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Accounting of Disclosures: ARRA’s Impact

Author: Rhodes, Harry B.

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 05, 2009


The accounting of disclosures requirement is one of the most difficult HIPAA privacy rule compliance issues to implement. Following the August 2002 modifications to the privacy rule requirements, the accounting for disclosures requirement has stood out as the HIPAA requirement demanding the big....

The cHIE, the Key to a Better Health Care World

Author: Rivera, Teresa

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 02, 2011

Background

The Utah Health Information Network, UHIN, has been exchanging data electronically since 1993. Formed and governed by the community, UHIN, is a solution to the high cost of sending claims and receiving payments electronically. UHIN has been operating as a nonprofit organization....

Linking Quality of Care to Clinical Data Integrity

Author: Roat, Lisa

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2014



Healthcare data is being touted as a means to improve population health management. It is also feeding public competitive market reporting for providers and facilities. The integrity of the clinical data being reported is essential to supporting and improving the quality of care to patien....

Investigative Approach: How Clinical Documentation Teams Improve Communication, Documentation Outcomes and Patient Care

Author: Robinson, Steven

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: December 29, 2016



Clinical documentation programs’ success is a result of the healthcare team keeping a constant vigil on communication while operationalizing outcomes and instilling provider support. Patient care is largely dependent on accurate communication among the healthcare provider team. In a....

HIPAA Marches On--Or Does It?

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2005


HIPAA has taught us that standardization is hard. When the act was signed into law in 1996, the optimists among us believed that within four years the healthcare industry would be using a variety of uniform national administrative transactions, most associated with what we now call the revenue....

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....

Committee Works Toward Viable Data Sources

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2000


The availability of patient health data continues to be a hotly debated topic on Capital Hill. Noting that the "lack of complete and comprehensive PMRI (patient medical record information) is a major constraint on the ability of our healthcare delivery system to enhance quality, i....

NHIN Show and Tell

Author: Rollins, Gina

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2008


Contractors in the NHIN trial implementations are working toward a demonstration of a “network of networks” this fall. Along the way they are generating specifications and refining issues.

In October 2007 the Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator f....

Unwrapping Data Standards

Author: Rollins, Gina

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2007


Data content standards affect a wide range of day-to-day HIM work. Here’s what you need to know.
They may sound like they belong up in the IT stratosphere, but data content standards-or the lack of them-affect a wide range of day-to-day HIM work right here on....

Public Health: a Special Case for Data Standards

Author: Rollins, Gina

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2007


The need for thorough, rapid, and reliable public health data reporting was brought home starkly in the fall of 2006 when nearly 200 people were sickened and at least three died after eating packaged spinach that had been contaminated with E. coli bacteria. Yet despite its importance, pub....

Connect the Dots: Linking Together the Nation’s Disparate and Growing Health Information Exchanges has become a Formidable Challenge

Author: Romeo, Jim

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2013



Establishing a health information exchange (HIE) and building an infrastructure to support it internally and externally is a daunting task. Whether funded by federal and state grants or launched as a private sector initiative, launching a HIE often means blazing new territory and making de....

Moving Toward a Unified Information Security Program

Author: Ruano, Michael

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2003


Is your organization up to the challenge of creating a unified information security program?


A unified information security program has been all but mandated for healthcare organizations by the federal government. HIPAA requires that electronic, paper, and oral patient identif....

Weaving Together a Healthcare Improvement Tapestry: Learning Health System Brings Together Health IT Data Stakeholders to Share Knowledge and Improve Health

Author: Rubin, Joshua C; Friedman, Charles P

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2014



As the “Vision” section of AHIMA’s website states, AHIMA aims to “lead the advancement and ethical use of quality health information to promote health and wellness worldwide.” In many ways, the Learning Health System’s (LHS) overarching vision represents....

Integrating Medical and Dental Records: A New Frontier in Health Information Management

Author: Rudman, William J.; Hart-Hester, Susan; Jones, Warren A.; Caputo, Nadine; Madison, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2010


Integrating records of systemic and oral health would improve patient care. It would also open up a new frontier in health information management.

A fully integrated patient record and care model for both systemic health (medical) and oral health (dental) is needed for health informa....

Information Governance for Offsite Data Security

Author: Saharia, Devendra

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2016



Disruptive technology can turn any industry on its head—virtually overnight. Just five years ago, summoning a taxi was an inefficient, time-consuming effort that often involved dialing up a dispatcher, who contacted a driver, who would then make their way to your location, perhaps in an h....

Managing PHI Content Standards

Author: Sawatsky, Elaine; Warner, Diana

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2016



Interoperability standards and their continuing adoption by e-health programs expand the capacity of information systems to capture, use, and exchange clinical data. For exchange to occur, the majority of data processing decisions need to take place both computationally and automatically.....

Assessing and Improving EHR Data Quality. Appendix A. Case Study: How One Hospital Improved Healthcare Data Quality in Its EHR

Author: Schleis, Kathy

Source: AHIMA web extra

Publication Date: March 02, 2007


Holy Family Memorial Medical Center (HFM), a hospital within a healthcare network, has a hybrid record-part paper, part electronic. In l989, HFM initiated the computerization of the diagnostic areas of the hospital such as the lab and dictated reports. Through the years, system implementation h....

Steering Quality Improvement in Healthcare

Author: Schoenfelt, Suzanne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2000


"Quality" is a multi-industry buzzword, but what does it really mean in today's healthcare climate? We asked the experts for their views on the state of quality improvement in healthcare and what lies in store for HIM professionals as QI evolves.
For decades, healthcare has concerned its....

Secret HIM Recipe for Sharing Healthcare Data

Author: Scichilone, Rita A

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2012



When preparing a meal to share with others, the best cooks pay attention to which ingredients baked into the final product can determine the success or failure of the meal. This process is surprisingly similar to HIM professionals sharing health data with others. The way information is pre....

Enabling EHR Use in Clinical Research

Author: Seidl, Patricia

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2010


Health information collected in electronic health records (EHRs) can support a variety of initiatives, including clinical research. However, technical standards are needed to enable EHRs to communicate with clinical research applications.

Work from the American National Standards In....

Tools for Defining Data

Author: Shakir, Abdul-Malik

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 1999


Similarly, data dictionaries, data sets, and data models have much in common, but many significant differences. Each can be used to define data, especially data that needs to get from point A to point B. This article describes each of these tools and the value they add to health information ma....

Data Transmission: A World of Possibilities

Author: Smith, Deborah A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2001




In a landscape of regulation and consolidation, healthcare providers must find new, cost-effective ways to communicate sensitive data with partners. Observations, lab results, and admission-discharge-transfer data must be shared accurately, confidentially, and in a timely manner with....

Enhancing Patient Care through Data Analysis

Author: Spencer, Gregory

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2010


Healthcare organizations, just like individuals, can suffer from information overload. Increasingly tasked with linking quality data to reimbursement parameters, providers now attempt to capture every piece of possible data.

The problem is that data collection has a price tag. Someti....

MACRA and the Role of Clinical Data Integrity

Author: Stearns, Michael

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2016



President Obama signed into law the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015 on April 16, 2015. This legislation repealed the sustainable growth rate (SGR) but also introduced a number of provisions designed to compensate physicians and other healthcare professionals ba....

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