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AHIMA practice brief provides general ROI guidance

HIM Briefings, February 1, 2009

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When it comes to release of information (ROI), there is no one-stop shop that provides HIM professionals with answers for every scenario. Not only does HIPAA set guidelines, but other federal and individual state laws govern ROI as well. Add in the fact that many hospitals are in the midst of an EHR transition, and it’s now more complicated than ever.

“We’re exchanging information in a multimedium industry right now,” says Angela Dinh, MHA, RHIA, manager of professional practice resources at AHIMA in Chicago and coauthor of AHIMA’s new practice brief “Management Practices for the Release of Information” released in November 2008. “In today’s world, whether you have a hybrid, paper, or electronic record, it’s still an exchange of information,” Dinh says.

AHIMA published the practice brief in response to the growing complexity of ROI, the ever-present barriers to the efficient transfer of information between healthcare providers and the ongoing confusion regarding what providers can release for a patient’s continuity of care, Dinh says.

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