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Updating Organizational Policies and Procedures for Information Governance. Case Study #6: Enterprise Information Management at Children’s Health System of Texas

Author: Fahy, Kristi; Hermann, Michelle

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2017



Editor’s Note: This article is the sixth installment in an ongoing series highlighting information governance case studies.


AHIMA defines information governance (IG) as “an organization-wide framework for managing information throughout its life cycle and for supp....

Managing a Part-Time Remote CDI Team

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: July 29, 2016




As clinical documentation improvement (CDI) programs become more popular, providers are still struggling with implementing CDI programs for several different reasons, including: geographical location; a shortage of outpatient coders and CDI specialists; or even the lack of physi....

Hiring for Competency: Hiring to Not Fail vs. Hiring to Succeed

Author: Rudman, William J.; Hart-Hester, Susan; Richey, John; Jackson, Kathryn

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: July 2016


Abstract


Evolving economic and technological advances have affected the work environment and the workforce, resulting in new competency requirements for employees. Finding the right person for each job can be difficult, and new hires often fail to meet employers’ expectations. Thi....

What Makes a Happy HIM Work Culture?

Author: Dover, Kayce

Source: AHIMA newsletter article

Publication Date: June 2016



"Happy families are all alike," Leo Tolstoy famously wrote. And the same may hold true for HIM departments. So what are the factors that make an HIM department happy? HIM Connections recently conducted a survey of HIM managers and team members to learn about HIM happiness: What works well....

Train Your IG Workforce Now

Author: Glondys, Barbara

Source: AHIMA blog post | Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: February 18, 2016



Although health information management professionals are still wrapping their heads around IG, it is critical to begin involving and training your organization’s workforce community in the principles and practices of IG sooner rather than later. The Pocket Glossary of Health Informat....

Editorial: The Need for Mentoring and Training

Author: Brownfield, Cathy

Source: CodeWrite

Publication Date: October 2015




The current demand for coders is extremely high, making it more important than ever for new coders to enter our industry. Many of us are asked, "How do I get into coding?" We then see posts on message boards from students who just graduated saying they can't find a job because they ha....

Remediating ICD-10 Knowledge Loss: After Delays Push Back Implementation, How Unprepared Will Your Coders Be to Use the New Code Set?

Author: Black, Michelle A

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2015



If you don't use it, you lose it. This is true for much of what we learn in life, and it’s particularly true when it comes to ICD-10-CM/PCS. Although most organizations initiated ICD-10 coder training in 2013, many decided to cease training and dual coding practice after the second ICD-10....

ICD-10 Journeys: a Health System and Coding Company Compare Notes

Author: Muscarella, Maria A.; Peña, Manny

Source: ICD-TEN Top Emerging News | AHIMA newsletter article

Publication Date: March 2015


The transition to ICD-10-CM/PCS has been a roller coaster ride for HIM professionals. The industry has prepared, delayed, prepared, delayed, and prepared again—this time with the expectation that the new coding system will finally go live on October 1, 2015. With its ups and downs, ICD-10 imple....

Hiring a Coding Ace for Help with ICD-10

Author: Barnhouse, Torrey

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: February 2015



HIM departments have already spent considerable time and resources providing ICD-10-CM/PCS training for coders. Between now and October 1, 2015, they’ll spend even more.


In addition to training current staff members, HIM directors and coding managers will likely hire new code....

Year in Review: Highlights from 2014

Author: Sheber, Sarah

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: December 2014



The Journal of AHIMA’s ongoing web series “HIM Frontlines,” explores pressing obstacles that health information management (HIM) professionals encounter in a rapidly changing healthcare environment. Major federal initiativs such as the “meaningful use” EHR Incentive Program, HITECH-HIPAA,....

Roles for HIM Professionals in HIOs

Author: Bailey-Woods, Linda; Dooling, Julie A; Fabian, Diane; Kuehnast, Tanya; Luthi-Terry, Stephanie; Raymond, Jackie; Rhodes, Harry B.; Westhafer, Kathy J

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2014



Simply stated the goal of health information exchange (HIE) is very clear-cut and easy to understand—establish networks that connect healthcare providers electronically in order to facilitate higher quality healthcare.


However, actual implementation of HIE business mod....

Don’t Deny the Denials: Experts Recommend Implementing a Strong Claims Denial Strategy to Offset ICD-10-based Coder Productivity Loss

Author: Eramo, Lisa A

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2014



As organizations prepare for the implementation of ICD-10-CM/PCS next year, many are looking for creative strategies to mitigate anticipated decreases in coder productivity that will come with the switch. Some are ramping up education, others hiring additional staff members or implementin....

Hiring Tips for ICD-10 Help

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2013


Staff up or suffer. That is one message HIM professionals are hearing regarding the upcoming ICD-10-CM/PCS transition. Clinical documentation specialists will be needed to ensure clinicians adequately document provided care that validates the new, more detailed ICD-10 codes. Coders with ICD-10....

Transitioning Transcriptionists

Author: Person, Carol; Terlep, Minnette

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2013



Facing a diminished role, transcriptionists at Sanford Health worked with the organization to move into open, and in-demand, coding roles



The need for transcription was diminishing at Sanford Health, and transcriptionists needed to make a choice-transition into another....

Ensuring Remote Coding Compliance

Author: Comfort, Angie

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: April 2012


More and more HIM department managers are turning to remote coding. However, before implementing this staffing model, managers must answer several questions regarding the privacy and security of patient information, including:
What are the compliance risks?
How will privacy and secu....

Reflections on Coding Compliance Program Effectiveness

Author: Johnson, Kathy M

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 02, 2011


Efficiency is about doing things right while effectiveness is about doing the right things. Effectiveness assesses whether the actual outcomes reflect the desired outcomes. Effectiveness begins upfront in the planning process - there is a need to clearly articulate the intent, desired outcomes....

The Key to Organizational Success…Employee Engagement

Author: Keith, Ron

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 02, 2011

Background

As organizations respond and adapt to the internal and external constraints and pressures of the industry, it is important not to forget about one of its most vital resources…that being its people resources. Employee engagement is not merely about people being happy at w....

Job Redesign for Expanded HIM Functions

Author: Layman, Elizabeth J.

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 02, 2011

INTRODUCTION

Implementation of electronic health records and constant change in the health care delivery system have altered the nature of work in Health Information Services (HIS) Departments. Health information professionals are exhorted to work harder and to work smarter (Cassidya 2011....

The EHR’s Impact on Staffing Models

Author: Warner, Diana

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2011


As facilities transition from paper to electronic records, HIM departments must review job functions and staffing models. EHRs enable automation and ease of access and affect how the HIM department operates.
From Clerical to Qualitative

In an electronic environment paper HIM fu....

Strategies for Remote Coding Success: Remote Coding Program Helps Norman Regional Retain Quality Coders

Author: Miller, Amy; Ridpath, Debra

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: October 2010


Remote coding is helping organizations attract and retain experienced coding professionals at a time when highly skilled coding professionals are in short supply. Successfully implementing a remote coding program requires that facilities have their entire clinical documentation online and qual....

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