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ICD-9-CM Refresher

Author: Endicott, Melanie

Source: AHIMA blog post | Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: June 11, 2014





Focus has been on training in ICD-10-CM/PCS for the past few years. With yet another delay, many organizations are slowing down their ICD-10 training and changing their focus back to ICD-9-CM.


The first quarter of 2014 was historic in “coder world” since t....

Coding Saint Patrick's Day

Author: Endicott, Melanie

Source: AHIMA blog post | Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: March 11, 2015




Saint Patrick’s Day is both a cultural and religious celebration that includes displays of the color green, eating and drinking, and parades. One of the greatest places to celebrate this day, outside of Ireland, is the city of Chicago, where the people go all out for Saint Patrick’s D....

ESI Meets Court Order

Author: Hedges, Ron

Source: AHIMA blog post | Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: June 11, 2015



I’ve written for AHIMA on various subjects, including preservation and spoliation of electronically stored information (ESI). This month, I want to ask you to think about both.


To start, consider this premise: The parties to a civil action agreed to an order “on D....

Privacy Officer Evolution

Author: Downing, Kathy

Source: AHIMA blog post | Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: September 25, 2015



Within my 20 years in the realm of privacy officer, we called work in privacy first “appropriate access,” then “information protection,” and now, thanks to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), have finally settled on the term “priva....

Taking your IG Pulse

Author: Washington, Lydia

Source: AHIMA blog post | Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: September 30, 2015



At AHIMA’s Annual Convention and Exhibit in New Orleans, LA this year, AHIMA rolled out the first of a suite of new products and services designed to support organizations and professionals who are starting the information governance (IG) journey. IG PulseRate™ is a free 25-question mini-a....

What Lies Ahead in 2016?

Author: Hedges, Ron

Source: AHIMA blog post | Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: December 18, 2015





This is the last Legal e-Speaking post of 2015. I thought I would use it to predict what 2016 might bring in litigation and beyond. When looking ahead to the next year, there are many possible things that HIM professionals should keep an eye out for, but five stand out to m....

Will IG replace HIM?

Author: Washington, Lydia

Source: AHIMA blog post | Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: December 28, 2015



I hear this question all the time from new as well as veteran HIM professionals. Especially now that the implementation of ICD-10-CM has come and gone (mostly with nothing more than a whimper, I might add, largely due to the exceptional planning and organization skills of great HIM profess....

Coding Zika Virus

Author: Endicott, Melanie

Source: AHIMA blog post | Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: February 10, 2016





Zika virus is a mosquito-borne virus that was first identified in Uganda in 1947 in rhesus monkeys. There has recently been a rise in incidences of the Zika virus in Brazil. More than 13 countries in the Americas have reported sporadic Zika virus infections, indicating....

Yellow Brick Road to IG

Author: Goodell, Suzanne

Source: AHIMA blog post | Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: February 11, 2016



I am the director of meaningful use for a health system with 6 hospitals, 400-plus employed physicians, and a regional presence in my state. I suspect my healthcare system isn’t the only one using patient registration practices better suited to a bygone era. Recently I stumbled across one....

Train Your IG Workforce Now

Author: Glondys, Barbara

Source: AHIMA blog post | Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: February 18, 2016



Although health information management professionals are still wrapping their heads around IG, it is critical to begin involving and training your organization’s workforce community in the principles and practices of IG sooner rather than later. The Pocket Glossary of Health Informat....

Understanding CDI Metrics

Author: Combs, Tammy

Source: AHIMA blog post | Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: February 24, 2016


Understanding clinical documentation improvement (CDI) metrics can be confusing, especially when you first start reviewing them.


Let’s dive a little deeper into the topic and take a closer look at some frequently reported CDI metrics and evaluate how these measures can reflect the....

Measuring CDI Productivity

Author: Combs, Tammy

Source: AHIMA blog post | Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: March 23, 2016



When calculating the productivity guidelines for a clinical documentation improvement (CDI) program it is important to remember both quantitative and qualitative perspectives. Sometimes it is very easy to focus solely on the quantity of reviews that are performed. If the quality of those r....

Role of Standards in IG

Author: Warner, Diana

Source: AHIMA blog post | Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: May 13, 2016




The use of health information technology (HIT) in the clinical setting brings both opportunities and challenges for health information management (HIM) professionals regarding data capture and exchange; data storage, use and reuse; record ownership and access; e-discovery and e-forens....

What It Means to Be Deposed

Author: Hedges, Ron

Source: AHIMA blog post | Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: July 22, 2016




In this blog I talk about legal consequences. I usually provide current examples of what those consequences might be under a specific set of facts. Here, instead, I want to highlight a litigation-related event that readers might experience in the future—or perhaps already have: a depo....

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....

DSM-5 vs. ICD-10-CM

Author: Foley, Dianna

Source: AHIMA blog post | Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: August 10, 2016




The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition (DSM-5) and the International Classification of Diseases, 10th revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) both present ways to classify diseases. In the case of DSM-5, it is strictly for mental dis....

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