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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....

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....

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....

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....

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.”

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).

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....

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....

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....

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....

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....

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....

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....

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....

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....

Synergizing ICD-10: Integrating an ICD-10 implementation into other compliance programs will reduce costs, maximize investments

Author: Mitchell, Glenn

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2013



With ICD-10-CM/PCS, there is good news and there is bad news. First, the bad news-the implementation of ICD-10 in any healthcare facility will take ample staff time, financial resources, and strategic planning. But the good news-whether you are a C-suite leader, clinician, or worker bee, t....

Medical Record Makeover

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2013





Do your printed health records have that tired, bored look that went out with the leisure suit? If so, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) is offering a medical record makeover that can turn your files from drab to fab.


Hoping to make printed....

Connect the Dots: Linking Together the Nation’s Disparate and Growing Health Information Exchanges has become a Formidable Challenge

Author: Romeo, Jim

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2013



Establishing a health information exchange (HIE) and building an infrastructure to support it internally and externally is a daunting task. Whether funded by federal and state grants or launched as a private sector initiative, launching a HIE often means blazing new territory and making de....

HIE Quality Check

Author: Berry, Kate

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2013



Health information exchange (HIE) has great potential to improve healthcare quality while containing costs, something the US health system is under increasing pressure from providers and the federal government to achieve. Benefits of HIE include better care coordination, assurance that pat....

CY 2013 OPPS Update

Author: Comfort, Angie

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: March 2013



As 2012 drew to a close, US healthcare facilities began the daunting task of reviewing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) hospital outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) update to ensure their chargemaster and systems were up-to-date with the 2013 changes. Th....

Reviewing the New HIPAA Rules

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: AHIMA regulation analysis | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2013



At 138 fine-print pages, the final rule detailing the HITECH Act’s modifications to HIPAA privacy and security requirements is not a quick or easy read. But it is an important read since the content of the Federal Register post drastically impacts HIM professionals and their business....

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....

Ten More Questions for CAC Vendors

Author: Cassidy, Bonnie S.

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: March 2013





Today’s HIM and coding professionals are faced with multiple challenges to increase documentation accuracy and specificity due to new rules and regulations. They also face financial pressure to accelerate billing processes, which can lead to errors and fraudulent c....

Defining Health Informatics

Author: Campbell, Robert James

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2013



[dih-fahy-ning] [helth] [in-fer-mat-iks]


adjective, noun, noun


1. An educator’s in-depth look at what informatics is and what it can do for HIM professionals



In the movie Annie Hall, Woody Allen finds himself in a movie theater line in....

Let’s Place Patients Front and Center

Author: Frawley, Kathleen A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2013



As HIM professionals, one of our key responsibilities is to provide patients with access to their health information. A poll conducted by Wolters Kluwer Health in November 2012 focused on the consumerization of healthcare. The poll asked whether consumers really want more control of their....

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