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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....

Regulation of Health Information Processing in an Outsourcing Environment

Author: AHIMA; California Health Information Association; American Association for Medical Transcription; Medical Transcription Industry Alliance (MTIA)

Source: AHIMA position statement

Publication Date: March 16, 2004

A Joint Position Statement issued by:
American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)
California Health Information Association (CHIA)
American Association for Medical Transcription (AAMT)
Medical Transcription Industry Alliance (MTIA)


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....

Retaining Your Employees-- A New Perspective

Author: Fox, Leslie Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 1999

Opportunities abound for HIM professionals—but how can you, as a manager, create a work environment in which employees will want to stay? This process begins with managing yourself. Here's a new way to think about employee retention.
Unemployment is at a 30-year low. The....

Risk Assessment: Doing More With Less

Author: Burrington-Brown, Jill

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2003

In an October 2002 Journal article, eight out of 10 HIM managers interviewed mentioned trying to keep up with the workload with fewer resources as a top concern.1 In this time of rapid changes in healthcare, how do we decide what to prioritize when everything we do seems to be high priority? T....

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....

Safe at Home: Remote Coding Meets HIPAA

Author: Keough, Tim

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2004

Remote coding offers big benefits and unique security challenges. Here’s how one organization moves patient data securely across the Internet.

"Whatever, in connection with my professional practice, or not in connection with it, I see or hear, in the life of men, which ought....

Sharing the Power: Tips for Effective Employee Empowerment

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: September 2003

If you do an Internet search on "employee empowerment," more than 14,000 references appear. If that doesn't convince you that it's a hot issue, one online bookseller offers 159 titles on the topic.
What's the big deal here? Business leaders and researchers have long understood that enthus....

Skilled Knowledge Workers in Short Supply

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2008

This is a demanding time for coders. MS-DRGs and present on admission requirements would have been challenging on their own; however, both came at virtually the same time, straining coders already stretched to meet their job requirements.

Recruitment and retention of coding staff is....

Sorting Out Employee Sanctions

Author: Burrington-Brown, Jill

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2003

Has your organization addressed sanctions related to privacy and security issues? Both the final privacy rule and final security rule address this issue. The privacy rule states that the covered entity must “have and apply appropriate sanctions against members of its workforce who fail to....

Strategic Approach to Requesting Capital

Author: Hughes, Gwen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2004

Health information managers often find their capital requests near the bottom of the list when limited funds are distributed. Their requests just aren’t sexy enough to compete with those that enhance the organization’s image, increase revenue, or promise a more rapid payback.

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....

Successful Recruiting Strategies

Author: Dover, Kayce

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2008

It can be a challenge to hire the HIM professionals your organization needs. Smart managers and their HR departments stay proactive.
As the demand for HIM professionals continues to increase and the supply of experienced HIM professionals continues to lag, implementing a successful recruit....

Success with Speech Recognition

Author: Clawson, Cathy

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: September 28, 2010

Introduction: Since Mountain States Health Alliance implemented the Dolbey Speech Recognition platform in October 2007; gains in productivity, decrease in outsourcing, and financial savings have confirmed the successful implementation of this technology.
Background/History: Mountain Sta....

Surviving and Thriving During Contract Negotiations

Author: Hjort, Beth M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2000

Employer economies, staffing shortages, and advances in technology lead to the demand for outsourced functions, and there are a plethora of vendors happy to meet your facility's needs. Yet negotiating an outsourcing contract can be an intimidating proposition. Managers spearhead change interna....

Telecommuting: the Why, the How, and the Don't Worry


Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: June 2002

Suppose someone walked into your office and said that she knew a sure-fire way to decrease your coding staff turnover and increase its productivity. Would you invite her to sit down and tell you more?
If you are like most HIM managers who face the daily challenge of getting work done on ti....

Ten Tips for Tackling a Tight Labor Market


Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: February 2002

It's Monday morning and you're dreading the seemingly endless "To Do" list waiting on your desk. You have two open coding positions and piles of backlogged work sitting at the workstations of your best people, who are beginning to show the strain. If anyone calls in sick today, you'll....

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....

The Key to Organizational Success…Employee Engagement

Author: Keith, Ron

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 02, 2011


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....

Tips for Successful Teamwork

Author: Burrington-Brown, Jill

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2006

AHIMA’s e-HIM work groups have had great success in bringing together groups of HIM professionals to explore and create guidance on cutting-edge e-HIM practices and technology. These groups also teach us lessons about the factors of successful teamwork that we can apply to our own work si....

Tips for Trainers

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2007

The time had come in the physicians’ meeting to discuss HIM issues, and Wilson was in charge of bringing the room up to speed.

Wilson, then the coding quality manager at Charleston, SC-based Roper St. Francis Healthcare, was new to public speaking and training. For a moment,....

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....

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....

Turning Production Data into Management Tools

Author: Dunn, Rose T

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2002

Staring down another backlog in your HIM department? Use routine data collection activities to strengthen your case for additional staff, increased budget dollars, or an incentive program.
Daily challenges in an HIM department include increasing workloads and accumulating backlogs withou....

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....

Using Ergonomics to Keep Injury in Check

Author: Smith, Cheryl M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2001

Office ergonomics are not new to the healthcare industry. Medical transcriptionists and data entry employees are just two groups of healthcare workers that are affected by ergonomics on a daily basis. With a growing number of healthcare organizations implementing the computerized pati....

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