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Final Rule for Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information

Author: AHIMA Policy and Government Relations Team

Source: AHIMA Advocacy and Policy | AHIMA regulation analysis

Publication Date: January 02, 2001

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Readers will notice that some word such as "healthcare" may be written in more than one way in this analysis. Style guides often require the term "healthcare" be stated as such, however, the federal government uses the term as "health care." In this document we will be using the te....

NCVHS on Signature Standards: Not Yet

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Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2001


Government subcommittee hearings on the development of electronic signatures ended inconclusively this fall, with requests for more input and a sense that the necessary technology may not have evolved.

Following the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act's (HIPAA)....

Clinton Signs E-signatures into Law

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Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2000


President Clinton signed the 'Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce' Act that provides electronic signatures the same weight as those in pen and ink. The provisions are currently limited to commercial transactions and become effective on October 1, 2000. When effective,....

Steps Toward Privacy Protection

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Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2000


In April, the Subcommittee on Government Management, Information and Technology of the House Government Reform Committee held a hearing to review the merits of establishing the Commission for the Comprehensive Study of Privacy Protection. The focus of the hearing was the Hutchinson/Moran....

Learning the Laws Behind Compliance

Author: Wagg, Dorothy Grandolfi

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2000


With Vision 2006, AHIMA's Board of Directors challenged members to expand our knowledge base and professional horizons. One role that several HIM professionals have been asked to fill is compliance officer or manager. Generally, this role has led us down a familiar path—using our....

Journal Q&A (5/00)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: May 02, 2000

Q: Is electronic record storage legal?
A: HCFA authorizes computerized health records as long as they are maintained in a form that can be reproduced legally. In addition, the Medicare Conditions of Participation for Hospitals, Medical Records Services specify that hospitals must use....

Last Rights: ROI and the Deceased

Author: Hughes, Gwen

Source: In Confidence (newsletter) | AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: March 02, 2000


Question: Who can authorize the release of patient health information on behalf of a deceased patient?
Answer: The individual authorized to consent to the release of patient health information on behalf of a deceased patient varies by state. Usually, the personal representative of a dec....

Limitation on certain physician referrals

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Source: U.S. Code

Publication Date: January 23, 2000

From the U.S. Code Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov] [Laws in effect as of January 23, 2000] [Document not affected by Public Laws enacted between January 23, 2000 and December 4, 2001] [CITE: 42USC1395nn] TITLE 42--THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND WELFARE CHAPTER 7--SOCIAL SECURITY SUBCHAPTER XVIII....

New Standards Focus on Information Security

Author: Hanken, Mary Alice

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 1998


The federal legislation for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and the need in healthcare for security of confidential data have come together to heighten the interest in security standards for electronic health information systems. Th....

Excerpt from federal law (42USC1395cc) regarding Advance Directives

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Source: U.S. Code

Publication Date: August 21, 1996



From the U.S. Code Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov] [Laws in effect as of January 23, 2000] [Document affected by Public Law 106-554 Section 1(a)(6)] [CITE: 42USC1395cc] TITLE 42--THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND WELFARE CHAPTER 7--SOCIAL SECURITY SUBCHAPTER XVIII--HEALTH INSURANCE FOR AGE....

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