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Workflow for Breach Notification

Author: Walsh, Tom

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2010


Federal regulations that took effect in September 2009 require HIPAA covered entities and their business associates to notify individuals if their protected health information (PHI) was accessed or disclosed in an unauthorized manner or by unauthorized individuals. Certain exemptions apply, su....

Smart Training on Privacy and Security (expanded version)

Author: Bacik, Sandy

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2010



There is plenty of privacy and security training to be done, and many trainers struggle to get resources from their organizations and attention from their audiences. Sandy Bacik, CISSP, ISSMP, CISM, CGEIT, is a principal consultant at EnerNex and a former chief security officer. Here she o....

Snap Judgment

Author: AHIMA Professional Ethics Committee

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: April 01, 2010





Anyone who is a member of AHIMA or holds its credentials agrees to abide by its code of ethics.


The code sets forth professional values and ethical principles, and it offers guidelines to which professionals aspire. “Ethical behaviors result from a pe....

ICD-10-PCS Root Operation Groups

Author: Zeisset, Ann M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: March 2010

Root Operations that Take Out Some or All of a Body Part

The medical and surgical procedure section of ICD-10-PCS contains most, but not all, procedures typically reported in the hospital inpatient setting. As with all codes in ICD-10-PCS, the medical and surgical procedure codes contain....

Year of the Audit

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2010


The healthcare forecast for 2010 includes a strong chance of audit. HIM professionals in many organizations will be busy responding to a shower of external record requests and internal compliance checks.

Stormy systems of audit programs, compliance initiatives, and fraud preventi....

Qualifying for Meaningful Use

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: February 2010




Feb 24, 2010 04:21 pm


AHIMA Meaningful Use White Paper Series
Paper no. 7

Preceding papers in this series have reviewed the requirements in the notice of proposed rulemaking on meaningful use, published by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in....

Linda Kloss Honorary Endowed Scholarship

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2010


In a ceremony at AHIMA’s 2009 Convention and Exhibit, AHIMA president Vera Rulon and AHIMA Foundation board president Keith Olenik announced the creation of a scholarship honoring Linda Kloss’s 15 years of service as AHIMA CEO.

“To recognize your many accomplishments and reaffirm your....

ICD-10-PCS Root Operation Guidelines

Author: Zeisset, Ann M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: February 2010


ICD-10-PCS has a completely different structure than ICD-9-CM. Each ICD-10-PCS code consists of individual values rather than lists of fixed codes and text descriptions, with each value containing a unique definition. The objective of the procedure is identified in the third character, the roo....

2010 CPT Coding Update

Author: DeVault, Kathryn

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: February 2010


Changes to CPT codes for 2010 include 219 additions, 141 revisions, and 63 deletions. This article highlights some of the more notable changes; a comprehensive list can be found in appendix B of the 2010 CPT coding book. The changes took effect January 1.
Resequencing

The most n....

Still Seeking the Legal EHR: The Push for Electronic Records Increases, the Record Management Questions Remain

Author: Dougherty, Michelle; Washington, Lydia

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2010


Electronic health records are edging into the mainstream, but they still have one foot outside the law. Many EHR systems struggle to create credible and compliant business records, and with major initiatives like the ARRA incentive program pushing their adoption, now is the time to get the ele....

Elements of a Breach Notification Letter

Author: Hjort, Beth M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2010


This month covered entities are subject to penalties for noncompliance with new federal privacy and security breach notification laws issued by the Department of Health and Human Services.

HHS issued an interim final rule titled “Breach Notification for Unsecured Protected Health Info....

ARRA’s Impact on HIM

Author: Cassidy, Bonnie S.; King, Elaine; Wheatley, Victoria

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2010


This month marks the first anniversary of the signing of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). A substantial portion of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act within it allocates funds for nationwide health information exchange and health i....

Pursuit of Meaningful Use

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2010


On January 13 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services published a notice of proposed rulemaking containing the stage 1 criteria for meaningful use of certified electronic health records. As this is the prerequisite to receiving incentive payments provided through the American Recovery a....

Few Requests for Today’s Accountings

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2010


HIPAA’s Accounting of Disclosure Provisions Led to Few Patient Requests; Now ARRA Is Upping the Ante

Provisions within the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act extend HIPAA’s accounting of disclosure regulations for providers who maintain electronic health records. The provisions a....

Breach Notification Scenarios

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: February 01, 2010



In September 2009 the Department of Health and Human Services released an interim final rule describing a covered entity’s responsibilities to notify victims of a breach to their personal health information. The new rule was the result of provisions in the American Recovery and Reinv....

Privacy Policies for Social Media

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: January 2010



Jan 06, 2010 05:23 pm

The social media site Facebook had become more than just a way for staff at Innovis Health to catch up with friends.

In November 2008, nurses at the Fargo, ND–based healthcare system began using Facebook to provide unauthorized shift change update....

Leading: What It Means in HIM

Author: Rollins, Genna

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2010




Times like these require a lot of leadership. That means risk-taking, passion, mentoring, and always striving, say HIM professionals.



The enormous change that healthcare is undergoing calls for professionals in all disciplines to step out of their routines and play....

Articulating the Value of HIM

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2010


What more can you do to earn that coveted seat at decision-making tables in your organization? As directors and managers of health information services, you are responsible for valuable information assets, including their accuracy, compliance, access, and use. Yet organizations continue to pla....

Pain-free Wound Care Coding

Author: Endicott, Melanie

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2010


Wound care diagnoses and procedures can be challenging to code. In order for coders to code them correctly, clinicians must document diagnoses and procedures appropriately and thoroughly. Open communication between coders and clinicians can help facilitate better documentation.

Inpa....

HIM’s Time to Lead

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2010


This is HIM’s time to shine. Rita Bowen, MA, RHIA, CHPS, SSGB, sees the current debate on national healthcare reform as a great opportunity for HIM professionals to increase their prominence in the healthcare world. The new AHIMA president feels HIM has a lot to offer the conversation and....

RAC Primer for LTC Facilities

Author: Leonard, Mary Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2010



Last year the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) began rolling out the Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) program to all 50 states and all providers, including long-term care facilities. HIM professionals working in LTC facilities need to understand the basics of the program in....

Completing Charts in EHRs

Author: Wiedemann, Lou Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2010


This issue the Journal introduces a new “Working Smart” column offering best practices for working in the e-HIM environment.

Since the advent of the HIM profession many have struggled with the chart completion process. In the paper environment, the process began with assembling mount....

Dowling Named to Lead AHIMA

Author: Heubusch, Kevin

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: December 2009



Dec 02, 2009 07:00 am

The AHIMA Board of Directors announced Tuesday that it has selected Alan F. Dowling, PhD, to serve as CEO of the American Health Information Management Association.

Dowling has more than 35 years experience in health informatics, with a broad-base....

FY 2010 Changes to the Hospital IPPS

Author: DeVault, Kathryn

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: November 2009


The final rule for the FY 2010 Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System was released on July 31, 2009. Changes in the rule went into effect with inpatient discharges of October 1, 2009, and are reflected in Grouper Version 27.0.

The changes to MS-DRGs and the complication and co....

Coding in Critical Access Hospitals

Author: Kostick, Karen M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: November 2009


National health policy has been increasingly responsive to the healthcare needs of rural residents and providers. Rural America has a large percentage of the nation’s Medicare population, and this percentage continues to grow as residents born in the Baby Boomer generation begin to retir....

Awe-Inspiring Year: AHIMA’s 2009 Achievements

Author: Rulon, Vera

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2009


What an overwhelming year it has been.

Not only have I learned a lot, I have also had the privilege of getting to know many of AHIMA’s members. I am in awe of our association and how we have responded to the many challenges our healthcare system is facing and will continue to f....

Exposing Double Identity at Patient Registration

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2009


Keeping the organization’s master patient index clean leads some HIM departments all the way back to patient registration, where they collaborate to prevent errors before care starts. Accurate registration helps keep patient data complete and clean as it moves throughout the organization.

Building an EHR Learning Community

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2009


It is fitting that the theme for the last issue of 2009 is electronic health records (EHRs). Nearly 20 years have passed since AHIMA provided financial support for the publication of the Institute of Medicine’s Computer-Based Patient Record: An Essential Technology for Healthcare.
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Who's Hiring

Author: Heubusch, Kevin

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: October 2009

Kevin Heubusch


Oct 12, 2009 12:05 pm

In one sense, the future is already here for those who manage health information. The skills HIM professionals need today are not very different from those they’ll need in 10 years, according to a new survey of practitioners, recruiters,....

ARRA and the HIM Workforce

Author: Rollins, Genna

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2009




The success of health IT will hinge on how well it is planned and managed. Provisions in the stimulus bill that promote professional support and fund training offer exceptional opportunities to HIM programs, individuals, and the profession.



For years AHIMA and col....

HIM Enters an Era of “Powerful Possibilities”

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2009


Discussing his enthusiasm for the HIM field, he said, “I am fortunate to be coming into the field at this time... I missed all the boring stuff and am getting in it when things are really happening.” I laughed and assured him that those of us who have been around for a while have n....

ARRA FAQs

Author: Wiedemann, Lou Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2009



On February 17, 2009, President Barack Obama implemented sweeping healthcare legislation when he signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 into law. ARRA includes many privacy, security, work force, and health IT provisions that will have a major impact on the healthcare in....

CMS’s 2009 Security Assessment Process

Author: Dinh, Angela K.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2009


In 2008 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) conducted 10 HIPAA security assessments in covered entities (CEs) nationwide. CMS’s stated purpose was not to identify flaws but to gain a true understanding of industry compliance with the HIPAA security rule.

CMS co....

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