects ranging from revenue cycle, data quality, medical reco....

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