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HIM Issues Front and Center

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2006


Summer of 2006 Marks Great Strides as AHIMA’s Key Advocacy Issues Connect with National Initiatives

There has been much progress on HIM issues this summer. This article details the latest on health IT legislation and other initiatives, as well as what to look forward to in t....

myHealthFolders

Author: Peterson, Ron

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2006


Everyone has encountered situations where they are asked questions about their health history. In emergency situations, individuals will be asked a series of rapid-fire questions: “What medications are you taking? What dosages? Are you allergic to any medications? Are you being treated....

HIM Impact on EHRs: Newly Released Study Links HIM Professionals and Successful EHR Implementations

Author: Fenton, Susan H.; Amatayakul, Margret; Work, Mitch

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2006


Facilities with successful EHR systems are more likely to be those where HIM professionals played a role, according to newly released research.
Involving HIM professionals in EHR implementations can improve outcomes, according to a report recently released by AHIMA. The report surveyed h....

Coding Pregnancy

Author: Bronnert, June

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2006


While science and research have shed light on the various stages of fetal development, the process is still fascinating. This article details each month of a fetus’s development and reviews common delivery complications and where related information may be documented in the record.
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Staying Connected

Author: Dennis, Jill Callahan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2006


AHIMA’s Convention Offers Great Networking, Educational Opportunities, But There Are Many More Ways to Stay Connected
This month thousands of members will gather in Denver, CO, for AHIMA’s 78th Convention and Exhibit. Attending the annual conference is a great way for members....

Exploring the Edges of the Profession

Author: Featheringham, Meg

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2006


Although John Eckmann intended to go into the public administration field, he found his true calling in health IT and HIM when he went back to school for his master’s degree. “The master’s degree in public health provided me an opportunity to develop my health information ma....

Celebration, Engagement, and Impact: HIM in 2006

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2006


This month AHIMA’s 78th Convention and Exhibit will address a wide range of HIM issues. In my career, I have attended more than 30 AHIMA conventions, and I am always struck by the growing breadth of HIM practice issues.

It was a privilege to reflect on the accomplishments of t....

New Focus on State-level HIEs

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Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2006


Research from AHIMA’s Foundation of Research and Education brings state-level health information exchange initiatives into the spotlight, detailing their key roles, identifying successful practices, and sharing lessons from their work to date.
The project surveyed nine state-level....

Skills for an e-HIM Environment

Author: Fenton, Susan H.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2006


Preparing for e-HIM® will likely require education and training, as HIM professionals may encounter concepts and applications they may not have studied in their HIM programs. The following chart lists some skills and technologies used in e-HIM and lists outlets where training may be found.

Education as the Cornerstone for an Inspiring Career

Author: Hicks, Jewelle E

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2006


As the chair of the HIM department at Chaparral College in Tucson, AZ, Mynilma D. Olivera-Vazquez, RHIA, has a great deal on her plate. Her responsibilities include overseeing all aspects of the HIM program, including teaching, hiring, mentoring students, and planning the curriculum. It’s no s....

Inclusive Membership: What's in It for You?

Author: Dennis, Jill Callahan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2006


In October the House of Delegates will vote on a proposed change to AHIMA’s bylaws that would establish a more inclusive membership policy. The change would welcome new types of professionals interested in HIM into our active membership category. Right now, active membership is limited to thos....

Passion for Learning

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2006


Lifelong learning is a key responsibility of professionals in all fields. Professional development is the focus this month because it’s important for each of us to periodically reflect on how well we are doing. In this issue, experts discuss the importance of professional development planning,....

Professional Development Plans in Action

Author: Rollins, Gina

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2006


Today, Susan Parker, MEd, RHIA, owns Seagate Consulting, an HIM recruiting firm in Wrightsville Beach, NC, but years ago she was a newly minted HIM graduate with a job that involved quality assurance. Parker liked the position but found more satisfaction in the night class she was teaching. It....

Coders Wanted, Experience Required

Author: Scichilone, Rita A

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2006


A recent AHIMA survey confirms a critical need for qualified clinical coding professionals. It also reveals the high value employers place on experience and credentials.

Opportunities abound for skilled coders throughout the US-particularly in the Southwest-but candidates need demon....

Statement on Health Information Confidentiality: A Joint Position Statement

Author: American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA); AHIMA

Source: AHIMA position statement | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2006


July 2006
The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) and the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) have a long history of working to protect the confidentiality of individuals’ health information and to promote fair information practices. Public confidence t....

Recipe for Information-based Healthcare

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2006


Creating an information-based health system is like following a recipe. First, include essential ingredients, such as accurate and complete clinical documentation organized in architectures that enable access and interoperability. Then add protocols, terminologies, and classification systems to....

Perfect Time for Documentation Improvement

Author: Hagland, Mark

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2006




When new IT systems come online, the time couldn’t be better to assess and improve clinical documentation.

Electronic health record system implementations offer a perfect opportunity to assess and improve an organization’s clinical documentation. The renewed attention is ne....

Perils of Customization

Author: Rollins, Gina

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2006


Increasingly, providers are resisting the temptation to customize software. Many have learned the hard way that unique modifications lead to unique costs and unique complications.
We all like to think we’re special. But when it comes to implementing software, providers are usually b....

Tips for Successful Teamwork

Author: Burrington-Brown, Jill

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2006


AHIMA’s e-HIM work groups have had great success in bringing together groups of HIM professionals to explore and create guidance on cutting-edge e-HIM practices and technology. These groups also teach us lessons about the factors of successful teamwork that we can apply to our own work si....

Avian Flu

Author: Quinsey, Carol Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2006


There has been a great deal of publicity about the avian flu. Whether you agree with the concerns being voiced, it behooves us all to learn as much as we can about anything that has the potential for an epidemic or pandemic. This column reviews the facts about avian flu as they are known today....

Ambulatory versus Acute Care EHRs

Author: Amatayakul, Margret

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2006


EHR systems for clinics differ from those used in hospitals. But does that mean they can’t get along?
Although every electronic health record (EHR) is intended to capture data from multiple sources and to be used at the point of care for clinical decision making, there are signific....

Behavioral Health Weighs in on Health IT

Author: Dougherty, Michelle

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2006


As the national agenda for health IT continues to move forward, the behavioral health industry is working on organizing and establishing priorities for technology and electronic health record (EHR) implementation. Last September the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SA....

Difference Between the EHR Standard and Certification

Author: Mon, Donald T.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2006


This year promises to be another remarkable year for health IT, particularly for electronic health record (EHR) systems. This month, the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT) will begin certifying ambulatory EHR systems. And by this fall, if everything goes as....

Hybrid Records in a Hospice Setting

Author: Barbera, Linda

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2006


The hospice setting is no stranger to the challenges of transitioning from paper to electronic documentation. Ensuring that hybrid medical records provide complete and accurate documentation is a significant issue, particularly for reimbursement processes. In order for the documentation to prov....

Patient Identification Debate: The History of the National Patient Identifier and Alternatives for Accurate Patient Authentication

Author: Wheatley, Victoria

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2006


Despite a lack of funding or government mandate, debate and discussion about a national patient identifier (NPI) continues.
The NPI was one of four identifiers included in the original HIPAA objectives as part of a comprehensive plan to achieve uniform standards for the exchange of healt....

Achieving a Nationwide Health IT Milestone

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2006


Electronic health record (EHR) systems achieve a great milestone this month. The Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT) will begin judging the first ambulatory EHRs on functionality, security, reliability, and interoperability criteria. As Mark Leavitt and Lisa G....

Word Power: a Glossary of Software Licensing Terms

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2006


This Software license agreement is entered into by and between Sample Software, Inc, a Delaware corporation with principal offices located at 100 Maple Lane, Chicago, Illinois 60601 ("Sample") and _________________, a corporation with principal offices located at ________________ ("Licensee") a....

Language of Health Data Exchange

Author: Bloomrosen, Meryl; Heubusch, Kevin

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2006




Rapidly advancing data exchange initiatives have left a trail of acronyms in their wake. Is a SNO a RHIO, and where did LHIIs go?



As thinking on the nature of regional and nationwide data exchange evolves, terms devised from necessity have been left behind just as....

HIM in Corrections

Author: Altus, Bonnie; Leeka, Joyce

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2006


What prompted you to take a position in this field?


Altus: I was working in IT when I got my RHIT, and this position became available without requiring relocation when I decided to leave IT and move into HIM. It seemed like a good first step into HIM and an interesting challen....

CIO Calling: How Much IT Does an IT Project Require?

Author: Stein, Todd

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2006


When IT projects start, CIOs say they turn to HIM for detailed workflow knowledge combined with a high-level understanding of technology.
When Chicago's Northwestern Memorial Hospital decided to go paperless with an electronic record two years ago, CIO Tim Zoph saw that the key to the hos....

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