Early Notice on CER Funding

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality will publish grant and contract solicitations for comparative effectiveness research in the fall, according to a notice in today’s Federal Register. AHRQ has $300 million appropriated through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to support of such research. The ARRA funding will focus initially on 14 priority conditions established by Health and Human Services under the Medicare...

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Who Has Rights to a Deceased Patient’s Records?

Determining appropriate release of a deceased patient’s medical records can be complex. HIPAA, sometimes blamed for denied requests, is rarely cause for a roadblock, however.

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ARRA Privacy Provisions Present IT Challenges

In the August print issue, Journal writer Chris Dimick describes the challenges California healthcare organizations face in determining their responsibilities under tough new state law on health data breach notification and even newer federal law created by ARRA. The breach notification requirement is not the only ARRA privacy provision shaking up healthcare organizations in California and across the country. It is just the most...

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Journal of AHIMA – August

The August 2009 cover story focuses on assessing physician practice readiness for electronic health records. Other features report on what physicians need to do to prepare for the transition to ICD-10-CM/PCS, how to make denials management a part of a practice’s daily work, the fundamentals for rapidly implementing an EHR, and how California healthcare facilities are faring under its new privacy breach laws.  Members may read...

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