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Megatrends Promise Transcription Changes

Author: Zernich, Gordon; DeVitt, Bill

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2002


HIM directors who are staying ahead of the curve can understand the effect that several megatrends will have on the transcription industry. These trends include increased volumes, use of third-party transcription services, new technology and increased expectations, standardized billing, and sh....

Florida Cancer Data System Turns Data Into Information

Author: Zernich, Gordon

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2001


The enactment of the Cancer Registries Amendment Act in 1992 and the passage of similar state laws require healthcare facilities and state and national registries to gather information on certain diseases from patient medical records. The information is also used to identify geographic "ho....

Moving into Mapping

Author: Zender, Anne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2006


"The information is there, but is it correct?" asks Wilson. "Can the systems talk to each other, and are they truly speaking the same language?"

In her work as a data analyst and team lead for the 3M Healthcare Data Dictionary at 3M Health Information Systems, Wi....

On the Right Side of the Law

Author: Zender, Anne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2001




HIM professionals need to know the correct and legal way to do things to keep their departments and organizations running smoothly. Jan Van Dyne, JD, RHIA, needs to know the correct and legal way to do things to advise clients-healthcare organizations of all types and sizes-to keep th....

Legal Roles Give New Perspectives

Author: Zender, Anne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2003

“I could have retired by now, but I don't regret having any of these experiences.” —Richard Jeske, RHIT, HIM supervisor,
Alaska Native Medical Center, Anchorage, AK
HIM supervisor Richard Jeske, RHIT, hasn’t spent his entire career working in health information ma....

From Plan to Performance: Implementing Change

Author: Zender, Anne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 1998


Healthcare restructuring is happening everywhere these days—and Barbara Siegel, ART, knows this firsthand. She has helped to implement a hospitalwide reorganization that has affected nearly all of the facility's 3000 employees.

Siegel, director of medical records at T....

ICD-10 in the Big Picture

Author: Zender, Anne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2008


As a professor at Temple University, Margaret (“Maggie”) Foley, PhD, RHIA, CCS, has to have an eye for details. But she also has an eye on the big picture—specifically on ICD-10 and the benefits it could offer to healthcare.

Before she became a professor, Foley was....

Ensuring Compliance in the New Frontier

Author: Zender, Anne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2000


Consumers go to healthcare Web sites to get information, keep track of their health, or connect with others. Behind the scenes at one such site, Barbara Demster, MS, RHIA, is working to make sure everything is legal.

Demster is corporate compliance officer for Healtheon/ W....

Universal View of Data

Author: Zender, Anne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2002

"You don't need to be a computer programmer to do [data management]. You need to know how to manage data. The rest will fall into place." --Lorraine Tully, director of HIM, HealthMarket, on getting started in data management
Understanding the big picture: that's what Lorraine Tully, RHIT, beli....

Maximizing Data Quality of the Minimum Data Set

Author: Zender, Anne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 1998


HIM professionals who work in long term care settings are well acquainted with the Minimum Data Set 2.0 (MDS). Since 1990, it has been part of the standardized assessments that nursing homes participating in the Medicare and Medicaid programs must complete. Starting this summer, updated submis....

Streamlining the Revenue Cycle Management Process

Author: Zender, Anne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2009


Keeping an organization’s revenue cycle running smoothly is no small feat. But Patsy Hathorn’s team at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center in Jackson, MS, volunteered to take it on. Now the team is seeing results.

Hathorn, RHIA, who is director of clinical resource managem....

Benchmarking Project Harvests Ideas for Network

Author: Zender, Anne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 1998


It started as a simple benchmarking project. But when Patricia Rhodes, RRA, Carol Keller, MPA, and their team finished, the project had taken them across the country, opened up lines of communication with staff members at nine other facilities, and helped them improve their....

Dot-com Coder

Author: Zender, Anne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2000


For many people, working with artificial intelligence may sound like something out of a science fiction movie. But for Amy Davis, RHIA, it's just part of the job.

Davis is coding specialist and knowledge engineer at DocCode.com, a company based in Jacksonville, FL. Davis's....

Building a Better CPR in Ambulatory Care

Author: Zender, Anne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 1999


In implementing a computer-based patient record (CPR), an organization must address these questions: How can we integrate what the product does with our own strategic vision? And how can we justify the cost of installing a system?

While it is not widely used, the evolu....

Educator Keeps Eye on the Big Picture

Author: Zender, Anne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2004


Assistant professor Nadinia Davis, MBA, CIA, CPA, RHIA, FAHIMA, does all of the daily work expected of an educator: teaching, grading, and advising students. But she’s also thinking about education’s “big picture” and how HIM fits into it.

Davis’s long....

No Uncertain Terms

Author: Zender, Anne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 1998


HIM professionals think of classification systems such as ICD-9-CM as tools for everyday use. But these familiar systems are evolving and changing rapidly—as Donna Pickett, RRA, is well aware.

Pickett is medical systems administrator for the Office of Data Standards, ....

Creatively Communicating: the Security Challenge

Author: Zender, Anne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2002


Like many HIM professionals specializing in information security, Kimberly Lawrence, MS, RHIT, spends most of her time designing and reviewing policies. But she relishes the part of her job that calls on her to be creative, too.


“We’re always trying to come up with be....

Corrections Connection

Author: Zender, Anne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 1999


During his work day, Mark Barnard, ART, performs functions similar to HIM professionals in other settings: processes medical records, enters data, and responds to requests for information. But for Barnard, there also is an important difference. Namely, the people whose health informati....

Different Path to Managing Change

Author: Zender, Anne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 1998


Medical records director, research analyst, marketing expert—all these titles have applied, at some time, to Jean Corley, RRA. But her favorite role is as an "agent of change"—and she's assumed many titles in its pursuit.

Corley says that one of her pro....

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