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On the Line: Professional Practice Solutions (4/00)

Author: Dougherty, Michelle

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2000


Q: When are rubber-stamp signatures acceptable? I read in a Part A newsletter that Medicare no longer accepts rubber-stamp signatures on documents that certify, order, or justify a service billed to Medicare. The newsletter cited the Medicare Conditions of Participation for hospitals (42CFR4....

Standards: Solutions or Culprits?

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2000


No other country on earth has as regulated a healthcare system as the US, and no country on earth comes close to our level of health spending. According to one estimate, Medicare regulations span more pages than the notorious Internal Revenue Code.1

Are all these standards....

Getting Ready for HIPAA Privacy Rules

Author: Amatayakul, Margret

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2000


What do the proposed privacy regulations mean to HIM professionals—and what can you do now to begin to prepare? The author takes an in-depth look at the proposed rules.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 is bringing significant changes to the ma....

To E or Not to E: HIM and the Dawn of E-health

Author: Fuller, Sandra R.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2000


E-commerce, e-shopping, e-mail—seems like there's an "e" in front of almost every word these days. What about health information management? Is HIM headed for cyberspace? And if the world is going to the Web, how ready is HIM to follow—or lead?



As we try to imagi....

Health Informatics Standards: A User's Guide

Author: Brandt, Mary D.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2000


From code sets to data sets to developing organizations, how much do you really know about technical standards? This article provides a handy reference guide.

The vision is clear: a longitudinal, or lifetime, health record for each person that is computer-based, secure, readily ac....

Long Term Care's Prospects for Accreditation

Author: Dougherty, Michelle

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2000


Typically, long term care facilities in the United States are not accredited by the Joint Commission. Whether current trends may change this picture, as facilities look for ways to distinguish themselves from their peers, remains to be seen.

While only a small p....

Clarifying Selected CPT Modifiers

Author: Scichilone, Rita A

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: April 2000


Coding for professional services is complicated enough when coding professionals are charged with assisting the physician to select the best five-digit number for the services rendered. It becomes even more complex when circumstances of the case require the CPT code to be modified. Add....

Setting the Standards

Author: Jeffries, Jane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2000


After years of learning and teaching HIM, Mary Alice Hanken, PhD, RHIA, now develops the standards that shape it. Hanken leads an American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) subcommittee that authors the standards that are changing the meaning of security.

Hanken has....

Changing with the Times

Author: Kibbler, Anne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2000


In the third part of our special report, we look at HIM professionals and how they're coping with relentless change.
Change is the only constant these days for HIM professionals, who are continually adapting to new regulations, pervasive technology, and increasing demands on personnel.....

Exploring IT Opportunities for HIM Professionals

Author: Benson, Christine L.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2000


Medical records have traditionally housed a patient's health history, but they also hold the statistical information that enables healthcare facilities to determine patient care trends and guides administrators to project future demand of services. As a result, the need for more information,....

Yours, Mine, and Ours

Author: Skurka, Margaret A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2000


Newspaper columnists spend plenty of time writing about problems in our society, trying to understand who's responsible for social ills and how they can be fixed. How does this relate to AHIMA? I believe that we can ask the same type of questions about some of the problems our professi....

Home Care Poised for Greater Demand

Author: Halamandaris, Val J.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2000


During the late 1980s and early 1990s, home health care was the fastest growing healthcare segment in the United States. Although Medicare cutbacks enacted under the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 have left many home health providers struggling to survive under restricted reimbursements,....

OIG Issues Nursing Compliance Guidance

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Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2000


The Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (HHS-OIG) has published the OIG Compliance Program Guidance for Nursing Facilities. Published in the Federal Register on March 16, 2000, the document contains seven fundamental elements for an effective complia....

Speaking Up for HIM

Author: Blumenthal, Jane E

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2000


Her voice bubbling with enthusiasm, Ramona Fissinger, RHIT, describes her job as "typical of most other medical records director positions." But Fissinger, director of medical records services at the Community Hospital in Munster, IN, has a passion for health information mana....

Learning the Laws Behind Compliance

Author: Wagg, Dorothy Grandolfi

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2000


With Vision 2006, AHIMA's Board of Directors challenged members to expand our knowledge base and professional horizons. One role that several HIM professionals have been asked to fill is compliance officer or manager. Generally, this role has led us down a familiar path—using our....

HIM: Changing Contexts, Changing Practice

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2000


How is the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 affecting academic medical centers? What is the likely impact of aging Baby Boomers on long term care and home care? What is contributing to the rise of complementary and alternative medicines?

This month, we focus on major trends acr....

E-health Code of Ethics Under Way

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Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2000


The Internet Healthcare Coalition (IHC) held a working summit from January 31 through February 2 to begin the development of an international "e-health Code of Ethics." The summit produced a set of guiding principles to govern the behavior of all health sites on the Internet. T....

On the Line: Professional Practice Solutions (5/00)

Author: Welch, Julie J.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2000


Q: Within what time frame are verbal orders required to be authenticated?

Q: Is electronic record storage legal?

Q: Does the Joint Commission require an RHIT or RHIA to be employed in a hospital's HIM department?

Julie Welch is an HIM practice manager at A....

Cornerstones of Outstanding Leadership

Author: Hughes, Gwen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2000


During my 28 years in the healthcare industry, I have had the good fortune to work for a couple of truly outstanding leaders. Although I recognized and attempted to emulate some of the management techniques used by these outstanding individuals, I didn't truly appreciate how skilled they were....

Compliance Efforts Lead to Process Improvements

Author: Swope, Shana

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2000




After Medicare regulations and the accompanying paperwork threatened to overwhelm an outpatient rehabilitation center, staff took steps to simplify the recertification process. The result was improved efficiency plus increased commitment to the electronic medical record. He....

Four Critical Steps to Choosing an Auditor

Author: Knutson, Julie

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2000


In this compliance-driven age, many organizations are seeking the services of outside firms or "auditors" to conduct record reviews. But the proper selection process is often short-circuited by time considerations. Given the cost of audits, however, even if you'....

"Dog Tags" Make Data Storage Easier

Author: Beck, Catherine A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2000


One of the newest ways to store medical records isn't available to most HIM departments. For military personnel, the Personal Information Carrier (PIC) or "digital dog tag" is a computer storage medium that can hold some or all of a service member's medical record. Roughly th....

IHC Eyes E-health Code of Ethics

Author: Asmonga, Donald D.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2000


The privacy of personal information on the Internet is a hot topic nationwide. Is an e-health code of ethics in order? AHIMA and several other organizations are offering guidance this spring to the industry's first attempt at one.

Together with the American Medical Informa....

Standards Organizations Plan Collaboration

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Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2000


In March, the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) Subcommittee on Standards and Security reached an agreement with six standard-setting organizations. The six organizations include the Accredited Standards Committee X12, Dental Content Committee, Health Level Seven,....

Embarking on a Compliance Career

Author: Dingman, Barbara

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2000


When I was given the responsibility of developing a compliance plan for my hospital two years ago, I was initially overwhelmed. My background was in medical records and I did not have a book on my shelf to guide me. Fortunately, I soon found numerous agencies and associations, colleagues, and....

How to Write an Effective Resume

Author: Hughes, Gwen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2000


You're ready to move to a different organization or position where you can take on new challenges and responsibilities. You've identified a vacant position that piques your interest. How can you ensure that your resume not only reflects your skills, education, and experience, but also....

Charting Our Progress

Author: Skurka, Margaret A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2000


The first year of the new century is almost half over. I'd like to share our progress so far on a number of fronts, known as our current "hot topics."

At the close of our meetings, AHIMA board members participate in a hot topic debriefing. We discuss everything t....

Steps Toward Privacy Protection

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Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2000


In April, the Subcommittee on Government Management, Information and Technology of the House Government Reform Committee held a hearing to review the merits of establishing the Commission for the Comprehensive Study of Privacy Protection. The focus of the hearing was the Hutchinson/Moran....

Comparing the OIG Guidances

Author: Prophet, Sue

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2000


One of the first places to begin when creating a compliance program is the Office of Inspector General (OIG) compliance program guidances, designed to help healthcare organizations develop and implement effective programs. These documents (available online at http://www.hhs.gov/oig) include s....

New Directions for Long Term Care

Author: Anderson, Rhonda L.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2000


Compliance has always been with us, from the days of routine chart audits and care evaluation processes. But today HIM professionals in long term care find themselves facing the challenges of compliance as never before.

In recent years, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) has inc....

On the Line: Professional Practice Solutions...

Author: Hughes, Gwen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2000


Q: I work for a small physician practice. Until recently, physicians would take home patient records to dictate in the evening. Unfortunately, one of our physicians' cars was burglarized and 30 records were stolen. What should we do?
Q: Where I can access the Medicare Conditions of Part....

Compliance Across the Continuum: What Works

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Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2000


Reducing fraud and abuse.
Making operations run more smoothly.
Improving services.
Keeping a lid on costs.

Compliance programs aim to do all of these things. And with expertise in coding, reimbursement, and regulatory matters, HIM professionals are natural members of....

Setting the Standard in Assisted Living

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Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2000


Have you found yourself in the position of developing or reviewing health information and documentation policies for an assisted living facility? If so, you know that it is not easy to find resources or standards for this growing industry. However, both the Joint Commission on Accredit....

Making a Proactive Transition to APCs

Author: Willett, Lyn

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2000


There's no doubt APCs are going to change the way your facility operates, but do you know how? By taking a look at your existing systems, you'll get a better idea of how to prepare for changes. This article spotlights specific functions to consider and optimize for the new outpatient prospect....

Groups Offer E-health Ethics Smorgasboard

Author: Asmonga, Donald D.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2000


E-health experts nationally are hard at work developing guidelines for this rapidly growing industry. Recently, three sets of guidelines were issued—by an advisory committee to the Federal Trade Commission, by the Internet Healthcare Coalition (IHC), and by a group of information....

Dot-com Coder

Author: Zender, Anne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2000


For many people, working with artificial intelligence may sound like something out of a science fiction movie. But for Amy Davis, RHIA, it's just part of the job.

Davis is coding specialist and knowledge engineer at DocCode.com, a company based in Jacksonville, FL. Davis's....

Practice Solutions for Today

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Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2000


Editor's note: APCs, risk management, knowledge management...all of these are practice issues that will affect the way HIM professionals work in the future. But practice solutions exist right now in our day-to-day work environments as well. Here are a few successful practice sol....

Surviving and Thriving During Contract Negotiations

Author: Hjort, Beth M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2000


Employer economies, staffing shortages, and advances in technology lead to the demand for outsourced functions, and there are a plethora of vendors happy to meet your facility's needs. Yet negotiating an outsourcing contract can be an intimidating proposition. Managers spearhead change interna....

Putting the Brakes on Medical Errors

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Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2000


Senators Edward Kennedy (D-MA), James Jeffords (R-VT), William Frist (R-TN), and Christopher Dodd (D-CT) are continuing to draft legislation that will curb medical errors and, at press time, was expected to be presented in June. Insiders indicated that the bill will likely focus on expan....

On the Line: Professional Practice Solutions (7/00)

Author: Hughes, Gwen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2000


Q: My state's laws say that health information may be made available to researchers who provide written evidence of approval of their projects by an institutional review board (IRB). What is an IRB?

Q: Where should informed consent forms for research and research-related ....

Coding for APCs: Case Studies

Author: Scichilone, Rita A

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: July 2000


When APC implementation begins on August 1, HIM professionals can expect increased complexity when coding outpatient encounters. Examining case studies in selected areas subject to APC payment may help coding professionals better understand the APC reporting process. Although coding guidelines....

Documentation Errors Result in Medicare Overpayment

Author: Hammen, Cheryl

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2000



The objective of the Office of the Inspector General's (OIG) fiscal year 1999 audit was to determine whether medical fee-for-service claims complied with Medicare rules and regulations. The OIG examined claims for accurate documentation and coding, medical necessity, and to ensure that c....

Building a One-stop Shop for Ideas

Author: Thompson, Nancy A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2000




If you feel like you've ever reinvented the wheel when changing or improving processes, the Department of Veterans Affairs may have the answer. Read on to learn more about the Virtual Learning Center, an online knowledge base of healthcare solutions.



We all have....

HCFA Publishes Final Home Health PPS Rule

Author: Asmonga, Donald D.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2000


The Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) published the final rule for the prospective payment system (PPS) for home health agencies in July. This rule, which takes effect October 1, 2000, replaces the retrospective reasonable-cost-based system used to pay for home health service....

Medicare Data Study Spotlights Coding Errors

Author: Cottrell, Carlton

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2000



Coding quality for Medicare claims is an area of constant concern. Coding errors can have far-reaching effects in the healthcare universe, and coders are experiencing increased scrutiny from both regulators and hospitals looking to control costs. As a follow-up to results of a Medica....

Moving Gradually Toward a Paperless World

Author: Hagland, Mark

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2000


HIM professionals may not be totally ready for a paperless environment—but then again, neither is anyone else.
Linda Fischer Smith remembers well the days (after all, they were just a couple of years ago) when she and her colleagues in the health information management area at Kais....

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