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Mandates Encourage E-Discovery

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2012


Today's US healthcare delivery system is facing an unprecedented sea change, led by federal initiatives that will foster a rise in the number of e-discovery requests hitting HIM departments.

Federal initiatives like the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Patient Protection an....

HIM's Stake in Tracking and Treating Ebola

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2014


The victims of the Ebola virus, which has infected over 4,000 people in a handful of African nations as of press time, have benefitted—though in a limited capacity—by work performed by health IT professionals.


The Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha is one of a few healt....

Celebrating 85 Years of AHIMA

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2013


It was a warm day, Grace Whiting Myers remembered. The windows of the meeting room were open and a fire truck on the street below momentarily disrupted the proceedings. That’s how AHIMA’s first president recalled the birth of what would one day become AHIMA in October 1928.

United RECs of America

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2010


Most of the 60 regional extension centers have officially launched operations and begun helping providers implement health IT.


The RECs were created under the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which provided $642 million in grants for the centers' first two....

AHIMA Offers Tips, Tools for Auditing in Long-term Care

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2001


Once upon a time, the role of the medical records department in a long-term care (LTC) facility was to file and assemble discharge records. Those days are long gone. Today, it is critical for HIM practitioners to focus on the content and quality of the documentation in the medical record.
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AHIMA’s Brand New BAG

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2013


Health information where and when it’s needed-it’s a simple, visionary idea. But achieving this goal will take big changes in the way healthcare is managed and delivered. In fact, this is a “big audacious goal (BAG),” and one that AHIMA is now working to shepherd into re....

ARRA Timeline

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2010


ARRA arrived with a bang in February 2009, but the regulations enabling the law's healthcare provisions have inched forward since then. Much of the responsibility for drafting regulation fell to the Department of Health and Human Services, which had a tall order to fill within deadlines mandate....

Hiring Tips for ICD-10 Help

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2013


Staff up or suffer. That is one message HIM professionals are hearing regarding the upcoming ICD-10-CM/PCS transition. Clinical documentation specialists will be needed to ensure clinicians adequately document provided care that validates the new, more detailed ICD-10 codes. Coders with ICD-10....

Download Two Apps and Text Me in the Morning: Physicians are Increasingly Prescribing mHealth Apps, but Privacy and Security Worries Remain

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2014



While physicians are increasingly likely to pull out their prescription pad and say, in all earnestness, “There’s a new app for that,” recent research suggests the decision to do so is fraught. A survey of 1,500 physicians found that while 37 percent have prescribed an app, 42 percent ref....

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....

Fast As You Can: US Lagging Behind in Broadband Internet Access

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2014


At a time when technology has been able to facilitate advancement in so many other areas, the United States is coming up surprisingly short when it comes to meeting its citizens’ Internet speed needs.


According to a new report from Akamai, the US has seen improvement in broadban....

Word Power: a Glossary of Software Licensing Terms

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2006


This Software license agreement is entered into by and between Sample Software, Inc, a Delaware corporation with principal offices located at 100 Maple Lane, Chicago, Illinois 60601 ("Sample") and _________________, a corporation with principal offices located at ________________ ("Licensee") a....

Last Call for ICD-9-CM

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2013


October 1, 2013 could be a day sentimental HIM veterans raise a glass to a longtime friend—or perhaps foe. For October 1 signifies the end of an era; it is the effective date of the final ICD-9-CM update before ICD-10-CM/PCS codes kick in on October 1, 2014.


In a statement t....

Progress on ICD-10: Survey Shows Advances with Two Years to Go

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2011


With the ICD-10-CM/PCS deadline less than two years away, results of a recent AHIMA survey show that more organizations are getting their transitions in motion. In total, 85 percent of respondents to the August 2011 survey said that their organizations had begun work on ICD-10 planning and imp....

Reformer-in-Chief?

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2009


The Obama administration enters office this month with healthcare reform high on its agenda. Clear federal leadership on seven health information issues will be crucial to achieving it.

Five years ago this month President Bush turned a federal spotlight on health IT’s role in he....

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