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Planning Forms Automation

Author: Hyde, Cynthia S

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2008


A carefully crafted project plan is the first step in achieving expectations and lasting value from electronic forms management.

The intent of transitioning from paper-based processes to electronic, automated systems and solutions is to benefit the operations of healthcare facilities....

Management Practices for the Release of Information

Author: Bock, Linda J.; Demster, Barbara; Dinh, Angela K.; Gorton, Elisa R.; Lantis, James R. Jr.

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2008


Exchange of health information is an essential function to the provision of high-quality and cost-effective healthcare. The information should be complete and timely for its intended purpose. While this sounds straightforward, often it is not an easy task in the complex medical and legal envir....

CMS Bans Use of Physician Signature Stamps

Author: Bryant, Gloryanne H.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2008


Question: What is the new Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ruling on use of signature stamps?

Answer: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has made it clear that it will only accept signatures that are handwritten, electronic, or facsimiles of original wri....

ABCs of Medicare Advantage

Author: Hernandez, Jeannette

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: November 2008


Although most Medicare beneficiaries receive their health coverage through the traditional Medicare Part A and B fee-for-service programs, more and more beneficiaries are enrolling in Medicare Part C, referred to as Medicare Advantage (MA), to manage their healthcare costs.

By June 2....

Releasing Records from Other Providers

Author: Herrin, Barry S.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2008


Question: Should organizations include records of other providers when responding to a release of information?

Answer: Yes. There are three reasons this is so.

First, there is no law or regulation that generally prohibits the redisclosure of information received from anot....

2008 HIMSS Security Survey

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Source: External web site

Publication Date: October 28, 2008

This report provides the results of a survey of IT and security professionals addressing security environments in healthcare organizations, including access to patient data, tracking and audit logs, network security, and medical identity theft.

Identity Crisis: Approaches to Patient Identification in a National Health Information Network

Author: Hillestad, Richard; Bigelow, James H; Chaudhry, Basit ; Dreyer, Paul; Greenberg, Michael D; Meili, Robin C; Ridgely, M Susan; Rothenberg, Jeff; Taylor, Roger

Source: RAND Corporation

Publication Date: October 20, 2008

This research brief summarizes an analysis and comparison of two methods of patient identification — statistical matching and unique patient identifier — on error rates, operational efficiency, costs, and privacy and security issues.

Identity Crisis: an Examination of the Costs and Benefits of a Unique Patient Identifier for the U.S. Health Care System

Author: Hillestad, Richard; Bigelow, James H; Chaudhry, Basit ; Dreyer, Paul; Greenberg, Michael D; Meili, Robin C; Ridgely, M Susan; Rothenberg, Jeff; Taylor, Roger

Source: RAND Corporation

Publication Date: October 20, 2008

This study finds that the use of a universal patient identifier should reduce errors and improve interoperability without significantly increasing security and privacy risks.

When is the PHR the EHR?

Author: Beach, Joan

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 17, 2008

Introduction

Are you ready to tackle the use of the Personal Health Record (PHR) and its integration into the Legal Health Record? Be prepared to find the point of integration and how to use the information provided by the patient. Learn how the “proxy” relationship impacts th....

HIM Professional's Role in Enterprise Content Management : Stepping Out of the Department and Into the Organization

Author: May, Michael L.; Martinez, Christina M.

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 17, 2008


Background


HIM Professionals can re-assert themselves as integral pieces of the EHR decision-making process for their organization by gaining new operationally appropriate technical competencies and building collaborative partnerships with our IT, clinical informatics, and leaders....

Reinsourcing Release of Information

Author: Haas, Mark

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 17, 2008


BACKGROUND


“Outsourcing” was one of the buzzwords in US businesses for the first half of the decade. The mere mention of the word or its close relative, “offshoring”, had a polarizing effect on employers, employees and customers. However, half-way through t....

Applying Legal Holds to Electronic Records

Author: Nunn, Sandra L.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2008


Historically, applying a legal hold has been a straightforward process for the HIM professional in charge of release of information. When a record consisted of a file folder whose content was a structured set of paper documents, sequestering a medical record was as simple as pulling and outgui....

Quality Impact of the Master Patient Index

Author: Wheatley, Victoria

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2008


The master patient index (MPI) is HIM service’s lifeline to ensuring quality care in a healthcare organization. If MPI data are compromised, HIM’s contributions to many healthcare functions are slowed down or brought to a halt.

Over time, the MPI has evolved from a simple....

Raising Awareness of Medical Identity Theft: For Consumers, Prevention Starts with Guarding, Monitoring Health Information

Author: Rinehart-Thompson, Laurie A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2008


Financial identity theft has become ubiquitous in our global society. Its consequences are familiar, and fear of its repercussions has created a widespread reliance on credit bureaus for protection. According to the Federal Trade Commission, 8.3 million Americans were reportedly affected by fi....

In Search of Document Imaging Best Practices

Author: Burrington-Brown, Jill

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2008


The number of healthcare providers implementing document imaging as a part of their electronic health record solution is on the rise. In order to help others navigate the process, the following HIM professionals offer their experiences in planning, selecting, and implementing document imaging....

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