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Mind Your Business Associate Access: Six Steps

Author: Sullivan, Tori E.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2002


It's April 10, 2003, and a privacy officer is reviewing her policies for the imminent privacy regulations, title II of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996. The compliance deadline is April 13, 2003, and she is already feeling stressed about meeting the date.....

Do You Need an ASP ASAP?

Author: Sheridan, Colin

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2001

Is your organization looking at the possibility of using an application service provider (ASP)? If so, here are some things you should know about making that decision, selecting a provider, and negotiating a contract.
Is your organization working to improve its financial position by reducing e....

Teach Your Attorney Healthcare Contracting

Author: Le, Huan N.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2003


Medicare regulations, HIPAA compliance, and the threat of litigation have made it impossible to draft a one-page healthcare contract. Standard language alone now extends to up to four pages. It’s a good idea to hire an attorney for contract negotiations and drafting, but even then, you mi....

Is Your NPP Your Best Defense?

Author: Lee, Michael R.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2003


In the event of a privacy-related legal challenge, the content of your organization’s notice of privacy practices (NPP) will be a focal point for both plaintiff and defense arguments with respect to the protected health information (PHI) disclosure activities of your organization. Is your....

Using Internal and External Resources to Negotiate Contracts

Author: Kane, Cheri

Source: Brief Encounter

Publication Date: October 02, 2000


Managed care is here to stay and it is incumbent upon the health plan and the providers to develop positive long-term relationships. These agreements are only limited by the creativity of the provider and the health plan. Financial arrangements may take a variety of forms, from fee for servic....

Letters of Agreement/Contracts - Retired

Author: Hughes, Gwen

Source: AHIMA practice brief

Publication Date: July 2000

Practice Brief:Letters of Agreement/Contracts (Updated)
Background

Healthcare organizations enter into written contracts every day. Typically, the HIM professional secures contracts for transcription, record copying, imaging, record storage, coding, other outsourcing, or consulting....

Surviving and Thriving During Contract Negotiations

Author: Hjort, Beth M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2000


Employer economies, staffing shortages, and advances in technology lead to the demand for outsourced functions, and there are a plethora of vendors happy to meet your facility's needs. Yet negotiating an outsourcing contract can be an intimidating proposition. Managers spearhead change interna....

Cloud Computing 101

Author: Dinh, Angela K.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2011


In the past several years cloud computing has gained substantial recognition. However, it is still a relatively new concept for those in the healthcare industry.

Before adopting cloud-based services or applications, organizations need to understand how cloud computing works, the typ....