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Health Information Exchange – Our Successes and Challenges with the Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record

Author: Foley, Teresa; Gillen, Zachary; Teal, Jennifer

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 02, 2011


In the spring of 2009, President Obama announced plans to create a joint Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record (VLER) to improve care and services between the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Department of Defense (DoD), and the private sector. President Obama directed the Dep....

HCFA Publishes Final Home Health PPS Rule

Author: Asmonga, Donald D.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2000

The Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) published the final rule for the prospective payment system (PPS) for home health agencies in July. This rule, which takes effect October 1, 2000, replaces the retrospective reasonable-cost-based system used to pay for home health service....

HCFA Addresses Inpatient Payments, SNFs


Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2000

HCFA's recently published interim final rule concerning the "Provisions of the Balanced Budget Refinement Act of 1999; Hospital Inpatient Payments and Rates and Costs of Graduate Medical Education" will provide a 2.3 percent increase in payment rates for most acute care hospital....

Group Builds Consensus on Laboratory Test Policies

Author: Prophet, Sue

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 1999

The Balanced Budget Act of 1997 (BBA) mandated that the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) use a negotiated rulemaking process to develop national administrative and coverage policies for clinical diagnostic laboratory tests under Medicare Part B. The BBA stipulates that the p....

Graham: How e-HIM Forges Ahead at the VA


Source: AHIMA Today

Publication Date: October 06, 2009

The evolving world of health information technologies is changing the way HIM professionals work and presenting them with new challenges and opportunities. This is especially the case at the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), where the widespread use of electronic health records (EHRs) ha....

FY 2007 IPPS Overview: Comprehensive Changes in Effect for Inpatient Prospective Payment System

Author: Johnson, Laurie M.; Garrett, Gail S.

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2006

The Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) final rule for fiscal year 2007 will prove challenging for inpatient providers. The rule (published in the August 18 Federal Register and available at includes some of the most comprehensive changes....

Experiences of a VHA Privacy Officer

Author: Putt, Stephanie H.

Source: In Confidence (newsletter)

Publication Date: November 02, 2001

Being the privacy officer for one of the world’s largest healthcare delivery systems is often a daunting responsibility, yet it offers an opportunity to make a difference and face new challenges. The Veterans Health Administration, or VHA, is part of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). T....

Documentation Errors Result in Medicare Overpayment

Author: Hammen, Cheryl

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2000

The objective of the Office of the Inspector General's (OIG) fiscal year 1999 audit was to determine whether medical fee-for-service claims complied with Medicare rules and regulations. The OIG examined claims for accurate documentation and coding, medical necessity, and to ensure that c....

CY 2017 OPPS Update

Author: Comfort, Angie

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2017

As last year drew to a close, facilities began the looming task of reviewing the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) final rule to ensure their chargemaster and systems were up-to-date with the 2017 changes. The final rule for calendar year (CY) 2017 was released on Novem....

Coding in Critical Access Hospitals

Author: Kostick, Karen M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: November 2009

National health policy has been increasingly responsive to the healthcare needs of rural residents and providers. Rural America has a large percentage of the nation’s Medicare population, and this percentage continues to grow as residents born in the Baby Boomer generation begin to retir....

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