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On the Line: Professional Practice Solutions

Author: Carpenter, Jennifer E.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 1998


Q: I am currently employed by an organization that is implementing a long term care demonstration program for the frail elderly. I am in charge of the database for the demonstration. I'm writing policies and procedures for release of information and confidentiality and would like to ha....

OASIS Cracks Down on Home Care

Author: Carpenter, Jennifer E.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 1999



January 25, 1999, brought the publication of the final rule on the assessment and use of the Outcomes and Assessment Information Set (OASIS) in the Federal Register. This rule requires that each patient receive a patient-specific, comprehensive assessment that identifies the patient'....

Best Practices: What Works

Author: Carrier, Danielle

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 1999




Medical record accuracy, record completion time, physician satisfaction—all of these are indicators of how well an HIM department is performing. The findings of a UHC benchmarking study may point the way to best practices that can be shared and adapted.

What....

Medical Necessity under OPPS: a Look at the Challenges

Author: Carter, Darren

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2002


The outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) has dramatically changed claims processing by introducing an automated system. Medical necessity validation has also been automated as a result, leaving hospitals with increased rejections. This article explores how OPPS impacts the medical nece....

Major Changes for Heart Failure Codes in 2003: New Codes Put Sharper Focus on Diagnosing, Preventing Heart Failure

Author: Casey, Patricia E.; Zeisset, Ann M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: February 2003


Are you up to date with the latest revisions to the heart failure codes? A revision of the heart failure codes, effective October 1, 2002, was originally presented at the May 2001 ICD-9-CM Coordination and Maintenance Committee meeting. At that meeting, representatives from Kaiser Permanente e....

Embracing Patient-Centered Care and Its Roles

Author: Cassidy, Bonnie S.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2011


Patient-centered care focuses on delivering healthcare in a manner that works best for patients. In a patient-centered approach, providers partner with patients and their family members to identify and satisfy the full range of patient needs and preferences.

Organizations practicing....

Data Governance—HIM’s Sweet Spot

Author: Cassidy, Bonnie S.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2011


HIM's primary ethical obligation is to protect patient privacy and confidential information, which includes oversight of information disclosure; health information systems and health records; and the quality of information. Both paper and electronic health records contain personal and private....

Leading the e-HIM Transformation

Author: Cassidy, Bonnie S.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2011


Today, employers are counting on us to achieve great success in adopting health IT, creating strategy, managing implementations with new workflows, and demonstrating meaningful use while properly planning for the monumental transition to ICD-10.

These are the most revitalizing times....

Embracing the ICD-10 Transition

Author: Cassidy, Bonnie S.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2011


Now is the time to embrace ICD-10 adoption and plan for your personal success and the future state within your organization. Healthcare organizations are depending on the HIM profession to do the heavy lifting and prepare the industry for ICD-10.

We will never walk this path again. T....

Ten More Questions for CAC Vendors

Author: Cassidy, Bonnie S.

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: March 2013





Today’s HIM and coding professionals are faced with multiple challenges to increase documentation accuracy and specificity due to new rules and regulations. They also face financial pressure to accelerate billing processes, which can lead to errors and fraudulent c....

ARRA’s Impact on HIM

Author: Cassidy, Bonnie S.; King, Elaine; Wheatley, Victoria

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2010


This month marks the first anniversary of the signing of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). A substantial portion of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act within it allocates funds for nationwide health information exchange and health i....

Write Your Own Story

Author: Chenoweth, Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2017



I’ve always loved January! It is not only the freshly fallen snow and warm drinks by the fire that I cherish, it is the exhilaration that every new year brings with it the optimism that new beginnings are possible and the belief that our resolutions can create wonderful outcomes and suc....

Venturing into Outpatient CDI: A Growing Trend

Author: Chenoweth, Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2017



We see it everywhere: AHIMA is offering education programs to help their members embark on the outpatient clinical documentation improvement (CDI) journey. Consulting firms and technology companies are launching new services and solutions to support expansion of CDI programs to outpatient....

Grow as a Manager by Building Strong Relationships

Author: Chenoweth, Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2017



The relationships that you form with each of your direct reports are central to your ability to fulfill your three core responsibilities as a manager: Create a culture of feedback, build a cohesive team, and achieve results collaboratively.


But these relationships do not foll....

Meeting Basics that Make a Difference

Author: Chenoweth, Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2017



In July, I attended AHIMA’s CSA Leadership Symposium in Chicago, IL. This is an incredible gathering of CSA leaders from across the country. I’m always energized by the willingness of every attendee to share ideas and best practices with others.


This year, I part....

Patient Side of Telemedicine

Author: Chenoweth, Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2017



Two years ago, I travelled to central Honduras to volunteer my time and HIM expertise at a clinic that supports the primary care needs of 90,000 people. It was an experience I’ll never forget. Access to specialists is few and far between so the clinic had recently implemented telemedicine....

Salute to PPE Site Managers

Author: Chenoweth, Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2017



For college seniors, May is the time when the job search intensifies—putting the finishing touches on the resume, buying that new interview suit, and making connections with alumni.


The professional practice experience (PPE) is an important part of student education and is a....

Inspire, Innovate, Lead: One Year Later

Author: Chenoweth, Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2017



AHIMA’s greatest treasure can be found in the hearts of our members. During this past year serving as your AHIMA President and Board Chair, I’ve been blessed to meet and work with amazing, dedicated health information leaders. I’ve made new friends and enjoyed your gracious hospitality. Yo....

Standing Out in a Noisy World

Author: Chenoweth, Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2017



Many influential thought leaders have come to realize there are three foundational elements to getting your ideas understood and appreciated: social proof, which gives people a reason to listen to you; content creation, which allows them to evaluate the quality of your ideas; and your netw....

Let's Peek into the Future with Artificial Intelligence

Author: Chenoweth, Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2017



I recently heard an interview with Bill Gates where he was discussing the great advances taking place with artificial intelligence (AI). One of my big takeaways was his prediction that labor substitution across industries will be substantial in the next five- to 20-year period. In the heal....

Does Your Forms Committee Need a Facelift? Standardizing Best Practices for HIM-focused Committees—A Case Study in the Physician Practice Setting

Author: Chou, Edgar; Montroy, Tami

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2017



In most healthcare settings, health information management (HIM) initiatives are led by HIM professionals with collaboration from other organizational leaders. At Drexel University College of Medicine, it is no different. Representatives with expertise in risk management, privacy, complian....

Small Hospital Uses Data for Big Improvements

Author: Cinquegrani, Kelly

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2013



In order to take full advantage of health information technology, data, and analysis, an organization needs a standardization of protocols and its health IT systems must be built to support specific processes. FirstLight Health System (FLHS) has learned this first-hand over the last severa....

FY 2016 CPT Updates

Author: Clack, Crystal

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

Publication Date: February 2016



When the first edition of the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) was released in 1966, there were only 3,554 codes. In 2016, CPT, published by the American Medical Association (AMA), is celebrating its 50th birthday with 10,000 CPT codes. This year’s CPT updates include 140 codes added,....

Provider’s Condensed Resource for Revenue Cycle, Coding Tools, and More

Author: Clack, Crystal; Freeman, Rae; Lewis, Laquette

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2017


A cyclone of regulatory requirements for providers has officially touched down in the United States. The Affordable Care Act (ACA), Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), patient-centered medical home (PCMH), and value-based purchasing (VBP) initiatives are contributing to dramat....

Data Analytics and Informatics are Two Separate Disciplines (And Why This Matters to HIM)

Author: Clack, Lesley; Houser, Shannon H.; Kadlec, Lesley; Mikaelian, Raymound; Tabisula, Braden; Zeglen, Margie

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2017



Integral to this era of paperless electronic health records (EHRs) are the disciplines of data analytics and informatics. The vast volumes of electronic data woven from a multitude of systems, registries, and remote technologies creates promising career opportunities for health data analyt....

Best Practices for Data Analytics Reporting Lifecycles: Quality in Report Building and Data Validation

Author: Clack, Lesley; Houser, Shannon H.; Kadlec, Lesley; Mikaelian, Raymound; Wendicke, Annemarie; Cain, Jeannine MSHI, RHIA, CPHI; Spears, Amanda MA, CHDA

Source: Journal of AHIMA | AHIMA practice brief

Publication Date: October 2018






While the importance of data quality in providing high-quality clinical care in today’s healthcare setting is typically well understood, the quality of data for report building and validation activities is often not well articulated—and potential data quality....

Key Issues in the 2008 OPPS Final Rule

Author: Clark, Andrea

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2008



The main objective of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) implementation of the 2008 Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) final rule was to address the recent explosion of growth in program expenditures for hospital outpatient services. CMS has created additional i....

Key Issues in the 2009 OPPS Final Rule

Author: Clark, Andrea

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: March 2009


The final rule for the 2009 Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) includes multiple revisions that hospitals must address in their practices, policies, and operations. Hospitals should develop strategies for analyzing the financial impact and operational challenges by reviewing the foll....

Continuous Speech Recognition: What You Should Know

Author: Clark, Holly

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 1998


Is speech recognition a futuristic dream, an emerging technology, or a current reality? How vital is speech input to a computerized patient record strategy? How can you influence your organization to investigate speech recognition options that best meet its needs? There are no simple answers t....

Closer Look at Clinical Pertinence Standards

Author: Clark, Jean S.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2002


When the Joint Commission standards related to clinical pertinence review were revised, flexibility and an ongoing process for review of medical records at the point of care was the intent. This continues to be the goal of IM.7.1-IM7.10.1, though there are still directions in the requirement t....

IFHRO Expands Goals

Author: Clark, Jean S.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 1998



The Executive Board of the International Federation of Health Records Organizations (IFHRO) held a strategic planning and business meeting last spring to discuss the organization's direction. The meeting took place in conjunction with the European Health Records Congress ....

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