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Sample Policy: Protecting Patient Privacy from Outside Callers

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2003

Background: It is customary for family members, legal guardians, and friends of patients at [name of hospital] to telephone the hospital, inquire in person about the condition of a patient, or to request other health information. Privacy regulations require that a patient’s identity or oth....

Protecting Verbal PHI: a Plan

Author: Birnbaum, Cassi L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2003

Does your organization have a policy in place for protecting patient health information (PHI) over the phone?

This article will discuss how a workgroup at Children’s Hospital and Health Center (CHHC) in San Diego, CA, implemented a policy to protect verbal PHI and how your....

Staff Discovery Tools


Source: AHIMA web extra

Publication Date: February 02, 2003

Use one of the two approaches below to involve and educate staff on privacy issues. The second method uses a more structured approach.
1. Protected health information (PHI) is confidential information that includes a patient's identity and medical information. Identify instances where PHI....

Computer Recycling: Are you Legally Prepared

Author: Harford, Joseph P.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2003

None of these methods of disposal address healthcare organizations’ environmental or legal responsibilities. But how do you know if your organization is legally positioned to handle disposal of computer equipment? This article will address these concerns.

What Is Legal?

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