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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....

Make Your Voice Heard: AHIMA's 2002 Advocacy Agenda

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Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: September 2002


Once Chrisann Lemery tried it, she was hooked. As an HIM professional frequently frustrated by confusing regulations, she began questioning regulatory agencies and third-party payers.
"I realized that my questions were taken seriously and they were listening," says Lemery, MS, RHIA, medic....

Look Back at Congressional Action 2001

Author: Asmonga, Donald D.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2002


Despite an eventful year, the AHIMA Policy and Government Relations team dedicated itself to advocating for AHIMA members and monitoring those issues that may impact the HIM profession. This article will provide you with a snapshot of AHIMA’s activities in 2001, Congressional activity and....

Long and Winding Road to ICD-10

Author: Journal of AHIMA Staff

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2015


The long and winding road that AHIMA members have journeyed toward ICD-10-CM/PCS implementation took some exciting and unexpected turns this year during an otherwise frustrating wait.


The ICD-10 grassroots campaign launched by AHIMA during the 2014 Leadership Symposium resulted i....

Letters accompanying Collaborative Response to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONCHIT) Request for Information (RFI) on National Health Information Network (NHIN)

Author: AHIMA; Kloss, Linda L

Source: AHIMA testimony and comments

Publication Date: January 18, 2005


January 18, 2005

David J. Brailer, MD, PhD
Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Hubert H. Humphrey Building
200 Independence Avenue, SW, Room 517-D
Washington, DC 20201
Dear Dr.....

Keeping Current on Legislation Vital to HIM Professionals

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2002


The AHIMA Policy and Government Relations (P&GR) staff in Washington receives a number of questions concerning how a particular proposed law, legislation, or possible regulation will affect the management of an HIM department, coding section, or other functions that are typically performed by....

Journal Q&A (2/01)

Author: AHIMA Staff

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: February 02, 2001

Q: How does the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) define health information in the final rule for healthcare electronic transactions and code sets?

A: The HIPAA final rule for healthcare electronic transactions and code sets was released on August 17, 200....

Journal Q&A (11/03)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: November 02, 2003

Q: How does AHIMA plan to be involved in the development of a functional model for the EHR?

A: AHIMA has been a voting member of HL7 for approximately 10 years and attends the group’s regularly scheduled plenary meetings three times a year. This year AHIMA increased staff attendance....

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....

ICD-10-CM/PCS Coalition Letter to US Senate Leadership

Author: Advanced Medical Technology Association; AHIMA; American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA); Blue Cross and Blue Shield; Cepheid; Health IT Now Coalition; Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA); 3M Health Information Systems; Roche Diagnostics Corporation; Siemens Health Services

Source: AHIMA testimony and comments

Publication Date: May 17, 2013

Coalition letter supporting the October 2014 adoption of ICD-10-CM for reporting diagnoses by all health care providers and ICD-10-PCS for hospital reporting of inpatient procedures, collectively referred to as ICD-10, with opposition to further delaying full compliance with the planned adoption of ICD-10.

ICD-10-CM-PCS Coalition Letter to US House of Representatives Leadership

Author: Advanced Medical Technology Association; AHIMA; American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA); Blue Cross and Blue Shield; Cepheid; Health IT Now Coalition; Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA); 3M Health Information Systems; Roche Diagnostics Corporation; Siemens Health Services

Source: AHIMA testimony and comments

Publication Date: May 17, 2013

Coalition letter supporting the October 2014 adoption of ICD-10-CM for reporting diagnoses by all health care providers and ICD-10-PCS for hospital reporting of inpatient procedures, collectively referred to as ICD-10, with opposition to further delaying full compliance with the planned adoption of ICD-10.

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....

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....

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....

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....

Healthcare Industry Stakeholders Letter to Secretary Sebelius concerning Adoption of ICD-10-CM/PCS

Author: Advanced Medical Technology Association; AHIMA; American Hospital Association; American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA); Blue Cross and Blue Shield; College of Healthcare Information Management Executives; Health IT Now Coalition; Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA); 3M Health Information Systems; Roche Diagnostics Corporation; Siemens Health Services; Wellpoint

Source: AHIMA testimony and comments

Publication Date: March 12, 2014

Joint letter to CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner expressing continued support for the October 2014 adoption of ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS.

Greater Urgency, Sharper Focus for PHRs

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2005


Through its request for information, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) showed that it was exploring how its extensive claims and benefits data could be of value to Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries and how, as the single largest healthcare purchaser in the US, it could he....

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: January 02, 2001

Notice of Privacy Practices for Protected Health Information

Standard: Notice of Privacy Practices—Right to Notice

The Rule states (§164.520) that "an individual has a right to adequate notice of the uses and disclosures of PHI that may be made by the covered entity, a....

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: January 02, 2001

Other Requirements Relating to Uses and Disclosures of Protected Health Information

This section of the Rule (§164.514) begins by covering the standard and specifications for de-identification of PHI. In this analysis, this item is covered in Uses and Disclosures of De-Identified Protecte....

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: January 02, 2001

Modifications

The Rule’s provision for modifications (§160.104) follow the same approach as the other HIPAA regulations. "The Secretary may adopt a modification at any time during the first year after the standard [rule] or implementation specification is initially adopted [the rule....

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: January 02, 2001

Access of Individuals to Protected Health Information

Standard: Access to PHI—Right of Access

The Rule states (§164.524) that "an individual has a right of access to inspect and obtain a copy of PHI about the individual in a designated record set, for as long as the PH....

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: January 02, 2001

Amendment of Protected Health Information

Standard: Right to Amend

The Rule says (§164.526) that "an individual has the right to have a covered entity amend PHI or a record about the individual in a designated record set for as long as the PHI is maintained in the designate....

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: January 02, 2001

Consent for Use or Disclosures to Carry Out Treatment, Payment, or Health Care Operations

Standard: Consent Requirement

The Rule states (§164.506) that "a covered health care provider must obtain the individual’s consent, in accordance with this [Rule], prior to using or di....

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: January 02, 2001

Uses and Disclosures for Which Consent, an Authorization, or Opportunity to Agree or Object Is Not Required

The Rule states (§164.512) that "a covered entity may use or disclose PHI without the written consent or authorization of the individual as described in Consent for Uses or Di....

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: January 02, 2001

Administrative Requirements

Standard: Personnel Designations—Privacy Officer

The Rule states (§164.530(1)(i)) that: "A covered entity must designate a privacy official who is responsible for the development and implementation of the policies and procedures of the entit....

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....

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: January 02, 2001

Uses and Disclosures for Which an Authorization Is Required

Standard: Authorizations for Uses and Disclosures

Authorizations Required: General Rule
The Rule states (§164.508) that except as otherwise permitted or required by [the Rule], a covered entity may not use or discl....

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: January 02, 2001

Definitions

Definitions play a key role in the Privacy Rule, and there are a number of definitions provided in the final rule: §160.103 (65FR82798), §160.202 (65FR82800), §164.501 (65FR82803), and §164.504 (65FR82802). Due to their detail, several of the definitions are important componen....

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: January 02, 2001

Uses and Disclosures of De-Identified Protected Health Information

Standard: Uses and Disclosures to Create De-Identified Information

The Rule (§164.502(c)) states "a covered entity may use PHI to create information that is not individually identifiable health information o....

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: January 02, 2001

Accounting of Disclosures of Protected Health Information

Standard: Right to an Accounting of Disclosures of PHI

The Rule states (§164.528) that "an individual has a right to receive an accounting of disclosures of PHI made by a covered entity in the six [6] years prior to....

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