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Experiences of a VHA Privacy Officer

Author: Putt, Stephanie H.

Source: In Confidence (newsletter)

Publication Date: November 02, 2001

Being the privacy officer for one of the world’s largest healthcare delivery systems is often a daunting responsibility, yet it offers an opportunity to make a difference and face new challenges. The Veterans Health Administration, or VHA, is part of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). T....

FY 2007 IPPS Overview: Comprehensive Changes in Effect for Inpatient Prospective Payment System

Author: Johnson, Laurie M.; Garrett, Gail S.

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2006

The Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) final rule for fiscal year 2007 will prove challenging for inpatient providers. The rule (published in the August 18 Federal Register and available at includes some of the most comprehensive changes....

Graham: How e-HIM Forges Ahead at the VA


Source: AHIMA Today

Publication Date: October 06, 2009

The evolving world of health information technologies is changing the way HIM professionals work and presenting them with new challenges and opportunities. This is especially the case at the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), where the widespread use of electronic health records (EHRs) ha....

Group Builds Consensus on Laboratory Test Policies

Author: Prophet, Sue

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 1999

The Balanced Budget Act of 1997 (BBA) mandated that the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) use a negotiated rulemaking process to develop national administrative and coverage policies for clinical diagnostic laboratory tests under Medicare Part B. The BBA stipulates that the p....

HCFA Addresses Inpatient Payments, SNFs


Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2000

HCFA's recently published interim final rule concerning the "Provisions of the Balanced Budget Refinement Act of 1999; Hospital Inpatient Payments and Rates and Costs of Graduate Medical Education" will provide a 2.3 percent increase in payment rates for most acute care hospital....

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