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ICD-10-CM Updates for Fiscal Year 2020

Author: Watson, Monica M

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2019


By Monica Watson, RHIA, CPC, CCS, CCS-P, CPMA, CIC, CRC, CDEO


Coding professionals will be relieved to find fewer changes in the fiscal year (FY) 2020 ICD-10-CM code changes, effective October 1, 2019, than the last several years. The trend in decreasing changes for annual updates....

Fewer Codes for 2020 in ICD-10-PCS

Author: Ward, Maria

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2019


By Maria N. Ward, M.Ed., RHIA, CCS, CCS-P


There has been an increase in the number of possible codes in ICD-10-PCS every year since its implementation. With the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 ICD-10-PCS code changes, effective October 1, 2019, the tides have turned. In the Medical and Surg....

Making the Electronic Case Reporting Transition

Author: Viola, Allison F.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2019

Pushing Paper Aside as eCR Changes HIM’s Quality Practices


By Allison Viola, MBA, RHIA


Public health agencies across the country continue to face new challenges, from surveilling chronic and infectious diseases such as Ebola and Zika, to managing the anticipated &ld....

Taking Action for Health Information

Author: Wiggs Harris, Wylecia

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2019


By Wylecia Wiggs Harris, PhD, CAE, chief executive officer


Throughout the year we’ve been talking about AHIMA’s transformation. Our aim with this project has been to keep AHIMA relevant in light of today’s trends and to become an association that better meets the....

President's Message

Author: Watzlaf, Valerie J.M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2019

Reflecting on a Year to Treasure

By Valerie Watzlaf, PhD, MPH, RHIA, FAHIMA


I cannot pick just one thing that I am most proud of from this year. I am extremely proud to have worked alongside an amazing board of directors, CEO, and AHIMA staff during my year as President and Ch....

The Future of Coding

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Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2019

A Report from AHIMA’s Coding Thought Leadership Council


By Anne Zender, MA


What does the future of coding look like? A panel of coding experts and health information management (HIM) professionals met in early June to answer this question and others.


T....

Are We There Yet?

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2019

Evaluating Whether EHRs are Meeting the Needs of Value-Based Care


By Mary Butler


The “meaningful use” Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program successfully brought the vast majority of healthcare providers into the computer age and transitioned the ind....

Three Ways Analytics Optimizes Health Outcomes

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2019


By Valerie Watzlaf, PhD, MPH, RHIA, FAHIMA


Over the summer I was fortunate to participate in several conferences. I was both honored to be involved and enthralled at the expertise of all of the individuals who participated and presented.


Data is powerful. Data litera....

CAC Takes Coding Into the Future

Author: Fahy, Kristi

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2019


By Kristi Fahy, RHIA


Technology is the segue to the future. It is the very thing that will transform the landscape of today’s world into one with endless possibilities. In healthcare, that transformation is being accelerated by the transition to electronic health records (EH....

A Time to Be Bold

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2019


By Wylecia Wiggs Harris, PhD, CAE, chief executive officer


HIM professionals are well aware of the work involved in matching patients to their unique records. Mismatched records can cost us time, lead to frustration, and cause headaches and dissatisfaction for patients and provide....

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