Consumer Empowerment

In 2001, the Institute of Medicine envisioned patient-centered healthcare for better care, improved health and to lower health care costs.

To learn more about the ways MNHIMA supports AHIMA in its involvement in the multiple initiatives supporting consumer engagement and public good, check out AHIMA’s Engagement Flyer.

MNHIMA supports the Blue Button Movement. To learn more, visit

Tools to Help You Get Involved in Your Healthcare

As a component association of the American Health Information Management Association, we encourage consumers of health care to become engaged in your care. Accessing your health records or developing your own personal health record can help you become familiar with your care and next steps to better health.

Accessing Your Records

Healthcare organizations typically have authorization forms available on their websites. Access the Minnesota Hospitals and Healthcare Systems website to find your organizations site, where you can contact their health information department or download their Authorization form, or download and complete the Minnesota Authorization to Release Information Form.

Understanding Your Rights

Health Information Privacy: Guidance Materials for Consumers

Understanding Health Information Privacy

Keeping Track of Your Health

Below are some helpful resources to help you start a personal health record or help you take the next steps to a healthier you.

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Electronic Health Records / Health Informatics

An electronic health record (EHR) is a digital version of a patient’s paper chart. EHRs are real-time, patient-centered records that make information available instantly and securely to authorized users. To learn about the adoption and use of electronic health records (EHRs) and other health information technology (HIT) and health information exchange in Minnesota, visit the Minnesota Department of Health.

Current Hot Topics

Copy/Paste: AHIMA has released the Policy and Position Statement on Copy and Paste to stimulate stakeholders discussions and action about digital documentation practices in the absence of formal guidelines and practice standards.
Position Statement: Appropriate Use of the Copy and Paste Functionality in Electronic Health Records
Practice Brief: Managing Copy Functionality & Information Integrity In The EHR (AHIMA)

Interoperability: The 2007 Minnesota Legislature mandated in Minnesota Statute 62J.495 (Electronic Health Record Technology) “[b]y January 1, 2015, all hospitals and health care providers must have in place an interoperable electronic health records system within their hospital system or clinical practice setting.”

E-Signature: AHIMA updated its practice brief on electronic signature(s) in October 2013. This practice brief provides additional e-signature resources, tools, a glossary, and best practices to assist HIM professionals with EHR implementation and policy development.
Practice Brief: Electronic Signature, Attestation, and Authorship (Updated) (K. Downing)

Patient Identification: Click below to watch a video regarding the AHIMA Naming policy and pledge.
AHIMA Living the Pledge – Jane

Patient Matching: Matching records to the correct person becomes increasingly complicated as organizations share records electronically using different systems, and in a mobile society where patients seek care in many healthcare settings.
ONC Patient Matching Current State Report (February 2014)

Clinical & Business Intelligence: Clinical and healthcare business big data will allow organizations and the medical community to use IT to optimize patient care and facilitate business operations decision-making.
Clinical & Business Intelligence, HIMSS Resource Library

Additional Resources
American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Body of Knowledge
American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Topics & Trends: Electronic Health Records
ANSI Standards Learn
Healthcare Informatics
Health Data Management

Coding and Data Quality


  • Provide optimal coding education, networking, and resources for MNHIMA
  • Maintain current knowledge on coding issues and disseminate coding information to the MNHIMA
  • Take an active role with AHIMA to be involved in coding and reimbursement
  • Attend coding leadership meetings and educational opportunities, consistent with our CA Affiliation

Interested in Volunteering

Who are the MNHIMA Partners

ICD 10 CM/PCS and CPT/HCPCS Resources

  • Here is the link to the Center for Medicare/Medicaid Services (CMS) for ICD 10 CM and PCS Resources: ICD-10 Resources | CMS. This resource will give you the latest News, CMS Regional Offices and past and present revisions to ICD 10 CM and PCS codes, along with other coding resources.
  • The American Medical Association (AMA;  This site is a resource for CPT and provider-related information.

ICD 11 Resources

  • World Health Organization has a page dedicated to ICD-11.  Which is expected to be the global stance for diagnostic health information, here is the link to the web page: ICD-11 (
  • SNOMED International has many resources available from News to Events here is the link to their webpage:

AHIMA Resources

  • AHIMA Home, The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) is the organization at the national level that MNHIMA is a component associate of. This site can tell you how to become a member and has lots of information on a variety of topics including coding.  Some of the resources may be for members only.
  • AHIMA Education & Events:  Clinical Documentation Integrity  Education & Training |  AHIMA. A resource within the AHIMA website with Education and Events related to CDI, Coding, Revenue Cycle, Privacy & Security, Data Analytics and Leadership.  Please note that some resources are available for members only, this includes the tool kits.

Physician Information & Resources

Additional coding resources

Legislative Updates

Here you’ll find some of the latest updates on Health Information Management legislation.

The first ever “Under the Dome” article is now live on the Journal website! Check out this new online-only government relations column:

You can read the article here.


 MHIMA supports the passage of House File (HF) 831 and Senate File (SF) 1575
“Health records released without patient consent circumstances modified”

For all Bills to become law, there must be two bills created and passed through the Legislature, one through the House of Representatives and another through the Senate. The two bills are then combined into one bill and sent to the Governor to be either signed into law or vetoed.

On February 20, 2019 a hearing was held at the Minnesota Legislative House by the Health and Human Services Committee regarding HF 831. HF 831 is a Bill that was introduced to bring the Minnesota Health Records Act in alignment with the Federal HIPAA law. HF 831 was introduced by Representative Laurie Halverson, District 51B. As Representative Halverson stated at the hearing, this revision will update and modernize the Minnesota Medical Records Act. This Bill has support, as well as opposition, throughout the House of Representatives and the State of Minnesota.

HF 831 was passed in the Committee and has been referred to the Judiciary Committee for review. Please see the link below for the actual language which is proposed. In addition, the hearing from Wednesday can also be accessed via the Internet and that link is attached below.

Secondly, on February 21, 2019, a companion Bill, SF 1575 was introduced to the Minnesota Senate. This Bill has the same language as HF 831. SF 1575 has been referred to the Senate Health and Human Services Finance and Policy Committee for review.

I am asking all MHIMA members to take action and contact their Minnesota House Representatives and Senators to show support for and encourage the passage of HF 831 and SF 1575.

If you do not know who your Minnesota House and Senate Representatives are, I have attached a link below, which will assist you with finding this information.

How to find your Legislators: here.

House File: HF 831 here.

Wednesday House video: here. (Start at 37 minutes)

Senate File: SF 1575 here.

Updated Maximum Charges for Patient Records The Minnesota Department of Health has published the Maximum Charges for Patient Records, confirming the annual determination of maximium charges for patient records.

According to section 144.292, the maximum charges for 2019 are $1.41 per page and $18.80 for retrieval fee.

Pursuant to statute, these limits do not apply to X-rays. The provider may charge a patient no more than the actual cost of reproducing X-rays, plus no more than $10 for the time spent retrieving and copying the X-rays.

You can obtain a copy of the document by clicking here.

Privacy and Security

Privacy security or safeguard diagram or flowchart written on a dry erase board as tips, advice or information on making your personal, sensitive data safe and secure[/caption]Since 1935, Minnesota HIM professionals have been taking care of personal health information, ensuring it is protected, private and available when you need it. Privacy and security remain a hallmark of what health information management is about and will continue to be more so in the digital future.

Current Hot Topics

HIPAA Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Audits: The HITECH Act within ARRA (2009) required HHS to perform periodic audits of covered entity and business associate compliance with the HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules. The audit pilot period has passed and the audit program has been under evaluation. Once complete, HHS will begin a wave of audits for both covered entities and business associates. Privacy & Security experts recommend preparing for the audit in advance of the audit. Stay tuned for start dates!

HIPAA Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Audits

Minnesota Health Records Access Study: In February 2013, following a directive by the Minnesota legislature, a study was published to discuss specific questions pertaining to the current use of Representation of Consent, electronic health information security practices, and patient notification procedures when unauthorized access to an electronic health record occurs. In 2014, Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), in consultation with the Minnesota e-Health Advisory Committee, convened the Minnesota e-Health Privacy and Security Workgroup to provide expert analysis and opinions on materials and resources that may be used to enhance privacy and security programs throughout the state.

Minnesota Health Records Access Study

HITECH Omnibus Rule: Post the 2013 updates to HIPAA privacy, security and breach notification rules, AHIMA developed an analysis paper designed to be an aid in understanding the modifications to the HIPAA privacy, security and breach notification rules.

Analysis Paper: Analysis of Modifications to the HIPAA Privacy, Security, Enforcement, and Breach Notification Rules under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act; Other Modifications to the HIPAA Rules.

Additional Resources
AHIMA Privacy & Security Trends & Topics
An Introductory Resource Guide to Implementing the HIPAA Security Rule
Breach Notification Rule
Copier Data Security: A Guide for Business
HIPAA Frequently Asked Questions
Mobile Health Privacy & Security
Privacy Rule Guidance
Security Rule Guidance

For information on other AHIMA trends and topics visit their website.