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President's Message

Author: Watzlaf, Valerie J.M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2019

Reflecting on a Year to Treasure

By Valerie Watzlaf, PhD, MPH, RHIA, FAHIMA


I cannot pick just one thing that I am most proud of from this year. I am extremely proud to have worked alongside an amazing board of directors, CEO, and AHIMA staff during my year as President and Ch....

It Takes Leadership to Reimagine HIM

Author: Watzlaf, Valerie J.M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2019


By Valerie Watzlaf, PhD, MPH, RHIA, FAHIMA


As leaders in the HIM profession, we must strive to reimagine our future and embrace the change that will accompany it. Looking back over the HIM Reimagined (HIMR) recommendations, I see areas where we have already made progress—and other....

President's Message: Be Heard, Be Fearless

Author: Watzlaf, Valerie J.M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2019


By Valerie Watzlaf, PhD, MPH, RHIA, FAHIMA


As AHIMA transitions into our strategy reset, it is more important than ever to keep our passion for the HIM profession strong, as well as align our passions with what is best for our profession and association. So, how do we find our voi....

Health Information System for Scalable and Comprehensive Assessment of Well-Being: A Multidisciplinary Team Solution

Author: Zhou, Leming; Watzlaf, Valerie J.M.; Abdelhak, Mervat N.; Abernathy, Paul

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: July 2017


Abstract


To improve the health and well-being of the medically underserved in a free clinic in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a multidisciplinary team representing several health information management and information technology (IT) professionals, including faculty, students, research....

New Study Illuminates the Ongoing Road to ICD-10 Productivity and Optimization

Author: Alakrawi, Zahraa M; Watzlaf, Valerie J.M.; Nemchik, Scot; Sheridan, Patty Thierry

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2017



To quantify the impact of ICD-10-CM/PCS (ICD-10) on coding productivity, Ciox Health, in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Health Information Management, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, conducted a previous study published in the August 2016....

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