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Disaster Plans: Lessons Learned

Author: Rhodes, Harry B.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 1996


Shortly after I accepted my first position as director of medical records, I began to develop time management skills and created a "to do" list. One item on my list that got very little attention was my department's disaster plan. Working in a 55-bed hospital in a peaceful eastern Texas commu....

Implementing the Wireless Computerized Patient Record

Author: Rhodes, Harry B.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 1997


The ability to provide timely, relevant, and accurate in-formation to the healthcare decision maker at the point of care is a critical success factor for any provider. For enterprises that operate in extremely competitive healthcare markets, the ability to meet this challenge could mean the d....

Future of HIM: An Operational View

Author: Braden, James

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 1998


What will HIM processes, departments, and the patient record look like 10 years from now? The author offers a view of HIM operations at an academic medical center with an eye for operational, organizational, and functional structure.
The health information management profession has been....

Organizational Restructuring: One HIM Team's Approach

Author: Smith, Carol F.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 1998


Organizational restructuring offers a number of challenges -- and opportunities -- to employees. This article describes how members of one organization's HIM staff participated in a systemwide restructuring process, from planning to implementation to assessment of results.
Today's era o....

IT Implementation Requires HIM Expertise

Author: Didear, Kay

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 1998


Implementing a computer-based patient record (CPR) begins long before the first installment of software is loaded. This process significantly benefits from the skills and expertise health information management professionals bring to the table. But don't assume that your healthcare m....

Implementing the Enterprise Master Patient Index

Author: Adragna, Lisa

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 1998


In implementing a cross-facility initiative, the importance of planning and understanding the implications for all facilities can't be overlooked. Here's how one integrated delivery network navigated the challenges of implementing a cross-facility enterprise master patient inde....

HIM Metamorphosis

Author: Kalata, Marcia

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 1998



Five years ago, if someone had told me my organization would construct a new building without a chart room and would require half as many medical record clerks and that coders would work without stacks of charts at their desks, I'd have thought they were from a different planet. But....

EMR Education for a Student Health Center

Author: Burgess, Barbara

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 1999


How does a busy student health center on a state university campus implement an electronic health record? This is the story of how Hall Health Primary Care Center (HHPCC), a community-based primary care center at the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle, did just that.

Decimating Duplicates

Author: Gentry, Lynne; Harnish, Patricia A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 1999


After approximately 150,000 (out of 787,000) medical record numbers in a master patient index (MPI) were identified as possible duplicates, MultiCare Health System in Tacoma, WA, decided to address the problem through a multidisciplinary approach. An MPI conversion to a new hospital in....

Off-Site Coding Success Story

Author: Kramer, Lynette; Meeks, Richard

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2000


If you asked HIM professionals about key success factors that substantially impact timely and accurate coding, three of the most common answers might be:
availability of the record immediately after the patient visit
availability of the complete record....

Compliance Across the Continuum: What Works

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Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2000


Reducing fraud and abuse.
Making operations run more smoothly.
Improving services.
Keeping a lid on costs.

Compliance programs aim to do all of these things. And with expertise in coding, reimbursement, and regulatory matters, HIM professionals are natural members of....

Compliance Efforts Lead to Process Improvements

Author: Swope, Shana

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2000




After Medicare regulations and the accompanying paperwork threatened to overwhelm an outpatient rehabilitation center, staff took steps to simplify the recertification process. The result was improved efficiency plus increased commitment to the electronic medical record. He....

Where Are They Now? CPR Leaders Assess Their Progress

Author: Zender, Anne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2000


Five years ago the first recipients of the Davies awards showed us successes of CPR systems across the country. Where are they now? This article catches up with these CPR leaders.
Is your job exactly the same as it was five years ago? For most HIM professionals, the answer....

PRO-West's Payment Error Prevention Program

Author: Baron, Anne

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 10, 2001




Background

Beginning in 1997, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) started conducting annual audits of Medicare billing practices. These audit results estimated that Medicare had paid more than $23 billion in incorrect payments in 1996 and more than $20 billion in 1997.....

Filtering Our Data to Ease Consumers' Search

Author: Tully, Lorraine

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2001


HealthMarket, Inc., is a Norwalk, CT-based company offering “self-directed health plans” to employers and insurers as a new choice in health benefits. Founded in 1999, the company aims to shift healthcare decision making from insurance intermediaries to physicians and patients. As part of its....

Spreading HIM Excellence Abroad

Author: Shaffer, Audrey

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2002


At the opening ceremony of Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital in 1994, thousands of balloons were released over the Chinese countryside as a symbol of the advanced medical care the hospital hoped to spread throughout China.


Hong Kong philanthropist Sir Run Run Shaw, along with the Zheji....

Keeping HIM Current Through Re-engineering

Author: Myjer, D'Arcy

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2002


How should HIM departments organize to meet the challenges of the electronic medical record (EMR), compliance, HIPAA, and high-volume transcription?


The HIM department at Stanford Hospital and Clinics (SHC) in Stanford, CA, has evolved to meet the need for change. Here’s....

Putting the EHR to the Test

Author: Hawkins, Fanny

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2002


Is clinical documentation significantly different before and after implementing the electronic health record (EHR)?
Believing that the development and implementation of an EHR strategy is required for success, Baylor College of Medicine sought to answer this question. This article present....

Imaging System Propels HIM Department to EHR

Author: Bechert, Londa

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2002


St. Vincent Hospital and Health Services in Indianapolis, IN, is a member of the Ascension Health network, a nationwide Catholic health ministry. The HIM department has centralized responsibility for the main campus (650 beds) in Indianapolis, the St. Vincent Carmel Hospital (65 beds), and mul....

How the EHR Transforms the HIM Department: Two Stories

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Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2002


HIM professionals have long known the electronic health record (EHR) will change the collection, storage, and maintenance of health information, not to mention the delivery of care, but what about the its effects on the HIM department? While revolutionizing the HIM process, there can’t hel....

Implementing a Document Imaging System

Author: Myjer, D'Arcy; Madamba, Roderick

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2002


The benefits of a document imaging system are myriad once it's installed—it's the implementation that you need to prepare for. In this article, get a bird's eye view of one facility's implementation and the many lessons learned along the way.

Healthcare has been inching toward....

Turning Production Data into Management Tools

Author: Dunn, Rose T

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2002


Staring down another backlog in your HIM department? Use routine data collection activities to strengthen your case for additional staff, increased budget dollars, or an incentive program.
Daily challenges in an HIM department include increasing workloads and accumulating backlogs withou....

Protecting Verbal PHI: a Plan

Author: Birnbaum, Cassi L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2003


Does your organization have a policy in place for protecting patient health information (PHI) over the phone?


This article will discuss how a workgroup at Children’s Hospital and Health Center (CHHC) in San Diego, CA, implemented a policy to protect verbal PHI and how your....

Online Records Serve Patients, Clinicians, and HIM

Author: Foster, Erica; Martin, Holly; Partin, Mary; Lockshaw, Jim; Fogelman, Adam; Folz-Murphy, Nancy; Harris, C Martin

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2003


Patients want online access to their health information but clinicians and HIM professionals don’t need any more work. The solution? An online medical record driven by the EHR. Here’s one organization’s success story.

If your own increasing Internet usage isn’t p....

How an Integrated Delivery System Organized, Approached, and Monitored HIPAA Privacy Compliance: a Case Study

Author: Miller, Judith A.

Source: In Confidence (newsletter)

Publication Date: November 02, 2003


Advocate Health Care is a large, fully integrated not-for-profit healthcare delivery system in metropolitan Chicago. Many months prior to the April 14, 2003, deadline, Advocate began preparing for the HIPAA privacy compliance deadline.When April 14 arrived, Advocate’s associates and physician....

Safe at Home: Remote Coding Meets HIPAA

Author: Keough, Tim

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2004


Remote coding offers big benefits and unique security challenges. Here’s how one organization moves patient data securely across the Internet.

"Whatever, in connection with my professional practice, or not in connection with it, I see or hear, in the life of men, which ought....

Preparing for the Next Big April

Author: Thomason, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2004


Yesterday’s privacy compliance preparations can contribute to meeting tomorrow’s security mandates. One organization is tackling risk analysis with both matrix and memories.
The 2003 HIPAA privacy rule implementation is still fresh in many minds throughout healthcare organiza....

Critical Success Factors in Establishing the Electronic Health Record. The Experience of ChevronTexaco Hospital, Lagos, Nigeria

Author: Gabriel, Aremo Ade; Mojirola, Aeolian ; Julia, Irrechukwu ; Taiwo, Olugbenle

Source: IFHRO Congress | AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 15, 2004

Introduction

Developing and implementing a health information management system (HIMS) in a non-health, business-oriented environment is usually a heavy and Herculean task. The nitty-gritty centers on making a compelling business case, gaining the confidence of the stakeholders, and plann....

Critical Success Factors in Establishing the Electronic Health Record: the Experience of St. Michael's Hospital, Canada

Author: Wegener, John; Woodman, Anna Jane

Source: IFHRO Congress | AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 15, 2004

Overview

This presentation will provide insight into planning, implementing, and managing the transition of a health records department, moving from an overburdened and inefficient paper environment toward an automated electronic setting. This success story will look at how staff, work pr....

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