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Subpoena by Any Other Name Might Not be Legal

Author: Whitney, Jo Ellen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2007


Generally when an opposing party is seeking medical records from a care provider, the first request is accompanied by a subpoena, which can be difficult for an HIM department to assess in terms of what-if any-records can be produced.

A subpoena accompanied by a HIPAA-compliant consen....

Privacy Architecture and e-Consent

Author: Connor, Kathleen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2007


As the US prepares to implement a nationwide health information network (NHIN), one issue that repeatedly surfaces is how to appropriately protect the privacy and security of electronic health information. Of particular concern is how such a system can accommodate the various legal restriction....

Guiding Privacy Decisions in an e-HIM Environment

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: August 2007


Technology facilitates the collection, management, sharing, and storing of health information. Yet we must ensure privacy and security of health information in order to ensure better usage. HIM professionals can use our skills and knowledge to help achieve solid footing on this issue. Who is le....

Privacy in the Spotlight

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2007


Varying privacy practices that pose barriers to health information exchange are putting HIM concerns in the national spotlight.
The 35-year-old Minnesota woman’s winter vacation in the neighboring state of Wisconsin was going great, until her ski snapped and the accident happened. B....

Breaking Down Privacy and Security Barriers to HIE

Author: Rhodes, Harry B.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2007


As noted in the article “Confusion Continues over HIPAA Minimum Necessary Standards,” (J AHIMA, Nov-Dec 2007) the state-level research under the HISPC project identified a number of privacy and security barriers to health information exchange (HIE). Several reports came from this p....

Damage of Medical Identity Theft

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Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2008


HIM Professionals “Single Most Important Group” in Finding Solutions

Medical identity theft can wreck the lives of its victims and cost healthcare organizations money and time. But HIM professionals can help mitigate this growing problem, according to Pam Dixon, executive director of....

Handling Sensitive Information in an NHIN

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2008


The topic of sensitive health data and how to keep it private in the electronic age is one of the most complex issues facing the development of a nationwide, interoperable health information exchange network.

Physicians need accurate medical records to provide adequate care. Yet pati....

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....

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....

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....

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....

Releasing Information of Deceased Patients

Author: Herrin, Barry S.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2009


Developed when modern law concepts were first formed, the mortmain, or “dead hand,” rule prevented the church from exercising undue influence over a soon-to-be-dead penitent to obtain a gift of an individual’s lands in remission of his or her sins. These statutes evolved over....

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