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Journal Q&A (10/98)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: October 02, 1998


Q: Where can I find information about a system that will allow for the electronic transmission of Minimum Data Set (MDS) information?

A: One of the Health Care Financing Administration's (HCFA's) proposals relating to the MDS 2.0 resident assessment process requires lo....

OASIS Cracks Down on Home Care

Author: Carpenter, Jennifer E.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 1999



January 25, 1999, brought the publication of the final rule on the assessment and use of the Outcomes and Assessment Information Set (OASIS) in the Federal Register. This rule requires that each patient receive a patient-specific, comprehensive assessment that identifies the patient'....

HL7 Overview

Author: Quinn, John

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 1999


As one of the co-developers of Health Level Seven (HL7), I am very close to the issue. So in describing it, I'm going to start with the basics, beginning with the current definition that has evolved over HL7's brief existence:

"The Health Level Seven (HL7) Standard, an ANSI approved....

Journal Q&A (2/00)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: February 02, 2000

Q: What Internet security guidelines are available?
A: Initially, Medicare issued a statement that the Internet was not secure enough for transmission of sensitive data. However, the growing demand for transmittal of HCFA Privacy Act-protected data via the Internet resulted in HCFA's....

Internal Audit Model for Information Security

Author: Mead, Kevin

Source: In Confidence (newsletter)

Publication Date: July 02, 2000


Internal auditors are found within many organizations, and have traditionally concerned themselves with the protection of assets. In the past, this manifested itself by the placing of asset tags on furniture and equipment and verifying the presence of the asset each year. Recently, however, i....

Quick Take on Clearinghouses

Author: McLaughlin, Mark

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2001




HIPAA's provisions have brought healthcare clearinghouses into the spotlight. What is a clearinghouse, and how is its role affected by the new regulations? This article answers these questions.

A clearinghouse is typically used to collect, validate, and distribute insurance c....

Data Transmission: A World of Possibilities

Author: Smith, Deborah A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2001




In a landscape of regulation and consolidation, healthcare providers must find new, cost-effective ways to communicate sensitive data with partners. Observations, lab results, and admission-discharge-transfer data must be shared accurately, confidentially, and in a timely manner with....

Early Word on HIPAA Claims Attachments

Author: Dougherty, Michelle

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2001


If we could look into a crystal ball and see into the future, it would be much easier to prepare for HIPAA, particularly the electronic transaction standards. Because of the rarity of crystal balls these days, we must rely on other predictors at our disposal, such as the white paper issued by t....

Dilemma of Patient Health Record Security

Author: Demster, Barbara

Source: In Confidence (newsletter)

Publication Date: January 02, 2002


E-health privacy and security can be confusing and overwhelming issues when one is new to the world of technology and the Internet.
Many perceive the Internet as a clearly defined entity in a universe called cyberspace.We see “e-health” defined as Internet-related healthcare activities,....

Mergers and Acquisitions: They Could Happen to You

Author: Pinder, Ray

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2002


If you have never been involved in a merger or acquisition, be aware that it could happen to you. There is important information you need to know, including what steps to take to process medical records according to your state regulations, accreditation standards, payer requirements, condition....

Changing Face of Public Health Reporting

Author: Dougherty, Michelle

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2002


In recent months, anthrax outbreaks and concern over bioterrorism threats have created a greater need for the US to have a system to monitor and report public health information in a timely manner. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are developing standards for a new approach....

Uniting Security Forces Against Risk

Author: Wagner, Lew

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2002


Threats to your facility’s physical and information security become more complex all the time. To create a truly effective security program, consider developing an integrated security program that encompasses both traditional and information technology protection. The result? A strong, st....

Safe at Home: Remote Coding Meets HIPAA

Author: Keough, Tim

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2004


Remote coding offers big benefits and unique security challenges. Here’s how one organization moves patient data securely across the Internet.

"Whatever, in connection with my professional practice, or not in connection with it, I see or hear, in the life of men, which ought....

Primer on Encryption

Author: Amatayakul, Margret

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2004


Encryption is an addressable implementation specification under HIPAA’s access control and transmission security standards. Many providers are grappling with just how to address these specifications:
Is there a difference between the two specifications, and if so, what is the diff....

EHR and the CCR: Compatible or Competitive?

Author: Mon, Donald T.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2004


Thus far, 2004 is turning out to be a remarkable year for health information management. The electronic health record draft standard for trial use (EHR DSTU) was approved and published by the EHR technical committee within Health Level 7 (HL7). The Continuity of Care Record (CCR) data specifi....

Managing HIPAA as Gatekeeper

Author: Amatayakul, Margret

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2004


An unfortunate result of the HIPAA privacy rule is the emerging use of HIPAA as a gatekeeper, restricting the appropriate fl ow of protected health information (PHI). HIPAA is being cited as a reason not to disclose information without patient permission when needed for treatment, payment, or....

Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE): An International Approach to the Development of Implementation Guides for Electronic Health Record Systems

Author: Kohn, Deborah

Source: IFHRO Congress | AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 15, 2004

Keywords

Actors, Domains, Electronic Health Records, Implementation Guides, Integration
Profiles, Interface, Interoperability, Longitudinal Health Records, Portability, Protocols,
Standards Development Organizations, Technical Frameworks, Transactions
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Journal Q&A (11/04)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: November 02, 2004


Q: From a Washington State Community of Practice discussion thread: What should our facility do when we receive medical information burned to a CD in place of hard copies? Should we print copies? Should we send the CD back? If copies are printed, should the CD be maintained or destroyed?
....

Data Linkage: Ready or Not, It's Here [part 1]

Author: Fernandes, Lorraine M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2005


In early 2004 Connecting for Health, a public-private collaborative funded by the Markle and Robert Wood Johnson Foundations, engaged a cross-section of experts in security, technology, privacy, consulting, and medical informatics to define how healthcare information could be shared more effec....

Data Linkage: Ready of Not, It's Here [part 2]

Author: Fernandes, Lorraine M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2005


As stewards of the data housed within our organizations, HIM professionals must be cognizant of ongoing work to facilitate sharing of data across networks. Such activities will gather momentum in the coming years as electronic health records become common practice. HIM professionals must endea....

CCR--Not an EHR

Author: Quinsey, Carol Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2005



In 2003 the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) kicked off the development of the Continuity of Care Record (CCR) standard, which was finalized in that year and passed by ASTM in April 2004. Sponsorship of the CCR brought together ASTM International, the Massachusetts Medical....

HIPAA Electronic Data Interchange Transactions: The Impact on Healthcare Billing Processes with Special Emphasis on 837 Electronic Claims Transactions and 835 Electronic Remittance Transactions

Author: Kubas, Debbie; Buck, Shawna

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 21, 2005


Rules for HIPAA-compliant electronic transactions were finalized on October 16, 2000. The finalized HIPAA transaction standards required that claims filed electronically after October 16, 2002 (or after October 16, 2003, if you filed for an extension) had to be in the HIPAA-compliant electroni....

Memphis Moves...Toward a Community Health Record

Author: McGill, Meg; Andrews, Donna

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 21, 2005


In February of 2002 a group of healthcare organizations in the Memphis medical center area came together for the common goal of improving patient care, inspired by the Leapfrog Group for Patient Safety. This group was originally called the University Medical Center Coordinating Council and inc....

Consumers Moving to the Center of NHIN Planning

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Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2006


Quality of Care Must Be the Reason behind HIE, Panelists Say

Experts offered their insights and predictions on health information exchange (HIE) and privacy, consumer involvement, and the HIM role during the October 18 general session, “Building Blocks Issues in the National He....

Language of Health Data Exchange

Author: Bloomrosen, Meryl; Heubusch, Kevin

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2006




Rapidly advancing data exchange initiatives have left a trail of acronyms in their wake. Is a SNO a RHIO, and where did LHIIs go?



As thinking on the nature of regional and nationwide data exchange evolves, terms devised from necessity have been left behind just as....

Renewing Our Commitment to Confidentiality

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2006


With renewed interest in privacy and security, a renewed role for HIM.

Confidentiality has been an HIM domain ever since the profession recognized and accepted Hippocratic responsibilities to keep health information secure. Pre-HIPAA, HIM professionals were responsible for....

RHIOs at a Crossroads

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2007


Regional health information organizations (RHIOs) represent what is best about public service organizations in our country. They are voluntary organizations formed by people who want to improve the safety and quality of healthcare by making reliable information available where it is neede....

Policies and Procedures for a Legal EHR

Author: Quinsey, Carol Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2007


As organizations move from paper to electronic health records (EHRs), one of the most critical steps is ensuring that there are policies that support the EHR as the legal health record.

Most managers know the importance of having up-to-date policies and procedures. Good pol....

Privacy and Security Solutions for Interoperable Health Information Exchange: North Carolina HISPC Final Implementation Plan Report

Author: Anderson, Holt; North Carolina Information and Communications Alliance; RTI International

Source: U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality

Publication Date: April 15, 2007

The report includes an analysis of policy, technological, and legal barriers to exchanging health information within North Carolina and describes in greater detail the proposed solutions intended to reduce or eliminate those barriers.

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