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HIM Front and Center: Work Force Study to Put Profession in Spotlight

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Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: March 2002


What will the HIM profession look like in years to come? Thanks to a far-reaching study launched by AHIMA, that question may one day be easier to answer.

In January, AHIMA announced the beginning of a major study that will provide crucial information about the current and future HIM....

HIM Qualification Checklist

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Source: AHIMA

Publication Date: 2001


To assist you in hiring a health information management (HIM) professional for your practice, the following qualifications checklist provides you with a general idea of what to look for in an HIM professional.




Positions include:
Health Information Manager
Cer....

HIM Qualifications Checklist

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Source: AHIMA

Publication Date: 2001


What do you look for when hiring a health information management (HIM) professional? The following section provides a quick checklist of qualifications for various HIM positions.


Positions include:
Health Information Directors and Managers
Certified Coding Specialist

HIPAA Compliance: Is Outsourcing the Answer?

Author: Watkins, Larry

Source: HIPAA Conference 2000

Publication Date: March 14, 2000

2000 HIPAA Conference Presentation
HIPAA Compliance: Is Outsourcing the Answer?
Larry Watkins, Director, Electronic Commerce -- Per-Se Technologies EDI in Health Care-HIPAA Legislation
Mandated Standards 9 Electronic Transaction Standards Standardization of Supporting Codes Standard....

HIPAA Compliance: Is Outsourcing the Answer?

Author: McLaughlin, Mark

Source: HIPAA Conference 2000

Publication Date: March 14, 2000

2000 HIPAA Conference Presentation
HIPAA Compliance: Is Outsourcing the Answer?
Mark McLaughlin, Informatics Standards Liaison, McKessonHBOC Compliance Depends on You!: HIPAA Components for Outsourcing
Transactions Processing Auditing Security Disaster Recovery
Consultants and....

HIPAA Security: Don't Disband the Committee Just Yet

Author: Brown, Stephen C.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2005


By now, every healthcare organization has faced the initial security compliance responsibilities associated with HIPAA. However, the compliance road has not yet been fully traveled. The nature of the rule makes compliance a recursive effort of reassessment, continual auditing, regular educatio....

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....

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....

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....

Home Health Balancing Act

Author: Sourapas, Joan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 1999



What does a home health agency have in common with a typical Fortune 500 company? Though their activities and goals may differ, both organizations can benefit from the use of the balanced scorecard approach to measuring and enhancing performance.

Since Harvard professo....

How the EHR Transforms the HIM Department: Two Stories

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Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2002


HIM professionals have long known the electronic health record (EHR) will change the collection, storage, and maintenance of health information, not to mention the delivery of care, but what about the its effects on the HIM department? While revolutionizing the HIM process, there can’t hel....

How to Build a Winning Team

Author: Smith, Cheryl M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2001




In today's healthcare environment, the HIM manager must tackle an endless stream of projects, daily and long-term system and process issues, and the ongoing challenge of employee motivation, all of which demand effective and flexible strategies. One strategy that HIM managers in any h....

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....

Imaging System Propels HIM Department to EHR

Author: Bechert, Londa

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2002


St. Vincent Hospital and Health Services in Indianapolis, IN, is a member of the Ascension Health network, a nationwide Catholic health ministry. The HIM department has centralized responsibility for the main campus (650 beds) in Indianapolis, the St. Vincent Carmel Hospital (65 beds), and mul....

Importance of a Patient-Safe Culture

Author: Spath, Patrice L.

Source: Quality Resource (newsletter)

Publication Date: March 02, 2001



The chance for human error in the delivery of healthcare services will always exist. To ensure errors don't go undetected and end up causing patient harm, healthcare organizations must identify and fix faults in the systems of care. The goal of an organization's patient safety program sh....

Improving Performance, Managing Change

Author: Elliott, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2001




In today's world, there is no such thing as permanent stability. Change is the norm.

Like performance improvement, change can be thought of as a process to be understood and managed. Although definitions vary, change management can be defined as a group of techniques used to....

Intranets: A Way to Connect

Author: Thieleman, William; Postal, Susan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2000


The uses of the Internet are well known, but companywide intranets are popular as well. In this article, two HIM professionals share how their organizations are putting the power of intranets to work for training, communicating, and more. An Intranet in the Healthcare Environm....

Is Outsourcing the Answer?

Author: Icenhower, Mitch

Source: HIPAA Conference 2000

Publication Date: March 14, 2000

2000 HIPAA Conference Presentation
Is Outsourcing the Answer?
Presented by Mitch Icenhower HIPAA Compliance: Is outsourcing the answer?
Appropriate HIPAA components for outsourcing How to select a clearinghouse vendor Options for off-site processing
HIPAA as a Business Issue

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....

Job Description - Cancer Registrar

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Source: AHIMA sample job description

Publication Date: 2002

Sample Position Description

Position Title: Cancer Registrar

Immediate Supervisor: HIM Director

General Purpose:

Identifies, collects and maintains timely, accurate and complete information about cancer diagnosed and/or treated within the organization. Dissemina....

Job Description - HIM Clerk

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Source: AHIMA sample job description

Publication Date: 2002

Sample Position Description

Position Title: HIM Clerk

Position Purpose: To collect, maintain, and make available to authorized users timely, accurate, and complete patient health information. Prioritizes, locates, pulls, assembles, electronically tracks, and sees to the appropr....

Job Description - HIM Domain Manager

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Source: AHIMA sample job description

Publication Date: 2002

Sample Position Description

Position Title: HIM Domain Manager, eHealth organization

Immediate Supervisor: Chief Operating Officer, Chief of Technology/Engineering, Corporate Compliance Officer or other senior level executive.

General Purpose:

Oversees activi....

Job Description - MPI Manager

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Source: AHIMA sample job description

Publication Date: 2002

Sample Position Description

Position Title: Master Patient Index Manager

Immediate Supervisor: HIM Director

General Purpose: To maintain the integrity of the master patient index and facilitate synchronization with other indices throughout the organization.

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Job Description - Research Data Analyst

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Source: AHIMA sample job description

Publication Date: 2002

Sample Position Description

Position Title: Research Data Analyst

Immediate Superior: Department Director

General Purpose: The Research Data Analyst ensures the quality of data collection, coordination, and analysis for clinical research projects

Responsibili....

Job Descriptions and Organizational Chart - Ambulatory

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Source: AHIMA

Publication Date: January 02, 2002

Job Descriptions and Organizational Chart


Although the roles of health information management (HIM) professionals vary from one organization to another, the following HIM position descriptions and organizational charts showing their context within an organization provide a general sens....

Job Descriptions and Organizational Chart - Managed Care

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Source: AHIMA

Publication Date: 2002




Although the roles of health information management (HIM) professionals vary from one organization to another, the following HIM position descriptions and an organizational chart in which an HIM professional holds a key position provide a general sense of an HIM professional's respons....

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....

Journal Q&A (5/00)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: May 02, 2000

Q: Does the Joint Commission require an RHIT or RHIA to be employed in a hospital's HIM department?
A: The Joint Commission does not specifically require that a RHIT or an RHIA be employed in the HIM department. However, in the Accreditation Manual for Hospitals, standard IM.4 require....

Journal Q&A (5/98)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: May 02, 1998


Q: The facility that I work for is planning to use an outside copy service. How can we be sure it will protect our patient information?

A: Start by evaluating the potential companies to ensure that they are reputable and provide quality services. Next, ask the various ....

Keeping HIM Current Through Re-engineering

Author: Myjer, D'Arcy

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2002


How should HIM departments organize to meet the challenges of the electronic medical record (EMR), compliance, HIPAA, and high-volume transcription?


The HIM department at Stanford Hospital and Clinics (SHC) in Stanford, CA, has evolved to meet the need for change. Here’s....

Leading through Empowerment

Author: Bradt, Gary

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 1999


What got you to the top will not keep you there. This is a difficult lesson to learn. Many leaders earn success by getting involved and accomplishing things. They are tireless workers willing to do whatever is necessary to complete the task. Their diligent efforts lead to rewards, reco....

Making the Clerical Transition to e-HIM

Author: Lambton, Karanne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2005


As we move forward with the developing electronic health record (EHR), the emphasis on changing work processes, increasing productivity, and eliminating many paper-driven tasks may leave clerical staff fearful of an uncertain future. Helping clerical staff understand how their current skills a....

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....

Managing Change

Author: Fletcher, Donna M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 1999



Change is, and will continue to be, a constant in today's organizations. In fact, change is the attempt an organization makes to improve itself. In Search of Excellence lists a bias for action (which results in change) as one of eight attributes of "excellent, innovative" companies....

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....

Managing More Effectively Using an HIM Spreadsheet

Author: Hughes, Gwen

Source: Brief Encounter

Publication Date: April 02, 2001


One of the things I found particularly difficult about managing 100 entry-level people at 19 sites was tracking incoming work, backlogs, and staffing. Without this information it was difficult to make the appropriate adjustments, and to separate fact from fiction when physicians complained. As....

Managing the Virtual HIM Department

Author: Walls, Laura Lane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2004


In the new world of remote work forces, old management principles still apply. The trick is to apply them in entirely new ways.
Many health information management professionals don’t work anywhere near their “place” of employment.
They are remote workers, performin....

Measuring Up to IM Standards a Team Effort

Author: Hilterbrand, Cynthia

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2001




Ensuring compliance to the Joint Commission IM standards across a multi-facility system requires more than a handbook-it takes a team effort, communication, and education for all staff. Here's how one system has tackled this task.
For HIM professionals preparing for a Joint Com....

Meetings vs. Getting Work Done: Tips for Making the Most of Meetings

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Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: December 2002


Let's admit it, when we're staring at an endless pile of work on our desk and yet another round of killer deadlines, who among us welcomes the pop-up message on our computer screen announcing it's time for a meeting?
According to Realty Times, there are an average of 17 million meetings p....

Mining Diamonds in the Rough: How to Hire New Graduates

Author: Parker, Susan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2003


As a busy manager, you know exactly what you want when you post a job ad or inform your human resources department of a vacancy. You do not have time to sift through piles of resumes to find the person you need. But after weeks of searching, you may begin to wonder—is there anybody out th....

New Approach to Chargemaster Management

Author: Richey, John

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2001

After examining their CDM management processes, HIM professionals, along with clinical and support departments, redesigned and automated several practice aspects with successful results. (FORE Best Practice, AHIMA Foundation)

Oops...I was Wrong: When Managers Need to Apologize

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: November 2003


"I am profoundly sorry." "I regret that my words offended." "I beg forgiveness." We've heard many high-profile apologies such as these over the past few years. The headlines have trumpeted words of contrition from powerful leaders like former President Bill Clinton, Senator Trent Lott, and Car....

Organizational Restructuring: One HIM Team's Approach

Author: Smith, Carol F.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 1998


Organizational restructuring offers a number of challenges -- and opportunities -- to employees. This article describes how members of one organization's HIM staff participated in a systemwide restructuring process, from planning to implementation to assessment of results.
Today's era o....

OSHA Ergonomics Rule Released

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Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2001


To the chagrin of business groups and Congressional Republicans, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published its controversial ergonomics program final rule. The potential publication of the final rule was a major bargaining tool in discussion of the Departments....

Outsourcing and Security: Finding the Right Fit

Author: Hagland, Mark

Source: In Confidence (newsletter)

Publication Date: July 02, 2002


Four years ago, John Tanner completely changed the course of information technology management at JPS Health Care, an integrated health system in Fort Worth, TX. Tanner, the organization’s CIO, brought in two outside firms to outsource all the organization’s IT needs, offering job opportuniti....

Outsourcing ROI: Does it Make Sense for You?

Author: Bellenghi, G. Michael

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2005


Governed by state and federal regulations, release of information (ROI) is a time-consuming and sensitive process. Failure to fulfill requests accurately and on time can have painful ramifications, affecting quality of patient care and prompting irate phone calls and legal action or fines. Not....

Partnering for Quality Healthcare

Author: Rulon, Vera

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2005


HIM cannot claim an exclusive domain any more. No longer a “back end” function, HIM is part of a larger continuum. Author Daniele Bolelli writes: “The age of specialization is over. Mixing together aspects of life that have apparently little to do with each other will be the....

Perfecting the Communication Process

Author: Burrington-Brown, Jill

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2003


Most of us do not think of communication as a process but rather as a talent or ability that only a few people possess. But when communication is considered a process, anyone can be an effective communicator.


The work of Stanford University computer science professor Terry Wino....

Practice Solutions for Today

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Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2000


Editor's note: APCs, risk management, knowledge management...all of these are practice issues that will affect the way HIM professionals work in the future. But practice solutions exist right now in our day-to-day work environments as well. Here are a few successful practice sol....

Productivity Report Streamlines Management

Author: Hughes, Gwen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2000



Twenty years ago, HIM department leaders often directed one or more departments within a facility or on one campus. It was rare to find them managing at multiple sites. Today, however, it is not unusual to find HIM professionals managing HIM and/or other departments throughout entire....

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