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Putting the Action in HIM: AHIMA Introduces the ACE Challenge

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Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2007


Times of enormous change require change agents: people with the vision, expertise, and leadership skills necessary to lead transformation.

AHIMA is calling all HIM change agents to create ACE, the Action Community for e-HIM® Excellence. The program launches this month and is desig....

Bridging the Gap from Student to Employee

Author: Parker, Susan; Peterson, Patt

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2007


Transitioning from college to the work force in the HIM field can be a difficult process. Many employers mandate a minimum two years experience for open positions, and well-trained but inexperienced new graduates continue to search for opportunities to enter the HIM profession. Interviews with....

Paving the Information Highway: Career Pathways for Knowledge Workers Involved with Coded Data

Author: AHIMA Practice Council for Clinical Terminology and Classification

Source: AHIMA

Publication Date: May 02, 2007



Today's healthcare delivery system runs on coded data that travels in multiple directions. To keep data flowing down the information highway, specially trained personnel are needed to keep systems tuned up and working properly. Healthcare delivery system success requires encoding systems....

Nebraska's Far-flung HIEs Move Forward

Author: Hagland, Mark

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2007


Nebraska’s small population is spread across vast distances on the Great Plains. It might not sound like the kind of state that would produce pioneering health data exchange networks. Yet that’s what is happening as a cluster of regional and potentially statewide health information exchan....

Putting the HIM Stamp on RHIOs

Author: Featheringham, Meg

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2007


LaVonne LaMoureaux, RHIA, CAE, is learning firsthand about the intricacies of health information exchange and regional health information organizations (RHIOs). For the past two years, LaMoureaux has volunteered with California’s RHIO (CalRHIO), an independent organization that is bringing toge....

Choosing the Right Coding Credential

Author: Buck, Stacie L

Source: AHIMA community resource

Publication Date: January 02, 2007


As the demand for qualified coders has increased, so has the number of coding programs and coding certifications available to coding professionals seeking to demonstrate their coding proficiency. The business of offering credentials is indeed a lucrative one with many organizations competing....

Student Academy Focuses on Getting That First Job

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Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2007


A panel of five employers got right to the point during the Annual Convention’s Student Academy. They gave inside insights into job search techniques, including how to decide what you want to do with your new HIM skills, and practical search tips for getting that first job.
Perry Ellie, MA....

Power of Clinical Document Specialists: New Role Combines Clinical, Coding Knowledge to Improve Documentation

Author: Duggan, Christina Mayer

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2007



Incomplete documentation is a fact of life in healthcare facilities. With more than 20 years of experience in HIM, Kathy Sauer, MBA, BS, RHIA, agrees. “Absolutely-across the board!” says Sauer, HIM director at Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago, IL. “I’ve been a director at several facilities....

Change and Transformation

Author: Helbig, Susan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2006


The HIM profession has evolved over the last several decades, and AHIMA's surveys of focus groups on the HIM profession's image reflects that evolution. February 2000 and 2002 results showed that respondents saw HIM professionals as clerical (44 percent). In 2003, however, nearly half (48 pe....

HIM CIOs: Making New Traditions

Author: Stallings, Crystal

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 31, 2006

HIM CIOs: Making New Traditions

Crystal Stallings, MBA, MA, RHIA
Introduction

The president of the United States declared that within 10 years, all health records will be electronic. This means a great deal to patients and healthcare institutions across America. The HIM pro....

HIM Education: Getting Involved

Author: Sayles, Nanette Burchfield

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 31, 2006


Introduction


With the abundance of opportunities available to HIM professionals, many people do not think of getting involved in HIM education. Becoming involved in HIM education does not necessarily mean you need to resign your position as a HIM practitioner. There are a wide ran....

HIM Impact on EHRs: Newly Released Study Links HIM Professionals and Successful EHR Implementations

Author: Fenton, Susan H.; Amatayakul, Margret; Work, Mitch

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2006


Facilities with successful EHR systems are more likely to be those where HIM professionals played a role, according to newly released research.
Involving HIM professionals in EHR implementations can improve outcomes, according to a report recently released by AHIMA. The report surveyed h....

Exploring the Edges of the Profession

Author: Featheringham, Meg

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2006


Although John Eckmann intended to go into the public administration field, he found his true calling in health IT and HIM when he went back to school for his master’s degree. “The master’s degree in public health provided me an opportunity to develop my health information ma....

Education as the Cornerstone for an Inspiring Career

Author: Hicks, Jewelle E

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2006


As the chair of the HIM department at Chaparral College in Tucson, AZ, Mynilma D. Olivera-Vazquez, RHIA, has a great deal on her plate. Her responsibilities include overseeing all aspects of the HIM program, including teaching, hiring, mentoring students, and planning the curriculum. It’s no s....

Skills for an e-HIM Environment

Author: Fenton, Susan H.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2006


Preparing for e-HIM® will likely require education and training, as HIM professionals may encounter concepts and applications they may not have studied in their HIM programs. The following chart lists some skills and technologies used in e-HIM and lists outlets where training may be found.

Coders Wanted, Experience Required

Author: Scichilone, Rita A

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2006


A recent AHIMA survey confirms a critical need for qualified clinical coding professionals. It also reveals the high value employers place on experience and credentials.

Opportunities abound for skilled coders throughout the US-particularly in the Southwest-but candidates need demon....

Professional Development Plans in Action

Author: Rollins, Gina

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2006


Today, Susan Parker, MEd, RHIA, owns Seagate Consulting, an HIM recruiting firm in Wrightsville Beach, NC, but years ago she was a newly minted HIM graduate with a job that involved quality assurance. Parker liked the position but found more satisfaction in the night class she was teaching. It....

Passion for Learning

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2006


Lifelong learning is a key responsibility of professionals in all fields. Professional development is the focus this month because it’s important for each of us to periodically reflect on how well we are doing. In this issue, experts discuss the importance of professional development planning,....

Time to Raise Your Standards?

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: August 2006


Are you ready to take your knowledge of standards to the next level?


HIM professionals will soon be working with standards more than ever before. We will…

…actively contribute to EHR product development as purchasers and employers.

… create....

Laying the Groundwork for the EHR

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: August 2006


As clinic coordinator and privacy officer for the University of Kentucky Health Service (Student Health and Employee Health), Lynn M. Crothers, CHPS, RHIT, is helping to lay the groundwork for an electronic health record (EHR) at her organization.


What are some of your ongoing pro....

Charmaine Shaw: Our Professional HIM Neighbor to the North

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: June 2006


Charmaine Shaw, MA, CCHRA(C), is a native Canadian, running her own consulting company, H.I.M. Consulting Services in Brantford, Ontario. She took time out of her schedule to answer a few questions for Advantage.

Do you hold any particular degrees or certifications?

Our equiv....

Dial T for Training: Work Force and the EHR

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: June 2006


What’s that sound? It could be your cell phone ringing…but it’s really a reminder to update your technology skills. Here’s the connection: Your cell phone may have the latest bells and whistles, but do you know how to use them? Likewise, are you a proficient user of the....

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