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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....

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