ePHI Patient Engagement Heats Up With The Proposed MU Stage 3

Earlier this year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) published the proposed Meaningful Use (MU) Stage 3. The industry is currently waiting for publication of a final rule. In the meantime, everyone seems to be contemplating potential HIM implications of this new […]

E-signatures: Take Them Or Leave Them?

Know Your Facility’s Release of Information Policy In today’s technology-driven healthcare environment, e-signatures are common, yet they also raise many questions in the world of release of information (ROI). How can ROI specialists verify a patient’s identity when patients sign electronically through a portal, for example? What about when patients sign on an electronic pad/device? […]

How can ROI specialists evolve?

Over the years, the role of the ROI specialist has changed significantly commensurate with increased HIPAA scrutiny and the implementation of EHRs. In a previous post, I discussed the challenges that today’s ROI specialists face when navigating through a hybrid environment. It’s difficult at best to locate information that spans multiple formats and locations, and it […]

Why it’s important to seize new opportunities in HIM

Each of us has the power to change our lives as well as the lives of those around us. This is the theme of a recent article I read by Jeff Haden titled 19 Things Remarkable People Think Every Day. The article, which was published on, includes a lot of salient points that are […]

The Ideal Patient Portal – What should it include?

Technology empowers patients and consumers with easier access to their health records. The Blue Button Project is just one example, where patients can access their medical records electronically and share those records with health care professionals. But are patient portals where they need to be? Patient portals should provide… Information that is meaningful Easy access […]

MRA Thought of the Day – HIPAA’s Privacy Rule Regarding Sharing Information Related to Mental Health

Mental health has always been considered highly sensitive information with added protection for release. However, the Privacy Rule recognizes that there are certain circumstances when it is necessary to share a patient’s mental health information for the purpose of treatment and the safety of the patient and/or others. The U.S. Department of Health and Human […]