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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.


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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....

Welcome to HIM, Watch Your Step: Unique HIM Role Focuses on Blending Education and Workforce Development to Properly Onboard New Hires and Get Students Vital On-the-Job Experience

Author: Nelson, Kristin

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2017



A unique job role has been created at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (OSUWMC) related to onboarding, training, and student preceptorship that is seeing positive results and working to get past the Catch 22 of employment—you need experience to get a job, but you need a job....

Three Practical IG Projects You Should Implement Today

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2017



Between 2015 and 2016, information governance (IG) went from being an esoteric concept to a new way of life for some healthcare professionals. In 2015, AHIMA recruited 11 healthcare organizations, including vendors, hospitals, physician practices, and regional health information organizat....

RAC Audit Underpayments: Does CMS Owe You Money?

Author: Eramo, Lisa A

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2017



Anxiety—it’s the emotion that looms over most patient financial services (PFS) directors and those working in health information management (HIM) when they discover that their organization’s claims are subject to a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Recovery....

CY 2017 OPPS Update

Author: Comfort, Angie

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

Publication Date: February 2017



As last year drew to a close, facilities began the looming task of reviewing the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) final rule to ensure their chargemaster and systems were up-to-date with the 2017 changes. The final rule for calendar year (CY) 2017 was released on Novem....

Getting Involved and Giving Back in HIM

Author: Sheber, Sarah

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: February 01, 2017



From local opportunities to national groups, volunteering is a way for health information management (HIM) professionals to engage with their community and work to advance the profession. With opportunities suited to any professional level, from a student getting ready to enter the work fo....

AHIMA World Congress: Empowering Members Around the Globe

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2017



Long before the Zika virus or Ebola outbreaks became a threat in the United States, public health has been an international endeavor. According to some estimates, the Spanish flu—which peaked between 1918 and 1920—killed more than half a million Americans and 50 million people worldwide i....

Role of Coding and Documentation in the Quality Payment Program

Author: DeVault, Kathryn; Easterling, Sharon; Huey, Kim

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

Publication Date: January 2017



In the current era of healthcare transformation, the continuing importance of documentation and coding cannot be overstated. With the multitude of acronyms being added to the healthcare vocabulary, one may wonder where documentation and coding fits in. It’s important to remember that....

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