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Top Ten Urban Myths of an EHR

Author: Meehan, Ann M.; Kendrick, Julia

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: September 27, 2010

Company Overview

Ardent Health Services is a diverse Nashville Tennessee based company that is comprised of seven acute care facilities, two rehabilitation facilities, two home health agencies, a national reference laboratory, a 223,000 member health plan and approximately 200 employed pr....

ICD-10-PCS Coding in the Real World

Author: Smith, Donna

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: September 26, 2010

Introduction

ICD-10-Procedure Coding System (PCS) is a completely different method of assigning codes to surgical procedures, but it has many advantages over its counterpart ICD-9-CM. First of all it is a straightforward system allowing for expansion as new procedures are developed; whil....

Making Sense of Your Relative Value Data

Author: Kuehn, Lynn

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: September 26, 2010

Introduction

The U.S. healthcare system is reimbursed by federal programs using a variety of different reimbursement methodologies, mainly based on units of service and a relative weight system for those units of service. The Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) is based on the Resourc....

Impact of Implementing an EMR on Coding Professionals. A Case Study of Kaiser Permanente Colorado: Implementing an EMR for 1,000 Providers at 18 medical office buildings

Author: Taylor, James M

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: September 25, 2010


(If you are in a smaller practice and perform many of these functions yourself, the unintended consequences of EMR implementation discussed below still apply. You will need to alter your approach to coding in the new EMR environment and the strategies for successful post-implementation coder s....

EHRs Prove a Difficult Witness in Court

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: September 2010


Sep 24, 2010

The EHR is a valuable clinical tool for streamlining and improving patient care. But it is complicating and confusing the courts.

As the first cases involving electronic health records make their way into legal proceedings, everyone involved is discovering th....

Deleting Errors in the EHR

Author: Wiedemann, Lou Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2010



Many types of documentation errors can occur in electronic health records (EHRs), such as incorrectly recording the sex of a patient, documenting in the wrong patient record, and incorrectly identifying the ordering physician on a laboratory report.


It is important to addres....

Understanding the HIE Landscape

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA practice brief

Publication Date: September 2010


The health information exchange (HIE) landscape has changed dramatically over the past five years. More HIEs are available to organizations and providers than ever before. Industry initiatives leveraging technological advances and the call for all Americans to have an electronic health record b....

Certified Meaningful

Author: Costa, Kerry F

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2010


This month providers will begin seeing the first EHR products approved for use in the "meaningful use" incentive program. Another piece of the ARRA puzzle is falling into place.

In March 2010 the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) proposed two programs to test and approve EHR p....

United RECs of America

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2010


Most of the 60 regional extension centers have officially launched operations and begun helping providers implement health IT.


The RECs were created under the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which provided $642 million in grants for the centers' first two....

Aligning HIE: Model to Organize Networks on Core Principles, Collaborative Activities

Author: Finn, Zach; McNeill, Marjorie H; Cooper, Lontejuana S; Kaelin, Lawrence Dan; Byington, Allen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2010



An HIE model developed in Florida leverages local and regional networks and offers a flexible, scalable framework that aligns them with national health IT and exchange priorities.



By Zach Finn; Marjorie H. McNeill, PhD, RHIA, CCS; Lontejuana S. Cooper, MSHA, RHIA, CPM; L....

DOQ-IT Déjà vu

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: August 2010

Chris Dimick


Aug 01, 2010 07:15 am


The regional extension center program might have some people experiencing déjà vu.

Granted, the REC program is an unprecedented attempt by the federal government to transition American healthcare to electronic health record sy....

Smart Training on Privacy and Security

Author: Bacik, Sandy

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2010


ARRA's modifications to the HIPAA privacy and security rules are setting off a new round of training in facilities large and small. Trainers must fit the new training into existing schedules that already include organizational policies and procedures, HIPAA, and other regulations such as the R....

E-Discovery from the Judicial Perspective

Author: DeLoss, Gerald E.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2010


In a typical legal action, judges have a different perspective on the production of electronically stored information (ESI) than do HIM professionals. The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, case law, and past experiences with discovery disputes play an important role in how judges view e-discov....

Managing Patient-provided Information in EHRs

Author: Warner, Diana

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2010


Ensuring correct and complete patient health information is an ongoing challenge for healthcare organizations. Patient-provided health information can help organizations gain a more complete view of a patient's health, and electronic health records (EHRs) provide multiple tools that allow pati....

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