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AHIMA Triumph Award Recipients

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2017

Since their inception in 1994, the AHIMA Triumph Awards have honored those professionals responsible for advancing the field of health information management. Each year, AHIMA members nominate those that have demonstrated extraordinary leadership, volunteerism and talent. As part of a long and cherished tradition, the Triumph Awards continue to be the highest recognition of excellence, dedication and service, and are presented annually at the AHIMA Convention & Exhibit.

Salute to PPE Site Managers

Author: Chenoweth, Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2017



For college seniors, May is the time when the job search intensifies—putting the finishing touches on the resume, buying that new interview suit, and making connections with alumni.


The professional practice experience (PPE) is an important part of student education and is a....

What the Data Say About HIM Professional Trends

Author: Marc, David; Robertson, Janet; Gordon, Leslie; Green-Lawson, Zakevia D; Gibbs, David; Dover, Kayce; Dougherty, Michelle

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2017



In 2015 a workforce study was conducted using a survey instrument to define how health information management (HIM) is shifting to meet future needs and what knowledge, skills, education, and credentials will be necessary to perform successfully as an HIM practitioner.1 This study discover....

Turning Your HIM Expertise Into a Resource

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2017



In 1941, author Edna Huffman, writing about the management and storage of medical records, introduced readers to “the newest development in storage methods and the method that will conserve the greatest amount of space, known as microphotography.” She described how medical reco....

Standing Out in a Noisy World

Author: Chenoweth, Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2017



Many influential thought leaders have come to realize there are three foundational elements to getting your ideas understood and appreciated: social proof, which gives people a reason to listen to you; content creation, which allows them to evaluate the quality of your ideas; and your netw....

Becoming a Data Master

Author: Eramo, Lisa A

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2017



As an independent contractor and data analytics subject matter expert (SME), Lisa Brooks Taylor, RHIA, spends most of her time working with professional associations and large insurers developing machine-computable algorithms to analyze healthcare data. She works closely with data scientis....

Welcome to HIM, Watch Your Step: Unique HIM Role Focuses on Blending Education and Workforce Development to Properly Onboard New Hires and Get Students Vital On-the-Job Experience

Author: Nelson, Kristin

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2017



A unique job role has been created at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (OSUWMC) related to onboarding, training, and student preceptorship that is seeing positive results and working to get past the Catch 22 of employment—you need experience to get a job, but you need a job....

AHIMA World Congress: Empowering Members Around the Globe

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2017



Long before the Zika virus or Ebola outbreaks became a threat in the United States, public health has been an international endeavor. According to some estimates, the Spanish flu—which peaked between 1918 and 1920—killed more than half a million Americans and 50 million people worldwide i....

You're the Boss: Put Your AHIMA Membership to Work!

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2017

One of the fastest ways to get acquainted with the numerous benefits of being an AHIMA member is to complete the program You're the Boss: Put your AHIMA Membership to Work. You can do this on your own or with the assistance of a Mentor.

Write Your Own Story

Author: Chenoweth, Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2017



I’ve always loved January! It is not only the freshly fallen snow and warm drinks by the fire that I cherish, it is the exhilaration that every new year brings with it the optimism that new beginnings are possible and the belief that our resolutions can create wonderful outcomes and suc....

Role of HIM in MACRA

Author: Primeau, Debra

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: December 01, 2016




As providers gear up to meet reporting requirements under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act’s (MACRA’s) new Quality Payment Program (QPP), health information management (HIM) stands to play a prominent role in the transition to value-based care.


Success un....

Career Minded (October 2016)

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA newsletter

Publication Date: October 2016

Career Minded is a professional development focused newsletter e-mailed every other month to AHIMA student members and experienced professional members who subscribe.

Career Tips We Brought Back From Convention

Author: AHIMA Staff

Source: Career Minded

Publication Date: October 2016


For those who collect souvenirs from their travels, AHIMA's Convention and Exhibit, October 15-19, in Baltimore, MD, offered much more than the opportunity to come home with suitcases packed full of HIM exhibit hall swag and regional eats. (That said, we hope you remembered to pick up a few Ber....

How to Break Into Analytics and Informatics

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2016



Shawn Wells, RHIT, CHDA, manager of HIM data integrity at the University of Utah Healthcare, put himself on the health information management (HIM) career trajectory that HIM educators dream of using as an example.


Wells, who was also the first person in the state of Utah....

Bridging the HIM Present and Future

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2016



“What does the future of HIM look like?” We have been asking this question as long as our association has existed. In recent memory, our work to answer this question unfolds from “Vision 2006” to “Reality 2016.” The latest iteration is “HIM Reimagi....

Bringing HIM to Every Corner of Healthcare

Author: Martin, Melissa

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2016



Remember our association’s theme from last year: HIM without walls?


In June I accepted a new professional role as the assistant vice president of the Heart and Vascular Institute at West Virginia University Medicine, which has been an amazing opportunity.


Sh....

Managing a Part-Time Remote CDI Team

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: July 29, 2016




As clinical documentation improvement (CDI) programs become more popular, providers are still struggling with implementing CDI programs for several different reasons, including: geographical location; a shortage of outpatient coders and CDI specialists; or even the lack of physi....

Hiring for Competency: Hiring to Not Fail vs. Hiring to Succeed

Author: Rudman, William J.; Hart-Hester, Susan; Richey, John; Jackson, Kathryn

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: July 2016


Abstract


Evolving economic and technological advances have affected the work environment and the workforce, resulting in new competency requirements for employees. Finding the right person for each job can be difficult, and new hires often fail to meet employers’ expectations. Thi....

What Makes a Happy HIM Work Culture?

Author: Dover, Kayce

Source: AHIMA newsletter article

Publication Date: June 2016



"Happy families are all alike," Leo Tolstoy famously wrote. And the same may hold true for HIM departments. So what are the factors that make an HIM department happy? HIM Connections recently conducted a survey of HIM managers and team members to learn about HIM happiness: What works well....

Career Minded (June 2016)

Author: AHIMA Staff

Source: AHIMA newsletter

Publication Date: June 2016

Career Minded is a professional development focused newsletter e-mailed every other month to AHIMA student members and experienced professional members who subscribe.

HIM's Role in Health Data Analysis

Author: Kadlec, Lesley

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2016



In today’s healthcare environment, data abounds. From the time of admission through the patient care episode, discharge, and aftercare, the volume of clinical data in healthcare continues to grow and expand. Regardless of whether the data results from a patient office visit, the lab,....

Preparing HIM for the Changes Ahead

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2016



As we focus on education and workforce issues, there’s good news and bad news.


The good news is: The employment outlook for HIM professionals is bright. According to AHIMA’s 2016 Environmental Scan report, “The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the H....

Health Information Management Leaders and the Practice of Leadership through the Lens of Bowen Theory

Author: Thierry Sheridan, Patty; Watzlaf, Valerie J.M.; Fox, Leslie Ann

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: April 2016


Abstract


Even though leadership is one of the most examined topics in the organizational literature, its application in the field of health information management (HIM) has not been studied extensively. This descriptive, mixed-methodology study examined HIM leadership through the....

From 'Confidentiality Police' to 'Privacy Officer'

Author: Martin, Melissa

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2016



Privacy and security has been one of the most interesting aspects of my job. I often tell folks the role of privacy comes very easily to HIM professionals because we were the “Confidentiality Police” long before the title “Privacy Officer” was widely accepted. Prior to HIPAA, HIM professi....

Educating Consumers on Their Privacy, Security Rights

Author: Glondys, Barbara

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2016



AHIMA has continually recognized the importance of consumer engagement in healthcare through education and advocacy. Through its partnership with other patient advocacy organizations and investments in its own consumer-focused initiatives, AHIMA has demonstrated its commitment to helping c....

Work Outside Your Comfort Zone

Author: Martin, Melissa

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2016



Have you ever taken on a special project outside of your comfort zone? My special project this year has been building an outpatient surgery center (OSC) from the ground up. Leadership, Strategic/Organizational Management, Change Management, and Project Management are all curriculum domain....

New Year, New HIM Goals

Author: Journal of AHIMA Staff

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2016


The best part about a professional new year’s resolution is that it can be much easier to stick to than a personal resolution—there is more motivation (i.e., your boss, personal ambition) and less temptation to slack (i.e., co-worker accountability).


To get a sense of what 2016....

Will IG replace HIM?

Author: Washington, Lydia

Source: AHIMA blog post | Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: December 28, 2015



I hear this question all the time from new as well as veteran HIM professionals. Especially now that the implementation of ICD-10-CM has come and gone (mostly with nothing more than a whimper, I might add, largely due to the exceptional planning and organization skills of great HIM profess....

How to Reach the C-Suite

Author:

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: December 2015




In order for health information management (HIM) professionals to be successful in their organizations—from starting an information governance program to getting ICD-10-CM/PCS implemented on time—support from the C-suite is crucial. As HIM departments undertake increasingly expa....

Earning HIM Cred—The RHIA and RHIT

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: December 09, 2015





For two AHIMA credential holders—one with a registered health information administrator (RHIA) and one with a registered health information technician (RHIT) credential—the extra work required to earn them have paid dividends. Both Karen Linder, BS, RHIT, CCS, CCS-P, and....

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