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Smart Strategies Ease the Way for New Managers

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Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2003


Your first supervisory position can be both terrific and terrifying. You may be new to the facility, managing former colleagues, younger than your subordinates, or performing a midlife career switch. In all cases, a few simple strategies can help ensure your success. Here, two HIM educators sha....

Softer Skills Key to Leadership Position

Author: LeBlanc, Madonna M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2003


You landed the job. Your first day is a week away and you’ve left yourself enough time to recharge your batteries before jumping into a new adventure. To best position yourself for success as a new manager, think back to the human resources and personnel management courses you’ve tak....

Art and Science of Project Management

Author: Seidl, Patricia

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2003


Completing a project successfully requires far more than a handful of meetings and a checklist. Project management is a process in itself—one that can ensure a positive outcome. Learn more from our expert.
Anyone who has ever sat in traffic due to road construction or witnessed the s....

Obtaining Satisfactory Assurance for PHI Disclosure

Author: Quinsey, Carol Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2003


Obtaining “satisfactory assurance” in the privacy rule may sound like something new, but the concept has been around for a long time. Do you know what it means and how it affects your HIM department? This article will explain what obtaining satisfactory assurance means and how it can....

Rolling with the Changes

Author: Squazzo, Jessica

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2003

“Managing change is always going to be a challenge. We're always learning and there's always going to be change.” —Christina Janus, MBA, RHIA, manager of medical record services at Akron General Medical Center in Akron, OH
Christina Janus, MBA, RHIA, has a steadfast approach....

Sorting Out Employee Sanctions

Author: Burrington-Brown, Jill

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2003


Has your organization addressed sanctions related to privacy and security issues? Both the final privacy rule and final security rule address this issue. The privacy rule states that the covered entity must “have and apply appropriate sanctions against members of its workforce who fail to....

On the Line: Professional Practice Solutions (5/03)

Author: Burrington-Brown, Jill

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2003


Q: What is an organized health care arrangement (OHCA) and what are its advantages?

Q: What is multi-factor authentication?

Jill Burrington-Brown (jill.burrington-brown@ahima.org) is an HIM practice manager at AHIMA.Article citation:
Burrington-Brown, Jill. "On the Line....

Joy of Teaching

Author: Squazzo, Jessica

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2003


“When I was director of medical records, the part I seemed to like the most was the training of new employees,” says Ellen Jacobs, MEd, RHIA. Though Jacobs began her HIM career in a professional setting and is now an educator, it seems as though she’s been teaching all along.

Communicating Change with Style

Author: Helbig, Susan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2003


With so many different types of changes occurring at so many different times in the work place, how does an HIM professional prepare the context for change? Context refers to both the circumstances in which change will occur and to those the change will affect, such as the HIM staff, administr....

New Graduates See Lifetime of Opportunities

Author: Siegel, Barbara

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2003


In 1981, the year I graduated from Rockland Community College, my fellow graduates and I all expected to find jobs in hospitals or nursing homes. At that time, more than 85 percent of HIM professionals worked in traditional settings with titles such as director of medical records, transcriptio....

Educator Type

Author: Squazzo, Jessica

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2003


“[Teaching] attracted me because I had always liked school,” she says, matter-of-factly. Bowman also liked explaining things to people and has been doing it for almost 30 years as a professor in the College of Allied Health Sciences at the University of Tennessee Health Science Cente....

Data for Decisions: the State of the Profession

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2003


What is AHIMA’s work force research telling us about the profession today?

More than 95 percent of experienced RHITs and RHIAs report that many or some jobs are readily available

Nearly 75 percent of RHIAs serve on their organization’s electronic health record p....

Calculating Costs for Accounting of Disclosures

Author: Dunn, Rose T

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2003


The privacy rule allows a covered entity to charge a cost-based fee for providing an accounting of disclosure (AOD). Has your organization determined these costs? Calculating the actual costs may be more involved than you think. This article will discuss the requirements for setting the fee an....

Catching Up with HIPAA: Managing Noncompliance

Author: Weintraub, Abner E.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2003


With the April 14 HIPAA privacy deadline behind us, many covered entities are still struggling to become compliant. Limited budgets and staff, conflicting advice, and unforeseen delays have all conspired to keep many covered entities from meeting the deadline.


What do you tell....

Survey Results: Practice, Experience Keys to Employment

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2003


As part of the Association’s far-reaching work force study, AHIMA commissioned a survey of students about to graduate from accredited HIA and HIT programs. Conducted by the Center for Health Workforce Studies, School of Public Health, University at Albany, the survey was sent to program di....

Sepsis, Related Terms Cause Confusion for Coders: Set the Record Straight About Sepsis, SIRS, Septic Shock

Author: Prophet-Bowman, Sue

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: May 2003


Sepsis, severe sepsis, SIRS, and septic shock have long been a source of confusion for coders. New ICD-9-CM codes established recently for Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (SIRS), and additional proposed code revisions have added to the confusion regarding the differentiation among these....

From Student to Privacy Officer

Author: Jeffries, Jane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2003

“I love this field and I can’t imagine doing anything else.” —Amanda Moran, privacy officer,
McCurtain Memorial Hospital in Idabel, OK
Being a privacy officer is a big job for anyone, but Amanda E. Moran has an additional challenge—it’s her first job after....

Best of Both Worlds

Author: Squazzo, Jessica

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2003


“Teaching is one of the best jobs that I ever had,” says Cathy Flite, MEd, RHIA, assistant professor at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. When Flite says that, she’s speaking from experience.


She entered the academic world midway in her HIM career, after wor....

How Poor Documentation Does Damage in the Courtroom

Author: Schott, Sharon

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2003


Poor documentation practices can result in a host of problems, and even minor errors can come back to haunt an organization. Here, learn how documentation errors can be used against your facility in a lawsuit.
In our increasingly litigious society, medical malpractice lawsuits are becomin....

Are You Ready to Be a Privacy Officer?

Author: Sobel, David A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2003


As an HIM professional, you may be asked to serve as your organization’s first privacy officer. While serving as privacy officer will give you the opportunity to play a new and more profound role in safeguarding patients’ privacy rights, it will also provide you with new challenges.....

Is Your NPP Your Best Defense?

Author: Lee, Michael R.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2003


In the event of a privacy-related legal challenge, the content of your organization’s notice of privacy practices (NPP) will be a focal point for both plaintiff and defense arguments with respect to the protected health information (PHI) disclosure activities of your organization. Is your....

Champions for Consistency

Author: Jeffries, Jane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2003


Wouldn’t it be helpful to know how your peers at healthcare organizations throughout your state are handling HIPAA? Even better, wouldn’t it be helpful for the healthcare consumers in your state to encounter consistent behavior at each facility they visit?

Thanks to the Ten....

Record Reviews, Clinician Education Form Best Defense

Author: Pinder, Ray

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2003


We have all heard stories about attorneys winning large settlements for their clients due to lack of or insufficient documentation in the medical record. Many HIM professionals have taken steps to teach the basics to physicians, nurses, and other health professionals that have documentation re....

Legal Roles Give New Perspectives

Author: Zender, Anne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2003

“I could have retired by now, but I don't regret having any of these experiences.” —Richard Jeske, RHIT, HIM supervisor,
Alaska Native Medical Center, Anchorage, AK
HIM supervisor Richard Jeske, RHIT, hasn’t spent his entire career working in health information ma....

Transition Management: Striking a Balance

Author: Helbig, Susan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2003


Life in today’s healthcare organizations is challenging for everyone involved—patients, providers, third-party payers, vendors, and HIM professionals. As HIM professionals, we are constantly in a state of transition in some area of our practice, which can be both challenging and rewa....

Timeless Mission, Values Guide Change

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2003


How can you cope when it feels like change is coming at you from all directions? Effective management has come to mean the management of change. But effective change, particularly in the service sector of society, is change that has clear goals and is grounded in mission and values. It balances....

Fracture Treatment Poses Coding Challenge: Multiple Treatment Options Require Special Attention

Author: Hutchinson, Mark R.; Stanfill, Mary H

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: April 2003


There are 206 bones in the human body and each is susceptible to fracture. The choices in fracture management are complex and based on a number of issues including fracture type, fracture pattern, specific bone, age of fracture, age of patient, associated injuries, and physician preference. Co....

On the Line: Professional Practice Solutions (4/03)

Author: Dougherty, Michelle

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2003


Q: Does reporting cancer surveillance to the state have to be tracked under the accounting of disclosure requirement in the HIPAA privacy rule?


Q: An attorney recently told our facility that we need to retain records for at least 10 years to comply with the False Claims Act (FC....

Preparing for HIM's Future Today

Author: Hicks, Jewelle E

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2003

Plans for the Future


Adkison’s day-to-day responsibilities require a wide range of strengths and skill sets. By staying current on her computer skills and performance-improvement techniques, as well as honing her organizational and communication expertise, Adkison has been able....

Observation Services Present Compliance Challenges

Author: Prophet-Bowman, Sue

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2003


Observation services have been a top fraud and abuse target of the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services, primarily due to the complexity of the Medicare billing regulations and the potential for abuse. New regulations regarding reimbursement for thes....

Driving Change through Rapid Demonstrations

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2003


The American healthcare system is in crisis and consumers are taking notice. Insurance costs are rising at double-digit rates and employers are passing along more of the cost to employees, leading to a recent nationwide strike at GE earlier this year. One in seven Americans is uninsured and fe....

VA Puget Sound Reaps Benefits of Automation

Author: Burrington-Brown, Jill

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2003


What is it like to work in a fully automated healthcare system? As a visitor, I was doubly curious, because the topic of my management practicum in 1977 was preparing the Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System MPI for computerization. This was a sophisticated practicum at the time bec....

Computer Recycling: Are you Legally Prepared

Author: Harford, Joseph P.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2003


None of these methods of disposal address healthcare organizations’ environmental or legal responsibilities. But how do you know if your organization is legally positioned to handle disposal of computer equipment? This article will address these concerns.

What Is Legal?
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Clinic EHR Streamlines HIM Department

Author: Hagland, Mark

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2003


Is your clinic or medical group thinking about implementing an EHR? Plan for plenty of changes—in staffing, processes, and the delivery of care. Here, learn how a variety of clinics weathered the conversion.

When the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, AZ, planned to open a new hospital....

Get Ready for the HIPAA Olympics

Author: Cannon, Jeanne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2003


HIPAA compliance might be one of the biggest challenges of the decade for covered entities—and not only because of all the new requirements. Simply reading and interpreting the regulations has proven to be a monumental task. So how can a HIPAA team leader make staff enthusiastic about lea....

Preparing for a New Generation of HIM

Author: Siegel, Barbara

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2003


Earlier generations—our grandparents and parents—tell stories of how technology changed their lives. Born at the turn of the 20th century, my grandparents witnessed the successes of Alexander Graham Bell and the Wright brothers. My parents were mesmerized by talking movies and televi....

Taking the Initiative with Nursing Home Quality

Author: Mitchell, Sue

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2003


When the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued its highlights of 2002, the listing of significant accomplishments included the department’s efforts to improve quality of care. Discussion of quality improvement efforts focused on the department’s initiatives in measurin....

Teach Your Attorney Healthcare Contracting

Author: Le, Huan N.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2003


Medicare regulations, HIPAA compliance, and the threat of litigation have made it impossible to draft a one-page healthcare contract. Standard language alone now extends to up to four pages. It’s a good idea to hire an attorney for contract negotiations and drafting, but even then, you mi....

Sample Policy: Protecting Patient Privacy from Outside Callers

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2003


Background: It is customary for family members, legal guardians, and friends of patients at [name of hospital] to telephone the hospital, inquire in person about the condition of a patient, or to request other health information. Privacy regulations require that a patient’s identity or oth....

Leading the Mad Dash to HIPAA Compliance

Author: Squazzo, Jessica

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2003


When many HIM professionals might have shuddered at the thought of taking on HIPAA implementation, LaVonne Wieland, RHIT, decided to stare it right in the face. For Wieland, the information privacy director for HealthEast Care System in St. Paul, MN, the privacy director position seemed like a....

Spelling Out the Value of Our Credentials

Author: Siegel, Barbara

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2003


Remember eating alphabet soup when you were young? What fun it was finding words or even making up new ones. We did not know then that a part of our future was spelled out before us.


Since 1928, our HIM credentials have demonstrated professionalism and expertise. Remember when....

Protecting Verbal PHI: a Plan

Author: Birnbaum, Cassi L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2003


Does your organization have a policy in place for protecting patient health information (PHI) over the phone?


This article will discuss how a workgroup at Children’s Hospital and Health Center (CHHC) in San Diego, CA, implemented a policy to protect verbal PHI and how your....

Privacy -- an AHIMA Organizational Value

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2003


Ten years ago, AHIMA drafted model federal legislation to protect confidential medical record information. We aimed to raise Congress’ awareness that protection for this most personal information was sorely lacking and that the absence of uniform legal protection was a barrier to the use....

Major Changes for Heart Failure Codes in 2003: New Codes Put Sharper Focus on Diagnosing, Preventing Heart Failure

Author: Casey, Patricia E.; Zeisset, Ann M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: February 2003


Are you up to date with the latest revisions to the heart failure codes? A revision of the heart failure codes, effective October 1, 2002, was originally presented at the May 2001 ICD-9-CM Coordination and Maintenance Committee meeting. At that meeting, representatives from Kaiser Permanente e....

Preventing Risk in Long-term Care: Lessons Learned

Author: Wright, Amy

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2003


“If you or a loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse, please call for a free consultation.” This refrain is familiar to Floridians and is quickly moving to other states where laws allow large punitive or damage awards for malpractice lawsuits.


Long-term c....

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