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Achieving a Nationwide Health IT Milestone

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2006


Electronic health record (EHR) systems achieve a great milestone this month. The Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT) will begin judging the first ambulatory EHRs on functionality, security, reliability, and interoperability criteria. As Mark Leavitt and Lisa G....

Health IT Moves from Conversation to Action

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2006




The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's 2006 conference featured more than 800 vendors displaying technologies from electronic health records (EHRs) to PDAs. Health IT is a booming industry. Global spending on health IT is projected to exceed $100 billion in 2006,....

Fraud Management: a $100 Billion Bonus from Health IT?

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2006


The financial losses from healthcare fraud in the US are staggering...and growing. Fraud was estimated to be between 3 and 10 percent of total health expenditures in 2003, or $51 to $170 billion, according to the National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association. Whether an interconnected health IT....

Data Content Standards: the Nexus of HIM Practice

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2006


One of AHIMA’s key goals for 2006 is to promote quality and safety through standards for data content and documentation. Quality and safety require that the right information is available at the right time to support patient care and health system management decisions. Gaining consensus....

Connecting Interoperability to HIM

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2006


This year the vision of connected health information will come into sharper focus. Federally funded initiatives for sharing health information are taking place in a dozen communities across the country. Four consortiums are under contract with the Department of Health and Human Services to de....

Greater Urgency, Sharper Focus for PHRs

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2005


Through its request for information, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) showed that it was exploring how its extensive claims and benefits data could be of value to Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries and how, as the single largest healthcare purchaser in the US, it could he....

E-HIM: Our Commitment to Lead

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2005



For the past two years, AHIMA’s report “Vision of the e-HIM® Future” has served as a touchstone in our rapidly adapting field. When published in 2003, the report painted a picture of evolving HIM roles and practice in a healthcare industry moving from paper to an elec....

Thinking Nationally, Acting Locally: Get Involved Today

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2005


In a few short months, the US has progressed from thoughtful reports and vision documents to the hard work of designing and building a national health information network. Much of the observable progress today is at the regional and state levels, each of which aims to improve some aspect of pa....

Coding at a Crossroads

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2005


It has been nearly 25 years since ICD-9-CM codes became the basis for hospital inpatient payment. Over the years, code-based payment has extended to virtually all healthcare services, and CPT and HCPCS code sets have been added to the mix. We now use software tools to facilitate coding and hav....

Community of Learners

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2005


I’ve had the pleasure of attending several state and local association meetings this spring and witnessed firsthand the HIM community’s commitment to learning. Sure, there’s the need to earn continuing education credits, but that’s not the only motivator for attendees w....

Transforming Healthcare: the Time for Change is Now

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2005


In recent remarks to Connecting for Health’s steering group, David Brailer, MD, PhD, the national health information technology coordinator, noted that if this is the decade of health IT adoption, 2005 could well turn out to be the year of “maximum flexion.” Brailer urged the....

NHIN Comes into Focus

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2005


The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology issued a request for information (RFI) to gather broad input about how the US national health information network (NHIN) should be designed. In just six short weeks, hundreds of organizations and thousands of stakeholders....

Standardized Data: the Difference for EHR Solutions

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2005


This month, Dallas will be the center of the health IT world as HIMSS hosts its 2005 trade show, of which AHIMA again will be a sponsor. We look forward to learning how electronic health record (EHR) solutions are maturing and how provider organizations are succeeding in improving patient care....

Letters accompanying Collaborative Response to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONCHIT) Request for Information (RFI) on National Health Information Network (NHIN)

Author: AHIMA; Kloss, Linda L

Source: AHIMA testimony and comments

Publication Date: January 18, 2005


January 18, 2005

David J. Brailer, MD, PhD
Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Hubert H. Humphrey Building
200 Independence Avenue, SW, Room 517-D
Washington, DC 20201
Dear Dr.....

Better Patient Care Through Data Quality

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2004



"Paper kills” has become a catch phrase in certain political circles to dramatize the need for a digitized healthcare system. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, now head of the Center for Health Transformation, stated, “A paper-based system is an ignorant system” and the....

AHIMA Welcomes the HIM World Community

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2004

We’re thrilled to host the 14th Congress of the International Federation of Health Records Organizations (IFHRO), the long-awaited gathering of HIM professionals from 30 countries, in Washington, DC. IFHRO was established in 1968 to advance professional practice, assist developing countries t....

EHR and Interoperability: Reaching the Tipping Point

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2004


The drive to create an interoperable health information system accelerated during the summer. Four major initiatives came together in the summer heat, and our nation is poised to move from talk to action about health information infrastructure. We have reached the tipping point.
Nationa....

New Languages of Medicine: Inform and Influence Now

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2004


Many healthcare decision makers do not understand the many ways coded data are used throughout healthcare and the urgency of moving forward with ICD-10. They also are unable to visualize how reference terminologies such as SNOMED CT are used in electronic health record systems and how these te....

In Honor of the Educators

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2004


This issue is dedicated to HIM educators, those who teach in the more than 230 academic training programs and the thousands who contribute to our lifelong continuing education. We can all cite an HIM educator or mentor who helped set us on a sure career course. It’s graduation month for....

Building the NHII: From the Ground Up and the Top Down

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2004


It took the US just 11 years from the time NASA was set up to put a man on the moon. It took 18 years from conception to a completed map of the human genome. Now, the US and other countries are embarking on national healthcare initiatives similar to space travel and genomics in their complexi....

Managing Knowledge Workers

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2004


Many were caught by surprise last October when the San Francisco Chronicle ran a story about a disgruntled medical transcriber from Pakistan who threatened to release confidential patient data if she did not get paid.1 When the full story was revealed, we learned that the University of Califor....

Health Information Security: Revisiting the 80/20 Rule

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2004


One of the most useful lessons I learned while working in healthcare quality improvement was the Pareto Principle, often referred to as the 80/20 rule. The concept is that in any endeavor, 20 percent of something is always responsible for 80 percent of the results.

This phenomenon i....

E-HIM: a "Glocal" Challenge

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2004


The US is embarked on a public works agenda as major as highways, water works, and electrical grids. This same agenda is being pursued around the world in many developed and developing countries. It is a worldwide project to design and implement electronic health information systems. As HIM pr....

Data Quality: Part of the e-HIM Agenda

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2003


This has been another remarkable year for advancing HIM issues and the HIM profession. Programs to improve patient safety through information solutions have gone from the drawing board to demonstration projects. On April 14, the HIPAA privacy rule went into effect across the US. In July, the se....

Redefining the Boundaries of HIM

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2003


Health information management is an extraordinarily versatile discipline. Our work force research confirms that the field currently spans nearly 40 different work settings and more than 100 unique job titles.1 In addition, AHIMA’s e-HIM task force identified new roles relating to manageme....

Patients' Perspective: a Growing Information Gap

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2003


For a moment, forget that you are a health information manager. Instead, think of yourself as a person seeking healthcare. Are you frustrated when you have to repeat medical history information when you visit a specialist in your clinic? Do you search for lab results jotted on the back of an e....

Clinical Coding: Part of the HIM Mosaic

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2003


Many in healthcare today understand coding only in the context of billing, not recognizing that the very same coded data are used for important healthcare operations, policy, epidemiology, and many other uses. For 75 years, AHIMA has been the professional forum to advance the quality of health....

Data for Decisions: the State of the Profession

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2003


What is AHIMA’s work force research telling us about the profession today?

More than 95 percent of experienced RHITs and RHIAs report that many or some jobs are readily available

Nearly 75 percent of RHIAs serve on their organization’s electronic health record p....

Timeless Mission, Values Guide Change

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2003


How can you cope when it feels like change is coming at you from all directions? Effective management has come to mean the management of change. But effective change, particularly in the service sector of society, is change that has clear goals and is grounded in mission and values. It balances....

Driving Change through Rapid Demonstrations

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2003


The American healthcare system is in crisis and consumers are taking notice. Insurance costs are rising at double-digit rates and employers are passing along more of the cost to employees, leading to a recent nationwide strike at GE earlier this year. One in seven Americans is uninsured and fe....

Privacy -- an AHIMA Organizational Value

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2003


Ten years ago, AHIMA drafted model federal legislation to protect confidential medical record information. We aimed to raise Congress’ awareness that protection for this most personal information was sorely lacking and that the absence of uniform legal protection was a barrier to the use....

Commitment to Progress through e-HIM

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2003


Consensus is growing for a national health information infrastructure (NHII). As financial resources permit, all types of healthcare organizations are moving from paper to electronic health records (EHR). More than ever, the HIM profession must be visible and vocal advocates for this transform....

Our Role in Reducing Medical Errors

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2001


At press time, the culminating report of the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) Committee on Quality of Health Care in America, "Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century," had just been released. The IOM's earlier report estimated that medical errors ....

Ethics in Practice: Asking the Right Questions

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2001


When was the last time you had to decide the right thing to do? Recall a time when an employee asked your advice about what action would be right or wrong. What words would you would use to describe how you made the decisions? Words like "judgement," "intuition," a....

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