Preparing HIM Students for ICD-10

The ICD-10-CM/PCS final rule requires a major transition in academic programs as well as in the field. Institutions currently teaching ICD-9-CM in baccalaureate, associate, and certificate programs must transition their curricula to ICD-10-CM/PCS in coordination with the industry’s transition to the new coding systems. Educators will be among the first in the country who need to learn ICD-10-CM/PCS. The April practice brief...

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A Call for HIM Action

The stimulus bill includes provisions for education, outreach, and training around healthcare IT. Bonnie S. Cassidy, MPA, RHIA, FAHIMA, FHIMSS, offers a look at the significant career development and employment opportunities this offers HIM professionals. Cassidy is a strategic leader for the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology and a past-director of the AHIMA Board of Directors. Title XIII of the American...

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ARRA: Let the NPRMs Begin

The Federal Trade Commission has its ARRA homework well under way. Yesterday it announced its notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on data breach notification. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act establishes the first federal requirements on health data breach reporting and notification. It assigns the Department of Health and Human Services to oversee organizations that qualify as covered entities and business associates under...

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The Red Flags Rule: Protecting Providers and Patients from Medical Identity Theft

Capping off our Health Information Privacy and Security Week series, Federal Trade Commission attorney Steven Toporoff offers tips on complying with the Red Flags Rule, which goes into effect May 1. Toporoff works in the FTC’s Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, Bureau of Consumer Protection. Millions of Americans each year fall victim to identity theft.  When identity theft involves healthcare, the consequences can be...

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HITECH Act Privacy Provisions’ Impact for Health Information Exchanges

Continuing this week’s focus on privacy, today’s guest author Stacie Durkin, RN-C, RHIA, MBA, owner, Durkin & Associates, explains what ARRA’s privacy provisions might mean for health information exchange. Durkin co-chairs an AHIMA/HIMSS collaborative workgroup focused on privacy and security in the HIE/RHIO environment.  HIPAA has sharper teeth and a wider net due to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).  A...

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