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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

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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....

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