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The Privacy and Security of Non-Traditional Occupational Health Services

Author: Dunn, Rose T; Odia, Godwin

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2013

The AHIMA Practice Brief The Privacy and Security of Occupational Health Records focuses on the privacy and security related responsibilities of a healthcare provider that offers occupational health services for other employers in its community. This article supplements that practice brief and focuses on those entities that are not healthcare providers, in the traditional sense of the term.

HIPAA Security Overview - Retired

Author: Miaoulis, William M

Source: AHIMA practice brief

Publication Date: November 2013


Editor’s note: This update replaces the April 2004 and the November 2010 practice briefs titled “A HIPAA Security Overview.”


The HIPAA security rule has remained unchanged since its implementation more than a decade ago. However, the Health Information Technology for Economic a....

Information as an Asset

Author: Kennedy, Angela

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2013



Health information managers have a long history of assuring data quality and the use of data to improve outcomes. As healthcare organizations move from volume-based to value-based models, they are leveraging data to add and extract value in a cost-efficient manner to accomplish strategic g....

Can We Talk… About Information Governance?

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2013



This is the first issue of the Journal devoted to information governance, and it's an important subject. I believe that information governance is the next force that will help transform HIM practice.


Information governance is not a brand-new subject. In 2008, a report from Th....

Checking In on Accounting of Disclosures

Author: Downing, Kathy; McLendon, Kelly

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2013



Accounting of disclosures (AOD) is one "patient right" listed within the HIPAA Privacy Rule. Since the rules were implemented in 2003, AOD has been a topic of much discussion but has not generated much regulatory action from the US Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Office for....

E- Discovery Litigation and Regulatory Investigation Response Planning: Crucial Components of Your Organization’s Information and Data Governance Processes

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA practice brief

Publication Date: November 2013

I. What is E-Discovery?



E-discovery is defined as the pretrial legal process used to describe the method by which parties will obtain and review electronically stored information. The 2006 Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) served to place electronically stored information (....

Step Inside the Physician's Head: EHRs Can Enhance a Physician’s Cognitive Processing and Eliminate Diagnostic Errors, With Some HIM-led Changes

Author: Campbell, Robert James

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2013



Imagine having a friend who can identify the name of a song after hearing one or two notes, or an acquaintance who can identify a film from a single "still" frame taken from the movie. If this sounds familiar, maybe it's because of the way it reminds you of how a physician thinks about the....

Governance Apples and Oranges: Differences Exist Between Information Governance, Data Governance, and IT Governance

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2013

Though sometimes used interchangeably, data governance and information governance are two distinct terms with very different meanings. And information technology (IT) governance is something completely different as well. With AHIMA pushing its members and the healthcare industry to embrace information governance as a major tent pole of HIM work, it is important for HIM professionals to understand the difference and interrelation of these governance terms and just what an individual can do to help foster governance initiatives that aim to improve health records and patient care....

Medical Records' Dynamic Nature: If It Isn't Written Down, It Didn't Happen. And If It Is Written Down, It Might Not Be What It Seems

Author: David, Gary; Vinkhuyzen, Erik

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2013



Documents are a fundamental component of any organization. In fact, no organization can exist without filing the proper paperwork. Documents are such a pervasive part of our everyday life that almost every parody of office work involves the specter of a burdensome documentation requirement....

The Healthcare Wall of Shame

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2013


While stolen laptops and hacking of healthcare computer networks have dominated the headlines, healthcare privacy and security experts warn that covered entities are ignoring the risks posed by unsecured paper records.


In response to new additions to the Office for Civil Rights'....

Retention and Destruction of Health Information

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA practice brief

Publication Date: October 2013


Editor's note: This update supersedes the August 2011 practice brief "Retention and Destruction of Health Information."



Health information management professionals traditionally have performed retention and destruction functions using all media, including paper, images, optic....

Meaningful Use Opens Up Its Deep End: With Some Providers Still Dipping Toes, CMS has Opened up its Health IT Program's More Challenging Deep End with Stage 2

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2013



Sink or swim. These are the two choices participants of the "meaningful use" EHR Incentive Program will soon face now that the federal government has opened up the program's deeper, more complex second stage.


Though physician and hospital involvement in the program has incre....

The 10 Security Domains (Updated 2013) - Retired

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA practice brief

Publication Date: October 2013


Editor's note: This update supersedes the February 2004, February 2010, and May 2012 practice briefs "The 10 Security Domains."


In today's healthcare environment, HIM professionals must understand basic information security principles to fully protect the privacy of information. T....

A New Era for Clinical Quality Measurement Data: Standardization, Automation of Clinical Quality Measurement and Reporting

Author: Taylor, Lisa Brooks

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2013



Set on course by the National Quality Strategy (NQS) and fueled by the "meaningful use" EHR Incentive Program, clinical quality measurement is entering a new era. A primary objective of the NQS, which was developed by a multistakeholder collaboration convened by the National Quality Forum....

Certification Guidance for EHR Technology Developers Serving Health Care Providers Ineligible for Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Payments

Author: U.S. Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

Source: Government (U.S.) | U.S. Office of the National Coordinator for HIT

Publication Date: September 2013

This guidance is meant to serve as a building block for federal agencies and stakeholders to use as they work with different communities to achieve interoperable electronic health information exchange.

Performing a Breach Risk Assessment - Retired

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2013


On August 24, 2009, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published 45 CFR Parts 160 and 164 Breach Notification for Unsecured Protected Health Information; Interim Final Rule to implement the breach notification provisions of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Cl....

Tracking How Healthcare Professionals See Health Information

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2013


The iPad and its tablet brethren are so 2010, at least according to some tech-obsessed individuals who are now focusing a longing gaze on Google Glass. While the computerized eyewear that can connect to the Internet and remotely access data might leave fashionistas wanting, it has some health e....

Adapting BA Practices to Meet the Omnibus Rule

Author: McSteen, Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2013



The 2013 HIPAA Omnibus Rule marks a key milestone for implementation of the 2009 Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH). One of the most far-reaching impacts of HITECH and the Omnibus Rule is that business associates (BA) and their subcontractors now mu....

Leading Innovation in Enterprise Information Governance

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2013



The past two decades have seen tremendous change in health information management (HIM) practice. The underlying drivers of this transformation are the complexity of healthcare delivery, the exploding demand for actionable information, pressure for greater public accountability, and the ev....

Small Hospital Uses Data for Big Improvements

Author: Cinquegrani, Kelly

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2013



In order to take full advantage of health information technology, data, and analysis, an organization needs a standardization of protocols and its health IT systems must be built to support specific processes. FirstLight Health System (FLHS) has learned this first-hand over the last severa....

Leveraging Data to Improve Cost and Quality of Care

Author: Kennedy, Angela

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2013



The demands of the complex and ever-growing technology-based healthcare industry have created a sense of economic urgency. The competitive environment is driving organizations toward stronger accountability and a culture of high performance. The healthcare industry is shifting from volume-....

Show Me the Data

Author: Taylor, Lisa Brooks

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2013



With the establishment of the National Quality Forum's National Quality Strategy, which sets the direction for achieving better, affordable care and healthier people and communities, providers, payers, and patients are seeing a shift in payment methodologies from volume-based to value-base....

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