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AHIMA Here to Help with Coding Changes

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2017



A recent story in the Chicago food blog Eater detailed some of the ways automation is changing the food industry: from sushi served on a conveyor belt to touch-screen beer orders and “pour your own” wine bars. There are even “automated restaurants” that are essentia....

Device or No Device? Coding Impella/IABP External Ventricular Support and the Impact on MS-DRG Assignment

Author: DeVoe, Megan

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

Publication Date: June 2017



The Impella® device (2.5 and 5.0) provides percutaneous external ventricular support for high-risk patients who cannot undergo traditional open cardiovascular procedures in the inpatient hospital setting. Like intra-aortic balloon pumps (IABPs) that have been used for decades, these de....

Learning Together at a Global Pace

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2017



“Are you learning as fast as the world is changing?” This thought-provoking question resonated with me as I was thinking about the issues of education, evolution, and progress. Fast Company magazine cofounder Bill Taylor describes this question as “a defining challenge of....

Quest for Managing Cyberthreats in Healthcare

Author: Carey, Susan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2017



So far 2017 is shaping up to be the year of fear in the realm of healthcare cybersecurity. There was a 61 percent increase in healthcare cyberattacks in 2016. This followed two years of steadily increasing cyberthreats in healthcare, including 93 major cyberattacks in 2016 resulting in com....

Evolving Roles in Clinical Documentation Improvement: Physician Practice Opportunities

Author: Barnette, Erin; Endicott, Melanie; Ericson, Cheryl E; Wieczorek, Michelle M.

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2017


In order to effectively discuss clinical documentation improvement (CDI) opportunities in physician practices, it is important to first understand the drivers and goals of a physician practice CDI program. Historically, diagnosis codes have had little impact in regard to physician practice paym....

Semper Hi-Tech

Author: Journal of AHIMA Staff

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2017


As a small group of US Marines come under fire in fierce house-to-house fighting through an all but deserted urban terrain, a frantic shout of “Medic!” rings through the air. Ducking for cover, a medic comes running with a bag of supplies and… a mobile device with the injured....

Salute to PPE Site Managers

Author: Chenoweth, Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2017



For college seniors, May is the time when the job search intensifies—putting the finishing touches on the resume, buying that new interview suit, and making connections with alumni.


The professional practice experience (PPE) is an important part of student education and is a....

What the Data Say About HIM Professional Trends

Author: Marc, David; Robertson, Janet; Gordon, Leslie; Green-Lawson, Zakevia D; Gibbs, David; Dover, Kayce; Dougherty, Michelle

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2017



In 2015 a workforce study was conducted using a survey instrument to define how health information management (HIM) is shifting to meet future needs and what knowledge, skills, education, and credentials will be necessary to perform successfully as an HIM practitioner.1 This study discover....

Managing Millennials in HIM

Author: Dover, Kayce

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: May 01, 2017



Healthcare is one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy, and Millennials (individuals born between 1982 and 2000) are a vast and vital part of a multigenerational workforce. This article explores ways to bridge generational gaps in the workplace, offering insights and strategies fo....

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