Patient safety advocates called for more regulatory and operational oversight to curb medical mistakes during a Senate hearing convened by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on July 17.
A Veterans Administration nurse who reported neglectful care at her facility to her lawyer says she was put on suspension and demoted for violating patient privacy protocols. Recent HITECH-HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule protections for healthcare whistleblowers, however, could strengthen the nurse’s defense.
The healthcare industry’s late-to-the-party approach to cybersecurity renders patients’ and providers’ protected health information (PHI) vulnerable to data terrorists, healthcare security experts warn.
Tune in to this monthly online coding column from Melanie Endicott to learn about challenging areas and documentation opportunities for coders. This month, Endicott discusses how roles in CDI can team up with coding professionals.
Certain medical records of renowned Formula One racecar driver Michael Schumacher have been stolen and are for sale on the black market, according to a representative from Schumacher’s management team. The leak may have been traced back to a Swiss helicopter company that provides emergency medical assistance.
In an effort to ensure the health information management workforce stays on track and continues to move into the jobs of the near future, AHIMA has launched a research study that aims to determine the education and credentials that will be needed by health informatics and information management professionals (HIIM) 10 to 20 years from now. The association is actively soliciting HIIM participants from all settings to take part in the study and subsequent survey.
Organizations are relaunching and reworking data integrity efforts, and coding roles, with clinical documentation improvement programs
Deborah Green, MBA, RHIA, COO of AHIMA, discusses the most actionable findings in the association’s new information governance white paper.