FTC Delays “Red Flag” Deadline

The Federal Trade Commission has pushed back the compliance deadline for its identity theft “red flag” rules. The original deadline was less than two weeks away. The new deadline is May 1, 2009. The red flag rules require businesses that extend credit to their customers to develop and implement written identity theft prevention programs. Healthcare organizations fall under the rule, say attorneys. The FTC released the final rules in...

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AHIMA Comments on Proposed ICD-10 Rule

AHIMA has submitted official comments on the adoption and implementation of the ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS classification systems. In part, AHIMA: Recommends that the implementation of the two classifications and the related HIPAA transaction updates should occur over a three-year period, with the date of final compliance no later than October 1, 2012 Supports a single compliance date across the entire US healthcare industry and...

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A Complete Ban on Signature Stamps

UPDATE: CMS has since released new clarification stating that stamps are not prohibited under the Conditions of Participation, but that some payers may not accept them. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services no longer accepts signature stamps on any record. CMS attempted to clarify the scope of the ban this summer, but the message may not have percolated to all corners of the industry yet. In July CMS stated that “stamped...

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Reducing the Copy Fee for Electronic Records

In Illinois healthcare organizations and trial lawyers are disagreeing over how much facilities may charge when fulfilling requests for health records that are stored electronically. Also at issue is whether facilities must provide their digital records in a digital format. A state law lowering the copy fees for electronic documents went into effect January 1, 2008. The law, the result of negotiations that tempered reductions in...

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Journal of AHIMA – October 2008

The October issue explores the HIM jobs of tomorrow and how current roles will evolve in the future. Other features report on medico-legal issues in electronic records, HIM specialty tracks and associate degrees, new Joint Commission standards and processes, and successful recruitment strategies. Members may read all stories online in the AHIMA FORE Library: HIM Body of Knowledge. Select features and practice briefs also are available...

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