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Pledge Your Allegiance

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Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2014


Patient empowerment is only one button click away for thousands of Americans thanks to the growing Blue Button Initiative, a collection of data-sharing applications that connects patients to their records instantly.


The Blue Button Initiative, which healthcare providers and othe....

On the HIPAA Hook

Author: Hicks, Andrew

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2014



Some healthcare business associates are still asking if HITECH-HIPAA impacts them. The answer is just as important to their affiliated healthcare providers.


Thousands of companies are now legally obligated to comply with the HITECH-HIPAA regulations because of their busines....

Emerging Role of eHIM Director

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: March 2014




In this web series, HIM professionals working in emerging roles give advice on tackling difficult HIM problems.


The HIM Problem


Defining the responsibilities for the role of “eHIM Director” in an increasingly electronic HIM world.


The HIM Prob....

Prepare Now for Meaningful Use Attestation and Compliance Audits

Author: Warner, Diana

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2014

A warning issued in 2013 by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has come to pass. “Meaningful use” Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program audits have begun. The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) reported that out of their 1,400 member organizations, almost 100 received audit notices in October 2013, totaling six percent of membership. In order to protect incentive payments earned through the meaningful use program, organizations need to be prepared for every audit contingency and know exactly what to expect. Organizations also need to avoid common mistakes that could lead to an audit and follow best practices for staying compliant to meaningful use standards.

WARNING Health IT May Be Hazardous to Your Healthcare: New Health IT Hazard Manager Helps Providers and Vendors Track Electronic Health Systems’ Side Effects

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2014



Some in the healthcare industry feel electronic health record (EHR) systems are a miracle cure for what ails a US healthcare system plagued with bloated costs, an inability to communicate, and stunted growth in the use of advanced tools. There are still others who equate some of the promis....

Privacy and Security Audits of Electronic Health Information (2014 update)

Author: Walsh, Tom; Miaoulis, William M

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2014

In a perfect world, access controls alone would ensure the privacy and security of electronic protected health information (ePHI). However, the complexities of today’s healthcare environment make it extremely challenging to limit access to the minimum information necessary that members of the workforce require in order to perform their jobs.

Man Your Battle Stations: Feds Plan Cyber Security Hack Attacks

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Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2014



Frantic instructions to “man your battle stations” is not a command civilians and health information management (HIM) professionals are accustomed to hearing. However, that could soon change as healthcare organizations heed numerous cyber security warnings and prepare for government-plann....

Optimizing Data Representation Through the Use of SNOMED CT

Author: Bronnert, June; Daube, Julie L; Jopp, Gretchen; Peterson, Kathleen; Rihanek, Theresa; Scichilone, Rita A; Tucker, Vanna

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2014

Electronic health records (EHR) have changed the landscape for data representation. For many years health information management (HIM) professionals have relied on classifications for data representation and the support of clinical documentation. SNOMED CT is a data standard frequently used in electronic systems and has been included in the requirements for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) “meaningful use” EHR Incentive Program. SNOMED CT is maintained and distributed by the International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation (IHTSDO). SNOMED CT is recognized throughout the world, and the terminology is available at no cost. The National Library of Medicine (NLM) serves as the US release center and the IHTSDO member country representative.

EHR in Place? Now the Real Work Begins

Author: Kennedy, Angela

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2014

With the deadline for ICD-10-CM/PCS on the horizon and electronic health records now in place in the majority of hospitals, HIM professionals may find themselves asking, “What comes next?” Until recently, the biggest challenges in electronic health information management were first to be able to collect the data, then to sort through the high volume of data coming from a variety of systems.

Health IT Standards Committee Takes On Patient-Generated Health Data

Author: AHIMA Advocacy and Policy Team

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2014

Efforts from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) in the area of patient-generated health data began in 2011. With mobile health on the rise and the “meaningful use” EHR Incentive Program progressing throughout the US healthcare system, these efforts continue to grow in importance to the future of healthcare and health information.

HITECH Frequently Asked Privacy, Security Questions: Part 3

Author: Rose, Angela Dinh; Greene, Adam H

Source: Journal of AHIMA | AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: March 2014

This article concludes a three-part series discussing the most commonly asked questions regarding compliance requirements surrounding the final HITECH Omnibus Rule, released in January 2013. It highlights the updated requirements and provides answers to questions regarding decedent protected health information (PHI), the release of immunization records to schools, and the enhanced request for restrictions requirements.

Peer-to-Peer ICD-10 Training

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: February 2014




In this web series, HIM professionals working in emerging roles give advice on tackling difficult HIM problems.


The HIM Problem


Engaging the practicing physicians in the ICD-10-CM/PCS transition.


Getting physicians on-board with ICD-10-CM/PCS....

Seniors Want Their Health IT

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Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2014


Still think that senior citizens don’t know the difference between a computer mouse and the ones that like hiding out in floorboards? Think again.


According to a survey conducted by Accenture, more seniors than ever are picking up a mouse in their quest for online health informa....

HITECH Frequently Asked Privacy, Security Questions: part 2

Author: Rose, Angela Dinh; Greene, Adam H

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2014

The final HITECH-HIPAA Omnibus Rule was released in January 2013 and expanded some of HIPAA’s original requirements involving its privacy, security, and enforcement components. The Omnibus also finalized the Breach Interim Final Rule as well as the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA).

The following are some commonly asked questions about the HITECH Omnibus Rule implementation and compliance requirements, specifically regarding the rule’s areas addressing business associates, breaches, and GINA.

Making Data Smart: Practical Informatics is Helping Transform Data into Health Intelligence, and Now Moving into Day-to-day HIM Work

Author: Crawford, Mark

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2014



Health informatics is often considered to be an advanced level of health information management (HIM). It’s also in high demand—in addition to handling, storing, and retrieving health data more HIM professionals are getting involved in the decision-making process regarding what types of i....

Seeing Informatics in Action

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2014



Last year, as AHIMA developed our strategic plan, we began to use the phrase “transforming data into health intelligence.” It’s a familiar concept, but what does it really mean? One way to understand this idea is by looking at one of AHIMA’s strategic pillars—....

Peeking Over the Fence: a Look at Canadian Coding and CDI Processes, and How They Differ From the US Due to Varied Financial Structures

Author: Eramo, Lisa A

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2014

Even with different payment models, Canada and the US are both working to reform healthcare with pay-for-performance and quality measurement reforms. Though using a single payer system, Canada still struggles with many of the same US HIM concerns—coding accuracy, clinical documentation improvement, and proper reimbursement.

How to Prepare the Record for an E-Discovery Request

Author: Kearney, David

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2014



At a minimum healthcare organizations should identify the components of their legal health record. The legal health record is a consistent declaration of what patient care information is maintained within an organization and what information would be released during a legal or investigato....

Modifications to ICD-10-CM/PCS Under Review

Author: AHIMA Advocacy and Policy Team

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2014

The ICD-9-CM Coordination and Maintenance (C&M) Committee, a public forum on ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM/PCS code updates, met in September 2013. Meetings of this committee are co-chaired by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Coding proposals are presented at these meetings and the public is given the opportunity to comment. No final decisions regarding the adoption of code proposals are made at the meetings, but are made by the director of NCHS and the administrator of CMS.

Enabling Consumer and Patient Engagement with Health Information - Retired

Author: Washington, Lydia

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2014

The purpose of this Practice Brief is to understand the relationship between health information management and consumer/patient engagement, and examine how HIM professionals can advance and support engagement. Its focus is on policies and practices that enable the individual’s access to and use of health information.

CPT Receives Update for 2014

Author: Endicott, Melanie

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: February 2014



On January 1, 2014, the American Medical Association’s Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) was updated with additions, revisions, and deletions. In total, 175 new codes were added, 107 codes were revised, and 47 codes were deleted. In addition, editorial changes and coding guideline addi....

Learning More About Terminology Asset Management Trends, Principles, and Definitions

Author: Abrams, Kelly; Giannangelo, Kathy; Schneider, Sue; Scichilone, Rita A

Source: Journal of AHIMA | AHIMA web extra

Publication Date: February 2014



Terminology asset management (TAM) in healthcare and research settings is an emerging role for HIM professionals, but requires certain skills and knowledge to move into these new TAM positions. This appendix is linked to the article “New Name of the HIM Game” published in the F....

Will the Real John Smith Please Stand Up?

Author: Wiedemann, Lou Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2014



Patient matching and identity management has been a critical component of health information management (HIM) since the beginning of the profession, when master patient indices (MPI) were kept on 3x5 inch index cards. HIM professionals don’t have to be told about the challenges with dupli....

Keeping Your "I" on Information Governance

Author: Kadlec, Lesley

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2014



Information governance is gaining increased momentum in healthcare. Health information management (HIM) professionals have the necessary skills in all aspects of information management to become experts in the facilitation, planning, and execution of information governance initiatives with....

Setting the Standard: EHR Quality Reporting Rises in Prominence Due to Meaningful Use

Author: Dolin, Robert H; Goodrich, Kate; Kallem, Crystal; Alschuler, Liora; Holtz, Patrice

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2014



Federal quality reporting initiatives are expected to improve our ability to measure the quality of care provided to patients. As Scottish mathematician and physicist Lord Kelvin said more than 100 years ago, “If you cannot measure it, you cannot improve it.” Measurement, in tu....

Amid the Chaos a Moment of Reflection

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2014



January is always a time for reflection, and I find this year to be no exception. As poet T.S. Eliot wrote in Four Quartets: “For last year’s words belong to last year’s language; and next year’s words await another voice.” Like Eliot, I’m waiting to hea....

2014 ICD-10-CM/PCS Updates

Author: Barta, Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: January 2014



This article highlights the 2014 ICD-10-CM/PCS updates as approved by the ICD-9-CM Coordination and Maintenance Committee, which includes representatives from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the National Center for Health Statistics. As a result of the partial code set....

Mobile Health is Here Today, not Tomorrow

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Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2014


In a now-famous, if not profound interview with Conan O’Brien, comedian Louis C.K. decried the widespread adoption of cell phones and smartphones. Louis C.K. argued that they help people avoid feelings of sadness and isolation by offering countless distractions, depriving people of “the ability....

Linking Quality of Care to Clinical Data Integrity

Author: Roat, Lisa

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2014



Healthcare data is being touted as a means to improve population health management. It is also feeding public competitive market reporting for providers and facilities. The integrity of the clinical data being reported is essential to supporting and improving the quality of care to patien....

Evolving the PPE to Meet Changing HIM Workforce Needs

Author: AHIMA Work Group

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2014

This Practice Brief will educate readers on the challenges and opportunities surrounding the PPE. The desired outcome is to expand options for PPEs and increase support of the PPE throughout the healthcare industry. Providing additional options and increasing practitioner support of the PPE will result in creating a stronger and better prepared generation of new HIM professionals.

IG 101: The Role of HIM Professionals

Author: Warner, Diana

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: December 2013






Information can be used to support initiatives such as meaningful use, quality measures, and new payment models. An information governance framework must extend beyond hardware and software into management policies, procedures, and decisions that shape how an organization cr....

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