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APIs and the Privacy, Security Challenge for HIM

Author: Dean, A. Andrews

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2019


By A. Andrews Dean, CPHIMS, CHDA, CPHI, CPPM, CPC


The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) turned many healthcare information technology consultants’ heads in March 2018 when they announced the new MyHealthEData initiative—intended to continue CMS’s goal of digitizing....

AWC Summit Addressing Universal HIM Issues

Author: Eramo, Lisa A

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2019



By Lisa A. Eramo, MA


Telling an accurate and complete patient story through clinical documentation is a goal that transcends cultures and geographic boundaries. It’s also the primary theme at the 2019 AHIMA World Congress (AWC) Healthcare Information Summit that will take pla....

Components of an Effective Inpatient Coding Compliance Program

Author:

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2019


By Kathryn DeVault, MSL, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, FAHIMA, and Mary H. Stanfill, MBI, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, FAHIMA


There are multiple benefits of an effective coding compliance program. An article published in the January 2019 issue of the Journal of AHIMA titled “Components of an Effective O....

Status Check on CDI Transformation

Author: Wiggs Harris, Wylecia

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2019


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


The Journal’s clinical documentation improvement (CDI) issue gives me an opportunity to provide an update on some of the important work AHIMA has been doing in 2019.


As you know, we’ve been undertaking what w....

Comcast Eyes Home Health Monitoring

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2019


A couple years ago, Saturday Night Live spoofed how senior citizens use automated home assistant products such as Amazon’s Echo by imagining a fictional product called Amazon Echo Silver—a device designed to help forgetful, hard of hearing seniors manage activities like turning up the thermosta....

Definition, History, and Use of the Problem List

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2019


The problem list was first defined and created by Lawrence Weed in the 1960s at a time when care continuity was its primary purpose. Problem lists have become more widely used as a basis for problem-oriented charting, a methodology for clinical documentation embraced by many in the medical esta....

Coding Respiratory Failure

Author: Leisch, Monica RHIA, CDIP, CCS

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2019


By Monica Leisch, RHIA, CDIP, CCS


Consider the following scenario: a patient is admitted through the emergency department (ED) with acute shortness of breath. The ED notes and history and physical document acute respiratory failure. Blood gases show an oxygen level of 75, pCO2 lev....

Using CC/MCC Capture Rates as a Key Performance Indicator

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2019


The goal of this Practice Brief is to provide an explanation of the complication/comorbid condition and major complication/comorbid condition (CC/MCC) capture rate, review the calculation, and introduce the uses of this key performance indicator (KPI) by different functions of the mid-revenue c....

Teaching Tune Up

Author: Lower, Christi L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2019

How the New HIM Curricula Will Change Education, Future Employees


By Christi Lower, PhD, RHIA, FAHIMA


The health information management (HIM) professional’s career pathway has changed as technology continues to impact providers’ ability to acquire, harness, and harvest he....

Investing in Apprentices Pays Dividends for Employers

Author: Eramo, Lisa A

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2019


By Lisa A. Eramo, MA


When Mary B. Parks, JD, RHIA, CCS, director of health information at St. Joseph’s/Candler in Savannah, GA was charged with replacing inpatient contract coders with in-house staff, she did what most directors do. She dove into a candidate search in the hope of....

Teaching Tune-Up

Author: Lower, Christi L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2019

How the New HIM Curricula Will Change Education, Future Employees


By Christi Lower, PhD, RHIA, FAHIMA


The health information management (HIM) professional’s career pathway has changed as technology continues to impact providers’ ability to acquire, harness, and harvest he....

When Bedside Manner is Conveyed Through a Screen

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2019


If medicine is also an art and not just a science—as physicians who argue that each patient requires a different approach assert—then it’s hard to understand the rationale that led a California hospital to deliver end-of-life treatment plans via telemedicine “robots.”1


As several....

Connecting Coded Data to Data Analytics

Author: Wiedemann, Lou Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2019


By Lou Ann Wiedemann, MS, RHIA, CDIP, CHDA, FAHIMA


What do population health, disease management, predictive modeling, and surgical case indices have in common? They are all a part of bridging coded data to real-time data analytics. Coding professionals have a long history of tran....

Taking the Next Step Toward the Future

Author: Wiggs Harris, Wylecia

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2019


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


In a recent article in the New Yorker, historian Jill Lepore puts predictions about the future of work—and how it may be changed by automation and artificial intelligence—into perspective. While stoking these fears can con....

Health Information Management and Litigation: How the Two Meet

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2019


Editor’s Note: This Practice Brief supersedes the November-December 2013 “E-Discovery Litigation and Regulatory Investigation Response Planning: Crucial Components of Your Organization’s Information and Data Governance Processes” and October 2005 “Legal Process and Electronic Health Record....

Transforming Healthcare through API Governance

Author: Primeau, Debra

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2019


By Debi Primeau, MA, RHIA, FAHIMA


These days, digital information is gold. This is especially true in healthcare, where organizations use health information strategically to improve efficiency, reduce costs, and enhance the safety and quality of patient care. Health information ma....

Digital Health: Promise, Perils, and Perspective

Author: Crabb, Stephanie

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2019


By Stephanie Crabb, MA


The age of digital transformation across many industry sectors is in full swing. While healthcare often paces behind others when it comes to technology innovation and adoption, this is not the case with digital health—start-ups in this sector raised a record....

What to Do (and Not Do) When Changing HIM Vendors

Author: Rose, Angela Dinh

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2019



By Angela Rose, MHA, RHIA, CHPS, FAHIMA


The outsourcing of health information management (HIM) functions is not a new concept in the healthcare industry. Coding, clinical documentation improvement (CDI), transcription, electronic heath record (EHR) systems, and release of inf....

The State of CDI

Author: Combs, Tammy

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2019

Analysis of AHIMA’s New Clinical Documentation Improvement Industry Survey


By Tammy Combs, RN, MSN, CCS, CDIP, CCDS


The AHIMA Clinical Documentation Improvement Practice Council (CDIPC) is a group of clinical documentation improvement (CDI) experts that meet once a....

Cybersecurity and Understanding Cyber Risk

Author: Dolezel, Diane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2019


By Diane Dolezel, EdD, RHIA, CHDA


Healthcare organizations are at risk for data breaches as the number of healthcare data breaches continues to rise annually despite efforts to slow the upward trend. Since 2009, there were over 2,000 data breaches reported to the Department of Hea....

It Takes Leadership to Reimagine HIM

Author: Watzlaf, Valerie J.M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2019


By Valerie Watzlaf, PhD, MPH, RHIA, FAHIMA


As leaders in the HIM profession, we must strive to reimagine our future and embrace the change that will accompany it. Looking back over the HIM Reimagined (HIMR) recommendations, I see areas where we have already made progress—and other....

Tackling the Modern Privacy Challenge

Author: Wiggs Harris, Wylecia

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2019


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


We’re seeing a powerful case for the profession to keep privacy and security high on its priority list as we drive forward to a more modernized HIM practice. It’s an area that continues to evolve and challenge us.

Hacked! What to Do Following a Cyberattack

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2019




By Mary Butler


Steve Giles, chief information officer (CIO) at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, says the experience of his organization’s 2016 high-profile ransomware attack was among the top three most terrible events he has lived through in his professional and p....

IFHIMA Prepares for 19th Congress as Health Information Goes Global and Digital

Author: Fernandes, Lorraine M.; Butler-Henderson, Kerryn CHIA, FAHIMA; MacDonald, Marci; Skurka, Margaret A.; Lewis, Carol; AlBishi, Hussein; Axford, Kylie

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2019


By Lorraine Fernandes, RHIA; Kerryn Butler Henderson, PhD; Carol Lewis, MPH, RHIA; Marci MacDonald, CHIM; Margaret Skurka, MS, RHIA, CCS, FAHIMA; Hussein AlBishi; and Kylie Axford


Healthcare, like manY other segments of society and the economy, has become truly global.

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Keeping Our Eye on the Revenue Cycle Ball

Author: Wiggs Harris, Wylecia

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2019


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


How would you spend $262 billion? It’s an eye-popping number, but according to a 2017 report by Change Healthcare, that’s how much in claims are initially denied every year due to insufficient clinical documentation. The r....

Digital Assistants Record First Privacy Breaches

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2019

Incidents Create Questions About the Emerging Tech’s Use in Healthcare


Unquestionably, artificial intelligence (AI) is destined to revolutionize healthcare. It’s also highly likely that in the near future, lawmakers in the United States will pursue legislation to strengthen privacy law....

Surgical Site Infection Coding Update

Author: Minski, Melissa

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2019


By Melissa Minski, RHIA, CCS, CCDS


According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), more than 10 million patients undergo surgical procedures as inpatients each year, accounting for over 25 percent of all hospital stays. The most common types of inpatient s....

CY 2019 CPT Code Update

Author: Maccariella-Hafey, Patricia C

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2019


By Patricia Maccariella-Hafey, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, CCS-P, CIRCC


Calendar year (CY) 2019 brings robust changes to the CPT code set with 212 new codes, 73 deleted codes, and 50 revised codes. That puts the total number of CPT codes at an all-time high of 10,294. This article will highl....

MACRA 2019 Update: What to Know

Author: Marron-Stearns, Michael

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2019


By Michael Marron-Stearns, MD, CPC, CFPC


On November 1, 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule.1 This document includes policy information for the third performance year of the CMS Quality Payment Program (QPP).....

The Pros and Cons of Getting ‘App-y’

Author: Wise, Lee A; Miller, Nicole

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2019


By Nicole Miller, MS, RHIA, and Lee Wise, MS, RHIA, CHCO


We live in an era where we can order groceries online and have them delivered right to our kitchen. We are able to do nearly all banking online, making it possible to never set foot in a brick-and-mortar bank branch. It can....

Down to the Basics: Policies and Procedures

Author: Fahy, Kristi

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2019



By Kristi Fahy, RHIA


Streamline, streamline, streamline! Organizations keep hearing that streamlining the way business is conducted will maximize outcomes and returns. Luckily, the path to a more streamlined organization takes us all the way down to the basics: policies and p....

HIM Can Play a Role in Price Transparency

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2019


While a lot has been done to fight some of the biggest inequities in healthcare—such as higher premiums or insurance denials for pre-existing conditions—some mysteries of the system remain impenetrable for consumers. Chief among those is price transparency and the quagmire that must be navigate....

A Resolution To Be Meaningful

Author: Wells, Shawn

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2019


By Shawn Wells, RHIT, CHDA


As we move into the second month of the new year I am reminded of our optimistic, yet often-abandoned, list of New Year’s resolutions. These promises we make to ourselves every January originated as promises to the pagan gods over 4,000 years ago, with....

How to Write for Your Profession

Author: Sandefer, Ryan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2019


By Ryan Sandefer, PhD, and Amy Watters, EdD, RHIA, FAHIMA


In the January issue of Journal of AHIMA, health information professionals were asked to take action by highlighting their work and the value of the health information management (HIM) profession through publishing. Yes, t....

Effectively Managing a Growing Coding Workforce

Author:

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2019


By Clark Chaffin, MBA, RHIA, CCS


Health information management (HIM) departments across the United States, whether small or large, are experiencing a multitude of challenges and growing pains in today’s healthcare landscape. As more experienced members of the workforce are retirin....

Why You Need to Write for Your Profession

Author: Sandefer, Ryan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2019


By Ryan Sandefer, PhD, and Amy Watters, EdD, RHIA, FAHIMA


The May 2014 cover of Journal of AHIMA featured an image of a chameleon and the words “Adapt or Disappear.” This hyperbolic warning for health information management (HIM) professionals was delivered in the context of the r....

IPPS Final Rule Changes for Fiscal Year 2019

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2019




By Moira Hunger, RHIT


Though hard to believe, a new fiscal year (FY) is already well underway. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final rule for the Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) on August 17, 2018. All changes were e....

In Pursuit of Compatible Coding Audit Benchmarks

Author: Stanfill, Mary H

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2019


By Mary H. Stanfill, MBI, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, FAHIMA


People like benchmarkS. They like to know how they are doing in comparison to someone else. In health information management (HIM), a common benchmark is the de facto standard of 95 percent accuracy rate for medical coding. HIM pr....

President's Message: Be Heard, Be Fearless

Author: Watzlaf, Valerie J.M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2019


By Valerie Watzlaf, PhD, MPH, RHIA, FAHIMA


As AHIMA transitions into our strategy reset, it is more important than ever to keep our passion for the HIM profession strong, as well as align our passions with what is best for our profession and association. So, how do we find our voi....

Inside Look: Navigating Change with Courage

Author: Wiggs Harris, Wylecia

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2019


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


Navigating change can be exciting—or it can be scary. It can be especially hard to cope when you feel like you’re right in the middle of change and you don’t know how everything’s going to turn out.


In his se....

The Business Reality of HIM Outsourcing Explained

Author: Carey, Susan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2019


By Susan Carey, MHI, RHIT, PMP, FAHIMA


Outsourcing, whether delegating work to companies within the US or to other countries (offshore outsourcing), has become a strategic consideration and business model in many areas of the healthcare industry, including healthcare IT, health in....

Future Forward

Author: Smith, Diann H. MS, RHIA, CHP, FAHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2018










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


It is hard to believe this is my last Journal of AHIMA column as AHIMA’s President/Chair of the Board of Directors. I am genuinely grateful to have joined you in bringing to life the theme for AHIMA’s....

What’s in a Name?

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2018







It’s not at all uncommon for organizations to change their names several times before landing on one that captures their presence in the past, the present, and the future—especially if they are technology-focused. Take NCR Corp., which today sells every....

Blockchain’s Role in Health IT

Author: Viola, Allison F.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2018







By Allison Viola, MBA, RHIA


When innovative technologies make a splash on the international stage, healthcare professionals wonder how these technologies can translate or be scaled for the healthcare industry. Health information management (HIM) profession....

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