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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....

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....

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....

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....

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....

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....

HIPAA Violation? Sue Me

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2011


This is a true story that occurred recently in Indiana. Failing to collect payment for treatment, a medical group sent a patient to collections. In providing the unpaid bills to the collections attorney, practice staff failed to redact sensitive information. When the attorney filed the bills wi....

Using Medical Scribes in a Physician Practice

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2012


With the push to develop and deploy electronic health records (EHRs) and the need for more detailed documentation, there is a growing concern in the medical community regarding the time expended to capture information-electronic or otherwise. The time providers spend during a patient visit capt....

Practice with PCS

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2012

This example reviews procedures performed on a patient after he was admitted and diagnosed with coronary artery disease, and provides the ICD-10-PCS codes the hospital's coding staff would assign to the case.

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....

Performing a Breach Risk Assessment - Retired

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2013


On August 24, 2009, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published 45 CFR Parts 160 and 164 Breach Notification for Unsecured Protected Health Information; Interim Final Rule to implement the breach notification provisions of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Cl....

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....

Tracking How Healthcare Professionals See Health Information

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2013


The iPad and its tablet brethren are so 2010, at least according to some tech-obsessed individuals who are now focusing a longing gaze on Google Glass. While the computerized eyewear that can connect to the Internet and remotely access data might leave fashionistas wanting, it has some health e....

Collaboration is Key to Leading Through Transformation

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2019


By Valerie Watzlaf, PhD, MPH, RHIA, FAHIMA


I am so inspired by our leaders all across the country. At last year’s CSA Leadership Symposium it was agreed that AHIMA was in a state of decline and that change was needed. It was an amazing moment—one I will never forget an....

New Starts and Transformation Wins

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2019


By Wylecia Wiggs Harris, PhD, CAE, chief executive officer


September is a time of new starts. At AHIMA, it’s our busiest time of year as we prepare for our annual conference and a host of other fall and winter activities. It’s also a time to look back on the year: two-....

PHI Hide and Seek: Hidden PHI Carries High Financial Risk

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2019


By Ken Reiher, MBA









Ken Reiher, MBA




The Danger of Being Connected

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2019


By Ty Greenhalgh, HCISPP


In 2014, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act required and incented hospitals to demonstrate “meaningful use” of an electronic health record (EHR). Hospitals, desiring to maintain existing Medicaid and Medicare reimbursement levels and av....

Celebrating 90 Years of AHIMA Conventions

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2018






From its founding era to present day, AHIMA’s signature event has been its annual convention and exhibit. The event has consistently drawn the most talented health information management (HIM) professionals for educational sessions and keynote speakers, sporting ba....

“Alexa, Let’s Schedule Some HIPAA Training”

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2018








When a new technology emerges, there’s always a split between the early adopters and their more cautious counterparts. So when it comes to using a digital voice assistant like Amazon’s Echo, Google Home, or Apple’s Siri in a hospital’s intensive care unit (ICU), do....

Appendix B: Query Escalation and Retention

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2018












Whatever the size and structure of the practice, and regardless of who is responsible for the query, general practices for escalation and retention should apply.

Timeframes


A pre-visit review of documentation may be usefu....

Appendix C: Query Examples

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2018











Example #1: Diagnosis is documented but is not clinically validated




Dear Doctor,


COPD exacerbation is documented within the clinic note dated 3/5/xx.


There is no documentation in the current h....

Appendix A: Query Monitoring/Auditing

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2018












Physician practices vary greatly in terms of number of physicians, size of staff, type of setting, management structure, and even whether they have CDI and/or credentialed coding professionals. As the healthcare industry moves toward population....

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