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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....

1970s: We Must Be Able to Talk Both Languages

Author: Zender, Anne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2003

The 1970s brought a new name for the Association and a new credential name. The decade also witnessed landmark privacy legislation, and medical record practitioners discovered a need to understand the language of technology as well as that of medicine.

Self-insurance with Assurance

Author: Zender, Anne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2001




When Judy Conroy, RHIA, looks at a health insurance claim, she thinks like an investigator. Is the information accurate? Is anything missing? Are all the details right?

She's had plenty of opportunity to master the details of reimbursement. Conroy is president and co-owner o....

Keeping Her Wits During HIPAA Hysteria

Author: Zender, Anne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2001




Donna Bowers, JD, RHIA, knows that implementing HIPAA is an imposing assignment. But she's keeping her cool.

"Everyone needs to calm down about HIPAA," says Bowers, who is vice president of Baylor University Medical Center and responsible for HIPAA implementation systemwid....

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....

By the Rules: Making Security Policies Stick

Author: Zender, Anne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 1999


Considerable attention has been paid to the development of organizationwide information security policies—especially what they should contain and how they should be put in place. But enforcing these policies isn't always easy. We asked four information security experts to give us....

World of Accreditation

Author: Zender, Anne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2001


In recent years, the healthcare industry has seen a smorgasbord of accreditation options develop in all care settings. This list offers a sampling of the many accreditation organizations existing today.



Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC)-accredits am....

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....

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....

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....

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....

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....

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....

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....

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....

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....

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