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Impact of Implementing an EMR on Coding Professionals. A Case Study of Kaiser Permanente Colorado: Implementing an EMR for 1,000 Providers at 18 medical office buildings

Author: Taylor, James M

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: September 25, 2010


(If you are in a smaller practice and perform many of these functions yourself, the unintended consequences of EMR implementation discussed below still apply. You will need to alter your approach to coding in the new EMR environment and the strategies for successful post-implementation coder s....

Ready, Set, Automate: Preparing for Automation in Coding Workflows

Author: Peterson, Kathleen; Smith, Gail I.; Phibbs, Kozie V.; Eminger, Heather; Giustina, Elizabeth

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2010



Coding departments are in training for a triathlon. They are swimming in regulations, cycling through changes in source documents, and running at breakneck speed to ICD-10-CM/PCS implementation. Luckily, new workflow “gear” is emerging that can help them improve endurance and e....

Leading: What It Means in HIM

Author: Rollins, Genna

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2010




Times like these require a lot of leadership. That means risk-taking, passion, mentoring, and always striving, say HIM professionals.



The enormous change that healthcare is undergoing calls for professionals in all disciplines to step out of their routines and play....

Articulating the Value of HIM

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2010


What more can you do to earn that coveted seat at decision-making tables in your organization? As directors and managers of health information services, you are responsible for valuable information assets, including their accuracy, compliance, access, and use. Yet organizations continue to pla....

HIM’s Time to Lead

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2010


This is HIM’s time to shine. Rita Bowen, MA, RHIA, CHPS, SSGB, sees the current debate on national healthcare reform as a great opportunity for HIM professionals to increase their prominence in the healthcare world. The new AHIMA president feels HIM has a lot to offer the conversation and....

Career Development Countdown: Ready, Set, Advance

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Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: December 2009

Is 2010 the year for you to advance your career by expanding your knowledge base? If you have been in the workforce for five or more years, it’s important to be aware that recent graduates are covering new competency domains such as electronic health records, data analytics, and revenue cycle management.

Regional Extension Centers Offer New Jobs for HIM

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA Today

Publication Date: October 06, 2009


The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) set aside $500 million for healthcare workforce development in professions like HIM. ARRA also expanded and even created new HIM jobs through the act’s $19 billion investment in the national transition to electronic health record systems.
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HIM Enters an Era of “Powerful Possibilities”

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2009


Discussing his enthusiasm for the HIM field, he said, “I am fortunate to be coming into the field at this time... I missed all the boring stuff and am getting in it when things are really happening.” I laughed and assured him that those of us who have been around for a while have n....

ARRA and the HIM Workforce

Author: Rollins, Genna

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2009




The success of health IT will hinge on how well it is planned and managed. Provisions in the stimulus bill that promote professional support and fund training offer exceptional opportunities to HIM programs, individuals, and the profession.



For years AHIMA and col....

Gain an Edge with Early Testing for RHIA, RHIT Exams

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Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: October 2009

Early testing allows the candidate the optimal window of opportunity for exam participation—to attempt the exam when the candidate is best prepared. The earlier a student tests after graduation, the better they are likely to perform on their respective exam.

ACE Member Educates on Copy/Paste

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Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: October 2009

An avid HIM volunteer, author, presenter, and Action Community for e-HIM Excellence (ACE) member, Diana Warner recently helped take on the copy/paste subject for an AHIMA toolkit and webinar detailing copy/paste best practices. Warner's close working relationship with physicians also led her to volunteer as co-chair of the AHIMA Physician Practice Council, a committee she has served on since its inception three years ago.

Help Wanted: Schools Struggle Placing Students in PPEs

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2009




Well-trained students make well-trained new hires, which is why professional practice experiences are an important part of HIM education. However, PPE coordinators say it is getting harder to place students in today’s hectic workplace. Yet the benefits, they say, are there for e....

Channeling HIM Skills into a Passion

Author: Zender, Anne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2009


As a member of AHIMA’s E-Health Task Force in 1999–2000 and an early facilitator of AHIMA’s e-Health Community of Practice, Lynda Mitchell, RHIA, CPHQ, could see that the Internet had great potential for healthcare and communication. A decade later, the potential has become r....

ACE Member Went from Surgeon to HIT Expert

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Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: August 2009

Today, Pawan Goyal is the chief medical officer of the government healthcare division at EDS, an HP Company, based in Plano, TX. His division works with entities like the Department of Veterans Affairs implementing and managing HIT systems. One of the first Action Community for e-HIM Excellence (ACE) members, Goyal feels his new career helps him impact a wider patient base than he ever could as a surgeon—through designing and implementing patient-centered health information technology.

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