Confidentiality, Privacy and Security

Release of Information

  • 1.  Release of Information

    Posted 10 days ago
    Hello all,
     I am new to this community and I was wondering if anyone had any advice for someone who is going to be starting in release of information soon?

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    Jacqueline Jerla
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  • 2.  RE: Release of Information

    Posted 9 days ago
    Good morning,

    Welcome!  My best advice to you if you have doubt or question, ask for guidance.  Read up on rules and regulations for HIPAA and for the state you will be working with.

    Best of Luck!

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    Tennille Schmitt, RHIT
    NYHIMA Communications Director
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  • 3.  RE: Release of Information

    Posted 9 days ago
    Tennille,
     Thank you for your advice!

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    Jacqueline Jerla
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  • 4.  RE: Release of Information

    Posted 9 days ago
    Congratulations on your new role!
    My advice - become familiar with state laws, Federal laws (including HIPAA), and the organizations policies and procedures related to release (disclosure of records).  I would also take the time to understand where all of the organization PHI is maintained and where the disclosure points may be.

    Best of luck to you!

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    Laurie Peters, RHIA, CCS, CHPS
    lauriep@orionhealth.com
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  • 5.  RE: Release of Information

    Posted 9 days ago

    Yay ROI. a fun place to start. Like Tennille said, don't be afraid to ask for help. To this day, in almost all the jobs I do (and i've picked up a few hats along the way), I am always asking questions as each situation is a little different, and the answer isn't always the same.

    The other thing, is learn the system used (probably an EMR), as knowing it will greatly help in locating what's being asked for. With that, make yourself a cheat sheet of where to find, and what terminology your facility uses. For things such as angiograms, sleep studies, etc. They aren't all the same, and doctors don't always align either. And, the acronyms people come up with for various things. [There are way too many acronyms in healthcare].

    Also, if you are going to be on phone, or outside facing as well, learn your standard form and what the different parts actually mean. Also, how your team typically handles requests. Is one place I've gotten the most praise, is in helping people understand the form, especially in what 'complete' means, especially if they want it on paper. The form's options don't always properly translate, as it isn't always HIM working on the form itself. 

    Wish you luck in your new path~ 



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    Cody Todd , RHIT
    Health Info Svc Specialist
    Mercy Hospital
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  • 6.  RE: Release of Information

    Posted 8 days ago
    Congratulations and good luck!

    My suggestion is relatively simple...and involves an area a point of focus by the OCR and its investigations.

    Understand the differences on the processes and forms used by your organization related to receiving a request for "Use and Disclosure of PHI" or a "Request to Access PHI".

    Again good luck and continued success!





    Posted: 6:30 AM AZ time


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    Frank Ruelas
    Compliance Professional
    Arizona
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  • 7.  RE: Release of Information

    Posted 8 days ago
    Thank you all for all the advice, it is greatly appreciated!

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    Jacqueline Jerla
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  • 8.  RE: Release of Information

    Posted 2 days ago
    AHIMA also offers an ROI Toolkit that is worth the read. I believe they are in the process of updating the toolkit but it's definitely a handy resource.

    http://bok.ahima.org/PdfView?oid=106371

    Hope this helps.

    Thanks,

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    Glenda Rakes MHIIM, RHIA
    HIM Director/Privacy Officer
    Northern Montana Health Care
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