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Tracking the Changing Face of the Journal

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2018










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Redisclosure of Protected Health Information (PHI) (2018 Update)

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2018







Editor’s Note: This update supersedes the 2013 Practice Brief “Redisclosure of Patient Health Information.”


Redisclosure is the act of sharing or releasing health information that was received from another source, such as an extern....

What’s in a Name?

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2018







It’s not at all uncommon for organizations to change their names several times before landing on one that captures their presence in the past, the present, and the future—especially if they are technology-focused. Take NCR Corp., which today sells every....

IPPS Final Rule Changes for Fiscal Year 2019

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2019




By Moira Hunger, RHIT


Though hard to believe, a new fiscal year (FY) is already well underway. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final rule for the Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) on August 17, 2018. All changes were e....

2011 Convention Wrap-up

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2011


AHIMA held its 83rd Annual Convention and Exhibit October 1–6 in Salt Lake City, UT. Practitioners, educators, students, and exhibitors came together to share ideas, challenges, and solutions and hear about some of healthcare's hottest topics from industry experts.


A full ex....

Tips for Record Requests

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2012


If patients have never requested their medical records from their doctor or hospital before, the process can seem complicated. However, a few basic steps can help streamline the process:

Read online or call the facility's HIM department for information specific to your request. This....

Hospitals Still Assembling ICD-10-CM/PCS Efforts

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2013

The majority of US hospitals are still assembling their ICD-10-CM/PCS preparation efforts, with larger facilities faring better than smaller providers, according to a recent survey conducted by vendor TrustHCS and AHIMA (see "ICD-10-CM/PCS Status Check", Journal of AHIMA 84 (6):38-40).

Top RAC Target Areas

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2012


If you bill fee-for-service programs, your claims will be subject to review by the Recovery Audit Contractor Program (RAC). That was the promise made by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services when it expanded its once-experimental program to all 50 states in 2010. The RAC's mission....

Privacy Rights Never Die: And Sometimes Complications Linger On

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2011


The laws surrounding release of a deceased patient's records can lead to complex and frustrating situations in the HIM department. Just who has access rights depends on federal law, state law, and individual circumstances, illustrated by the two scenarios below.

Last summer the Office....

Sample Policy: Protecting Patient Privacy from Outside Callers

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2003


Background: It is customary for family members, legal guardians, and friends of patients at [name of hospital] to telephone the hospital, inquire in person about the condition of a patient, or to request other health information. Privacy regulations require that a patient’s identity or oth....

The End of the Record As We Know It

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2011


The vinyl record is gone from music, and the paper record is exiting healthcare. But the music keeps coming-in fact, more of it, in smaller and smaller pieces. What does the future hold for that touchstone of health information management-the record?

Not that long ago, the music indu....

Linda Kloss Honorary Endowed Scholarship

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2010


In a ceremony at AHIMA’s 2009 Convention and Exhibit, AHIMA president Vera Rulon and AHIMA Foundation board president Keith Olenik announced the creation of a scholarship honoring Linda Kloss’s 15 years of service as AHIMA CEO.

“To recognize your many accomplishments and reaffirm your....

Time to Lead

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2011



Presenters from AHIMA's 2011 Leadership Academy share their perspectives on what it takes to lead in the current changing healthcare environment.



In the midst of the myriad changes occurring in healthcare today, it is easy to get lost and become a follower. However, ARRA....

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