CMS: No Further Delays in ICD-10-CM/PCS Implementation

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will maintain their commitment to the current ICD-10-CM/PCS compliance date of October 1, 2014, according to a letter sent to AHIMA President Kathleen A. Frawley.

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AHIMA: Why Standards Matter

Since its founding in 1928, AHIMA has been actively engaged in standards development and advancement. From the privacy and accuracy of personal health information to how a health provider maintains confidentiality while also providing necessary access to critical data, new challenges are constantly emerging in today’s rapidly evolving healthcare landscape. Along with public policy, thoughtful, well-constructed standards are part of the solution.

AHIMA’s Global Standards Update e-newsletter provides three updates a year on new and important industry standards and AHIMA’s standards-related work. If you’re not a subscriber yet, click here to read more.

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Actuarial Weigh-in On ACO Payment Models

The American Academy of Actuaries has released a report that describes the five common accountable care organization (ACO) payment models. This report comes at a time when ACOs are forming across the country, faced with making payment arrangement decisions that will lead member organizations and providers toward improved care quality and outcomes with reduced cost.

The five models included in the report are…

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Special Issue of Perspectives Explores Leadership

The Winter 2013 issue of Perspectives in Health Information Management focuses on leadership and provides a forum of viewpoints on the mandates for leaders. The following is an excerpt from the article, “Leadership’s Role in Support of Online Academic Programs: Implementing an Administrative Support Matrix,” by Amanda C. Barefield, EdD, RHIA, LNHA, and John D. Meyer, PhD.

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Genetic Database Information Linked to Identities

Findings from a recent study published in the journal Science have brought up concerns regarding the privacy of genome databases. Relying entirely on free, publicly accessible resources over the Internet, researchers were able to recover individuals’ surnames and additional possibly identifying information, the study shows.

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