CMS Publishes Interim Final Rule on GINA

On Wednesday the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the interim final rule for the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). In it, CMS modifies the HIPAA privacy rule to explicitly include genetic information within the definition of health information.  The rule also proposes to: prohibit health plans from using or disclosing protected health information that is genetic information for underwriting...

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Real-Life Lessons

HIM professionals who go from practice to teaching (or teach part-time while practicing) bring a wealth of real-life experience to their classes. They also bring some subtler lessons they have learned about succeeding in the workplace. Jill Burrington-Brown, who teaches in an online HIM program at Missouri Western State University, shares with her students the communication skills she has learned in a career that has covered a range...

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Journal of AHIMA – October 2009

The October 2009 cover article examines the provisions in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that offer exceptional opportunities for HIM programs, individuals, and the profession as a whole. Other features report on how diversity in the HIM workforce can help reduce healthcare disparirities and how integral senior-level professional practice experiences are for HIM students. Members may read all stories online in the AHIMA...

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