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Oral Privacy and HIPAA: We Really Need to Talk

Author: Jacobs, Jodi

Source: In Confidence (newsletter)

Publication Date: June 02, 2003


Oral privacy is not a new need or requirement in healthcare. However, because it is now backed by a federal mandate, it is receiving newfound attention. With the passing of the April 14, 2003, deadline for HIPAA compliance, hospitals, pharmacies, clearinghouses, physician’s offices, military....

Cryptography and HIPAA: Breaking the Code

Author: Ruano, Michael

Source: In Confidence (newsletter)

Publication Date: June 02, 2003


Part four in a 10-part series.
This article is the fourth of a 10-part series that introduces the domains of information security and relates them to federal HIPAA regulations. The information security domain of cryptography is probably the most complex and mathematical of all the domai....

Obtaining Satisfactory Assurance for PHI Disclosure

Author: Quinsey, Carol Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2003


Obtaining “satisfactory assurance” in the privacy rule may sound like something new, but the concept has been around for a long time. Do you know what it means and how it affects your HIM department? This article will explain what obtaining satisfactory assurance means and how it can....

Journal Q&A (6/03)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: June 02, 2003

Q: What are a covered entity’s legal responsibilities when a former employee breaches confidentiality of information gained during his or her employment period?

A: Individual state laws would affect the outcome of litigation if charges were pressed through civil action. If the organ....

Sorting Out Employee Sanctions

Author: Burrington-Brown, Jill

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2003


Has your organization addressed sanctions related to privacy and security issues? Both the final privacy rule and final security rule address this issue. The privacy rule states that the covered entity must “have and apply appropriate sanctions against members of its workforce who fail to....

AHIMA State Privacy Law Resource tool

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA

Publication Date: May 21, 2003


Welcome to the AHIMA State Privacy Law Resource tool. This tool provides AHIMA members with web links to sites with specific information regarding the final HIPAA privacy rules and their interaction with state laws and regulations. On many of these sites, you will find access to HIPAA preemptio....

Accounting for Disclosure Cost Analysis Worksheet

Author: Dunn, Rose T

Source: External - used with permission

Publication Date: May 02, 2003

This worksheet has been developed to provide guidance on components to consider in developing the basis for a reasonable, cost-based charge for the Accounting for Disclosure (164.528). This worksheet is not intended to be all inclusive. Users are encouraged to discuss inclusions to this analysis with their facility’s cost accountant.

Journal Q&A (5/03)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: May 02, 2003


Q: What is an organized health care arrangement (OHCA) and what are its advantages?


A: The privacy rule defines an OHCA as:

a clinically integrated care setting in which individuals typically receive healthcare from more than one healthcare provider

an org....

Calculating Costs for Accounting of Disclosures

Author: Dunn, Rose T

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2003


The privacy rule allows a covered entity to charge a cost-based fee for providing an accounting of disclosure (AOD). Has your organization determined these costs? Calculating the actual costs may be more involved than you think. This article will discuss the requirements for setting the fee an....

Catching Up with HIPAA: Managing Noncompliance

Author: Weintraub, Abner E.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2003


With the April 14 HIPAA privacy deadline behind us, many covered entities are still struggling to become compliant. Limited budgets and staff, conflicting advice, and unforeseen delays have all conspired to keep many covered entities from meeting the deadline.


What do you tell....

Is Your NPP Your Best Defense?

Author: Lee, Michael R.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2003


In the event of a privacy-related legal challenge, the content of your organization’s notice of privacy practices (NPP) will be a focal point for both plaintiff and defense arguments with respect to the protected health information (PHI) disclosure activities of your organization. Is your....

Journal Q&A (4/03)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: April 02, 2003

Q: Is it legal for our facility to provide an individual with an abbreviated version of the notice of privacy practices with the full version available only upon request?

A: If an abbreviated version of the notice is given to an individual, it must contain all the required elements from....

Journal Q&A (4/03)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: April 02, 2003

Q: Does reporting cancer surveillance to the state have to be tracked under the accounting of disclosure requirement in the HIPAA privacy rule?

A: Reporting cancer surveillance to a state agency does require tracking under HIPAA. State laws should be checked to determine if the other typ....

Final Rule for HIPAA Security Standards: Analysis by the American Health Information Management Association Policy and Government Relations Team - February 2003

Author: AHIMA Policy and Government Relations Team

Source: AHIMA regulation analysis

Publication Date: February 28, 2003


Impact | This Analysis Includes | General Rules | Administrative Safeguards | Physical Safeguards | Technical Safeguards | Organizational Requirements | Policies, Procedures, and Documentation | Matrix | Introduction

After a wait of some four and one-half years, the Department of He....

AHIMA Advantage E-alert [Special edition]

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA newsletter

Publication Date: February 13, 2003

HHS to Release Final HIPAA Security Rule February 20; HIPAA Transaction and Code Set Standards Modifications Announced

Privacy -- an AHIMA Organizational Value

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2003


Ten years ago, AHIMA drafted model federal legislation to protect confidential medical record information. We aimed to raise Congress’ awareness that protection for this most personal information was sorely lacking and that the absence of uniform legal protection was a barrier to the use....

Journal Q&A (1/03)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: January 02, 2003

Q: When is it legal to disclose protected health information (PHI) to clergy?


A: If the individual is informed in advance of the possible disclosure and has the opportunity to object, the HIPAA privacy rule allows a covered entity to disclose directory information to clergy. Directo....

Journal Q&A (1/03)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: January 02, 2003

Q: Is faxing patient information legal under HIPAA?
A: If the covered entity is permitted to release the information (for treatment purposes or by authorization, for example), then using a fax machine is allowed. The privacy rule requires the entity to provide appropriate administrative, techn....

Journal Q&A (1/03)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: January 02, 2003

Q: Does HIPAA allow clinicians in our home health facility to pull their own records?
A: Your facility must make a reasonable effort to limit the access of your clinicians to the PHI they need to perform their duties. You will have to determine what policies are reasonable. As employees, the c....

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....

It's Time to Finalize Your Privacy Policies

Author: Dougherty, Michelle

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2002


You've attended seminars, read articles, outlined systems, and developed forms for implementing the privacy rule, but there is still one step left--actually writing the policies and procedures. For many practitioners, policies and procedures are important but are often put off, then forgotten.....

Quest for Patients' Trust Only Just Begun

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2002


Some saw the final rule on HIPAA privacy, published in August 2002, as a crowning achievement after years of efforts to secure patient privacy. Others took a more negative view, claiming that big business had finally ensured unhampered access to patient data. HIM professionals, however, should....

Understanding the Privacy Rule's Amendments

Author: Hughes, Gwen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2002


By now you know that amendments to the final privacy rule were published in the August 14, 2002, Federal Register. The amendments are intended to correct problems identified in the original privacy rule published on December 28, 2000.


This article presents a summary of some of....

Web FAQ

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: October 2002

Because HIPAA gives patients the right to copy their medical records, does my facility have to supply a copy machine for this purpose or allow patients to take their records to a copy center?
According to section 164.520 of the HIPAA final privacy rule, an individual has "the right to inspect....

Mind Your Business Associate Access: Six Steps

Author: Sullivan, Tori E.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2002


It's April 10, 2003, and a privacy officer is reviewing her policies for the imminent privacy regulations, title II of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996. The compliance deadline is April 13, 2003, and she is already feeling stressed about meeting the date.....

Creating Privacy Rule Implementation Efficiency

Author: Hughes, Gwen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2002


Many HIM professionals will be called upon to perform an extraordinary feat during the next six months. They will be asked to bring one or more organizations into compliance with the HIPAA privacy rule by April 14, 2003. While this task is challenging in organizations that began such efforts a....

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