The ethical obligations of the Association of Health Information Outsourcing Services (“AHIOS”) include demonstrating best efforts to inform colleagues, clients and users of protected health information (PHI) of the legal and regulatory requirements for maintaining patient privacy and the authorized disclosure of privileged and confidential information (collectively referred to as “Confidential Information”). The legal and regulatory guidelines that govern confidential information shall include but not be limited to (1) obtaining proper authorization prior to disclosure; and (2) ensuring limited access to the confidential information. AHIOS members also have an ethical obligation to support the industry in a cohesive and unified manner through education and communication with colleagues, clients and the users of PHI.
AHIOS members shall maintain the utmost professional values that support the industry in which it serves. AHIOS members shall demonstrate such professional values at all times in an effort to achieve common goals.
Members participating in unethical acts shall not be tolerated by AHIOS. The following constitute unethical acts and shall in no way be considered conclusive:
- The intentional disclosure or unauthorized use of confidential information obtained subject to a privilege from participation as an AHIOS member.
- The unauthorized disclosure of confidential information about another company to further the private interests of another.
- Refusing to participate in matters of interest to the organization for unsubstantiated reasons.
- The concealment of unethical practices.
Commission of any such act may cause the member to be subject to immediate termination as an AHIOS member and forfeiture of any and all membership dues and assessments paid to AHIOS.
The efforts of each AHIOS member to maintain professional values will require that each member abstain from conflicts that result from time-to-time due to competing interests and obligations. Each AHIOS member agrees to its best efforts when making decisions that can affect the industry in which it serves.
Code of Ethics
AHIOS members agree to adhere to the following ethical principles:
- Advocate, uphold and defend an individual’s right to privacy and the doctrine of confidentiality in the use and disclosure of Confidential Information.
- Ensure service, health and welfare of persons before self-interest and conduct the practice of the profession so as to bring honor to themselves, their colleagues and the health information profession.
- Ensure that appropriate safeguards are enforced and in effect to protect an individual’s Confidential Information as set forth in the applicable statutes and regulations.
- Refuse to participate in or conceal unethical practices or procedures.
- Advance health information knowledge and practice through continuing education, research, publications and presentations.
- Strictly adhere to and uphold AHIOS responsibilities, whether a member is appointed or elected, and preserve the confidentiality of privileged information made known through participation in AHIOS.
- Work cohesively with each AHIOS member, client, and their patients by presenting a unified front to health care and legislative organizations and seek to educate said organizations as to the complexities involved within the health information management profession.
- Ensure that each member’s employees understand and support the goals of AHIOS.