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Advances in Burn Reconstruction Complicate Coding: Get Familiar with Terminology, Techniques for Accurate Coding

Author: Erhardt, Walter L.; Medal, Diana

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: September 2003


Recent advances in the science of wound healing are making an impact on the treatment of burns. This is particularly evident not only in the way burn wounds are being managed initially, but also in how these wounds are being reconstructed. While these scientific advances make this field an exc....

Are Ethics Guiding Your Workplace?

Author: Yokubaitis, Pamela R.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2003



Sanctions under the HIPAA regulations mean serious financial consequences for healthcare professionals who release protected health information to others without following proper disclosure protocols. But HIM professionals should not be motivated by fear of financial consequences alone. Ou....

Online Records Serve Patients, Clinicians, and HIM

Author: Foster, Erica; Martin, Holly; Partin, Mary; Lockshaw, Jim; Fogelman, Adam; Folz-Murphy, Nancy; Harris, C Martin

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2003


Patients want online access to their health information but clinicians and HIM professionals don’t need any more work. The solution? An online medical record driven by the EHR. Here’s one organization’s success story.

If your own increasing Internet usage isn’t p....

On the Line: Professional Practice Solutions (9/03)

Author: Quinsey, Carol Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2003


Q: Under HIPAA, how should covered entities respond to requests from public health officials who state that they need protected health information (PHI) to carry out their duties?

Q: Does HIPAA prohibit physicians from using cell phones to dictate reports?

Carol Quinsey....

Provider-Patient E-mail: With Benefits Come Risks

Author: Baker, Dixie B.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2003


If you've ever played phone tag with your doctor, you can appreciate the benefits of e-mail. But for all its advantages, provider-patient e-mail is not without challenges. Here's how to protect your organization.
The majority of Americans now consider e-mail and instant messaging preferred....

On the Line: Professional Practice Solutions (7/03)

Author: Dougherty, Michelle

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2003


Q: When is a new history and physical (H&P) needed when moving a patient between an acute care bed to a swing bed?

Q: How can I find the Medicare manuals, program memorandums, and the Conditions of Participation on the new CMS Web site?
Michelle Dougherty (michelle. dougher....

On the Line: Professional Practice Solutions (6/03)

Author: Hjort, Beth M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2003


Q: Under the privacy rule, how should a physician’s office handle a request from parents for a written statement recommending limitation of their child’s activities at school?

Q: What are a covered entity’s legal responsibilities when a former employee breaches confiden....

Employee/Student/Volunteer Nondisclosure Agreement

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA sample form

Publication Date: June 02, 2003

Employee/Student/Volunteer Nondisclosure Agreement
[Name of healthcare provider] has a legal and ethical responsibility to safeguard the privacy of all patients and protect the confidentiality of their health information. In the course of my employment/assignment at [name of healthcare provide....

On the Line: Professional Practice Solutions (5/03)

Author: Burrington-Brown, Jill

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2003


Q: What is an organized health care arrangement (OHCA) and what are its advantages?

Q: What is multi-factor authentication?

Jill Burrington-Brown (jill.burrington-brown@ahima.org) is an HIM practice manager at AHIMA.Article citation:
Burrington-Brown, Jill. "On the Line....

Accounting for Disclosure Cost Analysis Worksheet

Author: Dunn, Rose T

Source: External - used with permission

Publication Date: May 02, 2003

This worksheet has been developed to provide guidance on components to consider in developing the basis for a reasonable, cost-based charge for the Accounting for Disclosure (164.528). This worksheet is not intended to be all inclusive. Users are encouraged to discuss inclusions to this analysis with their facility’s cost accountant.

Calculating Costs for Accounting of Disclosures

Author: Dunn, Rose T

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2003


The privacy rule allows a covered entity to charge a cost-based fee for providing an accounting of disclosure (AOD). Has your organization determined these costs? Calculating the actual costs may be more involved than you think. This article will discuss the requirements for setting the fee an....

On the Line: Professional Practice Solutions (4/03)

Author: Dougherty, Michelle

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2003


Q: Does reporting cancer surveillance to the state have to be tracked under the accounting of disclosure requirement in the HIPAA privacy rule?


Q: An attorney recently told our facility that we need to retain records for at least 10 years to comply with the False Claims Act (FC....

Group Health Plan's Glossary

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Source: AHIMA web extra

Publication Date: March 02, 2003


Administrative requirements of the privacy rule include those to have personnel designations, training, safeguards, complaint handling, sanctions, mitigation of harm, and current policies and procedures. These are not required if only summary information is exchanged between the GHP and plan sp....

Sample Policy: Protecting Patient Privacy from Outside Callers

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2003


Background: It is customary for family members, legal guardians, and friends of patients at [name of hospital] to telephone the hospital, inquire in person about the condition of a patient, or to request other health information. Privacy regulations require that a patient’s identity or oth....

Protecting Verbal PHI: a Plan

Author: Birnbaum, Cassi L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2003


Does your organization have a policy in place for protecting patient health information (PHI) over the phone?


This article will discuss how a workgroup at Children’s Hospital and Health Center (CHHC) in San Diego, CA, implemented a policy to protect verbal PHI and how your....

Staff Discovery Tools

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Source: AHIMA web extra

Publication Date: February 02, 2003


Use one of the two approaches below to involve and educate staff on privacy issues. The second method uses a more structured approach.
1. Protected health information (PHI) is confidential information that includes a patient's identity and medical information. Identify instances where PHI....

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