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Timeless Mission, Values Guide Change

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2003


How can you cope when it feels like change is coming at you from all directions? Effective management has come to mean the management of change. But effective change, particularly in the service sector of society, is change that has clear goals and is grounded in mission and values. It balances....

Fracture Treatment Poses Coding Challenge: Multiple Treatment Options Require Special Attention

Author: Hutchinson, Mark R.; Stanfill, Mary H

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: April 2003


There are 206 bones in the human body and each is susceptible to fracture. The choices in fracture management are complex and based on a number of issues including fracture type, fracture pattern, specific bone, age of fracture, age of patient, associated injuries, and physician preference. Co....

On the Line: Professional Practice Solutions (4/03)

Author: Dougherty, Michelle

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2003


Q: Does reporting cancer surveillance to the state have to be tracked under the accounting of disclosure requirement in the HIPAA privacy rule?


Q: An attorney recently told our facility that we need to retain records for at least 10 years to comply with the False Claims Act (FC....

How Poor Documentation Does Damage in the Courtroom

Author: Schott, Sharon

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2003


Poor documentation practices can result in a host of problems, and even minor errors can come back to haunt an organization. Here, learn how documentation errors can be used against your facility in a lawsuit.
In our increasingly litigious society, medical malpractice lawsuits are becomin....

On the Line: Professional Practice Solutions (5/03)

Author: Burrington-Brown, Jill

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2003


Q: What is an organized health care arrangement (OHCA) and what are its advantages?

Q: What is multi-factor authentication?

Jill Burrington-Brown (jill.burrington-brown@ahima.org) is an HIM practice manager at AHIMA.Article citation:
Burrington-Brown, Jill. "On the Line....

Joy of Teaching

Author: Squazzo, Jessica

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2003


“When I was director of medical records, the part I seemed to like the most was the training of new employees,” says Ellen Jacobs, MEd, RHIA. Though Jacobs began her HIM career in a professional setting and is now an educator, it seems as though she’s been teaching all along.

Communicating Change with Style

Author: Helbig, Susan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2003


With so many different types of changes occurring at so many different times in the work place, how does an HIM professional prepare the context for change? Context refers to both the circumstances in which change will occur and to those the change will affect, such as the HIM staff, administr....

New Graduates See Lifetime of Opportunities

Author: Siegel, Barbara

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2003


In 1981, the year I graduated from Rockland Community College, my fellow graduates and I all expected to find jobs in hospitals or nursing homes. At that time, more than 85 percent of HIM professionals worked in traditional settings with titles such as director of medical records, transcriptio....

Educator Type

Author: Squazzo, Jessica

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2003


“[Teaching] attracted me because I had always liked school,” she says, matter-of-factly. Bowman also liked explaining things to people and has been doing it for almost 30 years as a professor in the College of Allied Health Sciences at the University of Tennessee Health Science Cente....

Data for Decisions: the State of the Profession

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2003


What is AHIMA’s work force research telling us about the profession today?

More than 95 percent of experienced RHITs and RHIAs report that many or some jobs are readily available

Nearly 75 percent of RHIAs serve on their organization’s electronic health record p....

Calculating Costs for Accounting of Disclosures

Author: Dunn, Rose T

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2003


The privacy rule allows a covered entity to charge a cost-based fee for providing an accounting of disclosure (AOD). Has your organization determined these costs? Calculating the actual costs may be more involved than you think. This article will discuss the requirements for setting the fee an....

Catching Up with HIPAA: Managing Noncompliance

Author: Weintraub, Abner E.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2003


With the April 14 HIPAA privacy deadline behind us, many covered entities are still struggling to become compliant. Limited budgets and staff, conflicting advice, and unforeseen delays have all conspired to keep many covered entities from meeting the deadline.


What do you tell....

Survey Results: Practice, Experience Keys to Employment

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2003


As part of the Association’s far-reaching work force study, AHIMA commissioned a survey of students about to graduate from accredited HIA and HIT programs. Conducted by the Center for Health Workforce Studies, School of Public Health, University at Albany, the survey was sent to program di....

Sepsis, Related Terms Cause Confusion for Coders: Set the Record Straight About Sepsis, SIRS, Septic Shock

Author: Prophet-Bowman, Sue

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: May 2003


Sepsis, severe sepsis, SIRS, and septic shock have long been a source of confusion for coders. New ICD-9-CM codes established recently for Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (SIRS), and additional proposed code revisions have added to the confusion regarding the differentiation among these....

From Student to Privacy Officer

Author: Jeffries, Jane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2003

“I love this field and I can’t imagine doing anything else.” —Amanda Moran, privacy officer,
McCurtain Memorial Hospital in Idabel, OK
Being a privacy officer is a big job for anyone, but Amanda E. Moran has an additional challenge—it’s her first job after....

Best of Both Worlds

Author: Squazzo, Jessica

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2003


“Teaching is one of the best jobs that I ever had,” says Cathy Flite, MEd, RHIA, assistant professor at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. When Flite says that, she’s speaking from experience.


She entered the academic world midway in her HIM career, after wor....

Association Benefits from Collaborative Dialogue

Author: Siegel, Barbara

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2003


One hundred years ago, Guglielmo Marconi used Morse code to initiate “a dialogue that seemed like pure magic” between President Theodore Roosevelt and England’s King Edward VII.1 Marconi’s efforts paved the way for wireless communication, including AHIMA’s Communities....

On the Line: Professional Practice Solutions (6/03)

Author: Hjort, Beth M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2003


Q: Under the privacy rule, how should a physician’s office handle a request from parents for a written statement recommending limitation of their child’s activities at school?

Q: What are a covered entity’s legal responsibilities when a former employee breaches confiden....

New Job? More Money? Negotiating Pays Off

Author: Kaplan-Quinn, Genia

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2003


It’s true: everything is negotiable. How do you get your kids to eat their broccoli or your spouse to pick up his or her dirty socks? These everyday victories are achieved through the process of negotiation: we decide what we want, we plan the best way to approach the situation, we ask fo....

Plenty to Learn, but Plenty of Guidance, Too

Author: Manger, Barbara J.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2003


Climbing the career ladder is a sign of success. Many new HIM professionals begin their employment on one of the bottom rungs in a non-supervisory position while attending school or immediately after graduation. These positions give new graduates an advantage when a supervisory position in the....

Mining Diamonds in the Rough: How to Hire New Graduates

Author: Parker, Susan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2003


As a busy manager, you know exactly what you want when you post a job ad or inform your human resources department of a vacancy. You do not have time to sift through piles of resumes to find the person you need. But after weeks of searching, you may begin to wonder—is there anybody out th....

Smart Strategies Ease the Way for New Managers

Author:

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2003


Your first supervisory position can be both terrific and terrifying. You may be new to the facility, managing former colleagues, younger than your subordinates, or performing a midlife career switch. In all cases, a few simple strategies can help ensure your success. Here, two HIM educators sha....

Softer Skills Key to Leadership Position

Author: LeBlanc, Madonna M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2003


You landed the job. Your first day is a week away and you’ve left yourself enough time to recharge your batteries before jumping into a new adventure. To best position yourself for success as a new manager, think back to the human resources and personnel management courses you’ve tak....

Art and Science of Project Management

Author: Seidl, Patricia

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2003


Completing a project successfully requires far more than a handful of meetings and a checklist. Project management is a process in itself—one that can ensure a positive outcome. Learn more from our expert.
Anyone who has ever sat in traffic due to road construction or witnessed the s....

Obtaining Satisfactory Assurance for PHI Disclosure

Author: Quinsey, Carol Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2003


Obtaining “satisfactory assurance” in the privacy rule may sound like something new, but the concept has been around for a long time. Do you know what it means and how it affects your HIM department? This article will explain what obtaining satisfactory assurance means and how it can....

Rolling with the Changes

Author: Squazzo, Jessica

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2003

“Managing change is always going to be a challenge. We're always learning and there's always going to be change.” —Christina Janus, MBA, RHIA, manager of medical record services at Akron General Medical Center in Akron, OH
Christina Janus, MBA, RHIA, has a steadfast approach....

Sorting Out Employee Sanctions

Author: Burrington-Brown, Jill

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2003


Has your organization addressed sanctions related to privacy and security issues? Both the final privacy rule and final security rule address this issue. The privacy rule states that the covered entity must “have and apply appropriate sanctions against members of its workforce who fail to....

1970s: We Must Be Able to Talk Both Languages

Author: Zender, Anne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2003

The 1970s brought a new name for the Association and a new credential name. The decade also witnessed landmark privacy legislation, and medical record practitioners discovered a need to understand the language of technology as well as that of medicine.

Documentation Coordinators Put it All Together

Author: Squazzo, Jessica

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2003


There are very few medical records departments that have a position as unique as mine,” says Karen Santoro, documentation coordinator at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in Glendale, AZ. The fact that many organizations don’t have a documentation coordinator position on their roster....

Make the Most of Professional Mentoring

Author: Siegel, Barbara

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2003


In classical mythology, the image of a mentor is based on the vision of Odysseus, who entrusted the care of his son to his friend. Mentor was a wise and faithful friend, a counselor, and advisor.


The attributes associated with mentorship come from this classical vision. Today,....

From Coder to Knowledge Engineer

Author: Zender, Anne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2003

“Find a job that really holds your interest and one that will challenge you. If you’re not challenged daily, there’s something wrong.” —Judy Sample, RHIT, CCS, knowledge engineer
at Inference Systems International, Inc.
Combining her interests in coding and tec....

Saving Time: A Physician's Perspective

Author: Pezzulich, Robert

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2003


Thanks to the benefits technology brings to quality healthcare and operational efficiency, most healthcare organizations are finding themselves progressing deeper into the electronic environment. Besides the obvious technological challenges, this evolution involves the human factor, including....

On the Line: Professional Practice Solutions (7/03)

Author: Dougherty, Michelle

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2003


Q: When is a new history and physical (H&P) needed when moving a patient between an acute care bed to a swing bed?

Q: How can I find the Medicare manuals, program memorandums, and the Conditions of Participation on the new CMS Web site?
Michelle Dougherty (michelle. dougher....

Stealth Software Deters PHI Theft

Author: Kawles, Terrance L.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2003


As the leading edge of digital portability advances, the protections afforded the “portability” portion of HIPAA become strained. Under the final security standards, covered entities (CEs) must establish procedures and mechanisms to protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availab....

Clinical Coding: Part of the HIM Mosaic

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2003


Many in healthcare today understand coding only in the context of billing, not recognizing that the very same coded data are used for important healthcare operations, policy, epidemiology, and many other uses. For 75 years, AHIMA has been the professional forum to advance the quality of health....

Internal Radiation Brings Hope to Prostate Cancer Patients: With Brachytherapy Treatment Come New HCPCS Codes

Author: Kostick, Karen M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: September 2003


In 2003, the American Cancer Society estimates that 220, 900 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in the US, making it the second leading cause of cancer deaths in men.1 Today in the US, patients with prostate cancer have access to less invasive surgical cancer treatment plans. This arti....

2003 Red Book Reveals Cost-saving Recommendations

Author: Prophet-Bowman, Sue

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2003


Although the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) has already saved tax payers more than $12 million this year, it offers still more cost-saving recommendations for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in its annual Red Book that hav....

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