A Closer Look at the Red Flag Rules

Chris Apgar, CISSP, consults on information security to the healthcare and financial services industries. He offers this overview of the Federal Trade Commission’s red flag rules regarding identity theft protection programs. * * * Healthcare organizations must be in compliance with the FTC’s red flag rules by May 1, 2009. The rules, which require financial institutions and creditors to establish identity theft protection programs,...

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New Clarification on Signature Stamps

The clarifications continue over CMS’s approach to signature stamps. This past July CMS issued a clarification that stamps were not permissable on any medical record. Now a new clarification advises that some payers do not accept stamps but the Conditions of Participation do not prohibit them. In the latest memorandum, dated October 24, CMS writes that the Conditions of Participation: “do not prohibit the use of rubber...

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A Cost-Benefit Model for PHRs

Healthcare is badly in need of some cost-savings. A new study suggests that a change in the way we keep health records could save billions. Last week the industry got a look at a cost-benefit model for personal health records. According to the report, widespread use of PHRs could save the US healthcare industry between $13 and $21 billion a year. The Center for Information Technology Leadership (CITL), a nonprofit IT research center...

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Web-only Extras on HIM-HIT Collaboration

“HIM and health IT are finding that the scope and responsibilities of individual job functions are increasingly crossing department domains,” write the authors of the practice brief “HIM and Health IT,” published in this month’s issue. They note a “universal need for alignment between the two disciplines to ensure that both business processes and technology are in place to advance successfully toward a fully functional [electronic...

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Journal of AHIMA – November-December 2008

The November-December issue examines the workflow processes for organizations with hybrid records, or those with both paper and electronic health records. Other features report on planning forms automation, minimizing hybrid records, and how health IM and health IT can collaborate in the new electronic healthcare environment. Members may read all stories online in the AHIMA FORE Library: HIM Body of Knowledge. Select...

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