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Welcome to HIM, Watch Your Step: Unique HIM Role Focuses on Blending Education and Workforce Development to Properly Onboard New Hires and Get Students Vital On-the-Job Experience

Author: Nelson, Kristin

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2017



A unique job role has been created at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (OSUWMC) related to onboarding, training, and student preceptorship that is seeing positive results and working to get past the Catch 22 of employment—you need experience to get a job, but you need a job....

Holistic Approach to Network System Security

Author: Nelson, Doug

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 1997


Introduction
Information security concerns increase with expanded healthcare data access across wide area networks, increased storage on network devices, and greater use outside an organization's electronic borders. Today's information systems network architectures are changing rapidly,....

Implementing a Document Imaging System

Author: Myjer, D'Arcy; Madamba, Roderick

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2002


The benefits of a document imaging system are myriad once it's installed—it's the implementation that you need to prepare for. In this article, get a bird's eye view of one facility's implementation and the many lessons learned along the way.

Healthcare has been inching toward....

Keeping HIM Current Through Re-engineering

Author: Myjer, D'Arcy

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2002


How should HIM departments organize to meet the challenges of the electronic medical record (EMR), compliance, HIPAA, and high-volume transcription?


The HIM department at Stanford Hospital and Clinics (SHC) in Stanford, CA, has evolved to meet the need for change. Here’s....

New CDI Challenge: Adjusting to Quality, Not Quantity

Author: Murphy, Brian

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2015



It’s no secret that healthcare is undergoing a profound transformation. While fee-for-service delivery remains the current model for acute care hospital payment, the transition to paying for quality over quantity is happening before our eyes.


In January, the Centers for Me....

Understanding HIM’s Impact on Quality at the National Level

Author: Munn, Catherine; Backman, Cecilia; Costello, Stephanie; Wise, Lee A; Westhafer, Kathy J

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2015



The future of healthcare continues to evolve with the introduction of alternative reimbursement models. The industry is moving from traditional fee-for-service models to those focused on quality of care and documented outcome improvements. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of....

Brief History of ICD-10-PCS

Author: Mullin, Robert L.

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: October 1999


The International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Procedure Coding System (ICD-10-PCS) was developed as a replacement for the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) volume 3, Procedures. This version of ICD, in use since J....

Data Warehousing: Myths, Pitfalls, and the Secret Weapon

Author: Moyer, Rich

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2003


Is your organization using its data warehouse to its fullest potential? The author provides some pitfalls to avoid and some tips that may help improve care and use resources more efficiently.
Most healthcare organizations have invested in building a data warehouse. But once the warehouse....

Clear Focus on Coding

Author: Moses, Rhona

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 1999


For the past three years I have been manager of coding education and billing guidelines at Group Health Cooperative, a 600,000-member HMO. Group Health has 25 primary care clinics, four specialty centers, an ambulatory surgical center, and two hospitals. We have about 700 staff physic....

Making Health Data Elegant

Author: Moschel, Matthew

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2015



Too often, data analysts make life difficult for themselves. An analyst may produce code that is much longer and more complicated than it needs to be, causing a coworker to re-run code for several hours, not including the execute time. Why? These challenges stem from three root sources of....

Hard-line Approach to Compliance Pays Off

Author: Morris, Lewis

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2001




While the landscape will continue to change, most observers agree that the healthcare industry finds itself in a very different environment from a decade ago. The reasons for the evolution are numerous, but a significant factor has been the growing influence of compliance initiatives....

Getting the SNOMED Ball Rolling in Australia

Author: Moore, Helen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2004

Letter to the Editor, Journal of AHIMA


After reading the July-August 2004 Journal of AHIMA, I wanted to express my interest in the article by Jack Bowie, “Four Options for Implementing SNOMED.” It was pleasing to read an article on SNOMED that focused on HIM operatio....

Using Machine Learning to Increase Agility in HIM

Author: Monga, Kapila

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2017



As early as 1959 people have been defining what machine learning—a subfield of computer science—means. In that year Arthur Samuel, one of the pioneers of machine learning, said that machine learning is a science that gives “computers the ability to learn without being exp....

Applying Predictive Analytics: The Role of Artificial Neural Networks in Predicting Alzheimer’s Disease

Author: Monga, Kapila

Source: AHIMA blog post | Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: December 22, 2016



The phrase “Longevity Revolution,” referring to the increase in human life expectancy by 30 years, isn’t new anymore. Various books have been written on this subject, and it is a widely discussed topic in conferences these days. It is a no-brainer that this increase in life expectancy warr....

Applying Predictive Analytics: The Role of Artificial Neural Networks in Predicting Alzheimer’s Disease

Author: Monga, Kapila

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: December 22, 2016



The phrase “Longevity Revolution,” referring to the increase in human life expectancy by 30 years, isn’t new anymore. Various books have been written on this subject, and it is a widely discussed topic in conferences these days. It is a no-brainer that this increase in life expectancy warr....

Further Defining e-HIM

Author: Mon, Donald T.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2004


As articulated in “A Vision of the e-HIM Future,” health information in 2010 will be “electronic, patient-centered, comprehensive, longitudinal, accessible, and credible.”1 As we transform from a paper to an electronic health information infrastructure over the next few....

Defining the Differences Between the CPR, EMR, and EHR

Author: Mon, Donald T.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2004


As healthcare professionals have attempted to gain a better understanding of the electronic health record (EHR) over the last year, it is natural for them to compare and contrast past experiences with electronic records against the now-published Health Level 7 (HL7) EHR draft standard. Interes....

Difference Between the EHR Standard and Certification

Author: Mon, Donald T.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2006


This year promises to be another remarkable year for health IT, particularly for electronic health record (EHR) systems. This month, the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT) will begin certifying ambulatory EHR systems. And by this fall, if everything goes as....

Update on the NHIN and RHIOs

Author: Mon, Donald T.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2005


In 2001 the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) began to explore the feasibility of a national health information infrastructure (NHII). Through an NHII, health information can be exchanged electronically, providing a major health information technology solution for incre....

Data Synch: Aligning US Data Exchange Initiatives

Author: Mon, Donald T.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2004


A number of health information infrastructure, electronic health record (EHR), personal health record (PHR), and health-care data exchange initiatives are happening all around the world. As is common in healthcare, these initiatives are being implemented independently of each other and are in....

EHR and the CCR: Compatible or Competitive?

Author: Mon, Donald T.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2004


Thus far, 2004 is turning out to be a remarkable year for health information management. The electronic health record draft standard for trial use (EHR DSTU) was approved and published by the EHR technical committee within Health Level 7 (HL7). The Continuity of Care Record (CCR) data specifi....

Setting the Right Expectations for the EHR Standard

Author: Mon, Donald T.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2004


The electronic health record (EHR) standard has been receiving widespread attention since the spring of 2003, when the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Department of Health and Human Services asked the Institute of Medicine for guidance on care delivery functions and H....

E-environments: Highlighting the Role of HIM

Author: Mon, Donald T.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2004


Previous “E-HIM Fundamentals” columns have outlined the common threads of the national health information infrastructure (NHII), the electronic health record (EHR), and the personal health record (PHR), which include: The NHII will not be a central database of medical records.

EHR: Life after the Draft Standard Is Approved

Author: Mon, Donald T.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2004


In the March 2004 issue of the Journal of AHIMA, this column described how the second version of the EHR functional outline and draft standard currently being developed by the Health Level 7 (HL7) EHR Special Interest Group appeared to be dramatically improved over the first version, which was....

Creating an HIM Profession in the Sultanate of Oman

Author: Mogli, G. D.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2004


In 1993 just 4 percent of hospitals in the Sultanate of Oman had an HIM department. Today’s transformation demonstrates that HIM is key to quality healthcare the world over.
In recent decades the Sultanate of Oman has undergone significant modernization of its healthcare system. Tw....

Creating a Diverse HIM Work Force

Author: Moczygemba, Jackie; Welborn, Ruth B.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2001




Increasing information technology, external billing audits, and federal legislation continue to heighten the demand for HIM professionals. At the same time, there's a critical need for improved cultural diversity in the allied health professions. To tackle both these issues, the HIM p....

Taking the Initiative with Nursing Home Quality

Author: Mitchell, Sue

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2003


When the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued its highlights of 2002, the listing of significant accomplishments included the department’s efforts to improve quality of care. Discussion of quality improvement efforts focused on the department’s initiatives in measurin....

Synergizing ICD-10: Integrating an ICD-10 implementation into other compliance programs will reduce costs, maximize investments

Author: Mitchell, Glenn

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2013



With ICD-10-CM/PCS, there is good news and there is bad news. First, the bad news-the implementation of ICD-10 in any healthcare facility will take ample staff time, financial resources, and strategic planning. But the good news-whether you are a C-suite leader, clinician, or worker bee, t....

Surgical Site Infection Coding Update

Author: Minski, Melissa

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2019


By Melissa Minski, RHIA, CCS, CCDS


According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), more than 10 million patients undergo surgical procedures as inpatients each year, accounting for over 25 percent of all hospital stays. The most common types of inpatient s....

Impact of the Transition to ICD-10 on Medicare Inpatient Hospital Payments

Author: Mills, Ronald E; Butler, Rhonda R.; Averill, Richard F.; McCullough, Elizabeth C; Fuller, Richard L; Bao, Mona Z

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: February 2015



On October 1, 2015, ICD-9-CM is scheduled
to be replaced by the International Classification
of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Clinical
Modification (ICD-10-CM) for reporting
diagnosis data across all sites of service and the
International Classification of Diseases, Tenth

Mitigating Reimbursement Shortfalls in the ED

Author: Miller, Susan

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: November 2013



Hospital emergency departments (EDs) continue to face volume increases and reimbursement declines. In a recent hospital survey, executives predict an 84 percent increase in ED patient volumes. The same executive survey predicts a 65 percent decrease in ED reimbursements over the next three....

CPT Code Updates for 2013

Author: Miller, Jackie

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: January 2013



The CPT code set has undergone extensive revisions for 2013, with codes, guidelines, and modifiers being revamped and updated. HIM coding professionals should download and review the CPT 2013 errata on the AMA website before starting to use the new codes. This download can be accessed at w....

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