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Survey: Patient Matching Problems Routine in Healthcare

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

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: January 06, 2016



A recent survey with AHIMA members revealed that over half of HIM professionals routinely work on mitigating possible patient record duplicates at their facility, and of those 72 percent work on mitigating duplicate records weekly. Contributing to the issue, less than half (47 percent) of....

Season of Transformation

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2016



As I write this, the industry is finally beginning to shift its gaze from the first few weeks of the brave new world of ICD-10-CM/PCS. In October, with each passing day, we breathed a collective sigh of relief as implementation went smoothly. At the end the month, the Centers for Medicare....

New Year, New HIM Goals

Author: Journal of AHIMA Staff

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2016


The best part about a professional new year’s resolution is that it can be much easier to stick to than a personal resolution—there is more motivation (i.e., your boss, personal ambition) and less temptation to slack (i.e., co-worker accountability).


To get a sense of what 2016....

Telehealth Holds Promise for the Future of Healthcare

Author: Martin, Melissa

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2016



In Back to the Future Part II, Marty McFly traveled from 1985 to 2015, and while there he used videoconferencing to communicate with his coworker Needles. Although the real 2015 might not be exactly the world that Marty McFly found in the movie, teleconferencing with a doctor and other te....

Shifting from Reactive to Proactive HIPAA Audits

Author: Brinda, Danika

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2016



Stories about workforce members inappropriately accessing health information continue to plague the Department of Health and Human Services’ Data Breach Portal—which lists US provider data breaches that affect more than 500 individuals. Recently two data breaches reported on th....

MACRA and the Role of Clinical Data Integrity

Author: Stearns, Michael

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2016



President Obama signed into law the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015 on April 16, 2015. This legislation repealed the sustainable growth rate (SGR) but also introduced a number of provisions designed to compensate physicians and other healthcare professionals ba....

Stocking HIM's Workbench for the Year Ahead

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2016


By Mary Butler


As the old canard goes, "if all you have is a hammer then everything looks like a nail." Which is to say that specialists in a given area tend to only consider their specialty and miss the big picture. To personally disprove the idiom, one ideally has multiple too....

Putting the ICD-10-CM/PCS GEMs into Practice (2016 update) - Retired

Author: Archer, Anita; Campbell, Angela; D'Amato, Cheryl; McLeod, Melissa; Rugg, Donna

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2016


Editor's Note: This Practice Brief supersedes the May 2013 and March 2010 Practice Briefs titled "Putting the ICD-10-CM/PCS GEMs into Practice."


Mappings between ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM/PCS will play a critical role in the successful utilization of ICD-10-CM/PCS. The Centers for Me....

Access to Health Information: It Takes a Village

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: December 2015




Obtaining access to one’s written or electronic medical records in a timely manner is one of the guarantees listed in AHIMA’s “Consumer Health Information Bill of Rights.” Yet, for one consumer, Amanda Michelle Jones, MS, AM, being on a first-name basis with medical records depa....

Will IG replace HIM?

Author: Washington, Lydia

Source: AHIMA blog post | Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: December 28, 2015



I hear this question all the time from new as well as veteran HIM professionals. Especially now that the implementation of ICD-10-CM has come and gone (mostly with nothing more than a whimper, I might add, largely due to the exceptional planning and organization skills of great HIM profess....

How to Reach the C-Suite

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Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: December 2015




In order for health information management (HIM) professionals to be successful in their organizations—from starting an information governance program to getting ICD-10-CM/PCS implemented on time—support from the C-suite is crucial. As HIM departments undertake increasingly expa....

Four CDI challenges Emerge in ICD-10

Author: Fee, James P

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: December 2015



Editor’s Note: Read this article’s companion piece “Fighting CDI Fires in ICD-10: Three Burning Questions Every Organization Must Answer” in the December 2015 edition of ICD-TEN, available here.



For most clinical documentation improvement (CDI) sp....

What Lies Ahead in 2016?

Author: Hedges, Ron

Source: AHIMA blog post | Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: December 18, 2015





This is the last Legal e-Speaking post of 2015. I thought I would use it to predict what 2016 might bring in litigation and beyond. When looking ahead to the next year, there are many possible things that HIM professionals should keep an eye out for, but five stand out to m....

Earning HIM Cred—The RHIA and RHIT

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: December 09, 2015





For two AHIMA credential holders—one with a registered health information administrator (RHIA) and one with a registered health information technician (RHIT) credential—the extra work required to earn them have paid dividends. Both Karen Linder, BS, RHIT, CCS, CCS-P, and....

DIY Privacy Risk Assessments

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: November 2015


The HIM Problem


Completing regular privacy risk assessments is one of the most proactive ways of preventing healthcare privacy breaches. However, finding helpful tools for these assessments is hard to come by.


The HIM Problem Solver: Sharon Lewis, MBA, RHIA, CHPS, CP....

Can EHRs Handle Genomics Data?

Author: DuBravec, Daniel A

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2015



Virginia’s Inova Fairfax Hospital recently announced plans to open a $245 million genomics research center as part of Inova’s Center for Personalized Health. The research center will sequence nearly 20,000 whole genomes by the end of 2016. Whole genome sequencing, a process where a specia....

Convention Jambalaya

Author: Journal of AHIMA Staff

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2015


Running from September 26 to September 30 in New Orleans, LA, the 87th Annual AHIMA Convention and Exhibit created many notable quotes. Here, in honor of its host city’s famous cuisine, is a media jambalaya from the AHIMA convention.

Bethany Bultman, president of the New Orleans Music....

Breaking Down Walls to Realize Our Vision

Author: Birnbaum, Cassi L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2015



As we wind down the year, I can rest assured that our members have successfully arisen to the occasion of the new challenges that confront us, from ICD-10-CM/PCS to conquering data quality challenges with sound information governance (IG) practices.


One of the many highlig....

Cybersecurity 101

Author: Lucci, Susan; Walsh, Tom

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2015



One of the most alarming statistics in the news, which is growing with intent and severity, is the prevalence of cyber-attacks, particularly in healthcare. It is an alarming trend that has gained a good deal of attention. For example, in July 2015, UCLA reported that up to 4.5 million pati....

ICD-10 Two Weeks In: How’s it Going?

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: October 2015




Two-plus weeks into the transition to ICD-10-CM/PCS, the chaos predicted by many groups that protested the code sets’ implementation for years has not come to fruition. In fact, preliminary reports from providers, commercial payers, and coding consultants indicate quite the oppo....

Power of Data Analytics is Within Reach

Author: Birnbaum, Cassi L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2015



Data are the lifeblood of our healthcare ecosystem, with the potential of enabling organizations to improve care, manage chronically ill patients, lower costs, achieve compliance, support research, increase patient safety, and meet operational and strategic initiatives. Although health inf....

Understanding HIM’s Impact on Quality at the National Level

Author: Munn, Catherine; Backman, Cecilia; Costello, Stephanie; Wise, Lee A; Westhafer, Kathy J

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2015



The future of healthcare continues to evolve with the introduction of alternative reimbursement models. The industry is moving from traditional fee-for-service models to those focused on quality of care and documented outcome improvements. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of....

Moving HIM into Data Analytics a Must

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2015



We must transform healthcare into a data-driven culture… because that’s where our bosses are headed.


A recent issue of Hospitals & Health Networks cited data analytics as one of the top skills that will be most critical in the next three years for healthcare....

Data Quality Management Model (2015 Update) - Retired

Author: Davoudi, Sion; Dooling, Julie A; Glondys, Barbara; Jones, Theresa D.; Kadlec, Lesley; Overgaard, Shauna M; Ruben, Kerry; Wendicke, Annemarie

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2015


Editor’s Note: This Practice Brief supersedes the July 2012 “Data Quality Management Model (Updated),” the March 1998 “Checklist to Assess Data Quality Management Efforts,” and the June 1998 “Data Quality Management Model” Practice Briefs.


Rare and Unlikely ICD-10 Codes are Needed

Author: Journal of AHIMA Staff

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2015


This summer, if you listened very closely, you could almost hear a vast chorus of coders saying “I told you so,” after a freak accident alarmed local boaters in Southern California. On June 21, an over-excited dolphin accidentally jumped into a California family’s speed boat and broke both ankl....

Making Health Data Elegant

Author: Moschel, Matthew

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2015



Too often, data analysts make life difficult for themselves. An analyst may produce code that is much longer and more complicated than it needs to be, causing a coworker to re-run code for several hours, not including the execute time. Why? These challenges stem from three root sources of....

Are You a Data Analyst and Don’t Know It?

Author: Wiedemann, Lou Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2015



Do you analyze case mix? Have you been asked to run a report on patients seen in the emergency department with dog bites? Do you report monthly physician query trends? Have you ever been asked to “pull that information out of the EHR?” Do you know that revenue code 361 often re....

ICD-10 Has Arrived

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: October 2015





Ready or not, Judgment Day is here—and if you’re reading this, then you have reached the historic go-live of ICD-10-CM/PCS in one piece. For at least the next month and a half, however, it will be a “hurry up and wait” situation before providers can say with any co....

Taking your IG Pulse

Author: Washington, Lydia

Source: AHIMA blog post | Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: September 30, 2015



At AHIMA’s Annual Convention and Exhibit in New Orleans, LA this year, AHIMA rolled out the first of a suite of new products and services designed to support organizations and professionals who are starting the information governance (IG) journey. IG PulseRate™ is a free 25-question mini-a....

Privacy Officer Evolution

Author: Downing, Kathy

Source: AHIMA blog post | Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: September 25, 2015



Within my 20 years in the realm of privacy officer, we called work in privacy first “appropriate access,” then “information protection,” and now, thanks to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), have finally settled on the term “priva....

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