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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....

New Graduates See Lifetime of Opportunities

Author: Siegel, Barbara

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2003


In 1981, the year I graduated from Rockland Community College, my fellow graduates and I all expected to find jobs in hospitals or nursing homes. At that time, more than 85 percent of HIM professionals worked in traditional settings with titles such as director of medical records, transcriptio....

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....

Mentor to Remember

Author: Skurka, Margaret A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2000


The old Army recruiting slogan "Be all that you can be" comes to mind this month as I challenge you to serve as an effective mentor or professional role model for a new HIM professional. With the untimely death of my mentor and program director Rita Finnegan, RHIA, CCS, this....

March Madness: AHIMA Gears Up for Team Talks

Author: Odom-Wesley, Barbara

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2002


Each year in March the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) sponsors an elaborate tournament designed to identify the national basketball champions. Sixty-four teams begin the competition and after the first weekend of play, the “sweet sixteen” winners emerge. Then there i....

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. <....

Managing Knowledge Workers

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2004


Many were caught by surprise last October when the San Francisco Chronicle ran a story about a disgruntled medical transcriber from Pakistan who threatened to release confidential patient data if she did not get paid.1 When the full story was revealed, we learned that the University of Califor....

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....

Make the Most of Professional Mentoring

Author: Siegel, Barbara

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2003


In classical mythology, the image of a mentor is based on the vision of Odysseus, who entrusted the care of his son to his friend. Mentor was a wise and faithful friend, a counselor, and advisor.


The attributes associated with mentorship come from this classical vision. Today,....

Make HIM Education a Professional Priority

Author: Fuller, Barbara P.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2001




This month, I want to draw your attention to our HIM education programs. Those of us who are not intimately involved in HIM education are sometimes under the false impression that these essential programs are functioning well enough and do not need our care and support. Yet nothing co....

Lost Data and Its Implications for Litigation

Author: Hedges, Ron

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2019


By Ron Hedges, JD


Healthcare providers deal with electronic information on a daily basis. Providers must expect that volumes and varieties of electronic information will increase exponentially with, for example, the rise of artificial intelligence in the diagnosis and treatment of....

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....

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....

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-....

Let's Talk About Informatics and HIM

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2016



On April 19, 2017, the industry will learn the winner of the HeroX CHIME National Patient ID Challenge, aiming to ensure that every patient is identified correctly every time. As a judge of this competition, I’ve found it fascinating to participate in the process.


I ha....

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....

Learning Together at a Global Pace

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2017



“Are you learning as fast as the world is changing?” This thought-provoking question resonated with me as I was thinking about the issues of education, evolution, and progress. Fast Company magazine cofounder Bill Taylor describes this question as “a defining challenge of....

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....

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....

Leadership Lessons Take Flight

Author: Odom-Wesley, Barbara

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2002


After deciding to write about leadership this month, I searched the works of several noted authors and reviewed the many principles of leadership. I decided to borrow an idea from “Lessons from Geese,” a leadership development article of unknown origin that has circulated on the Inte....

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....

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....

Join the Association's Celebration of Diversity

Author: Odom-Wesley, Barbara

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2002


I am so proud to be a part of an organization that celebrates and promotes diversity. One of the Association's recently refined values statements is: "The celebration and promotion of diversity." AHIMA is committed to respecting our members and all individuals with whom we work and collaborate....

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....

In Search of EHR's Designated Record Set

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2019


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 telemedicine encounter to determine her treatment. Later, when c....

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....

Information as an Asset

Author: Kennedy, Angela

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2013



Health information managers have a long history of assuring data quality and the use of data to improve outcomes. As healthcare organizations move from volume-based to value-based models, they are leveraging data to add and extract value in a cost-efficient manner to accomplish strategic g....

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....

Improve Data and Outcomes with CDI

Author: Kennedy, Angela

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2014



ICD-10-CM/PCS will require significantly more clinical detail than ICD-9-CM, making clinical documentation improvement (CDI) efforts paramount for healthcare providers across the continuum of care. While CDI programs aim to substantiate claims and improve revenue streams, CDI itself shoul....

Image Marketing: Be Part of the Solution

Author: Fuller, Barbara P.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2001




When asked to describe your role as an HIM professional, how do you respond? Do you answer enthusiastically and with a clear and succinct description of your responsibilities? Do you convey how important you are to the overall operation of your workplace? Do you mention something cur....

If Your Ship Has Not Come In...

Author: Stewart, Margaret

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 1998


As I write my last message, it seems hard to believe that my year as president will soon be over. It has been a great experience—one that I would highly recommend to anyone. I have enjoyed every minute of it, and I have the wonderful Board of Directors, the great AHIMA staff, and....

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....

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....

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....

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....

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....

HIM Must Shoot for the Moon

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2014



ONE OF MY father’s favorite sayings was: “Shoot for the moon. If you only get to the stars, it’s better than never having gone at all.”


It’s a saying that kept coming back to me as I was getting ready to write this column for the Journal issue o....

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.

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....

HIM Enjoying its ICD-10 Moment

Author:

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2016



Remember the Y2K bug? Not so long ago, there was a widely spread concern that the change from the year 1999 to 2000 would play havoc with computer systems everywhere. Technology experts set about repairing programs; “preppers” recommended we all stock up on Spam and bottled wat....

HIM at the Heart of Healthcare

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2014



As data becomes central to the process of providing healthcare, HIM finds itself at the center of everything.


This rang true to me earlier this year, when the American College of Healthcare Executives released the findings of its annual survey of hospital CEOs, asking them to....

Health IT Moves from Conversation to Action

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2006




The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's 2006 conference featured more than 800 vendors displaying technologies from electronic health records (EHRs) to PDAs. Health IT is a booming industry. Global spending on health IT is projected to exceed $100 billion in 2006,....

Health Information Security: Revisiting the 80/20 Rule

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2004


One of the most useful lessons I learned while working in healthcare quality improvement was the Pareto Principle, often referred to as the 80/20 rule. The concept is that in any endeavor, 20 percent of something is always responsible for 80 percent of the results.

This phenomenon i....

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....

Growth in Every Direction

Author: Fuller, Barbara P.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2001




Growth is almost always a positive term. It is a term we like to hear associated with things like our salaries, our portfolios, our savings, the stock market, and, of course, our children.

Today's environment often requires that growth be measured quantitatively. It is not di....

Gifts of Giving, Learning Help Association Grow

Author: Siegel, Barbara

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2003



This year the Association took a look back through its archives, reflecting on the people, ideas, and issues that brought us to our 75th year. Grace Whiting Myers, the Association’s first president, wrote of the need to serve with tact and the ability to follow the rules. Edna K. Huf....

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....

Getting a Grip on the Importance of Data

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2017



As I write this column, a new federal administration is taking shape in Washington, DC, and its future impact on healthcare regulation is unclear. In uncertain times, it’s helpful to remember a bright spot: We are beginning to get a grip on the importance of data.


For....

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....

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....

Funding HIM's Future through FORE

Author: Odom-Wesley, Barbara

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2002


When you think of leaving a legacy, what comes to mind? For many, giving to others has the greatest impact. This year, the Foundation of Research and Education (FORE), AHIMA’s charitable affiliate, will begin Fast FOREward, a two-year campaign that presents an opportunity for every AHIMA....

From Freshman to Leader Through Lifelong Learning

Author: Odom-Wesley, Barbara

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2002


Remember being a “freshman?” Though the word may have a somewhat negative connotation, when put in the context of continuing education it becomes much more positive. As education spans the life cycle in the form of lifelong learning, we become freshmen again and again. As an HIM prof....

From 'Confidentiality Police' to 'Privacy Officer'

Author: Martin, Melissa

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2016



Privacy and security has been one of the most interesting aspects of my job. I often tell folks the role of privacy comes very easily to HIM professionals because we were the “Confidentiality Police” long before the title “Privacy Officer” was widely accepted. Prior to HIPAA, HIM professi....

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....

Few of Our Favorite Things

Author: Stewart, Margaret

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 1998


When I walk into a bookstore I see titles like 14,000 Things to Be Happy About. Such books remind us that birthday parties, sunsets on the beach, puppies, and other things can help us renew our resources of happiness. With that in mind, this month I decided to write about things that....

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....

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....

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....

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....

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....

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

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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.

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....

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