More Delays for the Red Flags Rule

The Federal Trade Commission has announced a new delay for the Red Flags Rule. Enforcement will now begin June 1, 2010. The delay, announced October 30, comes at the request of Congressional members, the FTC said. The rule was scheduled to go into effect November 1. The announcement comes a week after the House of Representatives passed an amendment to the rule that would exclude certain businesses, including small healthcare,...

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Exposing Double Identity at Patient Registration

Keeping the organization’s master patient index clean leads some HIM departments all the way back to patient registration, where they collaborate to prevent errors before care starts. Accurate registration helps keep patient data complete and clean as it moves throughout the organization. Long-term trouble can start during a brief check-in. A rushed or incomplete search of the organization’s MPI can cause clinical registrars to create...

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Journal of AHIMA – Nov-Dec 2009

The cover story in the November-December Journal examines how healthcare organizations can plan to resolve the anticipated influx of disputed information in EHRs and PHRs. Other features outline downtime planning for health IT systems and the project to transition MS-DRGs to ICD-10-CM/PCS. Members may read all stories online in the AHIMA Body of Knowledge. Select features and practice briefs are also available publicly....

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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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