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The Power of Meaningful Practice

Author: Kennedy, Angela

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2013



Since AHIMA’s inception 85 years ago, access to complete and accurate health information has been a core tenet of health information management (HIM) practice.


As this practice continues to evolve, HIM professionals stand in a unique position with the ability to impact....

Leveraging Data to Improve Cost and Quality of Care

Author: Kennedy, Angela

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2013



The demands of the complex and ever-growing technology-based healthcare industry have created a sense of economic urgency. The competitive environment is driving organizations toward stronger accountability and a culture of high performance. The healthcare industry is shifting from volume-....

HIM on the World Stage

Author: Frawley, Kathleen A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2013



The 17th General Assembly and World Congress of the Information Federation of Health Information Management Associations (IFHIMA) was held May 12-15 in Montreal, Canada. There were over 500 attendees representing over 30 countries. Before the conference officially started, an all-day sessi....

On the Road to ICD-10-CM/PCS

Author: Frawley, Kathleen A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2013



October 1, 2014 is only 16 months away as the healthcare industry and HIM professionals prepare to transition to ICD-10-CM/PCS. While many providers, payers, and vendors were gearing up for the original October 2013 date, the one-year delay issued in 2012 gave the industry time to continue....

Big Audacious Goal for Consumers

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2013



Sometimes progress starts with a single step. Last summer, the AHIMA staff participated in an intra-company walking challenge. Volunteer participants signed up to wear a pedometer and track how many steps they took. We tracked our totals weekly, and watched the steps and miles stack up. Af....

Empowering and Engaging the Patient

Author: Frawley, Kathleen A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2013



At the HIMSS 2013 conference, former US President Wililam J. Clinton spoke about the current state of the healthcare industry. In one of my favorite quotes from his talk, Clinton said, "The beginning of empowerment is understanding." In order for patients to take charge of their health, th....

Looking Back at AHIMA’s Early Years

Author: Frawley, Kathleen A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2013



AHIMA celebrates its 85th anniversary this year. Many current healthcare associations were founded after the Joint Commission was founded in 1951. AHIMA, however, was founded in 1928 when 35 members of the Club of Record Clerks met at the Hospital Standardization Conference sponsored by th....

Let’s Place Patients Front and Center

Author: Frawley, Kathleen A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2013



As HIM professionals, one of our key responsibilities is to provide patients with access to their health information. A poll conducted by Wolters Kluwer Health in November 2012 focused on the consumerization of healthcare. The poll asked whether consumers really want more control of their....

Believe in HIM, and Yourself

Author: Frawley, Kathleen A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2013



During the past year Patty Thierry Sheridan, AHIMA’s past president, spoke eloquently about the power of dreaming big dreams. I am going to build on those ideas this year by talking about the importance of believing.


It is important that you believe in yourself, believe....

Continuing to Dream Big

Author: Sheridan, Patty Thierry

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2012


As I prepared my incoming address for the AHIMA Convention and Exhibit last year, I turned to my family and friends for inspiration on music ideas. Little did I know that the hunt for a song with an upbeat tempo would set in motion a year that challenged us all to “Dream Big”-from AHIMA staff....

Change Right Before Our Eyes

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2012



“Evolution” and “change” are two words that come to my mind when I think about how the move to electronic health records (EHR) has altered the nature of the work we do. AHIMA has been talking about this change for as long as I can remember. But now it’s happen....

Why HIM Innovation Matters

Author: Sheridan, Patty Thierry

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2012


An HIM colleague recently asked me why everyone seems to be talking about innovation lately. Innovation might seem like a buzzword, but it’s also important to the future of healthcare and health information. Innovation isn’t just about generating new ideas-its primary goal is to develop a diff....

The Pathway Forward: Transforming Healthcare

Author: Sheridan, Patty Thierry

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2012


The recent US Supreme Court decision to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been controversial. Whether for, against, or somewhere in between, HIM practitioners and educators need to take part in the dialogue within their organizations. Regardless of what happens wi....

Nonstop Change Leads to New Opportunities

Author: Sheridan, Patty Thierry

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2012


We live in a time of nonstop change. The pace is fast and constant. To thrive, HIM professionals need to do more than simply adjust-we need to completely shift into a new mindset, developing new work methods along the way.

This starts with accepting the realities of today's marketpl....

Just Keep Swimming

Author: Sheridan, Patty Thierry

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2012


It's easy to feel overwhelmed as we work to navigate the dizzying speed with which technology is changing healthcare delivery-and every aspect of health information management practice. I often draw on my background as a competitive swimmer to help me address the resulting significant shifts t....

Bringing HIM to Consumers

Author: Sheridan, Patty Thierry

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2012


Each year I look forward to my annual spring break ski vacation in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. It's a great time to recharge batteries and gather with friends to celebrate spring break and share our passion for health information management.

On the way to Steamboat this year, one of....

Setting AHIMA’s Course

Author: Sheridan, Patty Thierry

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2012



Know the way, show the way, go the way-those are the three objectives of AHIMA's 2012–13 strategic initiatives, a set of seven strategic goals that serve AHIMA and its members now and into the future. They are referred to by the acronym AIM FREE:
Agility-be agile and responsive to....

Creating a Career Blueprint

Author: Sheridan, Patty Thierry

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2012


Most of us don't begin our careers knowing exactly where we want to go, but we do have a general idea of the path we would like to take. Our career path inevitably takes on a life of its own based on our education, mastery of the five essential competencies (critical thinking, relationship bui....

Creating the Future Every Day

Author: Thierry Sheridan, Patty

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2012


Digitized information has had a profound effect on the current generation of children. You just have to spend a few minutes with an eight-year-old to see how technology literate this generation has already become. Imagine how different their lives will be from the current workforce because the....

HIM’s Time to Dream Big

Author: Sheridan, Patty Thierry

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2012


This is our time to dream big. When you choose to dream big, you make a deep commitment to ideas important to you and you choose to believe in a higher purpose.

Think for a moment about those individuals who dreamed big in our society. There are so many who have inspired us, from Jo....

Embracing the ICD-10 Transition

Author: Cassidy, Bonnie S.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2011


Now is the time to embrace ICD-10 adoption and plan for your personal success and the future state within your organization. Healthcare organizations are depending on the HIM profession to do the heavy lifting and prepare the industry for ICD-10.

We will never walk this path again. T....

Data Governance—HIM’s Sweet Spot

Author: Cassidy, Bonnie S.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2011


HIM's primary ethical obligation is to protect patient privacy and confidential information, which includes oversight of information disclosure; health information systems and health records; and the quality of information. Both paper and electronic health records contain personal and private....

Leading the e-HIM Transformation

Author: Cassidy, Bonnie S.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2011


Today, employers are counting on us to achieve great success in adopting health IT, creating strategy, managing implementations with new workflows, and demonstrating meaningful use while properly planning for the monumental transition to ICD-10.

These are the most revitalizing times....

The Year Ahead

Author: Dowling, Alan F.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2011


Welcome to 2011, a year in which opportunities abound!

This is a year in which we are likely to see increased collisions between preconceived notions and innovative concepts, between optimistic projections and implementation realities.

This year many individuals from a var....

Harnessing the Power of PHRs

Author: Bowen, Rita K.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2010


If you have ever had to coordinate care for yourself or a loved one, you know that the personal health record (PHR) is a powerful tool.

Five years ago when my dad was receiving treatment for bone cancer, it became painfully obvious that the healthcare system within our community was....

Articulating the Value of HIM

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2010


What more can you do to earn that coveted seat at decision-making tables in your organization? As directors and managers of health information services, you are responsible for valuable information assets, including their accuracy, compliance, access, and use. Yet organizations continue to pla....

HIM’s Time to Lead

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2010


This is HIM’s time to shine. Rita Bowen, MA, RHIA, CHPS, SSGB, sees the current debate on national healthcare reform as a great opportunity for HIM professionals to increase their prominence in the healthcare world. The new AHIMA president feels HIM has a lot to offer the conversation and....

Awe-Inspiring Year: AHIMA’s 2009 Achievements

Author: Rulon, Vera

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2009


What an overwhelming year it has been.

Not only have I learned a lot, I have also had the privilege of getting to know many of AHIMA’s members. I am in awe of our association and how we have responded to the many challenges our healthcare system is facing and will continue to f....

Career that Began with a Bang

Author:

Source: AHIMA Today

Publication Date: October 07, 2009


President-elect Rita K. Bowen began her HIM career by accident. An accident, actually.

One day while working as a candy-striper in her hometown hospital, the then 15-year-old Bowen was pushing a wheelchair-bound patient down the hall. Suddenly, the wheels on the chair hit a bump in....

HIM Enters an Era of “Powerful Possibilities”

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2009


Discussing his enthusiasm for the HIM field, he said, “I am fortunate to be coming into the field at this time... I missed all the boring stuff and am getting in it when things are really happening.” I laughed and assured him that those of us who have been around for a while have n....

Managing the Unintended Consequences of EHRs

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2009


Broadly deployed health information and communication technology is crucial to every aspect of healthcare reform. Financial assistance through ARRA should speed EHR adoption via financial incentives and other forms of support. This, in turn, will cause unintended and unforeseen consequences. <....

Gauging Coding’s Evolution

Author: Rulon, Vera

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2009


The influx of information technology in the healthcare industry has led many to wonder what the future holds for coding and what coders must do to remain vibrant and knowledgeable.

Back in 2000, the coding futures task force asked the same questions. In the Journal article “A C....

HIM’s Role in Reducing Health Disparities

Author: Rulon, Vera

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2009


Health disparities are a major concern in the healthcare industry. Many studies related to health disparities cite the need for accurate and accessible data to identify where the differences in health exist.

“The National Healthcare Disparities Report” from the Agency for....

Communities of Practice—HIM’s Social Network

Author: Rulon, Vera

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2009


Social media has boomed with the advent of online networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace, and LinkedIn. Now healthcare is getting involved, too.

One can only imagine the impact the new ways of patient-doctor, consumer-consumer, and doctor-doctor communications will have on health....

HIM’s Role in Maintaining Privacy and Security

Author: Rulon, Vera

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2009


In the past several years medical information has made the news, though not in the way HIM professionals would like. Consider the following headlines:
“Data Breach Hits Close to Home” from the February 22, 2007, Washington Post
“Staff Suspended for Leaking George C....

Getting Engaged for Life

Author: Mangin, Wendy L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2008




With 2008 drawing to a close, and with it the end of my term as AHIMA president, I want to reflect on what it means to be really engaged in one’s profession. Each of us has busy and fulfilling professional lives. We give 100 percent to our employers each and every day, and our....

HIM Leadership Challenge...for the Next 80 Years!

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2008


As AHIMA celebrates its 80th anniversary this month, we focus on the significant challenges that lay ahead. Though most emphasis today is on acquiring and implementing health IT, this will give way to an emphasis on managing and creating value from an organization’s information assets.

Year of Milestones

Author: Mangin, Wendy L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2008


We have much to celebrate as 2008 begins to wind down. AHIMA has achieved several milestones.

First and foremost, this year marks AHIMA’s 80th anniversary. The association’s mission is as relevant today as it was eight decades ago: advancing the vision of quality health i....

Building Mass and Flexing HIM’s Muscle

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2008


A body of knowledge is the sum total of all knowledge in an area of expertise or profession. It is comprised of knowledge areas or domains. HIM’s domains include health data content and structure, medical terminologies and classification systems, and health information systems and techno....

Applying Business Lessons to HIM

Author: Mangin, Wendy L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2008


I recently had the privilege of hearing retired UPS chairman and CEO Michael Eskew speak at a chamber of commerce dinner in my hometown of Vincennes, IN. A native of Vincennes, Eskew graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and completed the Adv....

Renewing the Vision of the Digital Medical Practice

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2008


I recently observed a series of focus groups in which high school students, “Generation Y” young adults, working parents with small children, and “pioneer” baby boomers discussed health IT. As you would expect, there were many differences in how these groups use technology.


Ho....

Tapping HIM Expertise for Physician Practice EHRs

Author: Mangin, Wendy L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2008


Managing patient records has become more complex for medical practices. Electronic health records, quality reporting, and coding and documentation compliance all affect how a practice manages its patient information.


While improved information holds great promise for patient c....

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....

PHRs—The Hook to Engage and Inform Consumers?

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2008


The Internet, cell phones, and other technologies have forever changed how we communicate and gain access to information. We manage and track our finances and medical and other benefits online. Some are even fortunate enough to be able to communicate with their physicians through secure e-mail....

States—Laboratories for E-Health

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2008


States are often described as “laboratories of democracy.” Today they are also serving as laboratories for e-health. Virtually every US state is pursuing IT initiatives to improve the safety, quality, and affordability of healthcare. Leadership is coming from governors’ offic....

Re-examining HIPAA Six Years Later

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2008


It was six years ago this month that the HIPAA privacy rule went into effect. For many in healthcare, compliance has become a routine part of doing business. But for too many, the current regulations remain poorly understood and poorly implemented. All the while, the environment has been chang....

Advancing Quality Care in 2008

Author: Mangin, Wendy L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2008



Several speakers at AHIMA’s 79th Convention and Exhibit this past October gave me cause to reflect on the HIM professional’s role in the year ahead. Robert Kolodner, MD, head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, asked the audience to &ldq....

Checking the Radar as the New Year Begins

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2008


As health information managers, our radar screens are as full as those of air traffic controllers at O’Hare Airport. In the cover story that follows, AHIMA’s talented staff select 12 hot topics to watch in 2008, from regulations and standards to emerging e-HIM practices.
From th....

Renewing HIM's Commitment to Privacy and Security

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2007


If the thousands of pages of analysis from the RTI reports on privacy and security practices could be boiled down to just one phrase it would be “we’ve only just begun.” As reported in articles throughout this issue, the RTI research confirms that privacy and security regulat....

Strengthening Our Capability

Author: Pickard, Bryon

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2007


Stepping back to reflect on our professional development helps us understand where we stand and the areas where we might focus for our future. Ask yourselves the questions below and objectively rate yourself on a scale of one to 10.
Do you consider yourself a high-potential employee, stud....

Seizing the Moment

Author: Pickard, Bryon

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2007



Happy October! Fall is my favorite time of year. For many of us, the days are becoming cooler, trees are transforming into brilliant colors, and college and university campuses are bustling with activity. We have just passed the autumn equinox when the sun crosses the equator. Days are get....

Spotlight on Education and Training

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2007


It’s September, and students are back in school. Therefore the first Journal issue of the fall focuses on education. When we discuss education at AHIMA, we always think in two dimensions: the academic preparation of HIM experts and continuing education for those already in the field. The....

Investing in Your Future

Author: Pickard, Bryon

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2007


Generally accepted principles for effective investment typically include asset allocation and portfolio diversification. Investment prospectuses routinely carry warnings that past performance is no guarantee of future results. In other words, better to look ahead and not give too much cre....

Accuracy Imperative: New Stakes for Coded Data

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2007


The requirements for coding accuracy have always been high, even before coding became the basis for reimbursement. HIM professionals have championed improvements to medical record documentation and classification systems essential to accurate coding, and the profession has also led the wa....

Keeping up with the HIM Transformation

Author: Pickard, Bryon

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2007


The first six months of my presidency have been a whirlwind of activity, and I have already logged a surplus of frequent flyer miles.

Earlier this year, during one of multiple trips to Washington, DC, I attended a meeting of the American Health Information Community, the na....

EHR Progress: Reaching the Tipping Point?

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2007


There are many forecasts about how long it will take for EHRs to be the norm across healthcare. There is talk of a tipping point where penetration and momentum are great enough to move the rest of the industry. But just when will EHRs truly be mainstream technologies, and what are the stages f....

Speaking up for HIM

Author: Pickard, Bryon

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2007


Ask 10 different policy makers the question “How can we improve patient safety and healthcare quality?” and you will likely hear 10 very different responses. Now consider the 535 representatives and senators who make up the 110th US Congress, the thousands of state and local legisl....

Transforming Healthcare

Author: Pickard, Bryon

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2007



We live in extraordinary times. New technologies are increasingly becoming an indispensable part of everyday life. The Internet, expanding cell phone capabilities, and new mobile devices enable people to not only stay connected, but also carry out almost any task imaginable. The possibilit....

Supporting the Future of HIM

Author: Pickard, Bryon

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2007


Imagine it’s the year 2014. The world of HIM looks strikingly different from when I began my career retrieving medical record charts as a college student. Looking back over the past several years, the changes are monumental.

Back in the “old days,” HIM practitioners, foreve....

RHIOs at a Crossroads

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2007


Regional health information organizations (RHIOs) represent what is best about public service organizations in our country. They are voluntary organizations formed by people who want to improve the safety and quality of healthcare by making reliable information available where it is neede....

Be an HIM Champion

Author: Pickard, Bryon

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2007


If you are a sports fan, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of March Madness, making your picks and filling out those winning brackets. This is the time of year when 65 NCAA college basketball teams capture the attention of millions, and over 20 days of competition, one champion....

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