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HIM Roads Less Traveled

Author: Hogan, Michele

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2000


Increasingly, HIM professionals are taking unique roads in their professional lives—into other care settings and into boardrooms, classrooms, and more. How have their work lives changed? Four who chose less traveled roads tell their stories here.

When poet Robert Fr....

HIPAA Audit and System Activity Review: Developing a Process that Focuses on the Greatest Risks First

Author: Hofler, Linda D.; Hardee, Joy; Dildy, Kenneth; Burleson, Deeanna; Grady, Jamie

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2005


The privacy and security rules require audits and system activity reviews. Here is one health system's process, a systematic approach that focuses on areas of greatest risk.
Ensuring the privacy and confidentiality of patient information is fundamental to HIM, but it has taken on a new le....

On the Line: Professional Practice Solutions (6/03)

Author: Hjort, Beth M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2003


Q: Under the privacy rule, how should a physician’s office handle a request from parents for a written statement recommending limitation of their child’s activities at school?

Q: What are a covered entity’s legal responsibilities when a former employee breaches confiden....

On the Line: Professional Practice Solutions

Author: Hjort, Beth M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2001




Q: The nursing department has asked the HIM department for assistance in creating an organized process for thinning inpatient charts. Is there a standardized method that I could suggest?



Q: Are there standards for establishing chart document order either during or....

On the Line

Author: Hjort, Beth M.

Source: AHIMA Q and A | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2004


Q: Please explain the new Joint Commission requirement for “do not use” abbreviations, acronyms, and symbols. Does this mean that the abbreviation list requirement is being reinstated?

A: Standards have not required an approved list since 1991. IM.3 does require standard....

How to Have Them at 'Hello': Job Tips for New Grads

Author: Hjort, Beth M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2003


How can you ensure your resume and interview attract the most attention for a coveted HIM position? Susan Parker, MEd, RHIA, helped students and recent graduates to discover some secrets to job-hunting success in “How to Have Them at ‘Hello.’” Parker, president of Seagate C....

Practice Toolkit: College HIM

Author: Hjort, Beth M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2005


Sheila Zweifel, RHIT, has worked in college HIM for more than 25 years. “I love my job. It’s the variety,” Zweifel says of college HIM. However, she remembers a time, years ago, when few credentialed HIM professionals chose that career path. “Networking was difficult in....

Surviving and Thriving During Contract Negotiations

Author: Hjort, Beth M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2000


Employer economies, staffing shortages, and advances in technology lead to the demand for outsourced functions, and there are a plethora of vendors happy to meet your facility's needs. Yet negotiating an outsourcing contract can be an intimidating proposition. Managers spearhead change interna....

Information Security: It Takes a Community

Author: Hjort, Beth M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2001


The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) reinforces what HIM professionals have known for a long time: security training is a prudent and valuable mission for an organization to support. Besides the obvious need for compliance with this new federal mandate, it’s....

On the Line (October 2004)

Author: Hjort, Beth M.

Source: AHIMA Q and A | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2004


Q: We are concerned about listing reported abuse cases on the accounting of disclosures (AoD) due to potential retaliation against an alleged victim or one who accompanies a victim for treatment. Is it acceptable to exclude abuse cases from the AoD?

A: Abuse cases pose special HIPAA....

Helping Star Performers Shine

Author: Hjort, Beth M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2001




Cost containment and reduced employee benefits in the healthcare industry, combined with sustained low unemployment rates, make retaining star employees a bigger challenge than ever. Estimated turnover costs can be between $10,000 and $40,000 per individual. And then there's the rippl....

On the Line: Professional Practice Solutions

Author: Hjort, Beth M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2002


Q: Is there a standard or recommended source for abbreviations used in medical records?
Q: In light of HIPAA restrictions on protected health information, I’m concerned about our HIM department’s practice of accepting HIM students for professional practice experience. What shoul....

On The Line: Professional Practice Solutions

Author: Hjort, Beth M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2001


Q: It's difficult to research and write organizational policies because of the myriad external forces governing the same healthcare issues. Do you have guidelines to help ensure we don't miss any mandates?

Q: How does a healthcare organization deal with conflicting directives betwee....

Elements of a Breach Notification Letter

Author: Hjort, Beth M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2010


This month covered entities are subject to penalties for noncompliance with new federal privacy and security breach notification laws issued by the Department of Health and Human Services.

HHS issued an interim final rule titled “Breach Notification for Unsecured Protected Health Info....

Practice Toolkit: Medical Record Completion

Author: Hirsch, Ronald

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2006


Medical record completion compliance has always been a problem at Sherman Hospital, a medium-sized community hospital in Elgin, IL. The number of incomplete charts often exceeded the standard set by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, risking a type I violation.....

Bird’s Eye View of ICD-10 Documentation Gaps: Vendor analysis offers big picture look at nationwide documentation holes—and how to fill them

Author: Hinkle-Azzara, Barbara; Carr, Kimberly J

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2014



Increased clinical specificity is one of the greatest advantages of moving to ICD-10-CM/PCS. With specificity comes the ability to perform granular research that can help uncover significant trends and statistics to identify causes of diseases, links between diseases, and more. While heal....

Answering the Tough ICD-10 Questions: Coding Experts Offer Tips on How to Make it to October 1, 2015 and Beyond

Author: Hinkle-Azzara, Barbara; Carr, Kimberly J

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2015



At a US House of Representatives subcommittee hearing on February 11, lawmakers and stakeholders agreed that the implementation of the ICD-10-CM/PCS code sets should not be further delayed. Moreover, in March the House passed legislation that provides a permanent replacement to the Sustain....

Measuring Up to IM Standards a Team Effort

Author: Hilterbrand, Cynthia

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2001




Ensuring compliance to the Joint Commission IM standards across a multi-facility system requires more than a handbook-it takes a team effort, communication, and education for all staff. Here's how one system has tackled this task.
For HIM professionals preparing for a Joint Com....

Developing and Improving Project Management Skills

Author: Hilterbrand, Cynthia

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 1997


What is project management? One usually thinks of a project as a group of milestones or phases, activities, or tasks that support an effort to accomplish something. And one usually thinks of management as the process of planning, organizing, controlling and measuring something.
What does....

Trend Watch: Coding for Nonphysician Services

Author: Hill, Emily

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2000


From physician assistants to nurse practitioners, the number of healthcare professionals offering patient care services has increased dramatically in recent years. With this increase comes a challenge to coders—accurately reporting the services provided by these prof....

Next Generation of E/M Guidelines

Author: Hill, Emily

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: November 2000


Few non-clinical issues have inspired as much discussion, revision, and anxiety as the evaluation and management (E/M) services and their accompanying documentation guidelines. E/M services have produced a cottage industry focused on ensuring that medical records contain necessary docu....

Preparing for HIM's Future Today

Author: Hicks, Jewelle E

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2003

Plans for the Future


Adkison’s day-to-day responsibilities require a wide range of strengths and skill sets. By staying current on her computer skills and performance-improvement techniques, as well as honing her organizational and communication expertise, Adkison has been able....

HIM Director on Cutting Edge of Electronic Records

Author: Hicks, Jewelle E

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2004


As the director of medical records at RML Specialty Hospital in Hinsdale, IL, Donna Hofer, RHIA, is essentially responsible for all the functions of an HIM department. Coding, transcription, release of information, and compliance auditing all fall under Hofer’s jurisdiction. But her org....

Quality Leader

Author: Hicks, Jewelle E

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2003


Quality is defined as a degree of excellence. When the term quality management is applied to HIM, the definition expands to include the consistent and methodical improvement of data quality. As the director of quality management at Wilson Memorial Hospital in Sidney, OH, Elizabeth Custis, RHIT....

Education as the Cornerstone for an Inspiring Career

Author: Hicks, Jewelle E

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2006


As the chair of the HIM department at Chaparral College in Tucson, AZ, Mynilma D. Olivera-Vazquez, RHIA, has a great deal on her plate. Her responsibilities include overseeing all aspects of the HIM program, including teaching, hiring, mentoring students, and planning the curriculum. It’s no s....

Making a Commitment to Privacy Protection

Author: Hicks, Jewelle E

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2002


Debra Minzola, RHIA, knows quite a bit about privacy protection. As the director of information security and HIPAA compliance for MedQuist, she is responsible for designing, implementing, and monitoring all aspects of the organization’s privacy and security program. That alone may seem li....

Leading on the Legal EHR

Author: Hicks, Jewelle E

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2009


Carol F. Smith, MBA, RHIA, is enthusiastic about the year ahead. As director of health information management for the University of Texas Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX, Smith supervises 110 full-time employees and works on projects ranging from revenue cycle, data quality, medical reco....

Facing New Challenges Every Day

Author: Hicks, Jewelle E

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2002


"As HIM professionals, we always have the opportunity to tell others about our careers. You never realize the impact these 'marketing moments' can have on others." --Laurie Bach, RHIA, SNF administrator/manager of HIS,
McClellan Health System, Cambridge, NY
What is the key to managi....

Member Advocates for PHRs, One Person at a Time

Author: Hicks, Jewelle E

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2008


As the manager of health information management for the NYU Clinical Cancer Center in New York, NY, Cindy M. Boester is accustomed to teamwork and problem solving. Boester, MS, RHIA, supervises a staff of 35 full-time employees at the outpatient facility, which has more than 600 visits a day.<....

Coder Uses Education as a Pathway to Success

Author: Hicks, Jewelle E

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2005


For coding consultant Bonnie C. Sher, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, her entrance into the world of HIM began with the desire to secure a future for herself and her family. In 1990 she was shocked when a friend’s husband suddenly died, leaving the family with no means of support. Sher knew that....

On the HIPAA Hook

Author: Hicks, Andrew

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2014



Some healthcare business associates are still asking if HITECH-HIPAA impacts them. The answer is just as important to their affiliated healthcare providers.


Thousands of companies are now legally obligated to comply with the HITECH-HIPAA regulations because of their busines....

Connecting Care through EMPIs

Author: Hewitt, Joseph B.; O'Connor, Michele

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2002


Behind every medical record is a patient whose care depends on a thorough understanding of current and past medical conditions. When that understanding is compromised due to an incomplete record, care suffers. Learn how an enterprise master patient index can be the foundation of medical record....

In New Role, Years of Experience

Author: Heubusch, Kevin

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2005


Scan Michelle Wieczorek’s credentials—RN, RHIT, CPHQ, CPUR—and consider how she came to work at the center of the external and internal Web sites of a major health system.

The biggest reason doesn’t have to do with knowing how information becomes pixels on a s....

Who's Hiring

Author: Heubusch, Kevin

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: October 2009

Kevin Heubusch


Oct 12, 2009 12:05 pm

In one sense, the future is already here for those who manage health information. The skills HIM professionals need today are not very different from those they’ll need in 10 years, according to a new survey of practitioners, recruiters,....

Fall Preview: A Look at the Season’s Expected Rules

Author: Heubusch, Kevin

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2011


Perhaps one of the biggest jobs related to implementing the ARRA provisions right now is keeping track of the moving parts. Publication of the act in 2009 was a kind of Big Bang-an explosion of provisions that rocked the healthcare universe. Since then, however, the pieces have traveled at dif....

On the Leading Edge in Long-term Care

Author: Heubusch, Kevin

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2008


Margie White started out as a nursing assistant in acute care. A brochure for AHIMA’s independent study program introduced her to HIM. She completed the program and applied for a job as medical record clerk in a long-term care facility.

And she kept going. White earned her RHI....

Piecing together the PHR

Author: Heubusch, Kevin

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2007


What health information is most useful to consumers? That’s a question only consumers can answer, one by one.
The personal health record, or PHR, might lack a common definition, a common data set, a common format, and a short list of sponsors. But it has one thing i....

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