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2002: Positioning HIM for Future Challenges

Author: Odom-Wesley, Barbara

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2002


Each Association year builds on past achievements. In 2001, the AHIMA and FORE Boards of Directors, in consultation with many volunteer groups, adopted new mission, vision, and values statements. The mission and value statements serve as a touchstone keeping us focused on what we are charged w....

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....

Achieving a Nationwide Health IT Milestone

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2006


Electronic health record (EHR) systems achieve a great milestone this month. The Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT) will begin judging the first ambulatory EHRs on functionality, security, reliability, and interoperability criteria. As Mark Leavitt and Lisa G....

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....

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&....

Aligning Strategies for the Future

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2015



At AHIMA's 2014 Annual Convention and Exhibit, held in San Diego, CA, National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc, announced that the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) was in the process of refreshing its federal health IT strategic plan for the next....

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 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 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 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....

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....

Are You Ready for the E-health Revolution?

Author: Odom-Wesley, Barbara

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2002


Are you ready for the revolution? The e-health revolution, that is. E-health is a new frontier to explore and conquer. According to AHIMA's E-health Task Force, there is an increasing sense of urgency to move the healthcare industry into the electronic information age. The Internet and its der....

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....

Association Benefits from Collaborative Dialogue

Author: Siegel, Barbara

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2003


One hundred years ago, Guglielmo Marconi used Morse code to initiate “a dialogue that seemed like pure magic” between President Theodore Roosevelt and England’s King Edward VII.1 Marconi’s efforts paved the way for wireless communication, including AHIMA’s Communities....

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....

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....

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....

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....

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....

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....

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....

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,....

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....

Bridging the HIM Present and Future

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2016



“What does the future of HIM look like?” We have been asking this question as long as our association has existed. In recent memory, our work to answer this question unfolds from “Vision 2006” to “Reality 2016.” The latest iteration is “HIM Reimagi....

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....

Bringing HIM to Every Corner of Healthcare

Author: Martin, Melissa

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2016



Remember our association’s theme from last year: HIM without walls?


In June I accepted a new professional role as the assistant vice president of the Heart and Vascular Institute at West Virginia University Medicine, which has been an amazing opportunity.


Sh....

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....

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....

Can We Talk… About Information Governance?

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2013



This is the first issue of the Journal devoted to information governance, and it's an important subject. I believe that information governance is the next force that will help transform HIM practice.


Information governance is not a brand-new subject. In 2008, a report from Th....

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....

CDI is about Relationships

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2016



“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much,” said Helen Keller. This quote was part of Keller’s vaudeville circuit speech, but the sentiment holds true for those of us in the spotlight of HIM.


Our goal is to tell the patient’s story accurat....

CDI's Promise and Possibilities

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2014




“The first job of a leader—at work or at home—is to inspire trust. It’s to bring out the best in people by entrusting them with meaningful stewardships, and to create an environment in which high-trust interaction inspires creativity and possibility.”

Celebrating the Past, Shaping the Future

Author: Siegel, Barbara

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2003


Twenty years ago, I thought technology was going to save the world of HIM. When I graduated from Rockland Community College, ICD-9 was just being implemented. This was followed by DRGs, which created recognition for medical record professionals. But the technology supporting HIM functions was....

Celebration, Engagement, and Impact: HIM in 2006

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2006


This month AHIMA’s 78th Convention and Exhibit will address a wide range of HIM issues. In my career, I have attended more than 30 AHIMA conventions, and I am always struck by the growing breadth of HIM practice issues.

It was a privilege to reflect on the accomplishments of t....

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....

Charting Our Progress

Author: Skurka, Margaret A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2000


The first year of the new century is almost half over. I'd like to share our progress so far on a number of fronts, known as our current "hot topics."

At the close of our meetings, AHIMA board members participate in a hot topic debriefing. We discuss everything t....

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....

Coding at a Crossroads

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2005


It has been nearly 25 years since ICD-9-CM codes became the basis for hospital inpatient payment. Over the years, code-based payment has extended to virtually all healthcare services, and CPT and HCPCS code sets have been added to the mix. We now use software tools to facilitate coding and hav....

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....

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....

Communities Connect Members Across Space, Time

Author: Siegel, Barbara

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2003


Communities of practice are not a 21st century idea. From ancient cave dwellers of the American southwest to the guilds of the Middle Ages to today’s Silicon Valley denizens, members of communities have found value in community participation.1 In today’s fast-paced, high-tech world,....

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....

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....

Convention Will Showcase HIM's Evolution

Author: Martin, Melissa

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2016



October is upon us, and with that comes our annual AHIMA Convention and Exhibit. This is a time when we are inspired to learn about the most transformative topics in health information management (HIM) as well as the healthcare industry.


Over this past year we have seen our....

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 and Supporting Member Connections

Author: Fuller, Barbara P.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2001




Distance is dead," declares Tom Peters in his 1997 book, The Circle of Innovation.1 He is referring to the effect of technological advances enabling real-time communication, information transmission, business transaction, movement of money, and endless other activities. Peters contin....

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....

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....

Cultivating Opportunities to Lead in the Face of Delay

Author: Kennedy, Angela

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2014



The International Classification of Diseases (ICD) is a language used to capture morbidity and mortality data and helps to provide a snapshot of population health around the world. ICD-9-CM was implemented in the United States in 1979 and is long overdue for replacement. The system is obs....

Data Content Standards: the Nexus of HIM Practice

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2006


One of AHIMA’s key goals for 2006 is to promote quality and safety through standards for data content and documentation. Quality and safety require that the right information is available at the right time to support patient care and health system management decisions. Gaining consensus....

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....

Data Quality: Part of the e-HIM Agenda

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2003


This has been another remarkable year for advancing HIM issues and the HIM profession. Programs to improve patient safety through information solutions have gone from the drawing board to demonstration projects. On April 14, the HIPAA privacy rule went into effect across the US. In July, the se....

Departing Board Members, Thank You for Your Service

Author: Martin, Melissa

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2016



It is hard to believe that I am writing my final Journal of AHIMA column as the president/chair of your AHIMA Board of Directors.


As I sit down to write this column, I recall Patty Sheridan, former AHIMA president/chair, saying in 2012 that there is no way to wrap everythi....

Developing and Defining a Legal Health Record Policy

Author: Zak, Cindy

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2019


By Cindy Zak, MS, RHIA, PMP, FAHIMA


Yale New Haven Health (YNHH) began implementing the electronic health record (EHR) across four delivery networks in 2012. As the system moved to the electronic world, it became evident that YNHH needed to address the issue of defining the organi....

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....

Education is Crucial for Our Future

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2015



The AHIMA archives contain a few examples of long-ago medical records, including a sample admission slip from 1916—nearly a century ago. As fascinating as these artifacts are, we know that the tools we use to do our jobs today will seem just as outdated some day.


Consid....

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....

E-HIM: Our Commitment to Lead

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2005



For the past two years, AHIMA’s report “Vision of the e-HIM® Future” has served as a touchstone in our rapidly adapting field. When published in 2003, the report painted a picture of evolving HIM roles and practice in a healthcare industry moving from paper to an elec....

EHR in Place? Now the Real Work Begins

Author: Kennedy, Angela

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2014

With the deadline for ICD-10-CM/PCS on the horizon and electronic health records now in place in the majority of hospitals, HIM professionals may find themselves asking, “What comes next?” Until recently, the biggest challenges in electronic health information management were first to be able to collect the data, then to sort through the high volume of data coming from a variety of systems.

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

....

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....

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....

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....

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