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On the Line: Professional Practice Solutions

Author: Prophet, Sue

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 1998


Q: I am a coder in a hospital HIM department. I am being pressured to code in a manner I believe to be fraudulent in order to maximize reimbursement and improve the hospital's case mix. What should I do?

Q: I am employed as a coder and am concerned about my potential risk with....

On The Line: Professional Practice Solutions...

Author: Rhodes, Harry B.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 1998


Q: I have been asked to head up a committee assigned the task of selecting the hardware and software applications that are to become the platform for our organization's computerized medical record (CPR). Our committee is composed of representatives of all the "end users" of the CPR. The vastne....

Future of HIM: An Operational View

Author: Braden, James

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 1998


What will HIM processes, departments, and the patient record look like 10 years from now? The author offers a view of HIM operations at an academic medical center with an eye for operational, organizational, and functional structure.
The health information management profession has been....

From Plan to Performance: Implementing Change

Author: Zender, Anne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 1998


Healthcare restructuring is happening everywhere these days—and Barbara Siegel, ART, knows this firsthand. She has helped to implement a hospitalwide reorganization that has affected nearly all of the facility's 3000 employees.

Siegel, director of medical records at T....

Sentinel Event Procedures Undergo Scrutiny

Author: Fuller, Sandra R.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 1998


Substantial changes were made to the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations' Sentinel Event Procedures at the November 1997 Board of Commissioners meeting. With an implementation date scheduled for April 1, 1998, all Joint Commission accredited healthcare organiz....

Conscious Transformational Change in HIM Services

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 1998


The inevitability of HIM service restructuring is one of the fundamental tenets underlying AHIMA's Vision 2006. To thrive in an environment of dramatic healthcare industry restructuring and information technology explosion means that HIM services must change and we must learn to lead ....

Organizational Restructuring: One HIM Team's Approach

Author: Smith, Carol F.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 1998


Organizational restructuring offers a number of challenges -- and opportunities -- to employees. This article describes how members of one organization's HIM staff participated in a systemwide restructuring process, from planning to implementation to assessment of results.
Today's era o....

Power of Networking

Author: Stewart, Margaret

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 1998


As I look at my year as president of AHIMA, and all that I want to accomplish, my feeling is that I do not want to waste one day as I fulfill my commitments. One of my driving passions and goals is to enhance the position, respect, and perceived value of the HIM professional in the mar....

Taking Chances, Moving Forward

Author: Blumenthal, Jane E

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 1998


Kathleen H. Stanfield, RRA, was so nervous when she first took on her current job as health information systems coordinator at the Austin Diagnostic Medical Center (ADMC) in Texas that she felt physically ill. "It was like closing my eyes and jumping into a fire," she says of....

Stevens-Johnson Syndrome

Author: Prophet, Sue

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: March 1998


The term "erythema multiforme" was first used by von Hebra in 1866 to describe a disease characterized by symmetrically distributed, pleomorphic, evolving cutaneous lesions, located primarily on the extremities, and by a proclivity for recurrence. In 1922, Stevens and Johnson....

Protection of Personal Data -- The European View

Author: Mathews, Steve

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 1998


A new series of laws are being passed to control the processing of personal information -- including medical information -- inside the European Commonwealth. The author gives an overview of the European view of personal information and examines the implications for healthcare professionals bo....

On the Line: Professional Practice Solutions

Author: Fuller, Sandra R.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 1998


Q: Cellular phones are very popular and are a convenient way to increase communication. Should we place any restrictions on the use of cellular phones to discuss patient information?

Q: In light of last year's changes to the Joint Commission's standard on delinquent records, h....

Information Security--A Database View

Author: Zender, Anne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 1998



HIM professionals agree that applying the principles of information security is important in a hospital setting. But as Sharon Johnson, RRA, knows, those principles can be applied in many situations--including settings under construction. Since spring 1997, Johnson has been ....

New Standards Focus on Information Security

Author: Hanken, Mary Alice

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 1998


The federal legislation for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and the need in healthcare for security of confidential data have come together to heighten the interest in security standards for electronic health information systems. Th....

Managed Care: The Dominant Paradigm in US Healthcare

Author: Welch, Julie J.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 1998


What does "managed care" really represent -- and what effect has managed care had on the healthcare market? The author describes how managed care came to be a critical market force, offers a snapshot of its proliferation, and examines its effects on the traditional payment system.
It's....

Managing Care, Managing Change, Managing Information

Author: Dunham, Larry

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 1998


Under managed care, information is often required on a longitudinal—not an episodic—basis. As a result, we need to rethink our approach to data storage and use. The author identifies ways to look at the demand for data in a managed care environment and shows how process as....

Forging New Relationships: HIM and Managed Care

Author: Blumenthal, Jane E

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 1998


HIM professionals are blazing a trail in managed care in many roles. This article samples the perspectives of five practitioners, offering a glimpse of their work, their backgrounds, and the skills and experiences that have helped them manage their careers.
Managed care is....

Framework for Understanding HIM in Managed Care

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 1998


The fundamental questions faced by HIM professionals in breaking into managed care are: "How is it different from institution-based HIM practice?" and "What do I need to know and learn to succeed?"

AHIMA's practice leadership staff is exploring these ques....

On the Line: Professional Practice Solutions

Author: Welch, Julie J.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 1998


Q: I have a deposition scheduled for next week. The issue at hand is whether a preprinted manufacturer's instruction sheet on how to use a piece of medical equipment should be a part of the medical record. Our position is that it should not be included because it does not reflect wha....

OIG Releases Compliance Program Guidelines for Hospitals

Author: Prophet, Sue

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 1998


On February 11, 1998, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released its Compliance Program Guidance for Hospitals. This document is intended to assist hospitals in developing corporate compliance programs that assure the establishment of e....

On the Line: Professional Practice Solutions

Author: Carpenter, Jennifer E.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 1998


Q: I am currently employed by an organization that is implementing a long term care demonstration program for the frail elderly. I am in charge of the database for the demonstration. I'm writing policies and procedures for release of information and confidentiality and would like to ha....

Development of the ICD-10 Procedure Coding System (ICD-10-PCS)

Author: Averill, Richard F.; Mullin, Robert L.; Steinbeck, Barbara A.; Goldfield, Norbert I; Grant, Thelma M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 1998


The ICD-10 Procedure Coding System (ICD-10-PCS) has been developed as a replacement for Volume 3 of ICD-9-CM. This article will describe the development and structure of ICD-10-PCS‹as well as describe the modifications that have been made to the system as a result of extensive review and test....

Nursing Data, Classification Systems, and Quality Indicators: What Every HIM Professional Needs to Know

Author: Henry, Suzanne Bakken; Warren, Judith J.; Zielstorff, Rita D.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 1998

by Suzanne Bakken Henry, RN, DNSc, FAAN, Judith J. Warren, RN, PhD, FAAN, and Rita D. Zielstorff, RN, MS, FAAN

The nursing profession has developed a number of classification systems. What can HIM professionals learn from the processes and results? This article presents an overview of the....

To Sign or Not to Sign Verbal Orders

Author: Clark, Susan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 1998


The value of obtaining physician signatures on verbal orders after the patient's discharge from care is a concept that has been debated for several years. Typically, state regulations require that verbal orders be signed or authenticated. In some states a specific time frame—such....

Testing ICD-10-PCS

Author: Brooks, Patricia E.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 1998



HCFA conducted a formal test of ICD-10-PCS (procedure coding system) in order to determine if it would be a practical replacement for the current ICD-9-CM, Procedures. This coding system was developed after an open competition contract was awarded to 3M/HIS. In order to avoid any con....

No Uncertain Terms

Author: Zender, Anne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 1998


HIM professionals think of classification systems such as ICD-9-CM as tools for everyday use. But these familiar systems are evolving and changing rapidly—as Donna Pickett, RRA, is well aware.

Pickett is medical systems administrator for the Office of Data Standards, ....

Maximizing Data Quality of the Minimum Data Set

Author: Zender, Anne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 1998


HIM professionals who work in long term care settings are well acquainted with the Minimum Data Set 2.0 (MDS). Since 1990, it has been part of the standardized assessments that nursing homes participating in the Medicare and Medicaid programs must complete. Starting this summer, updated submis....

Off the Beaten Path

Author: Blumenthal, Jane E

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 1998


Karen Simpson, RRA, health information specialist at Greenstone Healthcare Solutions, Kalamazoo, MI, a disease management company spawned from Pharmacia & Upjohn Inc., stepped right into the pharmaceutical industry upon graduation from college 15 years ago.
At the other end of the spectru....

ORYX and Other Elusive Quality Animals

Author: Rhodes, Harry B.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 1998


Edward I. Koch, former mayor of New York City, is known for asking, "How am I doing?" Koch, of course, was speaking of the positive progress of his administration. But he could have just as easily been talking about the state of performance measurement in healthcare today. Even though quality....

Comparative Data--Its Impact and Opportunities

Author: Bellile, Susan K.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 1998


A battle for control of medical management is now being waged among hospitals, managed care plans, insurers, employers, physician groups, and researchers—a battle in which data is the weapon of choice. Cumulative and comparative healthcare information is being used to eva....

Few of Our Favorite Things

Author: Stewart, Margaret

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 1998


When I walk into a bookstore I see titles like 14,000 Things to Be Happy About. Such books remind us that birthday parties, sunsets on the beach, puppies, and other things can help us renew our resources of happiness. With that in mind, this month I decided to write about things that....

Makings of a Leader

Author: Blumenthal, Jane E

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 1998




Generally, we do not give much thought to what qualities make up a leader until we are faced with a job interview or a promotion. While it may be easy to conjecture an image—whether tangible or larger than life—of someone who embodies our own definition of a....

Status of Graduate Education Programs in Health Information Management

Author: Brodnik, Melanie S.; Bean, Betty; Hickey, Christie; Massey, Olivia; Ritchie, Carissa

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 1998



The growing complexity of information needs in the delivery of quality healthcare at low cost has contributed to educational reform in health information management (HIM) and the need for advanced professional preparation of HIM practitioners. In 1997, AHIMA published curriculum mode....

Education: The Key to HIM Transformation

Author: Eichenwald, Shirley

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 1998




Vision 2006 is pointing the way to the transformation of HIM practice. But without individual action, the vision will not bear fruit. Education and professional development are the keys to making the transition to HIM professionals' roles and responsibilities in the next century....

Taking the Plunge: Deciding to Return to School

Author: Welch, Julie J.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 1998


Perhaps you are pondering the idea of going back to school. You may be filled with excitement at the prospect—or you may be asking yourself why you would want to do such a thing. Regardless of your level of education or job experience, lifelong learning can yield valuable rewards.....

Commitment to Change Creates New Opportunities

Author: Zender, Anne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 1998


If you want to be an agent of change, sometimes you must first change your own life. That's a lesson Debra Harris, MA, RRA, has learned.

Harris, director of health information services at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, WA, began the process when she decided that continui....

What is Gulf War Syndrome (Part I)

Author: Prophet, Sue

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 1998


In 1990 and 1991, nearly 700,000 members of the US armed forces served in the Persian Gulf. Since their return home, thousands of these veterans have reported illnesses they believe are related to their service in the Gulf. Due to the nature of these illnesses, there has been considerable deb....

Funding Your Education--An Overview

Author: Sharf, Jerry

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 1998


Financial considerations are an important part of any decision to continue education. Here's a guide to navigating the many financial aid options available for postsecondary education.
College and training programs can be expensive, and for the most part, students take the r....

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