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Growing Influence

Author: Jeffries, Jane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2003


Implementing an electronic health (EHR) record doesn’t happen overnight, Pamela Haines, RHIA, will tell you. In fact, it may take a few years. But Haines has made big progress in the five years since she started as the only HIM professional at Operation PAR, a multi-site behavioral healthc....

From Student to Privacy Officer

Author: Jeffries, Jane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2003

“I love this field and I can’t imagine doing anything else.” —Amanda Moran, privacy officer,
McCurtain Memorial Hospital in Idabel, OK
Being a privacy officer is a big job for anyone, but Amanda E. Moran has an additional challenge—it’s her first job after....

Champions for Consistency

Author: Jeffries, Jane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2003


Wouldn’t it be helpful to know how your peers at healthcare organizations throughout your state are handling HIPAA? Even better, wouldn’t it be helpful for the healthcare consumers in your state to encounter consistent behavior at each facility they visit?

Thanks to the Ten....

Taking Data to the Next Level

Author: Jeffries, Jane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2003

“When I hear statistics on mortality or morbidity, I automatically think of the methods used
to collect and tabulate the data and the hard work that goes on behind the scenes. I’m glad to be a part of that process.” —Joyce Frazier, RHIA,
medical systems specialist,....

Leading Home-grown Coders to Excellence

Author: Jeffries, Jane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2002

“HIM is a lot more visible now and we have to work to keep it that way by staying involved at the state and national level.”
—Laurie Bartell, RHIT, CCS, CPC, director of health information and records, Memorial Hospital of Sheridan County, Sheridan, WY
More than a few HIM p....

Putting Together the Privacy Puzzle

Author: Jeffries, Jane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2002

“With volunteering, I always get more back than I feel like I give. I’ve gotten to meet wonderful people and I’ve got a network that I can call on if I get stuck.”
—Rita Bowen, MA, RHIA, chief privacy officer, Erlanger Health System

How many of us are pursuin....

First Step Toward Compliance: OCR Outreach

Author: Jeffries, Jane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2002


Though the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has played an active role in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) since the early 1980s, it has only recently moved to the forefront of HIM professionals’ minds. Charged with enforcing the HIPAA privacy rule, OCR has become the leading....

Power of Cancer Data

Author: Jeffries, Jane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2002


HIM professionals know that every piece of patient data collected is valuable. Cancer registrars like Linda Mulvihill, RHIT, CTR, can watch the patient data they collect become cancer screening tools, public health dollars, and the disease statistics found every day in the newspaper.

Award-winning Approach to HIM

Author: Jeffries, Jane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2001




Imagine working on a project that takes more than 10 years to complete. Sounds a little depressing, right? But what if each step in that project improved patient care, made physicians' lives a little easier, and increased security for patient information? What if your efforts led to a....

It's No Secret: Privacy Training is Here

Author: Jeffries, Jane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2001




Thanks to HIPAA, HIM professionals have an exciting career opportunity before them. The final privacy rule requires that covered providers, health plans, and healthcare clearinghouses designate a privacy officer to oversee the development and implementation of privacy policies and pro....

Tackling Backlogs and Hurdles

Author: Jeffries, Jane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2001




Not only did Kim Schwartz, RHIA, tackle a payment backlog of more than two years, she did it entirely on her own, without a predecessor or peers to guide her.

Schwartz is the insurance coordinator for the athletic training department at Iowa State University in Ames, IA. Th....

Members Test Drive Communities of Practice

Author: Jeffries, Jane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2001




Your facility needs a procedure for reducing the number of delinquent records. Feel like reinventing the wheel? Probably not. After AHIMA's annual convention in October, you'll be able to log into AHIMA's Communities of Practice (CoP) to learn how other HIM professionals have tackled....

When Inmates Become Patients

Author: Jeffries, Jane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2001




When you think of places to expand your professional horizons, prison is probably not the first venue that comes to mind. But that's where Maryanne Perlmutter, MPH, RHIA, CPHQ, CCHP, found her ideal job.

As standards compliance coordinator at the Central California Women's....

AMA Issues Guidelines for Patient Privacy

Author: Jeffries, Jane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2001


Prominent healthcare experts unveiled ethical guidelines calling on all participants in the healthcare system--from physicians, hospitals, and health plans to employee benefit managers, unions, and others--to rigorously protect the confidentiality of any medical records entrusted to them.
....

From DNA to Data Privacy

Author: Fuller, Barbara P.; Jeffries, Jane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2001




Genetic research is revolutionizing healthcare by predicting diseases and revealing cures. At the same time, the information presents new challenges to HIM professionals charged with keeping this vital data from the wrong hands. Here's a look at the role genetic information is playin....

Staying Ahead of the Game

Author: Jeffries, Jane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2001




Marilyn Houston, RHIA, had an advantage in getting her current job: she recognized the need for it. While serving on an information security task force as a representative for the Palm Beach County Health Department (PBCHD), Houston wrote the medical records portion of the State of Fl....

HFMA Tackles Hospital Billing Chaos

Author: Jeffries, Jane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2001




Hospital bills are lengthy, often incorrect, and potentially confusing-to no one's surprise. A hospital bill is the result of a long process with numerous participants, beginning at pre-intake and ending with final collections.

Richard L. Clarke, FHFMA, president and CEO o....

Measuring Performance and Improving Care

Author: Jeffries, Jane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2000


More than a few HIM professionals might look forward to a Joint Commission survey the way they would a visit to the dentist, but Sharon Sprenger, RHIA, would like to change this attitude.

"People perhaps forget that most of the people working at the Joint Commission h....

Harnessing Technology for Success

Author: Jeffries, Jane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2000


Kelly McLendon, RHIA, is working hard to make your job easier. As director of Chart Manager Domain at Eclipsys Corp., an information solutions company based in Delray Beach, FL, McLendon oversees HIM, clinical data management, and document management products that are designed to incre....

Setting the Standards

Author: Jeffries, Jane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2000


After years of learning and teaching HIM, Mary Alice Hanken, PhD, RHIA, now develops the standards that shape it. Hanken leads an American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) subcommittee that authors the standards that are changing the meaning of security.

Hanken has....

Web-based Education Cuts Training Time, Saves Money

Author: Jeffries, Jane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2000


Where does continuing education fit between a full-time job and the rest of your life? Increasingly, the answer is online. In many fields, Web-based education is rapidly becoming a popular alternative to traditional, instructor-led education. The Cleveland Clinic offers c....

Holistic Approach to Health Information

Author: Jeffries, Jane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2000


Yolanda Malone, RHIA, can trace her career path back to an HIM professor's advice. "When I was looking for a job out of school, a professor told me to look at anything related to HIM," says Malone. Don't limit yourself, her professor told her. "And that's why I am wher....