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Building Collaborative Relationships

Author: Fletcher, Donna M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 1999



Is work "falling through the cracks" between your department and another? Are you not getting information from peers that you need for your job? Is there "friction" between you and your peers? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, the process of building collaborative re....

Congratulations to the 1999 Triumph Award Winners

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Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 1999


Outstanding achievements and contributions to the HIM field head the agenda as AHIMA members honor their colleagues with the 1999 Triumph Awards.

Thanks to the continued support of Lanier Worldwide, Inc., AHIMA is proud to recognize the following special individuals who have....

World of Opportunity: HIM Impact in Ambulatory Care

Author: Hughes, Gwen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 1999


Twenty-five years ago, I worked at a 13-physician family practice clinic. My job entailed pulling and assembling charts for patient appointments and phone calls, inserting and maintaining the problem list and laboratory flow sheet, releasing requested health information t....

"Find the Passion"

Author: Duggan, Christina Mayer

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 1999


Not many children grow up in doctors' lounges, but as a cardiologist's daughter, Bertine Colombo McKenna did. In fact, McKenna, ART, MBA, PhD, called the hospital "home" and knew healthcare would play a role in her future.

Today she's right at home at Vermont's F....

Vision of Health Information Management in 2010

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 1999


Two-thirds of today's health information managers will be in the prime of their careers 10 years from now. But what will the world of work look like? One way to gain an understanding of the future is to create scenarios. Scenarios are literally stories about the future th....

Blueprint for the New Millennium

Author: Dixon-Lee, Claire

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 1999


This is the final Journal of AHIMA issue of the 20th century! That a year can pass so quickly marks not just the passing of time, but the significance of how much we can pack into 365 days. It reflects how much knowledge we acquire and how many activities we take on, results we reap,....

Position Yourself to be a Player

Author: Eichenwald, Shirley

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 1999


As a result of the rapidly changing healthcare information systems environment, a variety of career opportunities are emerging for HIM professionals. This is a sure sign that the transformation of the HIM profession, envisioned for more than a decade, is actually happening. To take ful....

Corrections Connection

Author: Zender, Anne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 1999


During his work day, Mark Barnard, ART, performs functions similar to HIM professionals in other settings: processes medical records, enters data, and responds to requests for information. But for Barnard, there also is an important difference. Namely, the people whose health informati....

Name Game: Updating Our Credential Titles

Author: Dixon-Lee, Claire

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 1999


In October, the 1999 AHIMA House of Delegates will consider a proposal to officially change the name of two AHIMA credentials. The proposal is the result of several years of analysis, member input, and review of more than 1000 potential certification titles, as well as the work of cons....

Using Electronic Resources to Recruit and Hire Employees

Author: Picard, Angela

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 1999


Hiring the right employees for HIM jobs presents a unique challenge for employers. However, electronic resources offer more options for an employer's searching and recruiting efforts. With these tools, employers can go beyond the traditional methods of print advertising and/or retaining the se....

Profession in Profile (Annual Membership Survey)

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Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: August 1999


Profiles. People use them for a wide variety of reasons. Realtors compose profiles of neighborhoods to sell properties more effectively. Artists paint profiles, trying to capture the essence of their subject. Biographers write profiles to record the character of a person. Corporations maintain....

Annual Membership Survey (Salaries by Years in the Profession)

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Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: August 1999

Salaries by Years in the Profession

As you would expect, salary increases with the number of years members have worked in the profession. However, as the adjacent charts show, education level has a greater overall effect on salary than longevity. Please note: the salary data presented th....

Cultivate a Desire to Learn

Author: Dixon-Lee, Claire

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 1999


As I travel the country meeting many of you, I am very curious about the diversity of jobs, skills, and settings in which you work. The creativity, independence, and resourcefulness that come with career redefinition fascinate me. All of us working under the umbrella of health informat....

After Automated Coding, What?

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Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 1999


As technology progressively automates more processes, what will HIM jobs look like in the future? In 1998, AHIMA published Evolving HIM Careers, which offers in-depth looks at seven new roles for HIM professionals, including the role of the clinical data specialist. Here are som....

Job Hunting in the Electronic Age

Author: Picard, Angela

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 1999


Professional networking is a major factor in the success of your career, and it certainly is a critical element in the job search process. As Perry Ellie, MA, RRA, president of H.I.M. Recruiters, says, "Statistics show that up to 80 percent of all employment opportunities are found through net....

Imagine the Future of Coding

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Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: June 1999


How will coding be different in the year 2010? Pondering the coding practices of tomorrow is the job of AHIMA's Coding Futures Task Force. And though there's no crystal ball involved, trends that will have a substantial impact on the future can be identified today.

Remember the word p....

Common (and Uncommon) Ground

Author: Dixon-Lee, Claire

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 1999


On a trip to Dublin this spring, I met with several officers of the Healthcare Informatics Society of Ireland. During this visit, we talked about health information management, finding common ground on topics like:
Year 2000 compliance
the need for clinical vocabulary....

Influence: Making Things Happen

Author: Pavoni, Mary Mike

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 1999


Scenario: You are an HIM professional who is working on a project with a room full of colleagues. Suddenly, one of the team members is asked to attend another meeting. Upon returning, this person announces that he was selected to lead a reengineering design team and needs to select h....

Managing the "Malaise Factor"

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Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: April 1999


Malaise is defined as a general sense of depression or unease -- and it's not uncommon in today's workers who have to do more with less. Read on, to discover how HIM professionals have learned to deal with the "malaise factor" -- and even turn it to their advantage.

Perhaps you see i....

AHIMA Census Results: Focus on Compliance

Author: Lorence, Daniel P.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 1999



The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has instituted compliance guidelines for medical laboratories, hospitals, and home healthcare agencies. Within this framework, these guidelines provide at least some compliance direction for individual providers and group practices ....

IT Angle

Author: Quinsey, Carol Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 1999


Since my first years managing health information, it has been my goal to deliver information to clinicians in a format that is timely and useful. My current job is practically made to order to meet my personal goals as well as contribute to the vision that Kaiser Permanente, my employer....

Are Other People Taking Our Jobs?

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Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: April 1999


Pressure from outsiders for desirable HIM jobs is a reality of today's workplace -- but the competition doesn't have to define your situation. In this article, HIM professionals show how they have asserted their position by displaying initiative, adding to their skills, and contributing to the....

Reaching Operational Goals

Author: Green-Shook, Sheila

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 1999


An HIM career in managed care opens doors not only in healthcare but in our evolving electronic age. This is an exciting time to pursue such a career choice because of the seemingly infinite number of opportunities and challenges this environment presents and will continue to present.....

Clear Focus on Coding

Author: Moses, Rhona

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 1999


For the past three years I have been manager of coding education and billing guidelines at Group Health Cooperative, a 600,000-member HMO. Group Health has 25 primary care clinics, four specialty centers, an ambulatory surgical center, and two hospitals. We have about 700 staff physic....

In Pursuit of a Value-added Entity

Author: Dixon-Lee, Claire

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 1999


The integration of various clinical services into larger healthcare alliances or enterprises challenges the very basic managerial foundations of our healthcare industry. While senior managers and clinicians struggle to run their respective organizations or divisions following tradition....

Building a Better CPR in Ambulatory Care

Author: Zender, Anne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 1999


In implementing a computer-based patient record (CPR), an organization must address these questions: How can we integrate what the product does with our own strategic vision? And how can we justify the cost of installing a system?

While it is not widely used, the evolu....

New Roles, New Responsiblities

Author: Ball, Marion J.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 1999


As healthcare changes, HIM professionals must act as individuals to keep pace with the transformation. Educational changes in HIM curricula are evolving, but HIM professionals must take responsibility for their education to take advantage of opportunities presented by new information....

From Information to Knowledge

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Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: February 1999


Whether it's to enter an emerging market like managed care or to move ahead in your current workplace, "knowledge management" can be an effective strategy for HIM career advancement. The concept is simple: you become more valuable to your employer if your can convert information into applied kn....

So You Want to Work in Managed Care

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Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: February 1999


Opportunities abound for HIM professionals who want to enter the managed care work force. Although job seekers may have to reseach positions, get additional training, and do some self-promotion, it's an investment with a potentially high professional return.

Cold feet? As one HMO afte....

Leading Change: A Piano Lesson

Author: Fuller, Sandra R.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 1999


Change is often talked about on a grand scale: organizational change, cultural change, change sweeping the nation. But the simplest truth is that real change happens on an individual level. Real change is a personal process, a growing process, a discovery of the answer to some new question. Ho....

CPR in Long Term Care

Author: Schoenfelt, Suzanne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 1999


Throughout the healthcare industry, the computer-based patient record (CPR) is in various stages of development. This article assesses the progress long term care facilities are making in moving toward the CPR. The article also suggests some ways HIM professionals can devel....

Benchmarking a World-class Image

Author: Dixon-Lee, Claire

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 1999


This time of year may find us longing for a chair by a cozy fireplace or lounging on a sunny beach. When we find time for reflection, it's good to periodically reflect on ourselves and the image that we project as HIM professionals.

Authority Robert Camp defines benchmarki....

Thrill of the Unexpected

Author: Dixon-Lee, Claire

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 1999


It's hard to imagine that we are approaching the close of the twentieth century. As I examine my reaction to the start of this year, perhaps I speak for many of you in that I have mixed emotions. On one hand, I am filled with nostalgia for all of the events that affected my life growin....

Compliance Officers Climb the Corporate Ladder

Author: Blumenthal, Jane E

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 1999


A recent survey questioned healthcare executives to determine the current standing of healthcare compliance officers in today's healthcare industry. Survey results showed that compliance is a top priority among all facets of the healthcare industry, as shown by the 86 percent o....

Quality Is Key

Author: Blumenthal, Jane E

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 1998


Even a short conversation with Elizabeth Contant, RRA, demonstrates that she is full of energy. And the more you talk with her, the more you realize how much of that energy is channeled into furthering her knowledge—and her career in quality improvement.

Contant recen....

Networking: Your Pathway for Career Growth

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Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: November 1998


Networking can be one of your most powerful professional tools -- and once you get started, it's amazingly simple.

When Karen Mathias, RRA, made the shift from the hospital setting to an outpatient clinic last December, the change meant that she had to learn many new HIM strategies a....

Congratulations to the 1998 Triumph Award Winners

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Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 1998


Once again AHIMA members had the opportunity to recognize their colleagues for achievements in and contributions to the health information management (HIM) profession. And, thanks to the continued generous support of Lanier Worldwide, Inc., AHIMA is proud to recognize the following specia....

Different Path to Managing Change

Author: Zender, Anne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 1998


Medical records director, research analyst, marketing expert—all these titles have applied, at some time, to Jean Corley, RRA. But her favorite role is as an "agent of change"—and she's assumed many titles in its pursuit.

Corley says that one of her pro....

IT Implementation Requires HIM Expertise

Author: Didear, Kay

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 1998


Implementing a computer-based patient record (CPR) begins long before the first installment of software is loaded. This process significantly benefits from the skills and expertise health information management professionals bring to the table. But don't assume that your healthcare m....

Government Moves Ahead with CPR Endeavor

Author: Blumenthal, Jane E

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 1998


Though issues about establishing an inter-departmental computer-based patient record (CPR) between the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) have been on the table for a long time, real action toward a CPR began in November 1997, according to Colonel Lynn....

Journal Q&A (10/98)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: October 02, 1998


Q: As an RRA and an assistant director of an HIM department in the northeastern US, where can I find pertinent salary information?

A: The results of AHIMA's annual membership profile, published in AHIMA Advantage (June 1998), provide this information. The information als....

Long Term Care Meets Information Challenges

Author: Zender, Anne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 1998



As the Net surfers of today become the long term care consumers of tomorrow, the long term care industry faces new challenges. Patients and their families are growing increasingly interested in information that will help them make more informed decisions about healthcare. A....

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