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HIPAA: It's Different for Manufacturers

Author: Humphrey, Heather L.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2005

A few years ago, the Y2K crisis refocused the data world. Suddenly medical device manufacturers saw the inherent risks data brought to the business industry. What began with answering a simple question about date functionality quickly moved to conversations about personal information, its appr....

HIPAA Compliance for Clinician Texting

Author: Greene, Adam H

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2012

The HIPAA privacy and security rules need not act as an obstacle to efficient communications, but keeping texting compliant requires planning and diligence.

Text (or SMS) messaging has become nearly ubiquitous on mobile devices. According to one survey, approximately 72 perce....

HIPAA Compliance Extension Postpones Simplification Benefits

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2002

Under the terms of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, February 2002 would mark the second anniversary of administrative simplification for all but the smallest of health plans, and one year of rules related to claims attachments. Instead, Congress just approve....

HIPAA Breach Enforcement Roundup

Author: Cacciatore, Victoria; Downing, Katherine

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2014

Criminal attacks on healthcare systems have risen 100 percent since 2010, according to a recent Ponemon study.1 This makes it obvious that the privacy and security of patient health information is vulnerable and highly susceptible to data breach. The HIPAA Breach Notification Rule became e....

HIPAA Audit and System Activity Review: Developing a Process that Focuses on the Greatest Risks First

Author: Hofler, Linda D.; Hardee, Joy; Dildy, Kenneth; Burleson, Deeanna; Grady, Jamie

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2005

The privacy and security rules require audits and system activity reviews. Here is one health system's process, a systematic approach that focuses on areas of greatest risk.
Ensuring the privacy and confidentiality of patient information is fundamental to HIM, but it has taken on a new le....

HIPAA and the EHR: Making Technical Safeguard Changes

Author: Fodor, Joseph

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2004

As electronic health records (EHRs) become more commonplace in healthcare, changes, adjustments, and improvements will be inevitable. When designing, implementing, upgrading, or remediating an EHR system, your organization’s implementation team should consider the impact of complying wit....

HIPAA and Privacy: After the Compliance Date

Author: Mikels, Debbie

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 15, 2004


This article reviews successful strategies in preparing for HIPAA Privacy compliance. There are ongoing challenges organizations will face after the compliance date, such as managing research issues, identifying all business associates, and managing the accounting of disclosures....

HIPAA: 43,691 Privacy Complaints and Counting

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2009

For those wondering what progress the Office for Civil Rights makes as it works through HIPAA privacy rule complaints, the numbers are easy to find. Each month OCR reports top-line results of the HIPAA cases it has received and resolved.

OCR has logged approximately 43,700 complaints....

High Cost of Privacy

Author: Rhodes, Harry B.

Source: In Confidence (newsletter)

Publication Date: January 02, 2001

Cost: how much money needs to be invested? By now, most of us have discussed the implementation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) final rules with our administrators, and naturally the question has been raised, “Just how much is this going to cost me?”Most lik....

Handling Release of Information Over the Phone

Author: Hjort, Beth M.

Source: In Confidence (newsletter)

Publication Date: November 02, 2003

Q: Hospitals must have sensitive yet confidential policies for handling concerned family and friends with questions about loved ones within their facilities. How can a covered entity (CE) be confident about appropriate telephone release of information when it’s so difficult to validate a call....

Getting Your Arms Around HIPAA

Author: Hughes, Gwen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2001

Have you read the new HIPAA final privacy rules yet? Are you overwhelmed? I've been spending a lot of time poring over the privacy rules and I've seen many similarities between the new privacy rules and the Uniform Health Information Act (UHIA) passed in Washington and Montana about....

Getting Ready for HIPAA Privacy Rules

Author: Amatayakul, Margret

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2000

What do the proposed privacy regulations mean to HIM professionals—and what can you do now to begin to prepare? The author takes an in-depth look at the proposed rules.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 is bringing significant changes to the ma....

Final Rule for Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information

Author: AHIMA Policy and Government Relations Team

Source: AHIMA Advocacy and Policy | AHIMA regulation analysis

Publication Date: January 02, 2001


Readers will notice that some word such as "healthcare" may be written in more than one way in this analysis. Style guides often require the term "healthcare" be stated as such, however, the federal government uses the term as "health care." In this document we will be using the te....

Few Requests for Today’s Accountings

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2010

HIPAA’s Accounting of Disclosure Provisions Led to Few Patient Requests; Now ARRA Is Upping the Ante

Provisions within the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act extend HIPAA’s accounting of disclosure regulations for providers who maintain electronic health records. The provisions a....

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....

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