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What’s New with Coding Non-Pressure Ulcers

Author: Sanvik, Gina

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2018






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Many ICD-10-CM codes were added throughout code category L97, Non-pressure chronic ulcer of the lower limb, not elsewhere classified, and subcategory L98.4, Non-pressure chronic ulcer of the skin, not elsewhere classified, to provide....

Tracking the Changing Face of the Journal

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2018










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Improving Specificity in ICD-10 Diagnosis Coding

Author: Zegan, Jacquie CCS, RCC

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2018






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Valid ICD-10-CM/PCS (ICD-10) codes have been required for claims reporting since October 1, 2015. But ICD-10 diagnosis coding to the correct level of specificity—a more recent requirement—continues to be a problem for many in th....

Opportunity Behind the Headlines

Author: Wiggs Harris, Wylecia

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2018












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


Writing my first column in the Journal of AHIMA, I feel like I’m on solid ground. That’s because the topic for this issue, privacy and security, is a universal concern. It’....

Privacy: Protection or Obstacle?

Author: Smith, Diann H.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2018




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


As health information management (HIM) professionals, we are privileged to be members of a profession that advocates for healthcare consumers. As a mother, caregiver, and HIM professiona....

How to Prevent Healthcare Cyber Extortion

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2018












By Chris Dimick


Cybercrime may seem like a rare, unlikely risk to some healthcare providers. But the threat is real—and rising—whether a healthcare facility is small or large, rural or urban. According to a January 2018 report comm....

CY 2018 OPPS Update

Author: Sanvik, Gina

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: March 2018





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CY 2018 OPPS Update


By Gina Sanvik, MS, RHIA


Facilities had the ominous task of reviewing the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) final rule at the beginning of the year to ensure their chargemaste....

Attack of the Audits

Author: Eramo, Lisa A

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2018





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Attack of the Audits

Mounting Reviews Test HIM Policies and Patience


By Lisa A. Eramo, MA


The recent onslaught of audits in the healthcare industry, and the damage they leave in their wake, likely has many....

FY 2018 Changes to Acute Care Hospital IPPS

Author: Rugg, Donna

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2018

By Donna Rugg, RHIT, CDIP, CCS

The fiscal year (FY) 2018 Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) final rule was released August 3, 2017 and impacted discharges beginning October 1, 2017. This is version 35 of the MS-DRG grouper. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (C....

IG Pulse Check

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2018

New AHIMA Study Measures IG Adoption Rates

By Mary Butler

It’s safe to say that information governance (IG) has moved on from its status as a healthcare buzzword to being understood by healthcare professionals at all levels—even if implementing actual IG initiatives sti....

CY 2018 CPT Updates

Author: Comfort, Angie

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2018

By Angie Comfort, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, CCS-P

The holidays have come and gone. Now, we must focus our professional attention on what did not “go” with the ringing in of the new year: those 2018 Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) code updates. As is customary for every January 1st,....

Chatbots Moving into Healthcare Registration

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Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2018

If you’ve ever had a question about your cell phone bill or a dispute with an online retailer, you might have found the least stressful way to solve your problem is by clicking on the “chat with a representative” button. You’re not put on hold, the representative is exceeding....

Resolution ≠ Transformation

Author: Smith, Diann H.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2018

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

The beginning of the year is a great time to reflect on the previous year’s events and to work on setting New Year’s resolutions—personal goals that will improve our lives or careers. It’s a good idea to contemplate what we mi....

The Arrest of a Nurse in Utah and Relevant Laws

Author: Burrington-Brown, Jill

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2018

By Jill Burrington-Brown, MS, RHIA, FAHIMA

On July 26, 2017, Alex Wubbels, a nurse in the burn unit at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, was arrested in an incident that has since been viewed widely on video captured from police body cameras. She refused to let a police phlebotomist....

Inspiring Leadership, Influencing Change

Author: Smith, Diann H.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2018

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

Serving the AHIMA membership as president/chair is a great honor and privilege. I’m humbled that you entrusted me to be your leader at a crucial time in our profession. From the very beginning of my career I was fortunate to have the support, e....

Embarking on the Road of New Beginnings

Author: Lane, Pamela

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2018

By Pamela Lane, MS, RHIA, interim chief executive officer

January is the month of new beginnings. It’s a great time to make lists, clean out cabinets, and take stock of what’s ahead of us. Sometimes the road ahead is clear… other times, we need to make educated guesses ab....

Why Fax Machines Won’t Die in Healthcare

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Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2018

In an article that likens the fax machine to “the cockroach of American medicine,” Vox explores why, in the midst of the tech revolution, healthcare organizations are still relying on the antiquated fax machine to exchange medical records. Their conclusion is clear—health record sy....

Managing Amendments in an HIE Environment

Author: Burns, Janelle; Costello, Stephanie; Lewis, Sharon; Meyer, Melanie; Panzarella, Deanna; Westhafer, Kathy J

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2018

Managing Amendments in an HIE Environment

The era of electronic health information has increased the complexity of managing amended protected health information (PHI) and the designated record set (DRS). Historically, changes had to be made to handwritten and transcribed reports and then co....

Who Reads Their Doctor’s Notes? Examining the Association between Preconceptions and Accessing Online Clinical Notes

Author: Klein, Jared W.; Jackson, Sara L.; Osteer, Natalia V.; Peacock, Sue; Delbanco, Tom; Walker, Jan; Elmore, Joann G

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2018

By Jared W. Klein, MD, MPH; Sara L. Jackson, MD, MPH; Natalia V. Oster, MPH; Sue Peacock, BS; Tom Delbanco, MD; Jan Walker, RN, MBA; and Joann G. Elmore, MD, MPH

Patients who use online portals to review their clinicians’ notes may become more actively involved in their healthcare, bu....

Inspire, Innovate, Lead: One Year Later

Author: Chenoweth, Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2017



AHIMA’s greatest treasure can be found in the hearts of our members. During this past year serving as your AHIMA President and Board Chair, I’ve been blessed to meet and work with amazing, dedicated health information leaders. I’ve made new friends and enjoyed your gracious hospitality. Yo....

AHIMA Convention Highlights Groundbreaking Standards Work

Author: Orlova, Anna

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2017



The AHIMA Standards Task Force is a collaborative of over 60 health information management (HIM) professional subject matter experts (SMEs)—all working together to lead national and global standards development for HIM. This groundbreaking work was on full display during last month’s 89th....

Advancing HIIM Professionals in Informatics and Data Analytics

Author: Cain, Jeannine Pugh; Clack, Lesley; Flanigan, Jill; Houser, Shannon H.; Kadlec, Lesley; VanSlyke, Daniel; Zeglen, Margie

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2017


Health informatics and information management (HIIM) is a rapidly changing profession. Core competencies of fundamental AHIMA certifications, such as the RHIA or RHIT, create a strong foundation for pursuing employment in a variety of high-demand positions. Today’s fast-paced technology l....

Bringing Patients and Their Information Together

Author: Lane, Pamela

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2017



In July, AHIMA unveiled the first-of-its kind Patient Request for Health Information Model Form, which you can find online. Developed by two AHIMA practice councils, the form is designed to be a plain-language document that explains to consumers their right to access health information fro....

Legacy of the ‘First Lady of HIM’ Lives on through Grace Award: AHIMA Founder Grace Whiting Myers’s Work Set Stage for Award Winners to Thrive in HIM

Author: Land, Daniel

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2017



The transient nature of memory is greatly influenced by the passage of time, and successive generations often possess only a vague knowledge of what came before them. Thus is the case of Grace Whiting Myers. Many health information management (HIM) professionals today know little about the....

Data Analytics and Informatics are Two Separate Disciplines (And Why This Matters to HIM)

Author: Clack, Lesley; Houser, Shannon H.; Kadlec, Lesley; Mikaelian, Raymound; Tabisula, Braden; Zeglen, Margie

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2017



Integral to this era of paperless electronic health records (EHRs) are the disciplines of data analytics and informatics. The vast volumes of electronic data woven from a multitude of systems, registries, and remote technologies creates promising career opportunities for health data analyt....

Grow as a Manager by Building Strong Relationships

Author: Chenoweth, Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2017



The relationships that you form with each of your direct reports are central to your ability to fulfill your three core responsibilities as a manager: Create a culture of feedback, build a cohesive team, and achieve results collaboratively.


But these relationships do not foll....

New Request for Health Information Form Relieving ROI Headaches: Improving Patient Access to Records Currently a Hot Topic in the Healthcare Industry

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2017



Contemporary Americans are not as nomadic as our prehistoric ancestors were—we aren’t subject to the whims of the food chain, following herds of bison across the Great Plains. When we travel we take cross-country road trips and flights for the fun of it, or in search of higher-....

House of Delegates 2016 to 2017 Year in Review

Author: Lemery, Chrisann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2017



The 2016-2017 YEAR has been busy and engaging for the members of the House of Delegates (House) as we build on the present and prepare for the future, working to guide the health information management (HIM) profession through its work in the healthcare industry.


The House....

Change, Challenge, and Opportunity

Author: Lane, Pamela

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2017



Although change can be difficult, it always comes with opportunity. As members of the ever-evolving HIM community, we are uniquely prepared to meet the challenges that come with change as we continue to move toward reaching our profession’s strategic goals.


As interim....

Clinical Terminology: Expanding Career Pathways for HIM Professionals - Retired

Author: Hyde, Lynda; Casto, Anne B.; Koehler, Melissa; Lockwood, Famey; Peterson, Kathleen

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2017






Healthcare is an evolving world where data is central to all aspects of care. It is an information-intensive environment where data analysis is used to make decisions about the quality and safety of patient care, public health programs, and healthcare reform. At the core....

Meeting Basics that Make a Difference

Author: Chenoweth, Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2017



In July, I attended AHIMA’s CSA Leadership Symposium in Chicago, IL. This is an incredible gathering of CSA leaders from across the country. I’m always energized by the willingness of every attendee to share ideas and best practices with others.


This year, I part....

Reporting Live from Your Stomach

Author: Journal of AHIMA Staff

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2017


While millions of health conscious consumers are strapping health tracking devices around their wrists, doctors are prescribing a more invasive device for another group of consumers. To boost compliance with life-saving medications for people with chronic conditions like high blood pressure, de....

Healthcare's Future is Outside the Hospital

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2017



Is the future of healthcare in the hospital? Probably not.


Bernard Tyson, CEO of Kaiser Permanente, one of the nation’s largest health systems, recently noted that in 2016 Kaiser provided more than 100 million primary care encounters. Of those, Tyson said, 52 percent o....

HIM in Non-Acute Settings: Examining HIM Issues Impacting Home Health, Long-Term/Post-Acute Care, Skilled Nursing Facilities, and Other Healthcare Areas

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2017



Among healthcare providers, there is nothing new about the desire to keep people out of the hospital. For years, procedures that used to require an inpatient stay have been moved to outpatient surgical centers and ambulatory clinics. Not only does this save payers money, but it also helps....

Let's Peek into the Future with Artificial Intelligence

Author: Chenoweth, Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2017



I recently heard an interview with Bill Gates where he was discussing the great advances taking place with artificial intelligence (AI). One of my big takeaways was his prediction that labor substitution across industries will be substantial in the next five- to 20-year period. In the heal....

Mobile Health, Mobile Data

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: August 2017



In certain neighborhoods and communities in Chicago and surrounding suburbs, pediatric access to primary care is not a certainty for thousands of pre-K to high school-age children.


April Aumann, MSN, APN, FNP-BC, a family nurse practitioner who works on Advocate Children’s Ho....

Digital Health Governance: Management and Strategy for the 21st Century Digital Economy

Author: Geetter, Jennifer S; Van Demark, Dale C

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: August 01, 2017



Digital health technologies, solutions, and approaches to decision-making are transforming the delivery of healthcare, reshaping patient (and health consumer) expectations, and presenting health plans, health systems, informatics companies, and other stakeholders with a dizzying array of d....

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