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2001 Triumph Awards Winners

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Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2001


The Triumph Awards are national awards designed to recognize those special individuals who make a difference in the HIM profession. This awards program was developed as part of the Foundation of Research and Education (FORE) campaign to forecast future trends in HIM, envision HIM roles in....

Experiences of a VHA Privacy Officer

Author: Putt, Stephanie H.

Source: In Confidence (newsletter)

Publication Date: November 02, 2001


Being the privacy officer for one of the world’s largest healthcare delivery systems is often a daunting responsibility, yet it offers an opportunity to make a difference and face new challenges. The Veterans Health Administration, or VHA, is part of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). T....

Driving Quality through Data Management: Three Stories

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Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2001


In the past few issues, the Journal of AHIMA has presented a special series on opportunities for HIM in the managed care arena. In the final article of the series, we focus on quality improvement (QI) initiatives.

HIM professionals are vitally important to QI initiatives, particularly....

"SNIP"ping Away at HIPAA

Author: Bettendorf, Jim

Source: In Confidence (newsletter)

Publication Date: November 02, 2001


Consider this a resource guide from a fellow privacy official trying to make sense of it all. I am of course referring to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). By now, we are all familiar with HIPAA’s content, but not quite sure what path to take when it com....

Resource We Can't Afford Not to Cultivate

Author: Fuller, Barbara P.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2001




How do we nurture our health information students and new professionals? I was prompted to ask myself this question after reading a recent letter from a new HIM graduate. This graduate was asking for a mentor and help in securing a job with a living wage.

Among other ways,....

Broadening Her Understanding of Healthcare

Author: Zender, Anne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2001


Navigating the regulations and standards related to long-term care could make anyone feel like they are lost in a maze. But in her most recent position, Mary Sidelnik, RHIA, has been able to help those interested in long-term care in the state of Texas find their way out.

Sidelnik most....

E-health: An Evolving Industry Needs HIM Expertise

Author: Fox, Leslie Ann

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 10, 2001


Introduction

The Internet is rapidly transforming many industries, and the healthcare industry is no exception. E-health organizations collect and manage individually identifiable patient information, thus presenting new employment and consulting opportunities for HIM professionals.....

Creating the Vision ... Facilitating the Results

Author: Keith, Ron

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 10, 2001




Introduction

How do we define ourselves within the HIM profession? On the surface, when recognized within the workforce, the HIM profession is placed in its rightful spot: the traditional acute care roles. As we know, these roles may vary depending on educational levels and p....

Managing Mergers: The Middle Manager Time Trap

Author: Carlon, Sheila

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 10, 2001



Healthcare today is in turbulent times. Costs are rising at an alarming rate, insurance premiums are unaffordable for many, and government regulations, technology, and research bring change more quickly than the average healthcare organization can manage.


Managing within the....

Recognizing the Value of HIM

Author: Czirr, Karen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2001





HIM professionals make significant contributions to patient care, public health, and a healthcare facility's bottom line. Although the HIM professionals at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia were busy implementing HIPAA and computer-based patient records, directing data qual....

Award-winning Approach to HIM

Author: Jeffries, Jane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2001




Imagine working on a project that takes more than 10 years to complete. Sounds a little depressing, right? But what if each step in that project improved patient care, made physicians' lives a little easier, and increased security for patient information? What if your efforts led to a....

HIM Qualification Checklist

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Source: AHIMA

Publication Date: 2001


To assist you in hiring a health information management (HIM) professional for your practice, the following qualifications checklist provides you with a general idea of what to look for in an HIM professional.




Positions include:
Health Information Manager
Cer....

HIM Qualifications Checklist

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Source: AHIMA

Publication Date: 2001


What do you look for when hiring a health information management (HIM) professional? The following section provides a quick checklist of qualifications for various HIM positions.


Positions include:
Health Information Directors and Managers
Certified Coding Specialist

It's No Secret: Privacy Training is Here

Author: Jeffries, Jane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2001




Thanks to HIPAA, HIM professionals have an exciting career opportunity before them. The final privacy rule requires that covered providers, health plans, and healthcare clearinghouses designate a privacy officer to oversee the development and implementation of privacy policies and pro....

Getting More Personal

Author: Hagland, Mark

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2001


Personal health records online are flourishing, but every setup is different. Here’s a look at how organizations and patients are managing personal health records.
Last spring Eugene Ernest “Ernie” Somera found out that he had elevated blood sugars, a sign that he was slid....

It's All About Privacy

Author: Zender, Anne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2001




When users of the Medscape or CBS HealthWatch Web sites have questions or concerns about their privacy, they can send e-mail to an address like privacy@medscapeinc.com. At the message's receiving end is likely to be Lynne Shoemaker, RHIA.

"I'm a clearinghouse for questio....

Opportunities in E-health

Author: Hughes, Gwen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2001

At this very moment, a number of HIM professionals are exercising their skills in the e-health arena. Opportunities abound, however, for others who would like to take the lead and enter the burgeoning field of e-health.
Defining E-health

Before we discuss these opportunities, however....

Emerging Roles

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Source: AHIMA

Publication Date: 2001


How has your job transformed over the past five years? When you stop to think about it, all of us can point to a wide variety of changes in our workplaces and work processes. Technology has changed how we do our work. Reporting relationships have been reorganized. Many conventional career paths....

Crossing the Terrain Between You and Your Goals

Author: Hughes, Gwen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2001




As you look into the future of your career anticipating praise and frequent promotions, keep in mind your own contributions to personal success. Although AHIMA is working to expand HIM professionals' career horizons, one of the major forces behind this effort must come from you-in th....

Can You Manage Managed Care?

Author: Willner, Sue

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2001


HIM professionals’ data management skills make them a hot property in many settings, but none more so than managed care. In this second installment of the Journal of AHIMA’s special series on managed care, the author describes the ways managed care organizations use data and how HIM....

Tackling Backlogs and Hurdles

Author: Jeffries, Jane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2001




Not only did Kim Schwartz, RHIA, tackle a payment backlog of more than two years, she did it entirely on her own, without a predecessor or peers to guide her.

Schwartz is the insurance coordinator for the athletic training department at Iowa State University in Ames, IA. Th....

Keeping Her Wits During HIPAA Hysteria

Author: Zender, Anne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2001




Donna Bowers, JD, RHIA, knows that implementing HIPAA is an imposing assignment. But she's keeping her cool.

"Everyone needs to calm down about HIPAA," says Bowers, who is vice president of Baylor University Medical Center and responsible for HIPAA implementation systemwid....

Another Career Avenue for HIM: Coding Compliance

Author: Lemire, Diane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2001




If you're armed with a background in coding and management, a position in coding compliance may be an exciting next step in your HIM career. When I applied for coding compliance manager positions, many positions had been open for a year because facilities could not find individuals w....

Help Wanted: Privacy Officer

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2001

Sample Position Description




Position Title: (Chief) Privacy Officer1
Immediate Supervisor: Chief Executive Officer, Senior Executive, or Health Information Management (HIM) Department Head2
General Purpose: The privacy officer oversees all ongoing activities related....

If It Ain't Broke, Improve It

Author: Fuller, Barbara P.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2001




The time for change and refocus in an organization is when it is successful, advises Peter Drucker, author of Managing The Nonprofit Organization: Practices and Principles. If we look at AHIMA right now-with membership increasing, a sound budget in place, and exciting job opportuniti....

Taking Time to Make Time

Author: Smith, Cheryl M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2001




In today's healthcare environment, time is a vital resource. HIM department leaders work to develop skills and use tools to manage personnel, budgets, and projects, but few consider investing in the development of the skills needed to manage time. While time management may be a new c....

Compliance is Everything, Everything is Compliance

Author: Brow, Julie A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2001




Everything, when reduced to its basic components, is a compliance issue," says Dorothy Wagg, JD, RHIA, vice president of HIM/compliance at Applied Management Systems in Burlington, MA. "It may seem pernicious to be thinking all the time, `how will this look under the microscope?' but....

Health Information Management: Professional Definition

Author: AHIMA Committee on Professional Definition (1999); AHIMA Committee on Professional Definition (2000)

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2001




Health information management improves the quality of healthcare by insuring that the best information is available to make any healthcare decision. Health information management professionals manage healthcare data and information resources. The profession encompasses services in pl....

Hit the Ground Running: How to Land Your First HIM Job

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Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: April 2001


Every HIM professional has to go through it. Finding that first job-the one that will launch your career-may be the hardest job search you’ll ever face. Here are a few tips from those who have been there.



When Geri Smothers, MPA, RHIA, tells new health information graduates....

'Quality is Job One' for CPHQs

Author: Smith, Cheryl M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2001




"Quality" is a buzzword in many industries, but it has particular resonance in healthcare. As a result, healthcare quality has its own certification, which overlaps many areas in which HIM professionals have expertise. Here's an overview of the credential and how HIM profess....

When Inmates Become Patients

Author: Jeffries, Jane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2001




When you think of places to expand your professional horizons, prison is probably not the first venue that comes to mind. But that's where Maryanne Perlmutter, MPH, RHIA, CPHQ, CCHP, found her ideal job.

As standards compliance coordinator at the Central California Women's....

HIM's Newest Job: The Privacy Officer

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Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: April 2001


HIPAA requires healthcare organizations to designate a privacy official. This person is responsible for setting privacy policies to guide their organizations through the maze of federal and state regulations governing patient information privacy. Here's a look at this new HIM professional oppor....

On the Right Side of the Law

Author: Zender, Anne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2001




HIM professionals need to know the correct and legal way to do things to keep their departments and organizations running smoothly. Jan Van Dyne, JD, RHIA, needs to know the correct and legal way to do things to advise clients-healthcare organizations of all types and sizes-to keep th....

AHIMA Position Statement: Privacy Official

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA position statement

Publication Date: February 15, 2001


Position



The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) recognizes the increased complexity of protecting patients' privacy while managing access to, and release of, information about patients and other healthcare consumers. Credentialed health information ma....

New Privacy Officer's Game Plan

Author: Dennis, Jill Callahan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2001




The HIPAA-mandated privacy officer role offers a new opportunity for HIM professionals. What skills are required, and what needs to be done first? This article answers these questions.
As healthcare organizations roll out their plans for HIPAA implementation, many HIM profession....

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