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Fall Preview: A Look at the Season’s Expected Rules

Author: Heubusch, Kevin

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2011


Perhaps one of the biggest jobs related to implementing the ARRA provisions right now is keeping track of the moving parts. Publication of the act in 2009 was a kind of Big Bang-an explosion of provisions that rocked the healthcare universe. Since then, however, the pieces have traveled at dif....

Elements of a Breach Notification Letter

Author: Hjort, Beth M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2010


This month covered entities are subject to penalties for noncompliance with new federal privacy and security breach notification laws issued by the Department of Health and Human Services.

HHS issued an interim final rule titled “Breach Notification for Unsecured Protected Health Info....

Electronic Medical Record Systems in Critical Access Hospitals: Leadership Perspectives on Anticipated and Realized Benefits

Author: Mills, Troy R.; Vavroch, Jared; Bahensky, James A.; Ward, Marcia M

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: April 2010

Abstract

The growth of electronic medical records (EMRs) is driven by the belief that EMRs will significantly improve healthcare providers’ performance and reduce healthcare costs. Evidence supporting these beliefs is limited, especially for small rural hospitals. A survey that focused on....

Electronic Copy versus Electronic Access

Author: Emery, Steven; McDavid, Jan P

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2011


Registration for the meaningful use program opened in January, and many HIM professionals and chief information officers are preparing their organizations to meet stage 1 meaningful use criteria. Two of the objectives directly affect an organization's release of information (ROI) process. Part....

EHR Usability on Mobile Devices

Author: Sandefer, Ryan; Brinda, Danika; Wapola, Janelle; Maki, Shirley Eichenwald; Marc, David

Source: Educational Perspectives in Health Informatics and Information Management

Publication Date: July 2013


Abstract


Currently, minimal requirements exist for assessing the usability of electronic health record (EHR) systems. Usability requirements are especially lacking for the increasing use of mobile devices to access EHRs. Therefore, the authors investigated the usability of three c....

EHRs in the Cloud: Contract Protection for a Rainy Day

Author: Lamar, Marilyn

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2011


Cloud computing has been suggested as a cost-effective way to use electronic health records (EHRs), particularly for small providers that may not have an IT staff. Cloud-based EHRs store patient health records and the EHR software on computers operated by the EHR vendor.

The healthc....

EHR Payment Incentives for Providers Ineligible for Payment Incentives and Other Funding Study

Author: Dougherty, Michelle; Williams, Margaret; Millenson, Michael; Harvell, Jennie

Source: AHIMA report | U.S. Department of Health & Human Services | U.S. DHHS. Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation

Publication Date: June 2013

Report to Congress on the extent to which and manner in which payment incentives should be made available to health care providers receiving minimal or no payment incentives or other funding under HITECH.

EHR Alternative Certification for Hospitals or EACH™, A Federally-authorized Certification for Installed Hospital EHR Technology

Author: Knighton, Michelle; Ray, Alisa

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 02, 2011

Introduction

As hospitals anticipate the benefits of federal incentive payments for meaningful use of certified EHR technology, some face an unexpected hurdle. Many hospitals will be able to meet the EHR certification requirement through use of certified EHR technology purchased from vend....

DOQ-IT Déjà vu

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: August 2010

Chris Dimick


Aug 01, 2010 07:15 am


The regional extension center program might have some people experiencing déjà vu.

Granted, the REC program is an unprecedented attempt by the federal government to transition American healthcare to electronic health record sy....

Details of Stage 2 Meaningful Use

Author: Viola, Allison F.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2012


The release of STAGE 2 of the meaningful use program introduced adjustments that increased the challenges providers must overcome to meet the program requirements laid out by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Stage 2 maintains the same core-menu structure and slightly incre....

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....

Clinical Quality Measures for Providers

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA report

Publication Date: February 17, 2010



Feb 17, 2010 01:25 pm



AHIMA Meaningful Use White Paper Series

Paper no. 6a


Papers 5a and 5b in this series reviewed the functionality measures for providers and hospitals described in the notice of proposed rulemaking on meaningful use, publish....

Clinical Quality Measures for Hospitals

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA report

Publication Date: February 17, 2010



Feb 17, 2010 01:26 pm

AHIMA Meaningful Use White Paper Series
Paper no. 6b

Papers 5a and 5b in this series reviewed the functionality measures for providers and hospitals described in the notice of proposed rulemaking on meaningful use, published by the Centers fo....

Checking In on Accounting of Disclosures

Author: Downing, Kathy; McLendon, Kelly

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2013



Accounting of disclosures (AOD) is one "patient right" listed within the HIPAA Privacy Rule. Since the rules were implemented in 2003, AOD has been a topic of much discussion but has not generated much regulatory action from the US Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Office for....

Certified Meaningful

Author: Costa, Kerry F

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2010


This month providers will begin seeing the first EHR products approved for use in the "meaningful use" incentive program. Another piece of the ARRA puzzle is falling into place.

In March 2010 the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) proposed two programs to test and approve EHR p....

Certification Guidance for EHR Technology Developers Serving Health Care Providers Ineligible for Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Payments

Author: U.S. Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

Source: Government (U.S.) | U.S. Office of the National Coordinator for HIT

Publication Date: September 2013

This guidance is meant to serve as a building block for federal agencies and stakeholders to use as they work with different communities to achieve interoperable electronic health information exchange.

CDI Programs Support Meeting Meaningful Use

Author: Wiedemann, Lou Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2013



Information quality, better access to health information, and greater information exchange are in store for eligible providers, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals expecting to attest to stage 2 of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) “meaningful....

Breach Notification Triggers Receive Update

Author: Bowen, Rita K.

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: April 2013



The HIPAA Omnibus Rule, the new Final Rule modifying HIPAA, was published in the Federal Register on January 25, 2013. The amended rule went into effect on March 26 and full compliance is expected by September 23. For HIM professionals, the most far-reaching of the changes to HIPAA is that....

Blumenthal Heralds Era of Meaningful Use

Author:

Source: AHIMA Today

Publication Date: October 07, 2009


This is a time that many have hoped and wished for,” David Blumenthal, MD, MPP, national coordinator for health information technology, said during Tuesday’s general session. Blumenthal gave the audience an overview of current federal initiatives in health information technology and the contrib....

Automation for Privacy and Security Compliance

Author: McLendon, Kelly

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2012


There has been a lack of enforcement of the privacy and security rules ever since HIPAA's inception. As such the adoption of comprehensive HIPAA compliance programs has lagged behind EHR development and implementation.

This in turn has caused little funding to be budgeted by provide....

ARRA Timeline

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2010


ARRA arrived with a bang in February 2009, but the regulations enabling the law's healthcare provisions have inched forward since then. Much of the responsibility for drafting regulation fell to the Department of Health and Human Services, which had a tall order to fill within deadlines mandate....

ARRA’s Impact on HIM

Author: Cassidy, Bonnie S.; King, Elaine; Wheatley, Victoria

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2010


This month marks the first anniversary of the signing of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). A substantial portion of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act within it allocates funds for nationwide health information exchange and health i....

ARRA FAQs

Author: Wiedemann, Lou Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2009



On February 17, 2009, President Barack Obama implemented sweeping healthcare legislation when he signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 into law. ARRA includes many privacy, security, work force, and health IT provisions that will have a major impact on the healthcare in....

ARRA and the HIM Workforce

Author: Rollins, Genna

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2009




The success of health IT will hinge on how well it is planned and managed. Provisions in the stimulus bill that promote professional support and fund training offer exceptional opportunities to HIM programs, individuals, and the profession.



For years AHIMA and col....

ARRA Acronyms

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA

Publication Date: December 07, 2010


AHRQ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality ANSI American National Standards Institute ARRA American Recovery and Reinvestment Act BA Business Associate BAA Business Associate Agreement CAH Critical Access Hospital CCHIT Certification Commission for Health Informa....

A Possible Delay for Stage 2

Author: Heubusch, Kevin

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2011


This spring, as the first providers began attesting to their performance in stage 1 of the meaningful use program, the rest of the industry seemed too absorbed with the program's next phase to take much notice.

Through the spring a subgroup of the Health IT Policy Committee was prepa....

Analyzing Clinical Quality Measures for Meaningful Use

Author: Kallem, Crystal

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2010


One of the top health policy outcome priorities associated with meaningful use is to improve the quality and efficiency of care for Medicare and Medicaid populations. Eligible hospitals and providers that seek to apply for stage 1 meaningful use incentives will be required to capture and repor....

Aligning HIE: Model to Organize Networks on Core Principles, Collaborative Activities

Author: Finn, Zach; McNeill, Marjorie H; Cooper, Lontejuana S; Kaelin, Lawrence Dan; Byington, Allen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2010



An HIE model developed in Florida leverages local and regional networks and offers a flexible, scalable framework that aligns them with national health IT and exchange priorities.



By Zach Finn; Marjorie H. McNeill, PhD, RHIA, CCS; Lontejuana S. Cooper, MSHA, RHIA, CPM; L....

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