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Are Report Cards Measuring Up?

Author: Spath, Patrice L.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2000


Healthcare report cards have been in existence for more than 10 years. Have their efforts
to measure and compare performance made a difference? This article looks at the state
of the art.
In the late 1960s, researchers in Maine decided to study the use of healthcare services....

Driving Change through Rapid Demonstrations

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2003


The American healthcare system is in crisis and consumers are taking notice. Insurance costs are rising at double-digit rates and employers are passing along more of the cost to employees, leading to a recent nationwide strike at GE earlier this year. One in seven Americans is uninsured and fe....

Journal Q&A (6/01)

Author: AHIMA Staff

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: June 02, 2001

Q: What are the Joint Commission definitions of a sentinel event and root cause analysis?

A: The Joint Commission defines a sentinel event as "an unexpected occurrence involving death or serious physical or psychological injury, or risk thereof. Serious injury specifically includes loss o....

Power of Cancer Data

Author: Jeffries, Jane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2002


HIM professionals know that every piece of patient data collected is valuable. Cancer registrars like Linda Mulvihill, RHIT, CTR, can watch the patient data they collect become cancer screening tools, public health dollars, and the disease statistics found every day in the newspaper.

Practice Toolkit: Hospice

Author: Burrington-Brown, Jill

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2005

Hospice Challenges

When asked about challenges in HIM in the hospice care setting, Myers notes that the challenges in ensuring hospice records are complete and reflect the care given are very similar to those in other healthcare facilities. In fact, another member of the CoP, Susan Torzew....

Taking the Initiative with Nursing Home Quality

Author: Mitchell, Sue

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2003


When the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued its highlights of 2002, the listing of significant accomplishments included the department’s efforts to improve quality of care. Discussion of quality improvement efforts focused on the department’s initiatives in measurin....