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Journal Q&A (4/98)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: April 02, 1998


Q: I am trying to find out if AHIMA has any position on the names and room numbers of hospitalized patients being left unattended at an information desk in a hospital lobby. If just the name and room number—no other information such as age, religion, etc.—is listed so that vi....

Journal Q&A (4/98)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: April 02, 1998


Q: I have a deposition scheduled for next week. The issue at hand is whether a preprinted manufacturer's instruction sheet on how to use a piece of medical equipment should be a part of the medical record. Our position is that it should not be included because it does not reflect ....

Journal Q&A (4/98)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: April 02, 1998


Q: I have a practice question regarding sharing patient information with the state Department of Insurance. The ambulatory surgery center for which I work is having difficulty with several managed care companies that are not reimbursing our facility according to our contracts. It was....

Journal Q&A (4/98)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: April 02, 1998


Q: I'm looking for any information regarding the identification of duplicate medical record numbers, or any articles that might address the process of merging MPI systems. Can you help me?

A: See AHIMA's practice briefs on master patient indexes: "Master Patient (Pers....

Journal Q&A (5/98)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: May 02, 1998


Q: The facility that I work for is planning to use an outside copy service. How can we be sure it will protect our patient information?

A: Start by evaluating the potential companies to ensure that they are reputable and provide quality services. Next, ask the various ....

Journal Q&A (5/98)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: May 02, 1998


Q: I am currently employed by an organization that is implementing a long term care demonstration program for the frail elderly. I am in charge of the database for the demonstration. I'm writing policies and procedures for release of information and confidentiality and would like t....

To Sign or Not to Sign Verbal Orders

Author: Clark, Susan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 1998


The value of obtaining physician signatures on verbal orders after the patient's discharge from care is a concept that has been debated for several years. Typically, state regulations require that verbal orders be signed or authenticated. In some states a specific time frame—such....

On the Line: Professional Practice Solutions

Author: Carpenter, Jennifer E.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 1998


Q: I am currently employed by an organization that is implementing a long term care demonstration program for the frail elderly. I am in charge of the database for the demonstration. I'm writing policies and procedures for release of information and confidentiality and would like to ha....

Journal Q&A (5/98)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: May 02, 1998


Q: With the revised method of calculating my delinquent rate for Joint Commission, are undictated operative reports (Ops) and H&Ps counted as delinquent?

A: Even though the Joint Com-mission's standard on how to calculate delinquency rates changed, the standards regardi....

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