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Leading through Empowerment

Author: Bradt, Gary

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 1999


What got you to the top will not keep you there. This is a difficult lesson to learn. Many leaders earn success by getting involved and accomplishing things. They are tireless workers willing to do whatever is necessary to complete the task. Their diligent efforts lead to rewards, reco....

Vanishing Supervisor

Author: Brandt, Mary D.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2004


The bottom line is calling. Here’s how to decide if your HIM department has the right number of supervisors.
Down-sizing, right-sizing, streamlining. It doesn’t really matter what you call it, but it has had a significant impact on healthcare operations and staffing. Organizat....

Health Informatics Standards: A User's Guide

Author: Brandt, Mary D.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2000


From code sets to data sets to developing organizations, how much do you really know about technical standards? This article provides a handy reference guide.

The vision is clear: a longitudinal, or lifetime, health record for each person that is computer-based, secure, readily ac....

Shifting from Reactive to Proactive HIPAA Audits

Author: Brinda, Danika

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2016



Stories about workforce members inappropriately accessing health information continue to plague the Department of Health and Human Services’ Data Breach Portal—which lists US provider data breaches that affect more than 500 individuals. Recently two data breaches reported on th....

Bridging the Gap on CDI

Author: Brinson, Marcia

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: February 01, 2012





Clinical documentation improvement (CDI) efforts have been in effect within many acute care hospitals for years with the goal of optimizing reimbursement through appropriate documentation and coding. In 2007, CDI gained greater importance with the implementation of....

Reinventing Ourselves

Author: Brodnik, Melanie S.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2004


As I think about all that the HIM profession aims to accomplish, I realize that we are faced with the challenge of reinventing ourselves. This seems daunting, but ours is not the only profession faced with this challenge.
Change Can Make Us Stronger

Consider the challenges fac....

E-HIM: Mobilizing for Impact

Author: Brodnik, Melanie S.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2004



What an exciting time for healthcare and our profession. Tremendous strides have been made toward transitioning healthcare from paper to an electronic environment. Many AHIMA staff and members have participated in key collaborations during the last two years to advance the implementation....

Visions of Future, Global Initiatives Focus for 2004

Author: Brodnik, Melanie S.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2004


Our 75th diamond anniversary, year-long celebration was quite a success. We celebrated our rich history and the important contributions AHIMA has made to the field of HIM. We also confirmed that the work we do has never been more important. We are thriving as an association, with some 46,000-p....

Developing an Experienced HIM Work Force

Author: Brodnik, Melanie S.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2004


HIM practitioners have a long history of contributing to education by serving as site preceptors. Today, however, increased work demands and changing practice patterns limit time to train new graduates onsite. These factors are raising the demand for graduates with higher levels of experience....

Gaining a Global Perspective on HIM

Author: Brodnik, Melanie S.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2004

In February this column focused on an AHIMA Board of Directors strategic initiative for HIM outreach—increasing consumer and industry awareness of HIM professionals and practice at home and abroad. This month, efforts related to the international portion of the initiative will be realized as....

Advancing the Globalization of HIM

Author: Brodnik, Melanie S.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2004


One of the strategic initiatives set by the AHIMA Board of Directors for 2004 focuses on HIM outreach; that is, engaging in activities designed to increase consumer and industry awareness of HIM professionals and practices at home and abroad. My message this month focuses on the “abroad&....

Becoming a Lifelong Learner

Author: Brodnik, Melanie S.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2004


As I reflect on what AHIMA has accomplished over the last 10 years and where the HIM profession is currently headed, I realize that we have a very eventful future ahead of us, a future that requires transitioning from one knowledge and skill level to another. The challenge is to remain litera....

Strategic Planning: a Winning Play

Author: Brodnik, Melanie S.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2004

In April we look back at AHIMA’s own form of college basketball’s “March Madness”—Team Talks. The communication, collaboration, and networking of these meetings make all who attended national champs. The information shared at Team Talks is essential for achieving the A....

Looking Back on a Successful 2004

Author: Brodnik, Melanie S.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2004


As 2004 draws to a close, I would like to thank all who have helped to make the year a success. Our success this year stems from the collective work of our members, state leaders, volunteers, board members, and AHIMA staff who worked to further our goal of moving health information management....

Status of Graduate Education Programs in Health Information Management

Author: Brodnik, Melanie S.; Bean, Betty; Hickey, Christie; Massey, Olivia; Ritchie, Carissa

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 1998



The growing complexity of information needs in the delivery of quality healthcare at low cost has contributed to educational reform in health information management (HIM) and the need for advanced professional preparation of HIM practitioners. In 1997, AHIMA published curriculum mode....

Taking The Doctoral Challenge: Educators Push HIM Professionals to Add PhD to Credentials

Author: Brodnik, Melanie S.; Valerius, Joanne D; Watzlaf, Valerie J.M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2013



The push toward graduate education in health information management (HIM) is becoming a reality as more universities and colleges develop or explore launching HIM and informatics graduate curricula. Fundamental to offering these programs is the need for doctorally prepared HIM-credentialed....

Preparing for the CAC Transition

Author: Bronnert, June

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: July 2011


One of the biggest technology advancements to influence coding since encoding systems is computer-assisted coding. CAC is the "use of computer software that automatically generates a set of medical codes for review, validation, and use based upon clinical documentation provided by healthcare p....

Coding Pregnancy

Author: Bronnert, June

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

Publication Date: October 2006


While science and research have shed light on the various stages of fetal development, the process is still fascinating. This article details each month of a fetus’s development and reviews common delivery complications and where related information may be documented in the record.
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Coding Ethically

Author: Bronnert, June

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: October 2005


With the many reimbursement issues and regulatory requirements surrounding coding, it is sometimes necessary for coders to refamiliarize themselves with what it means to code ethically. AHIMA’s Coding Policy and Strategy Committee developed the Standards of Ethical Coding, which were app....

Optimizing Data Representation Through the Use of SNOMED CT

Author: Bronnert, June; Daube, Julie L; Jopp, Gretchen; Peterson, Kathleen; Rihanek, Theresa; Scichilone, Rita A; Tucker, Vanna

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2014

Electronic health records (EHR) have changed the landscape for data representation. For many years health information management (HIM) professionals have relied on classifications for data representation and the support of clinical documentation. SNOMED CT is a data standard frequently used in electronic systems and has been included in the requirements for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) “meaningful use” EHR Incentive Program. SNOMED CT is maintained and distributed by the International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation (IHTSDO). SNOMED CT is recognized throughout the world, and the terminology is available at no cost. The National Library of Medicine (NLM) serves as the US release center and the IHTSDO member country representative.

Problem-Centered Care Delivery: How Interface Terminology Makes Standardized Health Information Possible

Author: Bronnert, June; Masarie, Chip; Naeymi-Rad, Frank; Rose, Eric; Aldin, Greg

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2012




Terminologies ensure that the 'languages of medicine' can be understood by both humans and machines.



Electronic health records (EHRs) are the industry standard for documenting patient care. Industry initiatives and government legislation have facilitated EHR i....

Testing ICD-10-PCS

Author: Brooks, Patricia E.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 1998



HCFA conducted a formal test of ICD-10-PCS (procedure coding system) in order to determine if it would be a practical replacement for the current ICD-9-CM, Procedures. This coding system was developed after an open competition contract was awarded to 3M/HIS. In order to avoid any con....

Speaker: SNOMED Promises to Change HIM Practice

Author: Brouch, Kathy L.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2004


How will SNOMED CT change the way health information is managed? An educational session captured the basic concepts that HIM professionals need to know.

It’s important to understand the Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine Clinical Terms (SNOMED CT) because it is increasingly being....

Where in the World Is ICD-10?

Author: Brouch, Kathy L.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2000




Where and how is ICD-10 being used? Learn how countries all over the world have adapted to the newest version of this coding system and how coders in the US can prepare for an eventual transition.


Are you ready for ICD-10? If you're a coder in the United State....

Compliance is Everything, Everything is Compliance

Author: Brow, Julie A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2001




Everything, when reduced to its basic components, is a compliance issue," says Dorothy Wagg, JD, RHIA, vice president of HIM/compliance at Applied Management Systems in Burlington, MA. "It may seem pernicious to be thinking all the time, `how will this look under the microscope?' but....

Winning Joint Commission Jeopardy: Tips for Success

Author: Brow, Julie A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2001




Organization, preparedness, and quality are three familiar words to those managing hospital and clinic health information. At no time is it more important to be organized, prepared, and quality-minded than when surveyors from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organi....

Safeguarding ePHI from Fire the Dry Way

Author: Brown, Karen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2005


With HIPAA’s security rule compliance date right around the corner, many HIM professionals are still trying to determine if they have adequate safeguards in place to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of electronic protected health information (ePHI).

Many....

HIPAA Security: Don't Disband the Committee Just Yet

Author: Brown, Stephen C.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2005


By now, every healthcare organization has faced the initial security compliance responsibilities associated with HIPAA. However, the compliance road has not yet been fully traveled. The nature of the rule makes compliance a recursive effort of reassessment, continual auditing, regular educatio....

Patient Empowerment -- A Trend that Matters

Author: Bruegel, Robert B.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 1998


Increased patient empowerment will generate an extensive shift in fundamental roles and procedures in healthcare, including the roles of HIM professionals. Here's a look at factors influencing patient empowerment and a forecast of how patient and provider communications are likely to be affec....

CMS Bans Use of Physician Signature Stamps

Author: Bryant, Gloryanne H.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2008


Question: What is the new Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ruling on use of signature stamps?

Answer: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has made it clear that it will only accept signatures that are handwritten, electronic, or facsimiles of original wri....

Compliance Efforts Get Some PEPP

Author: Bryant, Gloryanne H.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 1999


Earlier this year, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) informed the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) that "the DRG system is vulnerable to abuse by providers who wish to increase reimbursement inappropriately through upcoding, particularly so within certain DRGs.&....

Ensuring Proper Wound Care Service Coding: OIG Highlights Need for Organizations to Assess Wound Care Coding Practices

Author: Bryant, Gloryanne H.

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

Publication Date: November 2007



This year the Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued two reports relating to wound care services and Medicare payments. As the OIG has included wound care services as part of its 2007 work plan, coding and HIM professionals should review each report and re-assess their organization̵....

Clarifying Patient Status Code

Author: Bryant, Gloryanne H.

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: June 2008


The patient status code reflects the level of care a patient was discharged or transferred to when leaving an acute care hospital as an inpatient or outpatient (i.e., emergency department or emergency room). A recent Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services MLN Matters publication provides a....

Catching Up with PEPP

Author: Bryant, Gloryanne H.; Fletcher, Robin

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2000


A year ago, the Journal of AHIMA reported on the newly created Payment Error Prevention Program (PEPP), which went into effect in August 1999. What has happened since then?
Best Billing Practices

PEPP was created to reduce Medicare prospective payment system (PPS) ....

EMR Education for a Student Health Center

Author: Burgess, Barbara

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 1999


How does a busy student health center on a state university campus implement an electronic health record? This is the story of how Hall Health Primary Care Center (HHPCC), a community-based primary care center at the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle, did just that.

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