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Synergizing ICD-10: Integrating an ICD-10 implementation into other compliance programs will reduce costs, maximize investments

Author: Mitchell, Glenn

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2013



With ICD-10-CM/PCS, there is good news and there is bad news. First, the bad news-the implementation of ICD-10 in any healthcare facility will take ample staff time, financial resources, and strategic planning. But the good news-whether you are a C-suite leader, clinician, or worker bee, t....

Medical Record Makeover

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2013





Do your printed health records have that tired, bored look that went out with the leisure suit? If so, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) is offering a medical record makeover that can turn your files from drab to fab.


Hoping to make printed....

Connect the Dots: Linking Together the Nation’s Disparate and Growing Health Information Exchanges has become a Formidable Challenge

Author: Romeo, Jim

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2013



Establishing a health information exchange (HIE) and building an infrastructure to support it internally and externally is a daunting task. Whether funded by federal and state grants or launched as a private sector initiative, launching a HIE often means blazing new territory and making de....

HIE Quality Check

Author: Berry, Kate

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2013



Health information exchange (HIE) has great potential to improve healthcare quality while containing costs, something the US health system is under increasing pressure from providers and the federal government to achieve. Benefits of HIE include better care coordination, assurance that pat....

CY 2013 OPPS Update

Author: Comfort, Angie

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: March 2013



As 2012 drew to a close, US healthcare facilities began the daunting task of reviewing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) hospital outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) update to ensure their chargemaster and systems were up-to-date with the 2013 changes. Th....

Reviewing the New HIPAA Rules

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: AHIMA regulation analysis | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2013



At 138 fine-print pages, the final rule detailing the HITECH Act’s modifications to HIPAA privacy and security requirements is not a quick or easy read. But it is an important read since the content of the Federal Register post drastically impacts HIM professionals and their business....

Strategic Initiatives Embrace HIM’s Future

Author: Frawley, Kathleen A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2013



The health information management (HIM) profession will continue to see constant and increasing change in 2013. While HIM professionals continue to work to define and evolve their roles and career pathways, AHIMA has been working on the best ways to support and lead the change. As part of....

Ten More Questions for CAC Vendors

Author: Cassidy, Bonnie S.

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: March 2013





Today’s HIM and coding professionals are faced with multiple challenges to increase documentation accuracy and specificity due to new rules and regulations. They also face financial pressure to accelerate billing processes, which can lead to errors and fraudulent c....

Defining Health Informatics

Author: Campbell, Robert James

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2013



[dih-fahy-ning] [helth] [in-fer-mat-iks]


adjective, noun, noun


1. An educator’s in-depth look at what informatics is and what it can do for HIM professionals



In the movie Annie Hall, Woody Allen finds himself in a movie theater line in....

Let’s Place Patients Front and Center

Author: Frawley, Kathleen A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2013



As HIM professionals, one of our key responsibilities is to provide patients with access to their health information. A poll conducted by Wolters Kluwer Health in November 2012 focused on the consumerization of healthcare. The poll asked whether consumers really want more control of their....

Meaningful Use Program Faces Audits, Scrutiny

Author: Rhodes, Harry B.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2013



Health information technology systems have supported the administrative functions of healthcare for more than a decade. Historically, these healthcare administrative systems primarily focused on performing fiscal transactions or supporting key ancillary departments. Widespread use of elect....

HIM Around the World

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2013


Health information management is a global profession, with individuals in various countries working to ensure quality care through quality information. While opportunities and challenges do vary from country to country, there is much the world’s HIM professionals can learn from each other....

Physician Query Examples

Author: AHIMA Staff

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: February 01, 2013






A query can be a powerful communication tool used to clarify documentation in the health record and achieve accurate code assignments. This Practice Brief In Addition provides examples of the different forms of queries available to HIM professionals.

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Believe in HIM, and Yourself

Author: Frawley, Kathleen A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2013



During the past year Patty Thierry Sheridan, AHIMA’s past president, spoke eloquently about the power of dreaming big dreams. I am going to build on those ideas this year by talking about the importance of believing.


It is important that you believe in yourself, believe....

HIM Focuses on Core 2013 Strategic Initiatives

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2013



As AHIMA welcomes the new year, the association continues to work on several ongoing developments in the HIM profession-as well as the additional opportunities and challenges that 2013 presents the US healthcare industry. Though the work is not yet done, HIM professionals and AHIMA staff h....

Transforming the HIM Milieu for the Digital Age

Author: Luthi-Terry, Stephanie

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2013



Healthcare system Allina Health is leveraging their groundbreaking electronic health record system to revamp the health information management (HIM) department and its various functions. The goal is to make HIM more effective and efficient in the digital age, which they are accomplishing i....

Using CDI to Meet Federal Quality Measures

Author: Wiedemann, Lou Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2013



Clinical documentation is the foundation of every health record, specifically outlining the reasons for treatment and the quality of care provided to the patient. The lack of consistent and standard clinical content within the health record has been an ongoing challenge to health informati....

Understanding the HIE Landscape

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2013


The health information exchange (HIE) landscape has changed dramatically since HIE and the Nationwide Health Information Network (NwHIN) was first conceptualized in 2001. The National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) published recommendations in 2001 on nationwide electronic hea....

‘e’-Experience Required: Demand Growing for EHR Expertise

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2013


Experience working with electronic health record (EHR) systems is growing in demand, and healthcare facilities in some areas of the country are having a tough time finding employees qualified to fill open EHR-focused positions, according to recruiting and business intelligence organization Want....

CPT Code Updates for 2013

Author: Miller, Jackie

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: January 2013



The CPT code set has undergone extensive revisions for 2013, with codes, guidelines, and modifiers being revamped and updated. HIM coding professionals should download and review the CPT 2013 errata on the AMA website before starting to use the new codes. This download can be accessed at w....

Out of the Basement and Up to the Table

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2012



It’s time for HIM to come out of the basement. I'm not talking about relocating our offices. I’m talking about coming out of the mental bunkers where many of us have hunkered down, hoping the onslaught of changes will blow over.

A Call to Action


I am insp....

2012 Convention Wrap-Up

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2012


AHIMA held its 84th annual Convention and Exhibit September 29-October 4 in Chicago, IL, where the themes of innovation and professional development underscored sessions that helped attendees look toward the future and prepare for the coming year’s challenges in health information managem....

Bridging the ICD-10 Divide through Advocacy: New National AHIMA Advocacy Initiative will Mirror THIMA ICD-10 Outreach Efforts

Author: Asmonga, Donald D.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2012



AHIMA has long advocated for ICD-10, and these advocacy efforts have overcome some stout barriers to ensure the implementation of the modern, more detailed classification system. Even with this recent success and the reassurance that comes with the final ICD-10 implementation date set for....

AHIMA Issues First Grace Award: University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics Receives HIM Excellence Award

Author: Dooling, Julie A; Wiedemann, Lou Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2012


Innovative approaches in health information management (HIM) led to the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (UWHC) being selected as the winner of the first AHIMA Grace Award. The award was presented to UWHC leadership on October 2 before thousands of HIM professionals at AHIMA’s 84t....

Continuing to Dream Big

Author: Sheridan, Patty Thierry

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2012


As I prepared my incoming address for the AHIMA Convention and Exhibit last year, I turned to my family and friends for inspiration on music ideas. Little did I know that the hunt for a song with an upbeat tempo would set in motion a year that challenged us all to “Dream Big”-from AHIMA staff....

Anatomy of a Physician Coder: Small, medium, and large physician practices all feature these multi-tasking, multi-responsibility coders

Author: Eramo, Lisa A

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2012


An analysis of the “physician coder” anatomy would reveal a cornucopia of responsibilities nestled under this one succinct title.

They are equal parts clinical documentation improvement specialist, office manager, patient counselor, physician process tracker, coder... the list goes....

Using Medical Scribes in a Physician Practice

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2012


With the push to develop and deploy electronic health records (EHRs) and the need for more detailed documentation, there is a growing concern in the medical community regarding the time expended to capture information-electronic or otherwise. The time providers spend during a patient visit capt....

Rapid Release of Rules Means Work Ahead

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2012


The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), along with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), formally released three final rules around the the time of the Labor Day holiday. Appropriately enough, the arrival of these final rules spells out much work ahead for t....

2012 AHIMA Triumph Award Winners

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2012


The AHIMA Triumph Awards recognize individuals who make a difference and is a long and cherished tradition of honoring the excellence, dedication, and service of those professionals whose steadfast efforts have enriched the health information management (HIM) field. The awards honor leadershi....

Change Right Before Our Eyes

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2012



“Evolution” and “change” are two words that come to my mind when I think about how the move to electronic health records (EHR) has altered the nature of the work we do. AHIMA has been talking about this change for as long as I can remember. But now it’s happen....

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