Health Information Management

Tip: Get your 'board' on board by being prepared

HIM-HIPAA Insider, February 23, 2009

To get your board on board, you need to do your homework, says Holly Ballam, RHIA, physician liaison and privacy officer at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. As with any business proposal, prepare ahead of time to make your argument clear, provocative, and powerful. The approval process is the same whether you are asking for financial assistance or a show of support, Ballam says.

“You must have a proposal with a specific time frame of implementation attached. You must also have a contingency plan if the proposal is denied or delayed,” she says. “You must show both the benefits and the problems that can and probably will occur. You must be thoroughly prepared to answer all questions and show various scenarios and how they would be addressed.”

Editor’s note: This tip is excerpted from an article, Get administration, board members on board with compliance program, that will appear in the March issue of the HCPro, Inc. newsletter, Briefings on HIPAA.

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