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Coding Standards Remain AHIMA Priority in 2002

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2002


While legislative activity in Congress has been slow, 2002 has proven very active for various healthcare regulations, coding standards discussions, and AHIMA. Most activity has surrounded code sets and coding standards, healthcare information infrastructure, and privacy.

Changes to....

Facilitator No Stranger to Cyberspace

Author: Zender, Anne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2002


“Privacy and security are big issues for consumers. Many e-health sites are not covered by HIPAA, so even though they think they don’t need privacy and security, we need to make them aware of it. We need to work with organizations to make sure data collected by health sites or by In....

Society for Clinical Coding Comes Around as CoP

Author: D'Amato, Cheryl; Hoag, Patience J.; Crocker, Elsa; Neville, Deborah; Carpenter-Barbee, Cheryl; Bartell, Laurie

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: June 2002


Remember the glorious Knights of the Round Table who made Camelot famous? King Arthur created a meeting place with special significance, a roundtable at which every seat had equal worth. AHIMA has embraced the spirit of this concept in a program known as coding roundtables, which are designed....

Uniting Security Forces Against Risk

Author: Wagner, Lew

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2002


Threats to your facility’s physical and information security become more complex all the time. To create a truly effective security program, consider developing an integrated security program that encompasses both traditional and information technology protection. The result? A strong, st....

Privacy and Security: Are Two Hats Better Than One?

Author: Woloszyn, William

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2002



Who, me? Work as both a privacy officer and a security officer? It may seem impossible, but it can be done. While the roles of privacy officer and security officer are often presented as two distinct jobs in relation to HIPAA, if a lack of resources or personnel demand it, a daring HIM pro....

Funding HIM's Future through FORE

Author: Odom-Wesley, Barbara

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2002


When you think of leaving a legacy, what comes to mind? For many, giving to others has the greatest impact. This year, the Foundation of Research and Education (FORE), AHIMA’s charitable affiliate, will begin Fast FOREward, a two-year campaign that presents an opportunity for every AHIMA....

Leading Home-grown Coders to Excellence

Author: Jeffries, Jane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2002

“HIM is a lot more visible now and we have to work to keep it that way by staying involved at the state and national level.”
—Laurie Bartell, RHIT, CCS, CPC, director of health information and records, Memorial Hospital of Sheridan County, Sheridan, WY
More than a few HIM p....

ICD-10 on the Horizon

Author: Prophet, Sue

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2002


ICD-10 has taken hold around the globe, so why is the US still using ICD-9-CM? This article reviews the history of ICD-10 in the US.


Other countries are using it. Why aren't we? Coding professionals across the country and around the world are wondering why ICD-10-CM hasn't been....

Simple Steps to Tracking Disclosures

Author: Hughes, Gwen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2002


The many exceptions to the HIPAA privacy rule’s accounting of disclosures standard make it difficult to determine what must be tracked. Although the rule gives patients the right to receive an accounting of disclosures of their health information, it lists several exceptions. This article....

Taking Our Stand: AHIMA Stakes Four Key Issues

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2002


In May, AHIMA’s Board of Directors approved two key issue statements—one on consistency of healthcare diagnostic and procedure coding, and a second on national healthcare information infrastructure (available at www.ahima.org). These “umbrella” statements are general and ap....

Constructing a Coding Compliance Plan

Author: Hanna, Joette

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2002


The government has turned its attention to coding compliance. Do you have an effective program in place? Use the steps in this article to build a coding compliance program that protects your organization.


Coding compliance has become an integral part of every HIM department....

New PPS Proposed for LTC Hospitals

Author: Dougherty, Michelle

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2002


In the past 10 years, the number of new long-term care hospitals (LTCHs) in the United States has tripled. Because of this growth, LTCHs are the newest post-acute settings to face a change in the reimbursement system.


While there are only about 270 LTCHs in the United States, t....

User's Guide to AHIMA Coding Credentials

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Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2002


This year, AHIMA introduces a new coding credential—the Certified Coding Associate (CCA). The credential is different from AHIMA’s other coding credentials—the Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) and the Certified Coding Specialist—Physician-based (CCS-P)—in some importan....

Heading Up HIPAA Compliance

Author: Dahlstrand, Harold

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2002


Why do some organizations consistently thrive in an era of ever-changing politics, regulations, and increasingly scarce resources? The answer is leadership. Winning organizations have excellent leaders who know how to make smart decisions and implement them quickly and effectively. Those who a....

On the Line: Professional Practice Solutions

Author: Burrington-Brown, Jill

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2002


Q: I work in a clinic setting. An attorney has requested copies of a patient's entire record. The record includes reports dictated by one of the clinic physicians at a local hospital during the patient's hospitalization. The attorney has the patient's permission. Are we allowed under HIPAA to....

How the EHR Transforms the HIM Department: Two Stories

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Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2002


HIM professionals have long known the electronic health record (EHR) will change the collection, storage, and maintenance of health information, not to mention the delivery of care, but what about the its effects on the HIM department? While revolutionizing the HIM process, there can’t hel....

Communicating with Physicians: Something to Talk About

Author: Dunaway, M. Tray

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2002


Ask a physician: "Doctor, are your detailed history and physicals comprehensive?" Now ask: "Doctor, are your comprehensive history and physicals detailed?" Chances are, you'll get two affirmative replies. To a physician, detailed workups are comprehensive, and comprehensive workups are detaile....

Join the Association's Celebration of Diversity

Author: Odom-Wesley, Barbara

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2002


I am so proud to be a part of an organization that celebrates and promotes diversity. One of the Association's recently refined values statements is: "The celebration and promotion of diversity." AHIMA is committed to respecting our members and all individuals with whom we work and collaborate....

Putting the EHR to the Test

Author: Hawkins, Fanny

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2002


Is clinical documentation significantly different before and after implementing the electronic health record (EHR)?
Believing that the development and implementation of an EHR strategy is required for success, Baylor College of Medicine sought to answer this question. This article present....

On the Line: Professional Practice Solutions

Author: Hughes, Gwen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2002


Q: What is a virtual shredder?

Q: A developmentally disabled adult was recently admitted to our hospital. The patient was accompanied by his older sister. The sister indicated her brother could not write but that he could draw an "X." Because the patient doesn't have a court-appointe....

New ICD-9-CM Committee Presents New Codes, Changes

Author: Prophet, Sue

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2002


This is part 1 of a two-part summary of proposals from the April 2002 ICD-9-CM Coordination and Maintenance Committee meeting and includes procedure proposals. Part 2 will include diagnosis proposals and will be published in the October Journal of AHIMA.
The ICD-9-CM Coordination and Main....

Privacy's Day in Court

Author: Gradle, Brian D.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2002


While HIM professionals work to implement HIPAA, courts across the nation continue to hear cases that could affect this work. Namely, these are cases related to state privacy laws.


HIPAA's "preemption" framework provides that state laws that are not contrary to HIPAA or that p....

Laboratory Services Regulations Carry HIM Implications

Author: Prophet, Sue

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2002


This is Part 1 of a two-part article on national coverage and policies for clinical diagnostic laboratory services payable under medicare Part B. Part 1 concentrates on the administrative policies. Part 2, which will appear in the October issue of the Journal, will focus on the national covera....

Keeping Up with the Pace of Change

Author: Squazzo, Jessica

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2002

"I envision the future of the HIM profession through an IT perspective. HIM managers need to focus on the quality, security, and access to patient information. The profession is expanding beyond the medical record."
--Genet Kidane, RHIA, product manager, Mobile Computing Group, McKesson I....

Imaging System Propels HIM Department to EHR

Author: Bechert, Londa

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2002


St. Vincent Hospital and Health Services in Indianapolis, IN, is a member of the Ascension Health network, a nationwide Catholic health ministry. The HIM department has centralized responsibility for the main campus (650 beds) in Indianapolis, the St. Vincent Carmel Hospital (65 beds), and mul....

Turning Production Data into Management Tools

Author: Dunn, Rose T

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2002


Staring down another backlog in your HIM department? Use routine data collection activities to strengthen your case for additional staff, increased budget dollars, or an incentive program.
Daily challenges in an HIM department include increasing workloads and accumulating backlogs withou....

Are You Ready for the E-health Revolution?

Author: Odom-Wesley, Barbara

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2002


Are you ready for the revolution? The e-health revolution, that is. E-health is a new frontier to explore and conquer. According to AHIMA's E-health Task Force, there is an increasing sense of urgency to move the healthcare industry into the electronic information age. The Internet and its der....

Implementing a Document Imaging System

Author: Myjer, D'Arcy; Madamba, Roderick

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2002


The benefits of a document imaging system are myriad once it's installed—it's the implementation that you need to prepare for. In this article, get a bird's eye view of one facility's implementation and the many lessons learned along the way.

Healthcare has been inching toward....

Mind Your Business Associate Access: Six Steps

Author: Sullivan, Tori E.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2002


It's April 10, 2003, and a privacy officer is reviewing her policies for the imminent privacy regulations, title II of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996. The compliance deadline is April 13, 2003, and she is already feeling stressed about meeting the date.....

Facing New Challenges Every Day

Author: Hicks, Jewelle E

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2002


"As HIM professionals, we always have the opportunity to tell others about our careers. You never realize the impact these 'marketing moments' can have on others." --Laurie Bach, RHIA, SNF administrator/manager of HIS,
McClellan Health System, Cambridge, NY
What is the key to managi....

Closer Look at Clinical Pertinence Standards

Author: Clark, Jean S.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2002


When the Joint Commission standards related to clinical pertinence review were revised, flexibility and an ongoing process for review of medical records at the point of care was the intent. This continues to be the goal of IM.7.1-IM7.10.1, though there are still directions in the requirement t....

Keeping Current on Legislation Vital to HIM Professionals

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2002


The AHIMA Policy and Government Relations (P&GR) staff in Washington receives a number of questions concerning how a particular proposed law, legislation, or possible regulation will affect the management of an HIM department, coding section, or other functions that are typically performed by....

Creating Privacy Rule Implementation Efficiency

Author: Hughes, Gwen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2002


Many HIM professionals will be called upon to perform an extraordinary feat during the next six months. They will be asked to bring one or more organizations into compliance with the HIPAA privacy rule by April 14, 2003. While this task is challenging in organizations that began such efforts a....

Connecting Care through EMPIs

Author: Hewitt, Joseph B.; O'Connor, Michele

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2002


Behind every medical record is a patient whose care depends on a thorough understanding of current and past medical conditions. When that understanding is compromised due to an incomplete record, care suffers. Learn how an enterprise master patient index can be the foundation of medical record....

Using Ambulatory Data to Shape Planning

Author: Katzenberger, Philip

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2002


The information age inundates us with data. The challenge is transforming the data into information that can be used for healthcare planning. In general, obtaining the data is easy but creating information from it begins by asking a few questions:
Who will use this data?
How does t....

It's Time to Finalize Your Privacy Policies

Author: Dougherty, Michelle

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2002


You've attended seminars, read articles, outlined systems, and developed forms for implementing the privacy rule, but there is still one step left--actually writing the policies and procedures. For many practitioners, policies and procedures are important but are often put off, then forgotten.....

On the Line: Professional Practice Solutions

Author: Dougherty, Michelle

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2002


Q: Where can I find federal regulations, interpretive guidelines, and Medicare manuals online?
Q: Where can I find information regarding auto-authentication?
Q: When should a change to scanned documents in an information system be identified as a late entry?
Michelle Dougherty (....

Quest for Patients' Trust Only Just Begun

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2002


Some saw the final rule on HIPAA privacy, published in August 2002, as a crowning achievement after years of efforts to secure patient privacy. Others took a more negative view, claiming that big business had finally ensured unhampered access to patient data. HIM professionals, however, should....

Universal View of Data

Author: Zender, Anne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2002

"You don't need to be a computer programmer to do [data management]. You need to know how to manage data. The rest will fall into place." --Lorraine Tully, director of HIM, HealthMarket, on getting started in data management
Understanding the big picture: that's what Lorraine Tully, RHIT, beli....

Understanding the Privacy Rule's Amendments

Author: Hughes, Gwen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2002


By now you know that amendments to the final privacy rule were published in the August 14, 2002, Federal Register. The amendments are intended to correct problems identified in the original privacy rule published on December 28, 2000.


This article presents a summary of some of....

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