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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....

Meet AHIMA's Global Services Team

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Source: AHIMA Today

Publication Date: October 06, 2009


AHIMA took an exciting step last July with the opening of its Global Services Office in Brussels. The move establishes AHIMA as the first multinational membership association serving HIM professionals on a global scale. Two staff from the Brussels office are at convention. Look for them at the....

Regional Extension Centers Offer New Jobs for HIM

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA Today

Publication Date: October 06, 2009


The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) set aside $500 million for healthcare workforce development in professions like HIM. ARRA also expanded and even created new HIM jobs through the act’s $19 billion investment in the national transition to electronic health record systems.
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Quality Measures Standard Released for Ballot

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Source: AHIMA Today

Publication Date: October 05, 2009


In August the National Quality Forum (NQF), Health Level Seven (HL7), AHIMA, and several other organizations released the Health Quality Measure Format (HQMF) as an HL7 ballot. The HQMF is a standard for representing a health quality measure as an electronic document. It standardizes the struct....

Working Smarter with Computer-Assisted Coding

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Source: AHIMA Today

Publication Date: October 05, 2009

Clinical Coding Community Sessions Explore Worklow Efficiencies and Quality Benefits

Today’s code assignment and workflow processes can be inefficient, error prone, and costly. Presenters at Saturday’s Clinical Coding Community Meeting described the latest in computer-assisted coding (CA....

New Web Site Highlights Advocacy Efforts

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Source: AHIMA Today

Publication Date: October 05, 2009


The path of the HIM profession is not always decided inside the healthcare facility. Local, state, and federal government agencies and national standards organizations routinely make decisions that dramatically affect an HIM professional’s work and career.

In order to have a say in t....

Experts Suggest Beginning ICD-10 Implementation Today

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA Today

Publication Date: October 05, 2009


There is no time like the present to begin planning for the national coding switch to ICD-10-CM/PCS, according to several HIM professionals presenting here at convention.

Coding staff don’t need to start poring over new code books yet. But other preparations must be made for a facili....

House of Delegates Tackles the Tough Issues

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Source: AHIMA Today

Publication Date: October 05, 2009

Members Brainstorm Best Practices, Pass Resolutions

Volunteer leadership, e-HIM best practices, bolstering the HIM workforce, and facilitating the implementation of the EHR were just a few of the industry issues on the minds of members of the AHIMA House of Delegates (HoD) during its 63r....

Taking Advocacy to the States

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Source: AHIMA Today

Publication Date: October 05, 2009

Saturday Session Focuses on Advocacy Training for CSAs

Advocacy is the attempt to influence outcomes or the active support of a cause. In our environment, this largely means supporting the enactment, defeat, or modification of legislation and the modifying of regulations. For years, our....

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