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IFHIMA Prepares for 19th Congress as Health Information Goes Global and Digital

Author: Fernandes, Lorraine M.; Butler-Henderson, Kerryn CHIA, FAHIMA; MacDonald, Marci; Skurka, Margaret A.; Lewis, Carol; AlBishi, Hussein; Axford, Kylie

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2019


By Lorraine Fernandes, RHIA; Kerryn Butler Henderson, PhD; Carol Lewis, MPH, RHIA; Marci MacDonald, CHIM; Margaret Skurka, MS, RHIA, CCS, FAHIMA; Hussein AlBishi; and Kylie Axford


Healthcare, like manY other segments of society and the economy, has become truly global.

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Keeping Our Eye on the Revenue Cycle Ball

Author: Wiggs Harris, Wylecia

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2019


By Wylecia Wiggs Harris, PhD, CAE, chief executive officer


How would you spend $262 billion? It’s an eye-popping number, but according to a 2017 report by Change Healthcare, that’s how much in claims are initially denied every year due to insufficient clinical documentation. The r....

Digital Assistants Record First Privacy Breaches

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2019

Incidents Create Questions About the Emerging Tech’s Use in Healthcare


Unquestionably, artificial intelligence (AI) is destined to revolutionize healthcare. It’s also highly likely that in the near future, lawmakers in the United States will pursue legislation to strengthen privacy law....

Surgical Site Infection Coding Update

Author: Minski, Melissa

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2019


By Melissa Minski, RHIA, CCS, CCDS


According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), more than 10 million patients undergo surgical procedures as inpatients each year, accounting for over 25 percent of all hospital stays. The most common types of inpatient s....

CY 2019 CPT Code Update

Author: Maccariella-Hafey, Patricia C

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2019


By Patricia Maccariella-Hafey, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, CCS-P, CIRCC


Calendar year (CY) 2019 brings robust changes to the CPT code set with 212 new codes, 73 deleted codes, and 50 revised codes. That puts the total number of CPT codes at an all-time high of 10,294. This article will highl....

MACRA 2019 Update: What to Know

Author: Marron-Stearns, Michael

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2019


By Michael Marron-Stearns, MD, CPC, CFPC


On November 1, 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule.1 This document includes policy information for the third performance year of the CMS Quality Payment Program (QPP).....

The Pros and Cons of Getting ‘App-y’

Author: Wise, Lee A; Miller, Nicole

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2019


By Nicole Miller, MS, RHIA, and Lee Wise, MS, RHIA, CHCO


We live in an era where we can order groceries online and have them delivered right to our kitchen. We are able to do nearly all banking online, making it possible to never set foot in a brick-and-mortar bank branch. It can....

Down to the Basics: Policies and Procedures

Author: Fahy, Kristi

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2019



By Kristi Fahy, RHIA


Streamline, streamline, streamline! Organizations keep hearing that streamlining the way business is conducted will maximize outcomes and returns. Luckily, the path to a more streamlined organization takes us all the way down to the basics: policies and p....

HIM Can Play a Role in Price Transparency

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2019


While a lot has been done to fight some of the biggest inequities in healthcare—such as higher premiums or insurance denials for pre-existing conditions—some mysteries of the system remain impenetrable for consumers. Chief among those is price transparency and the quagmire that must be navigate....

A Resolution To Be Meaningful

Author: Wells, Shawn

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2019


By Shawn Wells, RHIT, CHDA


As we move into the second month of the new year I am reminded of our optimistic, yet often-abandoned, list of New Year’s resolutions. These promises we make to ourselves every January originated as promises to the pagan gods over 4,000 years ago, with....

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