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RHIOs at a Crossroads

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2007


Regional health information organizations (RHIOs) represent what is best about public service organizations in our country. They are voluntary organizations formed by people who want to improve the safety and quality of healthcare by making reliable information available where it is neede....

Role-based Model for ICD-10 Implementation: Data Managers

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA

Publication Date: November 18, 2009

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Role of Data Analysis in Revenue Cycle Improvement

Author: White, Susan E

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: September 27, 2010

Introduction

Data analysis techniques are becoming increasingly important for HIM professionals. The application of relatively simple and straightforward data analytics can identify significant opportunities for improvement in the revenue cycle. Traditional chart audits can be enhanced b....

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....

Sample Information Security Program

Author: Ballam, Holly

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 1999


Information Security Program
XYZ Hospital
Effective Date      
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1. Poli....

Secret HIM Recipe for Sharing Healthcare Data

Author: Scichilone, Rita A

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2012



When preparing a meal to share with others, the best cooks pay attention to which ingredients baked into the final product can determine the success or failure of the meal. This process is surprisingly similar to HIM professionals sharing health data with others. The way information is pre....

SEER's Training Web Site

Author:

Source: External web site

Publication Date: January 01, 2004

Web-based training modules for cancer registration and surveillance. When complete, will comprise 12 training modules, each covering a particular cancer registration training subject. The site is under continual development.

Sequestering EHR Data in IT Systems

Author: Miaoulis, William M

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2009


There can be three situations under which healthcare organizations may need to sequester (or segregate) certain data within a medical record: placing a legal hold in connection with litigation, limiting disclosures of a record pursuant to a request by a patient, and restricting access to sensi....

Setting the Right Expectations for the EHR Standard

Author: Mon, Donald T.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2004


The electronic health record (EHR) standard has been receiving widespread attention since the spring of 2003, when the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Department of Health and Human Services asked the Institute of Medicine for guidance on care delivery functions and H....

Setting the Standard: EHR Quality Reporting Rises in Prominence Due to Meaningful Use

Author: Dolin, Robert H; Goodrich, Kate; Kallem, Crystal; Alschuler, Liora; Holtz, Patrice

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2014



Federal quality reporting initiatives are expected to improve our ability to measure the quality of care provided to patients. As Scottish mathematician and physicist Lord Kelvin said more than 100 years ago, “If you cannot measure it, you cannot improve it.” Measurement, in tu....

Setting the Standards

Author: Jeffries, Jane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2000


After years of learning and teaching HIM, Mary Alice Hanken, PhD, RHIA, now develops the standards that shape it. Hanken leads an American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) subcommittee that authors the standards that are changing the meaning of security.

Hanken has....

Seventh Character Application for Injuries in the Principal Diagnosis and the Impact to Data Quality

Author: Wall, Kathleen E.

Source: AHIMA blog post | Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: July 25, 2016



By now, we’ve all had practice assigning 7th characters for injuries. And, by now, we all know that in theory the guidance seems very clear—but the application of this new concept is not clear at all. Why is there so much confusion and why does it matter? What are the short- and long-term....

Show Me the Data

Author: Taylor, Lisa Brooks

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2013



With the establishment of the National Quality Forum's National Quality Strategy, which sets the direction for achieving better, affordable care and healthier people and communities, providers, payers, and patients are seeing a shift in payment methodologies from volume-based to value-base....

Standardization of Standards

Author: Orlova, Anna

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2015



In 1898 Yale University graduate Charles Dudley, PhD, looked for a solution to the seemingly intractable problem of building a consensus on standards for industrial materials used on the Pennsylvania Railroad. To sooth the antagonistic attitudes that marred relationships between the Penns....

Standardized Data: the Difference for EHR Solutions

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2005


This month, Dallas will be the center of the health IT world as HIMSS hosts its 2005 trade show, of which AHIMA again will be a sponsor. We look forward to learning how electronic health record (EHR) solutions are maturing and how provider organizations are succeeding in improving patient care....

Standardizing Interoperability is a Team Effort

Author: Eramo, Lisa A

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2016



AHIMA and other key stakeholders continue to drive national and global progress to achieve information systems interoperability in healthcare.


Like a complex puzzle, health information data and system interoperability takes time, effort, and collaboration to solve. And solvin....

Standards for the Content of the Electronic Health Record

Author: Watzlaf, Valerie J.M.; Zeng, Xiaoming; Jarymowycz, Christine; Firouzan, Patricia Anania

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: January 2004




This research study was funded in part by the AHIMA Foundation for Research and Education. The authors would also like to acknowledge the University of Pittsburgh HIM students that participated in this research project: LaTonya Thompson, Brandi Long, Manisha Ghate, Leanne Borelli, Jul....

Standards: Solutions or Culprits?

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2000


No other country on earth has as regulated a healthcare system as the US, and no country on earth comes close to our level of health spending. According to one estimate, Medicare regulations span more pages than the notorious Internal Revenue Code.1

Are all these standards....

Standard Terminology Helps Advance EHR

Author: Dougherty, Michelle

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2003


On July 1, 2003, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson announced a new agreement between the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the College of American Pathologists (CAP) to license SNOMED-CT. This five-year agreement is seen as a significant advancement f....

Statement on Quality Healthcare Data and Information

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA position statement

Publication Date: December 14, 2007


Reviewed and Approved December 2007
AHIMA’s Position

Healthcare data and its transformation into meaningful information should be a central concern for consumers, healthcare providers, the healthcare industry, and the government. Standards, technologies, education, and research a....

Steering Quality Improvement in Healthcare

Author: Schoenfelt, Suzanne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2000


"Quality" is a multi-industry buzzword, but what does it really mean in today's healthcare climate? We asked the experts for their views on the state of quality improvement in healthcare and what lies in store for HIM professionals as QI evolves.
For decades, healthcare has concerned its....

Street Smart: Understanding the Context of Emergency Medical Services Communication and Documentation

Author: Teslow, Mary; Harris, Susie T.; Wilfong, Denise

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2009


HIM professionals can expand their understanding of the healthcare continuum by becoming more familiar with hospital emergency care and documentation.

Emergency medical services (EMS) has evolved into an integral part of the healthcare system. The field is working to integrate itself....

Study Weights Industry Knowledge of Standards for EHR

Author:

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2004


Respondents to a study measuring industry awareness and use of the minimum content recommended in the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards for electronic health records (EHR) believe that the minimum data elements outlined in the standards should be included in all system....

Survey of State Health Information Exchanges Regarding Inclusion of Continuity of Care Documents for Long-Term Post-Acute Care (LTPAC) Patient Assessment

Author: Hassol, Andrea; Goodman, Laura; Younkin, Jim; Honicker, Mary; Chaundy, Kimberly; Walker, James M

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: October 2014


Abstract


Objectives: This study aimed to measure awareness and interest among state health information exchanges (HIEs) in a tool that translates long-term post-acute care (LTPAC) patient assessment information to a Continuity of Care Document (CCD) format for sharing; whether any....

Take a "Deep Dive" into Information Stewardship

Author: Kennedy, Angela

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2014



Health Informatics and information management professionals have traditionally been focused on areas such as risk management, quality assurance, licensure, accreditation, privacy, and security requirements for their organizations. But compliance—conformance or obedience to procedures, rul....

Taking Medical Records to the Bank

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2008


Banking health data like a financial transaction is the simplest solution to healthcare’s networking challenges says William Yasnoff, founder of the Health Record Banking Alliance.

There are a lot of plans for regional and, eventually, nationwide health information exchange, b....

Telling the Patient Health Story

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA Today

Publication Date: October 06, 2009


While many forms of valuable clinical data can be entered into an EHR in a structured way, some documents like transcribed physician notes remain trapped within unstructured electronic documents.

These transcribed notes and other narrative documents can be viewed through the EHR, bu....

Testing Health Record Banking

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2009


Washington State’s experiment in consumer-controlled health records has moved into a pilot phase, transforming the health record banking model from theory to testing. In March the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) announced the launch of three pilot sites that will try out the....

The 10 Security Domains (Updated 2013) - Retired

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA practice brief

Publication Date: October 2013


Editor's note: This update supersedes the February 2004, February 2010, and May 2012 practice briefs "The 10 Security Domains."


In today's healthcare environment, HIM professionals must understand basic information security principles to fully protect the privacy of information. T....

The cHIE, the Key to a Better Health Care World

Author: Rivera, Teresa

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 02, 2011

Background

The Utah Health Information Network, UHIN, has been exchanging data electronically since 1993. Formed and governed by the community, UHIN, is a solution to the high cost of sending claims and receiving payments electronically. UHIN has been operating as a nonprofit organization....

The New Privacy Officer

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2012



It has been a decade since the first privacy officers took their jobs in response to the HIPAA privacy rule. A slew of changes since then have added more responsibility, required more skills, and demanded more time of them than anyone could have imagined.

When Nancy Davis, R....

The Role of Analyzing Healthcare Data: Health Data Analysts Aggregate, Evaluate, and Validate Information for Key Healthcare Stakeholders

Author: Dooling, Julie A

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2014



Data are the assets that healthcare relies upon to provide needed information for making decisions and ultimately, hopefully, improving patient care. The volume of data collected today is staggering and continues to grow with the advent of electronic health records (EHRs). The healthcare d....

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