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Breaking Down Walls to Realize Our Vision

Author: Birnbaum, Cassi L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2015



As we wind down the year, I can rest assured that our members have successfully arisen to the occasion of the new challenges that confront us, from ICD-10-CM/PCS to conquering data quality challenges with sound information governance (IG) practices.


One of the many highlig....

Now is the Time: Realizing our Vision

Author: Birnbaum, Cassi L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2015



As I enter my 35th year as an AHIMA leader, educator, practitioner, and volunteer, I am excited to celebrate AHIMA’s 86 years of accomplishments and to have a role in paving the way for a bright future for HIM professionals everywhere.


I look forward to the months ahead, b....

Protecting Verbal PHI: a Plan

Author: Birnbaum, Cassi L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2003


Does your organization have a policy in place for protecting patient health information (PHI) over the phone?


This article will discuss how a workgroup at Children’s Hospital and Health Center (CHHC) in San Diego, CA, implemented a policy to protect verbal PHI and how your....

Health IT Certification Developments: CCHIT’s Current Work and How to Get Involved

Author: Birnbaum, Cassi L; Hall, Terri; Sweet, Helayne; Wiedemann, Lou Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2009


For the last five years the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT) has been working to promote the adoption of health IT by certifying electronic health record (EHR) products against common, baseline criteria.

The private, nonprofit certification body....

Getting Quality Clinical and Coded Data: How UMHS's CDIP Improved Clinical Coded Data and Clinical Staff Relationships

Author: Blackford, Gwendolyn; Whitehouse, Rosanne

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

Publication Date: October 2007


Obtaining codeable clinical documentation at the point of care in a large teaching facility can be challenging. However, the HIM department at the University of Michigan Health System (UMHS) in Ann Arbor, MI, took on the task, implementing a clinical documentation improvement program (CDI....

Remediating ICD-10 Knowledge Loss: After Delays Push Back Implementation, How Unprepared Will Your Coders Be to Use the New Code Set?

Author: Black, Michelle A

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2015



If you don't use it, you lose it. This is true for much of what we learn in life, and it’s particularly true when it comes to ICD-10-CM/PCS. Although most organizations initiated ICD-10 coder training in 2013, many decided to cease training and dual coding practice after the second ICD-10....

New Guidance for Home Health Coding

Author: Blevins, Ida K.

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: July 2009


Sweeping PPS changes for home health went into effect January 2008, making much of the prior coding guidance issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) incompatible with changes in the revised data collection set. Home health coding professionals anxiously awaited further i....

Home Health PPS Update

Author: Blevins, Ida K.

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: January 2008


The long-anticipated update to the Home Health Prospective Payment System (PPS), released in the August 29, 2007, Federal Register, goes into effect January 1, 2008. The final rule encompasses a wide range of changes for home health agencies.
An Overview of the Final Rule
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e-HIM: From Vision to Reality

Author: Bloomrosen, Meryl

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2005


Health IT has been a hot topic in the two years since AHIMA published "A Vision of the e-HIM Future." Members of the original task force take a look back.
This fall marks the second anniversary of the AHIMA report "A Vision of the e-HIM Future." The report, published in September 2003,....

Language of Health Data Exchange

Author: Bloomrosen, Meryl; Heubusch, Kevin

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2006




Rapidly advancing data exchange initiatives have left a trail of acronyms in their wake. Is a SNO a RHIO, and where did LHIIs go?



As thinking on the nature of regional and nationwide data exchange evolves, terms devised from necessity have been left behind just as....

Quality Is Key

Author: Blumenthal, Jane E

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 1998


Even a short conversation with Elizabeth Contant, RRA, demonstrates that she is full of energy. And the more you talk with her, the more you realize how much of that energy is channeled into furthering her knowledge—and her career in quality improvement.

Contant recen....

Data Mining: A Whole New World

Author: Blumenthal, Jane E

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 1998


We are drowning in data and starving for knowledge," said J. Michael Hardin, PhD, during his "Data Mining" presentation during AHIMA's National Convention. Hardin, of the Departments of Health Services Administration, Biostatistics, and Computer Science at the University....

Makings of a Leader

Author: Blumenthal, Jane E

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 1998




Generally, we do not give much thought to what qualities make up a leader until we are faced with a job interview or a promotion. While it may be easy to conjecture an image—whether tangible or larger than life—of someone who embodies our own definition of a....

Compliance Officers Climb the Corporate Ladder

Author: Blumenthal, Jane E

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 1999


A recent survey questioned healthcare executives to determine the current standing of healthcare compliance officers in today's healthcare industry. Survey results showed that compliance is a top priority among all facets of the healthcare industry, as shown by the 86 percent o....

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