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Journal Q&A (5/02)

Author: AHIMA Staff

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: May 02, 2002

Q: In light of HIPAA restrictions on protected health information, I’m concerned about our HIM department’s practice of accepting HIM students for professional practice experience. What should be considered in deciding whether to continue this practice?


A: HIPAA’s pr....

Journal Q&A (4/02)

Author: AHIMA Staff

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: April 02, 2002

Q: I have been asked to identify all of my organization’s business associates so we can update their contracts prior to the April 2003 HIPAA privacy rule compliance date. Unfortunately, existing contracts are not maintained in one place. How should I tackle this project?


A: At....

Hot Spots in the 2002 OIG Work Plan

Author: Prophet, Sue

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2002


Organizational compliance programs are never static. Rather, they must continually be refined and updated to respond to changes in healthcare delivery and system vulnerabilities. The 2002 Work Plan of the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) pr....

Implementing HIPAA One Step at a Time

Author: Bettendorf, Jim

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2002


Many in the healthcare industry are facing the difficulty of incorporating HIPAA into their organizations. As a newly appointed privacy officer for a healthcare clearinghouse, I, too, was presented with the challenge of assimilating HIPAA into our organization.

Always Ask Questions<....

Transactions Delay Prompts Concern Among Covered Entities

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2002


AHIMA recently attended a meeting of healthcare providers, payers, and staff representatives of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Organized by the Association for Electronic Health Care Transactions, the meet....

First Step Toward Compliance: OCR Outreach

Author: Jeffries, Jane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2002


Though the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has played an active role in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) since the early 1980s, it has only recently moved to the forefront of HIM professionals’ minds. Charged with enforcing the HIPAA privacy rule, OCR has become the leading....

Best Practices for Medical Necessity Validation

Author: Scichilone, Rita A

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2002


To protect the Medicare Trust Fund from being drained, government health plans must provide coverage restrictions for unnecessary health services in vulnerable patient populations. One restriction mechanism is the provision of edits that look for valid reason-for-visit codes for selected servi....

Dilemma of Psychotherapy Notes and HIPAA

Author: Nicholson, Ruby E.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2002


For HIM professionals in behavioral health settings, the HIPAA privacy regulations pose a downright dilemma. Here’s why.


The privacy rule defines psychotherapy notes as:


Notes recorded in any medium by a mental health professional documenting or analyzing....

Medical Necessity under OPPS: a Look at the Challenges

Author: Carter, Darren

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2002


The outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) has dramatically changed claims processing by introducing an automated system. Medical necessity validation has also been automated as a result, leaving hospitals with increased rejections. This article explores how OPPS impacts the medical nece....

Addressing HIPAA Across the Continuum

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Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2002


HIPAA is an issue in hospitals across the nation, but what about other kinds of facilities—such as long-term care, behavioral health, or home care organizations? They, too, need to address HIPAA. We asked three HIM professionals who work in these settings to briefly address how HIPAA is ch....

Countdown to Compliance: Privacy

Author: Ingram-Muhammad, Sybil

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2002


How far along the road to compliance with the HIPAA privacy regulation is your organization? This article tells you the steps you should be taking to get in compliance by the April 2003 deadline.

It is February 2002—14 months before your organization has to be compliant with th....

Make Clinical Research Top Priority

Author: Prophet, Sue

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2002


Whenever biomedical or behavioral research is conducted and supported by government agencies, it’s critical to comply with federal regulations designed to protect human subjects. For compliance officers, this means understanding and constantly monitoring a number of federal laws, regulati....

On the Line: Professional Practice Solutions

Author: Burrington-Brown, Jill

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2002


Q: A couple were on vacation in my city when the husband suddenly became ill and died in our facility. The wife requested copies of the record to take home with her. She had listed herself as next of kin. Was it correct to give her a copy of the record?

Q: I am a manager of several d....

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