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Advocacy 2003: A Road, Not a Destination

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2004


When we pursue our profession in an ever-changing environment, success is a fleeting reward. The pursuit of our goals is a process that spans more than any one calendar year. This column summarizes the Association’s 2003 achievements in our four key advocacy issues and looks at plans for....

How Bioterrorism Became an HIM Issue

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2002


Bioterrorism is not a subject that people would normally relate to HIM. Yet, since the first anthrax letter was discovered on October 4, 2001, there have been discussions around the country that will directly affect HIM for many years to come.


Bioterrorism spotlighted public he....

What’s the Delay in the ICD-10 Delay?

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: July 18, 2012





Just when the Department of Health and Human Services will announce its final decision on a delay for ICD-10-CM/PCS compliance is the question on many minds lately.


While a firm announcement date has not been determined, AHIMA’s Advocacy and Policy st....

Investigative Approach: How Clinical Documentation Teams Improve Communication, Documentation Outcomes and Patient Care

Author: Robinson, Steven

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: December 29, 2016



Clinical documentation programs’ success is a result of the healthcare team keeping a constant vigil on communication while operationalizing outcomes and instilling provider support. Patient care is largely dependent on accurate communication among the healthcare provider team. In a....

Avoiding a War of Words (and Numbers): the Uncertain Future of Terminologies and Classifications

Author: Roberts, Rosemary; Innes, Kerry; Walker, Sue; Scott, Peter

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2004


With major changes under way worldwide, the evolving roles and relationships of classifications and terminologies are uncertain. But the future lies in collaboration, not competition.
Classifications and clinical terminologies have coexisted for decades. Both use clinical language, but t....

Linking Quality of Care to Clinical Data Integrity

Author: Roat, Lisa

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2014



Healthcare data is being touted as a means to improve population health management. It is also feeding public competitive market reporting for providers and facilities. The integrity of the clinical data being reported is essential to supporting and improving the quality of care to patien....

Compliance: A Critical Yet Costly Commitment

Author: Roach, Daniel R.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2001




In the 1970s, the defense budget consumed the largest share of the federal budget. Concerns about both the size and efficiency of the defense bureaucracy triggered a massive crackdown on federal contractors who had either intentionally or inadvertently failed to follow the Department....

Raising Awareness of Medical Identity Theft: For Consumers, Prevention Starts with Guarding, Monitoring Health Information

Author: Rinehart-Thompson, Laurie A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2008


Financial identity theft has become ubiquitous in our global society. Its consequences are familiar, and fear of its repercussions has created a widespread reliance on credit bureaus for protection. According to the Federal Trade Commission, 8.3 million Americans were reportedly affected by fi....

CY 2012 OPPS Update

Author: Rihanek, Theresa

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: February 2012


The final rule for calendar year 2012 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) was released on November 30, 2011. The rule went into effect for outpatient hospital-based services January 1, 2012.

This article outlines the updates in the final rule.
Financial Impact....

FY 2012 ICD-10-PCS Updates

Author: Rihanek, Theresa

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: April 2012


Limited updates were made to ICD-10-PCS for fiscal year 2012 as set forth under the partial code freeze established by the ICD-9-CM Coordination and Maintenance Committee.1 The freeze is intended to aid the transition to the new code set by limiting updates for 2012 and 2013 to essential chan....

New Approach to Chargemaster Management

Author: Richey, John

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2001

After examining their CDM management processes, HIM professionals, along with clinical and support departments, redesigned and automated several practice aspects with successful results. (FORE Best Practice, AHIMA Foundation)

Disaster Plans: Lessons Learned

Author: Rhodes, Harry B.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 1996


Shortly after I accepted my first position as director of medical records, I began to develop time management skills and created a "to do" list. One item on my list that got very little attention was my department's disaster plan. Working in a 55-bed hospital in a peaceful eastern Texas commu....

Accessing and Using Data from Wearable Fitness Devices

Author: Rhodes, Harry B.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2014



A rapidly aging global population in many industrialized countries accompanied by an increase in chronic diseases and the high cost of managing such diseases has led many to turn to a technological solution to ease the burden on healthcare professionals and provide useful tools to the elde....

ORYX and Other Elusive Quality Animals

Author: Rhodes, Harry B.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 1998


Edward I. Koch, former mayor of New York City, is known for asking, "How am I doing?" Koch, of course, was speaking of the positive progress of his administration. But he could have just as easily been talking about the state of performance measurement in healthcare today. Even though quality....

On The Line: Professional Practice Solutions...

Author: Rhodes, Harry B.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 1998


Q: I have been asked to head up a committee assigned the task of selecting the hardware and software applications that are to become the platform for our organization's computerized medical record (CPR). Our committee is composed of representatives of all the "end users" of the CPR. The vastne....

Meaningful Use Program Faces Audits, Scrutiny

Author: Rhodes, Harry B.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2013



Health information technology systems have supported the administrative functions of healthcare for more than a decade. Historically, these healthcare administrative systems primarily focused on performing fiscal transactions or supporting key ancillary departments. Widespread use of elect....

Knowledge Management: Finding the Golden Nuggets

Author: Rhodes, Harry B.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2001


We live in the so-called Information Age, but we should actually refer to it as the Data Age. As a nation, we are data rich and information poor.

The dilemma of holding large amounts of valuable data but little useful information is not unique to healthcare. The inability....

Implementing the Wireless Computerized Patient Record

Author: Rhodes, Harry B.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 1997


The ability to provide timely, relevant, and accurate in-formation to the healthcare decision maker at the point of care is a critical success factor for any provider. For enterprises that operate in extremely competitive healthcare markets, the ability to meet this challenge could mean the d....

View of HIM From the Early Days

Author: Rhodes, Harry B.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 1998


Recently, I had the opportunity to visit with two longtime AHIMA members: Earline H. Earhart, RRA, a member since 1937, and Mildred P. St. Leger, RRA, who joined in 1953.

Earhart became a member under the organization's original name—the Association of Record Libraria....

On The Line: Professional Practice Solutions...

Author: Rhodes, Harry B.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 1998


Q: My facility will begin imaging its paper medical records as part of the migration toward a computerized patient record. I am a member of the planning committee that is responsible for preparing the RFP and seeking out possible vendors. I have heard of optical imaging but have never had the....

Breaking Down Privacy and Security Barriers to HIE

Author: Rhodes, Harry B.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2007


As noted in the article “Confusion Continues over HIPAA Minimum Necessary Standards,” (J AHIMA, Nov-Dec 2007) the state-level research under the HISPC project identified a number of privacy and security barriers to health information exchange (HIE). Several reports came from this p....

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