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HIM and Patient Advocacy

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: June 2017



If you talk to a group of health information management (HIM) professionals for very long, you will learn they all have one thing in common: among their own extended families, HIM professionals are the ones other family members go to for all healthcare-related questions.


Of c....

Mobile Health, Mobile Data

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: August 2017



In certain neighborhoods and communities in Chicago and surrounding suburbs, pediatric access to primary care is not a certainty for thousands of pre-K to high school-age children.


April Aumann, MSN, APN, FNP-BC, a family nurse practitioner who works on Advocate Children’s Ho....

Revive Your CDI Program in Five Steps

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: July 2017





The pressure healthcare providers—especially physicians—are currently facing with healthcare reforms and reimbursement changes should be cause for reflection, from the durable medical equipment supply chain to clinical documentation improvement (CDI). With the state of....

New Request for Health Information Form Relieving ROI Headaches: Improving Patient Access to Records Currently a Hot Topic in the Healthcare Industry

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2017



Contemporary Americans are not as nomadic as our prehistoric ancestors were—we aren’t subject to the whims of the food chain, following herds of bison across the Great Plains. When we travel we take cross-country road trips and flights for the fun of it, or in search of higher-....

Three HIM Stories to Watch for in 2017

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: January 2017



While the healthcare industry plays “wait and see” with regard to what a Trump Administration means for the regulatory landscape of the last eight years, the events of this past year offer a few hints as to what we might expect in 2017.


Two major pieces of legislation passed....

Three Practical IG Projects You Should Implement Today

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2017



Between 2015 and 2016, information governance (IG) went from being an esoteric concept to a new way of life for some healthcare professionals. In 2015, AHIMA recruited 11 healthcare organizations, including vendors, hospitals, physician practices, and regional health information organizat....

HIM in Non-Acute Settings: Examining HIM Issues Impacting Home Health, Long-Term/Post-Acute Care, Skilled Nursing Facilities, and Other Healthcare Areas

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2017



Among healthcare providers, there is nothing new about the desire to keep people out of the hospital. For years, procedures that used to require an inpatient stay have been moved to outpatient surgical centers and ambulatory clinics. Not only does this save payers money, but it also helps....

In Search of EHR's Designated Record Set

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2019

In Search of the EHR’s Designated Record Set


By Mary Butler


When Rita Bowen, MA, RHIA, CHPS, CHPC, SSGB, broke her elbow while attending an AHIMA event in Baltimore threeyears ago, she soldiered on through the event but summoned her primary care physician for a tele....

Are We There Yet?

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2019

Evaluating Whether EHRs are Meeting the Needs of Value-Based Care


By Mary Butler


The “meaningful use” Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program successfully brought the vast majority of healthcare providers into the computer age and transitioned the ind....

Bridging the Translation Gap from ICD-9

Author: Butler, Rhonda R.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2008



A recurring theme in the ongoing ICD-10 implementation debate has been the need for a crosswalk between the old and new code sets to help the industry make the transition. The lack of an “official” mapping between ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM/-PCS has long been seen as a major challe....

ICD-10 Reimbursement Mappings: New Mappings from CMS Help Organizations in the Transition to ICD-10

Author: Butler, Rhonda R.; Mills, Ronald E

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: April 2009


Starting October 1, 2013, healthcare claims will be submitted to payers using ICD-10-CM diagnosis codes and ICD-10-PCS procedure codes. Some payers such as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) are converting their reimbursement systems to use ICD-10 codes directly. However, som....

Reading the Fine Print on ICD-10 Conversions: Even Highly Automated Conversions Require Review

Author: Butler, Rhonda R.; Mills, Ronald E; Averill, Richard F.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2011


Automation is a major help in converting to the ICD-10 code set, but it is not a magical solution. In fact, skipping a human review of converted systems exposes an organization to legal and financial risk.

People who are secondary users of coded medical records-who see only the resul....

CPT Updates for CY 2015

Author: Buttner, Patty

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

Publication Date: February 2015



On January 1, 2015, the updates to the American Medical Association’s Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) went into effect. The updates include 276 new codes, including three new Category II codes and 39 new Category III codes. There are a total of 129 revised codes and 137 deleted codes....

Conduct is Their Business

Author: Byrd, Katherine

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2001




Suppose you were asked to do something unethical on the job. What if you were asked by your supervisor to hide delinquent charts just prior to a Joint Commission survey? What would you do?

As a profession, HIM professionals understand our moral obligation to the patient to p....

HIPAA Breach Enforcement Roundup

Author: Cacciatore, Victoria; Downing, Katherine

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2014



Criminal attacks on healthcare systems have risen 100 percent since 2010, according to a recent Ponemon study.1 This makes it obvious that the privacy and security of patient health information is vulnerable and highly susceptible to data breach. The HIPAA Breach Notification Rule became e....

Advancing HIIM Professionals in Informatics and Data Analytics

Author: Cain, Jeannine Pugh; Clack, Lesley; Flanigan, Jill; Houser, Shannon H.; Kadlec, Lesley; VanSlyke, Daniel; Zeglen, Margie

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2017


Health informatics and information management (HIIM) is a rapidly changing profession. Core competencies of fundamental AHIMA certifications, such as the RHIA or RHIT, create a strong foundation for pursuing employment in a variety of high-demand positions. Today’s fast-paced technology l....

Tracking HIE’s Ever Evolving Operational Models: Emerging health information exchange market still sorting out its business and governance models

Author: Callan, Kathy; Fuller, Jan C.; Galterio, Louis; Just, Beth Haenke; Reich, Kimberly A. Baldwin-Stried ; Steigerwald, Christine; Turner-Combs, Mary Lou; Wolf, Sheldon H; Dooling, Julie A; Kirby, Annessa; Rhodes, Harry B.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2014



Editor’s note: This article is part one of a two-part series analyzing the current state of health information exchange organizations and their operational models.


Health information exchange (HIE) continues to be an embryonic domain—a swirling array of various pu....

Making Health Information Exchange Work: HIOs Currently Not Ready to Support the Information Needs of a Reformed Healthcare System—But Small Changes Offer Big Outcomes

Author: Callan, Kathy; Fuller, Jan C.; Galterio, Louis; Just, Beth Haenke; Reich, Kimberly A. Baldwin-Stried ; Steigerwald, Christine; Turner-Combs, Mary Lou; Wolf, Sheldon H; Dooling, Julie A; Kirby, Annessa; Rhodes, Harry B.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2014



Editor’s note: This article is part two of a two-part series analyzing the current state of health information exchange organizations and their operational models.


The question facing the healthcare industry is “will health information exchange organizations (HIOs....

Beyond the Basics for Health Informatics Professionals - Retired

Author: Campbell, Angela; Houser, Shannon H.; Paulson, Dawn; Ryznar, Barbara; Smith, Clarice Pittillo; Woebkenberg, Jami; Hernandez, Sandra MSMIS, RHIA, CPHI, CCS, CHC; Pirie-St. Pierre, Mari RHIA, CPHI; Plimpton, Julie MSHI, RHIA, CPHI

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2018





Editor’s Note: This Practice Brief supersedes the September 2014 Practice Brief “Defining the Basics of Health Informatics for HIM Professionals.”


Data, data everywhere! We are living in the age of “Big Data” and healthcare informat....

Defining Health Informatics

Author: Campbell, Robert James

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2013



[dih-fahy-ning] [helth] [in-fer-mat-iks]


adjective, noun, noun


1. An educator’s in-depth look at what informatics is and what it can do for HIM professionals



In the movie Annie Hall, Woody Allen finds himself in a movie theater line in....

Step Inside the Physician's Head: EHRs Can Enhance a Physician’s Cognitive Processing and Eliminate Diagnostic Errors, With Some HIM-led Changes

Author: Campbell, Robert James

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2013



Imagine having a friend who can identify the name of a song after hearing one or two notes, or an acquaintance who can identify a film from a single "still" frame taken from the movie. If this sounds familiar, maybe it's because of the way it reminds you of how a physician thinks about the....

Using the C-CDA Standard to Meet Meaningful Use

Author: Campbell, Robert James

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2014



The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that in 2010, 35 million patients were discharged from non-federal short-stay hospitals in America.1 Vitally important not only to those discharges—but to every discharge that takes place—is whether important information about the pa....

Thinking Lean in Healthcare

Author: Campbell, Robert James

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2009


Lean thinking is the efficient use of staff, resources, and technology to provide the highest level of service possible to the ultimate healthcare customer: the patient.

In today’s volatile healthcare environment, health information managers are being asked to do more with less....

Opportunities for HIM in Revenue Cycle Management

Author: Campbell, Thea

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2003


The pressure on all healthcare organizations for improved financial performance continued to grow in 2003. Many healthcare organizations experienced a financial loss in the first quarter of 2003, and disproportionate reimbursement-to-expenditure ratios in healthcare are straining all organizat....

Tips for Breaking into the Health Information Management Industry - Retired

Author: Camp, Michelle; Comfort, Angie; Endicott, Melanie; Howard, Artis; Kozee, Renee; Munive, Roberta; Novelli, Staci

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2014


Whether it is a first job or a career change, finding that first health information management (HIM) job following graduation is one of the biggest challenges that new graduates face. While some may find that breaking into the HIM industry takes time and persistence, it is a career choice that....

Get Ready for the HIPAA Olympics

Author: Cannon, Jeanne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2003


HIPAA compliance might be one of the biggest challenges of the decade for covered entities—and not only because of all the new requirements. Simply reading and interpreting the regulations has proven to be a monumental task. So how can a HIPAA team leader make staff enthusiastic about lea....

The Business Reality of HIM Outsourcing Explained

Author: Carey, Susan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2019


By Susan Carey, MHI, RHIT, PMP, FAHIMA


Outsourcing, whether delegating work to companies within the US or to other countries (offshore outsourcing), has become a strategic consideration and business model in many areas of the healthcare industry, including healthcare IT, health in....

Quest for Managing Cyberthreats in Healthcare

Author: Carey, Susan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2017



So far 2017 is shaping up to be the year of fear in the realm of healthcare cybersecurity. There was a 61 percent increase in healthcare cyberattacks in 2016. This followed two years of steadily increasing cyberthreats in healthcare, including 93 major cyberattacks in 2016 resulting in com....

Transcription Beyond Transcription: Health IT allows transcriptionists to assist with CDI, other HIM functions

Author: Carnrite, Michael; Sumner, Susan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2012


For decades Medical transcription has been an important fixture of the health information management (HIM) department. Compiling, managing, and retaining transcribed documents as a subset of the entire patient medical record is a foundational role for HIM professionals. And while the electron....

Accreditation: the First Layer of the Quality Floor

Author: Carol, Ruth

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2002


Employers find data valuable, but still seek other measures. In this article, experts assess the uneasy relationship between the business community, healthcare organizations, and accreditation.
Stirring in the healthcare arena is an alphabet soup of accrediting bodies. There’s the....

Busier than Ever: Privacy Officers One Year Later

Author: Carol, Ruth

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2004


The HIPAA privacy rule implementation is a year in the past. So what are privacy officers doing with all their spare time?
In the long, hectic months leading up to April 2003, privacy officers were preparing their organizations for the implementation of the HIPAA privacy rule. Not only w....

Coder Education: Will Demand, Will Deliver

Author: Carol, Ruth

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2004


As the bar rises for coding, healthcare organizations require more education from coders—and they are willing to deliver it, too.
The bar has always been high for mdical coding, but recent years have seen it boosted higher. As a result, healthcare organizations need more from code....

EHRs, the Doctor Will See You Now

Author: Carol, Ruth

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2005


EHR systems are costly to purchase, complex to evaluate, and require expertise to implement. So why are small physician practices buying more of them than ever before?
There are plenty of good reasons why EHRs have been scarce in small and medium-sized physician practices. Enormous cost....

Fresh Look at HEDIS

Author: Carpenter, Jennifer E.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 1999


The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) created the Health Plan Employer Data and Information Set (HEDIS) as a standardized performance measurement system. It measures the quality of healthcare received through managed care plans. The measurement system lets healthcare cons....

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