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Quality Leader

Author: Hicks, Jewelle E

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2003


Quality is defined as a degree of excellence. When the term quality management is applied to HIM, the definition expands to include the consistent and methodical improvement of data quality. As the director of quality management at Wilson Memorial Hospital in Sidney, OH, Elizabeth Custis, RHIT....

Month of Celebrations: AHIMA and CoP Helping HIM Professionals

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: November 2003


AHIMA is celebrating two important anniversaries this month-the 75th anniversary of our organization's founding and the second anniversary of the Communities of Practice (CoP). One marks our long, historic tradition and the other looks ahead to the exciting future. But they are really part of t....

Opportunities for HIM in Revenue Cycle Management

Author: Campbell, Thea

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2003


The pressure on all healthcare organizations for improved financial performance continued to grow in 2003. Many healthcare organizations experienced a financial loss in the first quarter of 2003, and disproportionate reimbursement-to-expenditure ratios in healthcare are straining all organizat....

HIM Workforce

Author: AHIMA Talking Points

Source: AHIMA Talking Points

Publication Date: November 01, 2003


AHIMA has developed Talking Points on the issue HIM workforce for use in helping members and staff communicate key messages on issues of importance to the field of health information management. We encourage you to use these documents when preparing a group presentation, writing an article, or....

Student Recruitment

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA Talking Points

Publication Date: November 01, 2003


AHIMA has developed Talking Points on the issue of student recruitment for use in helping members and staff communicate key messages on issues of importance to the field of health information management. We encourage you to use this document when preparing a group presentation, writing an arti....

Team Building by "Colors"

Author: Stern, Michele

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 21, 2003


Introduction

Classifying individuals according to four main personality types is not a new idea. The physician Hippocrates described four dispositions or temperaments- holeric, phlegmatic, melancholic and sanguine- as long ago as the fifth century B. C. Eastern astrologers devised a....

Redefining the Boundaries of HIM

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2003


Health information management is an extraordinarily versatile discipline. Our work force research confirms that the field currently spans nearly 40 different work settings and more than 100 unique job titles.1 In addition, AHIMA’s e-HIM task force identified new roles relating to manageme....

Long-term Acute Care: the Effect of PPS

Author: Smith, Pam

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2003


Just when I thought I’d seen and done it all in the HIM world, a new opportunity for coders appeared in long-term acute care hospitals (LTCHs). HIM professionals have been employed in LTCHs since the inception of long-term acute care, but the change from cost-based reimbursement to inclus....

Clinical Resource Management: Driven by Data

Author: Treloar, R. William

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2003


Not only has my role in HIM changed dramatically in the last several years, my title has too: from director of case mix management to director of clinical resource management. And in my department, our role has moved from educating clinicians and staff about Medicare and DRGs to the facilitati....

Following Interests Yields Dynamic Career

Author: Squazzo, Jessica

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2003


If you don’t like it, you can always go back,” says Michelle Morgan, RHIA, about trying new roles in HIM. She would know—she’s jumped from a traditional HIM setting into the IS realm to the vendor world and back again.


Morgan is currently the director of cl....

Nontraditional Day in the Life

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Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2003


Today, more than 60 percent of AHIMA members work in the hospital setting, but there's a growing contingent of "nontraditional" members who work in these facilities. And as healthcare diversifies, so will HIM. Here, HIM professionals from a long-term care hospital, a clinical resource managemen....

Growing Influence

Author: Jeffries, Jane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2003


Implementing an electronic health (EHR) record doesn’t happen overnight, Pamela Haines, RHIA, will tell you. In fact, it may take a few years. But Haines has made big progress in the five years since she started as the only HIM professional at Operation PAR, a multi-site behavioral healthc....

HIM Professionals Vital in Transition to e-HIM

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Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: September 2003


Reach into the future and consider this scenario: You start work at 9 a.m. one day, but you don't hit the third floor elevator button for the HIM department…because it physically doesn't exist. There are no walls, no file rooms or shelving. Instead, you and other HIM colleagues are now fully in....

Documentation Coordinators Put it All Together

Author: Squazzo, Jessica

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2003


There are very few medical records departments that have a position as unique as mine,” says Karen Santoro, documentation coordinator at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in Glendale, AZ. The fact that many organizations don’t have a documentation coordinator position on their roster....

Make the Most of Professional Mentoring

Author: Siegel, Barbara

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2003


In classical mythology, the image of a mentor is based on the vision of Odysseus, who entrusted the care of his son to his friend. Mentor was a wise and faithful friend, a counselor, and advisor.


The attributes associated with mentorship come from this classical vision. Today,....

From Coder to Knowledge Engineer

Author: Zender, Anne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2003

“Find a job that really holds your interest and one that will challenge you. If you’re not challenged daily, there’s something wrong.” —Judy Sample, RHIT, CCS, knowledge engineer
at Inference Systems International, Inc.
Combining her interests in coding and tec....

Clinical Coding: Part of the HIM Mosaic

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2003


Many in healthcare today understand coding only in the context of billing, not recognizing that the very same coded data are used for important healthcare operations, policy, epidemiology, and many other uses. For 75 years, AHIMA has been the professional forum to advance the quality of health....

Association Benefits from Collaborative Dialogue

Author: Siegel, Barbara

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2003


One hundred years ago, Guglielmo Marconi used Morse code to initiate “a dialogue that seemed like pure magic” between President Theodore Roosevelt and England’s King Edward VII.1 Marconi’s efforts paved the way for wireless communication, including AHIMA’s Communities....

New Job? More Money? Negotiating Pays Off

Author: Kaplan-Quinn, Genia

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2003


It’s true: everything is negotiable. How do you get your kids to eat their broccoli or your spouse to pick up his or her dirty socks? These everyday victories are achieved through the process of negotiation: we decide what we want, we plan the best way to approach the situation, we ask fo....

Plenty to Learn, but Plenty of Guidance, Too

Author: Manger, Barbara J.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2003


Climbing the career ladder is a sign of success. Many new HIM professionals begin their employment on one of the bottom rungs in a non-supervisory position while attending school or immediately after graduation. These positions give new graduates an advantage when a supervisory position in the....

Beyond GPA: What Are HIM Students Really Thinking About?

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Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: June 2003


It's a terrific time to be an HIM student. Whether students are making a switch from another industry or upgrading their skills in order to move ahead, the HIM field offers a growing number of diverse, well-compensated career paths that are challenging and rewarding. Plus, not every employment....

Mining Diamonds in the Rough: How to Hire New Graduates

Author: Parker, Susan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2003


As a busy manager, you know exactly what you want when you post a job ad or inform your human resources department of a vacancy. You do not have time to sift through piles of resumes to find the person you need. But after weeks of searching, you may begin to wonder—is there anybody out th....

Smart Strategies Ease the Way for New Managers

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Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2003


Your first supervisory position can be both terrific and terrifying. You may be new to the facility, managing former colleagues, younger than your subordinates, or performing a midlife career switch. In all cases, a few simple strategies can help ensure your success. Here, two HIM educators sha....

Softer Skills Key to Leadership Position

Author: LeBlanc, Madonna M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2003


You landed the job. Your first day is a week away and you’ve left yourself enough time to recharge your batteries before jumping into a new adventure. To best position yourself for success as a new manager, think back to the human resources and personnel management courses you’ve tak....

Rolling with the Changes

Author: Squazzo, Jessica

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2003

“Managing change is always going to be a challenge. We're always learning and there's always going to be change.” —Christina Janus, MBA, RHIA, manager of medical record services at Akron General Medical Center in Akron, OH
Christina Janus, MBA, RHIA, has a steadfast approach....

Joy of Teaching

Author: Squazzo, Jessica

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2003


“When I was director of medical records, the part I seemed to like the most was the training of new employees,” says Ellen Jacobs, MEd, RHIA. Though Jacobs began her HIM career in a professional setting and is now an educator, it seems as though she’s been teaching all along.

Communicating Change with Style

Author: Helbig, Susan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2003


With so many different types of changes occurring at so many different times in the work place, how does an HIM professional prepare the context for change? Context refers to both the circumstances in which change will occur and to those the change will affect, such as the HIM staff, administr....

New Graduates See Lifetime of Opportunities

Author: Siegel, Barbara

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2003


In 1981, the year I graduated from Rockland Community College, my fellow graduates and I all expected to find jobs in hospitals or nursing homes. At that time, more than 85 percent of HIM professionals worked in traditional settings with titles such as director of medical records, transcriptio....

Educator Type

Author: Squazzo, Jessica

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2003


“[Teaching] attracted me because I had always liked school,” she says, matter-of-factly. Bowman also liked explaining things to people and has been doing it for almost 30 years as a professor in the College of Allied Health Sciences at the University of Tennessee Health Science Cente....

Data for Decisions: the State of the Profession

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2003


What is AHIMA’s work force research telling us about the profession today?

More than 95 percent of experienced RHITs and RHIAs report that many or some jobs are readily available

Nearly 75 percent of RHIAs serve on their organization’s electronic health record p....

Survey Results: Practice, Experience Keys to Employment

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2003


As part of the Association’s far-reaching work force study, AHIMA commissioned a survey of students about to graduate from accredited HIA and HIT programs. Conducted by the Center for Health Workforce Studies, School of Public Health, University at Albany, the survey was sent to program di....

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