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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....

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....

On the Line: Professional Practice Solutions

Author: Hjort, Beth M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2002


Q: Is there a standard or recommended source for abbreviations used in medical records?
Q: In light of HIPAA restrictions on protected health information, I’m concerned about our HIM department’s practice of accepting HIM students for professional practice experience. What shoul....

On The Line: Professional Practice Solutions

Author: Hjort, Beth M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2001


Q: It's difficult to research and write organizational policies because of the myriad external forces governing the same healthcare issues. Do you have guidelines to help ensure we don't miss any mandates?

Q: How does a healthcare organization deal with conflicting directives betwee....

Identity Proofing: Just a Fancy Name for Verification?

Author: Herrin, Barry S.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2007


Among the issues being brought to the fore in the movement to electronic health records (EHRs) is identity proofing. However, this is the same issue healthcare providers have faced for as long as patients have been contacting providers in ways other than face-to-face communications. This artic....

Putting the EHR to the Test

Author: Hawkins, Fanny

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2002


Is clinical documentation significantly different before and after implementing the electronic health record (EHR)?
Believing that the development and implementation of an EHR strategy is required for success, Baylor College of Medicine sought to answer this question. This article present....

HIM & Ethical Decision Making: Complex Challenges

Author: Harman, Laurinda B.

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 10, 2001




The successful health information management (HIM) professional (RHIT and RHIA) must be simultaneously passionate about two things: (1) information management expertise and (2) ethical principles and professional values. Technical expertise without ethical principles and professional....

Practice Toolkit: EHR Implementation

Author: Hall, Terri

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2005


The Billings Area Indian Health Service (IHS) began implementing an electronic health record (EHR) about three years ago, beginning with the Crow Acute Care Hospital and its Wind River outpatient clinics. This article outlines the steps the organization took to reach “go live.”

Electronic Record, Electronic Security

Author: Hagland, Mark

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2004


New technologies are enhancing the ability to protect patient information. But there’s more to successful implementation than just what’s inside the box.

Melanie Schattauer, RHIA, Jack Obert, and their colleagues at Mercy St. John’s Health System in Springfield, M....

Authentication in EHRs

Author: Green-Shook, Sheila; Quinsey, Carol Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2006


Group Health Cooperative (GHC) is an integrated healthcare system with 29 primary care clinics, four specialty centers, two hospitals, 10,000 employees, and 700 physicians. GHC serves 540,000 patients across Washington state and northern Idaho.

In 2003 GHC began implementing an elec....

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