Boost for Record Sharing as VA Joins NATE

As a member of NATE, the VA will be able to collaborate on policies and procedures for sharing health information with consumers outside of the VA system

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VA Nurse Whistleblower Fights Disciplinary Action for Using Patient Information

A Veterans Administration nurse who reported neglectful care at her facility to her lawyer says she was put on suspension and demoted for violating patient privacy protocols. Recent HITECH-HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule protections for healthcare whistleblowers, however, could strengthen the nurse’s defense.

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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.

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VA Privacy Breaches Rank Among the Worst

An investigation spanning a two-year period found that US Veterans Affairs department employees or contractors contributed to 14,215 privacy breaches affecting over 101,000 veterans at 167 VA facilities across the US.

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AHIMA Launches Blue Button Campaign

During the October 27 House of Delegates meeting at AHIMA’s Annual Convention and Exhibit, AHIMA announced its upcoming awareness campaign for the Blue Button Initiative. This graphic outlines the program and AHIMA’s strategy for the campaign.

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