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Is PKI the Solution to HIPAA Security?

Author: Dougherty, Michelle

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2001




Public key infrastructure (PKI) has been called the only technology currently available that will comply with the HIPAA proposed security rules. If you have heard of PKI but have yet to understand it, keep reading. This article will give you a nuts-and-bolts look at the technology a....

Post-acute PPS: Changing the Way We Code

Author: Dougherty, Michelle

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 1999


HIM professionals in post-acute care are reinventing their roles to accommodate the new coding demands of a prospective payment system. Here are some of the developments that are creating new interest in coding issues for post-acute settings.
Three major forces -- the prospective payment....

Handling a Security Breach: Lessons Learned

Author: Dougherty, Michelle

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2002


Consider this: your facility just received a call from a reporter asking for a comment. He’s writing an article on a hacker who accessed your network, downloaded patient medical information, and distributed copies to the press.


If your facility experienced a security inci....

On the Line (May 2004)

Author: Dougherty, Michelle

Source: AHIMA Q and A | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2004


Q: The October 2003 Journal of AHIMA published an article on cutting and pasting entries into the EHR. Our EHR does not allow entries to be cut and pasted. Is this functionality missing from our EHR?
A: No. The question you raise is not an issue of missing functionality but one of using....

Early Word on HIPAA Claims Attachments

Author: Dougherty, Michelle

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2001


If we could look into a crystal ball and see into the future, it would be much easier to prepare for HIPAA, particularly the electronic transaction standards. Because of the rarity of crystal balls these days, we must rely on other predictors at our disposal, such as the white paper issued by t....

New Home Care PPS Brings Major Changes

Author: Dougherty, Michelle

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2000


The home care industry will undergo a significant shift in reimbursement methodology when HCFA implements a new prospective payment system (PPS) for Medicare claims on October 1, 2000. Under the new system, a Medicare beneficiary receiving covered home care services will be reimbursed for a 6....

Standard Terminology Helps Advance EHR

Author: Dougherty, Michelle

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2003


On July 1, 2003, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson announced a new agreement between the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the College of American Pathologists (CAP) to license SNOMED-CT. This five-year agreement is seen as a significant advancement f....

EHR Development Steps in Long-term Care

Author: Dougherty, Michelle

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2005


In the past year there has been a whirlwind of activity around the electronic health record (EHR). Hospitals and physician offices are in the forefront of planning for EHR development at the national level. However, long-term care (LTC) is often mentioned as the third area of priority. This ar....

Changing Face of Public Health Reporting

Author: Dougherty, Michelle

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2002


In recent months, anthrax outbreaks and concern over bioterrorism threats have created a greater need for the US to have a system to monitor and report public health information in a timely manner. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are developing standards for a new approach....

Still Seeking the Legal EHR: The Push for Electronic Records Increases, the Record Management Questions Remain

Author: Dougherty, Michelle; Washington, Lydia

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2010


Electronic health records are edging into the mainstream, but they still have one foot outside the law. Many EHR systems struggle to create credible and compliant business records, and with major initiatives like the ARRA incentive program pushing their adoption, now is the time to get the ele....

Managing Privacy in a Social Media World

Author: Dowling, Alan F.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2011


Social media has had a profound impact on recent events, both political and personal. In healthcare, social media is presenting HIM professionals with a quandary about how best to manage information privacy.

More and more people from all walks of life are using social media outlets s....

Information Governance Road Map: Mile Marker 4–Demonstrating the Value of Clinical, Financial, and Administrative Information to IG

Author: Downing, Katherine

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2016



Editor’s Note: This is the eighth and final article in a series that provides a road map for implementing an information governance (IG) program in any organization. Each month a set of concepts is discussed that tie to the IG Road Map Infographic developed by AHIMA. Any organization....

CDI: A Cog in the Wheel of Information Governance

Author: Downing, Katherine

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2016



Information governance (IG) is an emerging discipline in healthcare that focuses on how an organization ensures information is complete, accurate, trustworthy, and usable. The goal of information governance is to enable organizations to utilize a valuable strategic asset—information&....

Navigating a Compliant Breach Management Process

Author: Downing, Katherine

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2014

The purpose of AHIMA’s new Breach Management Toolkit is to provide a comprehensive collection of resources and best practices to help healthcare organizations and health information management (HIM) professionals navigate their way through the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Breach Notification Rule and the overall breach management process. The toolkit is intended to raise awareness of the importance and responsibility of everyone within the organization to report HIPAA breaches to the appropriate designated personnel, as well as provide breach prevention education and training.

Privacy Officer Evolution

Author: Downing, Kathy

Source: AHIMA blog post | Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: September 25, 2015



Within my 20 years in the realm of privacy officer, we called work in privacy first “appropriate access,” then “information protection,” and now, thanks to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), have finally settled on the term “priva....

Information Asset Inventory for Information Governance - Retired

Author: Downing, Kathy; Fahy, Kristi; Foster, MeShawn; Hermann, Michelle; Meehan, Ann M.; Washington, Lydia; Woebkenberg, Jami

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2017


When an organization begins to implement an enterprise information governance (IG) program, one of the major initial tasks is to understand the scope and types of information in its possession. An inventory of an organization’s information is necessary in order to facilitate decision maki....

ONC Targets Information Blocking

Author: Downing, Kathy; Mason, Jessica

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2015



A NEW REPORT to Congress from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), released in April, has put information blocking in the spotlight.1 The ONC report comes out on the heels of a recent article written by five US senators titled, “Where Is HITECH’s $35 Billion Dollar....

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....

Why Don't We Have Computer-Based Patient Records

Author: Drazen, Erica

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 1996


In 1991 the Institute of Medicine produced a report that came to the unequivocal conclusion that to make advances in the quality of care, efficiency of process, and containment of costs, we needed to adopt computer-based patient records. They even subtitled the report "An Essential Technology....

Can EHRs Handle Genomics Data?

Author: DuBravec, Daniel A

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2015



Virginia’s Inova Fairfax Hospital recently announced plans to open a $245 million genomics research center as part of Inova’s Center for Personalized Health. The research center will sequence nearly 20,000 whole genomes by the end of 2016. Whole genome sequencing, a process where a specia....

Privacy Holes in the 'Hidden Healthcare System': Students' PHI-laden Education Records that are Stored and Shared Electronically Don’t Have the Same Safeguards as most EHRs

Author: DuBravec, Daniel A; Daigle, Matt

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2015



With student safety and privacy an increasing parental concern, school administrators nationwide are sitting on a powder keg of potential backlash because of a gray area of student privacy protections that Julia Lear, senior advisor for the Center of Health and Health Care in Schools at G....

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