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2017 CPT Coding Update

Author: Huey, Kim

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

Publication Date: March 2017



The 2017 update to the CPT code set brings fewer new codes than in previous years but more guideline changes and clarifications, as well as revisions in code description. One Appendix is deleted and a new one is created. There are a total of 149 new CPT codes, 498 revised codes, and 81 del....

Big Data Requires Information Governance

Author: Meehan, Ann M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2017



The term “Big Data” is everywhere, but what is it and what do health information management (HIM) professionals need to know about it? Understanding Big Data in healthcare, ensuring its accuracy, and harnessing it for patient care and business decisions are critical to a succes....

Statistically, What’s the Chance of a Breach?

Author: Wiedemann, Lou Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2017



According to the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR), from January 2016 to November 2016 approximately 169,013,996 people were affected by 1,737 healthcare breaches. The Ponemon Institute estimates that data breaches could cost the healthcare industry as m....

New Study Illuminates the Ongoing Road to ICD-10 Productivity and Optimization

Author: Alakrawi, Zahraa M; Watzlaf, Valerie J.M.; Nemchik, Scot; Sheridan, Patty Thierry

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

Publication Date: March 2017



To quantify the impact of ICD-10-CM/PCS (ICD-10) on coding productivity, Ciox Health, in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Health Information Management, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, conducted a previous study published in the August 2016....

Keep Out: Unsecured PHI Inside

Author: Journal of AHIMA Staff

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2017


Crumbling, decaying, and abandoned hospitals aren’t just physically dangerous examples of urban decrepitude—they also could be prime targets for medical identity thieves who know what they’re doing.


Take the case of Chicago, IL’s Edgewater Medical Center, a....

Improved Patient Engagement for LGBT Populations: Addressing Factors Related to Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity for Effective Health Information Management

Author: AHIMA Work Group

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2017


One of the Healthy People 2020 objectives from the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion is to improve the health, safety, and well-being of individuals in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) population.1 This population faces health disparities with barriers to healt....

Send in the (Potentially Life-Saving) Drones

Author: Journal of AHIMA Staff

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2017


None of the incredible advances in medical technology or pharmacology are any good if they’re inaccessible to people who need them the most. But that’s exactly what’s happening in rural Appalachia, especially in southwestern Virginia’s economically depressed coal counties, where large swaths of....

House of Delegates Helping Govern HIM Profession

Author: Lemery, Chrisann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2017



The AHIMA House of Delegates (House) is tasked with governing the health information management (HIM) profession as identified in the AHIMA bylaws. The delegates are 231 members from the 52 component state associations (CSAs) and the AHIMA Board of Directors. With the focus having been on....

Information Asset Inventory for Information Governance - Retired

Author: Downing, Kathy; Fahy, Kristi; Foster, MeShawn; Hermann, Michelle; Meehan, Ann M.; Washington, Lydia; Woebkenberg, Jami

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2017


When an organization begins to implement an enterprise information governance (IG) program, one of the major initial tasks is to understand the scope and types of information in its possession. An inventory of an organization’s information is necessary in order to facilitate decision maki....

Getting a Grip on the Importance of Data

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2017



As I write this column, a new federal administration is taking shape in Washington, DC, and its future impact on healthcare regulation is unclear. In uncertain times, it’s helpful to remember a bright spot: We are beginning to get a grip on the importance of data.


For....

Does Your Forms Committee Need a Facelift? Standardizing Best Practices for HIM-focused Committees—A Case Study in the Physician Practice Setting

Author: Chou, Edgar; Montroy, Tami

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2017



In most healthcare settings, health information management (HIM) initiatives are led by HIM professionals with collaboration from other organizational leaders. At Drexel University College of Medicine, it is no different. Representatives with expertise in risk management, privacy, complian....

Welcome to HIM, Watch Your Step: Unique HIM Role Focuses on Blending Education and Workforce Development to Properly Onboard New Hires and Get Students Vital On-the-Job Experience

Author: Nelson, Kristin

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2017



A unique job role has been created at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (OSUWMC) related to onboarding, training, and student preceptorship that is seeing positive results and working to get past the Catch 22 of employment—you need experience to get a job, but you need a job....

Three Practical IG Projects You Should Implement Today

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2017



Between 2015 and 2016, information governance (IG) went from being an esoteric concept to a new way of life for some healthcare professionals. In 2015, AHIMA recruited 11 healthcare organizations, including vendors, hospitals, physician practices, and regional health information organizat....

RAC Audit Underpayments: Does CMS Owe You Money?

Author: Eramo, Lisa A

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2017



Anxiety—it’s the emotion that looms over most patient financial services (PFS) directors and those working in health information management (HIM) when they discover that their organization’s claims are subject to a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Recovery....

CY 2017 OPPS Update

Author: Comfort, Angie

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

Publication Date: February 2017



As last year drew to a close, facilities began the looming task of reviewing the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) final rule to ensure their chargemaster and systems were up-to-date with the 2017 changes. The final rule for calendar year (CY) 2017 was released on Novem....

Getting Involved and Giving Back in HIM

Author: Sheber, Sarah

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: February 01, 2017



From local opportunities to national groups, volunteering is a way for health information management (HIM) professionals to engage with their community and work to advance the profession. With opportunities suited to any professional level, from a student getting ready to enter the work fo....

AHIMA World Congress: Empowering Members Around the Globe

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2017



Long before the Zika virus or Ebola outbreaks became a threat in the United States, public health has been an international endeavor. According to some estimates, the Spanish flu—which peaked between 1918 and 1920—killed more than half a million Americans and 50 million people worldwide i....

Role of Coding and Documentation in the Quality Payment Program

Author: DeVault, Kathryn; Easterling, Sharon; Huey, Kim

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

Publication Date: January 2017



In the current era of healthcare transformation, the continuing importance of documentation and coding cannot be overstated. With the multitude of acronyms being added to the healthcare vocabulary, one may wonder where documentation and coding fits in. It’s important to remember that....

Heart of the Matter: ICD-10-PCS Cardiac Coding

Author: Land, Daniel

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2017



A robust knowledge of anatomy and cardiac surgery techniques, a comprehensive understanding of coding guidelines, and an eye for precision are key components of correct ICD-10-PCS cardiac coding.


This article will review ICD-10-PCS Official Guidelines for Coding and Reportin....

Provider’s Condensed Resource for Revenue Cycle, Coding Tools, and More

Author: Clack, Crystal; Freeman, Rae; Lewis, Laquette

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2017


A cyclone of regulatory requirements for providers has officially touched down in the United States. The Affordable Care Act (ACA), Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), patient-centered medical home (PCMH), and value-based purchasing (VBP) initiatives are contributing to dramat....

Write Your Own Story

Author: Chenoweth, Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2017



I’ve always loved January! It is not only the freshly fallen snow and warm drinks by the fire that I cherish, it is the exhilaration that every new year brings with it the optimism that new beginnings are possible and the belief that our resolutions can create wonderful outcomes and suc....

Three HIM Stories to Watch for in 2017

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: January 2017



While the healthcare industry plays “wait and see” with regard to what a Trump Administration means for the regulatory landscape of the last eight years, the events of this past year offer a few hints as to what we might expect in 2017.


Two major pieces of legislation passed....

Investigative Approach: How Clinical Documentation Teams Improve Communication, Documentation Outcomes and Patient Care

Author: Robinson, Steven

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: December 29, 2016



Clinical documentation programs’ success is a result of the healthcare team keeping a constant vigil on communication while operationalizing outcomes and instilling provider support. Patient care is largely dependent on accurate communication among the healthcare provider team. In a....

Applying Predictive Analytics: The Role of Artificial Neural Networks in Predicting Alzheimer’s Disease

Author: Monga, Kapila

Source: AHIMA blog post | Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: December 22, 2016



The phrase “Longevity Revolution,” referring to the increase in human life expectancy by 30 years, isn’t new anymore. Various books have been written on this subject, and it is a widely discussed topic in conferences these days. It is a no-brainer that this increase in life expectancy warr....

Applying Predictive Analytics: The Role of Artificial Neural Networks in Predicting Alzheimer’s Disease

Author: Monga, Kapila

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: December 22, 2016



The phrase “Longevity Revolution,” referring to the increase in human life expectancy by 30 years, isn’t new anymore. Various books have been written on this subject, and it is a widely discussed topic in conferences these days. It is a no-brainer that this increase in life expectancy warr....

Role of HIM in MACRA

Author: Primeau, Debra

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: December 01, 2016




As providers gear up to meet reporting requirements under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act’s (MACRA’s) new Quality Payment Program (QPP), health information management (HIM) stands to play a prominent role in the transition to value-based care.


Success un....

Coding Viral Sepsis

Author: Sanvik, Gina

Source: AHIMA blog post | Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: November 10, 2016




How to code viral sepsis has been a topic of discussion on AHIMA’s Engage Coding, Classification and Reimbursement community, and has be the subject of several inquiries to AHIMA’s Code-CheckTM coding question service.


The viral sepsis coding confusion may com....

Standardizing Interoperability is a Team Effort

Author: Eramo, Lisa A

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2016



AHIMA and other key stakeholders continue to drive national and global progress to achieve information systems interoperability in healthcare.


Like a complex puzzle, health information data and system interoperability takes time, effort, and collaboration to solve. And solvin....

FY 2017 Updates to ICD-10-PCS

Author: Ward, Maria

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

Publication Date: November 2016



Many changes come with the first update of the new ICD-10 Procedure Coding System (ICD-10-PCS) for fiscal year (FY) 2017. The higher-than-usual volume of changes was to be expected since the update system has been in a holding pattern for several years due to implementation delays. And al....

Departing Board Members, Thank You for Your Service

Author: Martin, Melissa

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2016



It is hard to believe that I am writing my final Journal of AHIMA column as the president/chair of your AHIMA Board of Directors.


As I sit down to write this column, I recall Patty Sheridan, former AHIMA president/chair, saying in 2012 that there is no way to wrap everythi....

Information Governance Road Map: Mile Marker 4–Demonstrating the Value of Clinical, Financial, and Administrative Information to IG

Author: Downing, Katherine

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2016



Editor’s Note: This is the eighth and final article in a series that provides a road map for implementing an information governance (IG) program in any organization. Each month a set of concepts is discussed that tie to the IG Road Map Infographic developed by AHIMA. Any organization....

FY 2017 Updates to ICD-10-CM

Author: Rugg, Donna

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

Publication Date: November 2016



The ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Committee’s code freeze, first implemented after the October 1, 2011 annual update, has finally thawed. For fiscal year (FY) 2017 the ICD-10-CM classification is back on track with annual code and guideline updates. Due to the thousands of new/....

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