Capturing the Data behind Healthcare Disparities

New Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius was on Capitol Hill yesterday with two new reports from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in hand. Both had discouraging news about the quality of healthcare Americans received in 2008. In particular, Sebelius singled out unequal care. AHRQ’s “2008 National Healthcare Disparities Report,” she told the House Ways and Means Committee, “highlights that severe and...

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Ensuring Fair and Consistent Staff Sanctions

Healthcare organizations must ensure that their sanctions policies for internal privacy and security breaches are consistent, fair, and objective for all staff members. Organizations that fail to do so send a confusing message to staff, compromise their privacy and security programs, and lose public trust. The May practice brief “Sanction Guidelines for Privacy and Security Breaches” offers recommendations for the internal...

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Red Flags Rule Delayed

One day before the Red Flags Rule were to take effect, the Federal Trade Commission announced a three-month delay. Organizations that would have woken up out of compliance today now have until August 1 to comply. The rule requires “creditors” and financial institutions to develop and implement written identity theft prevention programs. (For more on the rule, see articles in “Privacy & Security.”) The FTC...

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Journal of AHIMA – May 2009

The May issue reviews the Health Information Security and Privacy Collaboration’s work and its implications for the healthcare industry. Other features look at RHIO certification and accreditation, data governance and data stewardship, and ARRA’s privacy provisions. Members may read all stories online in the AHIMA FORE Library: HIM Body of Knowledge. Select features and practice briefs also are available publicly. May 2009...

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