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From Student to Privacy Officer

Author: Jeffries, Jane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2003

“I love this field and I can’t imagine doing anything else.” —Amanda Moran, privacy officer,
McCurtain Memorial Hospital in Idabel, OK
Being a privacy officer is a big job for anyone, but Amanda E. Moran has an additional challenge—it’s her first job after....

Best of Both Worlds

Author: Squazzo, Jessica

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2003


“Teaching is one of the best jobs that I ever had,” says Cathy Flite, MEd, RHIA, assistant professor at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. When Flite says that, she’s speaking from experience.


She entered the academic world midway in her HIM career, after wor....

Are You Ready to Be a Privacy Officer?

Author: Sobel, David A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2003


As an HIM professional, you may be asked to serve as your organization’s first privacy officer. While serving as privacy officer will give you the opportunity to play a new and more profound role in safeguarding patients’ privacy rights, it will also provide you with new challenges.....

Legal Roles Give New Perspectives

Author: Zender, Anne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2003

“I could have retired by now, but I don't regret having any of these experiences.” —Richard Jeske, RHIT, HIM supervisor,
Alaska Native Medical Center, Anchorage, AK
HIM supervisor Richard Jeske, RHIT, hasn’t spent his entire career working in health information ma....

Transition Management: Striking a Balance

Author: Helbig, Susan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2003


Life in today’s healthcare organizations is challenging for everyone involved—patients, providers, third-party payers, vendors, and HIM professionals. As HIM professionals, we are constantly in a state of transition in some area of our practice, which can be both challenging and rewa....

Adding Up to a Lifetime of Learning

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Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: April 2003


Shortly after Susan Vellek turned 39, she decided to go to school to get her associate's degree. By this past December--nearly 5-1/2 years later--she not only earned her associate's while working full-time, she completed a bachelor's degree and an MBA.
"There are a lot of people out there....

Preparing for HIM's Future Today

Author: Hicks, Jewelle E

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2003

Plans for the Future


Adkison’s day-to-day responsibilities require a wide range of strengths and skill sets. By staying current on her computer skills and performance-improvement techniques, as well as honing her organizational and communication expertise, Adkison has been able....

Clinic EHR Streamlines HIM Department

Author: Hagland, Mark

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2003


Is your clinic or medical group thinking about implementing an EHR? Plan for plenty of changes—in staffing, processes, and the delivery of care. Here, learn how a variety of clinics weathered the conversion.

When the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, AZ, planned to open a new hospital....

New Member Profile Data Reveals Rapid Growth and Expansion

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: March 2003


Members by Work Setting | Salaries by Job Title & Work Setting | Continued Education | Regional Breakdown |


It is with great pleasure that we are able to once again present a detailed analysis of AHIMA membership profile data. This is possible because members have answered ou....

Stress in the Workplace: Are You Managing It ... Or Is It Managing You?

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Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: March 2003


Imagine the "average" American workplace. According to recent surveys by the American Institute of Stress, 80 percent of employees feel stress on the job and want help managing it. Sometime in the past year, one-fourth of staff members have felt like screaming or shouting thanks to something st....

Leading the Mad Dash to HIPAA Compliance

Author: Squazzo, Jessica

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2003


When many HIM professionals might have shuddered at the thought of taking on HIPAA implementation, LaVonne Wieland, RHIT, decided to stare it right in the face. For Wieland, the information privacy director for HealthEast Care System in St. Paul, MN, the privacy director position seemed like a....

How to Have Them at 'Hello': Job Tips for New Grads

Author: Hjort, Beth M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2003


How can you ensure your resume and interview attract the most attention for a coveted HIM position? Susan Parker, MEd, RHIA, helped students and recent graduates to discover some secrets to job-hunting success in “How to Have Them at ‘Hello.’” Parker, president of Seagate C....

Perfecting the Communication Process

Author: Burrington-Brown, Jill

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2003


Most of us do not think of communication as a process but rather as a talent or ability that only a few people possess. But when communication is considered a process, anyone can be an effective communicator.


The work of Stanford University computer science professor Terry Wino....

Taking Data to the Next Level

Author: Jeffries, Jane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2003

“When I hear statistics on mortality or morbidity, I automatically think of the methods used
to collect and tabulate the data and the hard work that goes on behind the scenes. I’m glad to be a part of that process.” —Joyce Frazier, RHIA,
medical systems specialist,....

Work Force Study Reveals New Picture of HIM

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Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: December 2002


Information on HIM work force needs and trends to support a full range of uses by AHIMA and the industry is now being analyzed by researchers from the State University of New York at Albany. Three major reports of surveys done this year of a sample of nearly 6,000 members, all students who comp....

Universal View of Data

Author: Zender, Anne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2002

"You don't need to be a computer programmer to do [data management]. You need to know how to manage data. The rest will fall into place." --Lorraine Tully, director of HIM, HealthMarket, on getting started in data management
Understanding the big picture: that's what Lorraine Tully, RHIT, beli....

Facing New Challenges Every Day

Author: Hicks, Jewelle E

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2002


"As HIM professionals, we always have the opportunity to tell others about our careers. You never realize the impact these 'marketing moments' can have on others." --Laurie Bach, RHIA, SNF administrator/manager of HIS,
McClellan Health System, Cambridge, NY
What is the key to managi....

Communities of Practice Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

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Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: October 2002


This month marks the one-year anniversary of AHIMA's Communities of Practice (CoP), the online networking tool designed exclusively for AHIMA members. Progress has been steady and encouraging: participation has increased, communities have formed, and new AHIMA leaders have emerged.
There....

Communicating with Physicians: Something to Talk About

Author: Dunaway, M. Tray

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2002


Ask a physician: "Doctor, are your detailed history and physicals comprehensive?" Now ask: "Doctor, are your comprehensive history and physicals detailed?" Chances are, you'll get two affirmative replies. To a physician, detailed workups are comprehensive, and comprehensive workups are detaile....

Keeping Up with the Pace of Change

Author: Squazzo, Jessica

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2002

"I envision the future of the HIM profession through an IT perspective. HIM managers need to focus on the quality, security, and access to patient information. The profession is expanding beyond the medical record."
--Genet Kidane, RHIA, product manager, Mobile Computing Group, McKesson I....

Leading Home-grown Coders to Excellence

Author: Jeffries, Jane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2002

“HIM is a lot more visible now and we have to work to keep it that way by staying involved at the state and national level.”
—Laurie Bartell, RHIT, CCS, CPC, director of health information and records, Memorial Hospital of Sheridan County, Sheridan, WY
More than a few HIM p....

User's Guide to AHIMA Coding Credentials

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Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2002


This year, AHIMA introduces a new coding credential—the Certified Coding Associate (CCA). The credential is different from AHIMA’s other coding credentials—the Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) and the Certified Coding Specialist—Physician-based (CCS-P)—in some importan....

Communities of Practice: Harnessing the Power of Knowledge

Author: Lane, Laura

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2002


AHIMA's Communities of Practice was designed with members's needs in mind: up-to-date industry news, links to helpful resources, and, most importantly, solutions and ideas from peers. Already, the CoP is an indispensable tool. Read how AHIMA members are making it work for them.
Imagine a....

Your Job in the E-health Era

Author: AHIMA E-Health Task Force

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2002



Are you ready to work in the e-health era? This excerpt from “Report on the Roles and Functions of E-health Information Management,” a recent white paper by AHIMA’s E-health Task Force, describes the many skills HIM professionals already have that can easily translate to....

Spreading HIM Excellence Abroad

Author: Shaffer, Audrey

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2002


At the opening ceremony of Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital in 1994, thousands of balloons were released over the Chinese countryside as a symbol of the advanced medical care the hospital hoped to spread throughout China.


Hong Kong philanthropist Sir Run Run Shaw, along with the Zheji....

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