AHIMA Releases Full Analysis of HITECH-HIPAA final rule

In an effort to direct HIM professionals to the sections of the HITECH-HIPAA omnibus privacy and security final rule that specifically impacts the HIM industry, and provide guidance on how to respond, AHIMA staff experts have posted a full analysis of the lengthy rule on AHIMA’s website.

The final rule includes significant additions and modifications to HIPAA requirements, called for in the 2009 ARRA-HITECH Act, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008…

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HIE Meets Fiber Optic Technology

Fiber optics have brought a new level of health information exchange to providers in the upper Midwest. A 3,200-mile long fiber optic network provides the communication backbone to HealthNet connect, LC (HNc), a hard-wired health information exchange (HIE) network that spans the state of Iowa.

Fiber optic technology, with its ability to transport data at the speed of light, holds great promise for communication technology, according to Rodney Brown, executive director of HNc.

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AHIMA: ICD-10 Implementation Must Stay on Track

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is working on a response to a letter issued by the American Medical Association (AMA) calling for the cancelation of ICD-10-CM/PCS implementation.

But while physicians may feel overburdened by the ICD-10 implementation and other healthcare changes, moving the industry to ICD-10 is necessary and it must stay on track for the October 1, 2014 compliance deadline, stated a letter sent by AHIMA officials on January 9 to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

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IFHIMA Releases Preliminary Congress Program

The Canadian Health Information Management Association (CHIMA) has announced the preliminary program for the 17th International Federation of Health Information Management Associations (IFHIMA) Congress taking place from May 13-15 in Montreal, Quebec.

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HHS Releases HIPAA Privacy and Security Update Final Rule

After years of industry anticipation, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today released a display copy of the HITECH Act modifications to the HIPAA privacy and security regulations. These modifications will have far-reaching implications for every patient’s health records, and impact several HIM work flow processes.

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