HIM Issues in the Healthcare Reform Law
HIM professionals wondering how the recently passed federal healthcare reform law affects them can look to AHIMA’s online Advocacy and Public Policy Center. A recently posted review of the law highlights sections with an impact on HIM and health IT.
The law, signed by President Obama on March 23, 2010, altered healthcare insurance and changed Medicare and Medicaid coverage and funding. Provisions specific to HIM include changes to quality reporting requirements, consolidation of operating rules for electronic information exchange, and measures to enhance the HIM workforce and develop new patient care models.