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What to Expect When Phase 2 HIPAA Audits Begin

Author: Rose, Angela Dinh

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2016



The HITECH Omnibus Rule mandated that the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) conduct periodic audits on the privacy and security compliance of covered entities and business associates. It was during the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) update session on March 21, 2016 at the 20....

OCR Clarifies Policy on Medical Record Request Fees

Author: Greene, Adam H

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2016



In 2009, CONGRESS passed the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, which granted individuals a right to have a copy of their records sent to a third party, according to 42 U.S.C. § 17935(e) of the regulation.


Unfortunately, many attorn....

HIM Best Practices for Engaging Consumers in Their Overall Healthcare

Author: Kadlec, Lesley; Kirby, Annessa; Shaffer, Heidi; Warren, Paula

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2015


As a nation, the United States has been focused heavily on engaging consumers in their overall health and wellness. This has been propelled by federal initiatives such as the “meaningful use” Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program, mandated clinical quality measures based....

ONC Targets Information Blocking

Author: Downing, Kathy; Mason, Jessica

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2015



A NEW REPORT to Congress from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), released in April, has put information blocking in the spotlight.1 The ONC report comes out on the heels of a recent article written by five US senators titled, “Where Is HITECH’s $35 Billion Dollar....

OIG Reveals Top Oversight Priorities for 2015

Author: AHIMA Advocacy and Policy Team

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2015

OIG's 90-page work plan for fiscal year 2015 (FY15) offers a high-level view of the office's continued monitoring of various HHS programs and initiatives, particularly those designed to ensure the appropriateness of Medicare and Medicaid payments. The work plan also outlines many of the government's activities in FY15 designed to ensure care quality and safety in hospitals and other healthcare settings.

CMS Rule Allows CEHRT Flexibility

Author: AHIMA Advocacy and Policy Team

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2014



On August 29, 2014, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a final rule that provides flexibility on how providers use certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT) and qualify for attestation to the “meaningful use” EHR Incentive Program for the 2014 reportin....

Journey through Meaningful Use at a Large Academic Medical Center: Lessons of Leadership, Administration, and Technical Implementation

Author: Unger, Melissa D; Aldrich, Alison M; Hefner, Jennifer L; Rizer, Milisa K

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: October 2014


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Successfully reporting meaningful use of electronic health records to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services can be a challenging process, particularly for healthcare organizations with large numbers of eligible professionals. This case report describes a successf....

Using the C-CDA Standard to Meet Meaningful Use

Author: Campbell, Robert James

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2014



The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that in 2010, 35 million patients were discharged from non-federal short-stay hospitals in America.1 Vitally important not only to those discharges—but to every discharge that takes place—is whether important information about the pa....

HIPAA Breach Enforcement Roundup

Author: Cacciatore, Victoria; Downing, Katherine

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2014



Criminal attacks on healthcare systems have risen 100 percent since 2010, according to a recent Ponemon study.1 This makes it obvious that the privacy and security of patient health information is vulnerable and highly susceptible to data breach. The HIPAA Breach Notification Rule became e....

Navigating a Compliant Breach Management Process

Author: Downing, Katherine

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2014

The purpose of AHIMA’s new Breach Management Toolkit is to provide a comprehensive collection of resources and best practices to help healthcare organizations and health information management (HIM) professionals navigate their way through the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Breach Notification Rule and the overall breach management process. The toolkit is intended to raise awareness of the importance and responsibility of everyone within the organization to report HIPAA breaches to the appropriate designated personnel, as well as provide breach prevention education and training.

On the HIPAA Hook

Author: Hicks, Andrew

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2014



Some healthcare business associates are still asking if HITECH-HIPAA impacts them. The answer is just as important to their affiliated healthcare providers.


Thousands of companies are now legally obligated to comply with the HITECH-HIPAA regulations because of their busines....

Prepare Now for Meaningful Use Attestation and Compliance Audits

Author: Warner, Diana

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2014

A warning issued in 2013 by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has come to pass. “Meaningful use” Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program audits have begun. The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) reported that out of their 1,400 member organizations, almost 100 received audit notices in October 2013, totaling six percent of membership. In order to protect incentive payments earned through the meaningful use program, organizations need to be prepared for every audit contingency and know exactly what to expect. Organizations also need to avoid common mistakes that could lead to an audit and follow best practices for staying compliant to meaningful use standards.

HITECH Frequently Asked Privacy, Security Questions: Part 3

Author: Rose, Angela Dinh; Greene, Adam H

Source: Journal of AHIMA | AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: March 2014

This article concludes a three-part series discussing the most commonly asked questions regarding compliance requirements surrounding the final HITECH Omnibus Rule, released in January 2013. It highlights the updated requirements and provides answers to questions regarding decedent protected health information (PHI), the release of immunization records to schools, and the enhanced request for restrictions requirements.

Optimizing Data Representation Through the Use of SNOMED CT

Author: Bronnert, June; Daube, Julie L; Jopp, Gretchen; Peterson, Kathleen; Rihanek, Theresa; Scichilone, Rita A; Tucker, Vanna

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2014

Electronic health records (EHR) have changed the landscape for data representation. For many years health information management (HIM) professionals have relied on classifications for data representation and the support of clinical documentation. SNOMED CT is a data standard frequently used in electronic systems and has been included in the requirements for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) “meaningful use” EHR Incentive Program. SNOMED CT is maintained and distributed by the International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation (IHTSDO). SNOMED CT is recognized throughout the world, and the terminology is available at no cost. The National Library of Medicine (NLM) serves as the US release center and the IHTSDO member country representative.

HITECH Frequently Asked Privacy, Security Questions: part 2

Author: Rose, Angela Dinh; Greene, Adam H

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2014

The final HITECH-HIPAA Omnibus Rule was released in January 2013 and expanded some of HIPAA’s original requirements involving its privacy, security, and enforcement components. The Omnibus also finalized the Breach Interim Final Rule as well as the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA).

The following are some commonly asked questions about the HITECH Omnibus Rule implementation and compliance requirements, specifically regarding the rule’s areas addressing business associates, breaches, and GINA.

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