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Learning More About Terminology Asset Management Trends, Principles, and Definitions

Author: Abrams, Kelly; Giannangelo, Kathy; Schneider, Sue; Scichilone, Rita A

Source: Journal of AHIMA | AHIMA web extra

Publication Date: February 2014



Terminology asset management (TAM) in healthcare and research settings is an emerging role for HIM professionals, but requires certain skills and knowledge to move into these new TAM positions. This appendix is linked to the article “New Name of the HIM Game” published in the F....

Will the Real John Smith Please Stand Up?

Author: Wiedemann, Lou Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2014



Patient matching and identity management has been a critical component of health information management (HIM) since the beginning of the profession, when master patient indices (MPI) were kept on 3x5 inch index cards. HIM professionals don’t have to be told about the challenges with dupli....

Keeping Your "I" on Information Governance

Author: Kadlec, Lesley

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2014



Information governance is gaining increased momentum in healthcare. Health information management (HIM) professionals have the necessary skills in all aspects of information management to become experts in the facilitation, planning, and execution of information governance initiatives with....

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....

Amid the Chaos a Moment of Reflection

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2014



January is always a time for reflection, and I find this year to be no exception. As poet T.S. Eliot wrote in Four Quartets: “For last year’s words belong to last year’s language; and next year’s words await another voice.” Like Eliot, I’m waiting to hea....

2014 ICD-10-CM/PCS Updates

Author: Barta, Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: January 2014



This article highlights the 2014 ICD-10-CM/PCS updates as approved by the ICD-9-CM Coordination and Maintenance Committee, which includes representatives from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the National Center for Health Statistics. As a result of the partial code set....

Mobile Health is Here Today, not Tomorrow

Author:

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2014


In a now-famous, if not profound interview with Conan O’Brien, comedian Louis C.K. decried the widespread adoption of cell phones and smartphones. Louis C.K. argued that they help people avoid feelings of sadness and isolation by offering countless distractions, depriving people of “the ability....

Linking Quality of Care to Clinical Data Integrity

Author: Roat, Lisa

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2014



Healthcare data is being touted as a means to improve population health management. It is also feeding public competitive market reporting for providers and facilities. The integrity of the clinical data being reported is essential to supporting and improving the quality of care to patien....

Evolving the PPE to Meet Changing HIM Workforce Needs

Author: AHIMA Work Group

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2014

This Practice Brief will educate readers on the challenges and opportunities surrounding the PPE. The desired outcome is to expand options for PPEs and increase support of the PPE throughout the healthcare industry. Providing additional options and increasing practitioner support of the PPE will result in creating a stronger and better prepared generation of new HIM professionals.

IG 101: The Role of HIM Professionals

Author: Warner, Diana

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: December 2013






Information can be used to support initiatives such as meaningful use, quality measures, and new payment models. An information governance framework must extend beyond hardware and software into management policies, procedures, and decisions that shape how an organization cr....

IG 101: Information Asset Management

Author: Warner, Diana

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: December 2013






The volume of data information is out of control. Information, data, and metadata are being created faster than technologies to handle them can be created. More importantly, healthcare organizations must realize that not all information holds true value for the business. Pro....

IG 101: Enterprise Information Governance

Author: Warner, Diana

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: December 2013






“Enterprise information management” (EIM) is an emerging term in healthcare today. EIM relies on the processes that are developed through an effective information governance program. Information governance is the means (the “how”), with EIM being the ultimate goal (the “what....

IG 101: Information Governance is Needed Now

Author: Warner, Diana

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: December 2013






Why should healthcare organizations begin to implement an information governance program now when there are so many other pressing initiatives? The answer lies in the strategic management of information. All of these initiatives involve data and information—having an informa....

IG 101: What is Information Governance?

Author: Warner, Diana

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: December 2013






Unlike most businesses and industries, in a simplified view healthcare is really about life and death, where data and information can be considered the lifeblood of any organization in providing healthcare services. Healthcare information a critical resource that must be und....

Information Governance 101

Author: Warner, Diana

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: December 2013


Healthcare information a critical resource that must be understood and utilized appropriately in order to provide safe, effective, and high-quality care. The fact-based decision making that is so vital to the continued success of organizations today is dependent upon the availability of informa....

The Privacy and Security of Non-Traditional Occupational Health Services

Author: Dunn, Rose T; Odia, Godwin

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2013

The AHIMA Practice Brief The Privacy and Security of Occupational Health Records focuses on the privacy and security related responsibilities of a healthcare provider that offers occupational health services for other employers in its community. This article supplements that practice brief and focuses on those entities that are not healthcare providers, in the traditional sense of the term.

Governance Apples and Oranges: Differences Exist Between Information Governance, Data Governance, and IT Governance

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2013

Though sometimes used interchangeably, data governance and information governance are two distinct terms with very different meanings. And information technology (IT) governance is something completely different as well. With AHIMA pushing its members and the healthcare industry to embrace information governance as a major tent pole of HIM work, it is important for HIM professionals to understand the difference and interrelation of these governance terms and just what an individual can do to help foster governance initiatives that aim to improve health records and patient care....

Checking In on Accounting of Disclosures

Author: Downing, Kathy; McLendon, Kelly

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2013



Accounting of disclosures (AOD) is one "patient right" listed within the HIPAA Privacy Rule. Since the rules were implemented in 2003, AOD has been a topic of much discussion but has not generated much regulatory action from the US Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Office for....

Step Inside the Physician's Head: EHRs Can Enhance a Physician’s Cognitive Processing and Eliminate Diagnostic Errors, With Some HIM-led Changes

Author: Campbell, Robert James

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2013



Imagine having a friend who can identify the name of a song after hearing one or two notes, or an acquaintance who can identify a film from a single "still" frame taken from the movie. If this sounds familiar, maybe it's because of the way it reminds you of how a physician thinks about the....

Can We Talk… About Information Governance?

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2013



This is the first issue of the Journal devoted to information governance, and it's an important subject. I believe that information governance is the next force that will help transform HIM practice.


Information governance is not a brand-new subject. In 2008, a report from Th....

Information as an Asset

Author: Kennedy, Angela

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2013



Health information managers have a long history of assuring data quality and the use of data to improve outcomes. As healthcare organizations move from volume-based to value-based models, they are leveraging data to add and extract value in a cost-efficient manner to accomplish strategic g....

The Healthcare Wall of Shame

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2013


While stolen laptops and hacking of healthcare computer networks have dominated the headlines, healthcare privacy and security experts warn that covered entities are ignoring the risks posed by unsecured paper records.


In response to new additions to the Office for Civil Rights'....

Medical Records' Dynamic Nature: If It Isn't Written Down, It Didn't Happen. And If It Is Written Down, It Might Not Be What It Seems

Author: David, Gary; Vinkhuyzen, Erik

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2013



Documents are a fundamental component of any organization. In fact, no organization can exist without filing the proper paperwork. Documents are such a pervasive part of our everyday life that almost every parody of office work involves the specter of a burdensome documentation requirement....

RAC Reform Awaits Government Action

Author: AHIMA Advocacy and Policy Team

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2013



Although the First session of the 113th Congress is coming to a close, plenty of work remains for the members of Congress to accomplish in the coming year. AHIMA has worked closely with federal legislators to raise awareness on key initiatives that affect health information management (HIM....

Mitigating Reimbursement Shortfalls in the ED

Author: Miller, Susan

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: November 2013



Hospital emergency departments (EDs) continue to face volume increases and reimbursement declines. In a recent hospital survey, executives predict an 84 percent increase in ED patient volumes. The same executive survey predicts a 65 percent decrease in ED reimbursements over the next three....

Connecting Physicians and CDI

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: October 2013




In this web series, HIM professionals working in emerging roles give advice on tackling difficult HIM problems.


The HIM Problem


As healthcare providers prepare for the transition to ICD-10-CM/PCS, ensuring the completeness of a patient’s record is more impo....

Last Call for ICD-9-CM

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2013


October 1, 2013 could be a day sentimental HIM veterans raise a glass to a longtime friend—or perhaps foe. For October 1 signifies the end of an era; it is the effective date of the final ICD-9-CM update before ICD-10-CM/PCS codes kick in on October 1, 2014.


In a statement t....

Meaningful Use of Patient-Generated Data in EHRs

Author: Van Doornik, William

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2013



There is growing interest within the healthcare payer community to promote patient engagement through various means, including the integration of patient-generated data into clinical care documentation and quality measures. This is evident in the suggestions for stage 3 "meaningful use" EH....

The New Reality of Meaningful Use

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2013



It wasn't that long ago.


In 2009, when the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) was unveiled, healthcare industry observers knew it was big. And it included something the industry had never seen before in the form of a program that would soon become known as "meanin....

A New Era for Clinical Quality Measurement Data: Standardization, Automation of Clinical Quality Measurement and Reporting

Author: Taylor, Lisa Brooks

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2013



Set on course by the National Quality Strategy (NQS) and fueled by the "meaningful use" EHR Incentive Program, clinical quality measurement is entering a new era. A primary objective of the NQS, which was developed by a multistakeholder collaboration convened by the National Quality Forum....

Meaningful Use Opens Up Its Deep End: With Some Providers Still Dipping Toes, CMS has Opened up its Health IT Program's More Challenging Deep End with Stage 2

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2013



Sink or swim. These are the two choices participants of the "meaningful use" EHR Incentive Program will soon face now that the federal government has opened up the program's deeper, more complex second stage.


Though physician and hospital involvement in the program has incre....

The Power of Meaningful Practice

Author: Kennedy, Angela

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2013



Since AHIMA’s inception 85 years ago, access to complete and accurate health information has been a core tenet of health information management (HIM) practice.


As this practice continues to evolve, HIM professionals stand in a unique position with the ability to impact....

Quality Approach to the ICD-10 Transition: Ensuring Accurate Data Integrity and Care Delivery During the Move to the New Code Set

Author: Nemchik, Scot

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2013



With the ICD-10-CM/PCS compliance deadline looming, most healthcare organizations are working to educate staff and update technology to prepare for the transition. Despite this preparation, there is very little to indicate how the transition to ICD-10 will affect quality tied to data, repo....

ICD-10: Countdown to Compliance

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: October 01, 2013





Even the most well prepared health information management directors can anticipate a few restless nights between now and the October 1, 2014 ICD-10-CM/PCS (ICD-10) compliance date, but the best ones know this already and have factored fatigue into their to-do list.
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The New Frontier of Data Analytics

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2013



Would you want to have a $250,000 physical? Of course not. But entrepreneur and futurist Michael Vassar is betting that some people will.


Vassar was featured in a recent New York magazine article where he described his new venture, MetaMed, which seeks to use data analysis t....

Adapting BA Practices to Meet the Omnibus Rule

Author: McSteen, Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2013



The 2013 HIPAA Omnibus Rule marks a key milestone for implementation of the 2009 Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH). One of the most far-reaching impacts of HITECH and the Omnibus Rule is that business associates (BA) and their subcontractors now mu....

Performing a Breach Risk Assessment - Retired

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2013


On August 24, 2009, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published 45 CFR Parts 160 and 164 Breach Notification for Unsecured Protected Health Information; Interim Final Rule to implement the breach notification provisions of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Cl....

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....

Small Hospital Uses Data for Big Improvements

Author: Cinquegrani, Kelly

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2013



In order to take full advantage of health information technology, data, and analysis, an organization needs a standardization of protocols and its health IT systems must be built to support specific processes. FirstLight Health System (FLHS) has learned this first-hand over the last severa....

Leading Innovation in Enterprise Information Governance

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2013



The past two decades have seen tremendous change in health information management (HIM) practice. The underlying drivers of this transformation are the complexity of healthcare delivery, the exploding demand for actionable information, pressure for greater public accountability, and the ev....

Leveraging Data to Improve Cost and Quality of Care

Author: Kennedy, Angela

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2013



The demands of the complex and ever-growing technology-based healthcare industry have created a sense of economic urgency. The competitive environment is driving organizations toward stronger accountability and a culture of high performance. The healthcare industry is shifting from volume-....

Tracking How Healthcare Professionals See Health Information

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2013


The iPad and its tablet brethren are so 2010, at least according to some tech-obsessed individuals who are now focusing a longing gaze on Google Glass. While the computerized eyewear that can connect to the Internet and remotely access data might leave fashionistas wanting, it has some health e....

Celebrating 85 Years of AHIMA

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2013


It was a warm day, Grace Whiting Myers remembered. The windows of the meeting room were open and a fire truck on the street below momentarily disrupted the proceedings. That’s how AHIMA’s first president recalled the birth of what would one day become AHIMA in October 1928.

Taking The Doctoral Challenge: Educators Push HIM Professionals to Add PhD to Credentials

Author: Brodnik, Melanie S.; Valerius, Joanne D; Watzlaf, Valerie J.M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2013



The push toward graduate education in health information management (HIM) is becoming a reality as more universities and colleges develop or explore launching HIM and informatics graduate curricula. Fundamental to offering these programs is the need for doctorally prepared HIM-credentialed....

A Heartfelt Farewell from the AHIMA Family

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2013



It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of AHIMA’s President and Board Chair, Kathleen Frawley, JD, MS, RHIA, FAHIMA. Kathleen first became a member of AHIMA in 1972, and in over 40 years of service worked in various roles while striving to lead the HIM profession through....

AHIMA’s Brand New BAG

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2013


Health information where and when it’s needed-it’s a simple, visionary idea. But achieving this goal will take big changes in the way healthcare is managed and delivered. In fact, this is a “big audacious goal (BAG),” and one that AHIMA is now working to shepherd into re....

Reengineering the Professional Practice Experience: With Participation Declining, One HIM Program Decided to Revamp its PPE Offering

Author: Manger, Barbara J.; Kirk, Kathleen M

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2013



Educators are facing challenging times in placing students in professional practice experience sites (PPE). These challenges are brought on by changes in the health industry work settings and demands, as well as the change in student demographics and personal commitments. Faculty in the he....

A Nod to the Past, a Glimpse of the Future

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2013



Amelia Earhart made headlines as the first woman passenger on a transatlantic flight. Herbert Hoover was elected president. And ordinary peoples’ lives would be changed by the discovery of penicillin and the sale of the first pre-sliced loaf of bread.


That was the scene....

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