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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....

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....

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....

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....

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-....

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....

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....

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....

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....

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.

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....

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....

CDI Programs Support Meeting Meaningful Use

Author: Wiedemann, Lou Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2013



Information quality, better access to health information, and greater information exchange are in store for eligible providers, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals expecting to attest to stage 2 of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) “meaningful....

Transitioning Transcriptionists

Author: Person, Carol; Terlep, Minnette

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2013



Facing a diminished role, transcriptionists at Sanford Health worked with the organization to move into open, and in-demand, coding roles



The need for transcription was diminishing at Sanford Health, and transcriptionists needed to make a choice-transition into another....

Hiring Tips for ICD-10 Help

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2013


Staff up or suffer. That is one message HIM professionals are hearing regarding the upcoming ICD-10-CM/PCS transition. Clinical documentation specialists will be needed to ensure clinicians adequately document provided care that validates the new, more detailed ICD-10 codes. Coders with ICD-10....

HIM on the World Stage

Author: Frawley, Kathleen A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2013



The 17th General Assembly and World Congress of the Information Federation of Health Information Management Associations (IFHIMA) was held May 12-15 in Montreal, Canada. There were over 500 attendees representing over 30 countries. Before the conference officially started, an all-day sessi....

ICD-10-CM/PCS Isn’t Over ’Til It’s Over

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2013



Former American Major League Baseball catcher, outfielder, and manager Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Berra had a saying: “It ain’t over, ‘til it’s over.” These words reach beyond the walls of the baseball diamond and relate to the current state of policy a....

Hospitals Still Assembling ICD-10-CM/PCS Efforts

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2013

The majority of US hospitals are still assembling their ICD-10-CM/PCS preparation efforts, with larger facilities faring better than smaller providers, according to a recent survey conducted by vendor TrustHCS and AHIMA (see "ICD-10-CM/PCS Status Check", Journal of AHIMA 84 (6):38-40).

On the Road to ICD-10-CM/PCS

Author: Frawley, Kathleen A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2013



October 1, 2014 is only 16 months away as the healthcare industry and HIM professionals prepare to transition to ICD-10-CM/PCS. While many providers, payers, and vendors were gearing up for the original October 2013 date, the one-year delay issued in 2012 gave the industry time to continue....

Adapting Enterprise Workflow for ICD-10-CM/PCS

Author: Clark, Jill S

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2013



During her speech at the 2013 HIMSS Annual Conference, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner said the healthcare industry should proceed full steam ahead on preparing to implement ICD-10-CM/PCS. The message conveyed is that CMS is 100 p....

Not the End of the World as We Know It

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2013



Where were you in the late 1990s? Maybe you were watching “Seinfeld.” Maybe you were doing online stock trading with “irrational exuberance.” And maybe you were looking into “the Year 2000 problem” or what simply became known as “Y2K.”

Engaging Health Consumers with Health Information

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2013



This month's Journal of AHIMA takes a closer look at the importance of consumer engagement. HIM professionals have an obligation to the consumer to help maintain the integrity, security, and accessibility of health data and support the consumers' right to access their information in a secu....

HIPAA Changes Call for Revising BA Agreements

Author: McDavid, Jan P

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2013



Business associates (BAs) of HIPAA-covered entities like hospitals and doctor's offices should already be intimately acquainted with HIPAA's privacy and security regulations. BAs should already have business associate agreements with every covered entity with whom they work and assume resp....

Big Audacious Goal for Consumers

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2013



Sometimes progress starts with a single step. Last summer, the AHIMA staff participated in an intra-company walking challenge. Volunteer participants signed up to wear a pedometer and track how many steps they took. We tracked our totals weekly, and watched the steps and miles stack up. Af....

Empowering and Engaging the Patient

Author: Frawley, Kathleen A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2013



At the HIMSS 2013 conference, former US President Wililam J. Clinton spoke about the current state of the healthcare industry. In one of my favorite quotes from his talk, Clinton said, "The beginning of empowerment is understanding." In order for patients to take charge of their health, th....

Declassifying Doctors' Notes

Author: Crawford, Mark

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2013



"Open Notes" Project Gives Patients Simple, Affordable, and Resoundingly Effective Access to Clinician Notes



Exactly who owns a patient's health record-answer, the patient-was once an unknown to many patients and non-HIM staff in healthcare. While HIM professionals have....

How Can I Help You? Top 10 Customer Service Tips for HIM Professionals

Author: Aschettino, Lucia; Birnbaum, Cassi L; Crocker, Janice; Grebner, Leah A.; McNicholas, Faith C.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2013



Health information management (HIM) best practices state that it is important for HIM professionals to focus not just on the information but also on internal and external customers. Customers have varied, and ever-changing, needs that must be met by HIM professionals. Both internal and ext....

A Decade of HIPAA

Author: McMillan, Mac

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: April 12, 2013





The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) has ushered in a new era in healthcare that has transformed the way information is managed and used to deliver care. While we often say we still have a long way to go before achieving compliance with HIPAA,....

Looking Back at AHIMA’s Early Years

Author: Frawley, Kathleen A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2013



AHIMA celebrates its 85th anniversary this year. Many current healthcare associations were founded after the Joint Commission was founded in 1951. AHIMA, however, was founded in 1928 when 35 members of the Club of Record Clerks met at the Hospital Standardization Conference sponsored by th....

De-identification and the Sharing of Big Data

Author: White, Susan E

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2013



One of the newest buzz words in data analytics is “Big Data,” and the data created through the healthcare industry is some of the “biggest” around. The widespread implementation of electronic health records (EHRs) and the need to share data to measure quality and ma....

HIM Staff RACing Up Record Requests

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2013


Healthcare claims auditors have inundated release of information staff and vendors this year with record requests, in part due to the aggressive Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) initiative. RACs review provider bills and medical records to....

Breach Notification Triggers Receive Update

Author: Bowen, Rita K.

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: April 2013



The HIPAA Omnibus Rule, the new Final Rule modifying HIPAA, was published in the Federal Register on January 25, 2013. The amended rule went into effect on March 26 and full compliance is expected by September 23. For HIM professionals, the most far-reaching of the changes to HIPAA is that....

Strategic Initiatives Embrace HIM’s Future

Author: Frawley, Kathleen A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2013



The health information management (HIM) profession will continue to see constant and increasing change in 2013. While HIM professionals continue to work to define and evolve their roles and career pathways, AHIMA has been working on the best ways to support and lead the change. As part of....

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