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Are You Ready for a HIPAA Audit?

Author: Wiedemann, Lou Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2017



Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from the new “External HIPAA Audit Readiness Toolkit” developed by AHIMA. The full toolkit is free for AHIMA members.


THE HITECH OMNIBUS Rule mandated that the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) condu....

Are You a Data Analyst and Don’t Know It?

Author: Wiedemann, Lou Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2015



Do you analyze case mix? Have you been asked to run a report on patients seen in the emergency department with dog bites? Do you report monthly physician query trends? Have you ever been asked to “pull that information out of the EHR?” Do you know that revenue code 361 often re....

Managing Physician Queries in the EHR

Author: Wiedemann, Lou Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2011


Federal incentives provided for the meaningful use program under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act are encouraging hospitals to adopt electronic health records (EHRs). Eighty percent of hospitals are planning to become meaningful users of EHR technologies in 2011, and the healthcare i....

Informatics Harnesses Healthcare’s Wild, Rich Data

Author: Wiedemann, Lou Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2014



Healthcare has become a data-rich field, and any data rich environment requires the ability to analyze large, complex data sets. The field of informatics provides tools to integrate data, information, knowledge, and wisdom when processing data. Good informatics includes many functions, and....

Using Clinical Photos in EHRs

Author: Wiedemann, Lou Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2010



For most organizations, patient-identifiable source data include data from interpretations, summaries, or notes. These data are usually maintained within the originating department, separate from the HIM department and the health record, and sometimes in a different database. Examples incl....

Deleting Errors in the EHR

Author: Wiedemann, Lou Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2010



Many types of documentation errors can occur in electronic health records (EHRs), such as incorrectly recording the sex of a patient, documenting in the wrong patient record, and incorrectly identifying the ordering physician on a laboratory report.


It is important to addres....

Understanding Different Healthcare Legal Documents

Author: Wiedemann, Lou Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2012


Managing healthcare issues today places many HIM professionals in the role of consumer educator. This is especially true when consumers are coping with end-of-life issues. Legal documents are imperative for determining a patient's treatment care wishes, managing requests for information, and f....

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