A group of hackers believed to be based in China has stolen nonmedical patient data on 4.5 million patients stored in Community Health Systems’ (CHS) computer systems.
According to the Franklin, TN-based health system, medical and credit card records were not stolen, though patient names, addresses, birthdates, and phone and Social Security numbers were taken, the Associated Press reported. According to Modern Healthcare, CHS believes that hackers originally set out to steal the intellectual property on medical devices and other equipment but instead stole data on patients who sought care from its physician practices.
Even the best informed patient or caregiver can find the complex healthcare system overwhelming. In an effort to help consumers get the most out of their healthcare and engage them within the process, AHIMA has developed a reference guide on how to adequately prepare for a doctor or hospital visit and assess and understand the health records created during care.
Tune in to this monthly online coding column from Melanie Endicott to learn about challenging areas and documentation opportunities for coders.
President Obama signed legislation giving a $16.3 billion boost to the Veterans Affairs Department’s ability to respond to beneficiaries seeking healthcare services, on August 7.
According to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), fraud and abuse in healthcare contribute to as much as $75 billion in costs each year. In fact the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) estimates that fraud and abuse add up to 10 percent to the total expense of a Medicare claim. That amount would fund NASA’s budget for 15 years.
Moderator Jennifer Covich Bordenick, chief executive officer, eHealth Initiative discussed ongoing efforts to combat fraud and abuse with an esteemed panel including Michael Nelson, vice president of strategy and business development, Equifax identity and Fraud Solutions; John Benson, chief operating officer and co-founder, Verisys; Gerald Cliff, research director, National White Collar Crime Center; Melanie Endicott, senior director of HIM practice excellence, AHIMA; and Mark Isbitt, director of market planning, LexisNexis. The panel met and discussed during today’s session of the CDI Summit held in Washington, DC.
In this companion piece to her presentation at this year’s CDI Summit, Melanie Endicott, MBA/HCM, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, CCS-P, FAHIMA, senior director, coding and CDI products development at AHIMA, discusses the ever-changing role of the clinical documentation improvement professional, from difference settings and demands to strategies for keeping ahead of the curve.
“Clinical documentation improvement is all about the quality, not just about the reimbursement,” said Jon Elion, MD, FACC, associate professor of medicine for Brown University, CEO of Chartwise Medical Systems, and practicing cardiologist, as he addressed a standing room only crowd Monday morning at AHIMA’s 2014 Clinical Documentation Improvement Summit. Elion’s presentation, adequately titled “Stories from the Front Line,” offered several insights into a physician’s way of thinking about clinical documentation.
In her keynote presentation at AHIMA’s Clinical Documentation Improvement Summit on Monday, Laura Zubulake discussed her firsthand experiences with information convergence and governance on Wall Street in the 1990s, as well as her encounters with the legal system.In February 2002, Zubulake became involved in a case that transformed the practice of law. She made the decision to search for e-mail evidence that she believed existed on backup tapes. As a result, landmark opinions (known as Zubulake I-V) were issued concerning counsel’s obligations for the preservation of electronically stored information. These opinions established the foundation for what is known as electronic discovery (e-discovery).
Prior to her presentation in Washington, DC on Monday, Zubulake talked with the Journal of AHIMA about the influence of Zubulake I-V opinions and information governance in healthcare.