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FY 2007 IPPS Overview: Comprehensive Changes in Effect for Inpatient Prospective Payment System

Author: Johnson, Laurie M.; Garrett, Gail S.

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2006


The Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) final rule for fiscal year 2007 will prove challenging for inpatient providers. The rule (published in the August 18 Federal Register and available at www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/fedreg/a060818c.html) includes some of the most comprehensive changes....

RAC Ready: How to Prepare for the Recovery Audit Contractor Program

Author: Johnson, Kathy M; Bloom, Allison; Morris, Denise; Madamba, Roderick

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2009


The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is expected to announce the official start date of the Recovery Audit Contractor program this month, but it is already time for providers to be preparing for a potential audit. Managing a RAC audit effectively and efficiently requires preparing de....

Crystal Ball for Coding

Author: Johns, Merida L.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2000


What will the future of coding look like? A special AHIMA task force has several ideas. What will really happen depends on how coders choose to respond. Here's an overview of the task force's findings, plus suggestions on how readers can make the most of possible career opportunities.
It....

First Step Toward Compliance: OCR Outreach

Author: Jeffries, Jane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2002


Though the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has played an active role in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) since the early 1980s, it has only recently moved to the forefront of HIM professionals’ minds. Charged with enforcing the HIPAA privacy rule, OCR has become the leading....

Leading Home-grown Coders to Excellence

Author: Jeffries, Jane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2002

“HIM is a lot more visible now and we have to work to keep it that way by staying involved at the state and national level.”
—Laurie Bartell, RHIT, CCS, CPC, director of health information and records, Memorial Hospital of Sheridan County, Sheridan, WY
More than a few HIM p....

It's No Secret: Privacy Training is Here

Author: Jeffries, Jane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2001




Thanks to HIPAA, HIM professionals have an exciting career opportunity before them. The final privacy rule requires that covered providers, health plans, and healthcare clearinghouses designate a privacy officer to oversee the development and implementation of privacy policies and pro....

Champions for Consistency

Author: Jeffries, Jane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2003


Wouldn’t it be helpful to know how your peers at healthcare organizations throughout your state are handling HIPAA? Even better, wouldn’t it be helpful for the healthcare consumers in your state to encounter consistent behavior at each facility they visit?

Thanks to the Ten....

Power of Cancer Data

Author: Jeffries, Jane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2002


HIM professionals know that every piece of patient data collected is valuable. Cancer registrars like Linda Mulvihill, RHIT, CTR, can watch the patient data they collect become cancer screening tools, public health dollars, and the disease statistics found every day in the newspaper.

Web-based Education Cuts Training Time, Saves Money

Author: Jeffries, Jane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2000


Where does continuing education fit between a full-time job and the rest of your life? Increasingly, the answer is online. In many fields, Web-based education is rapidly becoming a popular alternative to traditional, instructor-led education. The Cleveland Clinic offers c....

Holistic Approach to Health Information

Author: Jeffries, Jane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2000


Yolanda Malone, RHIA, can trace her career path back to an HIM professor's advice. "When I was looking for a job out of school, a professor told me to look at anything related to HIM," says Malone. Don't limit yourself, her professor told her. "And that's why I am wher....

Putting Together the Privacy Puzzle

Author: Jeffries, Jane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2002

“With volunteering, I always get more back than I feel like I give. I’ve gotten to meet wonderful people and I’ve got a network that I can call on if I get stuck.”
—Rita Bowen, MA, RHIA, chief privacy officer, Erlanger Health System

How many of us are pursuin....

Measuring Performance and Improving Care

Author: Jeffries, Jane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2000


More than a few HIM professionals might look forward to a Joint Commission survey the way they would a visit to the dentist, but Sharon Sprenger, RHIA, would like to change this attitude.

"People perhaps forget that most of the people working at the Joint Commission h....

When Inmates Become Patients

Author: Jeffries, Jane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2001




When you think of places to expand your professional horizons, prison is probably not the first venue that comes to mind. But that's where Maryanne Perlmutter, MPH, RHIA, CPHQ, CCHP, found her ideal job.

As standards compliance coordinator at the Central California Women's....

Taking Data to the Next Level

Author: Jeffries, Jane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2003

“When I hear statistics on mortality or morbidity, I automatically think of the methods used
to collect and tabulate the data and the hard work that goes on behind the scenes. I’m glad to be a part of that process.” —Joyce Frazier, RHIA,
medical systems specialist,....

HFMA Tackles Hospital Billing Chaos

Author: Jeffries, Jane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2001




Hospital bills are lengthy, often incorrect, and potentially confusing-to no one's surprise. A hospital bill is the result of a long process with numerous participants, beginning at pre-intake and ending with final collections.

Richard L. Clarke, FHFMA, president and CEO o....

Members Test Drive Communities of Practice

Author: Jeffries, Jane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2001




Your facility needs a procedure for reducing the number of delinquent records. Feel like reinventing the wheel? Probably not. After AHIMA's annual convention in October, you'll be able to log into AHIMA's Communities of Practice (CoP) to learn how other HIM professionals have tackled....

Setting the Standards

Author: Jeffries, Jane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2000


After years of learning and teaching HIM, Mary Alice Hanken, PhD, RHIA, now develops the standards that shape it. Hanken leads an American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) subcommittee that authors the standards that are changing the meaning of security.

Hanken has....

AMA Issues Guidelines for Patient Privacy

Author: Jeffries, Jane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2001


Prominent healthcare experts unveiled ethical guidelines calling on all participants in the healthcare system--from physicians, hospitals, and health plans to employee benefit managers, unions, and others--to rigorously protect the confidentiality of any medical records entrusted to them.
....

Award-winning Approach to HIM

Author: Jeffries, Jane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2001




Imagine working on a project that takes more than 10 years to complete. Sounds a little depressing, right? But what if each step in that project improved patient care, made physicians' lives a little easier, and increased security for patient information? What if your efforts led to a....

Harnessing Technology for Success

Author: Jeffries, Jane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2000


Kelly McLendon, RHIA, is working hard to make your job easier. As director of Chart Manager Domain at Eclipsys Corp., an information solutions company based in Delray Beach, FL, McLendon oversees HIM, clinical data management, and document management products that are designed to incre....

Tackling Backlogs and Hurdles

Author: Jeffries, Jane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2001




Not only did Kim Schwartz, RHIA, tackle a payment backlog of more than two years, she did it entirely on her own, without a predecessor or peers to guide her.

Schwartz is the insurance coordinator for the athletic training department at Iowa State University in Ames, IA. Th....

Growing Influence

Author: Jeffries, Jane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2003


Implementing an electronic health (EHR) record doesn’t happen overnight, Pamela Haines, RHIA, will tell you. In fact, it may take a few years. But Haines has made big progress in the five years since she started as the only HIM professional at Operation PAR, a multi-site behavioral healthc....

From Student to Privacy Officer

Author: Jeffries, Jane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2003

“I love this field and I can’t imagine doing anything else.” —Amanda Moran, privacy officer,
McCurtain Memorial Hospital in Idabel, OK
Being a privacy officer is a big job for anyone, but Amanda E. Moran has an additional challenge—it’s her first job after....

Staying Ahead of the Game

Author: Jeffries, Jane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2001




Marilyn Houston, RHIA, had an advantage in getting her current job: she recognized the need for it. While serving on an information security task force as a representative for the Palm Beach County Health Department (PBCHD), Houston wrote the medical records portion of the State of Fl....

Can Data Save a Life?

Author: James, Wendy

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: June 15, 2016



The technological advances that have taken place over the past 25 years have been nothing short of phenomenal. When I reflect on the things I have experienced, not only in my professional career, but the technological advances I have seen over the course of my life  across the board i....

Practice Toolkit: Occupational Health

Author: Jacobs, Ellen B.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2005


Much has been written about the benefits of the personal health record (PHR) for patients, providers, and the public. However, employers have received less attention in the PHR literature. Employers have a great interest in keeping their employees healthy. Healthy employees cost less to insure....

Countdown to Compliance: Privacy

Author: Ingram-Muhammad, Sybil

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2002


How far along the road to compliance with the HIPAA privacy regulation is your organization? This article tells you the steps you should be taking to get in compliance by the April 2003 deadline.

It is February 2002—14 months before your organization has to be compliant with th....

Clinical Terminology: Expanding Career Pathways for HIM Professionals - Retired

Author: Hyde, Lynda; Casto, Anne B.; Koehler, Melissa; Lockwood, Famey; Peterson, Kathleen

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2017






Healthcare is an evolving world where data is central to all aspects of care. It is an information-intensive environment where data analysis is used to make decisions about the quality and safety of patient care, public health programs, and healthcare reform. At the core....

Planning Forms Automation

Author: Hyde, Cynthia S

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2008


A carefully crafted project plan is the first step in achieving expectations and lasting value from electronic forms management.

The intent of transitioning from paper-based processes to electronic, automated systems and solutions is to benefit the operations of healthcare facilities....

Fracture Treatment Poses Coding Challenge: Multiple Treatment Options Require Special Attention

Author: Hutchinson, Mark R.; Stanfill, Mary H

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: April 2003


There are 206 bones in the human body and each is susceptible to fracture. The choices in fracture management are complex and based on a number of issues including fracture type, fracture pattern, specific bone, age of fracture, age of patient, associated injuries, and physician preference. Co....

Leveraging the Leader-Member Exchange Theory in HIM

Author: Hunt, T J

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2014



Editor’s note: This article is an excerpt from “Leader-Member Exchange Relationships in Health Information Management,” published in the Spring 2014 issue of AHIMA’s scholarly research journal Perspectives in Health Information Management.


Following the leader-member excha....

HIPAA: It's Different for Manufacturers

Author: Humphrey, Heather L.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2005


A few years ago, the Y2K crisis refocused the data world. Suddenly medical device manufacturers saw the inherent risks data brought to the business industry. What began with answering a simple question about date functionality quickly moved to conversations about personal information, its appr....

Coding Complex Bariatric Surgery

Author: Hull, Susan

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: October 2005


Bariatric, or weight-loss, surgery is a rapidly evolving specialty. From jejunocolic and jejuno-ileal bypass procedures, through the days of minimally invasive procedures such as gastric balloons and endoscopic-banded gastroplasty, to today’s procedures that involve both gastroplasty and....

Keeping up to Date: 2005 CPT Surgery Changes

Author: Hull, Susan

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: January 2005


CPT changes for 2005 affect all portions of the manual, although there are very few changes in the pathology and laboratory section. This article will focus on the changes for the surgery section. The January and February 2005 issues of CodeWrite (available through the Coding Community of Prac....

2006 CPT Coding Update

Author: Hull, Susan

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2006


A number of changes to CPT codes take effect January 1, 2006. These changes affect category I, II, and III codes, with a total of 277 additions, 110 deletions, and 71 code revisions.
Evaluation and Management

Within the evaluation and management (E/M) section, the codes for fol....

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