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New Name, New Opportunities

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Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 1991


Setting the pace for health information management for the next century, the House of Delegates (HOD) of the American Health Information Management Association chose the 1991 Annual Meeting as the forum to adopt two dramatic changes in the organization's bylaws. The changes reflect AHIMA's dyna....

Paper to Paperless, and the Paper In-between

Author: Grzybowski, Darice

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 1994


Paper to paperless, and the paper in-between. This title may sound like an oxymoron, but it is, in fact, a reflection of reality. Any facility making the transition to an automated point-of-care documentation system, is most likely struggling with intense paper processing, key indexing or sca....

Accreditation of Managed Care Organizations

Author: Probyn, Susan L.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 1996


It is common knowledge in the healthcare industry that every few years most hospitals undergo rigorous review to become accredited. Less well known is the fact that many managed care organizations are following suit and undergoing an accreditation process of their own. Several organizations h....

Disaster Plans: Lessons Learned

Author: Rhodes, Harry B.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 1996


Shortly after I accepted my first position as director of medical records, I began to develop time management skills and created a "to do" list. One item on my list that got very little attention was my department's disaster plan. Working in a 55-bed hospital in a peaceful eastern Texas commu....

Disorders of the Breast

Author: Prophet, Sue

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 1996

Carcinoma

Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women. Risk factors include a personal or family history of breast cancer, delayed childbearing, and personal history of benign breast disease.
A tumor may be identified by mammogram or self-examination. Many tumors are d....

Why Don't We Have Computer-Based Patient Records

Author: Drazen, Erica

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 1996


In 1991 the Institute of Medicine produced a report that came to the unequivocal conclusion that to make advances in the quality of care, efficiency of process, and containment of costs, we needed to adopt computer-based patient records. They even subtitled the report "An Essential Technology....

Myocardial Infarctions: Frequently Asked Questions

Author: Prophet, Sue

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 1996

Myocardial Infarctions

Many coders still have questions regarding the correct coding and sequencing of myocardial infarctions (MI), particularly in relation to the use of the fifth digits, transfers, underlying diagnosis, and performance of procedures. The following information is provide....

Quest for Quality and Comparability in the National Healthcare Database: Announcing A Payer’s Guide to Health Care Data Quality and Integrity

Author: AHIMA Coding Policy and Strategy Committee

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: September 1996


As the computer-based patient record slowly becomes a reality, the need has never been greater for a national cooperative effort to recognize and apply uniform terminology and coding guidelines for both the clinical community and fiscal intermediaries. AHIMA’s Coding Policy and Strategy Commit....

ICD-9-CM Revisions -- Effective October 1, 1996

Author: Prophet, Sue

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 1996


The revisions to ICD-9-CM became effective with discharges occurring on or after October 1, 1996. Highlights of the changes are summarized below. Since not every revision is described in this article, it is important to review the official authorized addendum published in a special edition of....

Your Resume: A Checklist for Today's Trends

Author: Ellie, Perry E.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 1997



Does your resume work for you?


As the owner of a recruiting firm specializing in health information management, I critique hundreds of resumes each year. By employing the common sense ideas in this article you can enhance your resume, find the work of your dreams, and ch....

Structured Text: Documentation Meets Technology

Author: Colburn, Charlotte

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 1997

Background

Documentation of patient encounters through dictation and transcription processing has advanced dramatically over the past century, and current technology offers still greater opportunities for efficiency, timeliness, and completeness. Sixty years ago, the "transcriptionist" o....

Data Dictionaries: An Overview

Author: Duffy, Philip G.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 1997


Healthcare is one of the most information-intensive industries in the economy but less automated than other industries such as banking and insurance. Modern healthcare delivery is governed by ad hoc teams of professionals assembled to address each case, which further complicates information a....

Open Systems and Healthcare

Author: Golden, Robert F.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 1997

Open Systems and Healthcare
by Robert F. Golden



The language of healthcare computer systems has a Top 40 list of phrases that elicit positive nods from decision makers everywhere. As a result of their popularity, these terms become muddled from overuse (and abuse), confus....

Fraud and Abuse Implications for the HIM Professional

Author: Prophet, Sue

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 1997

Healthcare Fraud and Abuse Legislation

On August 21, 1996, President Clinton signed into law the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. This law addresses several issues including the creation of a Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Program. This program is intended to com....

Holistic Approach to Network System Security

Author: Nelson, Doug

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 1997


Introduction
Information security concerns increase with expanded healthcare data access across wide area networks, increased storage on network devices, and greater use outside an organization's electronic borders. Today's information systems network architectures are changing rapidly,....

Accreditation Requirements for ORYX [exhibit 1]

Author: Zeglen, Margaret

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 1997

Exhibit 1: Steps to Selecting a Performance Measurement System

Measurement goals. The first step towards selecting a performance measurement system is to consider your organization's mission and strategic plan for improving performance. Determine your organization's priorities for measurem....

FACCT: A Large Measure of Quality

Author: Graham, Judith

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 1997


Introduction
The Foundation for Accountability (FACCT) is an independent, not-for-profit organization representing major consumer groups and large purchasers of healthcare. Its mission is to help consumers make healthcare choices based on quality. FACCT's core work consists of (1) creat....

Evolution of HEDIS: 3.0 and Beyond

Author: Rulon, Vera; Sica, JoAnn

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 1997


History of HEDIS
Employer Issues Leading to HEDIS
The Health Plan Employer Data and Information Set (HEDIS) is a set of standard performance measures designed to provide purchasers and consumers with the information they need to compare the performance of managed healthcare plans.....

Managing Clinical Data: A Cancer Registries Update

Author: Watkins, Sue

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 1997


Introduction
The American Cancer Society estimates that about 1.38 million new cancer cases will be diagnosed, and about 560,000 Americans will die of cancer, in 1997.1 These estimates do not include carcinoma in situ or basal and squamous cell skin cancer. To monitor trends in cancer i....

Overview of Trauma Registries in the United States

Author: Garthe, Elizabeth

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 1997

Overview of Trauma Registries

How many trauma registries are there in the US? This is a tough question to answer. According to a survey conducted by members of the Emergency Nurses' Association (ENA), the number of clients reported by trauma registry software companies exceed 1850 organi....

Implementing the Wireless Computerized Patient Record

Author: Rhodes, Harry B.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 1997


The ability to provide timely, relevant, and accurate in-formation to the healthcare decision maker at the point of care is a critical success factor for any provider. For enterprises that operate in extremely competitive healthcare markets, the ability to meet this challenge could mean the d....

Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy

Author: Prophet, Sue

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 1997


Hypertension complicates at least 10 percent of all pregnancies. The hypertensive disorder of pregnancy most likely to result in significant adverse clinical outcomes is preeclampsia.

Preeclampsia
Preeclampsia is unique to pregnancy and is characterized by elevated blood press....

Physician Office Billing Compliance Program

Author: Eisenhauer, Sue

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 1997


Physician offices try to adhere to the coding and billing guidelines as defined by Medicare. However, claims to commercial insurance carriers frequently are not handled as precisely. The passage of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) has brought to our atte....

ICD-9-CM Revisions (effective 10/1/97)

Author: Prophet, Sue

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 1997


The revisions to ICD-9-CM became effective with discharges occurring on or after October 1, 1997. Highlights of the changes are summarized below. Since every revision is not described in this article, it is important to review the Official Authorized Addendum. The complete addendum is publish....

Developing and Improving Project Management Skills

Author: Hilterbrand, Cynthia

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 1997


What is project management? One usually thinks of a project as a group of milestones or phases, activities, or tasks that support an effort to accomplish something. And one usually thinks of management as the process of planning, organizing, controlling and measuring something.
What does....

Coding Compliance: Practical Strategies for Success

Author: Prophet, Sue

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 1998


"Fraud," "abuse," "upcoding," "unbundling," and "compliance" have all become buzzwords in the news media. Eliminating healthcare fraud and abuse has become a top priority for the federal government. Government investigations are on the rise and providers everywhere tremble at the thought of b....

Fraud and Abuse: What You Can Do

Author: Prophet, Sue

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 1998



During AHIMA's National Convention, HIM professionals convened to network and share practical ideas on issues pertaining to fraud and abuse. While most of the participants worked in hospitals, other work settings, including colleges, consulting firms, and government agencies were als....

Leading the Quest for Compliance

Author: Blumenthal, Jane E

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 1998


I am the proverbial optimist—if you think that way, everything will come true,” says Ruthann Russo, JD, ART, about her successful Bethlehem, PA-based health information management consulting firm, Cabot Marsh Corporation.

And you wouldn’t expect to hear anythi....

Data Mining: A Whole New World

Author: Blumenthal, Jane E

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 1998


We are drowning in data and starving for knowledge," said J. Michael Hardin, PhD, during his "Data Mining" presentation during AHIMA's National Convention. Hardin, of the Departments of Health Services Administration, Biostatistics, and Computer Science at the University....

Bringing Vision 2006 into Focus: Strategic Options for Education, Certification, and Professional Development (Resolution)

Author: AHIMA House of Delegates

Source: Journal of AHIMA | AHIMA HoD Resolution

Publication Date: January 1998

Background

In 1996, AHIMA's House of Delegates adopted Vision 2006 as its strategy for moving the health information management profession into the future:

"Resolved, That the American Health Information Management Association and its component organizations and....

Configuring Compliance: A Professional Fit

Author: Manning, Susan C.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 1998


The development and implementation of compliance programs offer HIM professionals perfect opportunities to provide leadership and expertise. HIM professionals should be involved in these processes because the documentation of patient services is an essential part of the investigation and enfo....

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