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Keep Out: Unsecured PHI Inside

Author: Journal of AHIMA Staff

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2017


Crumbling, decaying, and abandoned hospitals aren’t just physically dangerous examples of urban decrepitude—they also could be prime targets for medical identity thieves who know what they’re doing.


Take the case of Chicago, IL’s Edgewater Medical Center, a....

Facility Closure: How to Get In, Get Out, and Get What Is Important

Author: Lail, Pamela J; Laird, Sarah S; McCall, Kris; Naretto, Joe; York, April

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: October 2016


Abstract


This article examines the current state of affairs of the health information management role in facility closure as well as the impact on revenue cycle operations. Health information management professionals are uniquely positioned to assist an organization in closure eff....

Evaluating the Information Governance Principles for Healthcare: Retention and Disposition

Author: Datskovsky, Galina; Hedges, Ron; Empel, Sofia; Washington, Lydia

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2015



Editor’s Note: This is the final installment in a series of four articles that discuss the eight Information Governance Principles for Healthcare™.


AHIMA’s Information Governance Principles for Healthcare™ (IGPHC) provide a framework for healthcare organizations to enhance....

Risks and Results of Data Spoliation

Author: Hedges, Ron

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2014



The September e-HIM Best Practices article answered some basic questions about preservation of records in the context of civil litigation. This article will consider the question, “What if something goes wrong?”

Spoliation Defined


Health information management (H....

How and Why to Preserve Health Records During Litigation

Author: Hedges, Ron

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2014



The term preservation, when used in a legal context, refers to placing information identified as relevant to a civil or criminal US court case in a legal hold to ensure the data is not destroyed or tampered with.


Health information managers, or anyone who works with records....

Governance Apples and Oranges: Differences Exist Between Information Governance, Data Governance, and IT Governance

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2013

Though sometimes used interchangeably, data governance and information governance are two distinct terms with very different meanings. And information technology (IT) governance is something completely different as well. With AHIMA pushing its members and the healthcare industry to embrace information governance as a major tent pole of HIM work, it is important for HIM professionals to understand the difference and interrelation of these governance terms and just what an individual can do to help foster governance initiatives that aim to improve health records and patient care....

Retention and Destruction of Health Information

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA practice brief

Publication Date: October 2013


Editor's note: This update supersedes the August 2011 practice brief "Retention and Destruction of Health Information."



Health information management professionals traditionally have performed retention and destruction functions using all media, including paper, images, optic....

Migrating from Paper to EHRs in Physician Practices - Retired

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA practice brief

Publication Date: November 2010


A successful transition from paper-based charts to electronic health records (EHRs) in the physician practice or clinic requires careful coordination of many moving parts. A myriad of challenging and complex decisions must be made, ranging from selection and implementation to training and maint....

Spoliation of Medical Evidence

Author: Tomes, Jonathan P.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2005


To avoid the improper destruction or alteration of records, HIM departments must follow a retention schedule, train personnel, and ensure that corrections leave original entries intact.
Although the legal concept known as spoliation of evidence has been a part of the American legal syste....

Journal Q&A (10/00)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: October 02, 2000

Q: What is the retention period for billing records, such as explanations of benefits, charge slips, invoices, etc.?
A: Most states have established a retention period for medical records, but many have not addressed other type of records like billing documents. The Medicare program m....