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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....

Appendix D: MEAT approach details

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Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2018







Appendix D: MEAT approach details








Article citation:

. "Appendix D: MEAT approach details." Journal of AHIMA 89, no.6 (June 2018): extended online version.

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Personal Branding as an Asset

Author: Smith, Diann H.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2018













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


Do you have a personal brand? The answer should be YES! We should all have a personal brand.


“Personal branding” is when you are intentional and purposeful about your rep....

Peek Inside AHIMA’s Curio Cabinet

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Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2018








AHIMA’s headquarters in Chicago, IL houses a treasure trove for medical historians, archivists, and anyone who wants to know more about the history of health information management (HIM) and the association. The onsite library holds all 89 volumes of th....

Simplifying Your Data Visualizations

Author: Tabisula, Braden

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2018







By Braden Tabisula, MBA, RHIA, CHDA


Editor’s Note: This is the first installment of the new Advancing Analytics department, which will feature articles that provide best practices and practical resources for HIM professionals who are involved i....

Leading HIM Reimagined by Example

Author: Eramo, Lisa A

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2018












By Lisa A. Eramo, MA


Technology has transformed almost every industry, and health information management (HIM) is no exception. Data used to be handwritten words on a page. Now, with the rise of electronic health records (EHR), dat....

Make an Impact on Future HIM Generations

Author: Smith, Diann H.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2018







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


How do you make an impact? There are numerous ways, but the beginnings are often small—like the pebble thrown into the ocean that begins a ripple that grows larger and larger. Even though the breadth and....

Coding Interventional Radiology: Lower Extremity Area

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Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2018







By Michele Arias, RHIT, CCS, CIRCC


Interventional radiology is a challenging area for many coding professionals—and understandably so. This article discusses the basics of lower extremity revascularization, focusing on the territories, cathete....

Meet Wylecia Wiggs Harris

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2018











New AHIMA CEO Excited to Foster HIM Reimagined Implementation, Focus on Member Priorities


Transformational change in an industry can be scary—and cause many professionals to shy away from the challenge. But it’s the transformational cha....

Keep Your Seawall Secure

Author: Don, Hardwick

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2018






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How to Ensure Proper PHI Disclosure Management Across an Enterprise


By Don Hardwick


Seawalls are built to both protect and sustain. The sea side of the wall withstands a constant barrage of ocean waves and....

What’s New with Coding Non-Pressure Ulcers

Author: Sanvik, Gina

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2018






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Many ICD-10-CM codes were added throughout code category L97, Non-pressure chronic ulcer of the lower limb, not elsewhere classified, and subcategory L98.4, Non-pressure chronic ulcer of the skin, not elsewhere classified, to provide....

Tracking the Changing Face of the Journal

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2018










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Improving Specificity in ICD-10 Diagnosis Coding

Author: Zegan, Jacquie CCS, RCC

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2018






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Valid ICD-10-CM/PCS (ICD-10) codes have been required for claims reporting since October 1, 2015. But ICD-10 diagnosis coding to the correct level of specificity—a more recent requirement—continues to be a problem for many in th....

Opportunity Behind the Headlines

Author: Wiggs Harris, Wylecia

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2018












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


Writing my first column in the Journal of AHIMA, I feel like I’m on solid ground. That’s because the topic for this issue, privacy and security, is a universal concern. It’....

Privacy: Protection or Obstacle?

Author: Smith, Diann H.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2018




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


As health information management (HIM) professionals, we are privileged to be members of a profession that advocates for healthcare consumers. As a mother, caregiver, and HIM professiona....

How to Prevent Healthcare Cyber Extortion

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2018












By Chris Dimick


Cybercrime may seem like a rare, unlikely risk to some healthcare providers. But the threat is real—and rising—whether a healthcare facility is small or large, rural or urban. According to a January 2018 report comm....

CY 2018 OPPS Update

Author: Sanvik, Gina

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: March 2018





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CY 2018 OPPS Update


By Gina Sanvik, MS, RHIA


Facilities had the ominous task of reviewing the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) final rule at the beginning of the year to ensure their chargemaste....

Attack of the Audits

Author: Eramo, Lisa A

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2018





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Attack of the Audits

Mounting Reviews Test HIM Policies and Patience


By Lisa A. Eramo, MA


The recent onslaught of audits in the healthcare industry, and the damage they leave in their wake, likely has many....

FY 2018 Changes to Acute Care Hospital IPPS

Author: Rugg, Donna

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2018

By Donna Rugg, RHIT, CDIP, CCS

The fiscal year (FY) 2018 Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) final rule was released August 3, 2017 and impacted discharges beginning October 1, 2017. This is version 35 of the MS-DRG grouper. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (C....

IG Pulse Check

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2018

New AHIMA Study Measures IG Adoption Rates

By Mary Butler

It’s safe to say that information governance (IG) has moved on from its status as a healthcare buzzword to being understood by healthcare professionals at all levels—even if implementing actual IG initiatives sti....

CY 2018 CPT Updates

Author: Comfort, Angie

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2018

By Angie Comfort, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, CCS-P

The holidays have come and gone. Now, we must focus our professional attention on what did not “go” with the ringing in of the new year: those 2018 Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) code updates. As is customary for every January 1st,....

Chatbots Moving into Healthcare Registration

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Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2018

If you’ve ever had a question about your cell phone bill or a dispute with an online retailer, you might have found the least stressful way to solve your problem is by clicking on the “chat with a representative” button. You’re not put on hold, the representative is exceeding....

Resolution ≠ Transformation

Author: Smith, Diann H.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2018

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

The beginning of the year is a great time to reflect on the previous year’s events and to work on setting New Year’s resolutions—personal goals that will improve our lives or careers. It’s a good idea to contemplate what we mi....

The Arrest of a Nurse in Utah and Relevant Laws

Author: Burrington-Brown, Jill

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2018

By Jill Burrington-Brown, MS, RHIA, FAHIMA

On July 26, 2017, Alex Wubbels, a nurse in the burn unit at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, was arrested in an incident that has since been viewed widely on video captured from police body cameras. She refused to let a police phlebotomist....

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