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

Author: Watzlaf, Valerie J.M.; Stanfill, Mary H

Source: AHIMA testimony and comments

Publication Date: July 26, 2005



July 26, 2005

Opening Comments


Chairmen Blair and Reynolds, members of the Standards and Security Subcommittee, and ladies and gentlemen, good afternoon.  I am Valerie Watzlaf, associate professor within the Department of Health Information Management in the....

Taking your IG Pulse

Author: Washington, Lydia

Source: AHIMA blog post | Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: September 30, 2015



At AHIMA’s Annual Convention and Exhibit in New Orleans, LA this year, AHIMA rolled out the first of a suite of new products and services designed to support organizations and professionals who are starting the information governance (IG) journey. IG PulseRate™ is a free 25-question mini-a....

AHIMA Supports Patient Friendly Billing Project

Author: Squazzo, Jessica

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2003


Joining the American Hospital Association, the Medical Group Management Association, and others, AHIMA announced its endorsement of the Patient Friendly Billing Project. Led by the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), the project was established in 2000 to help create a more pat....

Testimony of the American Health Information Management Association to the Workgroup on Quality of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics

Author: Rode, Dan; Siegel, Barbara

Source: AHIMA testimony and comments

Publication Date: September 14, 2004


September 14, 2004

Opening Comments

Chairman Hungate, members of the Workgroup on Quality, ladies and gentlemen, good morning. I am Dan Rode, vice president of policy and government relations for the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Joining me th....

ICD-10-CM/PCS Isn’t Over ’Til It’s Over

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2013



Former American Major League Baseball catcher, outfielder, and manager Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Berra had a saying: “It ain’t over, ‘til it’s over.” These words reach beyond the walls of the baseball diamond and relate to the current state of policy a....

Call for Preparedness and Political Activism

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2001




As I read and heard stories about the emergency support and rescue efforts after September's terrorist attacks, three things came to mind. First, I thought about our medical systems' preparedness. Those in hospitals and other healthcare facilities often go through disaster preparednes....

HIPAA Privacy Turns One: Time to Assess

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2004


It hardly seems possible, but this month marks a year since the implementation of the HIPAA privacy rule—as marked by AHIMA’s celebration of National Health Information Privacy and Security Week this month. Interestingly, few disasters have occurred on the scale many predicted. Inst....

Engaging Health Consumers with Health Information

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2013



This month's Journal of AHIMA takes a closer look at the importance of consumer engagement. HIM professionals have an obligation to the consumer to help maintain the integrity, security, and accessibility of health data and support the consumers' right to access their information in a secu....

Refocusing on Confidentiality and Security

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2007


Health information confidentiality and security are hot topics again this year. Like other HIM issues, confidentiality and security are integrated into many other issues. This article reviews some of the activities that have occurred this year and previews what lies ahead.

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HIM Focuses on Core 2013 Strategic Initiatives

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2013



As AHIMA welcomes the new year, the association continues to work on several ongoing developments in the HIM profession-as well as the additional opportunities and challenges that 2013 presents the US healthcare industry. Though the work is not yet done, HIM professionals and AHIMA staff h....

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....

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