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Help Wanted: Privacy Officer

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2001

Sample Position Description




Position Title: (Chief) Privacy Officer1
Immediate Supervisor: Chief Executive Officer, Senior Executive, or Health Information Management (HIM) Department Head2
General Purpose: The privacy officer oversees all ongoing activities related....

Covering the Bases of Coding Compliance

Author: Hapner, Peggy

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: May 2001




As HIM professionals already know, data quality-one of the basic tenets of compliance-depends on comprehensive documentation and accurate code assignments. Because coding plays a major role in payment, reporting data accurately, managing data flow and data collection, and training st....

HCFA, Joint Commission Show Some Restraint

Author: Dougherty, Michelle

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2001


Hospitals and Behavioral Healthcare Settings

The 2001 Joint Commission standards on restraint and seclusion (TX.7.1 through TX.7.1.16) apply to all accredited behavioral healthcare facilities such as psychiatric units in general hospitals, free-standing psychiatric hospitals, and re....

If It Ain't Broke, Improve It

Author: Fuller, Barbara P.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2001




The time for change and refocus in an organization is when it is successful, advises Peter Drucker, author of Managing The Nonprofit Organization: Practices and Principles. If we look at AHIMA right now-with membership increasing, a sound budget in place, and exciting job opportuniti....

Taking Time to Make Time

Author: Smith, Cheryl M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2001




In today's healthcare environment, time is a vital resource. HIM department leaders work to develop skills and use tools to manage personnel, budgets, and projects, but few consider investing in the development of the skills needed to manage time. While time management may be a new c....

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....

Compliance is Everything, Everything is Compliance

Author: Brow, Julie A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2001




Everything, when reduced to its basic components, is a compliance issue," says Dorothy Wagg, JD, RHIA, vice president of HIM/compliance at Applied Management Systems in Burlington, MA. "It may seem pernicious to be thinking all the time, `how will this look under the microscope?' but....

Trends to Watch in Home Health Compliance

Author: Abraham, Prinny

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2001




The implementation of the Home Health Prospective Payment System (PPS) on October 1, 2001, has presented some unique compliance risks for HIM and billing managers. This article will briefly describe some of the compliance-related issues on the OIG's agenda that are of interest to HIM....

Hard-line Approach to Compliance Pays Off

Author: Morris, Lewis

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2001




While the landscape will continue to change, most observers agree that the healthcare industry finds itself in a very different environment from a decade ago. The reasons for the evolution are numerous, but a significant factor has been the growing influence of compliance initiatives....

Release of Information: the Basics

Author: Yaggie, Elaine

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2001




Whether you're new to the HIM profession or a long-time expert, release of information presents perennial challenges-especially in light of HIPAA. This article brings you the basics and the latest updates.
Release of health information has been a hot topic for years. Today, more....

Compliance: A Critical Yet Costly Commitment

Author: Roach, Daniel R.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2001




In the 1970s, the defense budget consumed the largest share of the federal budget. Concerns about both the size and efficiency of the defense bureaucracy triggered a massive crackdown on federal contractors who had either intentionally or inadvertently failed to follow the Department....

AHIMA Advocates for Physician Query Forms

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2001




The Medicare program's reluctance to accept physician query forms has been fermenting for several years. Recently, the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) have argued that facilities u....

Compliance Programs: Beyond Billing and Coding

Author: Guyton, Odell

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2001




Ensuring the success of your compliance program means keeping your eye on more than billing and coding. The author highlights some issues on the horizon for compliance officers.


As a compliance officer of your healthcare organization, you've established your formal....

Working Smarter with APCs

Author: Thoman, Deborah J.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2001




Are HIM professionals ready to make the most of APCs? This article suggests some strategies to improve the way we work with APCs, focus on complete and accurate coding, and improve our expertise.
Are HIM professionals ready for the next step in APCs? Are we ready to use APC data....

On the Line: Professional Practice Solutions

Author: Hughes, Gwen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2001




Q: I understand that inexpensive password recovery software can allow an unauthorized user to recover or crack someone else's password. If passwords are that easy to crack, are they worthwhile?



Q: Does the new HIPAA privacy rule require hospitals to obtain patient....

Health Information Management: Professional Definition

Author: AHIMA Committee on Professional Definition (1999); AHIMA Committee on Professional Definition (2000)

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2001




Health information management improves the quality of healthcare by insuring that the best information is available to make any healthcare decision. Health information management professionals manage healthcare data and information resources. The profession encompasses services in pl....

Getting Your Arms Around HIPAA

Author: Hughes, Gwen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2001




Have you read the new HIPAA final privacy rules yet? Are you overwhelmed? I've been spending a lot of time poring over the privacy rules and I've seen many similarities between the new privacy rules and the Uniform Health Information Act (UHIA) passed in Washington and Montana about....

World of Accreditation

Author: Zender, Anne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2001


In recent years, the healthcare industry has seen a smorgasbord of accreditation options develop in all care settings. This list offers a sampling of the many accreditation organizations existing today.



Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC)-accredits am....

Drafting Policy on Business Ethics

Author: Dingman, Barbara

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2001




The Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) attention to fraud and abuse has certainly changed the way hospitals and their vendors conduct business. For many years, it has been common practice for vendors to court their clients with gifts and outings to get their product purchased, and....

PEPP: Collaborating to Improve Quality

Author: Poole, Laurie

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2001




By collecting and analyzing information about Medicare payment errors, PEPP initiatives are making a contribution to healthcare quality efforts nationwide. Here's how one organization takes a collaborative approach to improving quality.
State Payment Error Prevention Programs (....

Creating and Supporting Member Connections

Author: Fuller, Barbara P.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2001




Distance is dead," declares Tom Peters in his 1997 book, The Circle of Innovation.1 He is referring to the effect of technological advances enabling real-time communication, information transmission, business transaction, movement of money, and endless other activities. Peters contin....

Tapping Our Legislative Influence

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2001




Beyond the endless speculation about how the recent federal election will affect Congress' lawmaking abilities, the narrow margins of victory illustrated an important point: individual votes have power. The 436 elected officials in Washington, DC, recognize this. This is AHIMA's-and y....

'Quality is Job One' for CPHQs

Author: Smith, Cheryl M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2001




"Quality" is a buzzword in many industries, but it has particular resonance in healthcare. As a result, healthcare quality has its own certification, which overlaps many areas in which HIM professionals have expertise. Here's an overview of the credential and how HIM profess....

When Inmates Become Patients

Author: Jeffries, Jane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2001




When you think of places to expand your professional horizons, prison is probably not the first venue that comes to mind. But that's where Maryanne Perlmutter, MPH, RHIA, CPHQ, CCHP, found her ideal job.

As standards compliance coordinator at the Central California Women's....

Our Role in Reducing Medical Errors

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2001


At press time, the culminating report of the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) Committee on Quality of Health Care in America, "Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century," had just been released. The IOM's earlier report estimated that medical errors ....

On the Line: Professional Practice Solutions

Author: Smith, Cheryl M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2001




Q: What are the documentation requirements for the content of a discharge summary?

Q: Does the Joint Commission still conduct random unannounced surveys?
Cheryl Smith (cheryl.smith@ahima.org) is an HIM practice manager.Article citation:
Smith, Cheryl M. "On the....

AMA Issues Guidelines for Patient Privacy

Author: Jeffries, Jane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2001


Prominent healthcare experts unveiled ethical guidelines calling on all participants in the healthcare system--from physicians, hospitals, and health plans to employee benefit managers, unions, and others--to rigorously protect the confidentiality of any medical records entrusted to them.
....

Using Ergonomics to Keep Injury in Check

Author: Smith, Cheryl M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2001




Office ergonomics are not new to the healthcare industry. Medical transcriptionists and data entry employees are just two groups of healthcare workers that are affected by ergonomics on a daily basis. With a growing number of healthcare organizations implementing the computerized pati....

Winning Joint Commission Jeopardy: Tips for Success

Author: Brow, Julie A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2001




Organization, preparedness, and quality are three familiar words to those managing hospital and clinic health information. At no time is it more important to be organized, prepared, and quality-minded than when surveyors from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organi....

Divided Congress Faces Challenging Future

Author: Asmonga, Donald D.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2001




Our closely divided government reflects a closely divided nation. Governing and legislating in this atmosphere will be an interesting and unpredictable undertaking. As a result of the lengthy election process, Congress's organization and the presidential transition have taken an inord....

Using Physician Profiling to Improve Documentation

Author: Hammen, Cheryl

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2001




In today’s competitive market, physician profiling has become a way to provide consumers with a "snapshot" of a physician. It is also used in determining physician participation in various managed care contracts through identification of variations in physician practice pa....

Who's Covered by HIPAA (HIPAA on the Job)

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2001




One of the mysteries of the administrative simplification section of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) is determining who is covered or comes under the requirements of the act. This article will examine HIPAA to unravel some of the mystery of &quo....

On the Right Side of the Law

Author: Zender, Anne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2001




HIM professionals need to know the correct and legal way to do things to keep their departments and organizations running smoothly. Jan Van Dyne, JD, RHIA, needs to know the correct and legal way to do things to advise clients-healthcare organizations of all types and sizes-to keep th....

Visit to the Cutting Edge

Author: Hughes, Gwen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2001




From biometrics to password recovery, data transmission to surveillance software, technology is advancing on every front. Below is a roundup of some of the latest technological advances likely to benefit healthcare.

Fiber-optic Networks Without the Fiber

To speed da....

From DNA to Data Privacy

Author: Fuller, Barbara P.; Jeffries, Jane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2001




Genetic research is revolutionizing healthcare by predicting diseases and revealing cures. At the same time, the information presents new challenges to HIM professionals charged with keeping this vital data from the wrong hands. Here's a look at the role genetic information is playin....

Conduct is Their Business

Author: Byrd, Katherine

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2001




Suppose you were asked to do something unethical on the job. What if you were asked by your supervisor to hide delinquent charts just prior to a Joint Commission survey? What would you do?

As a profession, HIM professionals understand our moral obligation to the patient to p....

Two Golden Opportunities

Author: Fuller, Barbara P.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2001




What an exciting time for our profession! As the leaders in HIM, we are being recognized as valuable resources in analyzing and assessing the recently published standards for privacy of individually identifiable health information. When these regulations were announced by President Cl....

IOM Examines Medical Errors, More

Author:

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2001


The Institute of Medicine (IOM) released "Informing the Future: Critical Issues in Health." The report covers many issues, including medical errors. Recommendations related to reducing medical errors include:
establish a center for patient safety within the Agency fo....

Ethics in Practice: Asking the Right Questions

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2001


When was the last time you had to decide the right thing to do? Recall a time when an employee asked your advice about what action would be right or wrong. What words would you would use to describe how you made the decisions? Words like "judgement," "intuition," a....

How to Build a Winning Team

Author: Smith, Cheryl M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2001




In today's healthcare environment, the HIM manager must tackle an endless stream of projects, daily and long-term system and process issues, and the ongoing challenge of employee motivation, all of which demand effective and flexible strategies. One strategy that HIM managers in any h....

Predicting the Internet Future

Author:

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2001


A recently released report written for the California HealthCare Foundation, Health e-People: The Online Consumer Experience, is the second five-year forecast to map the landscape of Internet healthcare. The recent forecast more specifically maps one aspect of Internet healthcare by looki....

Improving Performance, Managing Change

Author: Elliott, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2001




In today's world, there is no such thing as permanent stability. Change is the norm.

Like performance improvement, change can be thought of as a process to be understood and managed. Although definitions vary, change management can be defined as a group of techniques used to....

New Expedition Begins: Privacy Under HIPAA

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2001




While all regulations under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) directly affect how we manage health information, the privacy regulations are central for HIM professionals. It has always been our privilege to serve as patient advocates for information priv....

New Privacy Officer's Game Plan

Author: Dennis, Jill Callahan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2001




The HIPAA-mandated privacy officer role offers a new opportunity for HIM professionals. What skills are required, and what needs to be done first? This article answers these questions.
As healthcare organizations roll out their plans for HIPAA implementation, many HIM profession....

Is PKI the Solution to HIPAA Security?

Author: Dougherty, Michelle

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2001




Public key infrastructure (PKI) has been called the only technology currently available that will comply with the HIPAA proposed security rules. If you have heard of PKI but have yet to understand it, keep reading. This article will give you a nuts-and-bolts look at the technology a....

Review of Congressional Action 2000

Author: Asmonga, Donald D.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2001




The 106th Congress dragged more than two months beyond its targeted adjournment date, wrangling about fiscal year 2001 budget matters.

Congress finally adjourned on December 15, after passing a massive $384 billion omnibus spending package (HR 4577) that included a five-year....

10 HIPAA tips for the physician office

Author: Lazarus, Steven S.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2001




The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and its accompanying regulations present opportunities and concerns for physician practices. Many of the HIPAA requirements and issues are the same for physician practices as they are hospitals and other providers. Howe....

Final ERISA Rules Published

Author:

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2001


The Department of Labor published two final rules in November 2000 that will affect the information received and the appeals available to those receiving healthcare benefits under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA).

The two final rules are "Amend....

Preparing the Physician Office for HIPAA

Author: Uppena, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: February 2001




Change has been a constant factor in coding and reimbursement with the intensified focus on billing, compliance, and cost control. Out of necessity, coding professionals in physician settings have learned to be organized, adaptable, and armed with the latest information. The mandates....

On the Line: Professional Practice Solutions

Author: Smith, Cheryl M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2001




Q: Where can I find information on the interpretation of Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organization standards?

Q: How does the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) define health information in the final rule for healthcare elec....

Measuring HIPAA's Impact (HIPAA on the Job)

Author: Fuller, Sandra R.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2001




As children, most of us stood against a door frame while our parents recorded our height and the date on the wall. These marks climbed each year as reminders of the changes we were experiencing. When relatives visited, we proudly showed off our progress to adulthood.

These....

Helping Star Performers Shine

Author: Hjort, Beth M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2001




Cost containment and reduced employee benefits in the healthcare industry, combined with sustained low unemployment rates, make retaining star employees a bigger challenge than ever. Estimated turnover costs can be between $10,000 and $40,000 per individual. And then there's the rippl....

Make HIM Education a Professional Priority

Author: Fuller, Barbara P.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2001




This month, I want to draw your attention to our HIM education programs. Those of us who are not intimately involved in HIM education are sometimes under the false impression that these essential programs are functioning well enough and do not need our care and support. Yet nothing co....

Staying Ahead of the Game

Author: Jeffries, Jane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2001




Marilyn Houston, RHIA, had an advantage in getting her current job: she recognized the need for it. While serving on an information security task force as a representative for the Palm Beach County Health Department (PBCHD), Houston wrote the medical records portion of the State of Fl....

Self-insurance with Assurance

Author: Zender, Anne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2001




When Judy Conroy, RHIA, looks at a health insurance claim, she thinks like an investigator. Is the information accurate? Is anything missing? Are all the details right?

She's had plenty of opportunity to master the details of reimbursement. Conroy is president and co-owner o....

Quick Take on Clearinghouses

Author: McLaughlin, Mark

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2001




HIPAA's provisions have brought healthcare clearinghouses into the spotlight. What is a clearinghouse, and how is its role affected by the new regulations? This article answers these questions.

A clearinghouse is typically used to collect, validate, and distribute insurance c....

When Health Information and Fiscal Management Meet

Author: Dunn, Rose T

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2001




HIM professionals have skills that can allow them to contribute to the bottom line in many ways. The author describes areas where HIM expertise can make a difference in evaluating an organization's fiscal performance through analysis of services driven by health information.
HI....

Creating a Diverse HIM Work Force

Author: Moczygemba, Jackie; Welborn, Ruth B.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2001




Increasing information technology, external billing audits, and federal legislation continue to heighten the demand for HIM professionals. At the same time, there's a critical need for improved cultural diversity in the allied health professions. To tackle both these issues, the HIM p....

First Annual Hospital OPPS Update Published

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2001




The Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) published its "annual" update to the hospital outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) as an "interim final rule with comment" in the November 13, 2000, Federal Register.1 Due to delays in the original implementat....

Is Wireless Technology at Hand for Healthcare?

Author: Smith, Cheryl M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2001


It wasn’t so long ago that HIM professionals witnessed the introduction and use of computers to assist in performing everyday functions in an HIM department. The computerization of the master patient index moved us from typing patient demographic data and filing individual patient index cards....

Understanding HIPAA Transactions and Code Sets

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2001


The recently published final regulations for transactions and code sets under HIPAA are the light at the end of the tunnel in the quest for uniform healthcare standards-and the first step on a long road to HIPAA implementation. What are the standard transactions and code sets? This article tak....

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