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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), formerly the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA), administers Medicare, Medicaid, related quality assurance programs, and other programs. It also makes certain that its beneficiaries are aware of the services for which they are eligible, that services are accessible, and that they are provided in an effective manner. CMS ensures that its policies and actions promote efficiency and quality within the total health care delivery system. Questions concerning Medicare or Medicaid can be made to the above number or sent by mail or electronic mail to the agency.

Review Date: July 06, 2011

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Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services, through the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), promotes and ensures that people have equal access to and opportunity to participate in and receive services in all HHS programs without facing unlawful discrimination. Through prevention and elimination of unlawful discrimination, the Office for Civil Rights helps HHS carry out its overall mission of improving the health and well-being of all people affected by its many programs.

Review Date: September 24, 2010

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American Health Information Management Association

With more than 54,000 members, AHIMA is the leading organization in health information management. AHIMA has been representing and certifying medical record professionals since 1928. Our expertise includes patient medical records, computer-based patient records, clinical data management, and confidentiality of health information. In addition, AHIMA's Washington office specializes in healthcare reform and associated legislative issues. Chapters are located in all states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

Review Date: January 15, 2009

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National Association of Health Data Organizations

The National Association of Health Data Organizations (NAHDO) is a national non-profit membership and educational association dedicated to improving health care data collection and use. NAHDO’s members include state and private health data organizations that maintain statewide health care databases and stakeholders of these databases. NAHDO is a cofounder and member of the All Payer Claims Database (APCD) Council, which provides leadership and technical assistance to states implementing APCDs.

Review Date: March 12, 2013

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