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Taking Our Stand: AHIMA Stakes Four Key Issues

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2002


In May, AHIMA’s Board of Directors approved two key issue statements—one on consistency of healthcare diagnostic and procedure coding, and a second on national healthcare information infrastructure (available at www.ahima.org). These “umbrella” statements are general and ap....

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....

Testimony of the American Health Information Management Association to the Privacy and Confidentiality Subcommittee of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: AHIMA testimony and comments

Publication Date: August 16, 2005


August 16, 2005

Opening Comments
Chairman Rothstein, members of the Privacy and Confidentiality Subcommittee, and ladies and gentlemen, good afternoon. I am Dan Rode, vice president of policy and government relations for the American Health Information Management Association (....

Making a Difference, One Member at a Time

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2007


This month AHIMA will hold its Capitol Hill Day, when HIM professionals from around the country visit the offices of their representatives in the US Senate and House of Representatives. While there are many ways in which HIM professionals can influence Congress, a face-to-face meeting is....

Renewing Our Commitment to Confidentiality

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2006


With renewed interest in privacy and security, a renewed role for HIM.

Confidentiality has been an HIM domain ever since the profession recognized and accepted Hippocratic responsibilities to keep health information secure. Pre-HIPAA, HIM professionals were responsible for....

Advocating HIM Issues in an Election Year

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2002



This column has often addressed the advocacy role of the HIM professional. This year, that role becomes even more important—it’s an election year. Elections call for citizen involvement, and HIM professionals are no exception.


This election year, 435 members of th....

Coding Standards Remain AHIMA Priority in 2002

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2002


While legislative activity in Congress has been slow, 2002 has proven very active for various healthcare regulations, coding standards discussions, and AHIMA. Most activity has surrounded code sets and coding standards, healthcare information infrastructure, and privacy.

Changes to....

AHIMA’s Advocacy Priorities for 2009

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2009



The media has been rife with stories on the changes to come from the incoming 111th Congress and the new presidential administration. Healthcare reform appears to be high on the agenda. However, the current state of the healthcare industry is a mix of great needs and great expectations, co....

Transactions Delay Prompts Concern Among Covered Entities

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2002


AHIMA recently attended a meeting of healthcare providers, payers, and staff representatives of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Organized by the Association for Electronic Health Care Transactions, the meet....

How Bioterrorism Became an HIM Issue

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2002


Bioterrorism is not a subject that people would normally relate to HIM. Yet, since the first anthrax letter was discovered on October 4, 2001, there have been discussions around the country that will directly affect HIM for many years to come.


Bioterrorism spotlighted public he....

AHIMA Comments on Proposed Changes to the Medicare Prospective Payment System (PPS) and Consolidated Billing for Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) for fiscal year 2006

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: AHIMA testimony and comments

Publication Date: July 08, 2005


July 8, 2005

Mark McClellan, MD, PhD
Administrator
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Department of Health and Human Services
Attention: CMS-1282-P
PO Box 8016
Baltimore, Maryland 21244-8016
Dear Dr. McClellan:
The purpose of this let....

NCVHS Groups Explore CPR, Privacy Rule Possibilities

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2001




HIPAA's fifth anniversary was marked by meetings of two key subcommittees of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS): the standards (transactions) and security subcommittee and the privacy and confidentiality subcommittee. At the security subcommittee, experts fr....

Advocacy 2003: A Road, Not a Destination

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2004


When we pursue our profession in an ever-changing environment, success is a fleeting reward. The pursuit of our goals is a process that spans more than any one calendar year. This column summarizes the Association’s 2003 achievements in our four key advocacy issues and looks at plans for....

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....

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