Most soon-to-be HIM professionals fresh out of college want nothing more than to know what's going on inside the HIM director or manager's head. After all, it would help to know what a potential interviewer is thinking when you pop into that chair for your first interview for a potential HIM job, wouldn't it?
Also known as the "mega rules," the omnibus final rules are clarifications and finalizations of the HIPAA rules of 2003, the HITECH rules of 2008, and the incorporation of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) rules into the Privacy and Security rules. These are not sweeping changes, as many describe, but clarifications. In most cases, what are now final rules are best practices that organizations should already be following.
CMS released a number of proposed changes to the outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) July 8. The 2014 OPPS proposed rule (available at http://tinyurl.com/oyu33jx) is shorter than normal at 718 pages, but the proposed changes are significant and probably the most sweeping since the inception of OPPS, says Jugna Shah, MPH, president and founder of Nimitt Consulting in Washington, D.C.