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Accounting of Disclosures: ARRA’s Impact

Author: Rhodes, Harry B.

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 05, 2009

The accounting of disclosures requirement is one of the most difficult HIPAA privacy rule compliance issues to implement. Following the August 2002 modifications to the privacy rule requirements, the accounting for disclosures requirement has stood out as the HIPAA requirement demanding the big....

Meaningful Use Program Faces Audits, Scrutiny

Author: Rhodes, Harry B.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2013

Health information technology systems have supported the administrative functions of healthcare for more than a decade. Historically, these healthcare administrative systems primarily focused on performing fiscal transactions or supporting key ancillary departments. Widespread use of elect....

Path to Security Breach Notification Regulation

Author: Rhodes, Harry B.

Source: AHIMA

Publication Date: August 24, 2009

Forty-four states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands enacted data breach notification and reporting laws well before the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) set the first f....

Telling the HIM Story in Meaningful Use

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2011

The term "meaningful use" is used freely within Washington and throughout the healthcare industry. For HIM professionals it is not a new concept, but the term has proliferated in the last few years with the creation of the ARRA-funded EHR incentive program.

At some point the talk wi....

Summer Reading: Skimming the New ARRA-HITECH Regulations

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2010

In July the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) ended the waiting game for the HITECH privacy and security regulations, the meaningful use final rule, and the final rule on standards and certification.

HIM professionals and their organizations, anxious to familiarize thems....

Rapid Release of Rules Means Work Ahead

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2012

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), along with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), formally released three final rules around the the time of the Labor Day holiday. Appropriately enough, the arrival of these final rules spells out much work ahead for t....

ARRA and the HIM Workforce

Author: Rollins, Genna

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2009

The success of health IT will hinge on how well it is planned and managed. Provisions in the stimulus bill that promote professional support and fund training offer exceptional opportunities to HIM programs, individuals, and the profession.

For years AHIMA and col....

What to Expect When Phase 2 HIPAA Audits Begin

Author: Rose, Angela Dinh

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2016

The HITECH Omnibus Rule mandated that the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) conduct periodic audits on the privacy and security compliance of covered entities and business associates. It was during the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) update session on March 21, 2016 at the 20....

HITECH Frequently Asked Privacy, Security Questions: part 2

Author: Rose, Angela Dinh; Greene, Adam H

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2014

The final HITECH-HIPAA Omnibus Rule was released in January 2013 and expanded some of HIPAA’s original requirements involving its privacy, security, and enforcement components. The Omnibus also finalized the Breach Interim Final Rule as well as the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA).

The following are some commonly asked questions about the HITECH Omnibus Rule implementation and compliance requirements, specifically regarding the rule’s areas addressing business associates, breaches, and GINA.

HITECH Frequently Asked Privacy, Security Questions: Part 3

Author: Rose, Angela Dinh; Greene, Adam H

Source: Journal of AHIMA | AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: March 2014

This article concludes a three-part series discussing the most commonly asked questions regarding compliance requirements surrounding the final HITECH Omnibus Rule, released in January 2013. It highlights the updated requirements and provides answers to questions regarding decedent protected health information (PHI), the release of immunization records to schools, and the enhanced request for restrictions requirements.

HITECH Security – A Practical Approach

Author: Rudloff, Rob

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: September 28, 2010


HITECH has introduced new security requirements around HIPAA including new breach requirements and associated penalties. This paper addresses the information security and privacy requirements and provides practical solutions to address them. Many organizations already....

Taking a Stand on Sanctions

Author: Rulon, Vera

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: April 2009

The Journal of AHIMA kicks off our Health Information Privacy and Security Week series with a post from AHIMA president Vera Rulon, MS, RHIT, CCS, FAHIMA. Rulon is director of strategy and communications in the chief medical office of Pfizer, Inc.

So I get this communication that my c....

EHR Usability on Mobile Devices

Author: Sandefer, Ryan; Brinda, Danika; Wapola, Janelle; Maki, Shirley Eichenwald; Marc, David

Source: Educational Perspectives in Health Informatics and Information Management

Publication Date: July 2013


Currently, minimal requirements exist for assessing the usability of electronic health record (EHR) systems. Usability requirements are especially lacking for the increasing use of mobile devices to access EHRs. Therefore, the authors investigated the usability of three c....

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