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Leading with Purpose

Author: Abdelhak, Mervat N.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2005


Dear colleagues,
This is a bittersweet moment for me. My year as AHIMA president is coming to an end. Time certainly does fly when you’re having fun!

This year has been filled with progress, good work, and breakthroughs—on the job and throughout the industry. More....

Expecting the Best: Exemplary Behavior for Leaders

Author: Abdelhak, Mervat N.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2005


An HIM colleague gave me the book Encouraging the Heart: A Leader’s Guide to Rewarding and Recognizing Others as a gift a few months back. Authors James Kouzes and Barry Posner are well published on leadership and have researched, studied, and catalogued numerous best practices in leader....

Writing AHIMA's Next Chapter

Author: Abdelhak, Mervat N.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2005


Earlier this year, AHIMA’s Board of Directors defined what success looks like for our profession, our preferred future, and the necessary actions we need to take. Here’s what we see in AHIMA’s future.

Framing the opportunities. The board foresees the e-HIMTM journey....

Setting Our Strategic Directions

Author: Abdelhak, Mervat N.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2005


From Team Talks to component state associations (CSAs), the input of AHIMA members has culminated in a set of interrelated strategic goals and priorities for 2005.

In late 2004 the Board of Directors approved these initiatives as well as a budget to support the implementation of pla....

The Danger of Being Connected

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2019

The Danger of Being Connected


By Ty Greenhalgh, HCISPP


In 2014, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act required and incented hospitals to demonstrate “meaningful use” of an electronic health record (EHR). Hospitals, desiring to maintain existing Medicaid a....

PHI Hide and Seek: Hidden PHI Carries High Financial Risk

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2019


By Ken Reiher, MBA









Ken Reiher, MBA




Collaboration is Key to Leading Through Transformation

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2019


By Valerie Watzlaf, PhD, MPH, RHIA, FAHIMA


I am so inspired by our leaders all across the country. At last year’s CSA Leadership Symposium it was agreed that AHIMA was in a state of decline and that change was needed. It was an amazing moment—one I will never forget an....

New Starts and Transformation Wins

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2019


By Wylecia Wiggs Harris, PhD, CAE, chief executive officer


September is a time of new starts. At AHIMA, it’s our busiest time of year as we prepare for our annual conference and a host of other fall and winter activities. It’s also a time to look back on the year: two-....

Appendix A: Key Points in Developing a CDI Program

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2019

Appendix A: Key Points in Developing a CDI Program



Recruitment Best Practices




Create a culture where great employees want to work

Consider the candidate’s cultural compatibility, leadership skills, communication skills, and intellectual abi....

Appendix C: Ongoing Education Plan

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2019


An annual plan for ongoing education can be developed and started at the beginning of each calendar or fiscal year, or with the annual employee evaluation. The manager of the CDI team or designee can be required to ensure each education topic is offered to the employee during the year. It is im....

Appendix B: Orientation for New CDI Professionals

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2019


Orientation for new clinical documentation professionals should include the nuances involved in diagnosis, procedure, inpatient prospective payment systems (IPPS), and outpatient prospective payment systems (OPPS) capture. Some of these topics include concepts such as major diagnostic categorie....

Appendix D: Qualitative Productivity Tool Example

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2019


Productivity expectations can be both qualitative and quantitative. Qualitative productivity is measuring the quality of the work being performed. This is typically measured by performing audits of the CDI professional’s work and then assigning a numeric value so it can be measured (see e....

A Time to Be Bold

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2019


By Wylecia Wiggs Harris, PhD, CAE, chief executive officer


HIM professionals are well aware of the work involved in matching patients to their unique records. Mismatched records can cost us time, lead to frustration, and cause headaches and dissatisfaction for patients and provide....

Three Ways Analytics Optimizes Health Outcomes

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2019


By Valerie Watzlaf, PhD, MPH, RHIA, FAHIMA


Over the summer I was fortunate to participate in several conferences. I was both honored to be involved and enthralled at the expertise of all of the individuals who participated and presented.


Data is powerful. Data litera....

Now is the Time: Realizing our Vision

Author: Birnbaum, Cassi L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2015



As I enter my 35th year as an AHIMA leader, educator, practitioner, and volunteer, I am excited to celebrate AHIMA’s 86 years of accomplishments and to have a role in paving the way for a bright future for HIM professionals everywhere.


I look forward to the months ahead, b....

Evolving Practice of Health Informatics

Author: Birnbaum, Cassi L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2015



WHEN I DECIDED to pursue my graduate education in health information management (HIM) and informatics seven years ago, adoption rates for advanced electronic health record (EHR) systems were evolving, data was siloed, and interoperability was far from reality. Organizations were up to the....

Final Push to ICD-10 Implementation

Author: Birnbaum, Cassi L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2015



Chills run up and down my spine as I write this article, knowing how hard we have worked as a profession, association, and industry to get to this red letter date for ICD-10-CM/PCS.


Just before I wrote this column, I was on the edge of my seat along with the rest of indust....

Breaking Down Walls to Realize Our Vision

Author: Birnbaum, Cassi L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2015



As we wind down the year, I can rest assured that our members have successfully arisen to the occasion of the new challenges that confront us, from ICD-10-CM/PCS to conquering data quality challenges with sound information governance (IG) practices.


One of the many highlig....

Making the Shift from Disruptive to Value-Based EHRs

Author: Birnbaum, Cassi L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2015



Despite the fact that "strides have been made in the sharing of information across technology systems and information platforms," according to Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc, national coordinator for health IT, I believe that our work has only just begun when it comes to developing a seamles....

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....

Advancing the Globalization of HIM

Author: Brodnik, Melanie S.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2004


One of the strategic initiatives set by the AHIMA Board of Directors for 2004 focuses on HIM outreach; that is, engaging in activities designed to increase consumer and industry awareness of HIM professionals and practices at home and abroad. My message this month focuses on the “abroad&....

Becoming a Lifelong Learner

Author: Brodnik, Melanie S.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2004


As I reflect on what AHIMA has accomplished over the last 10 years and where the HIM profession is currently headed, I realize that we have a very eventful future ahead of us, a future that requires transitioning from one knowledge and skill level to another. The challenge is to remain litera....

Gaining a Global Perspective on HIM

Author: Brodnik, Melanie S.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2004

In February this column focused on an AHIMA Board of Directors strategic initiative for HIM outreach—increasing consumer and industry awareness of HIM professionals and practice at home and abroad. This month, efforts related to the international portion of the initiative will be realized as....

Developing an Experienced HIM Work Force

Author: Brodnik, Melanie S.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2004


HIM practitioners have a long history of contributing to education by serving as site preceptors. Today, however, increased work demands and changing practice patterns limit time to train new graduates onsite. These factors are raising the demand for graduates with higher levels of experience....

Reinventing Ourselves

Author: Brodnik, Melanie S.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2004


As I think about all that the HIM profession aims to accomplish, I realize that we are faced with the challenge of reinventing ourselves. This seems daunting, but ours is not the only profession faced with this challenge.
Change Can Make Us Stronger

Consider the challenges fac....

Visions of Future, Global Initiatives Focus for 2004

Author: Brodnik, Melanie S.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2004


Our 75th diamond anniversary, year-long celebration was quite a success. We celebrated our rich history and the important contributions AHIMA has made to the field of HIM. We also confirmed that the work we do has never been more important. We are thriving as an association, with some 46,000-p....

E-HIM: Mobilizing for Impact

Author: Brodnik, Melanie S.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2004



What an exciting time for healthcare and our profession. Tremendous strides have been made toward transitioning healthcare from paper to an electronic environment. Many AHIMA staff and members have participated in key collaborations during the last two years to advance the implementation....

Looking Back on a Successful 2004

Author: Brodnik, Melanie S.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2004


As 2004 draws to a close, I would like to thank all who have helped to make the year a success. Our success this year stems from the collective work of our members, state leaders, volunteers, board members, and AHIMA staff who worked to further our goal of moving health information management....

Strategic Planning: a Winning Play

Author: Brodnik, Melanie S.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2004

In April we look back at AHIMA’s own form of college basketball’s “March Madness”—Team Talks. The communication, collaboration, and networking of these meetings make all who attended national champs. The information shared at Team Talks is essential for achieving the A....

In Search of EHR's Designated Record Set

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2019

In Search of the EHR’s Designated Record Set


By Mary Butler


When Rita Bowen, MA, RHIA, CHPS, CHPC, SSGB, broke her elbow while attending an AHIMA event in Baltimore threeyears ago, she soldiered on through the event but summoned her primary care physician for a tele....

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....

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....

Write Your Own Story

Author: Chenoweth, Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2017



I’ve always loved January! It is not only the freshly fallen snow and warm drinks by the fire that I cherish, it is the exhilaration that every new year brings with it the optimism that new beginnings are possible and the belief that our resolutions can create wonderful outcomes and suc....

Patient Side of Telemedicine

Author: Chenoweth, Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2017



Two years ago, I travelled to central Honduras to volunteer my time and HIM expertise at a clinic that supports the primary care needs of 90,000 people. It was an experience I’ll never forget. Access to specialists is few and far between so the clinic had recently implemented telemedicine....

Salute to PPE Site Managers

Author: Chenoweth, Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2017



For college seniors, May is the time when the job search intensifies—putting the finishing touches on the resume, buying that new interview suit, and making connections with alumni.


The professional practice experience (PPE) is an important part of student education and is a....

Standing Out in a Noisy World

Author: Chenoweth, Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2017



Many influential thought leaders have come to realize there are three foundational elements to getting your ideas understood and appreciated: social proof, which gives people a reason to listen to you; content creation, which allows them to evaluate the quality of your ideas; and your netw....

EHR, PHR Benefits: Proof is Use

Author: Dennis, Jill Callahan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2006


No one relishes the experience of being a patient or of having a family member be a patient. But being put in that position reminds us of the importance of accurate and complete health information, both for the healthcare system and for the individual patient.
The Power of PHRs

....

Inclusive Membership: What's in It for You?

Author: Dennis, Jill Callahan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2006


In October the House of Delegates will vote on a proposed change to AHIMA’s bylaws that would establish a more inclusive membership policy. The change would welcome new types of professionals interested in HIM into our active membership category. Right now, active membership is limited to thos....

Staying Connected

Author: Dennis, Jill Callahan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2006


AHIMA’s Convention Offers Great Networking, Educational Opportunities, But There Are Many More Ways to Stay Connected
This month thousands of members will gather in Denver, CO, for AHIMA’s 78th Convention and Exhibit. Attending the annual conference is a great way for members....

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....

Name Game: Updating Our Credential Titles

Author: Dixon-Lee, Claire

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 1999


In October, the 1999 AHIMA House of Delegates will consider a proposal to officially change the name of two AHIMA credentials. The proposal is the result of several years of analysis, member input, and review of more than 1000 potential certification titles, as well as the work of cons....

Cultivate a Desire to Learn

Author: Dixon-Lee, Claire

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 1999


As I travel the country meeting many of you, I am very curious about the diversity of jobs, skills, and settings in which you work. The creativity, independence, and resourcefulness that come with career redefinition fascinate me. All of us working under the umbrella of health informat....

Thrill of the Unexpected

Author: Dixon-Lee, Claire

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 1999


It's hard to imagine that we are approaching the close of the twentieth century. As I examine my reaction to the start of this year, perhaps I speak for many of you in that I have mixed emotions. On one hand, I am filled with nostalgia for all of the events that affected my life growin....

New, Informed Public

Author: Dixon-Lee, Claire

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 1999


The healthcare consumer is emerging as a strong force in today's healthcare industry. On a national level, current efforts for new and improved patients' rights legislation in the wake of complaints about access and rising costs, is placing the patient in a position of strength unlike....

Common (and Uncommon) Ground

Author: Dixon-Lee, Claire

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 1999


On a trip to Dublin this spring, I met with several officers of the Healthcare Informatics Society of Ireland. During this visit, we talked about health information management, finding common ground on topics like:
Year 2000 compliance
the need for clinical vocabulary....

Benchmarking a World-class Image

Author: Dixon-Lee, Claire

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 1999


This time of year may find us longing for a chair by a cozy fireplace or lounging on a sunny beach. When we find time for reflection, it's good to periodically reflect on ourselves and the image that we project as HIM professionals.

Authority Robert Camp defines benchmarki....

Blueprint for the New Millennium

Author: Dixon-Lee, Claire

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 1999


This is the final Journal of AHIMA issue of the 20th century! That a year can pass so quickly marks not just the passing of time, but the significance of how much we can pack into 365 days. It reflects how much knowledge we acquire and how many activities we take on, results we reap,....

In Pursuit of a Value-added Entity

Author: Dixon-Lee, Claire

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 1999


The integration of various clinical services into larger healthcare alliances or enterprises challenges the very basic managerial foundations of our healthcare industry. While senior managers and clinicians struggle to run their respective organizations or divisions following tradition....

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....

CAC Takes Coding Into the Future

Author: Fahy, Kristi

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2019


By Kristi Fahy, RHIA


Technology is the segue to the future. It is the very thing that will transform the landscape of today’s world into one with endless possibilities. In healthcare, that transformation is being accelerated by the transition to electronic health records (EH....

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....

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