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HIPAA Security Overview - Retired

Author: Miaoulis, William M

Source: AHIMA practice brief

Publication Date: November 2013


Editor’s note: This update replaces the April 2004 and the November 2010 practice briefs titled “A HIPAA Security Overview.”


The HIPAA security rule has remained unchanged since its implementation more than a decade ago. However, the Health Information Technology for Economic a....

E- Discovery Litigation and Regulatory Investigation Response Planning: Crucial Components of Your Organization’s Information and Data Governance Processes

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA practice brief

Publication Date: November 2013

I. What is E-Discovery?



E-discovery is defined as the pretrial legal process used to describe the method by which parties will obtain and review electronically stored information. The 2006 Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) served to place electronically stored information (....

Retention and Destruction of Health Information

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA practice brief

Publication Date: October 2013


Editor's note: This update supersedes the August 2011 practice brief "Retention and Destruction of Health Information."



Health information management professionals traditionally have performed retention and destruction functions using all media, including paper, images, optic....

The 10 Security Domains (Updated 2013) - Retired

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA practice brief

Publication Date: October 2013


Editor's note: This update supersedes the February 2004, February 2010, and May 2012 practice briefs "The 10 Security Domains."


In today's healthcare environment, HIM professionals must understand basic information security principles to fully protect the privacy of information. T....

Performing a Breach Risk Assessment - Retired

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2013


On August 24, 2009, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published 45 CFR Parts 160 and 164 Breach Notification for Unsecured Protected Health Information; Interim Final Rule to implement the breach notification provisions of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Cl....

Understanding the HIE Landscape

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2013


The health information exchange (HIE) landscape has changed dramatically since HIE and the Nationwide Health Information Network (NwHIN) was first conceptualized in 2001. The National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) published recommendations in 2001 on nationwide electronic hea....

Using Medical Scribes in a Physician Practice

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2012


With the push to develop and deploy electronic health records (EHRs) and the need for more detailed documentation, there is a growing concern in the medical community regarding the time expended to capture information-electronic or otherwise. The time providers spend during a patient visit capt....

Electronic Documentation Templates Support ICD-10-CM/PCS Implementation. Appendix C: Checklist for Template Review

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA practice brief attachment

Publication Date: October 2012


This checklist may be used by the requestor prior to submission of the template and by health information management services (HIMS) or the informatics department prior to the release of the template for testing. It could also be an electronic document used in conjunction with the request form.....

Electronic Documentation Templates Support ICD-10-CM/PCS Implementation. Appendix A: Electronic Note Title and Template Policy Considerations

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA practice brief attachment

Publication Date: October 2012


This model policy recommends important legal and compliance considerations for healthcare organizations when establishing electronic note titles, templates, and/or prompts.


PURPOSE: To provide guidance on the development and maintenance of electronic note titles, templates, and p....

Problem List Guidance in the EHR

Author: AHIMA Work Group

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2011


Problem lists facilitate continuity of patient care by providing a comprehensive and accessible list of patient problems in one place. Problem lists used within health records are a list of illnesses, injuries, and other factors that affect the health of an individual patient, usually identifyi....

Protecting Patient Information after a Facility Closure. Appendix D: Health Information Management Checklist for Acquisitions and Closures (2011 update)

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA practice brief attachment

Publication Date: August 2011


This document is intended to be used as a guide and is not intended to be all-inclusive. It should be adapted to the setting or organization type.

Purpose: To ensure appropriate health information management tasks are processed during the acquisition, closure, or dissolution of an org....

HIM Functions in Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety. Appendix A: Patient Safety and Quality Opportunities for HIM-IT Collaboration

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA practice brief attachment

Publication Date: August 2011


In today's world, HIM staff must work together with the IT department to ensure the confidentiality, availability, and integrity of health information. This teamwork can enable safe, high-quality care and the efficient provision of services.

Normally HIM professionals are not respons....

HIM Functions in Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety. Appendix C: HIM’s Role in Data Capture, Validation, and Maintenance

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA practice brief attachment

Publication Date: August 2011


A critical component of AHIMA's draft HIM Core Model, a robust description of the functions and opportunities open to current and future HIM professionals, is capture and maintenance of health data.1 HIM professionals are encouraged to assume a leadership role in outlining how data are captured....

10 Security Domains (2011 update)

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA practice brief

Publication Date: July 2011

This is the original web version of the practice brief, published in the May 2012 Journal of AHIMA. This practice brief has been updated. See the latest version here. This version is made available for historical purposes only.

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