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HIM Survival Kit for the Year 2000

Author: Wheeler, Elizabeth

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 1999


Is your organization ready for the Year 2000? The "millennium bug" offers some useful lessons in risk assessment. Here's how to build a contingency plan to ensure business continuity on January 1, 2000.

The information technology (IT) field may have generated Year 2000 concerns, but....

Debate Surrounding Unique Health Identifier Continues

Author: Wheatley, Victoria

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2004


Whatever happened to the unique health identifier for individuals (UHI)? The UHI was one of four identifiers included in HIPAA. In July 1998 the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the former Health Care Financing Administration (now the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services....

Quality Impact of the Master Patient Index

Author: Wheatley, Victoria

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2008


The master patient index (MPI) is HIM service’s lifeline to ensuring quality care in a healthcare organization. If MPI data are compromised, HIM’s contributions to many healthcare functions are slowed down or brought to a halt.

Over time, the MPI has evolved from a simple....

Patient Identification Debate: The History of the National Patient Identifier and Alternatives for Accurate Patient Authentication

Author: Wheatley, Victoria

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2006


Despite a lack of funding or government mandate, debate and discussion about a national patient identifier (NPI) continues.
The NPI was one of four identifiers included in the original HIPAA objectives as part of a comprehensive plan to achieve uniform standards for the exchange of healt....

A Resolution To Be Meaningful

Author: Wells, Shawn

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2019


By Shawn Wells, RHIT, CHDA


As we move into the second month of the new year I am reminded of our optimistic, yet often-abandoned, list of New Year’s resolutions. These promises we make to ourselves every January originated as promises to the pagan gods over 4,000 years ago, with....

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