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HIPAA Audit and System Activity Review: Developing a Process that Focuses on the Greatest Risks First

Author: Hofler, Linda D.; Hardee, Joy; Dildy, Kenneth; Burleson, Deeanna; Grady, Jamie

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2005


The privacy and security rules require audits and system activity reviews. Here is one health system's process, a systematic approach that focuses on areas of greatest risk.
Ensuring the privacy and confidentiality of patient information is fundamental to HIM, but it has taken on a new le....

On the Line (January 2005)

Author: Quinsey, Carol Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2005


Q: What is medical informatics, and is there a connection between it and health information management?

Q: Is there a standard addressing who should document in medical records?

Carol Ann Quinsey (carol.quinsy@ahima.org) is a professional practice manager at AHIMA.Article....

On the Line (November-December 2004)

Author: Burrington-Brown, Jill

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2004


Q:> As a covered entity, do I need to have satisfactory assurance (as required by HIPAA) that an individual has been notified when I am served with a search warrant for a patient's protected health information (PHI)?
Q: From a Washington State Community of Practice discussion thread: Wh....

Critical Success Factors in Establishing the Electronic Health Record: the Experience of St. Michael's Hospital, Canada

Author: Wegener, John; Woodman, Anna Jane

Source: IFHRO Congress | AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 15, 2004

Overview

This presentation will provide insight into planning, implementing, and managing the transition of a health records department, moving from an overburdened and inefficient paper environment toward an automated electronic setting. This success story will look at how staff, work pr....

Critical Success Factors in Establishing the Electronic Health Record. The Experience of ChevronTexaco Hospital, Lagos, Nigeria

Author: Gabriel, Aremo Ade; Mojirola, Aeolian ; Julia, Irrechukwu ; Taiwo, Olugbenle

Source: IFHRO Congress | AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 15, 2004

Introduction

Developing and implementing a health information management system (HIMS) in a non-health, business-oriented environment is usually a heavy and Herculean task. The nitty-gritty centers on making a compelling business case, gaining the confidence of the stakeholders, and plann....

Clinical Coding Internationally: A Comparison of the Coding Workforce in Australia, America, Canada, and England

Author: McKenzie, Kirsten; Walker, Sue; Dixon-Lee, Claire; Dear, Gareth; Moran-Fuke, Judy

Source: IFHRO Congress | AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 15, 2004

Introduction

Recently, researchers in Australia, America, England, and Canada have conducted national surveys of clinical coders in their respective countries. In Australia in 2002, the National Centre for Classification in Health (NCCH) in collaboration with the Health Information Manag....

Best Practices in a Paperless HIM Environment

Author: Cunningham, Nancy

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 15, 2004

Introduction
This paper will review recommended best practices and suggested measurement criteria for consideration in determining an HIM department's proficiency in its use of a fully implemented electronic document management system (EDMS). As a complement to the recently released e-HIM wor....

On the Line (September 2004)

Author: Dougherty, Michelle

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2004


Q: We are having trouble with the discharge status codes on some of our claims. In order to get the claim paid, the fiscal intermediary (FI) requires the discharge status code be changed. If we change the code, it will not correspond with documentation in our medical record.
Q: We are h....

On the Line

Author: Hjort, Beth M.

Source: AHIMA Q and A | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2004


Q: Please explain the new Joint Commission requirement for “do not use” abbreviations, acronyms, and symbols. Does this mean that the abbreviation list requirement is being reinstated?

A: Standards have not required an approved list since 1991. IM.3 does require standard....

Preparing for the Next Big April

Author: Thomason, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2004


Yesterday’s privacy compliance preparations can contribute to meeting tomorrow’s security mandates. One organization is tackling risk analysis with both matrix and memories.
The 2003 HIPAA privacy rule implementation is still fresh in many minds throughout healthcare organiza....

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