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How to Break Into Analytics and Informatics

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2016



Shawn Wells, RHIT, CHDA, manager of HIM data integrity at the University of Utah Healthcare, put himself on the health information management (HIM) career trajectory that HIM educators dream of using as an example.


Wells, who was also the first person in the state of Utah....

Convention Will Showcase HIM's Evolution

Author: Martin, Melissa

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2016



October is upon us, and with that comes our annual AHIMA Convention and Exhibit. This is a time when we are inspired to learn about the most transformative topics in health information management (HIM) as well as the healthcare industry.


Over this past year we have seen our....

House of Delegates Year in Review

Author: Delahoussaye, Elizabeth A

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2016



This has been a busy and engaging year for the members of the House of Delegates (HoD) as we build on the present and prepare for the future.


For those who may not be familiar with the HoD, it is a grassroots AHIMA member forum that governs the health information managemen....

Tying Together CDI, ICD-10, and Healthcare Data Analytics: How CDI Programs and ICD-10 Are Impacting Data Analytics—and The Benefits Healthcare Organizations Are Seeing

Author: Bradley, Paul

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2016



A year in and ICD-10 is almost approaching the point of old news.


Of course—I’m kidding! Nothing could be further from the truth. From a data analytics perspective, the impact of ICD-10 is only beginning to be realized and understood.


For one, this first year....

Losing the Match Game: Study Reveals Gaps in HIM’s Patient Identity Integrity Practices

Author: Dooling, Julie A; Fernandes, Lorraine M.; Kirby, Annessa; Kadlec, Lesley; Landsbach, Grant; Lusk, Katherine; Munns, Megan; Noreen, Neysa; O'Connor, Michele

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2016



In healthcare, matching patients accurately to their medical history across multiple care sites and among various sources of data has become increasingly important as healthcare data is shared across platforms. Additionally, as clinicians need to interact with third parties and provide car....

Let's Talk About Informatics and HIM

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2016



On April 19, 2017, the industry will learn the winner of the HeroX CHIME National Patient ID Challenge, aiming to ensure that every patient is identified correctly every time. As a judge of this competition, I’ve found it fascinating to participate in the process.


I ha....

Copy and Paste Run Amok—EHRs and Malpractice

Author: Journal of AHIMA Staff

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2016


As if physicians needed another reason to be wary of electronic health records (EHRs), a new study finds that malpractice claims related to EHR use have risen in accordance with increased EHR adoption.


The study, which was conducted by The Doctors Company, a malpractice insurance....

Bridging the HIM Present and Future

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2016



“What does the future of HIM look like?” We have been asking this question as long as our association has existed. In recent memory, our work to answer this question unfolds from “Vision 2006” to “Reality 2016.” The latest iteration is “HIM Reimagi....

Don't Leave Money on the Table: Mastering MACRA, PQRS, and Value-Based Purchasing: How Quality Coding Impacts Quality Reporting

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2016



Whenever there’s a flashy new piece of consumer technology, there are always holdouts who insist on sticking with the old, more comfortable way of doing things. Consider a grammarian who rejects online dictionaries for a cumbersome hard-bound book. Or the road tripper who prefers their an....

Seat at the Table: Testimony to NCVHS

Author: Martin, Melissa

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2016



Back in June I had the opportunity to represent both AHIMA members and the HIM profession while testifying at a National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) hearing on the need for a better definition of the minimum necessary standards. I would like to share with you some hig....

Winning the Coding Trifecta: CAC, CDI, and ICD-10. How CAC Can Strengthen Your CDI Program and Increase Collaboration with Coding and Quality Improvement

Author: Whittle, Kelly

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2016



It’s no surprise that the volume of clinical documentation has multiplied exponentially with the advent of electronic health records (EHRs). Templates, shortcuts, drop-down menus, and copy-and-paste functions make it easier than ever to document copious amounts of data with just a few cli....

Reviewing for Inpatient Quality

Author: Combs, Tammy

Source: AHIMA blog post | Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: August 25, 2016



The Hospital Value-Based Purchasing (HVBP) Program has heightened hospital awareness of quality outcomes. Under this program, payments made under the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) are based on the quality of care that was provided. Quality of care is recognized through the cl....

DSM-5 vs. ICD-10-CM

Author: Foley, Dianna

Source: AHIMA blog post | Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: August 10, 2016




The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition (DSM-5) and the International Classification of Diseases, 10th revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) both present ways to classify diseases. In the case of DSM-5, it is strictly for mental dis....

Making the Call for Patient Experience: Using Health IT to Address Gaps in Patient Data-Sharing, Communication, and Interoperability

Author: Labow, Kim

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2016



Interoperability and integration within the health IT landscape remain high priorities for providers, patients, and technology firms. Interoperability in health IT holds the promise of more satisfied patients, providers, and health information management (HIM) professionals. But approachi....

Solving the Health IT Interoperability Quagmire

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2016



As the sun begins to set on the Obama administration, Vice President Joe Biden has been leveraging the weight of his office to speak out on the health IT interoperability quagmire in which the nation currently finds itself. During a speech at the industry’s Health Datapalooza in May,....

Bringing HIM to Every Corner of Healthcare

Author: Martin, Melissa

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2016



Remember our association’s theme from last year: HIM without walls?


In June I accepted a new professional role as the assistant vice president of the Heart and Vascular Institute at West Virginia University Medicine, which has been an amazing opportunity.


Sh....

Improving Coding and Documentation Quality Through Real-Time Collaboration: Nurses and Coding Professionals Team Up to Tackle Documentation Issues

Author: Horn, Kelli; Younger, Adrienne; Snow, Trevor

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2016



While working through the recent implementation of ICD-10, leaders at Ardent Health Services began to focus on the re-bill process and what it would look like in the months following use of the new code set. Re-billing means submitting a corrected bill to the payer after it has been rejec....

Taking Up the Interoperability Mantle

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2016



In May the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) released a Data Brief describing the state of interoperability among non-federal acute care hospitals in 2015.1 The report looks specifically at four “domains” of interoperability: the ability for health systems....

Managing a Part-Time Remote CDI Team

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: July 29, 2016




As clinical documentation improvement (CDI) programs become more popular, providers are still struggling with implementing CDI programs for several different reasons, including: geographical location; a shortage of outpatient coders and CDI specialists; or even the lack of physi....

Seventh Character Application for Injuries in the Principal Diagnosis and the Impact to Data Quality

Author: Wall, Kathleen E.

Source: AHIMA blog post | Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: July 25, 2016



By now, we’ve all had practice assigning 7th characters for injuries. And, by now, we all know that in theory the guidance seems very clear—but the application of this new concept is not clear at all. Why is there so much confusion and why does it matter? What are the short- and long-term....

What It Means to Be Deposed

Author: Hedges, Ron

Source: AHIMA blog post | Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: July 22, 2016




In this blog I talk about legal consequences. I usually provide current examples of what those consequences might be under a specific set of facts. Here, instead, I want to highlight a litigation-related event that readers might experience in the future—or perhaps already have: a depo....

CDI: A Cog in the Wheel of Information Governance

Author: Downing, Katherine

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2016



Information governance (IG) is an emerging discipline in healthcare that focuses on how an organization ensures information is complete, accurate, trustworthy, and usable. The goal of information governance is to enable organizations to utilize a valuable strategic asset—information&....

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