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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....

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.....

Opting for Opt Out: How One HIE Manages Patient Consent

Author: Bass, Deb

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2011



Every health information exchange must determine how it will gain consent from patients to share their information. The Nebraska Health Information Initiative chose opt out and with good communication and management has maintained a high rate of patient participation.

Even afte....

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....

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....

Getting Quality Clinical and Coded Data: How UMHS's CDIP Improved Clinical Coded Data and Clinical Staff Relationships

Author: Blackford, Gwendolyn; Whitehouse, Rosanne

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2007


Obtaining codeable clinical documentation at the point of care in a large teaching facility can be challenging. However, the HIM department at the University of Michigan Health System (UMHS) in Ann Arbor, MI, took on the task, implementing a clinical documentation improvement program (CDI....

Realigning HIM to the New Healthcare Environment: Case Studies in HIM Transformation Due to Accountable Care and Pay-For-Outcomes Initiatives

Author: Bower-Jernigan, Patricia L; Chenoweth, Ann; James, Jaime

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2014



The Affordable Care Act has been a catalyst for the transition to pay for outcomes. Through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center, dozens of new payment and service models have emerged that promise to deliver better care throughout the United States at a l....

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....

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.

Building a Remote CDI Workforce

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: February 2015



The HIM Problem


To improve the efficiency and productivity of its clinical documentation improvement (CDI) program, Baystate Health decided to train CDI specialists to work from home.


The HIM Problem Solvers


Walter Houlihan MBA, RHIA, FAHIMA, direc....

Reading the Fine Print on ICD-10 Conversions: Even Highly Automated Conversions Require Review

Author: Butler, Rhonda R.; Mills, Ronald E; Averill, Richard F.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2011


Automation is a major help in converting to the ICD-10 code set, but it is not a magical solution. In fact, skipping a human review of converted systems exposes an organization to legal and financial risk.

People who are secondary users of coded medical records-who see only the resul....

Small Hospital Uses Data for Big Improvements

Author: Cinquegrani, Kelly

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2013



In order to take full advantage of health information technology, data, and analysis, an organization needs a standardization of protocols and its health IT systems must be built to support specific processes. FirstLight Health System (FLHS) has learned this first-hand over the last severa....

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....

Growing ICD-10: Seedling Transition Programs Take Root

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2011


There are two basic approaches to the ICD-10 transition: (1) a late, mad scramble to get systems converted before the deadline; or (2) an intentional cultivation that uses the transition to improve business processes, documentation, and clinical care. Three organizations offer a picture of the....

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....

Updating Organizational Policies and Procedures for Information Governance. Case Study #6: Enterprise Information Management at Children’s Health System of Texas

Author: Fahy, Kristi; Hermann, Michelle

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2017



Editor’s Note: This article is the sixth installment in an ongoing series highlighting information governance case studies.


AHIMA defines information governance (IG) as “an organization-wide framework for managing information throughout its life cycle and for supp....

Achieving Consent and Maintaining Data Quality in an Era of Health Information Exchange at the Bronx RHIO

Author: Fernandes, Lorraine M.; Shatzkin, Nance L

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 05, 2009


In the summer of 2005, interest in data sharing was growing around the country and some working health information exchange (HIE) models were in place, but none on the east coast. In the Bronx, the increase of capitated payment models and risk-based agreements between large  healthcare pr....

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....

Virtual Record

Author: Frankel, Harris; Bass, Deb

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2010




Nebraska HIE offers light solution for robust data exchange

Depending upon your perspective, NeHII, the Nebraska Health Information Initiative, may have a name that evokes a soft drink popular in the early 20th century, or it may induce images of cornstalks waving in the v....

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....

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....

Practice Toolkit: EHR Implementation

Author: Hall, Terri

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2005


The Billings Area Indian Health Service (IHS) began implementing an electronic health record (EHR) about three years ago, beginning with the Crow Acute Care Hospital and its Wind River outpatient clinics. This article outlines the steps the organization took to reach “go live.”

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....

HIPAA Audit and System Activity Review: Developing a Process that Focuses on the Greatest Risks First

Author: Hofler, Linda D.; Hardee, Joy; Dildy, Kenneth; Burleson, Deeanna; Grady, Jamie

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2005


The privacy and security rules require audits and system activity reviews. Here is one health system's process, a systematic approach that focuses on areas of greatest risk.
Ensuring the privacy and confidentiality of patient information is fundamental to HIM, but it has taken on a new le....

Improving Coding and Documentation Quality Through Real-Time Collaboration: Nurses and Coding Professionals Team Up to Tackle Documentation Issues

Author: Horn, Kelli; Younger, Adrienne; Snow, Trevor

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2016



While working through the recent implementation of ICD-10, leaders at Ardent Health Services began to focus on the re-bill process and what it would look like in the months following use of the new code set. Re-billing means submitting a corrected bill to the payer after it has been rejec....

Coming Soon to Your Healthcare Facility: Information Governance. A Look at Healthcare Information Governance Trends through Practical Case Studies

Author: Kadlec, Lesley

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2014



The growing momentum of information governance (IG) initiatives in healthcare provider organizations raises many questions. What are the goals of information governance? Why have some organizations decided they need formal IG programs? How do healthcare organizations expect to benefit from....

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