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Tips for Preventing and Responding to a Ransomware Attack

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: April 01, 2016

As predicted, 2016 is proving to be the year of ransomware, with multiple reported incidents making news as we approach April. As they become startlingly more common, it’s important that HIM professionals be aware of how preventable they are, says Tom Walsh, CISSP, founder and managing partner of tw-Security. Just as with other types of data breaches, ransomware attacks are the result of human intervention—that’s also where they end.

Measuring CDI Productivity

Author: Combs, Tammy

Source: AHIMA blog post | Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: March 23, 2016



When calculating the productivity guidelines for a clinical documentation improvement (CDI) program it is important to remember both quantitative and qualitative perspectives. Sometimes it is very easy to focus solely on the quantity of reviews that are performed. If the quality of those r....

Educating Consumers on Their Privacy, Security Rights

Author: Glondys, Barbara

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2016



AHIMA has continually recognized the importance of consumer engagement in healthcare through education and advocacy. Through its partnership with other patient advocacy organizations and investments in its own consumer-focused initiatives, AHIMA has demonstrated its commitment to helping c....

Understanding CDI Metrics

Author: Combs, Tammy

Source: AHIMA blog post | Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: February 24, 2016


Understanding clinical documentation improvement (CDI) metrics can be confusing, especially when you first start reviewing them.


Let’s dive a little deeper into the topic and take a closer look at some frequently reported CDI metrics and evaluate how these measures can reflect the....

Train Your IG Workforce Now

Author: Glondys, Barbara

Source: AHIMA blog post | Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: February 18, 2016



Although health information management professionals are still wrapping their heads around IG, it is critical to begin involving and training your organization’s workforce community in the principles and practices of IG sooner rather than later. The Pocket Glossary of Health Informat....

Yellow Brick Road to IG

Author: Goodell, Suzanne

Source: AHIMA blog post | Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: February 11, 2016



I am the director of meaningful use for a health system with 6 hospitals, 400-plus employed physicians, and a regional presence in my state. I suspect my healthcare system isn’t the only one using patient registration practices better suited to a bygone era. Recently I stumbled across one....

Coding Zika Virus

Author: Endicott, Melanie

Source: AHIMA blog post | Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: February 10, 2016





Zika virus is a mosquito-borne virus that was first identified in Uganda in 1947 in rhesus monkeys. There has recently been a rise in incidences of the Zika virus in Brazil. More than 13 countries in the Americas have reported sporadic Zika virus infections, indicating....

House Scanning the HIM Horizon

Author: Delahoussaye, Elizabeth A

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2016



The primary objective of the House of Delegates (House), made up of delegates from AHIMA’s Component State Associations, is to look at professional issues affecting the health information management (HIM) profession both today and in the future. Essentially, this is a venue in which AHIMA....

Work Outside Your Comfort Zone

Author: Martin, Melissa

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2016



Have you ever taken on a special project outside of your comfort zone? My special project this year has been building an outpatient surgery center (OSC) from the ground up. Leadership, Strategic/Organizational Management, Change Management, and Project Management are all curriculum domain....

New World of Information Governance

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2016



This month, AHIMA celebrates our fourth annual Information Governance (IG) Month. AHIMA created this event to increase awareness and understanding of IG and to help members understand IG’s importance to HIM practice. You’ll be seeing more details about IG Month in our publicati....

FY 2016 CPT Updates

Author: Clack, Crystal

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

Publication Date: February 2016



When the first edition of the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) was released in 1966, there were only 3,554 codes. In 2016, CPT, published by the American Medical Association (AMA), is celebrating its 50th birthday with 10,000 CPT codes. This year’s CPT updates include 140 codes added,....

Survey: Patient Matching Problems Routine in Healthcare

Author: Dooling, Julie A; Fernandes, Lorraine M.; Kirby, Annessa; Landsbach, Grant; Lusk, Katherine; Munns, Megan; Noreen, Neysa; O'Connor, Michele; Patten, Melinda

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: January 06, 2016



A recent survey with AHIMA members revealed that over half of HIM professionals routinely work on mitigating possible patient record duplicates at their facility, and of those 72 percent work on mitigating duplicate records weekly. Contributing to the issue, less than half (47 percent) of....

Season of Transformation

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2016



As I write this, the industry is finally beginning to shift its gaze from the first few weeks of the brave new world of ICD-10-CM/PCS. In October, with each passing day, we breathed a collective sigh of relief as implementation went smoothly. At the end the month, the Centers for Medicare....

New Year, New HIM Goals

Author: Journal of AHIMA Staff

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2016


The best part about a professional new year’s resolution is that it can be much easier to stick to than a personal resolution—there is more motivation (i.e., your boss, personal ambition) and less temptation to slack (i.e., co-worker accountability).


To get a sense of what 2016....

Telehealth Holds Promise for the Future of Healthcare

Author: Martin, Melissa

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2016



In Back to the Future Part II, Marty McFly traveled from 1985 to 2015, and while there he used videoconferencing to communicate with his coworker Needles. Although the real 2015 might not be exactly the world that Marty McFly found in the movie, teleconferencing with a doctor and other te....

Shifting from Reactive to Proactive HIPAA Audits

Author: Brinda, Danika

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2016



Stories about workforce members inappropriately accessing health information continue to plague the Department of Health and Human Services’ Data Breach Portal—which lists US provider data breaches that affect more than 500 individuals. Recently two data breaches reported on th....

MACRA and the Role of Clinical Data Integrity

Author: Stearns, Michael

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2016



President Obama signed into law the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015 on April 16, 2015. This legislation repealed the sustainable growth rate (SGR) but also introduced a number of provisions designed to compensate physicians and other healthcare professionals ba....

Putting the ICD-10-CM/PCS GEMs into Practice (2016 update) - Retired

Author: Archer, Anita; Campbell, Angela; D'Amato, Cheryl; McLeod, Melissa; Rugg, Donna

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2016


Editor's Note: This Practice Brief supersedes the May 2013 and March 2010 Practice Briefs titled "Putting the ICD-10-CM/PCS GEMs into Practice."


Mappings between ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM/PCS will play a critical role in the successful utilization of ICD-10-CM/PCS. The Centers for Me....

Stocking HIM's Workbench for the Year Ahead

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2016


By Mary Butler


As the old canard goes, "if all you have is a hammer then everything looks like a nail." Which is to say that specialists in a given area tend to only consider their specialty and miss the big picture. To personally disprove the idiom, one ideally has multiple too....

Access to Health Information: It Takes a Village

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: December 2015




Obtaining access to one’s written or electronic medical records in a timely manner is one of the guarantees listed in AHIMA’s “Consumer Health Information Bill of Rights.” Yet, for one consumer, Amanda Michelle Jones, MS, AM, being on a first-name basis with medical records depa....

Will IG replace HIM?

Author: Washington, Lydia

Source: AHIMA blog post | Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: December 28, 2015



I hear this question all the time from new as well as veteran HIM professionals. Especially now that the implementation of ICD-10-CM has come and gone (mostly with nothing more than a whimper, I might add, largely due to the exceptional planning and organization skills of great HIM profess....

How to Reach the C-Suite

Author:

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: December 2015




In order for health information management (HIM) professionals to be successful in their organizations—from starting an information governance program to getting ICD-10-CM/PCS implemented on time—support from the C-suite is crucial. As HIM departments undertake increasingly expa....

Four CDI challenges Emerge in ICD-10

Author: Fee, James P

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: December 2015



Editor’s Note: Read this article’s companion piece “Fighting CDI Fires in ICD-10: Three Burning Questions Every Organization Must Answer” in the December 2015 edition of ICD-TEN, available here.



For most clinical documentation improvement (CDI) sp....

What Lies Ahead in 2016?

Author: Hedges, Ron

Source: AHIMA blog post | Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: December 18, 2015





This is the last Legal e-Speaking post of 2015. I thought I would use it to predict what 2016 might bring in litigation and beyond. When looking ahead to the next year, there are many possible things that HIM professionals should keep an eye out for, but five stand out to m....

Earning HIM Cred—The RHIA and RHIT

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: December 09, 2015





For two AHIMA credential holders—one with a registered health information administrator (RHIA) and one with a registered health information technician (RHIT) credential—the extra work required to earn them have paid dividends. Both Karen Linder, BS, RHIT, CCS, CCS-P, and....

DIY Privacy Risk Assessments

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: November 2015


The HIM Problem


Completing regular privacy risk assessments is one of the most proactive ways of preventing healthcare privacy breaches. However, finding helpful tools for these assessments is hard to come by.


The HIM Problem Solver: Sharon Lewis, MBA, RHIA, CHPS, CP....

Can EHRs Handle Genomics Data?

Author: DuBravec, Daniel A

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2015



Virginia’s Inova Fairfax Hospital recently announced plans to open a $245 million genomics research center as part of Inova’s Center for Personalized Health. The research center will sequence nearly 20,000 whole genomes by the end of 2016. Whole genome sequencing, a process where a specia....

Convention Jambalaya

Author: Journal of AHIMA Staff

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2015


Running from September 26 to September 30 in New Orleans, LA, the 87th Annual AHIMA Convention and Exhibit created many notable quotes. Here, in honor of its host city’s famous cuisine, is a media jambalaya from the AHIMA convention.

Bethany Bultman, president of the New Orleans Music....

Breaking Down Walls to Realize Our Vision

Author: Birnbaum, Cassi L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2015



As we wind down the year, I can rest assured that our members have successfully arisen to the occasion of the new challenges that confront us, from ICD-10-CM/PCS to conquering data quality challenges with sound information governance (IG) practices.


One of the many highlig....

Cybersecurity 101

Author: Lucci, Susan; Walsh, Tom

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2015



One of the most alarming statistics in the news, which is growing with intent and severity, is the prevalence of cyber-attacks, particularly in healthcare. It is an alarming trend that has gained a good deal of attention. For example, in July 2015, UCLA reported that up to 4.5 million pati....

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