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Survey Predicts Future HIM Workforce Shifts: HIM Industry Estimates the Job Roles, Skills Needed in the Near Future

Author: Sandefer, Ryan; Marc, David; Mancilla, Desla; Hamada, Debra

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2015



The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) conducted a study to assess the future needs of the health information workforce. The study was intended to define the current reality of HIM within the healthcare industry, how the market is shifting to meet future needs, and....

New CDI Challenge: Adjusting to Quality, Not Quantity

Author: Murphy, Brian

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2015



It’s no secret that healthcare is undergoing a profound transformation. While fee-for-service delivery remains the current model for acute care hospital payment, the transition to paying for quality over quantity is happening before our eyes.


In January, the Centers for Me....

Evolving Role of the Privacy and Security Officer

Author: Bowen, Rita K.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2015



Fifteen years ago, many individuals accepted the role of the privacy officer with a perception that it would be a role involving the education and training of individuals on HIPAA rules and regulations, developing policy, and responding to reported incidents. The security officer was focu....

Health Information Management Workforce Transformation: New Roles, New Skills and Experiences in Canada

Author: Gibson, Candace J; Abrams, Kelly; Crook, Gail

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: May 2015


Abstract


Healthcare in Canada is undergoing significant transformation and change at regional, provincial, and national levels to better utilize scarce health resources to provide safe, high-quality care at lower cost. The electronic health record (EHR) is being introduced as an i....

Why an Informatics Degree Matters

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: April 2015



The HIM Problem


As HIM becomes increasingly data-centric, knowledge of informatics is becoming an essential tool.


Today, it’s hard to identify even one aspect of health information management (HIM) as a profession that isn’t profoundly affected by the use,....

Earning HIM Cred: the CHDA Credential

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: April 2015




As health information management (HIM) professionals find themselves constantly inundated with more data, they will need to update their skills to stay on top of it. And one of the best ways to do just that is by earning AHIMA’s Certified Health Data Analyst (CHDA) credential.

Ready or Not, HIM is Changing: Results of the New HIM Competencies Survey Show Skill Gaps Between Education Levels, Students, and Working Professionals

Author: Sandefer, Ryan; Karl, Ellen Shakespeare

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2015



In January 2014, the AHIMA Council for Excellence in Education (CEE) released updated curricular competencies for all accredited academic programs, including those at the associate, baccalaureate, and graduate levels. The curricular competencies were intended to better align education with....

Aligning Strategies for the Future

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2015



At AHIMA's 2014 Annual Convention and Exhibit, held in San Diego, CA, National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc, announced that the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) was in the process of refreshing its federal health IT strategic plan for the next....

Building a Remote CDI Workforce

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: February 2015



The HIM Problem


To improve the efficiency and productivity of its clinical documentation improvement (CDI) program, Baystate Health decided to train CDI specialists to work from home.


The HIM Problem Solvers


Walter Houlihan MBA, RHIA, FAHIMA, direc....

HIM After Retirement: No Needlepoint for These Retirees, Who are Finding New Ways to Contribute to the Profession ... On Their Own Terms

Author: Eramo, Lisa A

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2015



When Sherry Doggett decided to retire in 2013 after a 30-year career in HIM, the first thing she did was try to figure out how she was going to spend her time. Doggett, who spent her last year of work as the corporate director of transcription at the University of Cincinnati (UC) Academic....

Meeting Evolving Workforce Requirements

Author: Birnbaum, Cassi L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2015



New technology, an evolving regulatory environment, financial pressures, and consolidation in the marketplace have all emerged as factors that are shaping the health information management (HIM) career path. Now is the time to examine the maturity state of the electronic health record (EH....

Now is the Time: Realizing our Vision

Author: Birnbaum, Cassi L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2015



As I enter my 35th year as an AHIMA leader, educator, practitioner, and volunteer, I am excited to celebrate AHIMA’s 86 years of accomplishments and to have a role in paving the way for a bright future for HIM professionals everywhere.


I look forward to the months ahead, b....

Tips for Breaking into the Health Information Management Industry - Retired

Author: Camp, Michelle; Comfort, Angie; Endicott, Melanie; Howard, Artis; Kozee, Renee; Munive, Roberta; Novelli, Staci

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2014


Whether it is a first job or a career change, finding that first health information management (HIM) job following graduation is one of the biggest challenges that new graduates face. While some may find that breaking into the HIM industry takes time and persistence, it is a career choice that....

Keeping Current in the Electronic Era: Data Age Transforming HIM’s Mandatory Workforce Competencies

Author: Sandefer, Ryan; DeAlmeida, Dilhari R; Dougherty, Michelle; Mancilla, Desla; Marc, David

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2014



Ponder this for a moment. From the beginning of recorded history to 2003, five exabytes (five billion gigabytes) of information was created by humans, according to recent IBM calculations. The rate at which that level of information is being created is increasing exponentially. In 2012, fi....

Certification Connection Fall 2014

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA newsletter

Publication Date: October 2014

The quarterly newsletter for HIM certified professionals, containing information on professional development, industry news, continuing education, announcements, upcoming events, and other tools for success.

Why Standards Should Matter to HIM Professionals

Author: Warner, Diana

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2014



Editor’s note: This article introduces Standards Strategies, a new Journal of AHIMA department that will provide guidance to HIM professionals on applying health data standards in areas including business, clinical care, and compliance.


AHIMA has always been committed t....

Addressing PPE Challenges

Author: AHIMA Staff

Source: AHIMA newsletter article

Publication Date: August 2014


While the professional practice experience (PPE) is widely considered to greatly benefit students, there is a need to address a growing number of challenges, including increasing numbers of programs competing for limited PPE placement sites, department and organization mergers, remote staff and....

Roles for HIM Professionals in HIOs

Author: Bailey-Woods, Linda; Dooling, Julie A; Fabian, Diane; Kuehnast, Tanya; Luthi-Terry, Stephanie; Raymond, Jackie; Rhodes, Harry B.; Westhafer, Kathy J

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2014



Simply stated the goal of health information exchange (HIE) is very clear-cut and easy to understand—establish networks that connect healthcare providers electronically in order to facilitate higher quality healthcare.


However, actual implementation of HIE business mod....

How to Lead Your Organization in Compliance, Ethics, and Customer Service: Health Information Management Professionals Can Help Organizations Create a Culture of Compliance

Author: Burton, Ben

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2014



Today’s healthcare organizations must field a constant bombardment of both new and evolving regulations that dictate how, when, or where patients may receive care. The changing regulatory landscape—combined with the fact that the government is recovering $16 for every dollar spent to comb....

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