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Changes Abundant for CPT 2004

Author: Hull, Susan

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: January 2004


Changes for CPT 2004 affect all chapters, and it’s important to stay up to speed. This article presents a summary of CPT changes for 2004. Because a number of the procedures may be unfamiliar to some coding professionals, AHIMA has provided online links to descriptive articles on these s....

Productivity Report Streamlines Management

Author: Hughes, Gwen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2000



Twenty years ago, HIM department leaders often directed one or more departments within a facility or on one campus. It was rare to find them managing at multiple sites. Today, however, it is not unusual to find HIM professionals managing HIM and/or other departments throughout entire....

Strategic Approach to Requesting Capital

Author: Hughes, Gwen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2004


Health information managers often find their capital requests near the bottom of the list when limited funds are distributed. Their requests just aren’t sexy enough to compete with those that enhance the organization’s image, increase revenue, or promise a more rapid payback.

Crossing the Terrain Between You and Your Goals

Author: Hughes, Gwen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2001




As you look into the future of your career anticipating praise and frequent promotions, keep in mind your own contributions to personal success. Although AHIMA is working to expand HIM professionals' career horizons, one of the major forces behind this effort must come from you-in th....

Getting Your Arms Around HIPAA

Author: Hughes, Gwen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2001




Have you read the new HIPAA final privacy rules yet? Are you overwhelmed? I've been spending a lot of time poring over the privacy rules and I've seen many similarities between the new privacy rules and the Uniform Health Information Act (UHIA) passed in Washington and Montana about....

On the Line: Professional Practice Solutions (11/00)

Author: Hughes, Gwen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2000


Q: My facility wants to adopt or modify an existing abbreviation list rather than develop its own. Where can I locate such a list?

Q: How long is an authorization to release information valid?

Q: Where can I find a medical record audit tool for physician practice....

On the Line: Professional Practice Solutions

Author: Hughes, Gwen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2002


Q: Does the individual to whom a patient has granted durable power of attorney for financial matters have the right to access and authorize use or disclosure of the patient's protected health information (PHI) under HIPAA?


Q: We have a transcriptionist who picks up tapes, trans....

Managing Exceptions to HIPAA's Patient Access Rule

Author: Hughes, Gwen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2001




The HIPAA final privacy rule requires that covered entities allow individuals to access the medical and billing records maintained about them. However, the rule describes 10 exceptions. Accordingly, healthcare providers must establish a way to identify the medical and billing records....

Radiology Moves to the CPR

Author: Hughes, Gwen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2001




As HIM professionals move toward paperless health records, our colleagues in radiology are making the transition to filmless records.

Those in predominantly paper-based ambulatory care environments know how challenging it is to make sure each patient record contains all th....

Simple Steps to Tracking Disclosures

Author: Hughes, Gwen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2002


The many exceptions to the HIPAA privacy rule’s accounting of disclosures standard make it difficult to determine what must be tracked. Although the rule gives patients the right to receive an accounting of disclosures of their health information, it lists several exceptions. This article....

H&P Requirements Become More Uniform

Author: Hughes, Gwen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2002


Until recently, the Medicare Conditions of Participation required that histories and physicals (H&Ps) be performed no more than seven days prior to hospital admission. This particular requirement was much stricter than the Joint Commission’s, which allows H&Ps to be performed as m....

World of Opportunity: HIM Impact in Ambulatory Care

Author: Hughes, Gwen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 1999


Twenty-five years ago, I worked at a 13-physician family practice clinic. My job entailed pulling and assembling charts for patient appointments and phone calls, inserting and maintaining the problem list and laboratory flow sheet, releasing requested health information t....

Visit to the Cutting Edge

Author: Hughes, Gwen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2001




From biometrics to password recovery, data transmission to surveillance software, technology is advancing on every front. Below is a roundup of some of the latest technological advances likely to benefit healthcare.

Fiber-optic Networks Without the Fiber

To speed da....

On the Line: Professional Practice Solutions

Author: Hughes, Gwen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2002


Q: The physician practice I work for often receives photocopies of health information sent in anticipation of a new patient consultation or appointment. If the individual never presents to the practice, how long must our practice retain this health information?
Q: My facility is bringing....

Establishing an HIM Clerk Orientation Program

Author: Hughes, Gwen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2000




Once you have hired the right candidate for your vacant position, it's time to orient and train. When I had access to a plethora of qualified candidates, managed a department with infrequent turnover, and employed credentialed staff who were all cross-trained to handle other positions....

AHIMA Conference Probes E-health Questions

Author: Hughes, Gwen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2000


Ten years ago, few of us envisioned the explosion of the Internet. Neither did we anticipate that the Internet would permeate our lives and change a myriad of daily routines.

Today, with every magazine, business, and think tank trying to envision what further ch....

On the Line: Professional Practice Solutions

Author: Hughes, Gwen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2002


Q: What is a virtual shredder?

Q: A developmentally disabled adult was recently admitted to our hospital. The patient was accompanied by his older sister. The sister indicated her brother could not write but that he could draw an "X." Because the patient doesn't have a court-appointe....

Understanding the Privacy Rule's Amendments

Author: Hughes, Gwen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2002


By now you know that amendments to the final privacy rule were published in the August 14, 2002, Federal Register. The amendments are intended to correct problems identified in the original privacy rule published on December 28, 2000.


This article presents a summary of some of....

On the Line: Professional Practice Solutions (7/00)

Author: Hughes, Gwen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2000


Q: My state's laws say that health information may be made available to researchers who provide written evidence of approval of their projects by an institutional review board (IRB). What is an IRB?

Q: Where should informed consent forms for research and research-related ....

Developing Cyberseals of Approval

Author: Hughes, Gwen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2001




According to a recent study by marketing technology company Cyber Dialogue, consumer demand for healthcare content has reached an estimated 36.7 million adults. The study projects that by 2005, 88.5 million adults will use the Internet to find health information, shop for health produ....

How to Write an Effective Resume

Author: Hughes, Gwen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2000


You're ready to move to a different organization or position where you can take on new challenges and responsibilities. You've identified a vacant position that piques your interest. How can you ensure that your resume not only reflects your skills, education, and experience, but also....

Cornerstones of Outstanding Leadership

Author: Hughes, Gwen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2000


During my 28 years in the healthcare industry, I have had the good fortune to work for a couple of truly outstanding leaders. Although I recognized and attempted to emulate some of the management techniques used by these outstanding individuals, I didn't truly appreciate how skilled they were....

Creating Privacy Rule Implementation Efficiency

Author: Hughes, Gwen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2002


Many HIM professionals will be called upon to perform an extraordinary feat during the next six months. They will be asked to bring one or more organizations into compliance with the HIPAA privacy rule by April 14, 2003. While this task is challenging in organizations that began such efforts a....

Opportunities in E-health

Author: Hughes, Gwen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2001

At this very moment, a number of HIM professionals are exercising their skills in the e-health arena. Opportunities abound, however, for others who would like to take the lead and enter the burgeoning field of e-health.
Defining E-health

Before we discuss these opportunities, however....

On the Line: Professional Practice Solutions...

Author: Hughes, Gwen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2000


Q: I work for a small physician practice. Until recently, physicians would take home patient records to dictate in the evening. Unfortunately, one of our physicians' cars was burglarized and 30 records were stolen. What should we do?
Q: Where I can access the Medicare Conditions of Part....

Value of Project Management Expertise

Author: Hughes, Gwen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2000



Over the past 25 years, I've had the opportunity to facilitate a number of projects. For the most part, I considered managing them challenging, rewarding, and fun. However, as health enterprises grow more complex, organizations attempt to interface more and more software, and managers a....

On the Line: Professional Practice Solutions

Author: Hughes, Gwen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2001




Q: I understand that inexpensive password recovery software can allow an unauthorized user to recover or crack someone else's password. If passwords are that easy to crack, are they worthwhile?



Q: Does the new HIPAA privacy rule require hospitals to obtain patient....

Understanding Diabetes Mellitus

Author: Huff, Garry L.

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: November 2003


Diabetes mellitus represents a group of disorders that are characterized by hyperglycemia. The clinical and ICD-9-CM classification of diabetes mellitus have evolved as understanding of insulin physiology has expanded. This article will explain diabetes mellitus and its ICD-9-CM classification....

2017 CPT Coding Update

Author: Huey, Kim

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

Publication Date: March 2017



The 2017 update to the CPT code set brings fewer new codes than in previous years but more guideline changes and clarifications, as well as revisions in code description. One Appendix is deleted and a new one is created. There are a total of 149 new CPT codes, 498 revised codes, and 81 del....

Weighing the Stark Law Exceptions

Author: Howrey, Linda

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2008


Donations of software and services to physicians allowed under the anti-kickback exceptions are meant to spur health IT adoption, but evaluating the potential is a complex exercise for both donor and recipient.

Exceptions to the Stark Law and the anti-kickback statute enable hospital....

Double Trouble

Author: Houser, Shannon H.; Harris, Shannon MBA, RHIA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2018





Using Health Informatics to Tackle Duplicate Medical Record Issues


By Shannon Harris, MBA, RHIA, and Shannon H. Houser, PhD, MPH, RHIA, FAHIMA


Are You battling with duplicate medical record issues in your organization? Data quality issues are trending....

Resolving Confidentiality Barriers in Research Data Collection

Author: Houser, Shannon H.; Engle, Molly; Schumacher, Joseph E; Caldwell, Ellen; Kohler, Connie L; Phelan, Sharon T; Raczynski, James M; Reynolds, Kim D

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2000


How can HIM professionals ensure data collection consistency without access to earlier records? When protecting patient anonymity posed a challenge in a research study, HIM professionals took a team approach to abstracting records that maintained quality without compromising confidentiality.

Improving Coding and Documentation Quality Through Real-Time Collaboration: Nurses and Coding Professionals Team Up to Tackle Documentation Issues

Author: Horn, Kelli; Younger, Adrienne; Snow, Trevor

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2016



While working through the recent implementation of ICD-10, leaders at Ardent Health Services began to focus on the re-bill process and what it would look like in the months following use of the new code set. Re-billing means submitting a corrected bill to the payer after it has been rejec....

Leading Your Facility Through the ICD-10 Delay Storm

Author: Horn, Kelli

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2014



When the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced in the spring of 2014 that ICD-10-CM/PCS would be unexpectedly delayed for at least one year, the health information management (HIM) community was shocked. Hospitals, healthcare facilities, and educational organizations h....

Worlds Collide: Health Information Meets the Internet

Author: Holland, Julie A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2000


How can healthcare organizations effectively use the Internet to support care delivery? And what can HIM professionals do to help? This article describes what you can do to help your employer enter the Internet era.
Make no mistake, the Internet is keeping us all racing to stay up to dat....

HIM Survival: A Y2K Checklist

Author: Holland, Julie A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 1999


What will happen on January 1, 2000? No one really knows for sure, but this is a good time to be prepared. This article highlights some of the issues you'll want to consider before December 31.
It's finally November 1999, and you're confident that you're done.

You've read abou....

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