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Sorting Out Employee Sanctions

Author: Burrington-Brown, Jill

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2003

Has your organization addressed sanctions related to privacy and security issues? Both the final privacy rule and final security rule address this issue. The privacy rule states that the covered entity must “have and apply appropriate sanctions against members of its workforce who fail to....

Smart Training on Privacy and Security (expanded version)

Author: Bacik, Sandy

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2010

There is plenty of privacy and security training to be done, and many trainers struggle to get resources from their organizations and attention from their audiences. Sandy Bacik, CISSP, ISSMP, CISM, CGEIT, is a principal consultant at EnerNex and a former chief security officer. Here she o....

Smart Training on Privacy and Security

Author: Bacik, Sandy

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2010

ARRA's modifications to the HIPAA privacy and security rules are setting off a new round of training in facilities large and small. Trainers must fit the new training into existing schedules that already include organizational policies and procedures, HIPAA, and other regulations such as the R....

Simple Steps to Tracking Disclosures

Author: Hughes, Gwen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2002

The many exceptions to the HIPAA privacy rule’s accounting of disclosures standard make it difficult to determine what must be tracked. Although the rule gives patients the right to receive an accounting of disclosures of their health information, it lists several exceptions. This article....

Review of the 2002 Department of Health and Human Service Notice of Proposed Rule Making for The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Regulations

Author: AHIMA Policy and Government Relations Team

Source: AHIMA regulation analysis

Publication Date: April 02, 2002


After almost a year's delay, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published its promised recommendations to change and clarify the HIPAA Privacy Regulations that were originally published, as a "final rule" by HHS on December 28, 2000, in the Federal Re....

Reviewing the New HIPAA Rules

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: AHIMA regulation analysis | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2013

At 138 fine-print pages, the final rule detailing the HITECH Act’s modifications to HIPAA privacy and security requirements is not a quick or easy read. But it is an important read since the content of the Federal Register post drastically impacts HIM professionals and their business....

Releasing Information of Deceased Patients

Author: Herrin, Barry S.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2009

Developed when modern law concepts were first formed, the mortmain, or “dead hand,” rule prevented the church from exercising undue influence over a soon-to-be-dead penitent to obtain a gift of an individual’s lands in remission of his or her sins. These statutes evolved over....

Reaffirming Your HIPAA Compliance Efforts

Author: Woloszyn, William

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2005

Two years after the HIPAA privacy compliance date, is it time for your organization to reassess your efforts and recommit to enforcing HIPAA?
Revisiting HIPAA’s Roots

The HIPAA privacy regulation was created in response to public healthcare concerns about the privacy of pa....

Quest for Patients' Trust Only Just Begun

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2002

Some saw the final rule on HIPAA privacy, published in August 2002, as a crowning achievement after years of efforts to secure patient privacy. Others took a more negative view, claiming that big business had finally ensured unhampered access to patient data. HIM professionals, however, should....

Privacy's Day in Court

Author: Gradle, Brian D.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2002

While HIM professionals work to implement HIPAA, courts across the nation continue to hear cases that could affect this work. Namely, these are cases related to state privacy laws.

HIPAA's "preemption" framework provides that state laws that are not contrary to HIPAA or that p....

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