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Mortality Coding Marks 10 Years of ICD-10

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2009


Morbidity coders rarely see a mortality code. But for 10 years the National Center for Health Statistics has been busy compiling mortality data coded in ICD-10.


There are a thousand ways to die in this life, and the National Center for Health Statistics tracks every one of the....

Student Makes “Right Decision” with HIM

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2009


With seven physicians in her family, Sarah Keppen felt destined to go into healthcare. However, working directly with patients, needles, and other messy details never appealed to the 25-year-old.

While talking with her pediatrician mother about other healthcare careers, she learned o....

The New Privacy Officer

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2012



It has been a decade since the first privacy officers took their jobs in response to the HIPAA privacy rule. A slew of changes since then have added more responsibility, required more skills, and demanded more time of them than anyone could have imagined.

When Nancy Davis, R....

Getting Excited about e-HIM

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2007


Chris Meyers, RHIA, had landed the job of her dreams as an e-HIM® enthusiast. A Phoenix medical network was opening a brand-new hospital and needed someone to help build a complete EHR from the ground up. Meyers jumped at the chance, becoming the administrative director of HIM/patient....

Tips for Trainers

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2007


The time had come in the physicians’ meeting to discuss HIM issues, and Wilson was in charge of bringing the room up to speed.

Wilson, then the coding quality manager at Charleston, SC-based Roper St. Francis Healthcare, was new to public speaking and training. For a moment,....

Computers, Coding, and Change

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2008


Computer-assisted coding won’t eliminate the profession, but it will change it dramatically.

Mythily Srinivasan thought she was out of a job. Out with human coders, in with computer-generated coding. At first that seemed to be her facility’s master plan.

Drafting Policy on Business Ethics

Author: Dingman, Barbara

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2001




The Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) attention to fraud and abuse has certainly changed the way hospitals and their vendors conduct business. For many years, it has been common practice for vendors to court their clients with gifts and outings to get their product purchased, and....

Embarking on a Compliance Career

Author: Dingman, Barbara

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2000


When I was given the responsibility of developing a compliance plan for my hospital two years ago, I was initially overwhelmed. My background was in medical records and I did not have a book on my shelf to guide me. Fortunately, I soon found numerous agencies and associations, colleagues, and....

CMS’s 2009 Security Assessment Process

Author: Dinh, Angela K.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2009


In 2008 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) conducted 10 HIPAA security assessments in covered entities (CEs) nationwide. CMS’s stated purpose was not to identify flaws but to gain a true understanding of industry compliance with the HIPAA security rule.

CMS co....

Correcting Dates of Service in the EHR

Author: Dinh, Angela K.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2010


Data errors are inevitable, and they happen every day. Various types of errors can occur in electronic health records (EHRs), including errors in dates of service (DOS). DOS errors happen for a number of reasons, such as a user choosing the wrong encounter or entering the wrong date.

Physician Practice EHR Resources

Author: Dinh, Angela K.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2009



Editor's note: This article updates the February 2006 Journal of AHIMA column "Resources to Assist Physician Office EHR Selection and Implementation."


[Note: The links in this article were accurate at the time of publication.]




EHR Public and Priva....

Securing Portable Devices

Author: Dinh, Angela K.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2009


Reports of data breaches involving portable devices last year ran the gamut from oversight to theft: a college of medicine professor gave away a personal computer containing protected health information, including photos of his patients, to friends; a flash drive containing Social Security num....

Dealing with Paper Post–Document Imaging

Author: Dinh, Angela K.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2009


The electronic health record (EHR) has been a work in progress for decades. According to a 2007 American Hospital Association information technology survey, 68 percent of hospitals have a partially or fully implemented EHR.1

Today’s health information environment is made up of....

Cloud Computing 101

Author: Dinh, Angela K.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2011


In the past several years cloud computing has gained substantial recognition. However, it is still a relatively new concept for those in the healthcare industry.

Before adopting cloud-based services or applications, organizations need to understand how cloud computing works, the typ....

HIM Best Practices for Managing Patient Portals

Author: Dixon, Anne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2012



The healthcare industry is on the cusp of changing the way providers communicate with their patients. Technology holds great promise in empowering patients to manage their health.


Patient portals are one way organizations can engage patients in their healthcare. They enable....

In Pursuit of a Value-added Entity

Author: Dixon-Lee, Claire

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 1999


The integration of various clinical services into larger healthcare alliances or enterprises challenges the very basic managerial foundations of our healthcare industry. While senior managers and clinicians struggle to run their respective organizations or divisions following tradition....

Cultivate a Desire to Learn

Author: Dixon-Lee, Claire

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 1999


As I travel the country meeting many of you, I am very curious about the diversity of jobs, skills, and settings in which you work. The creativity, independence, and resourcefulness that come with career redefinition fascinate me. All of us working under the umbrella of health informat....

Thrill of the Unexpected

Author: Dixon-Lee, Claire

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 1999


It's hard to imagine that we are approaching the close of the twentieth century. As I examine my reaction to the start of this year, perhaps I speak for many of you in that I have mixed emotions. On one hand, I am filled with nostalgia for all of the events that affected my life growin....

Name Game: Updating Our Credential Titles

Author: Dixon-Lee, Claire

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 1999


In October, the 1999 AHIMA House of Delegates will consider a proposal to officially change the name of two AHIMA credentials. The proposal is the result of several years of analysis, member input, and review of more than 1000 potential certification titles, as well as the work of cons....

Blueprint for the New Millennium

Author: Dixon-Lee, Claire

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 1999


This is the final Journal of AHIMA issue of the 20th century! That a year can pass so quickly marks not just the passing of time, but the significance of how much we can pack into 365 days. It reflects how much knowledge we acquire and how many activities we take on, results we reap,....

Benchmarking a World-class Image

Author: Dixon-Lee, Claire

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 1999


This time of year may find us longing for a chair by a cozy fireplace or lounging on a sunny beach. When we find time for reflection, it's good to periodically reflect on ourselves and the image that we project as HIM professionals.

Authority Robert Camp defines benchmarki....

Common (and Uncommon) Ground

Author: Dixon-Lee, Claire

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 1999


On a trip to Dublin this spring, I met with several officers of the Healthcare Informatics Society of Ireland. During this visit, we talked about health information management, finding common ground on topics like:
Year 2000 compliance
the need for clinical vocabulary....

New, Informed Public

Author: Dixon-Lee, Claire

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 1999


The healthcare consumer is emerging as a strong force in today's healthcare industry. On a national level, current efforts for new and improved patients' rights legislation in the wake of complaints about access and rising costs, is placing the patient in a position of strength unlike....

Keeping Education Honest

Author: Dixon-Lee, Claire; Tesch, Linde

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2012


CAHIIM Accreditation brings accountability to the Broad Realm of Health Information Education

The United States has set a goal to increase the number of college degree recipients by 2018 and has challenged academic institutions to ensure sustained attention to the quality of stude....

Metadata Offers Roadmap to Structured Data

Author: Dolezel, Diane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2015



Database metadata provides a valuable roadmap for locating the structured data stored in healthcare databases. However, many electronic health information management (e-HIM) professionals do not possess the necessary basic understandings of where to find the metadata and how to use it afte....

Cybersecurity and Understanding Cyber Risk

Author: Dolezel, Diane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2019


By Diane Dolezel, EdD, RHIA, CHDA


Healthcare organizations are at risk for data breaches as the number of healthcare data breaches continues to rise annually despite efforts to slow the upward trend. Since 2009, there were over 2,000 data breaches reported to the Department of Hea....

Setting the Standard: EHR Quality Reporting Rises in Prominence Due to Meaningful Use

Author: Dolin, Robert H; Goodrich, Kate; Kallem, Crystal; Alschuler, Liora; Holtz, Patrice

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2014



Federal quality reporting initiatives are expected to improve our ability to measure the quality of care provided to patients. As Scottish mathematician and physicist Lord Kelvin said more than 100 years ago, “If you cannot measure it, you cannot improve it.” Measurement, in tu....

Keep Your Seawall Secure

Author: Don, Hardwick

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2018






Untitled Document




How to Ensure Proper PHI Disclosure Management Across an Enterprise


By Don Hardwick


Seawalls are built to both protect and sustain. The sea side of the wall withstands a constant barrage of ocean waves and....

The Role of Analyzing Healthcare Data: Health Data Analysts Aggregate, Evaluate, and Validate Information for Key Healthcare Stakeholders

Author: Dooling, Julie A

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2014



Data are the assets that healthcare relies upon to provide needed information for making decisions and ultimately, hopefully, improving patient care. The volume of data collected today is staggering and continues to grow with the advent of electronic health records (EHRs). The healthcare d....

Transcription and Data Capture in the EHR

Author: Dooling, Julie A

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2011


Transcription has always played an important role in HIM, but today it is taking on a new role in supporting the meaningful use program. Organizations are looking to leverage their transcription technology to capture structured data within their electronic health records (EHRs), a requirement....

Documentation Trends in the Health Record

Author: Dooling, Julie A

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2012


The meaningful use program is well under way, helping providers and organizations adopt EHRs to capture complete and comprehensive documentation. To qualify for incentives in stage 1, organizations have adjusted their documentation processes to meet certain objectives and measures and will con....

Losing the Match Game: Study Reveals Gaps in HIM’s Patient Identity Integrity Practices

Author: Dooling, Julie A; Fernandes, Lorraine M.; Kirby, Annessa; Kadlec, Lesley; Landsbach, Grant; Lusk, Katherine; Munns, Megan; Noreen, Neysa; O'Connor, Michele

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2016



In healthcare, matching patients accurately to their medical history across multiple care sites and among various sources of data has become increasingly important as healthcare data is shared across platforms. Additionally, as clinicians need to interact with third parties and provide car....

Survey: Patient Matching Problems Routine in Healthcare

Author: Dooling, Julie A; Fernandes, Lorraine M.; Kirby, Annessa; Landsbach, Grant; Lusk, Katherine; Munns, Megan; Noreen, Neysa; O'Connor, Michele; Patten, Melinda

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: January 06, 2016



A recent survey with AHIMA members revealed that over half of HIM professionals routinely work on mitigating possible patient record duplicates at their facility, and of those 72 percent work on mitigating duplicate records weekly. Contributing to the issue, less than half (47 percent) of....

Using Population Health, Inclusive HIM Practices to Better Treat LGBTQ Patients

Author: Dooling, Julie A; Kadlec, Lesley; Pruente, Megan; Ward, Maria; Woebkenberg, Jami; Butler-Henderson, Kerryn CHIA, FAHIMA; Ginn, Dustin MA, MHA, RHIA; Retallack, Donna RHIT; Young III, John RHIA, CHPS, CPHIMS, HCISPP

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2018









By Kerryn Butler-Henderson, CHIA, FAHIMA; Julie Dooling, MSHI, RHIA, CHDA, FAHIMA; Dustin Ginn, MA, MHA, RHIA; Lesley Kadlec, MA, RHIA, CHDA; Megan Pruente, RHIA; Donna Retallack, RHIT; Maria Ward, MEd, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P; Jami Woebkenberg, MHIM, RHIA, CPHI; and....

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