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CMS releases new and updated FAQs for the EHR Incentive Programs

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 33, September 9, 2013

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EHRs rush in where doctors fear to tread

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 11, April 1, 2013

    Electronic health records (EHR) are the future, but physicians have yet to embrace them for a...

Phone company introduces secure medical record exchange

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 9, March 18, 2013

    Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) will introduce the first national service enabling physicians to...

News: CMS warns hospital associations against EHR-related fraud

  • CDI Strategies, Issue 20, September 27, 2012

    In a terse exchange of communication and reports this week, the HHS and American Hospital...

Presumptive assumptions in relation to EHRs

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 2, July 16, 2012

    A presumption is a belief or hypothesis about something. An assumption is taking a piece of...

Submit comments on meaningful use Stage 2 proposed rules

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 11, March 13, 2012

    On March 7, the two proposed rules related to Stage 2 of the meaningful use program appeared in the...

EHR best practices from A to Z

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 41, October 11, 2011

    by Darice M. Grzybowski, MA, RHIA, FAHIMA. Over the course of 30 years in the HIM field, I have...

EHR implementation: Plan wisely

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 38, September 20, 2011

    When working toward an EHR implementation, leave plenty of time for planning the most important...

Coming soon in Medical Records Briefing

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 38, September 20, 2011

    In the October issue of MRB, you’ll find articles on the following topics!

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  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 33, August 16, 2011

    In the September issue of MRB, you’ll find articles on the following topics!

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  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 29, July 19, 2011

    In the August issue of MRB, you’ll find articles on the following articles and more.

Keep EHR security in mind

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 26, June 28, 2011

    Don’t forget about protecting security when moving to an EHR. “Electronic health...

HHS publishes HITECH accounting of disclosures proposed rule

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 22, May 30, 2011

    The rule will ultimately lay the foundation for what healthcare providers will be accountable for...

The lost art of data integrity

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 14, April 26, 2011

    Somewhere between the third urgent item on your to-do list, getting your budgets prepared, and...

Stay on top of EHR incentive program updates and payments

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 13, March 29, 2011

    CMS announced that it is holding conference calls for eligible professionals and hospitals on April...

Coming soon in MRB

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 7, February 15, 2011

    In the March issue of MRB, you’ll find articles on the following topics and more!

When selecting an EHR vendor, don't forget the add-ons!

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 4, January 25, 2011

    I was recently working on an EHR project, and there was a deep and vibrant discussion about which...

Coming soon in Medical Records Briefing

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 46, November 23, 2010

    In the December issue of MRB, you’ll find articles on the following topics and more!

Release of Information survey

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 42, October 26, 2010

    Medical Records Briefing is conducting a survey on release of information (ROI) practices by...

Release of Information survey

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 41, October 19, 2010

    Medical Records Briefing is conducting a survey on release of information (ROI) practices by...

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  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 41, October 19, 2010

    In the November issue of MRB, you’ll find articles on the following topics and more!

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  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 37, September 21, 2010

    In the October issue of MRB, you’ll find articles on the following topics and more!

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  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 13, August 24, 2010

    In the September issue of MRB, you’ll find articles on the following topics and more!

Manage misplaced documents in an EDMS

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 32, August 17, 2010

    Regardless of the safeguards in place in any electronic document management system (EDMS...

ONC releases EHR fact sheets, CMS holds conference calls on incentive programs

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 31, August 10, 2010

    The Office of the National Coordinator of Health IT (ONC) has released tip sheets for Medicare...

Coming soon in Medical Records Briefing

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 29, July 27, 2010

    In the August issue of MRB, you’ll find articles on the following topics and more!

HHS eases requirements for initial phase of EHR 'meaningful use'

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 28, July 20, 2010

    HHS softened some of its proposed requirements for healthcare entities to become meaningful users...

HHS proposes 'significant' changes to HIPAA privacy, security, and enforcement

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 28, July 20, 2010

    On July 8 HHS released a proposed rule to modify the HIPAA privacy, security, and enforcement...

The times they are a-changin?: HIM in an EHR world

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 28, July 20, 2010

    EHR implementation is a “big, hairy animal,” according to Meg McElroy, RHIA, MBA, HIM...

MRB 2010 EHR benchmark survey

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 28, July 20, 2010

    Medical Records Briefing is conducting a survey on hospital EHR use and implementation, and we...

The times they are a-changin': HIM in an EHR world

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 25, June 29, 2010

    With many HIM directors being intimately involved in many of the various elements that go into a...

Considering additional EHR technologies? Early adopter shares advice

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 19, May 18, 2010

    Upcoming EHR meaningful use subsidies may give many hospitals the additional incentive necessary to...

Medical Records Briefing, May 2010

  • HIM Briefings, Issue 5, May 1, 2010

    This month's issue includes an article on the EHR certification proposed rule, as well as advice...

Proposed EHR certifying program seeks to balance needs

  • HIM Briefings, Issue 5, May 1, 2010

    Is your EHR meaningful use–compliant? Healthcare providers may soon be able to find out for...

Considering additional EHR technologies?

  • HIM Briefings, Issue 5, May 1, 2010

    Upcoming EHR meaningful use subsidies may give many hospitals the additional incentive necessary to...

When work flow becomes ’worry’ flow

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 14, April 13, 2010

    One of the most common questions I am asked when doing EHR implementation consulting is, “Can...

When work flow becomes 'worry' flow

  • HIM Briefings, Issue 4, April 1, 2010

    What is work flow? One of the most common questions I am asked when doing EHR implementation...

Medical Records Briefing, April 2010

  • HIM Briefings, Issue 4, April 1, 2010

    This month's issue includes an article on HIMs role in surviving recovery audit contractor (RAC...

Consider centralizing your HIM department: Unexpected benefits may await you

  • HIM Briefings, Issue 4, April 1, 2010

    Memorial Hermann Healthcare System (MHHS) in Houston includes nine acute care hospitals, one...

Don't let work flow become 'worry flow'

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 12, March 30, 2010

    To avoid having work flow become “worry” flow, start planning out work flow needs well...

HHS releases proposed rule for EHR certification: Certification to ensure functionality, security necessary to meet meaningful use criteria

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 9, March 9, 2010

    Is your EHR meaningful use–compliant? Healthcare providers may soon be able to find out for...

Find out what meaningful use means for you now

  • HIM Briefings, Issue 3, March 1, 2010

    On December 30, 2009, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information...

Medical Records Briefing, March 2010

  • HIM Briefings, Issue 3, March 1, 2010

    This month's issue includes an article on EHR meaningful use standards and what hospitals should do...

Federal committee recommends changes to EHR meaningful use rule

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 7, February 23, 2010

    The conversation continues regarding the effectiveness, appropriateness, and reasonableness of the...

Coming soon in Medical Records Briefing

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 5, February 9, 2010

    In the March issue of MRB, you’ll find the following articles, and more! EHR beat...

Meaningful use calls for meaningful risk analysis

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 5, February 8, 2010

    The proposed rule for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive states that in Stage 1 of meeting the...

Q&A: EHR audit log retention

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 5, February 2, 2010

    Q. Does any regulation define the retention period for EHR or electronic medical record audit logs?

Tips to help ensure effective EHR implementation

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 5, February 2, 2010

    Just getting started with your transition to an EHR? Consider tips from experts in the field...

Find capital now, gain stimulus funds later

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 5, February 2, 2010

    Healthcare providers still have time to implement EHRs before they start losing out on federal...

New meaningful use interim standards require encryption capabilities

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 4, February 1, 2010

    The EHR standards simply enable you to carry out certain aspects of HIPAA and HITECH better, such...

Manage information beyond the EHR

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 1, January 5, 2010

    HIM professionals should no longer think of a record as just a paper form. Records now include...

Managing electronic information through ERM

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 51, December 22, 2009

    One way to make managing electronic information easier is by using an enterprise record management...

Know how an EHR could affect your accreditation survey

  • HIM Briefings, Issue 12, December 1, 2009

    When a surveyor comes knocking on your door, you had better have a plan in place that grants access...

Medical records yesterday, today, and tomorrow

  • HIM Briefings, Issue 12, December 1, 2009

    When I started working in a hospital in the mid-1960s, the medical record department still had huge...

Know these eight tips to ensure secure PHI

  • HIM Briefings, Issue 12, December 1, 2009

    HHS’ message is clear: Breaches of electronic protected health information (PHI) should not...

Medical Records Briefing, December 2009

  • HIM Briefings, Issue 12, December 1, 2009

    The December issue of MRB is full of time-saving tips and information for HIM directors. This...

EHR beat

  • HIM Briefings, Issue 11, November 1, 2009

    EHR implementation is not simply on the to-do list at Health Quest, a three-hospital system in...

HIPAA happenings

  • HIM Briefings, Issue 11, November 1, 2009

    The privacy and security changes pursuant to the Health Information Technology for Economic and...

Medical Records Briefing, November 2009

  • HIM Briefings, Issue 11, November 1, 2009

    Inside: Education, credentials just two of many factors that affect salary Ensure that BA...

Recovery Act funds released for EHR implementation

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 40, October 6, 2009

    The government released $27.8 million September 29 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds...

The EHR 'spin zone': Separating fact from fiction

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 37, September 15, 2009

    By Darice M. Grzybowski, MA, RHIA, FAHIMA, President and Founder, HIMentors, LLC Healthcare...

Medical Records Briefing, September 2009

  • HIM Briefings, Issue 9, September 1, 2009

    This month’s issue covers a wide variety of topics of interest to HIM directors. Our cover...

CMS to conduct national assessment of existing health IT infrastructures

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 35, September 1, 2009

    On August 20, CMS published a published a request for information (RFI) regarding the National Gap...

Meaningful use work group releases new matrix for consideration

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 34, August 25, 2009

    Is the third time a charm? That’s the burning question on everyone’s minds as the...

HHS releases interim final rule for breach notification, secure PHI

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 34, August 25, 2009

    HHS released an interim final rule regarding breach notification and the acceptable methods for...

New guide available to help states implement HITECH Act

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 33, August 18, 2009

    On August 4, the National Governors Association (NGA)—a bipartisan organization of the...

CCHIT weighs in on definition of meaningful use

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 33, August 18, 2009

    On August 13, the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) issued a...

HITSP approves new interoperability specifications

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 31, August 4, 2009

    On July 23, the Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP) announced its approval of...

Know the HIM professional's role in assisting regional extension centers

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 31, August 4, 2009

    The ARRA has provided unique opportunities for HIM professionals to become involved in regional...

Survey watch: Sign, date, time: The HIM director’s continuing quest for compliance

  • HIM Briefings, Issue 8, August 1, 2009

    Obtaining physicians’ signatures on their orders usually isn’t difficult. Asking them...

Medical Records Briefing, August 2009

  • HIM Briefings, Issue 8, August 1, 2009

    This month’s issue covers a wide variety of topics of interest to HIM directors. Our cover...

Definition of meaningful use one step closer to adoption

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 30, July 28, 2009

    On July 16, the Health Information Technology Policy Committee adopted a revised definition of...

CPOE continues to challenge hospitals

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 30, July 28, 2009

    If you had to begin implementing computerized physician order entry (CPOE) today, how many years do...

AHIMA launches new and improved Web site devoted to PHRs

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 30, July 28, 2009

    Q: Where can I find up-to-date information about personal health records (PHR)? A: On July 15...

Department of Defense and Department of Veterans' Affairs track progress toward joint virtual lifetime EHR

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 30, July 28, 2009

    The Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee held a...

CCHIT releases its own meaningful use matrix

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 29, July 21, 2009

    Q: Where can I find comments that the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information...

HIPAA 5010 requires IT to do more with fewer resources

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 28, July 14, 2009

    A hospital’s information technology (IT) project list is most likely an exponential one...

AHA calls for elongated timeline to ensure meaningful use

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 27, July 7, 2009

    The American Hospital Association (AHA) says hospitals need more time to implement EHRs and prove...

AHIMA comments on proposed definition of meaningful use

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 27, July 7, 2009

    Q: What is AHIMA’s stance on the proposed definition of meaningful use?

Understand 'meaningful use' to prepare for HHS definition, EHR incentives

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 27, July 7, 2009

    The amount is colossal: $4,896,450. This is the total maximum payment for which Mission Hospital, a...

EHR beat: Understand ‘meaningful use’ to prepare for HHS definition, EHR incentives

  • HIM Briefings, Issue 7, July 1, 2009

    The amount is colossal: $4,896,450. This is the total maximum payment for which Mission Hospital...

What’s your EHR pre-implementation plan?

  • HIM Briefings, Issue 7, July 1, 2009

    We all have good EHR intentions—plans to pick out a system, hire a consultant, and go live...

Lifetime EHR for veterans should serve as national model for longitudinal record, experts say

  • HIM Briefings, Issue 7, July 1, 2009

    When Deb Howard, 42, of Kingwood, TX, was discharged from the military in 1992, she received eight...

Medical Records Briefing, July 2009

  • HIM Briefings, Issue 7, July 1, 2009

    This month’s expanded issue includes our 4-page quarterly insert about electronic health...

CCHIT to publish multiple EHR certification options

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 26, June 30, 2009

    The Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT) announced that it will...

Study: Hospitals far from having fully implemented EHRs

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 26, June 30, 2009

    Healthcare systems nationwide continue to strive to adopt electronic health records (EHR), but too...

CMS Web site now dedicated to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 26, June 30, 2009

    CMS has announced the creation of a new Web site dedicated to the American Recovery and...

Meaningful use first draft could guide final definition

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 25, June 23, 2009

    The Health Information Technology Policy Committee stressed on Tuesday that the meaningful use...

National Quality Forum makes recommendations regarding EHR quality measures

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 25, June 23, 2009

    The Health Information Technology Expert Panel (HITEP) established by the National Quality Forum...

NCVHS provides comments about meaningful use

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 24, June 16, 2009

    On June 1, the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) posted a 10-page document...

Illinois health system shares its EHR success story to help others obtain physician buy-in

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 24, June 16, 2009

    Terri Bunsen, chief privacy officer at NorthShore University HealthSystem in Evanston, IL, says...

Health IT Extension Program

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 23, June 9, 2009

    Q: How can I submit comments on the draft description of the Health Information Technology...

Plan for the future and trust that your revamped policies are sound

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 23, June 9, 2009

    As technology grows, evolves, and spawns newer versions of itself, security and privacy challenges...

New CCHIT certification process to remain flexible as ARRA details unfold

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 22, June 2, 2009

    On May 29, the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT) announced its...

Understand the requirements for the privacy, security, and integrity of health information: IM.02.01.01 and IM.02.01.03

  • HIM Briefings, Issue 6, June 1, 2009

    Although the privacy, security, and integrity of health information have not been subjected to...

Illinois health system shares its EHR success story to help others obtain physician buy-in

  • HIM Briefings, Issue 6, June 1, 2009

    Terri Bunsen, chief privacy officer at NorthShore University HealthSystem in Evanston, IL, says...

Medical Records Briefing, June 2009

  • HIM Briefings, Issue 6, June 1, 2009

    This month’s issue is full of time-saving tips and guidance. Our EHR beat column features one...

Survey: EHRs and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 21, May 26, 2009

    If you haven’t already taken our survey on EHRs and the American Recovery and Reinvestment...

CMS explains the importance of HIPAA 5010

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 21, May 26, 2009

    CMS issued a special edition Medlearn Matters article (SE0904) that provides an overview of the...

ONC issues HITECH operating plan

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 21, May 26, 2009

    On May 18, the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) issued an operating plan that details...

New Web site to provide forum for discussing 'meaningful use'

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 20, May 19, 2009

    The Association of Medical Directors and Information Systems and Compuware (a software developer...

EMRs make the top 10 technology watch list for hospital c-suite executives in 2009

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 20, May 19, 2009

    On May 4, the ECRI Institute®, an independent nonprofit organization that researches the best...

New poll finds Americans see value in widespread EHR adoption

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 19, May 12, 2009

    Three out of four U.S. residents believe it is very or somewhat important for healthcare providers...

AHIMA publishes statement regarding the definition of meaningful use

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 18, May 5, 2009

    AHIMA set forth several meaningful use measures and elements in a statement that Sandra Fuller, MA...

HIMSS suggests meaningful use definition to ONC

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 18, May 5, 2009

    The Healthcare Information & Management Systems Society (HIMSS) submitted its definition of...

Stay tuned for transcript of NCVHS' two-day meeting on meaningful use

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 18, May 5, 2009

    The National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics discussed meaningful use as it pertains to...

New legislation facilitates nationwide adoption of EHRs

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 18, May 5, 2009

    Senator John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV (D-WV) has introduced legislation—the Health Information...

Medical Records Briefing May 2009

  • HIM Briefings, Issue 5, May 1, 2009

    This month’s issue is full of time-saving tips and guidance related to

HITECH Act to stimulate EHR adoption, alleviate costly implementation

  • HIM Briefings, Issue 5, May 1, 2009

    The average cost of an EHR implementation in a large academic medical center or multihospital...

Ten tips to successfully scan your way to an EHR

  • HIM Briefings, Issue 5, May 1, 2009

    When should you start scanning? Should you scan on-site? How many full-time staffers do you need to...

Crack down on unauthorized uses and disclosures with your EHR?s audit log

  • HIM Briefings, Issue 5, May 1, 2009

    If you’re thinking about taking advantage of the incentive payments under the American...

Joint virtual lifetime electronic record soon to be available for veterans

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 17, April 28, 2009

    The Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are working together to...

Rhode Island to track statewide healthcare IT use

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 17, April 28, 2009

    Nearly 40% of Rhode Island physicians report using electronic clinical information systems to help...

Crack down on unauthorized use and disclosure of PHI with your EHR's audit log

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 17, April 28, 2009

    If you’re thinking about taking advantage of the incentive payments for EHR implementation...

EHRs and CPOE top priorities according to HIMSS survey

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 16, April 21, 2009

    EHR implementation and computerized physician order entry (CPOE) are top priorities for health...

Comment on security breach notification rule that targets personal health records

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 16, April 21, 2009

    If you’ve got an opinion on the proposed rule to require vendors of a personal health record...

Health information exchange advancements

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 16, April 21, 2009

    Q: Is there any recent information available regarding the prevalence of health information...

Q&A: Accessing your own information

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 14, April 13, 2009

    Learn the answer to this important HIPAA compliance question.

Study finds hospitals have a long way to go in terms of EHR implementation

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 14, April 7, 2009

    Hospitals are still behind the eight ball when it comes to implementing EHRs, according to a March...

13 members appointed to the Health Information Technology Policy Committee

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 14, April 7, 2009

    Gene L. Dodaro, acting comptroller general of the United States and head of the U.S. Government...

Baby, it?s COLD outside: Consider these 12 tips to heat up your document management strategy

  • HIM Briefings, Issue 4, April 1, 2009

    Now that April is here, we no longer have to worry about ice, snow, and freezing rain. But when I...

MRB benchmarking survey: HIM directors share scanning productivity standards

  • HIM Briefings, Issue 4, April 1, 2009

    Editor’s note: This article is the first in a two-part series on MRB’s scanning...

Ensure compliance with IM.01.01.03 before a disaster or other emergency strikes

  • HIM Briefings, Issue 4, April 1, 2009

    Editor’s note: This column continues our series of articles for 2009 regarding The Joint...

Consider these six tips to ensure Joint Commission compliance in 2009

  • HIM Briefings, Issue 4, April 1, 2009

    You’ve conducted countless mock surveys, made important changes to enable process...

Medical Records Briefing, April 2009

  • HIM Briefings, Issue 4, April 1, 2009

    This month?s issue is full of time-saving tips and guidance related to Joint Commission changes...

Certification criteria for EHR incentive payments

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 13, March 31, 2009

      Q: Do we know what will constitute a certified EHR that will qualify for incentive...

Joint a CCHIT advanced technology work group

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 13, March 31, 2009

    The Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT) is accepting...

HHS names health technology coordinator

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 12, March 24, 2009

    The Health and Human Services (HHS) department has named Dr. David Blumenthal as the national...

Meaningful use and EHR incentives

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 12, March 24, 2009

      Q: What will hospitals need to do to prove meaningful use and qualify for payments...

15 hospitals receive HIMSS award for best practice EMR implementation

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 11, March 17, 2009

    The Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS) honored 15 hospitals with its...

Review CCHIT's roadmap for expansion of health information technology

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 11, March 17, 2009

    If you haven’t done so already, take the time to review the Certification Commission for...

Understand how versioning can affect your legal health record

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 10, March 10, 2009

    In the context of the EHR, versioning is the ability to capture and track serial changes in the...

Hold your vendors accountable to ensure a seamless transition to ICD-10

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 10, March 10, 2009

    October 1, 2013, is the deadline by which HIM directors must implement ICD-10 at their hospitals.

Prevent unintended consequences when rolling out computerized physician order entry

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 7, February 17, 2009

    Computerized physician order entry (CPOE) can increase physician efficiency and enhance patient...

Benchmarking survey: Scanning productivity

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 6, February 10, 2009

    If you haven’t already taken our scanning productivity survey, be sure to take a few moments...

PHRs: New consumer-driven trend can lead to better care, but also privacy challenges

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 6, February 10, 2009

    As healthcare continues its push toward more transparency, consumers are taking a more proactive...

Benchmarking survey: Scanning productivity

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 5, February 3, 2009

    If you haven’t already taken our scanning productivity survey, be sure to take a few moments...

Implement safeguards to prevent medical identity theft

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 5, February 3, 2009

    You’ve undoubtedly seen the headlines and silently hoped it wouldn’t happen to your...

Consider ways in which a hybrid or electronic record could affect compliance with IM.02.01.03

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 5, February 3, 2009

    The 2009 Joint Commission standards may pose unique challenges for hospitals with hybrid or fully...

Address data encryption in 2009

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 5, February 3, 2009

    Eat better, go to the gym more often, and take up a hobby; these are all fine New Year’s...

Know how the EHR could reshape your department and job

  • HIM Briefings, Issue 2, February 1, 2009

    It’s every HIM director’s dream: a relatively seamless EHR implementation that leads to...

Understand how your EHR or hybrid record may affect Joint Commission compliance

  • HIM Briefings, Issue 2, February 1, 2009

    Your to-do list in 2009 will probably remain relatively unchanged, with several tried-and-true...

When will Medicare launch its PHR Choice pilot program?

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 4, January 27, 2009

    A: On January 13, Medicare announced the launch of its personal health record (PHR) Choice pilot...

Ensure compliance when it comes to verbal queries

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 4, January 27, 2009

    Verbal queries have the greatest liability from a legal standpoint and because they are a common...

Updated CoP reflect privacy, security, EHRs, and more

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 4, January 27, 2009

    EHRs, patient safety, privacy, and security are among the common themes in official updates to the...

Where can I find more information about the Surgeon General's revised family health history tool?

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 3, January 20, 2009

    A: On January 13, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the release of a...

Understand the benefits, costs, and value of PHRs

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 1, January 6, 2009

    Personal health records (PHR) can literally change the world. Sound a bit lofty? Kerry Weems...

Review new HHS draft model PHR privacy notice

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 1, January 6, 2009

    On December 15, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced its initiation of the...

Understand the myth of the paperless record

  • HIM Briefings, Issue 1, January 1, 2009

    Is a paperless medical record department truly possible? Architects who design new healthcare...

One health system implements a patient portal as a first step toward a fully integrated PHR

  • HIM Briefings, Issue 1, January 1, 2009

    Care New England, a three-hospital system in Rhode Island, was familiar with the acronym PHR...

Ensure a plan for legal holds during an EHR transition

  • HIM Briefings, Issue 1, January 1, 2009

    As more hospitals implement a hybrid record as they transition to a complete EHR, the once fairly...

Benchmarking survey: PHRs remain unchartered territory for some

  • HIM Briefings, Issue 1, January 1, 2009

    Personal health records (PHR) can literally change the world. Sound a bit lofty? Kerry Weems...

Update physician query policy in light of new AHIMA practice brief

  • Briefings on Coding Compliance Strategies, Issue 1, January 1, 2009

    Editor’s note: Last month in BCCS, we offered an overview of AHIMA’s new query brief...

Form a discovery response team to effectively implement legal holds

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 51, December 30, 2008

    The first step in creating a legal hold plan is the formation of a discovery response team.

Joint Commission Sentinel Event Alert addresses technology-related healthcare errors

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 49, December 16, 2008

    Computerized provider order entry and EHRs are just two of the many technologies that could lead to...

Electronic health IT advances create opportunities, challenges for HIM directors and staff members

  • HIM Briefings, Issue 12, December 10, 2008

    by John Healey, Esq. During the past three years, numerous legislative acts and regulatory rules...

CCHIT announces new certified inpatient EHR product

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 47, December 2, 2008

    In a November 12 press release, the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology...

CMS selects PHR vendors for pilot program in Arizona, Utah

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 46, November 25, 2008

    CMS announced the four personal health record (PHR) vendors it has chosen to participate in the...

Review new CITL publication on the value of PHRs

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 46, November 25, 2008

    On November 12, the Center for Information Technology Leadership (CITL) released a 144-page...

Protect ePHI in light of new OIG report

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 44, November 11, 2008

    The Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a final report October 27 reviewing CMS’ HIPAA...

MRB benchmarking survey: Personal health records

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 44, November 11, 2008

    We want your input! MRB is gathering data on implementation of personal health records and...

Use AHA sample policy to jump start compliance with red flag rules

  • HIM-HIPAA Insider, Issue 43, November 4, 2008

    On October 24 the American Hospital Association (AHA) published a sample policy hospitals can use...

Understand the details of personal health records to serve as a valuable patient resource

  • HIM Briefings, Issue 11, November 1, 2008

    This scenario is becoming increasingly common: A patient presents to the HIM department and...