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Leading with Purpose

Author: Abdelhak, Mervat N.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2005


Dear colleagues,
This is a bittersweet moment for me. My year as AHIMA president is coming to an end. Time certainly does fly when you’re having fun!

This year has been filled with progress, good work, and breakthroughs—on the job and throughout the industry. More....

Expecting the Best: Exemplary Behavior for Leaders

Author: Abdelhak, Mervat N.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2005


An HIM colleague gave me the book Encouraging the Heart: A Leader’s Guide to Rewarding and Recognizing Others as a gift a few months back. Authors James Kouzes and Barry Posner are well published on leadership and have researched, studied, and catalogued numerous best practices in leader....

Writing AHIMA's Next Chapter

Author: Abdelhak, Mervat N.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2005


Earlier this year, AHIMA’s Board of Directors defined what success looks like for our profession, our preferred future, and the necessary actions we need to take. Here’s what we see in AHIMA’s future.

Framing the opportunities. The board foresees the e-HIMTM journey....

Setting Our Strategic Directions

Author: Abdelhak, Mervat N.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2005


From Team Talks to component state associations (CSAs), the input of AHIMA members has culminated in a set of interrelated strategic goals and priorities for 2005.

In late 2004 the Board of Directors approved these initiatives as well as a budget to support the implementation of pla....

Trends to Watch in Home Health Compliance

Author: Abraham, Prinny

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2001




The implementation of the Home Health Prospective Payment System (PPS) on October 1, 2001, has presented some unique compliance risks for HIM and billing managers. This article will briefly describe some of the compliance-related issues on the OIG's agenda that are of interest to HIM....

Boosting Efficiency in Home Health Record Systems

Author: Abraham, Prinny

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2000


The growing pains of the past decade have led to medical record backlogs and record retrieval crises for many home healthcare agencies. These problems have pushed more than one agency director into enlisting the skills of an HIM professional to evaluate the medical record systems in pl....

HIM Reimagined Outlines Bold New Future for HIM Profession

Author: Abrams, Kelly; Carlon, Sheila; Haugen, Mary Beth; Mancilla, Desla; McElroy, Kyle; Millen, Michelle; Sandefer, Ryan; Sharp, Marcia; Sorensen, Linda

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2017



No matter what data one reviews, there is near-universal agreement that the health information management (HIM) profession is radically changing and will continue to do so for quite some time. This change is a result of innovation in technology that has revolutionized the methods of collec....

Learning More About Terminology Asset Management Trends, Principles, and Definitions

Author: Abrams, Kelly; Giannangelo, Kathy; Schneider, Sue; Scichilone, Rita A

Source: Journal of AHIMA | AHIMA web extra

Publication Date: February 2014



Terminology asset management (TAM) in healthcare and research settings is an emerging role for HIM professionals, but requires certain skills and knowledge to move into these new TAM positions. This appendix is linked to the article “New Name of the HIM Game” published in the F....

Implementing the Enterprise Master Patient Index

Author: Adragna, Lisa

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 1998


In implementing a cross-facility initiative, the importance of planning and understanding the implications for all facilities can't be overlooked. Here's how one integrated delivery network navigated the challenges of implementing a cross-facility enterprise master patient inde....

Medical Record Makeover

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2013





Do your printed health records have that tired, bored look that went out with the leisure suit? If so, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) is offering a medical record makeover that can turn your files from drab to fab.


Hoping to make printed....

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.
....

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....

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....

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....

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....

Auditing Copy and Paste

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2009




For organizations that allow carrying forward clinical documentation, auditing its use is a key part of ensuring document integrity.




Copying clinical documentation can be a time-saver for busy clinicians. It also can pose a risk to document integrity. For org....

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....

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....

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....

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....

HIPAA: 43,691 Privacy Complaints and Counting

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2009


For those wondering what progress the Office for Civil Rights makes as it works through HIPAA privacy rule complaints, the numbers are easy to find. Each month OCR reports top-line results of the HIPAA cases it has received and resolved.

OCR has logged approximately 43,700 complaints....

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....

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....

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....

ICD-9-CM’s Final Bow

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2011


On October 1, 2011, ICD-9-CM will get its last close- up. That date marks the final regular update for the veteran code set.

In 2012 ICD-9-CM will receive only limited updates to capture new technologies and diseases. Starting October 1, 2013, it will be relegated to bit parts. The....

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....

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....

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