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Review of Congressional Action 2000

Author: Asmonga, Donald D.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2001




The 106th Congress dragged more than two months beyond its targeted adjournment date, wrangling about fiscal year 2001 budget matters.

Congress finally adjourned on December 15, after passing a massive $384 billion omnibus spending package (HR 4577) that included a five-year....

Divided Congress Faces Challenging Future

Author: Asmonga, Donald D.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2001




Our closely divided government reflects a closely divided nation. Governing and legislating in this atmosphere will be an interesting and unpredictable undertaking. As a result of the lengthy election process, Congress's organization and the presidential transition have taken an inord....

Delegating Complaint Line Responsibilities

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: In Confidence (newsletter)

Publication Date: March 02, 2001


The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) adds several compliance requirements, with none more daunting than the administrative simplification rule for privacy. The question these privacy rules raise is whether the facility’s complaint line should be altered or e....

Final Rule for Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information. What the Rule Covers

Author: AHIMA Policy and Government Relations Team

Source: AHIMA Advocacy and Policy

Publication Date: March 02, 2001

Reaction to AHIMA’s Previous Comments on the Standards for the Privacy of Individual Identifiable Health Information

Applicability

AHIMA recommended that the scope of the rule be extended to include all individually identifiable health information, including purely paper records....

Tapping Our Legislative Influence

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2001




Beyond the endless speculation about how the recent federal election will affect Congress' lawmaking abilities, the narrow margins of victory illustrated an important point: individual votes have power. The 436 elected officials in Washington, DC, recognize this. This is AHIMA's-and y....

AHIMA Advocates for Physician Query Forms

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2001




The Medicare program's reluctance to accept physician query forms has been fermenting for several years. Recently, the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) have argued that facilities u....

AHIMA Testifies in Support of ICD-10

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2001


The "replacement [of ICD-9-CM, Volume 3] with a new procedural coding system for inpatient services is absolutely necessary and ICD-10-PCS meets the criteria for such a replacement system," said Linda Kloss, MA, RHIA, AHIMA's executive vice president and CEO. Kloss also argued that &q....

Meeting HIM Needs Through Advocacy Efforts

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2001




One of the major benefits of association membership is the opportunity to participate in advocacy efforts on national and local levels. At AHIMA, volunteer leaders, members, and staff work in a variety of ways to promote certain policies and standards within the healthcare industry an....

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Source: AHIMA bibliography

Publication Date: September 15, 2001

Coding

Hospital Outpatient Services Prospective Payment System (PPS) Background [PDF file, you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader in order to print or view this document], HCFA, March 2000

HCFA Clarification of Modifier Usage in Reporting Outpatient Hospital Services, HCFA, Septembe....

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