HIM professionals have agreed to abide by a code of ethics that places the patient first. The ethical course of action is not always the easiest course of action and sometimes consciences need reinforcement. State, regional, and local HIM associations need to ensure their cash management practices have sufficient checks and balances in place to fulfill the fiduciary role that leaders accept when elected to their respective offices.
VA Scheduling Scandal Investigation Reveals Troubling Data Integrity Practices, Takes Down Secretary
A government report on Veterans Health Administration (VA) scheduling practices have uncovered much more than a deeply flawed patient management system. It also revealed lapses in data integrity and information governance and has led to the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki. Many HIM professionals are closely watching the case, as it raises health information ethics and health record accuracy questions.
Unethical behavior can impact the integrity, privacy, and security of a healthcare record, meaning information governance efforts sometimes call for whistleblowing. HIPAA protections exist for those with the courage to step forward.
AHIMA’s Professional Ethics Committee offers common scenarios and best case resolutions that test one’s professional morality.