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Advancing HIM's Key Issues

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2005


In 2002 AHIMA’s Board of Directors outlined four key HIM issues: consistency of coding, the HIM work force, the national health information network (NHIN), and privacy, confidentiality, and security of health information. This article discusses this year’s developments on these is....

Keeping Current on Legislation Vital to HIM Professionals

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2002


The AHIMA Policy and Government Relations (P&GR) staff in Washington receives a number of questions concerning how a particular proposed law, legislation, or possible regulation will affect the management of an HIM department, coding section, or other functions that are typically performed by....

Refocusing on Confidentiality and Security

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2007


Health information confidentiality and security are hot topics again this year. Like other HIM issues, confidentiality and security are integrated into many other issues. This article reviews some of the activities that have occurred this year and previews what lies ahead.

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ICD-10-CM/PCS Isn’t Over ’Til It’s Over

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2013



Former American Major League Baseball catcher, outfielder, and manager Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Berra had a saying: “It ain’t over, ‘til it’s over.” These words reach beyond the walls of the baseball diamond and relate to the current state of policy a....

Moving Closer to an NHII Reality

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2004


In May 2002 the AHIMA Board of Directors declared a position on what, for most professionals in the industry, is only a dream: a national health information infrastructure. The statement read, “AHIMA believes that for the United States’ healthcare industry to meet the current and f....

Taking the Next Step Forward for ICD-10

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2004


In November 2003 the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) agreed to recommend that the secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) adopt the ICD-10-CM and the ICD-10-PCS classification standards as replacement for the ICD-9-CM classification currently used in the US.

Transactions Delay Prompts Concern Among Covered Entities

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2002


AHIMA recently attended a meeting of healthcare providers, payers, and staff representatives of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Organized by the Association for Electronic Health Care Transactions, the meet....

HIPAA Privacy Turns One: Time to Assess

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2004


It hardly seems possible, but this month marks a year since the implementation of the HIPAA privacy rule—as marked by AHIMA’s celebration of National Health Information Privacy and Security Week this month. Interestingly, few disasters have occurred on the scale many predicted. Inst....

Call for Preparedness and Political Activism

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2001




As I read and heard stories about the emergency support and rescue efforts after September's terrorist attacks, three things came to mind. First, I thought about our medical systems' preparedness. Those in hospitals and other healthcare facilities often go through disaster preparednes....

AHIMA Advocates for Physician Query Forms

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2001




The Medicare program's reluctance to accept physician query forms has been fermenting for several years. Recently, the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) have argued that facilities u....

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