CMS and ONC Release Proposed Rules on Data Exchange and Interoperability
Feb12

CMS and ONC Release Proposed Rules on Data Exchange and Interoperability

“At first glance, we are pleased that ONC’s information blocking rule acknowledges in its exceptions the importance of promoting the privacy and security of electronic health information, which is a core tenet of the HIM profession,” said AHIMA CEO Wylecia Wiggs Harris, PhD, CAE.

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VA Plans to Digitize Vietnam Records to Support Mental Health Claims, Treatment

The Department of Veterans Affairs is hoping to process the claims for Vietnam-era veterans seeking treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder by digitizing combat records previously kept on paper.

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Absence of EHRs in Mental Health, SUD Treatment Hinders Opioid Interventions

Privacy laws designed to protect individuals with mental health or substance use disorders when HIPAA was first implemented now hinder the care and treatment of people with opioid addictions, according to a new Bipartisan Policy Center report.

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Senator Warns VA About Risks of Outdated EHRs

A senator’s letter to newly confirmed VA Assistant Secretary of Information and Technology and Chief Information Officer James Gfrerer expresses concerns regarding the agency’s health IT modernization efforts.

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Health IT Groups Anxiously Await Information-Blocking Regulations

One of the key hurdles to interoperability is information blocking—both defining it on a federal level and proposing solutions so the private sector can do its own part in addressing technology through innovation. Now, the private sector has grown frustrated by government delays in meeting the goals of the 21st Century Cures Act’s deadlines.

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Patients Adding Psychiatric Advance Directives to Medical Records
Dec12

Patients Adding Psychiatric Advance Directives to Medical Records

Even if they have not encountered them in practice yet, health information management professionals may want to familiarize themselves with documents called psychiatric advance directives, a tool mental health professionals are using to help patients receive better care.

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