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Statement on Health Information Confidentiality: A Joint Position Statement

Author: American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA); AHIMA

Source: AHIMA position statement | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2006


July 2006
The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) and the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) have a long history of working to protect the confidentiality of individuals’ health information and to promote fair information practices. Public confidence t....

Turning Old Technology into New Systems

Author: Anderson, Ellen Miller

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2001


The need for updated technology rarely coincides with enough funds to purchase it. However, disparate technologies can be combined to meet information system needs without a major capital outlay. At Home Care Services, part of Group Health Cooperative (GHC) in Seattle, we created the On Call P....

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....

Lighting the Mobile Information FHIR: How FHIRframe Could Dramatically Improve Mobile Health and Change HIM in the Process

Author: Anwar, Mohd; Doss, Christopher

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2015



Emerging mobile health (mHealth) technologies provide new methods for collecting physiological, behavioral, or environmental data and the outcomes of interventions. These wireless devices and sensors, such as smartphones and personal health devices, can support continuous health monitoring....

Closer Look at the Red Flag Rules

Author: Apgar, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: November 21, 2008



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Healthcare organizations must be in compliance with the FTC’s red flag rules by May 1, 2009. The rules, which require financial institutions and creditors to establish identity theft protection programs, were included in the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act pas....

Medical Identity Theft and the Red Flags Rule

Author: Apgar, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: April 2009


Continuing our Health Information Privacy and Security Week series, today Chris Apgar, CISSP, president of Apgar & Associates LLC, takes a look at medical identity theft within the context of the Red Flags Rule.

Much is reported in the news about identity theft including new cat....

Unique Patient Identifiers -- What Are the Options?

Author: Appavu, Soloman I.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 1999


HIPAA has brought patient identifiers into the spotlight. But what's the best option? The author of a national study offers an overview.
Envision all of the players in the healthcare system—patients, providers, health plans, and payers. Now, envision all of the day-to-day processes t....

Putting the ICD-10-CM/PCS GEMs into Practice (2016 update) - Retired

Author: Archer, Anita; Campbell, Angela; D'Amato, Cheryl; McLeod, Melissa; Rugg, Donna

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2016


Editor's Note: This Practice Brief supersedes the May 2013 and March 2010 Practice Briefs titled "Putting the ICD-10-CM/PCS GEMs into Practice."


Mappings between ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM/PCS will play a critical role in the successful utilization of ICD-10-CM/PCS. The Centers for Me....

ICD-10's Impact Reaches Far Beyond Coding: Examining the New Code Sets' Revenue Cycle Implications

Author: Arends-Marquez, Alexa; Knight, Nicole; Thomas-Flowers, Dwan

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2014



The implications of ICD-10-CM/PCS (ICD-10) for coding operations are a common topic of industry discussion, but the impact of ICD-10 reaches far beyond coding alone. ICD-10 is embedded in the entire revenue cycle for providers. The conversion will impact almost every aspect of operations,....

Clinical Documentation Improvement in the Outpatient Setting

Author: Arrowood, Danita; Johnson, Laurie M.; Wieczorek, Michelle M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2015



Clinical documentation improvement (CDI) programs have proven their worth with over a decade of success and continued role expansion in the inpatient setting. As the healthcare industry prepares for new initiatives such as value-based purchasing, electronic health records (EHRs), and ICD-1....

How Can I Help You? Top 10 Customer Service Tips for HIM Professionals

Author: Aschettino, Lucia; Birnbaum, Cassi L; Crocker, Janice; Grebner, Leah A.; McNicholas, Faith C.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2013



Health information management (HIM) best practices state that it is important for HIM professionals to focus not just on the information but also on internal and external customers. Customers have varied, and ever-changing, needs that must be met by HIM professionals. Both internal and ext....

Divided Congress Faces Challenging Future

Author: Asmonga, Donald D.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2001




Our closely divided government reflects a closely divided nation. Governing and legislating in this atmosphere will be an interesting and unpredictable undertaking. As a result of the lengthy election process, Congress's organization and the presidential transition have taken an inord....

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....

Advancing HIM Issues in 2004: the Quiet Storm

Author: Asmonga, Donald D.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2005


Although healthcare headed the 108th Congress’s agenda in the first session, its second session included little in the way of HIM issues, focusing instead on election-year topics. However, the healthcare-lite agenda didn’t stop AHIMA from advancing its work in 2004.
A New Voi....

IOM Report Examines Medical Errors

Author: Asmonga, Donald D.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2000


Estimates attribute between 44,000 to 98,000 deaths each year to medical errors in hospitals, while more than 7,000 deaths are the result of medication errors occurring in all healthcare settings. According to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report "To Err is Human: Building a Saf....

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