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A company's release of all information pertaining to the company's business activity, regardless of how that information may influence investors.


The voluntary or required release of information relevant to a security, company, fund, or anything else. In order to be listed on an exchange, a company must provide disclosure on itself by registering with the SEC and abiding by regulations that govern what information about itself that the company releases. Disclosure exists to prevent price manipulation and anything else that would disrupt the efficiency of trade. See also: Transparency.


The submission of facts and details concerning a situation or business operation. In general, security exchanges and the SEC require firms to disclose to the investment community the facts concerning issues that will affect the firms' stock prices. Disclosure is also required when firms file for public offerings. See also full disclosure.


A disclosure document explains how a financial product or offering works. It also details the terms to which you must agree in order to buy it or use it, and, in some cases, the risks you assume in making such a purchase.

For example, publicly traded companies must provide all available information that might influence your decision to invest in the stocks or bonds they issue. Mutual fund companies are required to disclose the risks and costs associated with buying shares in the fund.

Government regulatory agencies, such as the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), self-regulating organizations, state securities regulators, and NASD require such disclosures.

Similarly, federal and local governments require lenders to explain the costs of credit, and banks to explain the costs of opening and maintaining an account.

Despite the consumer benefits, disclosure information isn't always easily accessible. It may be expressed in confusing language, printed in tiny type, or so extensive that consumers choose to ignore it.

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Authored by April Robertson, HealthPort Vice President of Customer Advocacy and a long standing expert on release of information topics and education in the Health Information Management community, the Release of Information 101 Blog comprises release of information process explanations, tips, best practices as well as regulatory requirements for the healthcare industry - a direct correlation to AHIMA's 2010 convention focus "the global transformation happening in HIM.
As the pioneer of the release of information outsourcing industry, HealthPort has always taken a hands-on approach to providing thought leadership and education to our release of information customers and the HIM community as a whole," said Matt Rohs, HealthPort's Vice President and General Manager, ROI Services.
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The company provides electronic chart management, remote coding and release of information products and services to over 1,300 healthcare customers nationwide.