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Psychotherapy Notes under HIPAA

Author: Dougherty, Michelle

Source: In Confidence (newsletter) | AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: July 02, 2001

Q: I work in a non-psychiatric facility covered by HIPAA. On occasion, a patient may receive a psychological evaluation and possibly treatment for a short period of time. Our medical record does not include a copy of the psychotherapist’s “notes,” but a report that summarizes the psychologist....

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....

Reaffirming Your HIPAA Compliance Efforts

Author: Woloszyn, William

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2005

Two years after the HIPAA privacy compliance date, is it time for your organization to reassess your efforts and recommit to enforcing HIPAA?
Revisiting HIPAA’s Roots

The HIPAA privacy regulation was created in response to public healthcare concerns about the privacy of pa....

Reinsourcing Release of Information

Author: Haas, Mark

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 17, 2008


“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....

Release of Information: the Basics

Author: Yaggie, Elaine

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2001

Whether you're new to the HIM profession or a long-time expert, release of information presents perennial challenges-especially in light of HIPAA. This article brings you the basics and the latest updates.
Release of health information has been a hot topic for years. Today, more....

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....

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....

Sample Consent Agreement

Author: AHIMA Staff

Source: AHIMA sample form

Publication Date: May 02, 2001

Consent to the Use and Disclosure of Health Information for Treatment, Payment, or Healthcare Operations

I understand that as part of my healthcare, this organization originates and maintains health records describing my health history, symptoms, examination and test....

Sample Policy: Protecting Patient Privacy from Outside Callers

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2003

Background: It is customary for family members, legal guardians, and friends of patients at [name of hospital] to telephone the hospital, inquire in person about the condition of a patient, or to request other health information. Privacy regulations require that a patient’s identity or oth....

Seat at the Table: Testimony to NCVHS

Author: Martin, Melissa

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2016

Back in June I had the opportunity to represent both AHIMA members and the HIM profession while testifying at a National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) hearing on the need for a better definition of the minimum necessary standards. I would like to share with you some hig....

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