Exception Coming on Red Flags Rule?

The oft-delayed Red Flags Rule, scheduled to take effect November 1, may be in for a major change. A bill that passed the US House October 20 and arrived in the Senate the next day would exempt, among others, healthcare practices with 20 or fewer employees from meeting the law’s requirements. The amendment is intended to relieve the administrative burden on small businesses. The Red Flags Rule, part of the Fair and Accurate Credit...

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No Script Needed for California Breach Notification

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a state legislature bill on October 11 that would have specified content requirements for privacy breach notifications. California law requires businesses and state agencies that have unencrypted personal information lost, stolen, or improperly accessed from their databases to notify affected consumers. However, the law does not specify what information the notification letters must...

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ICD-10-CM/PCS Project Management Resources

Organizations looking to begin the transition to ICD-10-CM/PCS can find project management resources in the October practice brief “Transitioning ICD-10-CM/PCS Data Management Processes.” Web-only resources include: Sample project communication plan Sample project plan Sample project progress report Sample issues log The online version also includes a list of communication aids that organizations may use in the transition to...

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Converting MS-DRGs to ICD-10

Like the rest of us, MS-DRGs have to transition to ICD-10-CM/PCS. Their conversion is off to a good start, with a preliminary version already available. The conversion project offered an early test of the General Equivalence Mappings and provides organizations with a process for converting their own applications to ICD-10-CM/PCS. Rhonda Butler and Janice Bonazelli, senior clinical analysts at 3M Health Information Systems, offer an...

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Who’s Hiring?

In one sense, the future is already here for those who manage health information. The skills HIM professionals need today are not very different from those they’ll need in 10 years, according to a new survey of practitioners, recruiters, and employers conducted by AHIMA. In addition, while the industries looking for HIM knowledge continues to diversify, the greatest concentration of employment is expected to remain within seven...

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