HHS Announces Final Regional Extension Centers

The Department of Health and Human Services announced the final round of regional extension center grants April 6. More than $267 million was awarded to 28 nonprofit organizations to form the health information technology support centers. A total of 60 RECs have now received funding. During the first round of awards in February, HHS issued $375 million to 32 organizations. The RECs are charged with providing health IT outreach and...

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HHS Announces $84 Million in Workforce Training

On April 2 the Department of Health and Human Services announced $84 million in grants to universities and junior colleges to support training and development of new health IT professionals. HHS awarded $36 million to five regional recipients that will establish Community College Consortia throughout the country. The consortia of 70 community colleges will create nondegree training programs that can be completed in six months or less....

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Snap Judgment

Anyone who is a member of AHIMA or holds its credentials agrees to abide by its code of ethics. The code sets forth professional values and ethical principles, and it offers guidelines to which professionals aspire. “Ethical behaviors result from a personal commitment to engage in ethical practice,” it notes. A code of ethics also offers a guide by which individual decisions and actions can be judged. A case in point is the scenario...

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Smart Training on Privacy and Security

There is plenty of privacy and security training to be done, and many trainers struggle to get resources from their organizations and attention from their audiences. Sandy Bacik, CISSP, ISSMP, CISM, CGEIT, is a principal consultant at EnerNex and a former chief security officer. Here she offers tips on designing training that can integrate HIPAA, ARRA, and the Red Flags Rule while keeping the audience engaged. * * * Privacy and...

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Sample Consent for Clinical Photos

The online version of the April e-HIM Best Practices column “Using Clinical Photos in EHRs” includes a sample consent form for clinical photography, videotaping, audiotaping, and other multimedia imaging of patients. The inclusion of clinical photographs within the legal health record is an individual decision that each organization must make after consulting with legal counsel. The decision to include clinical photos as a...

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