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2017 CPT Coding Update

Author: Huey, Kim

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

Publication Date: March 2017



The 2017 update to the CPT code set brings fewer new codes than in previous years but more guideline changes and clarifications, as well as revisions in code description. One Appendix is deleted and a new one is created. There are a total of 149 new CPT codes, 498 revised codes, and 81 del....

Big Data Requires Information Governance

Author: Meehan, Ann M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2017



The term “Big Data” is everywhere, but what is it and what do health information management (HIM) professionals need to know about it? Understanding Big Data in healthcare, ensuring its accuracy, and harnessing it for patient care and business decisions are critical to a succes....

Statistically, What’s the Chance of a Breach?

Author: Wiedemann, Lou Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2017



According to the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR), from January 2016 to November 2016 approximately 169,013,996 people were affected by 1,737 healthcare breaches. The Ponemon Institute estimates that data breaches could cost the healthcare industry as m....

New Study Illuminates the Ongoing Road to ICD-10 Productivity and Optimization

Author: Alakrawi, Zahraa M; Watzlaf, Valerie J.M.; Nemchik, Scot; Sheridan, Patty Thierry

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

Publication Date: March 2017



To quantify the impact of ICD-10-CM/PCS (ICD-10) on coding productivity, Ciox Health, in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Health Information Management, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, conducted a previous study published in the August 2016....

Keep Out: Unsecured PHI Inside

Author: Journal of AHIMA Staff

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2017


Crumbling, decaying, and abandoned hospitals aren’t just physically dangerous examples of urban decrepitude—they also could be prime targets for medical identity thieves who know what they’re doing.


Take the case of Chicago, IL’s Edgewater Medical Center, a....

Improved Patient Engagement for LGBT Populations: Addressing Factors Related to Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity for Effective Health Information Management

Author: AHIMA Work Group

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2017


One of the Healthy People 2020 objectives from the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion is to improve the health, safety, and well-being of individuals in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) population.1 This population faces health disparities with barriers to healt....

Send in the (Potentially Life-Saving) Drones

Author: Journal of AHIMA Staff

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2017


None of the incredible advances in medical technology or pharmacology are any good if they’re inaccessible to people who need them the most. But that’s exactly what’s happening in rural Appalachia, especially in southwestern Virginia’s economically depressed coal counties, where large swaths of....

House of Delegates Helping Govern HIM Profession

Author: Lemery, Chrisann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2017



The AHIMA House of Delegates (House) is tasked with governing the health information management (HIM) profession as identified in the AHIMA bylaws. The delegates are 231 members from the 52 component state associations (CSAs) and the AHIMA Board of Directors. With the focus having been on....

Information Asset Inventory for Information Governance - Retired

Author: Downing, Kathy; Fahy, Kristi; Foster, MeShawn; Hermann, Michelle; Meehan, Ann M.; Washington, Lydia; Woebkenberg, Jami

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2017


When an organization begins to implement an enterprise information governance (IG) program, one of the major initial tasks is to understand the scope and types of information in its possession. An inventory of an organization’s information is necessary in order to facilitate decision maki....

Getting a Grip on the Importance of Data

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2017



As I write this column, a new federal administration is taking shape in Washington, DC, and its future impact on healthcare regulation is unclear. In uncertain times, it’s helpful to remember a bright spot: We are beginning to get a grip on the importance of data.


For....

Does Your Forms Committee Need a Facelift? Standardizing Best Practices for HIM-focused Committees—A Case Study in the Physician Practice Setting

Author: Chou, Edgar; Montroy, Tami

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2017



In most healthcare settings, health information management (HIM) initiatives are led by HIM professionals with collaboration from other organizational leaders. At Drexel University College of Medicine, it is no different. Representatives with expertise in risk management, privacy, complian....

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