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Author: AHIMA Coding Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: October 2002

Where Can I Find a Sample Job Description and the Standard Productivity Rate for a Coder?

Because of the wide variety of duties included in the tasks for a coding professional, AHIMA does not publish a standard job description and has found it impossible to create meaningful coding produ....


Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: October 2002

Q: I've been approached about dictating hospital discharge summaries for a physician at our local hospital. Are there precautions or legalities that I should take into account?
A: Precautions are necessary for you and for the organization when considering participation in dictation of medical....

What Is Diversity?

Author: Shepard-Jackson, Karen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 1999

Many organizations around the world are struggling to figure out how to reinvent themselves to gain and maintain their competitive advantage. Businesses and healthcare organizations are putting long- and short-term strategies into place to ensure that their research and development o....

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....

When Change is the Constant: Tips for Creating a Change-friendly Staff


Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: March 2002

The only constant is change, it is often said, and if you're like many HIM professionals, you can attest to that. New technology, revised regulations, and the seemingly continual restructuring of the healthcare system itself keep raising the bar for managers and staff alike--and can make learni....

Where's the Payoff: Justifying Training Costs in Tough Economic Times

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: November 2003

Digest this number-$51.3 billion. That’s how much companies in the United States will spend training their employees during 2003. This number may sound high, but it’s down five percent from 2002 and nearly 10 percent from 2001. In fact, according to a report by Training magazine, this is the fi....

Working with an Incentive Program for Transcription

Author: Anderson, Jamelia

Source: Brief Encounter

Publication Date: November 02, 1998

After several months of planning, Smith-Glynn-Callaway, a multi-specialty clinic in Springfield, MO, implemented an incentive program for transcription. Since the inception of the program on March 16, great strides have been made. Previously, the medical transcriptionists worked many long hou....

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,....

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