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Benchmarking with National ICD-9-CM Coded Data

Author: Osborn, Carol E.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 1999


As HIM professionals, we want to be assured that we are providing the highest quality data for reimbursement and research purposes. We can review coded data internally, but this does not give us a clear picture of the total information that is being submitted to the Health Care Financing Admin....

Evaluating Compliance Program Effectiveness

Author: Ortquist, Steve; Vacca, Sheryl

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2004


Every organization that hopes to receive government credit for reducing criminal sentences and civil fines and penalties must be able to prove the effectiveness of its compliance program. Effectiveness is also necessary to keep compliance programs cost efficient and meaningful within their org....

Overview of Health IT Standards

Author: Orlova, Anna

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2015



Health IT Standardization is the process of agreeing on standards that allow electronic exchange of data, information, and knowledge between disparate data systems. The goals of standardization are to achieve comparability, compatibility, and interoperability between independent systems; t....

Achieving Health Information Systems Interoperability

Author: Orlova, Anna

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2015



With the growing adoption of health information technology (HIT), interoperability—or the sharing of data between systems—has become a topic that everybody in healthcare is talking about. Interoperability impacts every stakeholder in healthcare with each individual party involv....

AHIMA Convention Highlights Groundbreaking Standards Work

Author: Orlova, Anna

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2017



The AHIMA Standards Task Force is a collaborative of over 60 health information management (HIM) professional subject matter experts (SMEs)—all working together to lead national and global standards development for HIM. This groundbreaking work was on full display during last month’s 89th....

Standardization of Standards

Author: Orlova, Anna

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2015



In 1898 Yale University graduate Charles Dudley, PhD, looked for a solution to the seemingly intractable problem of building a consensus on standards for industrial materials used on the Pennsylvania Railroad. To sooth the antagonistic attitudes that marred relationships between the Penns....

CPT Changes for 2001

Author: O'Hara, Karen

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: January 2001




CPT 2001 Professional Edition (CPT® 2001) is complete and should be landing on your desk soon. As an introduction to the new book, this article provides a brief summary of the changes in 2001. A complete listing of the code and guideline changes can be found in CPT Changes 2001:....

CPT Code Updates for 2012

Author: O’Hara, Karen

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: February 2012


The 2012 updates to the CPT code set include 278 new codes, 139 code revisions, and 98 code deletions. This brings the total number of CPT codes to 9,641.

All major sections of the CPT code set, as well as the introduction and appendix A, have undergone changes. Beginning with the i....

CPT Changes for 2002

Author: O'Hara, Karen

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: January 2002


Coders need to keep their resources current—including updating the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes every year with the annual CPT book. This article provides a brief summary of the changes made to the CPT 2002 code set. The complete list of changes can be found in Appendix B of....

Envisioning the Personal Medical Record

Author: Odom-Wesley, Barbara

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2000


Increasingly, patients are becoming interested in maintaining their own personal health records. What should these records contain? A panel of experts offers their recommendations.
When was the last time you or a member of your family moved, changed doctors, or saw a specia....

2002: Positioning HIM for Future Challenges

Author: Odom-Wesley, Barbara

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2002


Each Association year builds on past achievements. In 2001, the AHIMA and FORE Boards of Directors, in consultation with many volunteer groups, adopted new mission, vision, and values statements. The mission and value statements serve as a touchstone keeping us focused on what we are charged w....

From Freshman to Leader Through Lifelong Learning

Author: Odom-Wesley, Barbara

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2002


Remember being a “freshman?” Though the word may have a somewhat negative connotation, when put in the context of continuing education it becomes much more positive. As education spans the life cycle in the form of lifelong learning, we become freshmen again and again. As an HIM prof....

Join the Association's Celebration of Diversity

Author: Odom-Wesley, Barbara

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2002


I am so proud to be a part of an organization that celebrates and promotes diversity. One of the Association's recently refined values statements is: "The celebration and promotion of diversity." AHIMA is committed to respecting our members and all individuals with whom we work and collaborate....

Are You Ready for the E-health Revolution?

Author: Odom-Wesley, Barbara

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2002


Are you ready for the revolution? The e-health revolution, that is. E-health is a new frontier to explore and conquer. According to AHIMA's E-health Task Force, there is an increasing sense of urgency to move the healthcare industry into the electronic information age. The Internet and its der....

March Madness: AHIMA Gears Up for Team Talks

Author: Odom-Wesley, Barbara

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2002


Each year in March the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) sponsors an elaborate tournament designed to identify the national basketball champions. Sixty-four teams begin the competition and after the first weekend of play, the “sweet sixteen” winners emerge. Then there i....

Leadership Lessons Take Flight

Author: Odom-Wesley, Barbara

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2002


After deciding to write about leadership this month, I searched the works of several noted authors and reviewed the many principles of leadership. I decided to borrow an idea from “Lessons from Geese,” a leadership development article of unknown origin that has circulated on the Inte....

We are AHIMA; We are Family

Author: Odom-Wesley, Barbara

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2002


I think we can all agree on the importance of family and its influence on the person each of us becomes. However, there are many types of families. Sometimes we have friends that are like family. Our recent national tragedy brought America closer together as an extended family. In the 73 years....

Funding HIM's Future through FORE

Author: Odom-Wesley, Barbara

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2002


When you think of leaving a legacy, what comes to mind? For many, giving to others has the greatest impact. This year, the Foundation of Research and Education (FORE), AHIMA’s charitable affiliate, will begin Fast FOREward, a two-year campaign that presents an opportunity for every AHIMA....

Breaking Down Healthcare's Silos: University of Kansas Medical Center's Interprofessional Education Fostering 'HIM Without Walls'

Author: O'Dell, Rosann M; Belz, Norbert; Bielby, Judy A; Folck, Kay; Moqbel, Murad; Pulino, Lauren

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2015



A faculty member in the health information management (HIM) department at the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) attended a campus retreat in June 2011 that not only energized his personal perspective of HIM, but also shed new light on the future of HIM at the university.

Applying Legal Holds to Electronic Records

Author: Nunn, Sandra L.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2008


Historically, applying a legal hold has been a straightforward process for the HIM professional in charge of release of information. When a record consisted of a file folder whose content was a structured set of paper documents, sequestering a medical record was as simple as pulling and outgui....

Managing Source System Content in the EHR

Author: Nunn, Sandra L.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2008


Many of today’s healthcare entities have hybrid medical records, and policies abound describing what parts of the record are still accessed in paper and what components are now fully electronic. Wherever healthcare organizations are in the race to create fully accessible and secure elect....

Managing E-Mail as Records

Author: Nunn, Sandra L.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2008


E-mail use is so commonplace today that many HIM professionals do not even think of these routine transmissions as records. However, a growing number are becoming aware of the implications of e-mail and its power to transmit attachments of all kinds anywhere, anytime.

Ken Withers, a....

Risk-Based MPI Management

Author: Nunn, Sandra L.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2008


Meticulous management of the master patient index (MPI) has always been a mission-critical data integrity function for HIM professionals. One advantage of having credentialed health information staff manage the index is their dual knowledge of the multiple legal dimensions of the MPI and their....

Managing Audit Trails

Author: Nunn, Sandra L.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2009


Audit trails are records with retention requirements, and HIM professionals should include them in their management of electronic health record content. Legal and compliance needs drive audit trail management, but it is complicated by the challenges that IT departments face in storing these la....

Enterprise Content Management from the Ground Up

Author: Nunn, Sandra L.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2008


How a project that began with 50 policies and procedures critical to Joint Commission standards is growing into a content management system encompassing thousands of documents from across an organization.
Optimally healthcare organizations should arrive at an enterprise content management....

Driving Compliance through Data Governance

Author: Nunn, Sandra L.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2009


Healthcare organizations increasingly struggle to manage huge volumes of e-mail, hundreds of thousands of documents on shared drives, and hundreds of source and feeder systems that pour data and records into EHR systems, data warehouses, and decision support systems. This has given new panache....

Compliance: Offense Is the Best Defense

Author: Nika Lee, Sister M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 1999


Growing up in southern Indiana—the heart of basketball country—one of the earliest things I learned was that the best defense is a good offense. That piece of wisdom applies to many situations, including the defensive environment of healthcare today, as our government takes initiativ....

Dilemma of Psychotherapy Notes and HIPAA

Author: Nicholson, Ruby E.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2002


For HIM professionals in behavioral health settings, the HIPAA privacy regulations pose a downright dilemma. Here’s why.


The privacy rule defines psychotherapy notes as:


Notes recorded in any medium by a mental health professional documenting or analyzing....

Quality Approach to the ICD-10 Transition: Ensuring Accurate Data Integrity and Care Delivery During the Move to the New Code Set

Author: Nemchik, Scot

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2013



With the ICD-10-CM/PCS compliance deadline looming, most healthcare organizations are working to educate staff and update technology to prepare for the transition. Despite this preparation, there is very little to indicate how the transition to ICD-10 will affect quality tied to data, repo....

Overview of the ESRD PPS

Author: Nelson, Tanai S

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: November 2010


In August the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services established a new prospective payment system (PPS) for end-stage renal disease (ESRD) facilities. The ESRD PPS will provide a single payment to ESRD facilities for renal dialysis services and other items and services related to home dial....

Elements of Provider Credentialing

Author: Nelson, Patricia

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 1999


HIM professionals manage patient information. But in the provider credentialing process, another kind of information management is necessary -- handling the varied and important information compiled on doctors throughout the country. Here's how the credentialing process works.

Trad....

Keys to Help Solve Patient Data Matching

Author: Nelson, Michael L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2015



Accurate patient data matching is a critical patient safety issue. Overlays that comingle the medical information of two or more people may lead to disastrous adverse medical events and duplicate medical records, which may be fragmented and incomplete and can limit the effectiveness of tr....

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