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Telling the HIM Story in Meaningful Use

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2011


The term "meaningful use" is used freely within Washington and throughout the healthcare industry. For HIM professionals it is not a new concept, but the term has proliferated in the last few years with the creation of the ARRA-funded EHR incentive program.

At some point the talk wi....

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....

HHS Releases Final Rules for HIPAA Transactions, Code Sets

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2000


HIM professionals have new HIPAA challenges to prepare for: this summer, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the highly anticipated final rule for certain transaction sets and codes.1 The rule was effective on October 16, 2000, and under HIPAA legislation, most....

Winding Road to the Privacy Rule

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2001




We have a privacy rule. After years of effort from AHIMA members, the first national privacy standards were allowed to go into effect by Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tommy G. Thompson, with pressure from the White House.

It's time for HIM professi....

No Downhill Coast for Data Standards

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2004


As committees meet, there is tension between gathering data and reworking process.
A summit is a high point. The problem is that many expect the road to be downhill all the way after a summit. In the case of this summer’s summit on health information technology, the nation isn&rsqu....

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....

Meeting HIM Needs Through Advocacy Efforts

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2001




One of the major benefits of association membership is the opportunity to participate in advocacy efforts on national and local levels. At AHIMA, volunteer leaders, members, and staff work in a variety of ways to promote certain policies and standards within the healthcare industry an....

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....

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....

Taking Our Stand: AHIMA Stakes Four Key Issues

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2002


In May, AHIMA’s Board of Directors approved two key issue statements—one on consistency of healthcare diagnostic and procedure coding, and a second on national healthcare information infrastructure (available at www.ahima.org). These “umbrella” statements are general and ap....

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....

Summer Reading: Skimming the New ARRA-HITECH Regulations

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2010


In July the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) ended the waiting game for the HITECH privacy and security regulations, the meaningful use final rule, and the final rule on standards and certification.

HIM professionals and their organizations, anxious to familiarize thems....

HIPAA Compliance Extension Postpones Simplification Benefits

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2002



Under the terms of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, February 2002 would mark the second anniversary of administrative simplification for all but the smallest of health plans, and one year of rules related to claims attachments. Instead, Congress just approve....

Making a Difference, One Member at a Time

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2007


This month AHIMA will hold its Capitol Hill Day, when HIM professionals from around the country visit the offices of their representatives in the US Senate and House of Representatives. While there are many ways in which HIM professionals can influence Congress, a face-to-face meeting is....

Take Another Look: Proposed Changes to Privacy Rule

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2002


In late March, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released proposed changes related to the HIPAA privacy standards. By the time you read this column, the 30-day comment period for these regulations will have already passed, although debate on these changes will still be in full....

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....

Advocating HIM Issues in an Election Year

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2002



This column has often addressed the advocacy role of the HIM professional. This year, that role becomes even more important—it’s an election year. Elections call for citizen involvement, and HIM professionals are no exception.


This election year, 435 members of th....

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....

Coding Standards Remain AHIMA Priority in 2002

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2002


While legislative activity in Congress has been slow, 2002 has proven very active for various healthcare regulations, coding standards discussions, and AHIMA. Most activity has surrounded code sets and coding standards, healthcare information infrastructure, and privacy.

Changes to....

AHIMA’s Advocacy Priorities for 2009

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2009



The media has been rife with stories on the changes to come from the incoming 111th Congress and the new presidential administration. Healthcare reform appears to be high on the agenda. However, the current state of the healthcare industry is a mix of great needs and great expectations, co....

Transactions Delay Prompts Concern Among Covered Entities

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2002


AHIMA recently attended a meeting of healthcare providers, payers, and staff representatives of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Organized by the Association for Electronic Health Care Transactions, the meet....

How Bioterrorism Became an HIM Issue

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2002


Bioterrorism is not a subject that people would normally relate to HIM. Yet, since the first anthrax letter was discovered on October 4, 2001, there have been discussions around the country that will directly affect HIM for many years to come.


Bioterrorism spotlighted public he....

NCVHS Groups Explore CPR, Privacy Rule Possibilities

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2001




HIPAA's fifth anniversary was marked by meetings of two key subcommittees of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS): the standards (transactions) and security subcommittee and the privacy and confidentiality subcommittee. At the security subcommittee, experts fr....

Advocacy 2003: A Road, Not a Destination

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2004


When we pursue our profession in an ever-changing environment, success is a fleeting reward. The pursuit of our goals is a process that spans more than any one calendar year. This column summarizes the Association’s 2003 achievements in our four key advocacy issues and looks at plans for....

AHIMA Testifies in Support of ICD-10

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2001


The "replacement [of ICD-9-CM, Volume 3] with a new procedural coding system for inpatient services is absolutely necessary and ICD-10-PCS meets the criteria for such a replacement system," said Linda Kloss, MA, RHIA, AHIMA's executive vice president and CEO. Kloss also argued that &q....

Moving Closer to an NHII Reality

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2004


In May 2002 the AHIMA Board of Directors declared a position on what, for most professionals in the industry, is only a dream: a national health information infrastructure. The statement read, “AHIMA believes that for the United States’ healthcare industry to meet the current and f....

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....

Our Message: The Power of Data

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2012


Lately, there have been constant reminders of the importance of health information in the current US healthcare landscape, as health information and data is a driving force behind most, if not all, of our current endeavors. A decade ago, I argued that healthcare data would become our new botto....

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