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Spoliation of Medical Evidence

Author: Tomes, Jonathan P.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2005


To avoid the improper destruction or alteration of records, HIM departments must follow a retention schedule, train personnel, and ensure that corrections leave original entries intact.
Although the legal concept known as spoliation of evidence has been a part of the American legal syste....

How to Safely Recycle PCs

Author: Quinsey, Carol Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2005


Securing the privacy of both protected health information and personal information should be a primary concern when personal computers have outlived their usefulness. Recycling or disposing of a computer safely can be a challenge.

It’s not enough to simply give an old computer....

Primer on Encryption

Author: Amatayakul, Margret

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2004


Encryption is an addressable implementation specification under HIPAA’s access control and transmission security standards. Many providers are grappling with just how to address these specifications:
Is there a difference between the two specifications, and if so, what is the diff....

Implementing Electronic Signatures - Retired

Author: AHIMA Task Force

Source: AHIMA practice brief

Publication Date: October 2003

Implementing Electronic Signatures (AHIMA Practice Brief)
Editor's note: The following information supplants information contained in the practice brief "Electronic Signatures (Updated)" published in the October 1998 Journal of AHIMA.
Electronic health records may provide the ability to....

HIM Professionals Key to Patient Safety

Author: Servais, Cheryl

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2003


In January 2003, the Joint Commission made 11 recommendations for patient safety. HIM professionals play critical and supporting roles in implementing these recommendations. This article will discuss some of the recommendations, with examples of their use in various aspects of an HIM departmen....

Journal Q&A (4/03)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: April 02, 2003

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 (FCA). Our state law only requires seven years. Which takes precedence?

A: The FCA (31 USC§3729–3733) applies to actions, jurisdiction, and procedu....

Computer Recycling: Are you Legally Prepared

Author: Harford, Joseph P.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2003


None of these methods of disposal address healthcare organizations’ environmental or legal responsibilities. But how do you know if your organization is legally positioned to handle disposal of computer equipment? This article will address these concerns.

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