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Guidelines for Cost-effective HIPAA Compliance

Author: Siren, Bill

Source: Brief Encounter

Publication Date: July 02, 2001

Most of us are acutely aware of the events that took place on December 31, 1999, at midnight. There were some who thought that in five seconds, the lights would go off and all computer systems would cease to function. In the healthcare world, concerns were prevalent regarding whether medical e....

Governmental Audit Toolkit

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA toolkit

Publication Date: December 02, 2011

This toolkit is designed to provide guidance to HIM professionals on how to prepare for and ensure compliance in managing governmental audits.

Getting 'Hip' to Other Privacy Laws: Part 2

Author: Roth, Julie A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2004

The HIPAA privacy rule is just one of several federal laws that protect the privacy of non-public information. But privacy is not a new concept in healthcare. Healthcare workers have long protected medical information under a varety of state and federal laws, accreditation standards, and rules....

Fundamentals for the Newly Initiated

Author: Amatayakul, Margret

Source: HIPAA Conference 2000

Publication Date: March 14, 2000

2000 HIPAA Conference Presentation
Fundamentals for the Newly Initiated
Margret Amatayakul, Margret\A Consulting, LLC Session Objectives
Get an overview of the original legislation, processes, and timelines Examine the scope and impact of the new regulations Review ongoing HIPAA impl....

Fraud Management: a $100 Billion Bonus from Health IT?

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2006

The financial losses from healthcare fraud in the US are staggering...and growing. Fraud was estimated to be between 3 and 10 percent of total health expenditures in 2003, or $51 to $170 billion, according to the National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association. Whether an interconnected health IT....

Fraud and Abuse: What You Can Do

Author: Prophet, Sue

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 1998

During AHIMA's National Convention, HIM professionals convened to network and share practical ideas on issues pertaining to fraud and abuse. While most of the participants worked in hospitals, other work settings, including colleges, consulting firms, and government agencies were als....

Fraud and Abuse Implications for the HIM Professional

Author: Prophet, Sue

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 1997

Healthcare Fraud and Abuse Legislation

On August 21, 1996, President Clinton signed into law the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. This law addresses several issues including the creation of a Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Program. This program is intended to com....

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....

Fall Preview: A Look at the Season’s Expected Rules

Author: Heubusch, Kevin

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2011

Perhaps one of the biggest jobs related to implementing the ARRA provisions right now is keeping track of the moving parts. Publication of the act in 2009 was a kind of Big Bang-an explosion of provisions that rocked the healthcare universe. Since then, however, the pieces have traveled at dif....

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....

Evaluation of PHI Hunter in Natural Language Processing Research

Author: Redd, Andrew; Pickard, Steve; Meystre, Stephane; Scehnet, Jeffrey; Bolton, Dan; Heavirland, Julia; Weaver, Allison Lynn ; Hope, Carol; Garvin, Jennifer Hornung

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: January 2015


Objectives: We introduce and evaluate a new, easily accessible tool using a common statistical analysis and business analytics software suite, SAS, which can be programmed to remove specific protected health information (PHI) from a text document. Removal of PHI is import....

Evaluating the Information Governance Principles for Healthcare: Compliance and Availability

Author: Datskovsky, Galina; Hedges, Ron; Empel, Sofia; Washington, Lydia

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2015

Editor’s Note: This is the third in a series of four articles that discuss the eight Information Governance Principles for Healthcare.

AHIMA’s new Information Governance Principles for Healthcare (IGPHC) provide a framework for healthcare organizations to leverage informati....

Emergency Medical Treatment & Labor Act (EMTALA) Resource

Author: U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Source: Government (U.S.) | External web site

Publication Date: November 01, 2007

In 1986, Congress enacted the Emergency Medical Treatment & Labor Act (EMTALA) to ensure public access to emergency services regardless of ability to pay. Section 1867 of the Social Security Act imposes specific obligations on Medicare-participating hospitals that offer emergency services to provide a medical screening examination (MSE) when a request is made for examination or treatment for an emergency medical condition (EMC), including active labor, regardless of an individual's ability to pay. Hospitals are then required to provide stabilizing treatment for patients with EMCs. If a hospital is unable to stabilize a patient within its capability, or if the patient requests, an appropriate transfer should be implemented.

Dual Accreditation Presents Challenges, Opportunities

Author: Zender, Anne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2000

While most HIM professionals are acquainted with participating in a facility's Joint Commission accreditation processes, a small but significant number work in facilities that are also accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). Though the organizations have....

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