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Reviewing the New HIPAA Rules

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: AHIMA regulation analysis | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2013



At 138 fine-print pages, the final rule detailing the HITECH Act’s modifications to HIPAA privacy and security requirements is not a quick or easy read. But it is an important read since the content of the Federal Register post drastically impacts HIM professionals and their business....

Strategic Initiatives Embrace HIM’s Future

Author: Frawley, Kathleen A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2013



The health information management (HIM) profession will continue to see constant and increasing change in 2013. While HIM professionals continue to work to define and evolve their roles and career pathways, AHIMA has been working on the best ways to support and lead the change. As part of....

Ten More Questions for CAC Vendors

Author: Cassidy, Bonnie S.

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: March 2013





Today’s HIM and coding professionals are faced with multiple challenges to increase documentation accuracy and specificity due to new rules and regulations. They also face financial pressure to accelerate billing processes, which can lead to errors and fraudulent c....

Defining Health Informatics

Author: Campbell, Robert James

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2013



[dih-fahy-ning] [helth] [in-fer-mat-iks]


adjective, noun, noun


1. An educator’s in-depth look at what informatics is and what it can do for HIM professionals



In the movie Annie Hall, Woody Allen finds himself in a movie theater line in....

Let’s Place Patients Front and Center

Author: Frawley, Kathleen A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2013



As HIM professionals, one of our key responsibilities is to provide patients with access to their health information. A poll conducted by Wolters Kluwer Health in November 2012 focused on the consumerization of healthcare. The poll asked whether consumers really want more control of their....

Meaningful Use Program Faces Audits, Scrutiny

Author: Rhodes, Harry B.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2013



Health information technology systems have supported the administrative functions of healthcare for more than a decade. Historically, these healthcare administrative systems primarily focused on performing fiscal transactions or supporting key ancillary departments. Widespread use of elect....

HIM Around the World

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2013


Health information management is a global profession, with individuals in various countries working to ensure quality care through quality information. While opportunities and challenges do vary from country to country, there is much the world’s HIM professionals can learn from each other....

Physician Query Examples

Author: AHIMA Staff

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: February 01, 2013






A query can be a powerful communication tool used to clarify documentation in the health record and achieve accurate code assignments. This Practice Brief In Addition provides examples of the different forms of queries available to HIM professionals.

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Believe in HIM, and Yourself

Author: Frawley, Kathleen A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2013



During the past year Patty Thierry Sheridan, AHIMA’s past president, spoke eloquently about the power of dreaming big dreams. I am going to build on those ideas this year by talking about the importance of believing.


It is important that you believe in yourself, believe....

HIM Focuses on Core 2013 Strategic Initiatives

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2013



As AHIMA welcomes the new year, the association continues to work on several ongoing developments in the HIM profession-as well as the additional opportunities and challenges that 2013 presents the US healthcare industry. Though the work is not yet done, HIM professionals and AHIMA staff h....

Transforming the HIM Milieu for the Digital Age

Author: Luthi-Terry, Stephanie

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2013



Healthcare system Allina Health is leveraging their groundbreaking electronic health record system to revamp the health information management (HIM) department and its various functions. The goal is to make HIM more effective and efficient in the digital age, which they are accomplishing i....

Using CDI to Meet Federal Quality Measures

Author: Wiedemann, Lou Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2013



Clinical documentation is the foundation of every health record, specifically outlining the reasons for treatment and the quality of care provided to the patient. The lack of consistent and standard clinical content within the health record has been an ongoing challenge to health informati....

Understanding the HIE Landscape

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2013


The health information exchange (HIE) landscape has changed dramatically since HIE and the Nationwide Health Information Network (NwHIN) was first conceptualized in 2001. The National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) published recommendations in 2001 on nationwide electronic hea....

‘e’-Experience Required: Demand Growing for EHR Expertise

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2013


Experience working with electronic health record (EHR) systems is growing in demand, and healthcare facilities in some areas of the country are having a tough time finding employees qualified to fill open EHR-focused positions, according to recruiting and business intelligence organization Want....

CPT Code Updates for 2013

Author: Miller, Jackie

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: January 2013



The CPT code set has undergone extensive revisions for 2013, with codes, guidelines, and modifiers being revamped and updated. HIM coding professionals should download and review the CPT 2013 errata on the AMA website before starting to use the new codes. This download can be accessed at w....

Out of the Basement and Up to the Table

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2012



It’s time for HIM to come out of the basement. I'm not talking about relocating our offices. I’m talking about coming out of the mental bunkers where many of us have hunkered down, hoping the onslaught of changes will blow over.

A Call to Action


I am insp....

2012 Convention Wrap-Up

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2012


AHIMA held its 84th annual Convention and Exhibit September 29-October 4 in Chicago, IL, where the themes of innovation and professional development underscored sessions that helped attendees look toward the future and prepare for the coming year’s challenges in health information managem....

Bridging the ICD-10 Divide through Advocacy: New National AHIMA Advocacy Initiative will Mirror THIMA ICD-10 Outreach Efforts

Author: Asmonga, Donald D.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2012



AHIMA has long advocated for ICD-10, and these advocacy efforts have overcome some stout barriers to ensure the implementation of the modern, more detailed classification system. Even with this recent success and the reassurance that comes with the final ICD-10 implementation date set for....

AHIMA Issues First Grace Award: University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics Receives HIM Excellence Award

Author: Dooling, Julie A; Wiedemann, Lou Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2012


Innovative approaches in health information management (HIM) led to the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (UWHC) being selected as the winner of the first AHIMA Grace Award. The award was presented to UWHC leadership on October 2 before thousands of HIM professionals at AHIMA’s 84t....

Continuing to Dream Big

Author: Sheridan, Patty Thierry

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2012


As I prepared my incoming address for the AHIMA Convention and Exhibit last year, I turned to my family and friends for inspiration on music ideas. Little did I know that the hunt for a song with an upbeat tempo would set in motion a year that challenged us all to “Dream Big”-from AHIMA staff....

Anatomy of a Physician Coder: Small, medium, and large physician practices all feature these multi-tasking, multi-responsibility coders

Author: Eramo, Lisa A

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2012


An analysis of the “physician coder” anatomy would reveal a cornucopia of responsibilities nestled under this one succinct title.

They are equal parts clinical documentation improvement specialist, office manager, patient counselor, physician process tracker, coder... the list goes....

Using Medical Scribes in a Physician Practice

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2012


With the push to develop and deploy electronic health records (EHRs) and the need for more detailed documentation, there is a growing concern in the medical community regarding the time expended to capture information-electronic or otherwise. The time providers spend during a patient visit capt....

Rapid Release of Rules Means Work Ahead

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2012


The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), along with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), formally released three final rules around the the time of the Labor Day holiday. Appropriately enough, the arrival of these final rules spells out much work ahead for t....

2012 AHIMA Triumph Award Winners

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2012


The AHIMA Triumph Awards recognize individuals who make a difference and is a long and cherished tradition of honoring the excellence, dedication, and service of those professionals whose steadfast efforts have enriched the health information management (HIM) field. The awards honor leadershi....

Change Right Before Our Eyes

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2012



“Evolution” and “change” are two words that come to my mind when I think about how the move to electronic health records (EHR) has altered the nature of the work we do. AHIMA has been talking about this change for as long as I can remember. But now it’s happen....

Meaningful Use Stage 2 Ramps Up Record Access

Author: Viola, Allison F.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2012


The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) have certainly put a new spin to the old saying “things happen in threes.” During late August, CMS issued the final rule for the stage 2 “meaningful use” Elec....

EHRs Offer Coders Opportunities, Challenges

Author: Batres, Janie

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: October 2012


With emerging technologies like electronic health record systems (EHRs) and computer-assisted coding (CAC) gaining traction in the healthcare industry, coding professionals are being presented with more challenges and opportunities than ever before. The shift from paper-based records to electr....

Secret HIM Recipe for Sharing Healthcare Data

Author: Scichilone, Rita A

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2012



When preparing a meal to share with others, the best cooks pay attention to which ingredients baked into the final product can determine the success or failure of the meal. This process is surprisingly similar to HIM professionals sharing health data with others. The way information is pre....

Transcription Beyond Transcription: Health IT allows transcriptionists to assist with CDI, other HIM functions

Author: Carnrite, Michael; Sumner, Susan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2012


For decades Medical transcription has been an important fixture of the health information management (HIM) department. Compiling, managing, and retaining transcribed documents as a subset of the entire patient medical record is a foundational role for HIM professionals. And while the electron....

Why HIM Innovation Matters

Author: Sheridan, Patty Thierry

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2012


An HIM colleague recently asked me why everyone seems to be talking about innovation lately. Innovation might seem like a buzzword, but it’s also important to the future of healthcare and health information. Innovation isn’t just about generating new ideas-its primary goal is to develop a diff....

Coding Open Fractures in ICD-10-CM

Author: Comfort, Angie

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: September 2012


Fractures are a common medical malady, and coders encounter them often. But the differences between coding fractures in ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM are vast.

Upon implementation of ICD-10-CM the code system currently in place for fractures within ICD-9-CM will cease to exist, and a new,....

HIM’s Expanding Role in Clinical Data Analysis and Mapping

Author: Cook, Jane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2012


As the healthcare community works to meet the requirements of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) “meaningful use” EHR incentive program and other initiatives, new opportunities are forming for the health information management (HIM) professional. Roles in both clinical data....

The Pathway Forward: Transforming Healthcare

Author: Sheridan, Patty Thierry

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2012


The recent US Supreme Court decision to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been controversial. Whether for, against, or somewhere in between, HIM practitioners and educators need to take part in the dialogue within their organizations. Regardless of what happens wi....

Treating Healthcare with Health "I"T

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2012




Patient-Centric Stage 2 Meaningful Use Measures Considered Treatment for Ailing US Health System



The US healthcare system is ill. Higher costs, sicker patients, and struggling providers are the symptoms of the disease that has sent industry stakeholders scrambling t....

Patient Engagement Important, but Definitions Vary

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2012




Healthcare stakeholders agree that patient engagement is a necessary part of transforming the US healthcare system. But what they don’t agree on is just how patient engagement should be defined, according to the National eHealth Collaborative’s 2012 NeHC Stakeholder Survey. The onli....

Data Ownership Evolves with Technology

Author: Demster, Barbara

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2012


Technology has transformed the world of health information management (HIM), bringing about change for many of the field’s longstanding professional concepts and work methods. The classic rule of ownership in the words-on-paper era of health records was that “the paper (physical medium) belong....

Nonstop Change Leads to New Opportunities

Author: Sheridan, Patty Thierry

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2012


We live in a time of nonstop change. The pace is fast and constant. To thrive, HIM professionals need to do more than simply adjust-we need to completely shift into a new mindset, developing new work methods along the way.

This starts with accepting the realities of today's marketpl....

International HIM: IFHIMA Congress 2013

Author: Sheber, Sarah

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2012


The International Federation of Health Information Management Associations (IFHIMA) will convene the Seventeenth International Health Information Management Congress in 2013, from May 13-15 at the Palais des congrès de Montréal, Québec, Canada. Hosted in partnership with the Canadian Health In....

A Little Less Hazy, A Little Less Crazy

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2012



Nat "King" Cole used to sing about the "lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer." Today, most of us are working through summer days that are neither lazy nor hazy (although unfortunately, sometimes they're crazy). But August can also be a time to stop and reflect about where we are going, in our....

Keeping Education Honest

Author: Dixon-Lee, Claire; Tesch, Linde

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2012


CAHIIM Accreditation brings accountability to the Broad Realm of Health Information Education

The United States has set a goal to increase the number of college degree recipients by 2018 and has challenged academic institutions to ensure sustained attention to the quality of stude....

Not Your Average Encounter: Quirky ICD-10 Codes

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2012


One look at the ICD-10-CM/PCS codebook proves that life is full of surprises. With ICD-10 stepping up the specificity of clinical codes, coders now have access to descriptions that can accurately capture even the most surprising of medical conundrums.


The increased specificity is....

What’s the Delay in the ICD-10 Delay?

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: July 18, 2012





Just when the Department of Health and Human Services will announce its final decision on a delay for ICD-10-CM/PCS compliance is the question on many minds lately.


While a firm announcement date has not been determined, AHIMA’s Advocacy and Policy st....

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