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Privacy and Security Risks with Biometrics

Author: Hedges, Ron

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2018









By Ron Hedges, JD


Collection and use of biometric information may be useful to healthcare providers looking for new and better ways to positively identify patients as well as fight fraud. Biometric technologies include facial recognition, retinal....

Celebrating 90 Years of AHIMA Conventions

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2018






From its founding era to present day, AHIMA’s signature event has been its annual convention and exhibit. The event has consistently drawn the most talented health information management (HIM) professionals for educational sessions and keynote speakers, sporting ba....

Understanding Strategy Beyond Today

Author: Smith, Diann H.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2018









By Diann H. Smith, MS, RHIA, CHP, FAHIMA


AS HEALTH INFORMATION management (HIM) professionals, we must constantly evaluate our role in the healthcare ecosystem as the industry continues to evolve. After all, healthcare has many stakeholders and H....

Big Privacy Concerns for Small Practices

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2018








By Mary Butler


Anyone who has ever been to a doctor’s office or mental health provider where the seating area is sparse can quickly ascertain that they’re giving up some modicum of privacy to see that doctor. Tiny waiting areas with chairs or benches....

Advancing a Nationwide Patient Matching Strategy

Author: Viola, Allison F.; Halamka, John; Torkzadeh, Rita MS; Moscovitch, Ben MA; Rising, Josh MD; Asnaani, Jitin MBA; De Mooy, Michelle MA; Ferguson, Jamie BS; Gingrich, Mark MS; Grannis, Shaun MD; Heflin, Eric BS; Hohwald, Andrew MBA; Miri, Aaron MBA; Rudin, Robert S PhD; Schulten, Catherine BS; Worzala, Chantal PhD

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2018












By Rita Torkzadeh, MS; Ben Moscovitch, MA; Josh Rising, MD; Jitin Asnaani, MBA; Michelle De Mooy, MA; Jamie Ferguson, BS; Mark Gingrich, MS; Shaun Grannis, MD; Eric Heflin, BS; Andrew Hohwald, MBA; Aaron Miri, MBA; Robert S. Rudin, PhD; Catherin....

Appendix B: Query Escalation and Retention

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2018












Whatever the size and structure of the practice, and regardless of who is responsible for the query, general practices for escalation and retention should apply.

Timeframes


A pre-visit review of documentation may be usefu....

Appendix C: Query Examples

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2018











Example #1: Diagnosis is documented but is not clinically validated




Dear Doctor,


COPD exacerbation is documented within the clinic note dated 3/5/xx.


There is no documentation in the current h....

Appendix A: Query Monitoring/Auditing

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2018












Physician practices vary greatly in terms of number of physicians, size of staff, type of setting, management structure, and even whether they have CDI and/or credentialed coding professionals. As the healthcare industry moves toward population....

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