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Foreward: Health Informatics Research Methods: Principles and Practice

Author: Brodnik, Melanie S.; Layman, Elizabeth J.; Watzlaf, Valerie J.M.

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: January 2012



Perspectives in Health Information Management has an exclusive excerpt of the book, Health Informatics Research Methods: Principles and Practice by Elizabeth J. Layman, PhD, RHIA, CCS, FAHIMA; and Valerie J. Watzlaf, PhD, RHIA, FAHIMA. The text focuses on the practical applications of....

Utah’s All Payer Claims Database

Author: Cofrin, Kelly

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 02, 2011

Introduction

As part of its decades-long effort to collect, analyze, and report on healthcare quality and cost, Utah has funded and created one of the country’s leading All Payer Claims databases. This data resource brings an unprecedented ability to examine costs for episodes of ca....

HIM Functions in Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety. Appendix C: HIM’s Role in Data Capture, Validation, and Maintenance

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA practice brief attachment

Publication Date: August 2011


A critical component of AHIMA's draft HIM Core Model, a robust description of the functions and opportunities open to current and future HIM professionals, is capture and maintenance of health data.1 HIM professionals are encouraged to assume a leadership role in outlining how data are captured....

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....

Making Sense of Your Relative Value Data

Author: Kuehn, Lynn

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: September 26, 2010

Introduction

The U.S. healthcare system is reimbursed by federal programs using a variety of different reimbursement methodologies, mainly based on units of service and a relative weight system for those units of service. The Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) is based on the Resourc....

Enhancing Patient Care through Data Analysis

Author: Spencer, Gregory

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2010


Healthcare organizations, just like individuals, can suffer from information overload. Increasingly tasked with linking quality data to reimbursement parameters, providers now attempt to capture every piece of possible data.

The problem is that data collection has a price tag. Someti....

How to Conduct an Information Security Risk Analysis

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Source: AHIMA Today

Publication Date: October 07, 2009


Consider the following scenario. During a conversation with your neighbor, you mention that your pediatrician has not yet received the operative report from your daughter’s appendectomy almost three weeks ago. Your neighbor, who resigned as a medical transcriptionist from the local hospital a m....

ACE Member Went from Surgeon to HIT Expert

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Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: August 2009

Today, Pawan Goyal is the chief medical officer of the government healthcare division at EDS, an HP Company, based in Plano, TX. His division works with entities like the Department of Veterans Affairs implementing and managing HIT systems. One of the first Action Community for e-HIM Excellence (ACE) members, Goyal feels his new career helps him impact a wider patient base than he ever could as a surgeon—through designing and implementing patient-centered health information technology.

Securing Portable Devices

Author: Dinh, Angela K.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2009


Reports of data breaches involving portable devices last year ran the gamut from oversight to theft: a college of medicine professor gave away a personal computer containing protected health information, including photos of his patients, to friends; a flash drive containing Social Security num....

Unwrapping Data Standards

Author: Rollins, Gina

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2007


Data content standards affect a wide range of day-to-day HIM work. Here’s what you need to know.
They may sound like they belong up in the IT stratosphere, but data content standards-or the lack of them-affect a wide range of day-to-day HIM work right here on....

Dial T for Training: Work Force and the EHR

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: June 2006


What’s that sound? It could be your cell phone ringing…but it’s really a reminder to update your technology skills. Here’s the connection: Your cell phone may have the latest bells and whistles, but do you know how to use them? Likewise, are you a proficient user of the....

Using MedPAR Data as a Measure of Urinary Tract Infection Rates: Implications for the Medicare Inpatient DRG Payment System

Author: Stringham, Jerry; Young, Nancy

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: December 2005


Abstract


A valuable metric of hospital performance is the rate of nosocomial infections, particularly urinary tract infections (UTIs). Current measurement techniques are expensive to administer and are not widely available. Determining a measurement index of nosocomial UTI incide....

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