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Preparing HIM for the Changes Ahead

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2016



As we focus on education and workforce issues, there’s good news and bad news.


The good news is: The employment outlook for HIM professionals is bright. According to AHIMA’s 2016 Environmental Scan report, “The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the H....

Health Information Management Leaders and the Practice of Leadership through the Lens of Bowen Theory

Author: Thierry Sheridan, Patty; Watzlaf, Valerie J.M.; Fox, Leslie Ann

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: April 2016


Abstract


Even though leadership is one of the most examined topics in the organizational literature, its application in the field of health information management (HIM) has not been studied extensively. This descriptive, mixed-methodology study examined HIM leadership through the....

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....

Educating Consumers on Their Privacy, Security Rights

Author: Glondys, Barbara

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2016



AHIMA has continually recognized the importance of consumer engagement in healthcare through education and advocacy. Through its partnership with other patient advocacy organizations and investments in its own consumer-focused initiatives, AHIMA has demonstrated its commitment to helping c....

Work Outside Your Comfort Zone

Author: Martin, Melissa

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2016



Have you ever taken on a special project outside of your comfort zone? My special project this year has been building an outpatient surgery center (OSC) from the ground up. Leadership, Strategic/Organizational Management, Change Management, and Project Management are all curriculum domain....

New Year, New HIM Goals

Author: Journal of AHIMA Staff

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2016


The best part about a professional new year’s resolution is that it can be much easier to stick to than a personal resolution—there is more motivation (i.e., your boss, personal ambition) and less temptation to slack (i.e., co-worker accountability).


To get a sense of what 2016....

Will IG replace HIM?

Author: Washington, Lydia

Source: AHIMA blog post | Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: December 28, 2015



I hear this question all the time from new as well as veteran HIM professionals. Especially now that the implementation of ICD-10-CM has come and gone (mostly with nothing more than a whimper, I might add, largely due to the exceptional planning and organization skills of great HIM profess....

How to Reach the C-Suite

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Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: December 2015




In order for health information management (HIM) professionals to be successful in their organizations—from starting an information governance program to getting ICD-10-CM/PCS implemented on time—support from the C-suite is crucial. As HIM departments undertake increasingly expa....

Earning HIM Cred—The RHIA and RHIT

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: December 09, 2015





For two AHIMA credential holders—one with a registered health information administrator (RHIA) and one with a registered health information technician (RHIT) credential—the extra work required to earn them have paid dividends. Both Karen Linder, BS, RHIT, CCS, CCS-P, and....

Value of In-Person Exam Preparation Workshops in Obtaining an AHIMA Credential

Author: Noblin, Alice; Walden, Amanda; Safian, Shelly C

Source: Educational Perspectives in Health Informatics and Information Management

Publication Date: 2015


Abstract


The purpose of this study was to gauge the test-taking success of people who attended RHIA, RHIT, CCS, and CCS-P exam preparation workshops. Information available from the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Newly Credentialed Professionals website....

Editorial: The Need for Mentoring and Training

Author: Brownfield, Cathy

Source: CodeWrite

Publication Date: October 2015




The current demand for coders is extremely high, making it more important than ever for new coders to enter our industry. Many of us are asked, "How do I get into coding?" We then see posts on message boards from students who just graduated saying they can't find a job because they ha....

Power of Data Analytics is Within Reach

Author: Birnbaum, Cassi L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2015



Data are the lifeblood of our healthcare ecosystem, with the potential of enabling organizations to improve care, manage chronically ill patients, lower costs, achieve compliance, support research, increase patient safety, and meet operational and strategic initiatives. Although health inf....

Moving HIM into Data Analytics a Must

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2015



We must transform healthcare into a data-driven culture… because that’s where our bosses are headed.


A recent issue of Hospitals & Health Networks cited data analytics as one of the top skills that will be most critical in the next three years for healthcare....

Are You a Data Analyst and Don’t Know It?

Author: Wiedemann, Lou Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2015



Do you analyze case mix? Have you been asked to run a report on patients seen in the emergency department with dog bites? Do you report monthly physician query trends? Have you ever been asked to “pull that information out of the EHR?” Do you know that revenue code 361 often re....

Privacy Officer Evolution

Author: Downing, Kathy

Source: AHIMA blog post | Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: September 25, 2015



Within my 20 years in the realm of privacy officer, we called work in privacy first “appropriate access,” then “information protection,” and now, thanks to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), have finally settled on the term “priva....

Patient Engagement Roles Emerging in Healthcare

Author: Millen, Michelle

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2015



The discharge nurse asked Anna, a 70-year-old female recovering from a cholecystectomy, “Do you have any questions? Are the discharge instructions clear?” and added “You need to follow up with your doctor in two weeks and call them if you begin to feel worse.” Anna was overwhelmed by all....

Breaking Down Healthcare's Silos: University of Kansas Medical Center's Interprofessional Education Fostering 'HIM Without Walls'

Author: O'Dell, Rosann M; Belz, Norbert; Bielby, Judy A; Folck, Kay; Moqbel, Murad; Pulino, Lauren

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2015



A faculty member in the health information management (HIM) department at the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) attended a campus retreat in June 2011 that not only energized his personal perspective of HIM, but also shed new light on the future of HIM at the university.

Partnering with Patients in Their Healthcare

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2015



Sometimes the way to measure how far you’ve come is to look back at where you’ve been. With all the discussion of consumer engagement in healthcare these days, I like to look back at one of AHIMA’s earliest ideas about how HIM’s role might evolve with regard to work....

HIM Best Practices for Engaging Consumers in Their Overall Healthcare

Author: Kadlec, Lesley; Kirby, Annessa; Shaffer, Heidi; Warren, Paula

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2015


As a nation, the United States has been focused heavily on engaging consumers in their overall health and wellness. This has been propelled by federal initiatives such as the “meaningful use” Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program, mandated clinical quality measures based....

Owning the EHR and Information Governance at Your Facility

Author: Head, Erin

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2015



For many decades, health information management (HIM) departments have been the hub for information collected within healthcare organizations. HIM has frequently been referred to as the “medical records department” due to the perceived idea that the department’s main tasks are receiving a....

Getting Started with Information Governance. What Are You Waiting For: Taking a Simplified Approach to Information Governance

Author: Goodell, Suzanne; Kadlec, Lesley; Lawler, Karen; Prater, Valerie S

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2015



Are you drowning in data and information? Do you feel as though your organization has lost its logical approach to the management of health information? As we continue to embrace the transformation that healthcare is undergoing, we recognize that electronic health records (EHRs) and other....

Sample Job Description: Chief Data Officer

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Source: AHIMA sample job description

Publication Date: 2015

Chief Data Officer (CDO)


A CDO provides vision and strategy for all data management activities. He or she is a champion for global data management, governance, quality, and vendor relationships across the enterprise. The CDO oversees the enterprise information management (EIM) program,....

Sample Job Description: Data Architect

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Source: AHIMA sample job description

Publication Date: 2015

Data Architect


Job Overview


Enterprise architecture serves a critical role in the understanding, documentation, maintenance, control, and planning. The data architect's role is to serve as a subject matter expert and perform tasks that contribute to the organization's mis....

Sample Job Description: Information Analyst

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Source: AHIMA sample job description

Publication Date: 2015

Information Analyst





Job Description


Put your reporting and analysis skill set to work by cooperating with data services staff, key business stakeholders, and IT staff to support enterprise data management and service efforts.


As the informati....

Sample Job Description: Master Data Analyst

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Source: AHIMA sample job description

Publication Date: 2015

Master Data Analyst





Description


This position will support operations by monitoring and analyzing master data, key data, and master relationship data within the organization.


Ensures master data integrity in key systems as well as maintaini....

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