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How to Safely Recycle PCs

Author: Quinsey, Carol Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2005

Securing the privacy of both protected health information and personal information should be a primary concern when personal computers have outlived their usefulness. Recycling or disposing of a computer safely can be a challenge.

It’s not enough to simply give an old computer....

How Law, Investigation, Ethics Connect to HIPAA

Author: Ruano, Michael

Source: In Confidence (newsletter)

Publication Date: November 02, 2003

Part nine in a 10-part series.
This article is the ninth of a 10-part series that introduces the domains of information security and relates them to federal HIPAA regulations. The information security domain of law, investigation, and ethics covers these topics in depth and provides a p....

How an Integrated Delivery System Organized, Approached, and Monitored HIPAA Privacy Compliance: a Case Study

Author: Miller, Judith A.

Source: In Confidence (newsletter)

Publication Date: November 02, 2003

Advocate Health Care is a large, fully integrated not-for-profit healthcare delivery system in metropolitan Chicago. Many months prior to the April 14, 2003, deadline, Advocate began preparing for the HIPAA privacy compliance deadline.When April 14 arrived, Advocate’s associates and physician....

HIPAA Violation? Sue Me

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2011

This is a true story that occurred recently in Indiana. Failing to collect payment for treatment, a medical group sent a patient to collections. In providing the unpaid bills to the collections attorney, practice staff failed to redact sensitive information. When the attorney filed the bills wi....

HIPAA's New Mandate for Psychotherapy Notes

Author: Rhodes, Harry B.

Source: Behavioral Health

Publication Date: July 02, 2001

The new HIPAA privacy final rule mandate that affords a higher level of privacy restriction to psychotherapy notes is creating a fair amount of confusion for healthcare providers. Restricted access to mental health records should not be something new to health information management profession....

HIPAA Security Standards Update

Author: Parmigiani, John

Source: HIPAA Conference 2000

Publication Date: March 14, 2000

2000 HIPAA Conference Presentation
HIPAA Security Standards Update
Presented by John Parmigiani, Practice Director, Healthcare Computing Strategies Industry + Government = HIPAA Security Standards
Establish a Healthcare Data/Systems Security Framework Identify Require....

HIPAA Security Shopping List (HIPAA on the Job)

Author: Amatayakul, Margret

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2004

Many information security officials are barraged with requests for the latest security tools. Such shopping lists often do not reflect a structured plan or a true risk analysis to justify their cost or human resource requirements. This column describes some of the latest tools, how you can ev....

HIPAA Security Overview - Retired

Author: Miaoulis, William M

Source: AHIMA practice brief

Publication Date: November 2013

Editor’s note: This update replaces the April 2004 and the November 2010 practice briefs titled “A HIPAA Security Overview.”

The HIPAA security rule has remained unchanged since its implementation more than a decade ago. However, the Health Information Technology for Economic a....

HIPAA Security: Don't Disband the Committee Just Yet

Author: Brown, Stephen C.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2005

By now, every healthcare organization has faced the initial security compliance responsibilities associated with HIPAA. However, the compliance road has not yet been fully traveled. The nature of the rule makes compliance a recursive effort of reassessment, continual auditing, regular educatio....

HIPAA: Preemption of State Laws

Author: Demuro, Paul

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 10, 2001

I. Preemption of State Laws

The general rule is that a standard, requirement, or implementation specification adopted under HIPAA that is contrary to a provision of state law preempts or supersedes the provision of State law. 45 CFR §160.203.

Contrary, when used....

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....

HIPAA: It's Different for Manufacturers

Author: Humphrey, Heather L.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2005

A few years ago, the Y2K crisis refocused the data world. Suddenly medical device manufacturers saw the inherent risks data brought to the business industry. What began with answering a simple question about date functionality quickly moved to conversations about personal information, its appr....

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