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Releasing Information of Deceased Patients

Author: Herrin, Barry S.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2009


Developed when modern law concepts were first formed, the mortmain, or “dead hand,” rule prevented the church from exercising undue influence over a soon-to-be-dead penitent to obtain a gift of an individual’s lands in remission of his or her sins. These statutes evolved over....

Sorting out Advance Directives

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2011


Important differences exist in advance directives. Only some grant access to another person's medical records, and that can change with time.

After 50 years of marriage, Rosa Taylor-Payne noticed even the slightest change in her husband, Marvell Payne. So she started to worry when he....

How to Request Your Medical Records

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: March 2012



If you’ve never requested your medical records from your doctor or hospital before, the process can seem complicated. However, understanding the law and the basic requirements will ease the process.

The Record Request Process


The basic process for requesting a medica....