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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....

Ready or Not, HIM is Changing: Results of the New HIM Competencies Survey Show Skill Gaps Between Education Levels, Students, and Working Professionals

Author: Sandefer, Ryan; Karl, Ellen Shakespeare

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2015



In January 2014, the AHIMA Council for Excellence in Education (CEE) released updated curricular competencies for all accredited academic programs, including those at the associate, baccalaureate, and graduate levels. The curricular competencies were intended to better align education with....

Reaching Operational Goals

Author: Green-Shook, Sheila

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 1999


An HIM career in managed care opens doors not only in healthcare but in our evolving electronic age. This is an exciting time to pursue such a career choice because of the seemingly infinite number of opportunities and challenges this environment presents and will continue to present.....

Quality Leader

Author: Hicks, Jewelle E

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2003


Quality is defined as a degree of excellence. When the term quality management is applied to HIM, the definition expands to include the consistent and methodical improvement of data quality. As the director of quality management at Wilson Memorial Hospital in Sidney, OH, Elizabeth Custis, RHIT....

Quality Is Key

Author: Blumenthal, Jane E

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 1998


Even a short conversation with Elizabeth Contant, RRA, demonstrates that she is full of energy. And the more you talk with her, the more you realize how much of that energy is channeled into furthering her knowledge—and her career in quality improvement.

Contant recen....

'Quality is Job One' for CPHQs

Author: Smith, Cheryl M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2001




"Quality" is a buzzword in many industries, but it has particular resonance in healthcare. As a result, healthcare quality has its own certification, which overlaps many areas in which HIM professionals have expertise. Here's an overview of the credential and how HIM profess....

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