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Preventing Risk in Long-term Care: Lessons Learned

Author: Wright, Amy

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2003


“If you or a loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse, please call for a free consultation.” This refrain is familiar to Floridians and is quickly moving to other states where laws allow large punitive or damage awards for malpractice lawsuits.


Long-term c....

Celebrating the Past, Shaping the Future

Author: Siegel, Barbara

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2003


Twenty years ago, I thought technology was going to save the world of HIM. When I graduated from Rockland Community College, ICD-9 was just being implemented. This was followed by DRGs, which created recognition for medical record professionals. But the technology supporting HIM functions was....

On the Line: Professional Practice Solutions

Author: Burrington-Brown, Jill

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2003


When is it legal to disclose protected health information (PHI) to clergy?
Is faxing patient information legal under HIPAA?
Does HIPAA allow clinicians in our home health facility to pull their own records?
What is a "shadow record?"
Jill Burrington-Brown (jill.burrington-b....

How to Have Them at 'Hello': Job Tips for New Grads

Author: Hjort, Beth M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2003


How can you ensure your resume and interview attract the most attention for a coveted HIM position? Susan Parker, MEd, RHIA, helped students and recent graduates to discover some secrets to job-hunting success in “How to Have Them at ‘Hello.’” Parker, president of Seagate C....

Perfecting the Communication Process

Author: Burrington-Brown, Jill

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2003


Most of us do not think of communication as a process but rather as a talent or ability that only a few people possess. But when communication is considered a process, anyone can be an effective communicator.


The work of Stanford University computer science professor Terry Wino....

Commitment to Progress through e-HIM

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2003


Consensus is growing for a national health information infrastructure (NHII). As financial resources permit, all types of healthcare organizations are moving from paper to electronic health records (EHR). More than ever, the HIM profession must be visible and vocal advocates for this transform....

Taking Data to the Next Level

Author: Jeffries, Jane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2003

“When I hear statistics on mortality or morbidity, I automatically think of the methods used
to collect and tabulate the data and the hard work that goes on behind the scenes. I’m glad to be a part of that process.” —Joyce Frazier, RHIA,
medical systems specialist,....

Moving Toward a Unified Information Security Program

Author: Ruano, Michael

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2003


Is your organization up to the challenge of creating a unified information security program?


A unified information security program has been all but mandated for healthcare organizations by the federal government. HIPAA requires that electronic, paper, and oral patient identif....

Teach Your Attorney Healthcare Contracting

Author: Le, Huan N.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2003


Medicare regulations, HIPAA compliance, and the threat of litigation have made it impossible to draft a one-page healthcare contract. Standard language alone now extends to up to four pages. It’s a good idea to hire an attorney for contract negotiations and drafting, but even then, you mi....

Sample Policy: Protecting Patient Privacy from Outside Callers

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2003


Background: It is customary for family members, legal guardians, and friends of patients at [name of hospital] to telephone the hospital, inquire in person about the condition of a patient, or to request other health information. Privacy regulations require that a patient’s identity or oth....

Leading the Mad Dash to HIPAA Compliance

Author: Squazzo, Jessica

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2003


When many HIM professionals might have shuddered at the thought of taking on HIPAA implementation, LaVonne Wieland, RHIT, decided to stare it right in the face. For Wieland, the information privacy director for HealthEast Care System in St. Paul, MN, the privacy director position seemed like a....

Spelling Out the Value of Our Credentials

Author: Siegel, Barbara

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2003


Remember eating alphabet soup when you were young? What fun it was finding words or even making up new ones. We did not know then that a part of our future was spelled out before us.


Since 1928, our HIM credentials have demonstrated professionalism and expertise. Remember when....

Protecting Verbal PHI: a Plan

Author: Birnbaum, Cassi L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2003


Does your organization have a policy in place for protecting patient health information (PHI) over the phone?


This article will discuss how a workgroup at Children’s Hospital and Health Center (CHHC) in San Diego, CA, implemented a policy to protect verbal PHI and how your....

Privacy -- an AHIMA Organizational Value

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2003


Ten years ago, AHIMA drafted model federal legislation to protect confidential medical record information. We aimed to raise Congress’ awareness that protection for this most personal information was sorely lacking and that the absence of uniform legal protection was a barrier to the use....

Major Changes for Heart Failure Codes in 2003: New Codes Put Sharper Focus on Diagnosing, Preventing Heart Failure

Author: Casey, Patricia E.; Zeisset, Ann M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: February 2003


Are you up to date with the latest revisions to the heart failure codes? A revision of the heart failure codes, effective October 1, 2002, was originally presented at the May 2001 ICD-9-CM Coordination and Maintenance Committee meeting. At that meeting, representatives from Kaiser Permanente e....

Preparing for HIM's Future Today

Author: Hicks, Jewelle E

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2003

Plans for the Future


Adkison’s day-to-day responsibilities require a wide range of strengths and skill sets. By staying current on her computer skills and performance-improvement techniques, as well as honing her organizational and communication expertise, Adkison has been able....

Observation Services Present Compliance Challenges

Author: Prophet-Bowman, Sue

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2003


Observation services have been a top fraud and abuse target of the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services, primarily due to the complexity of the Medicare billing regulations and the potential for abuse. New regulations regarding reimbursement for thes....

Driving Change through Rapid Demonstrations

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2003


The American healthcare system is in crisis and consumers are taking notice. Insurance costs are rising at double-digit rates and employers are passing along more of the cost to employees, leading to a recent nationwide strike at GE earlier this year. One in seven Americans is uninsured and fe....

VA Puget Sound Reaps Benefits of Automation

Author: Burrington-Brown, Jill

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2003


What is it like to work in a fully automated healthcare system? As a visitor, I was doubly curious, because the topic of my management practicum in 1977 was preparing the Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System MPI for computerization. This was a sophisticated practicum at the time bec....

Computer Recycling: Are you Legally Prepared

Author: Harford, Joseph P.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2003


None of these methods of disposal address healthcare organizations’ environmental or legal responsibilities. But how do you know if your organization is legally positioned to handle disposal of computer equipment? This article will address these concerns.

What Is Legal?
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Clinic EHR Streamlines HIM Department

Author: Hagland, Mark

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2003


Is your clinic or medical group thinking about implementing an EHR? Plan for plenty of changes—in staffing, processes, and the delivery of care. Here, learn how a variety of clinics weathered the conversion.

When the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, AZ, planned to open a new hospital....

Get Ready for the HIPAA Olympics

Author: Cannon, Jeanne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2003


HIPAA compliance might be one of the biggest challenges of the decade for covered entities—and not only because of all the new requirements. Simply reading and interpreting the regulations has proven to be a monumental task. So how can a HIPAA team leader make staff enthusiastic about lea....

Preparing for a New Generation of HIM

Author: Siegel, Barbara

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2003


Earlier generations—our grandparents and parents—tell stories of how technology changed their lives. Born at the turn of the 20th century, my grandparents witnessed the successes of Alexander Graham Bell and the Wright brothers. My parents were mesmerized by talking movies and televi....

Taking the Initiative with Nursing Home Quality

Author: Mitchell, Sue

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2003


When the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued its highlights of 2002, the listing of significant accomplishments included the department’s efforts to improve quality of care. Discussion of quality improvement efforts focused on the department’s initiatives in measurin....

Are You Ready to Be a Privacy Officer?

Author: Sobel, David A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2003


As an HIM professional, you may be asked to serve as your organization’s first privacy officer. While serving as privacy officer will give you the opportunity to play a new and more profound role in safeguarding patients’ privacy rights, it will also provide you with new challenges.....

Is Your NPP Your Best Defense?

Author: Lee, Michael R.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2003


In the event of a privacy-related legal challenge, the content of your organization’s notice of privacy practices (NPP) will be a focal point for both plaintiff and defense arguments with respect to the protected health information (PHI) disclosure activities of your organization. Is your....

Champions for Consistency

Author: Jeffries, Jane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2003


Wouldn’t it be helpful to know how your peers at healthcare organizations throughout your state are handling HIPAA? Even better, wouldn’t it be helpful for the healthcare consumers in your state to encounter consistent behavior at each facility they visit?

Thanks to the Ten....

Record Reviews, Clinician Education Form Best Defense

Author: Pinder, Ray

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2003


We have all heard stories about attorneys winning large settlements for their clients due to lack of or insufficient documentation in the medical record. Many HIM professionals have taken steps to teach the basics to physicians, nurses, and other health professionals that have documentation re....

Legal Roles Give New Perspectives

Author: Zender, Anne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2003

“I could have retired by now, but I don't regret having any of these experiences.” —Richard Jeske, RHIT, HIM supervisor,
Alaska Native Medical Center, Anchorage, AK
HIM supervisor Richard Jeske, RHIT, hasn’t spent his entire career working in health information ma....

Transition Management: Striking a Balance

Author: Helbig, Susan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2003


Life in today’s healthcare organizations is challenging for everyone involved—patients, providers, third-party payers, vendors, and HIM professionals. As HIM professionals, we are constantly in a state of transition in some area of our practice, which can be both challenging and rewa....

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