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Solutions to Dilemmas in Outpatient Behavioral Health

Author: Nicholson, Ruby E.

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 21, 2005


While clinical documentation and reimbursement are major concerns for all healthcare providers, outpatient behavioral health providers have unique challenges. Now that the Office of Inspector General (OIG) has expanded mental health services in its work plan and government agencies are moving....

Privacy Dilemma in Behavioral Healthcare

Author: Nicholson, Ruby E.

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 21, 2005


The Privacy Rule brought a whole new set of client’s/patient’s rights. Not only did these rights bring changes in provider policies, but they required staff training and an explanation of these rights to clients—not an easy task. Consideration had to be given to clients&rsquo....

Dilemma of Psychotherapy Notes and HIPAA

Author: Nicholson, Ruby E.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2002


For HIM professionals in behavioral health settings, the HIPAA privacy regulations pose a downright dilemma. Here’s why.


The privacy rule defines psychotherapy notes as:


Notes recorded in any medium by a mental health professional documenting or analyzing....

Compliance Chart Reviews

Author: Nicholson, Ruby E.

Source: Behavioral Health

Publication Date: July 02, 2001


You're finally operating with a full staff, your department's backlogged filing and correspondence are within the department standards, and your quarterly chart audits are up-to-date, when you receive a request from administration to increase the number and frequency of chart reviews for compl....