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From 'Confidentiality Police' to 'Privacy Officer'

Author: Martin, Melissa

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2016



Privacy and security has been one of the most interesting aspects of my job. I often tell folks the role of privacy comes very easily to HIM professionals because we were the “Confidentiality Police” long before the title “Privacy Officer” was widely accepted. Prior to HIPAA, HIM professi....

Bringing Physician Practices into the HIM Fold: Guidance on Making a Smooth Transition and Ensuring the MD/Hospital/HIM Relationship Remains Mutually Beneficial

Author: Lee, Christine

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2016



According to the American Medical Association (AMA), physician practices continued a slow but steady transition toward hospital ownership in 2015. In their July 2015 study, the AMA reported a decrease in physician-owned practices alongside a continual increase in physicians working direct....

IFHIMA Organizing a World of HIM: What to Expect Out of the 2016 IFHIMA Congress

Author: Fernandes, Lorraine M.; Haendel, Angelika; MacDonald, Marci; Nicholson, Lorraine; Skurka, Margaret A.; Yokobori, Yukiko

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2016



The familiar phrase “think globally, act locally” urges people to consider the health of the entire planet and to take action in their own communities and cities. The rapid spread of epidemics such as Avian flu, Ebola, HIV, and the latest threat of Zika to pregnant women and th....

OCR Clarifies Policy on Medical Record Request Fees

Author: Greene, Adam H

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2016



In 2009, CONGRESS passed the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, which granted individuals a right to have a copy of their records sent to a third party, according to 42 U.S.C. § 17935(e) of the regulation.


Unfortunately, many attorn....

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.....

Tips for Preventing and Responding to a Ransomware Attack

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: April 01, 2016

As predicted, 2016 is proving to be the year of ransomware, with multiple reported incidents making news as we approach April. As they become startlingly more common, it’s important that HIM professionals be aware of how preventable they are, says Tom Walsh, CISSP, founder and managing partner of tw-Security. Just as with other types of data breaches, ransomware attacks are the result of human intervention—that’s also where they end.

Measuring CDI Productivity

Author: Combs, Tammy

Source: AHIMA blog post | Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: March 23, 2016



When calculating the productivity guidelines for a clinical documentation improvement (CDI) program it is important to remember both quantitative and qualitative perspectives. Sometimes it is very easy to focus solely on the quantity of reviews that are performed. If the quality of those r....

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