December 4, 2020
The Louisiana Health Information Management Association (LHIMA) will host a webinar in support of AHIMA’s patient matching and identification initiative.
As stated from AHIMA, “Every patient deserves to have their health information tell a complete and accurate story at every step in their care journey. As the leading advocate for the adoption of a nationwide patient identification strategy, AHIMA recognizes that eliminating patient identification and matching (PIM) errors is essential to better safety and care outcomes. The skills and expertise of health information professionals are essential for building a safer and more effective PIM process. As the healthcare industry advocates for universal PIM standards, patients, care teams, and payers will depend on the health information professionals to create a seamless connection between accurate health information and the right patient, to ensure the integrity of health data, and to safeguard patients’ access to their own healthcare records across all care settings throughout their lifetimes.”
3.0 – Information Protection: Access, Disclosure, Archival, Privacy and Security
Rita Bowen, MA, RHIA, CHPS, CHPS, SSGN
Vice President of Privacy, Compliance and HIM Policy
In her role as Vice President of Privacy, Compliance and HIM Policy for MRO, Bowen serves as the company’s Privacy and Compliance Officer (PCO), oversees the company’s compliance with HIPAA, and ensures new and existing client HIM policies and procedures are to code. She has more than 40 years of experience in Health Information Management (HIM), holding a variety of HIM director and consulting roles. Prior to joining MRO, she was Senior Vice President and Privacy Officer for HealthPort, Inc., now known as CIOX Health. Bowen is an active member of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), having served as its President and Board Chair, as a member of the Board of Directors, and of the Council on Certification. Additionally, Bowen was chair for the AHIMA Foundation. She has been honored with AHIMA’s Triumph Award in the mentor category; she is also the recipient of the Distinguished Member Award from the Tennessee Health Information Management Association (THIMA). Bowen is an established author and speaker on HIM topics and has taught HIM studies at Chattanooga State and the University of Tennessee Memphis. Bowen holds a Bachelor of Medical Science degree with a focus in medical record administration and a Master’s degree in Health Information/ Informatics Management Technology.
Kelly McLendon, RHIA, CHPS
Managing Director, CompliancePro Solutions
Kelly McLendon, RHIA, CHPS, has been a HIM practitioner for over 40 years and is a founder of CompliancePro Solutions. In 2015 he was awarded the AHIMA Innovator Triumph award. Kelly. He has received numerous other awards, published a tremendous number of articles and professional references, including a book about legal health records. He also has authored privacy and security curriculums for associates, baccalaureate and masters level colleges and universities.