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HIM Issues Front and Center

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2006


Summer of 2006 Marks Great Strides as AHIMA’s Key Advocacy Issues Connect with National Initiatives

There has been much progress on HIM issues this summer. This article details the latest on health IT legislation and other initiatives, as well as what to look forward to in t....

Why ICD-10 Can’t Wait

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2008


In August the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published two notices of proposed rule making (NPRMs): one for the adoption of ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS and one for an upgrade to the HIPAA transaction standard. Comments on the proposed rules are due on October 21. Once the comment p....

Advancing HIM's Key Issues

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2005


In 2002 AHIMA’s Board of Directors outlined four key HIM issues: consistency of coding, the HIM work force, the national health information network (NHIN), and privacy, confidentiality, and security of health information. This article discusses this year’s developments on these is....

Telling the HIM Story in Meaningful Use

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2011


The term "meaningful use" is used freely within Washington and throughout the healthcare industry. For HIM professionals it is not a new concept, but the term has proliferated in the last few years with the creation of the ARRA-funded EHR incentive program.

At some point the talk wi....

No Downhill Coast for Data Standards

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2004


As committees meet, there is tension between gathering data and reworking process.
A summit is a high point. The problem is that many expect the road to be downhill all the way after a summit. In the case of this summer’s summit on health information technology, the nation isn&rsqu....

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....

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....

Quest for Patients' Trust Only Just Begun

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2002


Some saw the final rule on HIPAA privacy, published in August 2002, as a crowning achievement after years of efforts to secure patient privacy. Others took a more negative view, claiming that big business had finally ensured unhampered access to patient data. HIM professionals, however, should....

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