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Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: October 2002

How should we handle requests for birth information by adoptees?
Adoption is a statutory procedure governed entirely by state law.1 Although birth records are sealed, most states allow adoptees to get information about their birth parents but prohibit access to data that could be used to ident....

Untangling Privacy

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2009

Health IT won’t advance far without resolving the complex issue of privacy protections. Can a complicated situation be teased apart thread by thread?

The debate on privacy has become very public.

Privacy advocates, health IT advocates, providers, HIM professionals, fe....

Testimony on Behalf of The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) to the Privacy and Confidentiality Subcommittee of the National Committee of Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS)

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: AHIMA testimony and comments

Publication Date: August 22, 2001

August 22, 2001

Mr. Rothstein, members of the Privacy and Confidentiality Subcommittee, ladies and gentlemen - good morning!

I am Dan Rode, vice president for the AHIMA. On behalf of the Association, its more than 40,000 members, and myself, thank you for the opportunity....

Taking the Next Step Forward for ICD-10

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2004

In November 2003 the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) agreed to recommend that the secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) adopt the ICD-10-CM and the ICD-10-PCS classification standards as replacement for the ICD-9-CM classification currently used in the US.

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....

Take Another Look: Proposed Changes to Privacy Rule

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2002

In late March, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released proposed changes related to the HIPAA privacy standards. By the time you read this column, the 30-day comment period for these regulations will have already passed, although debate on these changes will still be in full....

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....

Steps Toward Privacy Protection


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....

Role of HIM in MACRA

Author: Primeau, Debra

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: December 01, 2016

As providers gear up to meet reporting requirements under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act’s (MACRA’s) new Quality Payment Program (QPP), health information management (HIM) stands to play a prominent role in the transition to value-based care.

Success un....

Risks and Rewards of ACOs

Author: Martin, Timothy D

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: April 2011

The Affordable Care Act of 2010 calls for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to create a Medicare “shared savings” program, which will encourage the development of accountable care organizations. ACOs will be eligible to receive additional payments if t....

Review of the 2002 Department of Health and Human Service Notice of Proposed Rule Making for The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Regulations

Author: AHIMA Policy and Government Relations Team

Source: AHIMA regulation analysis

Publication Date: April 02, 2002


After almost a year's delay, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published its promised recommendations to change and clarify the HIPAA Privacy Regulations that were originally published, as a "final rule" by HHS on December 28, 2000, in the Federal Re....

Review of Congressional Action 2000

Author: Asmonga, Donald D.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2001

The 106th Congress dragged more than two months beyond its targeted adjournment date, wrangling about fiscal year 2001 budget matters.

Congress finally adjourned on December 15, after passing a massive $384 billion omnibus spending package (HR 4577) that included a five-year....

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