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Renewed Focus on HIPAA

Author: Featheringham, Meg

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2009


At Upstate Carolina Medical Center, HIM director and privacy officer Harolyn B. Acklin, MBA, RHIA, is getting a crash course in privacy investigations.

Although she’s only been in the position for a little over a year, Acklin has had to deal with her fair share of privacy compl....

Taking Coding to the Clinical Floor

Author: Featheringham, Meg

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2008


As documentation specialist at Deaconess Medical Center in Spokane, WA, Amy Gardner walks a tight rope between the HIM and clinical worlds. Gardner, RHIT, reviews charts on the cardiovascular floor of Deaconess, identifying gaps in documentation and querying physicians for follow-up.

Putting the HIM Stamp on RHIOs

Author: Featheringham, Meg

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2007


LaVonne LaMoureaux, RHIA, CAE, is learning firsthand about the intricacies of health information exchange and regional health information organizations (RHIOs). For the past two years, LaMoureaux has volunteered with California’s RHIO (CalRHIO), an independent organization that is bringing toge....

Exploring the Edges of the Profession

Author: Featheringham, Meg

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2006


Although John Eckmann intended to go into the public administration field, he found his true calling in health IT and HIM when he went back to school for his master’s degree. “The master’s degree in public health provided me an opportunity to develop my health information ma....

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