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Certified I10-Ready

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2011




To build up competencies in the new code set, AHIMA-credentialed professionals must add ICD-10-CM/PCS continuing education to their credential maintenance through 2013.

The impending coding classification system change from ICD-9 to ICD-10 is the talk of health information....

Charting the Legal Health Record

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2007


Tracking what should or shouldn’t be included in a healthcare organization’s legal health record can be a dizzying process without ample organization. The increasing mix of digital information with traditional paper records makes good organization all the more essential.

HIM pr....

Testing Health Record Banking

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2009


Washington State’s experiment in consumer-controlled health records has moved into a pilot phase, transforming the health record banking model from theory to testing. In March the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) announced the launch of three pilot sites that will try out the....

Health Data's Second Life

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2007




The use of health data for secondary purposes has been increasing, and federal agencies and industry organizations are exploring the need for more guidance.
Data in a health record don’t rest when care is complete and a bill is drawn up. Once treatment and reimbursement ar....

DOQ-IT Déjà vu

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: August 2010

Chris Dimick


Aug 01, 2010 07:15 am


The regional extension center program might have some people experiencing déjà vu.

Granted, the REC program is an unprecedented attempt by the federal government to transition American healthcare to electronic health record sy....

AHIMA Comments on Certification Proposed Rule

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2012


Electronic health records could soon become more patient-centered, more secure, and more frequently used for treatment improvement-if provisions outlined in the EHR certification proposed rule are widely implemented.

Under the 2009 ARRA economic stimulus package, healthcare providers....

Handling Sensitive Information in an NHIN

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2008


The topic of sensitive health data and how to keep it private in the electronic age is one of the most complex issues facing the development of a nationwide, interoperable health information exchange network.

Physicians need accurate medical records to provide adequate care. Yet pati....

Treating Healthcare with Health "I"T

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2012




Patient-Centric Stage 2 Meaningful Use Measures Considered Treatment for Ailing US Health System



The US healthcare system is ill. Higher costs, sicker patients, and struggling providers are the symptoms of the disease that has sent industry stakeholders scrambling t....

Privacy in the Spotlight

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2007


Varying privacy practices that pose barriers to health information exchange are putting HIM concerns in the national spotlight.
The 35-year-old Minnesota woman’s winter vacation in the neighboring state of Wisconsin was going great, until her ski snapped and the accident happened. B....

Defining the Legal EHR: Simple or Complex?

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2008


Just how complicated is defining the legal electronic record for disclosure? There’s nothing new to the need for a legally sound record of care. HIM professionals have helped meet that requirement with paper-based records for years. But just how new and complex is it to define the content....

Accrediting HIEs

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: June 01, 2010




Health information exchange (HIE) networks have always understood the importance of gaining patient and provider trust. However, beyond describing the privacy and security policies and procedures they establish to protect the information they exchange, they have largely had to ask pat....

EHRs Prove a Difficult Witness in Court

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: September 2010


Sep 24, 2010

The EHR is a valuable clinical tool for streamlining and improving patient care. But it is complicating and confusing the courts.

As the first cases involving electronic health records make their way into legal proceedings, everyone involved is discovering th....

Getting the Best from Your ICD-10 Vendor

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: May 2011



May 10, 2011


Payers and providers must work their way through the transition to ICD-10-CM/PCS only once, and by the end, few will likely choose to do it again. System vendors and consultants, however, will have been through many, many implementations before it’s all over.

Achieving Coding Consistency

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2010


Even small departments may never experience complete harmony in their assignment of codes, but they have good motivation for achieving as much consistency as they can. Training, communication, monitoring, and coding reviews help reach that goal, HIM experts say.

Coding manager Julie....

Top Documentation Issues for ICD-10

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: April 2011



Apr 18, 2011

ICD-10-CM/PCS offers organizations better data about their patient populations and the services they provide them. The code set’s greater specificity allows coding professionals to more accurately reflect the details of physician documentation.

However, an....

Governance Apples and Oranges: Differences Exist Between Information Governance, Data Governance, and IT Governance

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2013

Though sometimes used interchangeably, data governance and information governance are two distinct terms with very different meanings. And information technology (IT) governance is something completely different as well. With AHIMA pushing its members and the healthcare industry to embrace information governance as a major tent pole of HIM work, it is important for HIM professionals to understand the difference and interrelation of these governance terms and just what an individual can do to help foster governance initiatives that aim to improve health records and patient care....

Year of the Audit

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2010


The healthcare forecast for 2010 includes a strong chance of audit. HIM professionals in many organizations will be busy responding to a shower of external record requests and internal compliance checks.

Stormy systems of audit programs, compliance initiatives, and fraud preventi....

AHIMA Comments on Stage 2 Meaningful Use Measures

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2012


Increased quality measurement, better patient access to health information, and greater volume of information exchange is in store for providers and hospitals participating in the federal stage 2 meaningful use incentive program.

On March 7 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Servi....

Legal Considerations in Joining an HIE

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2011


The legal issues healthcare organizations must consider when joining a health information exchange (HIE) go far beyond the standard HIPAA-related concerns.

HIEs are rapidly gaining prominence in healthcare, bolstered by federal initiatives like the meaningful use program, which requ....

US Organizations Look Ahead

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2008


Transitioning to ICD-10-CM may seem like a distant problem. But SSM Integrated Health Technologies began its preparations about three years ago. Its reason is simple: “Something of this magnitude, you don’t want to be scurrying,” says Anne Stuckel, SSM’s manager of clini....

Slow to the Information Governance Starting Line: First-of-its-kind Survey Tracks Healthcare’s IG efforts, Shows Most Organizations are Behind

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2014



Majority of Healthcare Organizations Lack Vital Information Governance Strategy


AHIMA has fired the starting pistol heralding in the urgent race to implement information governance (IG) practices within the healthcare industry. While some organizations were quick off the bloc....

Privacy Policies for Social Media

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: January 2010



Jan 06, 2010 05:23 pm

The social media site Facebook had become more than just a way for staff at Innovis Health to catch up with friends.

In November 2008, nurses at the Fargo, ND–based healthcare system began using Facebook to provide unauthorized shift change update....

Sorting out Advance Directives

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2011


Important differences exist in advance directives. Only some grant access to another person's medical records, and that can change with time.

After 50 years of marriage, Rosa Taylor-Payne noticed even the slightest change in her husband, Marvell Payne. So she started to worry when he....

Taking Medical Records to the Bank

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2008


Banking health data like a financial transaction is the simplest solution to healthcare’s networking challenges says William Yasnoff, founder of the Health Record Banking Alliance.

There are a lot of plans for regional and, eventually, nationwide health information exchange, b....

Help Wanted: Schools Struggle Placing Students in PPEs

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2009




Well-trained students make well-trained new hires, which is why professional practice experiences are an important part of HIM education. However, PPE coordinators say it is getting harder to place students in today’s hectic workplace. Yet the benefits, they say, are there for e....

Reviewing the New HIPAA Rules

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: AHIMA regulation analysis | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2013



At 138 fine-print pages, the final rule detailing the HITECH Act’s modifications to HIPAA privacy and security requirements is not a quick or easy read. But it is an important read since the content of the Federal Register post drastically impacts HIM professionals and their business....

Keeping HIPAA Education Fresh

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2009

Get hip with HIPAA.

That’s just one tagline attached to Sharp Healthcare’s HIPAA education modules. Photos from the age of hip—the late 1960s and early 1970s—permeate the online HIPAA training modules. Musicians Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan and era-TV icons like the....

HIM’s Time to Lead

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2010


This is HIM’s time to shine. Rita Bowen, MA, RHIA, CHPS, SSGB, sees the current debate on national healthcare reform as a great opportunity for HIM professionals to increase their prominence in the healthcare world. The new AHIMA president feels HIM has a lot to offer the conversation and....

Meaningful Use: Notes from the Journey

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2011



After debate, speculation, and anxiety throughout the industry, the first physicians and hospitals have embarked on stage 1 of the meaningful use program. So far… so good.

The first physicians and hospitals have embarked on stage 1 of the meaningful use journey; it has been nin....

HIM Breakup: Changing Times Pull HIM and Coding Apart

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2009


Benefits can follow when coding packs its bags and moves to the revenue cycle. But all realignments have their opportunities and risks.

HIM and coding are breaking up.

Once a common couple, the two departments are beginning to split at some facilities, moving on to differen....

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