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Clinical Terminology: Expanding Career Pathways for HIM Professionals - Retired

Author: Hyde, Lynda; Casto, Anne B.; Koehler, Melissa; Lockwood, Famey; Peterson, Kathleen

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2017






Healthcare is an evolving world where data is central to all aspects of care. It is an information-intensive environment where data analysis is used to make decisions about the quality and safety of patient care, public health programs, and healthcare reform. At the core....

Meeting Basics that Make a Difference

Author: Chenoweth, Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2017



In July, I attended AHIMA’s CSA Leadership Symposium in Chicago, IL. This is an incredible gathering of CSA leaders from across the country. I’m always energized by the willingness of every attendee to share ideas and best practices with others.


This year, I part....

Reporting Live from Your Stomach

Author: Journal of AHIMA Staff

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2017


While millions of health conscious consumers are strapping health tracking devices around their wrists, doctors are prescribing a more invasive device for another group of consumers. To boost compliance with life-saving medications for people with chronic conditions like high blood pressure, de....

Healthcare's Future is Outside the Hospital

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2017



Is the future of healthcare in the hospital? Probably not.


Bernard Tyson, CEO of Kaiser Permanente, one of the nation’s largest health systems, recently noted that in 2016 Kaiser provided more than 100 million primary care encounters. Of those, Tyson said, 52 percent o....

HIM in Non-Acute Settings: Examining HIM Issues Impacting Home Health, Long-Term/Post-Acute Care, Skilled Nursing Facilities, and Other Healthcare Areas

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2017



Among healthcare providers, there is nothing new about the desire to keep people out of the hospital. For years, procedures that used to require an inpatient stay have been moved to outpatient surgical centers and ambulatory clinics. Not only does this save payers money, but it also helps....

Let's Peek into the Future with Artificial Intelligence

Author: Chenoweth, Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2017



I recently heard an interview with Bill Gates where he was discussing the great advances taking place with artificial intelligence (AI). One of my big takeaways was his prediction that labor substitution across industries will be substantial in the next five- to 20-year period. In the heal....

Mobile Health, Mobile Data

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: August 2017



In certain neighborhoods and communities in Chicago and surrounding suburbs, pediatric access to primary care is not a certainty for thousands of pre-K to high school-age children.


April Aumann, MSN, APN, FNP-BC, a family nurse practitioner who works on Advocate Children’s Ho....

Digital Health Governance: Management and Strategy for the 21st Century Digital Economy

Author: Geetter, Jennifer S; Van Demark, Dale C

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: August 01, 2017



Digital health technologies, solutions, and approaches to decision-making are transforming the delivery of healthcare, reshaping patient (and health consumer) expectations, and presenting health plans, health systems, informatics companies, and other stakeholders with a dizzying array of d....

Impact of Physician Engagement on Clinical Documentation Improvement Programs (AHIMA Practice Brief)

Author: Combs, Tammy; Endicott, Melanie

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2017


Physician engagement seems to be the buzzword in healthcare these days. Hospital administrators charged with various clinical improvement initiatives have come to realize that physician engagement is an essential element of success. While physician engagement in clinical documentation improveme....

CDI Not Just for Acute Care Anymore

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2017



In the HIM world, we have a catchphrase: “If it’s not documented, it’s not done.” This phrase has even more resonance as we consider the importance of clinical documentation improvement (CDI), the focus of this month’s Journal issue.


CDI emphasi....

Virtual Doctor Explains All

Author: Journal of AHIMA Staff

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2017


Anyone who has ever tried to sort through the tables and charts that accompany laboratory results in their patient portal has wished they had a doctor standing over their shoulder. 


This type of help would be especially beneficial to senior citizens who arguably have more blo....

Using Machine Learning to Increase Agility in HIM

Author: Monga, Kapila

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2017



As early as 1959 people have been defining what machine learning—a subfield of computer science—means. In that year Arthur Samuel, one of the pioneers of machine learning, said that machine learning is a science that gives “computers the ability to learn without being exp....

Venturing into Outpatient CDI: A Growing Trend

Author: Chenoweth, Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2017



We see it everywhere: AHIMA is offering education programs to help their members embark on the outpatient clinical documentation improvement (CDI) journey. Consulting firms and technology companies are launching new services and solutions to support expansion of CDI programs to outpatient....

CDI Programs Expanding Outside the Hospital

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2017



A physician with his own small orthopedic practice is in a hurry to get his charting and documentation done for the night so his wife—the office manager—can send the day’s claims out the next morning. Exhausted and in a hurry, he turns to his iPhone for coding help.
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CDI in the Outpatient Setting: Finding the 'Hidden Gems' of Opportunity for Improvement

Author: Merriweather, Kay; Slater, Leslie; Bohley, Michele

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2017



“If it’s not documented, it wasn’t done.” This is one of the first axioms health information management (HIM) professionals learn. HIM professionals have witnessed the evolution of quality documentation, with patient education becoming the center of healthcare in th....

Revive Your CDI Program in Five Steps

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: July 2017





The pressure healthcare providers—especially physicians—are currently facing with healthcare reforms and reimbursement changes should be cause for reflection, from the durable medical equipment supply chain to clinical documentation improvement (CDI). With the state of....

HIM and Patient Advocacy

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: June 2017



If you talk to a group of health information management (HIM) professionals for very long, you will learn they all have one thing in common: among their own extended families, HIM professionals are the ones other family members go to for all healthcare-related questions.


Of c....

Annual HIPAA Training: A Preventive Measure

Author: Flood, Diana

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2017



Every year many patients go to their doctors for an annual exam in which preventive care measures for conditions are explored and enacted. These appointments help patients avoid further, more intensive care down the road. Annual HIPAA training programs are similar to an annual exam—o....

Ins and Outs of HCCs

Author: Fernandez, Valerie

Source: Journal of AHIMA | Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: June 2017



A Hierarchical Condition Category (HCC) is defined as a risk adjustment model that is used to calculate risk scores to predict future healthcare costs. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) CMS-HCC model is used to predict healthcare spending for Medicare Advantage Pl....

HIM Reimagined Outlines Bold New Future for HIM Profession

Author: Abrams, Kelly; Carlon, Sheila; Haugen, Mary Beth; Mancilla, Desla; McElroy, Kyle; Millen, Michelle; Sandefer, Ryan; Sharp, Marcia; Sorensen, Linda

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2017



No matter what data one reviews, there is near-universal agreement that the health information management (HIM) profession is radically changing and will continue to do so for quite some time. This change is a result of innovation in technology that has revolutionized the methods of collec....

Updating Organizational Policies and Procedures for Information Governance. Case Study #6: Enterprise Information Management at Children’s Health System of Texas

Author: Fahy, Kristi; Hermann, Michelle

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2017



Editor’s Note: This article is the sixth installment in an ongoing series highlighting information governance case studies.


AHIMA defines information governance (IG) as “an organization-wide framework for managing information throughout its life cycle and for supp....

AHIMA Here to Help with Coding Changes

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2017



A recent story in the Chicago food blog Eater detailed some of the ways automation is changing the food industry: from sushi served on a conveyor belt to touch-screen beer orders and “pour your own” wine bars. There are even “automated restaurants” that are essentia....

Device or No Device? Coding Impella/IABP External Ventricular Support and the Impact on MS-DRG Assignment

Author: DeVoe, Megan

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2017



The Impella® device (2.5 and 5.0) provides percutaneous external ventricular support for high-risk patients who cannot undergo traditional open cardiovascular procedures in the inpatient hospital setting. Like intra-aortic balloon pumps (IABPs) that have been used for decades, these de....

Learning Together at a Global Pace

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2017



“Are you learning as fast as the world is changing?” This thought-provoking question resonated with me as I was thinking about the issues of education, evolution, and progress. Fast Company magazine cofounder Bill Taylor describes this question as “a defining challenge of....

Quest for Managing Cyberthreats in Healthcare

Author: Carey, Susan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2017



So far 2017 is shaping up to be the year of fear in the realm of healthcare cybersecurity. There was a 61 percent increase in healthcare cyberattacks in 2016. This followed two years of steadily increasing cyberthreats in healthcare, including 93 major cyberattacks in 2016 resulting in com....

Evolving Roles in Clinical Documentation Improvement: Physician Practice Opportunities

Author: Barnette, Erin; Endicott, Melanie; Ericson, Cheryl E; Wieczorek, Michelle M.

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2017


In order to effectively discuss clinical documentation improvement (CDI) opportunities in physician practices, it is important to first understand the drivers and goals of a physician practice CDI program. Historically, diagnosis codes have had little impact in regard to physician practice paym....

Semper Hi-Tech

Author: Journal of AHIMA Staff

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2017


As a small group of US Marines come under fire in fierce house-to-house fighting through an all but deserted urban terrain, a frantic shout of “Medic!” rings through the air. Ducking for cover, a medic comes running with a bag of supplies and… a mobile device with the injured....

Salute to PPE Site Managers

Author: Chenoweth, Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2017



For college seniors, May is the time when the job search intensifies—putting the finishing touches on the resume, buying that new interview suit, and making connections with alumni.


The professional practice experience (PPE) is an important part of student education and is a....

What the Data Say About HIM Professional Trends

Author: Marc, David; Robertson, Janet; Gordon, Leslie; Green-Lawson, Zakevia D; Gibbs, David; Dover, Kayce; Dougherty, Michelle

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2017



In 2015 a workforce study was conducted using a survey instrument to define how health information management (HIM) is shifting to meet future needs and what knowledge, skills, education, and credentials will be necessary to perform successfully as an HIM practitioner.1 This study discover....

Managing Millennials in HIM

Author: Dover, Kayce

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: May 01, 2017



Healthcare is one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy, and Millennials (individuals born between 1982 and 2000) are a vast and vital part of a multigenerational workforce. This article explores ways to bridge generational gaps in the workplace, offering insights and strategies fo....

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