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Final Rule for Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information

Author: AHIMA Policy and Government Relations Team

Source: AHIMA Advocacy and Policy | AHIMA regulation analysis

Publication Date: January 02, 2001

Notes

Readers will notice that some word such as "healthcare" may be written in more than one way in this analysis. Style guides often require the term "healthcare" be stated as such, however, the federal government uses the term as "health care." In this document we will be using the te....

Snap Judgment

Author: AHIMA Professional Ethics Committee

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: April 01, 2010





Anyone who is a member of AHIMA or holds its credentials agrees to abide by its code of ethics.


The code sets forth professional values and ethical principles, and it offers guidelines to which professionals aspire. “Ethical behaviors result from a pe....

Journal Q&A (3/98)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: March 02, 1998


Q: In light of last year's changes to the Joint Commission's standard on delinquent records, how do I compute my delinquent record rate?


A: Last year the Joint Commission reduced the prescriptive nature of the language regarding delinquent records. Only the total number of ....

Journal Q&A (11/00)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: November 02, 2000

Q: Is it acceptable to use "canned" reports in transcription?
A: To the extent that outlines or phrases common to one or more providers in assessments and procedures are routine, they can and should be used to assist providers in documenting thoroughly and efficiently. How....

Journal Q&A (9/02)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: September 02, 2002


Q: What is a virtual shredder?
A: The phrase "virtual shredder" refers to software that recognizes deleted files and overwrites "free" space with random information to prevent recovery of the original material.


When you delete a computer file, that area on the disk is mark....

Journal Q&A (7/02)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: July 02, 2002


Q: I have requested the immunization records from a patient’s former healthcare provider with the patient’s written permission. The former healthcare provider refuses to send the immunization records because the patient has a balance on the account. Is this legal?


A:....

Journal Q&A (1/03)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: January 02, 2003

Q: When is it legal to disclose protected health information (PHI) to clergy?


A: If the individual is informed in advance of the possible disclosure and has the opportunity to object, the HIPAA privacy rule allows a covered entity to disclose directory information to clergy. Directo....

Journal Q&A (6/03)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: June 02, 2003

Q: Under the privacy rule, how should a physician’s office handle a request from parents for a written statement recommending limitation of their child’s activities at school?

A: Most covered entities have policies requiring written requests or authorizations for disclosure of....

Journal Q&A (7/03)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: July 02, 2003

Q: When is a new history and physical (H&P) needed when moving a patient between an acute care bed to a swing bed?

A: The key to determining when an H&P is needed is to find out how the swing bed is being used and the regulations that apply. Section 1883 of the Social Security Ac....

Journal Q&A (2/00)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: February 02, 2000

Q: What Internet security guidelines are available?
A: Initially, Medicare issued a statement that the Internet was not secure enough for transmission of sensitive data. However, the growing demand for transmittal of HCFA Privacy Act-protected data via the Internet resulted in HCFA's....

Web FAQ

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: October 2002

Because HIPAA gives patients the right to copy their medical records, does my facility have to supply a copy machine for this purpose or allow patients to take their records to a copy center?
According to section 164.520 of the HIPAA final privacy rule, an individual has "the right to inspect....

Journal Q&A (11/03)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: November 02, 2003

Q: How does AHIMA plan to be involved in the development of a functional model for the EHR?

A: AHIMA has been a voting member of HL7 for approximately 10 years and attends the group’s regularly scheduled plenary meetings three times a year. This year AHIMA increased staff attendance....

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....

Journal Q&A (11/00)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: November 02, 2000

Q: When a patient who was assaulted names her assailant, should the nurse or physician include the assailant's name in the medical record?
A: It is not uncommon for a healthcare provider to document in the record what the patient says when the information has some bearing on his or....

Journal Q&A (9/00)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: September 02, 2000

Q: Is it legal to allow physicians within a group practice to authenticate records for each other?
A: This question comes up often in all practice settings, because it has become a common practice to allow physicians to sign for one another. Although regulations and accreditation stan....

Journal Q&A (1/05)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: January 02, 2005

Q: What is medical informatics, and is there a connection between it and health information management?
A: Medical informatics is “the collection, classification, storage, retrieval and dissemination of recorded knowledge.”1 It features an “emphasis on technology as an integr....

Journal Q&A (9/03)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: September 02, 2003

Q: Under HIPAA, how should covered entities respond to requests from public health officials who state that they need protected health information (PHI) to carry out their duties?

A: The privacy rule recognizes that PHI may be needed to respond to threats to public health, including the....

Journal Q&A (11/03)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: November 02, 2003

Q: I heard about meetings held around the country to discuss a functional model for the EHR. What are these about and who sponsored them?

A: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) asked Health Level 7 (HL7) to develop a model—specifically concerning functionality....

Journal Q&A (11/02)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: November 02, 2002

Q: Where can I find information regarding auto-authentication?

A: The Joint Commission's interpretive guidelines for hospitals specifically address auto-authentication. Even if an organization is accredited by the Joint Commission, it must follow applicable federal regulations:

Web FAQ

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: October 2002

What are the documentation requirements for Observation Patients?
It is interesting to note that the observation service (OBS) did not originate from the government but by the healthcare marketplace in response to PPS/DRG conditions. When hospitals are not sure whether a patient will meet admi....

Web FAQ

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: October 2002

What guidance is available for determining an organization's definition of "attending physician" or "physician of record"?
The Department of Health, Education, and Welfare adopted the UHDDS (Uniform Hospital Discharge Data Set) as department policy for Medicare and Medicaid patient populations....

Web FAQ

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: October 2002

Who can authorize the release of patient health information on behalf of a deceased patient?
The individual authorized to consent to the release of patient health information on behalf of a deceased patient varies by state.
Usually, the personal representative of a deceased patient (execu....

Journal Q&A (1/03)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: January 02, 2003

Q: Is faxing patient information legal under HIPAA?
A: If the covered entity is permitted to release the information (for treatment purposes or by authorization, for example), then using a fax machine is allowed. The privacy rule requires the entity to provide appropriate administrative, techn....

Journal Q&A (3/98)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: March 02, 1998


Q: Cellular phones are very popular and are a convenient way to increase communication. Should we place any restrictions on the use of cellular phones to discuss patient information?

A: Cellular phones operate on radio frequencies, which means anyone tuning into that f....

Journal Q&A (11/00)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: November 02, 2000

Q: How long is an authorization to release information valid?
A: For the most part, federal law does not specify a length of time for which authorizations to disclose information are valid. In Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records (42 CFR, Chapter I, Part 2), the....

Journal Q&A (11/04)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: November 02, 2004


Q: As a covered entity, do I need to have satisfactory assurance (as required by HIPAA) that an individual has been notified when I am served with a search warrant for a patient's protected health information (PHI)?
A: No. A search warrant is issued by a judge and is considered the same a....

Journal Q&A (1/03)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: January 02, 2003

Q: Does HIPAA allow clinicians in our home health facility to pull their own records?
A: Your facility must make a reasonable effort to limit the access of your clinicians to the PHI they need to perform their duties. You will have to determine what policies are reasonable. As employees, the c....

Journal Q&A (4/00)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: April 02, 2000

Q: When are rubber-stamp signatures acceptable? I read in a Part A newsletter that Medicare no longer accepts rubber-stamp signatures on documents that certify, order, or justify a service billed to Medicare. The newsletter cited the Medicare Conditions of Participation for hospitals (42CFR482.....

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....

Journal Q&A (2/00)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: February 02, 2000

Q: When does an incomplete record become delinquent?
A: An incomplete record is one in which any element of the record is incomplete or inaccurate and can be completed or corrected by the healthcare provider. A delinquent record is an incomplete health record that has remained inco....

Journal Q&A (10/00)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: October 02, 2000

Q: What is the retention period for billing records, such as explanations of benefits, charge slips, invoices, etc.?
A: Most states have established a retention period for medical records, but many have not addressed other type of records like billing documents. The Medicare program m....

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 (7/02)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: July 02, 2002


Q: I work in a clinic setting. An attorney has requested copies of a patient’s entire record. The record includes reports dictated by one of the clinic physicians at a local hospital during the patient’s hospitalization. The attorney has the patient’s permission. Are we allowed....

Journal Q&A (5/03)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: May 02, 2003


Q: What is multi-factor authentication?


A: Multi-factor authentication uses two or all three of the following methods of authentication:

Something you know, such as your password, PIN, computer ID

Something you have, such as your ATM card, a token, a key,....

Journal Q&A (7/00)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: July 02, 2000

Q: Should my HIM department accept a subpoena from another state?
A: According to AHIMA's Release and Disclosure: Guidelines Regarding Maintenance and Disclosure of Health Information, "state statutes define the power to issue subpoenas and that power varies from state to stat....

Journal Q&A (1/05)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: January 02, 2005

Q: Is there a standard addressing who should document in medical records?
A: The answer to this question is left up to individual organizations. Most facilities create a policy that covers who can document in a patient’s medical record. This may also be covered in the medical staff bylaw....

Journal Q&A (2/04)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: February 02, 2004

Q: Our organization is building an electronic health record. What do we need to consider as we develop a printing policy?
A: As the evolution to the electronic health record will likely include points at which a hybrid, or part-electronic, part-paper, record exists, the printing of all or part....

Web FAQ

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: October 2002


If the deceased patient had a sexually transmitted disease (STD) such as HIV, are the standards for release of information more rigid?
The release of patient records containing evidence of sexually transmitted disease is governed by state law. In the absence of state law to the contrary,....

Web FAQ

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: October 2002


Is the authority to consent to the disclosure of patient information different when it identifies the deceased as an alcohol or drug abuser?
The Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records regulation (42 CFR 2) applies to patient drug or alcohol abuse information obtained by....

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