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Embarking on a Compliance Career

Author: Dingman, Barbara

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2000


When I was given the responsibility of developing a compliance plan for my hospital two years ago, I was initially overwhelmed. My background was in medical records and I did not have a book on my shelf to guide me. Fortunately, I soon found numerous agencies and associations, colleagues, and....

How to Write an Effective Resume

Author: Hughes, Gwen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2000


You're ready to move to a different organization or position where you can take on new challenges and responsibilities. You've identified a vacant position that piques your interest. How can you ensure that your resume not only reflects your skills, education, and experience, but also....

Charting Our Progress

Author: Skurka, Margaret A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2000


The first year of the new century is almost half over. I'd like to share our progress so far on a number of fronts, known as our current "hot topics."

At the close of our meetings, AHIMA board members participate in a hot topic debriefing. We discuss everything t....

Steps Toward Privacy Protection

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Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2000


In April, the Subcommittee on Government Management, Information and Technology of the House Government Reform Committee held a hearing to review the merits of establishing the Commission for the Comprehensive Study of Privacy Protection. The focus of the hearing was the Hutchinson/Moran....

Comparing the OIG Guidances

Author: Prophet, Sue

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2000


One of the first places to begin when creating a compliance program is the Office of Inspector General (OIG) compliance program guidances, designed to help healthcare organizations develop and implement effective programs. These documents (available online at http://www.hhs.gov/oig) include s....

New Directions for Long Term Care

Author: Anderson, Rhonda L.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2000


Compliance has always been with us, from the days of routine chart audits and care evaluation processes. But today HIM professionals in long term care find themselves facing the challenges of compliance as never before.

In recent years, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) has inc....

On the Line: Professional Practice Solutions...

Author: Hughes, Gwen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2000


Q: I work for a small physician practice. Until recently, physicians would take home patient records to dictate in the evening. Unfortunately, one of our physicians' cars was burglarized and 30 records were stolen. What should we do?
Q: Where I can access the Medicare Conditions of Part....

Compliance Across the Continuum: What Works

Author:

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2000


Reducing fraud and abuse.
Making operations run more smoothly.
Improving services.
Keeping a lid on costs.

Compliance programs aim to do all of these things. And with expertise in coding, reimbursement, and regulatory matters, HIM professionals are natural members of....

Changing with the Times

Author: Kibbler, Anne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2000


In the third part of our special report, we look at HIM professionals and how they're coping with relentless change.
Change is the only constant these days for HIM professionals, who are continually adapting to new regulations, pervasive technology, and increasing demands on personnel.....

Exploring IT Opportunities for HIM Professionals

Author: Benson, Christine L.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2000


Medical records have traditionally housed a patient's health history, but they also hold the statistical information that enables healthcare facilities to determine patient care trends and guides administrators to project future demand of services. As a result, the need for more information,....

Yours, Mine, and Ours

Author: Skurka, Margaret A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2000


Newspaper columnists spend plenty of time writing about problems in our society, trying to understand who's responsible for social ills and how they can be fixed. How does this relate to AHIMA? I believe that we can ask the same type of questions about some of the problems our professi....

Home Care Poised for Greater Demand

Author: Halamandaris, Val J.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2000


During the late 1980s and early 1990s, home health care was the fastest growing healthcare segment in the United States. Although Medicare cutbacks enacted under the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 have left many home health providers struggling to survive under restricted reimbursements,....

OIG Issues Nursing Compliance Guidance

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Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2000


The Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (HHS-OIG) has published the OIG Compliance Program Guidance for Nursing Facilities. Published in the Federal Register on March 16, 2000, the document contains seven fundamental elements for an effective complia....

Speaking Up for HIM

Author: Blumenthal, Jane E

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2000


Her voice bubbling with enthusiasm, Ramona Fissinger, RHIT, describes her job as "typical of most other medical records director positions." But Fissinger, director of medical records services at the Community Hospital in Munster, IN, has a passion for health information mana....

Learning the Laws Behind Compliance

Author: Wagg, Dorothy Grandolfi

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2000


With Vision 2006, AHIMA's Board of Directors challenged members to expand our knowledge base and professional horizons. One role that several HIM professionals have been asked to fill is compliance officer or manager. Generally, this role has led us down a familiar path—using our....

HIM: Changing Contexts, Changing Practice

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2000


How is the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 affecting academic medical centers? What is the likely impact of aging Baby Boomers on long term care and home care? What is contributing to the rise of complementary and alternative medicines?

This month, we focus on major trends acr....

E-health Code of Ethics Under Way

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Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2000


The Internet Healthcare Coalition (IHC) held a working summit from January 31 through February 2 to begin the development of an international "e-health Code of Ethics." The summit produced a set of guiding principles to govern the behavior of all health sites on the Internet. T....

On the Line: Professional Practice Solutions (5/00)

Author: Welch, Julie J.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2000


Q: Within what time frame are verbal orders required to be authenticated?

Q: Is electronic record storage legal?

Q: Does the Joint Commission require an RHIT or RHIA to be employed in a hospital's HIM department?

Julie Welch is an HIM practice manager at A....

Cornerstones of Outstanding Leadership

Author: Hughes, Gwen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2000


During my 28 years in the healthcare industry, I have had the good fortune to work for a couple of truly outstanding leaders. Although I recognized and attempted to emulate some of the management techniques used by these outstanding individuals, I didn't truly appreciate how skilled they were....

Online Security an FTC Issue

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Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2000


The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has established the FTC Advisory Committee on Online Access and Security to "provide advice and recommendations to the Commission regarding implementation of fair information practices by domestic commercial Web sites—specifically, providing on....

IOM Report Examines Medical Errors

Author: Asmonga, Donald D.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2000


Estimates attribute between 44,000 to 98,000 deaths each year to medical errors in hospitals, while more than 7,000 deaths are the result of medication errors occurring in all healthcare settings. According to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report "To Err is Human: Building a Saf....

Boosting Efficiency in Home Health Record Systems

Author: Abraham, Prinny

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2000


The growing pains of the past decade have led to medical record backlogs and record retrieval crises for many home healthcare agencies. These problems have pushed more than one agency director into enlisting the skills of an HIM professional to evaluate the medical record systems in pl....

Taking the Lead in Compliance Education

Author: Manning, Susan C.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2000


Voluntarily developed and implemented compliance programs for the healthcare industry are the continual goal of the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services. The OIG recognizes that when a healthcare provider establishes an effective compliance plan....

Are We Ready for Portable Healthcare?

Author: Welch, Julie J.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2000


The portable PC market has been around for years, but early users had to put up with heavy machines, brief battery usage times, and quirky keyboards. Today, with high-capacity hard drives, Pentium chips, and corporate information systems support for palmtop, laptop, and notebook users,....

Guidelines for a 'Win-Win' Vendor Relationship

Author: Pavoni, Mary Mike

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2000


For some HIM managers, contracting with a vendor is their only external business relationship. The ideal outcome of the sale and purchase process requires both parties to commit to the success of the effort. If the HIM manager approaches a vendor with a "convince me I need this&qu....

On the Line: Professional Practice Solutions (4/00)

Author: Dougherty, Michelle

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2000


Q: When are rubber-stamp signatures acceptable? I read in a Part A newsletter that Medicare no longer accepts rubber-stamp signatures on documents that certify, order, or justify a service billed to Medicare. The newsletter cited the Medicare Conditions of Participation for hospitals (42CFR4....

Standards: Solutions or Culprits?

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2000


No other country on earth has as regulated a healthcare system as the US, and no country on earth comes close to our level of health spending. According to one estimate, Medicare regulations span more pages than the notorious Internal Revenue Code.1

Are all these standards....

Getting Ready for HIPAA Privacy Rules

Author: Amatayakul, Margret

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2000


What do the proposed privacy regulations mean to HIM professionals—and what can you do now to begin to prepare? The author takes an in-depth look at the proposed rules.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 is bringing significant changes to the ma....

To E or Not to E: HIM and the Dawn of E-health

Author: Fuller, Sandra R.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2000


E-commerce, e-shopping, e-mail—seems like there's an "e" in front of almost every word these days. What about health information management? Is HIM headed for cyberspace? And if the world is going to the Web, how ready is HIM to follow—or lead?



As we try to imagi....

Health Informatics Standards: A User's Guide

Author: Brandt, Mary D.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2000


From code sets to data sets to developing organizations, how much do you really know about technical standards? This article provides a handy reference guide.

The vision is clear: a longitudinal, or lifetime, health record for each person that is computer-based, secure, readily ac....

Long Term Care's Prospects for Accreditation

Author: Dougherty, Michelle

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2000


Typically, long term care facilities in the United States are not accredited by the Joint Commission. Whether current trends may change this picture, as facilities look for ways to distinguish themselves from their peers, remains to be seen.

While only a small p....

Clarifying Selected CPT Modifiers

Author: Scichilone, Rita A

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: April 2000


Coding for professional services is complicated enough when coding professionals are charged with assisting the physician to select the best five-digit number for the services rendered. It becomes even more complex when circumstances of the case require the CPT code to be modified. Add....

Setting the Standards

Author: Jeffries, Jane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2000


After years of learning and teaching HIM, Mary Alice Hanken, PhD, RHIA, now develops the standards that shape it. Hanken leads an American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) subcommittee that authors the standards that are changing the meaning of security.

Hanken has....

Intranets: A Way to Connect

Author: Thieleman, William; Postal, Susan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2000


The uses of the Internet are well known, but companywide intranets are popular as well. In this article, two HIM professionals share how their organizations are putting the power of intranets to work for training, communicating, and more. An Intranet in the Healthcare Environm....

HCFA Eyes Nursing Homes

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Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2000


HCFA Administrator Nancy-Ann DeParle announced immediate actions developed by the Clinton administration to ensure quality care in nursing homes. According to the announcement, HCFA has: instructed states to impose immediate sanctions, such as fines, against nursing homes in more situatio....

Web-based Education Cuts Training Time, Saves Money

Author: Jeffries, Jane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2000


Where does continuing education fit between a full-time job and the rest of your life? Increasingly, the answer is online. In many fields, Web-based education is rapidly becoming a popular alternative to traditional, instructor-led education. The Cleveland Clinic offers c....

Ensuring Compliance in the New Frontier

Author: Zender, Anne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2000


Consumers go to healthcare Web sites to get information, keep track of their health, or connect with others. Behind the scenes at one such site, Barbara Demster, MS, RHIA, is working to make sure everything is legal.

Demster is corporate compliance officer for Healtheon/ W....

Don't Wish for It, Work for It

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Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2000


Your accomplishments in your career and in your personal life have been possible because you've worked for them—not just wished for them. The same can be said about AHIMA as we've accomplished agenda and vision items over the past years.

We have numerous goals for 200....

Resolving Confidentiality Barriers in Research Data Collection

Author: Houser, Shannon H.; Engle, Molly; Schumacher, Joseph E; Caldwell, Ellen; Kohler, Connie L; Phelan, Sharon T; Raczynski, James M; Reynolds, Kim D

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2000


How can HIM professionals ensure data collection consistency without access to earlier records? When protecting patient anonymity posed a challenge in a research study, HIM professionals took a team approach to abstracting records that maintained quality without compromising confidentiality.

AHIMA Comments on Privacy Rule

Author: Asmonga, Donald D.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2000


On January 18, 2000, AHIMA submitted comments to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on the proposed rule for 45 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Parts 160 through 164: "Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information." The proposed rule....

For Health Records on the Internet, the Future Is Now

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2000


One of the Journal's editorial goals is to blend practical information that readers can use to improve practice today with topics that foretell future trends. The theme for this month's focus articles defies such neat classification. Health records on the Internet are undoubtedly the f....

Tracking HIV, Maintaining Confidentiality

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Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2000


In an effort to track the spread of HIV, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released guidelines to assist states in collecting data on the disease. By using the names of patients who test positive for HIV or unique identifying codes, the CDC hopes to better track the ....

Implementing an Electronic Imaging System

Author: Graham, Debra

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2000


More and more is being seen and heard about the computerized patient record (CPR). The desire to embrace this new technology is often checked by fear of such a project's magnitude. A myriad of questions regarding computer literacy suddenly emerge: Do I, or anyone in my department, really under....

Steering Quality Improvement in Healthcare

Author: Schoenfelt, Suzanne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2000


"Quality" is a multi-industry buzzword, but what does it really mean in today's healthcare climate? We asked the experts for their views on the state of quality improvement in healthcare and what lies in store for HIM professionals as QI evolves.
For decades, healthcare has concerned its....

Holistic Approach to Health Information

Author: Jeffries, Jane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2000


Yolanda Malone, RHIA, can trace her career path back to an HIM professor's advice. "When I was looking for a job out of school, a professor told me to look at anything related to HIM," says Malone. Don't limit yourself, her professor told her. "And that's why I am wher....

On the Line: Professional Practice Solutions (2/00)

Author: Welch, Julie J.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2000


Q: The ambulatory care facility where I work is considering implementing an electronic signature process. Is the use of electronic signature acceptable in ambulatory care? Also, what guidelines for this are available?

Q: What Internet security guidelines are available?
<....

Education Accreditation Gets Streamlined

Author: Wallace, Susan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2000


Healthcare organization accreditation is a fact of life. But did you know that HIM educational programs get accredited, too? Here's how the educational accreditation process is streamlining with the times.
HIM professionals are well aware of the process of accr....

Toward a Web-enabled HIM Profession

Author: Skurka, Margaret A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2000


I begin this month's column with three questions: Do you have access to the Internet? Do you use it as a tool in your work? Are you regularly using the professional development information on AHIMA's Web site? If your answer to any of these questions is "no," I urge you to ....

Dual Accreditation Presents Challenges, Opportunities

Author: Zender, Anne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2000


While most HIM professionals are acquainted with participating in a facility's Joint Commission accreditation processes, a small but significant number work in facilities that are also accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). Though the organizations have....

Mastering the Information Management Standards

Author: Clark, Jean S.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2000


For HIM professionals working at organizations surveyed by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the information management standards are critical. Here's an overview of the key points and top issues surveyors look for.
Whether you work in acute, long term, h....

Demystifying Nonphysician Practitioner Billing

Author: Lich, Denisha

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2000


To address today's financial challenges, healthcare facilities are increasing their use of nonphysician practitioners, such as nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, and physician assistants, to provide patient care. As a result, providers need to pay close attention to the employmen....

Using CPT Modifier -25 for Professional Billing

Author: Yoder, Lois M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2000


You may want to consider a focused review of how your practice assigns CPT modifier -25, "a significant, separately identifiable Evaluation & Management (E&M) service by the same physician on the same day of the procedure or other service."1 The Health Care Financing Admini....

Using Scenario Planning

Author: Fuller, Sandra R.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2000


Do you ever wish you had a crystal ball to see into the future? Are you frustrated when your boss can't give you a straight answer about what is going to happen? Will there be more budget cuts? Will your clinic merge with that integrated delivery system? Should you volunteer to take over regi....

Crystal Ball for Coding

Author: Johns, Merida L.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2000


What will the future of coding look like? A special AHIMA task force has several ideas. What will really happen depends on how coders choose to respond. Here's an overview of the task force's findings, plus suggestions on how readers can make the most of possible career opportunities.
It....

Guarding Against Disclosure

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Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2000


The Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR) is developing "guiding national principles" for assisting institutional review boards (IRB) and similar bodies to protect against the wrongful disclosure of personal health information that could be used to identify patients involved....

E-commerce and HIM: Ready or Not, Here It Comes

Author: McLendon, Kelly

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2000


It's a big thing, this e-commerce revolution. The Internet has changed the way the world conducts business and many agree its influence will only grow more pervasive. HIM will not remain on the sidelines; it will certainly be drawn into the fray. What Is E-commerce?

E-commerce is a e....

Off-Site Coding Success Story

Author: Kramer, Lynette; Meeks, Richard

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2000


If you asked HIM professionals about key success factors that substantially impact timely and accurate coding, three of the most common answers might be:
availability of the record immediately after the patient visit
availability of the complete record....

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