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Managing a Part-Time Remote CDI Team

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: July 29, 2016




As clinical documentation improvement (CDI) programs become more popular, providers are still struggling with implementing CDI programs for several different reasons, including: geographical location; a shortage of outpatient coders and CDI specialists; or even the lack of physi....

AHIMA World Congress: Empowering Members Around the Globe

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2017



Long before the Zika virus or Ebola outbreaks became a threat in the United States, public health has been an international endeavor. According to some estimates, the Spanish flu—which peaked between 1918 and 1920—killed more than half a million Americans and 50 million people worldwide i....

ICD-10: Countdown to Compliance

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: October 01, 2013





Even the most well prepared health information management directors can anticipate a few restless nights between now and the October 1, 2014 ICD-10-CM/PCS (ICD-10) compliance date, but the best ones know this already and have factored fatigue into their to-do list.
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Earning HIM Cred—The RHIA and RHIT

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: December 09, 2015





For two AHIMA credential holders—one with a registered health information administrator (RHIA) and one with a registered health information technician (RHIT) credential—the extra work required to earn them have paid dividends. Both Karen Linder, BS, RHIT, CCS, CCS-P, and....

Patient Engagement: In it for the Long Haul

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: September 01, 2014





Marc Perlman, global vice president, healthcare and life sciences at Oracle, recalls being “blown away” by the Patient Engagement Framework. The framework was developed after the National eHealth Collaborative merged with the Healthcare Information and Management Systems....

Mastering the Inbox Information Era: Patient-Generated Data and Mobile Health are Changing the Management of Health Information

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2015



When Melissa Ziller’s daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes three months before her third birthday, Ziller grappled with all the usual worries that come with the diagnosis. Chief among them was pricking her toddler’s fingers multiple times per day to test her glucose levels. Shortly....

Hacked! What to Do Following a Cyberattack

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2019




By Mary Butler


Steve Giles, chief information officer (CIO) at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, says the experience of his organization’s 2016 high-profile ransomware attack was among the top three most terrible events he has lived through in his professional and p....

Earning HIM Cred: the CHDA Credential

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: April 2015




As health information management (HIM) professionals find themselves constantly inundated with more data, they will need to update their skills to stay on top of it. And one of the best ways to do just that is by earning AHIMA’s Certified Health Data Analyst (CHDA) credential.

Medical Device Security: Hollywood vs. Reality

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: April 2015




When former Vice President Dick Cheney revealed in 2013 that his heart surgeons modified the settings on his pacemaker to reduce the chances the device could be hacked by terrorists, the headlines were predictably alarmist. Fans of the Showtime hit “Homeland” immediately recognized th....

Building a Remote CDI Workforce

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: February 2015



The HIM Problem


To improve the efficiency and productivity of its clinical documentation improvement (CDI) program, Baystate Health decided to train CDI specialists to work from home.


The HIM Problem Solvers


Walter Houlihan MBA, RHIA, FAHIMA, direc....

Connecting Physicians and CDI

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: October 2013




In this web series, HIM professionals working in emerging roles give advice on tackling difficult HIM problems.


The HIM Problem


As healthcare providers prepare for the transition to ICD-10-CM/PCS, ensuring the completeness of a patient’s record is more impo....

Practical Implications of Informatics

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: July 2014





For decades, most consumers relied on one physician for all of their healthcare needs—their primary care physician—and that one physician knew the patient’s entire health history and documented it in one place. This paradigm is starting to change, says Anupam Goel, MD, MBA, an in....

Overcoming the Challenges of Adolescent EHRs

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: June 2014




In this web series, HIM professionals working in emerging roles give advice on tackling difficult HIM problems. This month features the conclusion to a two-part series discussing the unique challenges HIM professionals face in deploying EHRs customized to serve pediatric and adolesce....

Coping with Government Audits

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: August 2014





The HIM Problem: Medicare Auditor Scrutiny of Inpatient Claims


This spring, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its “two midnight rule” which was intended to define and clarify what Medicare considers to be criteria justifying an inpatient st....

Low-Tech Approach to High-Tech Problems

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: September 2014



The HIM Problem


Transitioning from paper to electronic transcription processes; integrating fetal monitoring into an electronic health record (EHR); implementing an enterprise EHR that includes emergency room, radiology, laboratory, and operating room systems—and assimilating....

Overcoming the Challenges of Pediatric EHRs

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: May 2014




In this web series, HIM professionals working in emerging roles give advice on tackling difficult HIM problems. This month features the first in a two-part series discussing the unique challenges HIM professionals face in deploying EHRs customized to serve pediatric providers.

Emerging Role of eHIM Director

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: March 2014




In this web series, HIM professionals working in emerging roles give advice on tackling difficult HIM problems.


The HIM Problem


Defining the responsibilities for the role of “eHIM Director” in an increasingly electronic HIM world.


The HIM Prob....

Peer-to-Peer ICD-10 Training

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: February 2014




In this web series, HIM professionals working in emerging roles give advice on tackling difficult HIM problems.


The HIM Problem


Engaging the practicing physicians in the ICD-10-CM/PCS transition.


Getting physicians on-board with ICD-10-CM/PCS....

AHIMA Releases Information Governance Graphic

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: March 2015




For the uninitiated, information governance can be a somewhat abstract concept to explain and visualize. To help health information management (HIM) professionals grasp the importance of information governance—a set of principles designated to better organize and protect healthcare da....

Stocking HIM's Workbench for the Year Ahead

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2016


By Mary Butler


As the old canard goes, "if all you have is a hammer then everything looks like a nail." Which is to say that specialists in a given area tend to only consider their specialty and miss the big picture. To personally disprove the idiom, one ideally has multiple too....

Why an Informatics Degree Matters

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: April 2015



The HIM Problem


As HIM becomes increasingly data-centric, knowledge of informatics is becoming an essential tool.


Today, it’s hard to identify even one aspect of health information management (HIM) as a profession that isn’t profoundly affected by the use,....

AHIMA Turns 90

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2018





Examining the Past, Present, and Future of the Association through its Members


By Mary Butler


Etiquette experts abide by a set of rules about what makes for an appropriate wedding anniversary gift. Paper, for example, is advised for one-year anni....

IG Pulse Check

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2018

New AHIMA Study Measures IG Adoption Rates

By Mary Butler

It’s safe to say that information governance (IG) has moved on from its status as a healthcare buzzword to being understood by healthcare professionals at all levels—even if implementing actual IG initiatives sti....

Niche Analytics

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2018

Specialty and Non-Acute Data Analytics Initiatives Offer Focus and Opportunity for HIM


By Mary Butler


In the fast-paced world of emergency medicine, it’s hard to conjure a metric that’s more important to both prospective patients and clinicians than emergency....

Deliverance in the Data

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2018

Mother’s Crusade to Help Daughter with Genetic Syndrome Leads to Work in Health Data Analytics Research


By Mary Butler









Megan O’Boyle keeps track of her daughter Shannon’s medical records using this voluminous binde....

Big Privacy Concerns for Small Practices

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2018








By Mary Butler


Anyone who has ever been to a doctor’s office or mental health provider where the seating area is sparse can quickly ascertain that they’re giving up some modicum of privacy to see that doctor. Tiny waiting areas with chairs or benches....

How to Break Into Analytics and Informatics

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2016



Shawn Wells, RHIT, CHDA, manager of HIM data integrity at the University of Utah Healthcare, put himself on the health information management (HIM) career trajectory that HIM educators dream of using as an example.


Wells, who was also the first person in the state of Utah....

Analyzing Eight Months of ICD-10

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2016



Teachers know there are two kinds of students. Student A studies and does their assigned reading throughout the whole semester, earning extra credit where they can. When the final exam rolls up, they’re anxious but prepared—they did their homework. Student B, on the other hand, has the sa....

CDI Programs Expanding Outside the Hospital

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2017



A physician with his own small orthopedic practice is in a hurry to get his charting and documentation done for the night so his wife—the office manager—can send the day’s claims out the next morning. Exhausted and in a hurry, he turns to his iPhone for coding help.
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