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ACE Member Loves HIM--Fungal Diseases and All

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: August 2008

Dwan Thomas-Flowers is a woman of several interests and talents, most focused around the HIM profession. She says it was a natural progression for her to join the Action Community for e-HIM Excellence (ACE). The program, which collects the top HIM professionals and makes them available for a variety of volunteer activities, gives her the opportunity to tackle diverse HIM interests and issues.

Taking Coding to the Clinical Floor

Author: Featheringham, Meg

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2008


As documentation specialist at Deaconess Medical Center in Spokane, WA, Amy Gardner walks a tight rope between the HIM and clinical worlds. Gardner, RHIT, reviews charts on the cardiovascular floor of Deaconess, identifying gaps in documentation and querying physicians for follow-up.

2008 Salary Study Delves Deeper into Factors Driving Pay

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA

Publication Date: June 02, 2008


Starting in May 2008, HIM professionals participated in the second biennial AHIMA salary study. Nearly 11,000 individuals accessed the Web-based survey and 90 percent of them completed the full set of questions. The resulting data allows us to share with you and the industry positive statistics....

Member Advocates for PHRs, One Person at a Time

Author: Hicks, Jewelle E

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2008


As the manager of health information management for the NYU Clinical Cancer Center in New York, NY, Cindy M. Boester is accustomed to teamwork and problem solving. Boester, MS, RHIA, supervises a staff of 35 full-time employees at the outpatient facility, which has more than 600 visits a day.<....

ACE Member Mentors Student in HIM Role

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: June 2008

A member of AHIMA’s Action Community for e-HIM Excellence (ACE), Stephanie Peterson has always felt her main contribution to ACE would come through mentoring students. Her chance came after the College of St. Scholastica began offering an internship for RHIA-aspiring seniors called "Explorations." The curriculum-required internship allows HIM students to spend one week with an HIM professional working in a non-traditional HIM role.

ACE Discussion Facilitator Swears by the EHR

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: April 2008

As an ACE member, Stanley Padfield appreciates the chance to confer with other HIM professionals about the challenges and benefits of EHRs. He wants to share what he has learned, but also find out other’s experiences.

ACE Member Shares Her Passion for HIM

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: February 2008

The personal health record is Julie Wolter's self-described passion. It's a passion she hopes to share with other HIM professionals around the country in the coming months as a member of the AHIMA Action Community for e-HIM Excellence (ACE).

Getting Excited about e-HIM

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2007


Chris Meyers, RHIA, had landed the job of her dreams as an e-HIM® enthusiast. A Phoenix medical network was opening a brand-new hospital and needed someone to help build a complete EHR from the ground up. Meyers jumped at the chance, becoming the administrative director of HIM/patient....

Coder Takes e-HIM to the People

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: October 2007

Interview with Bonnie Sher, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, and one of the first AHIMA members to join the Action Community for e-HIM® Excellence (ACE) program.

New Blueprint for HIM Education

Author: Wilhelm, Carol Ann; Dixon-Lee, Claire

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2007


The shift to electronic practice has enlivened the profession and opened doors to new work settings. There remains a critical need for HIM professionals to guide and manage EHR implementations in acute care settings, but the marketplace for HIM graduates is expanding to additional markets such....

What's Your EHR IQ?

Author: Burrington-Brown, Jill

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2007



HIM is becoming more automated and electronic every year. The basic skill set of the HIM professional has changed dramatically. The acronyms abound, from HL7 and CCHIT to HIEs. It can be hard to keep up with all the latest developments. Test your EHR IQ by answering the following questions....

Tips for Trainers

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2007


The time had come in the physicians’ meeting to discuss HIM issues, and Wilson was in charge of bringing the room up to speed.

Wilson, then the coding quality manager at Charleston, SC-based Roper St. Francis Healthcare, was new to public speaking and training. For a moment,....

Guiding Privacy Decisions in an e-HIM Environment

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: August 2007


Technology facilitates the collection, management, sharing, and storing of health information. Yet we must ensure privacy and security of health information in order to ensure better usage. HIM professionals can use our skills and knowledge to help achieve solid footing on this issue. Who is le....

ACE Member Offers Personal e-HIM Expertise

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: August 2007

Hoping to help other facilities take e-HIM to heart, Jennifer Laughlin is volunteering her knowledge and expertise through the new AHIMA initiative, the Action Community for e-HIM Excellence (ACE).

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