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Discovering HIM in South Africa

Author: Featheringham, Meg

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2004


When asked how she came to be in her current position at the Wits University Donald Gordon Medical Center in Johannesburg, South Africa, Erin Truter, RHIA, admits that she “was in the right place at the right time.”

Although now a long way from the US, Truter began her c....

In the Navy and Working Overseas: Meet Tom Sinclair, RHIA

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: October 2004


AHIMA's roster of international members is growing, yet we seldom hear what it's like for our peers in other countries. This month, meet an American HIM professional who has worked overseas for more than a decade. Tom Sinclair, RHIA, gives a glimpse into what it's like to work for the military....

E-environments: Highlighting the Role of HIM

Author: Mon, Donald T.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2004


Previous “E-HIM Fundamentals” columns have outlined the common threads of the national health information infrastructure (NHII), the electronic health record (EHR), and the personal health record (PHR), which include: The NHII will not be a central database of medical records.

Long and Winding Road to e-HIM

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: August 2004


Matthew Greene, RHIA, CCS, has traveled an interesting path to get where he is today in the e-HIM™ world. From physical therapy to medical records administration, from coder to functional analyst/HIM specialist, Greene has touched on almost every aspect of the HIM field in his career, a journey....

Setting the Record Straight: Communicating the Need for ICD-10

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: August 2004


HIM professionals have a strong history of driving industry changes to improve the quality of health information and medical records. But now is not the time to rest on our laurels. The US desperately needs an updated coding classification system. The current system, ICD-9, is obsolete and need....

Coder Education: Will Demand, Will Deliver

Author: Carol, Ruth

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2004


As the bar rises for coding, healthcare organizations require more education from coders—and they are willing to deliver it, too.
The bar has always been high for mdical coding, but recent years have seen it boosted higher. As a result, healthcare organizations need more from code....

HIM Director on Cutting Edge of Electronic Records

Author: Hicks, Jewelle E

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2004


As the director of medical records at RML Specialty Hospital in Hinsdale, IL, Donna Hofer, RHIA, is essentially responsible for all the functions of an HIM department. Coding, transcription, release of information, and compliance auditing all fall under Hofer’s jurisdiction. But her org....

Developing an Experienced HIM Work Force

Author: Brodnik, Melanie S.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2004


HIM practitioners have a long history of contributing to education by serving as site preceptors. Today, however, increased work demands and changing practice patterns limit time to train new graduates onsite. These factors are raising the demand for graduates with higher levels of experience....

Helping Coders Keep Current

Author: Heubusch, Kevin

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2004


On the heels of new medical procedures and new devices come the new codes and new interpretations to describe them. That’s why Terry Tropin says that coding’s biggest challenge is “keeping up.”
Tropin, RHIA, CCS-P, CPC, is manager of coding education at the Ameri....

Educator Keeps Eye on the Big Picture

Author: Zender, Anne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2004


Assistant professor Nadinia Davis, MBA, CIA, CPA, RHIA, FAHIMA, does all of the daily work expected of an educator: teaching, grading, and advising students. But she’s also thinking about education’s “big picture” and how HIM fits into it.

Davis’s long....

Becoming a Lifelong Learner

Author: Brodnik, Melanie S.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2004


As I reflect on what AHIMA has accomplished over the last 10 years and where the HIM profession is currently headed, I realize that we have a very eventful future ahead of us, a future that requires transitioning from one knowledge and skill level to another. The challenge is to remain litera....

Sharing Her e-HIM Foundation

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: June 2004


Christina Janus, MBA, RHIA, knows electronic health information management. She knows it so well, in fact, that she's teaching others about it.
Janus, director of HIM at Forum Health, a health system in northeastern Ohio, is so enthusiastic that she has developed an online course to teach....

Tools for Lifelong Learning

Author: Vukovljak, Lana; King, James W.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2004


Skills don’t last long in today’s workplace—a major reason is technology. Luckily, technology makes it easier to keep skills current.
The knowledge required to maintain a job and to keep job skills at peak intensity keeps changing, and the rate of change keeps accelera....

In Honor of the Educators

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2004


This issue is dedicated to HIM educators, those who teach in the more than 230 academic training programs and the thousands who contribute to our lifelong continuing education. We can all cite an HIM educator or mentor who helped set us on a sure career course. It’s graduation month for....

Forces Drive HIM Salaries: the Data Provides Insight

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: June 2004


Education Impacts Salary | Members by Work Setting | Job Title Influences Salaries | Industry Comparisons | Regional Breakdown |


What drives the salaries of HIM professionals? AHIMA is better equipped to answer this question today than ever before. Many times in the past several....

Laying the Foundation for the NHII

Author: Featheringham, Meg

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2004


The news is spreading across the country about the need for a national healthcare information infrastructure (NHII). HIM professionals are crucial to getting the word out and moving this initiative forward. Gail Graham, RHIA, is at the forefront of the charge to implement an NHII. As director....

Busier than Ever: Privacy Officers One Year Later

Author: Carol, Ruth

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2004


The HIPAA privacy rule implementation is a year in the past. So what are privacy officers doing with all their spare time?
In the long, hectic months leading up to April 2003, privacy officers were preparing their organizations for the implementation of the HIPAA privacy rule. Not only w....

Getting Information "to the Fingertips"

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: April 2004


Stacey Bradley's daughter was playing basketball in Libby, MT, when a teammate injured her hand. The teammate was rushed to the local hospital, where x-rays determined that surgery was required. The closest facility was back in Kalispell, the team's hometown, 90 miles away. When the injured bal....

Vanishing Supervisor

Author: Brandt, Mary D.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2004


The bottom line is calling. Here’s how to decide if your HIM department has the right number of supervisors.
Down-sizing, right-sizing, streamlining. It doesn’t really matter what you call it, but it has had a significant impact on healthcare operations and staffing. Organizat....

Applied Research: Examining our Body of Knowledge

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: March 2004


HIM practice is undergoing immense change with significant implications for the entire healthcare industry. In times like these, who do you call? ghostbusters-the energy in your department is just wacky
a headhunter-maybe a nice quiet job, like with the local fire department, would be a re....

HIM Spin on the Revenue Cycle

Author: Youmans, Karen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2004



HIM plays an integral role in an organization’s revenue cycle. That means health information managers have a role to play in revenue cycle management.
Is the following scenario familiar? The CEO is complaining about accounts receivable (AR) climbing to $10 million. The coders a....

Managing the Virtual HIM Department

Author: Walls, Laura Lane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2004


In the new world of remote work forces, old management principles still apply. The trick is to apply them in entirely new ways.
Many health information management professionals don’t work anywhere near their “place” of employment.
They are remote workers, performin....

EHR Train Has Arrived at the Station -- All Aboard!

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: February 2004


Many veteran HIM professionals remember first hearing about the electronic health record (EHR) in the late 1970s. "They were saying it was just around the corner," remembers Linda Frank, MBA, RHIA, chief operating officer at Servnet, Inc., an Evansville, IN-based healthcare IT consulting compan....

Further Defining e-HIM

Author: Mon, Donald T.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2004


As articulated in “A Vision of the e-HIM Future,” health information in 2010 will be “electronic, patient-centered, comprehensive, longitudinal, accessible, and credible.”1 As we transform from a paper to an electronic health information infrastructure over the next few....

Safe at Home: Remote Coding Meets HIPAA

Author: Keough, Tim

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2004


Remote coding offers big benefits and unique security challenges. Here’s how one organization moves patient data securely across the Internet.

"Whatever, in connection with my professional practice, or not in connection with it, I see or hear, in the life of men, which ought....

Making Patient Safety Number One

Author: Duggan, Christina Mayer

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2004

"We once did many things after patients were discharged, but now there's a push to do the work closest to the exam. Work was batched--now things are shifting to point-of-care and continuous flow. Coding will have to shift, too." —Julie King

The way Julie King,....

Mind-boggling Change

Author: Duggan, Christina Mayer

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2004



Mind-boggling. It’s a word that comes from Debbie Fernandez's mouth time and again when she discusses the sheer volume of hospital correspondence, the transition from paper to electronic environments, and the dedication of her staff.

For nearly 20 years Fernandez, RHIA, has....

Constancy of Change

Author: Duggan, Christina Mayer

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2004



Change is constant in Kathleen Cleary's career and something she welcomes and embraces. Throughout her 15-year medical-records career, she’s moved from Wisconsin to California to Texas. Cleary, RHIA, has also helped implement electronic records management systems for two large ambula....

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