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Author: Squazzo, Jessica

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2003


“[Teaching] attracted me because I had always liked school,” she says, matter-of-factly. Bowman also liked explaining things to people and has been doing it for almost 30 years as a professor in the College of Allied Health Sciences at the University of Tennessee Health Science Cente....

Becoming a New Voice in HIM

Author: Squazzo, Jessica

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2002

“I became a strong advocate for HIM when I was a junior [in college],” she says. “I really wanted to give HIM a voice and create awareness for it.”
—Erin Blume, RHIA, director of quality management at The Ambassador Health System
Not too many recent college gradua....

Keeping Up with the Pace of Change

Author: Squazzo, Jessica

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2002

"I envision the future of the HIM profession through an IT perspective. HIM managers need to focus on the quality, security, and access to patient information. The profession is expanding beyond the medical record."
--Genet Kidane, RHIA, product manager, Mobile Computing Group, McKesson I....

Following Interests Yields Dynamic Career

Author: Squazzo, Jessica

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2003


If you don’t like it, you can always go back,” says Michelle Morgan, RHIA, about trying new roles in HIM. She would know—she’s jumped from a traditional HIM setting into the IS realm to the vendor world and back again.


Morgan is currently the director of cl....

Best of Both Worlds

Author: Squazzo, Jessica

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2003


“Teaching is one of the best jobs that I ever had,” says Cathy Flite, MEd, RHIA, assistant professor at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. When Flite says that, she’s speaking from experience.


She entered the academic world midway in her HIM career, after wor....

Rolling with the Changes

Author: Squazzo, Jessica

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2003

“Managing change is always going to be a challenge. We're always learning and there's always going to be change.” —Christina Janus, MBA, RHIA, manager of medical record services at Akron General Medical Center in Akron, OH
Christina Janus, MBA, RHIA, has a steadfast approach....

Are You Ready to Be a Privacy Officer?

Author: Sobel, David A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2003


As an HIM professional, you may be asked to serve as your organization’s first privacy officer. While serving as privacy officer will give you the opportunity to play a new and more profound role in safeguarding patients’ privacy rights, it will also provide you with new challenges.....

Long-term Acute Care: the Effect of PPS

Author: Smith, Pam

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2003


Just when I thought I’d seen and done it all in the HIM world, a new opportunity for coders appeared in long-term acute care hospitals (LTCHs). HIM professionals have been employed in LTCHs since the inception of long-term acute care, but the change from cost-based reimbursement to inclus....

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