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A Resolution To Be Meaningful

Author: Wells, Shawn

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2019


By Shawn Wells, RHIT, CHDA


As we move into the second month of the new year I am reminded of our optimistic, yet often-abandoned, list of New Year’s resolutions. These promises we make to ourselves every January originated as promises to the pagan gods over 4,000 years ago, with....

How to Write for Your Profession

Author: Sandefer, Ryan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2019


By Ryan Sandefer, PhD, and Amy Watters, EdD, RHIA, FAHIMA


In the January issue of Journal of AHIMA, health information professionals were asked to take action by highlighting their work and the value of the health information management (HIM) profession through publishing. Yes, t....

Effectively Managing a Growing Coding Workforce

Author:

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2019


By Clark Chaffin, MBA, RHIA, CCS


Health information management (HIM) departments across the United States, whether small or large, are experiencing a multitude of challenges and growing pains in today’s healthcare landscape. As more experienced members of the workforce are retirin....

Why You Need to Write for Your Profession

Author: Sandefer, Ryan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2019


By Ryan Sandefer, PhD, and Amy Watters, EdD, RHIA, FAHIMA


The May 2014 cover of Journal of AHIMA featured an image of a chameleon and the words “Adapt or Disappear.” This hyperbolic warning for health information management (HIM) professionals was delivered in the context of the r....

IPPS Final Rule Changes for Fiscal Year 2019

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2019




By Moira Hunger, RHIT


Though hard to believe, a new fiscal year (FY) is already well underway. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final rule for the Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) on August 17, 2018. All changes were e....

In Pursuit of Compatible Coding Audit Benchmarks

Author: Stanfill, Mary H

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2019


By Mary H. Stanfill, MBI, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, FAHIMA


People like benchmarkS. They like to know how they are doing in comparison to someone else. In health information management (HIM), a common benchmark is the de facto standard of 95 percent accuracy rate for medical coding. HIM pr....

President's Message: Be Heard, Be Fearless

Author: Watzlaf, Valerie J.M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2019


By Valerie Watzlaf, PhD, MPH, RHIA, FAHIMA


As AHIMA transitions into our strategy reset, it is more important than ever to keep our passion for the HIM profession strong, as well as align our passions with what is best for our profession and association. So, how do we find our voi....

Inside Look: Navigating Change with Courage

Author: Wiggs Harris, Wylecia

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2019


By Wylecia Wiggs Harris, PhD, CAE, chief executive officer


Navigating change can be exciting—or it can be scary. It can be especially hard to cope when you feel like you’re right in the middle of change and you don’t know how everything’s going to turn out.


In his se....

The Business Reality of HIM Outsourcing Explained

Author: Carey, Susan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2019


By Susan Carey, MHI, RHIT, PMP, FAHIMA


Outsourcing, whether delegating work to companies within the US or to other countries (offshore outsourcing), has become a strategic consideration and business model in many areas of the healthcare industry, including healthcare IT, health in....

Future Forward

Author: Smith, Diann H. MS, RHIA, CHP, FAHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2018










By Diann H. Smith, MS, RHIA, CHP, FAHIMA


It is hard to believe this is my last Journal of AHIMA column as AHIMA’s President/Chair of the Board of Directors. I am genuinely grateful to have joined you in bringing to life the theme for AHIMA’s....

What’s in a Name?

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2018







It’s not at all uncommon for organizations to change their names several times before landing on one that captures their presence in the past, the present, and the future—especially if they are technology-focused. Take NCR Corp., which today sells every....

Blockchain’s Role in Health IT

Author: Viola, Allison F.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2018







By Allison Viola, MBA, RHIA


When innovative technologies make a splash on the international stage, healthcare professionals wonder how these technologies can translate or be scaled for the healthcare industry. Health information management (HIM) profession....

“Alexa, Let’s Schedule Some HIPAA Training”

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2018








When a new technology emerges, there’s always a split between the early adopters and their more cautious counterparts. So when it comes to using a digital voice assistant like Amazon’s Echo, Google Home, or Apple’s Siri in a hospital’s intensive care unit (ICU), do....

Niche Analytics

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2018

Specialty and Non-Acute Data Analytics Initiatives Offer Focus and Opportunity for HIM


By Mary Butler


In the fast-paced world of emergency medicine, it’s hard to conjure a metric that’s more important to both prospective patients and clinicians than emergency....

Deliverance in the Data

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2018

Mother’s Crusade to Help Daughter with Genetic Syndrome Leads to Work in Health Data Analytics Research


By Mary Butler









Megan O’Boyle keeps track of her daughter Shannon’s medical records using this voluminous binde....

HIM’s Vital Role in Healthcare Ratings

Author: Land, Daniel

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2018






By Daniel Land, RHIA, CCS


Coded data has a long and influential life span, and its importance goes beyond that of just today’s revenue cycle. It is important for health information management (HIM) professionals to understand the micro and macro purposes of cod....

Best Practices for Data Analytics Reporting Lifecycles: Quality in Report Building and Data Validation

Author: Clack, Lesley; Houser, Shannon H.; Kadlec, Lesley; Mikaelian, Raymound; Wendicke, Annemarie; Cain, Jeannine MSHI, RHIA, CPHI; Spears, Amanda MA, CHDA

Source: Journal of AHIMA | AHIMA practice brief

Publication Date: October 2018






While the importance of data quality in providing high-quality clinical care in today’s healthcare setting is typically well understood, the quality of data for report building and validation activities is often not well articulated—and potential data quality....

AHIMA Turns 90

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2018





Examining the Past, Present, and Future of the Association through its Members


By Mary Butler


Etiquette experts abide by a set of rules about what makes for an appropriate wedding anniversary gift. Paper, for example, is advised for one-year anni....

Beyond the Basics for Health Informatics Professionals - Retired

Author: Campbell, Angela; Houser, Shannon H.; Paulson, Dawn; Ryznar, Barbara; Smith, Clarice Pittillo; Woebkenberg, Jami; Hernandez, Sandra MSMIS, RHIA, CPHI, CCS, CHC; Pirie-St. Pierre, Mari RHIA, CPHI; Plimpton, Julie MSHI, RHIA, CPHI

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2018





Editor’s Note: This Practice Brief supersedes the September 2014 Practice Brief “Defining the Basics of Health Informatics for HIM Professionals.”


Data, data everywhere! We are living in the age of “Big Data” and healthcare informat....

Double Trouble

Author: Houser, Shannon H.; Harris, Shannon MBA, RHIA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2018





Using Health Informatics to Tackle Duplicate Medical Record Issues


By Shannon Harris, MBA, RHIA, and Shannon H. Houser, PhD, MPH, RHIA, FAHIMA


Are You battling with duplicate medical record issues in your organization? Data quality issues are trending....

How to Prepare for EHR Downtime

Author: Primeau, Debra

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2018





Whether Due to Cyberattacks, System Upgrades, or Myriad Other Potential Causes, Healthcare Organizations Need Solid EHR Contingency Plans


By Debra Primeau, MA, RHIA, FAHIMA


In May 2016, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) p....

Using Population Health, Inclusive HIM Practices to Better Treat LGBTQ Patients

Author: Dooling, Julie A; Kadlec, Lesley; Pruente, Megan; Ward, Maria; Woebkenberg, Jami; Butler-Henderson, Kerryn CHIA, FAHIMA; Ginn, Dustin MA, MHA, RHIA; Retallack, Donna RHIT; Young III, John RHIA, CHPS, CPHIMS, HCISPP

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2018









By Kerryn Butler-Henderson, CHIA, FAHIMA; Julie Dooling, MSHI, RHIA, CHDA, FAHIMA; Dustin Ginn, MA, MHA, RHIA; Lesley Kadlec, MA, RHIA, CHDA; Megan Pruente, RHIA; Donna Retallack, RHIT; Maria Ward, MEd, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P; Jami Woebkenberg, MHIM, RHIA, CPHI; and....

Privacy and Security Risks with Biometrics

Author: Hedges, Ron

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2018









By Ron Hedges, JD


Collection and use of biometric information may be useful to healthcare providers looking for new and better ways to positively identify patients as well as fight fraud. Biometric technologies include facial recognition, retinal....

Celebrating 90 Years of AHIMA Conventions

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2018






From its founding era to present day, AHIMA’s signature event has been its annual convention and exhibit. The event has consistently drawn the most talented health information management (HIM) professionals for educational sessions and keynote speakers, sporting ba....

Understanding Strategy Beyond Today

Author: Smith, Diann H.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2018









By Diann H. Smith, MS, RHIA, CHP, FAHIMA


AS HEALTH INFORMATION management (HIM) professionals, we must constantly evaluate our role in the healthcare ecosystem as the industry continues to evolve. After all, healthcare has many stakeholders and H....

Big Privacy Concerns for Small Practices

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2018








By Mary Butler


Anyone who has ever been to a doctor’s office or mental health provider where the seating area is sparse can quickly ascertain that they’re giving up some modicum of privacy to see that doctor. Tiny waiting areas with chairs or benches....

Advancing a Nationwide Patient Matching Strategy

Author: Viola, Allison F.; Halamka, John; Torkzadeh, Rita MS; Moscovitch, Ben MA; Rising, Josh MD; Asnaani, Jitin MBA; De Mooy, Michelle MA; Ferguson, Jamie BS; Gingrich, Mark MS; Grannis, Shaun MD; Heflin, Eric BS; Hohwald, Andrew MBA; Miri, Aaron MBA; Rudin, Robert S PhD; Schulten, Catherine BS; Worzala, Chantal PhD

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2018












By Rita Torkzadeh, MS; Ben Moscovitch, MA; Josh Rising, MD; Jitin Asnaani, MBA; Michelle De Mooy, MA; Jamie Ferguson, BS; Mark Gingrich, MS; Shaun Grannis, MD; Eric Heflin, BS; Andrew Hohwald, MBA; Aaron Miri, MBA; Robert S. Rudin, PhD; Catherin....

Appendix B: Query Escalation and Retention

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2018












Whatever the size and structure of the practice, and regardless of who is responsible for the query, general practices for escalation and retention should apply.

Timeframes


A pre-visit review of documentation may be usefu....

Appendix C: Query Examples

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2018











Example #1: Diagnosis is documented but is not clinically validated




Dear Doctor,


COPD exacerbation is documented within the clinic note dated 3/5/xx.


There is no documentation in the current h....

Appendix A: Query Monitoring/Auditing

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2018












Physician practices vary greatly in terms of number of physicians, size of staff, type of setting, management structure, and even whether they have CDI and/or credentialed coding professionals. As the healthcare industry moves toward population....

Appendix D: MEAT approach details

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Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2018







Appendix D: MEAT approach details








Article citation:

. "Appendix D: MEAT approach details." Journal of AHIMA 89, no.6 (June 2018): extended online version.

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Personal Branding as an Asset

Author: Smith, Diann H.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2018













By Diann H. Smith, MS, RHIA, CHP, FAHIMA


Do you have a personal brand? The answer should be YES! We should all have a personal brand.


“Personal branding” is when you are intentional and purposeful about your rep....

Peek Inside AHIMA’s Curio Cabinet

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Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2018








AHIMA’s headquarters in Chicago, IL houses a treasure trove for medical historians, archivists, and anyone who wants to know more about the history of health information management (HIM) and the association. The onsite library holds all 89 volumes of th....

Simplifying Your Data Visualizations

Author: Tabisula, Braden

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2018







By Braden Tabisula, MBA, RHIA, CHDA


Editor’s Note: This is the first installment of the new Advancing Analytics department, which will feature articles that provide best practices and practical resources for HIM professionals who are involved i....

Leading HIM Reimagined by Example

Author: Eramo, Lisa A

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2018












By Lisa A. Eramo, MA


Technology has transformed almost every industry, and health information management (HIM) is no exception. Data used to be handwritten words on a page. Now, with the rise of electronic health records (EHR), dat....

Make an Impact on Future HIM Generations

Author: Smith, Diann H.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2018







By Diann H. Smith, MS, RHIA, CHP, FAHIMA


How do you make an impact? There are numerous ways, but the beginnings are often small—like the pebble thrown into the ocean that begins a ripple that grows larger and larger. Even though the breadth and....

Coding Interventional Radiology: Lower Extremity Area

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Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2018







By Michele Arias, RHIT, CCS, CIRCC


Interventional radiology is a challenging area for many coding professionals—and understandably so. This article discusses the basics of lower extremity revascularization, focusing on the territories, cathete....

Meet Wylecia Wiggs Harris

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2018











New AHIMA CEO Excited to Foster HIM Reimagined Implementation, Focus on Member Priorities


Transformational change in an industry can be scary—and cause many professionals to shy away from the challenge. But it’s the transformational cha....

Keep Your Seawall Secure

Author: Don, Hardwick

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2018






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How to Ensure Proper PHI Disclosure Management Across an Enterprise


By Don Hardwick


Seawalls are built to both protect and sustain. The sea side of the wall withstands a constant barrage of ocean waves and....

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