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Hacked! What to Do Following a Cyberattack

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2019




By Mary Butler


Steve Giles, chief information officer (CIO) at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, says the experience of his organization’s 2016 high-profile ransomware attack was among the top three most terrible events he has lived through in his professional and p....

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....

How to Write for Your Profession

Author: Sandefer, Ryan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2019


By Ryan Sandefer, PhD, and Amy Watters, EdD, RHIA, FAHIMA


In the January issue of Journal of AHIMA, health information professionals were asked to take action by highlighting their work and the value of the health information management (HIM) profession through publishing. Yes, t....

Effectively Managing a Growing Coding Workforce

Author:

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2019


By Clark Chaffin, MBA, RHIA, CCS


Health information management (HIM) departments across the United States, whether small or large, are experiencing a multitude of challenges and growing pains in today’s healthcare landscape. As more experienced members of the workforce are retirin....

Why You Need to Write for Your Profession

Author: Sandefer, Ryan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2019


By Ryan Sandefer, PhD, and Amy Watters, EdD, RHIA, FAHIMA


The May 2014 cover of Journal of AHIMA featured an image of a chameleon and the words “Adapt or Disappear.” This hyperbolic warning for health information management (HIM) professionals was delivered in the context of the r....

IPPS Final Rule Changes for Fiscal Year 2019

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2019




By Moira Hunger, RHIT


Though hard to believe, a new fiscal year (FY) is already well underway. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final rule for the Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) on August 17, 2018. All changes were e....

In Pursuit of Compatible Coding Audit Benchmarks

Author: Stanfill, Mary H

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2019


By Mary H. Stanfill, MBI, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, FAHIMA


People like benchmarkS. They like to know how they are doing in comparison to someone else. In health information management (HIM), a common benchmark is the de facto standard of 95 percent accuracy rate for medical coding. HIM pr....

President's Message: Be Heard, Be Fearless

Author: Watzlaf, Valerie J.M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2019


By Valerie Watzlaf, PhD, MPH, RHIA, FAHIMA


As AHIMA transitions into our strategy reset, it is more important than ever to keep our passion for the HIM profession strong, as well as align our passions with what is best for our profession and association. So, how do we find our voi....

Inside Look: Navigating Change with Courage

Author: Wiggs Harris, Wylecia

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2019


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


Navigating change can be exciting—or it can be scary. It can be especially hard to cope when you feel like you’re right in the middle of change and you don’t know how everything’s going to turn out.


In his se....

The Business Reality of HIM Outsourcing Explained

Author: Carey, Susan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2019


By Susan Carey, MHI, RHIT, PMP, FAHIMA


Outsourcing, whether delegating work to companies within the US or to other countries (offshore outsourcing), has become a strategic consideration and business model in many areas of the healthcare industry, including healthcare IT, health in....

Future Forward

Author: Smith, Diann H. MS, RHIA, CHP, FAHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2018










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


It is hard to believe this is my last Journal of AHIMA column as AHIMA’s President/Chair of the Board of Directors. I am genuinely grateful to have joined you in bringing to life the theme for AHIMA’s....

What’s in a Name?

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2018







It’s not at all uncommon for organizations to change their names several times before landing on one that captures their presence in the past, the present, and the future—especially if they are technology-focused. Take NCR Corp., which today sells every....

Blockchain’s Role in Health IT

Author: Viola, Allison F.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2018







By Allison Viola, MBA, RHIA


When innovative technologies make a splash on the international stage, healthcare professionals wonder how these technologies can translate or be scaled for the healthcare industry. Health information management (HIM) profession....

“Alexa, Let’s Schedule Some HIPAA Training”

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2018








When a new technology emerges, there’s always a split between the early adopters and their more cautious counterparts. So when it comes to using a digital voice assistant like Amazon’s Echo, Google Home, or Apple’s Siri in a hospital’s intensive care unit (ICU), do....

Niche Analytics

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2018

Specialty and Non-Acute Data Analytics Initiatives Offer Focus and Opportunity for HIM


By Mary Butler


In the fast-paced world of emergency medicine, it’s hard to conjure a metric that’s more important to both prospective patients and clinicians than emergency....

Deliverance in the Data

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2018

Mother’s Crusade to Help Daughter with Genetic Syndrome Leads to Work in Health Data Analytics Research


By Mary Butler









Megan O’Boyle keeps track of her daughter Shannon’s medical records using this voluminous binde....

HIM’s Vital Role in Healthcare Ratings

Author: Land, Daniel

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2018






By Daniel Land, RHIA, CCS


Coded data has a long and influential life span, and its importance goes beyond that of just today’s revenue cycle. It is important for health information management (HIM) professionals to understand the micro and macro purposes of cod....

Best Practices for Data Analytics Reporting Lifecycles: Quality in Report Building and Data Validation

Author: Clack, Lesley; Houser, Shannon H.; Kadlec, Lesley; Mikaelian, Raymound; Wendicke, Annemarie; Cain, Jeannine MSHI, RHIA, CPHI; Spears, Amanda MA, CHDA

Source: Journal of AHIMA | AHIMA practice brief

Publication Date: October 2018






While the importance of data quality in providing high-quality clinical care in today’s healthcare setting is typically well understood, the quality of data for report building and validation activities is often not well articulated—and potential data quality....

AHIMA Turns 90

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2018





Examining the Past, Present, and Future of the Association through its Members


By Mary Butler


Etiquette experts abide by a set of rules about what makes for an appropriate wedding anniversary gift. Paper, for example, is advised for one-year anni....

Beyond the Basics for Health Informatics Professionals - Retired

Author: Campbell, Angela; Houser, Shannon H.; Paulson, Dawn; Ryznar, Barbara; Smith, Clarice Pittillo; Woebkenberg, Jami; Hernandez, Sandra MSMIS, RHIA, CPHI, CCS, CHC; Pirie-St. Pierre, Mari RHIA, CPHI; Plimpton, Julie MSHI, RHIA, CPHI

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2018





Editor’s Note: This Practice Brief supersedes the September 2014 Practice Brief “Defining the Basics of Health Informatics for HIM Professionals.”


Data, data everywhere! We are living in the age of “Big Data” and healthcare informat....

Double Trouble

Author: Houser, Shannon H.; Harris, Shannon MBA, RHIA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2018





Using Health Informatics to Tackle Duplicate Medical Record Issues


By Shannon Harris, MBA, RHIA, and Shannon H. Houser, PhD, MPH, RHIA, FAHIMA


Are You battling with duplicate medical record issues in your organization? Data quality issues are trending....

How to Prepare for EHR Downtime

Author: Primeau, Debra

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2018





Whether Due to Cyberattacks, System Upgrades, or Myriad Other Potential Causes, Healthcare Organizations Need Solid EHR Contingency Plans


By Debra Primeau, MA, RHIA, FAHIMA


In May 2016, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) p....

Using Population Health, Inclusive HIM Practices to Better Treat LGBTQ Patients

Author: Dooling, Julie A; Kadlec, Lesley; Pruente, Megan; Ward, Maria; Woebkenberg, Jami; Butler-Henderson, Kerryn CHIA, FAHIMA; Ginn, Dustin MA, MHA, RHIA; Retallack, Donna RHIT; Young III, John RHIA, CHPS, CPHIMS, HCISPP

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2018









By Kerryn Butler-Henderson, CHIA, FAHIMA; Julie Dooling, MSHI, RHIA, CHDA, FAHIMA; Dustin Ginn, MA, MHA, RHIA; Lesley Kadlec, MA, RHIA, CHDA; Megan Pruente, RHIA; Donna Retallack, RHIT; Maria Ward, MEd, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P; Jami Woebkenberg, MHIM, RHIA, CPHI; and....

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