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Meaningful Use Program Faces Audits, Scrutiny

Author: Rhodes, Harry B.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2013



Health information technology systems have supported the administrative functions of healthcare for more than a decade. Historically, these healthcare administrative systems primarily focused on performing fiscal transactions or supporting key ancillary departments. Widespread use of elect....

Defining Health Informatics

Author: Campbell, Robert James

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2013



[dih-fahy-ning] [helth] [in-fer-mat-iks]


adjective, noun, noun


1. An educator’s in-depth look at what informatics is and what it can do for HIM professionals



In the movie Annie Hall, Woody Allen finds himself in a movie theater line in....

Transforming the HIM Milieu for the Digital Age

Author: Luthi-Terry, Stephanie

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2013



Healthcare system Allina Health is leveraging their groundbreaking electronic health record system to revamp the health information management (HIM) department and its various functions. The goal is to make HIM more effective and efficient in the digital age, which they are accomplishing i....

Using CDI to Meet Federal Quality Measures

Author: Wiedemann, Lou Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2013



Clinical documentation is the foundation of every health record, specifically outlining the reasons for treatment and the quality of care provided to the patient. The lack of consistent and standard clinical content within the health record has been an ongoing challenge to health informati....

Using Medical Scribes in a Physician Practice

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2012


With the push to develop and deploy electronic health records (EHRs) and the need for more detailed documentation, there is a growing concern in the medical community regarding the time expended to capture information-electronic or otherwise. The time providers spend during a patient visit capt....

AHIMA Issues First Grace Award: University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics Receives HIM Excellence Award

Author: Dooling, Julie A; Wiedemann, Lou Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2012


Innovative approaches in health information management (HIM) led to the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (UWHC) being selected as the winner of the first AHIMA Grace Award. The award was presented to UWHC leadership on October 2 before thousands of HIM professionals at AHIMA’s 84t....

Electronic Documentation Templates Support ICD-10-CM/PCS Implementation. Appendix C: Checklist for Template Review

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA practice brief attachment

Publication Date: October 2012


This checklist may be used by the requestor prior to submission of the template and by health information management services (HIMS) or the informatics department prior to the release of the template for testing. It could also be an electronic document used in conjunction with the request form.....

EHRs Offer Coders Opportunities, Challenges

Author: Batres, Janie

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: October 2012


With emerging technologies like electronic health record systems (EHRs) and computer-assisted coding (CAC) gaining traction in the healthcare industry, coding professionals are being presented with more challenges and opportunities than ever before. The shift from paper-based records to electr....

Transcription Beyond Transcription: Health IT allows transcriptionists to assist with CDI, other HIM functions

Author: Carnrite, Michael; Sumner, Susan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2012


For decades Medical transcription has been an important fixture of the health information management (HIM) department. Compiling, managing, and retaining transcribed documents as a subset of the entire patient medical record is a foundational role for HIM professionals. And while the electron....

Electronic Documentation Templates Support ICD-10-CM/PCS Implementation. Appendix A: Electronic Note Title and Template Policy Considerations

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA practice brief attachment

Publication Date: October 2012


This model policy recommends important legal and compliance considerations for healthcare organizations when establishing electronic note titles, templates, and/or prompts.


PURPOSE: To provide guidance on the development and maintenance of electronic note titles, templates, and p....

Enhance the Accuracy of Medication Histories for the Elderly by Using an Electronic Medication Checklist

Author: Wang, Tiankai; Biedermann, Sue E.

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: October 2012

Abstract

Medication errors may result in serious safety issues for patients. Medication error issues are more prevalent among elderly patients, who take more medications and have prescriptions that change frequently. The challenge of obtaining accurate medication histories for the elderly....

Meaningful Use Stage 2 Ramps Up Record Access

Author: Viola, Allison F.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2012


The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) have certainly put a new spin to the old saying “things happen in threes.” During late August, CMS issued the final rule for the stage 2 “meaningful use” Elec....

Secret HIM Recipe for Sharing Healthcare Data

Author: Scichilone, Rita A

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2012



When preparing a meal to share with others, the best cooks pay attention to which ingredients baked into the final product can determine the success or failure of the meal. This process is surprisingly similar to HIM professionals sharing health data with others. The way information is pre....

HIM’s Expanding Role in Clinical Data Analysis and Mapping

Author: Cook, Jane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2012


As the healthcare community works to meet the requirements of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) “meaningful use” EHR incentive program and other initiatives, new opportunities are forming for the health information management (HIM) professional. Roles in both clinical data....

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