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Quest for Quality and Comparability in the National Healthcare Database: Announcing A Payer’s Guide to Health Care Data Quality and Integrity

Author: AHIMA Coding Policy and Strategy Committee

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: September 1996

As the computer-based patient record slowly becomes a reality, the need has never been greater for a national cooperative effort to recognize and apply uniform terminology and coding guidelines for both the clinical community and fiscal intermediaries. AHIMA’s Coding Policy and Strategy Commit....

Myocardial Infarctions: Frequently Asked Questions

Author: Prophet, Sue

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 1996

Myocardial Infarctions

Many coders still have questions regarding the correct coding and sequencing of myocardial infarctions (MI), particularly in relation to the use of the fifth digits, transfers, underlying diagnosis, and performance of procedures. The following information is provide....

Why Don't We Have Computer-Based Patient Records

Author: Drazen, Erica

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 1996

In 1991 the Institute of Medicine produced a report that came to the unequivocal conclusion that to make advances in the quality of care, efficiency of process, and containment of costs, we needed to adopt computer-based patient records. They even subtitled the report "An Essential Technology....

Disorders of the Breast

Author: Prophet, Sue

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 1996


Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women. Risk factors include a personal or family history of breast cancer, delayed childbearing, and personal history of benign breast disease.
A tumor may be identified by mammogram or self-examination. Many tumors are d....

Disaster Plans: Lessons Learned

Author: Rhodes, Harry B.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 1996

Shortly after I accepted my first position as director of medical records, I began to develop time management skills and created a "to do" list. One item on my list that got very little attention was my department's disaster plan. Working in a 55-bed hospital in a peaceful eastern Texas commu....

Accreditation of Managed Care Organizations

Author: Probyn, Susan L.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 1996

It is common knowledge in the healthcare industry that every few years most hospitals undergo rigorous review to become accredited. Less well known is the fact that many managed care organizations are following suit and undergoing an accreditation process of their own. Several organizations h....

Paper to Paperless, and the Paper In-between

Author: Grzybowski, Darice

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 1994

Paper to paperless, and the paper in-between. This title may sound like an oxymoron, but it is, in fact, a reflection of reality. Any facility making the transition to an automated point-of-care documentation system, is most likely struggling with intense paper processing, key indexing or sca....

New Name, New Opportunities


Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 1991

Setting the pace for health information management for the next century, the House of Delegates (HOD) of the American Health Information Management Association chose the 1991 Annual Meeting as the forum to adopt two dramatic changes in the organization's bylaws. The changes reflect AHIMA's dyna....

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