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Putting the EHR to the Test

Author: Hawkins, Fanny

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2002


Is clinical documentation significantly different before and after implementing the electronic health record (EHR)?
Believing that the development and implementation of an EHR strategy is required for success, Baylor College of Medicine sought to answer this question. This article present....

Overcoming the Risks of Copy and Paste in EHRs

Author: Haugen, Heather

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2014



With warm weather comes allergy season and possibly hundreds of patients visiting a physician who have similar symptoms, diagnoses, and treatment recommendations. Challenged by the documentation processes in the electronic health record (EHR) and starved for time, the physician may resort....

Making a Difference with Health Information

Author: Harlacher, Mahlon

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2000


Health information management grows increasingly complex and reliant on information technology every year. HIM professionals have become critical players in the healthcare arena, and it's time to showcase these contributions. In celebration of National Health Information and Technology....

Computer Recycling: Are you Legally Prepared

Author: Harford, Joseph P.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2003


None of these methods of disposal address healthcare organizations’ environmental or legal responsibilities. But how do you know if your organization is legally positioned to handle disposal of computer equipment? This article will address these concerns.

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Covering the Bases of Coding Compliance

Author: Hapner, Peggy

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: May 2001




As HIM professionals already know, data quality-one of the basic tenets of compliance-depends on comprehensive documentation and accurate code assignments. Because coding plays a major role in payment, reporting data accurately, managing data flow and data collection, and training st....

EHR in India

Author: Hanson, Susan P.; Hanson, Raymond J. Jr.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2005


On opposite sides of the globe, India and the US spell the future of health information management the same: EHR.
The numbers are staggering and hard to absorb by US standards—the Indian healthcare system delivers care to a population of more than 1 billion people. With acceleratin....

HIM Role in Bringing e-HIM to Small Practices

Author: Hanson, Susan P.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2005


In order for the nation’s health IT strategy to succeed, small physician practices must adopt electronic health records (EHRs). The transition of the paper-based small physician practice to the digital world will require a fundamental understanding of the practice and the deployment and....

Constructing a Coding Compliance Plan

Author: Hanna, Joette

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2002


The government has turned its attention to coding compliance. Do you have an effective program in place? Use the steps in this article to build a coding compliance program that protects your organization.


Coding compliance has become an integral part of every HIM department....

New Standards Focus on Information Security

Author: Hanken, Mary Alice

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 1998


The federal legislation for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and the need in healthcare for security of confidential data have come together to heighten the interest in security standards for electronic health information systems. Th....

Making Sense of Standards: New HL7 Group Seeks to Coordinate a Multitude of Health Data Standard Efforts

Author: Hammond, William Edward; McCourt, Brian

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2007


Early efforts to create health data standards were led primarily by vendors, with support from providers. Vendors were right to take the reins on these standards, as most addressed technical issues related to interfacing best-of-breed systems or transmitting transaction data for reimburse....

Using Physician Profiling to Improve Documentation

Author: Hammen, Cheryl

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2001




In today’s competitive market, physician profiling has become a way to provide consumers with a "snapshot" of a physician. It is also used in determining physician participation in various managed care contracts through identification of variations in physician practice pa....

Choosing Consultants Without Compromising Compliance

Author: Hammen, Cheryl

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2001




Auditing coding and DRG accuracy has become an important component in the daily operation of the HIM department. Many providers are choosing to contract with external coding consultants to perform this task. This can be an appropriate solution as long as the vendor meets the necessary....

Documentation Errors Result in Medicare Overpayment

Author: Hammen, Cheryl

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2000



The objective of the Office of the Inspector General's (OIG) fiscal year 1999 audit was to determine whether medical fee-for-service claims complied with Medicare rules and regulations. The OIG examined claims for accurate documentation and coding, medical necessity, and to ensure that c....

Access Audit Trails: En Route to Security

Author: Halpert, Aviva M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2000


An electronic access audit trail can be an effective security tool if the right conditions are in place. In this article, learn how to ensure that your organization has the right technology, procedures, mechanisms, and plans to implement an audit trail.
Working with healthcare informatio....

Practice Toolkit: EHR Implementation

Author: Hall, Terri

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2005


The Billings Area Indian Health Service (IHS) began implementing an electronic health record (EHR) about three years ago, beginning with the Crow Acute Care Hospital and its Wind River outpatient clinics. This article outlines the steps the organization took to reach “go live.”

Home Care Poised for Greater Demand

Author: Halamandaris, Val J.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2000


During the late 1980s and early 1990s, home health care was the fastest growing healthcare segment in the United States. Although Medicare cutbacks enacted under the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 have left many home health providers struggling to survive under restricted reimbursements,....

Practice Toolkit: Substance Abuse Treatment Programs

Author: Haines, Pamela T.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2005


HIPAA’s privacy rule has heightened awareness about confidentiality of healthcare information among the general public. However, pockets of confusion still exist. Misunderstandings between healthcare providers and law enforcement officials (LEOs) abound about the laws governing protected....

Perfect Time for Documentation Improvement

Author: Hagland, Mark

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2006




When new IT systems come online, the time couldn’t be better to assess and improve clinical documentation.

Electronic health record system implementations offer a perfect opportunity to assess and improve an organization’s clinical documentation. The renewed attention is ne....

What CFOs Want

Author: Hagland, Mark

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2004


Financial executives are reviewing IT proposals with keener eyes thanever before. Here’s what they’re looking for.
Ask financial executives Mike Vaci and Nina Hayes what things go through their minds when they’re approached with proposals to invest in capital projects s....

Moving Gradually Toward a Paperless World

Author: Hagland, Mark

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2000


HIM professionals may not be totally ready for a paperless environment—but then again, neither is anyone else.
Linda Fischer Smith remembers well the days (after all, they were just a couple of years ago) when she and her colleagues in the health information management area at Kais....

Nebraska's Far-flung HIEs Move Forward

Author: Hagland, Mark

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2007


Nebraska’s small population is spread across vast distances on the Great Plains. It might not sound like the kind of state that would produce pioneering health data exchange networks. Yet that’s what is happening as a cluster of regional and potentially statewide health information exchan....

Leading from the Middle

Author: Hagland, Mark

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2005


With one eye on strategy and one on operations, HIM managers not only have the opportunity to facilitate change, they also have the responsibility.
Awareness of senior-level strategy combined with detailed organizational knowledge can give HIM managers keen eyesight. For Mary Staub, RHIA....

Clinic EHR Streamlines HIM Department

Author: Hagland, Mark

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2003


Is your clinic or medical group thinking about implementing an EHR? Plan for plenty of changes—in staffing, processes, and the delivery of care. Here, learn how a variety of clinics weathered the conversion.

When the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, AZ, planned to open a new hospital....

Getting More Personal

Author: Hagland, Mark

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2001


Personal health records online are flourishing, but every setup is different. Here’s a look at how organizations and patients are managing personal health records.
Last spring Eugene Ernest “Ernie” Somera found out that he had elevated blood sugars, a sign that he was slid....

Electronic Record, Electronic Security

Author: Hagland, Mark

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2004


New technologies are enhancing the ability to protect patient information. But there’s more to successful implementation than just what’s inside the box.

Melanie Schattauer, RHIA, Jack Obert, and their colleagues at Mercy St. John’s Health System in Springfield, M....

Compliance Programs: Beyond Billing and Coding

Author: Guyton, Odell

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2001




Ensuring the success of your compliance program means keeping your eye on more than billing and coding. The author highlights some issues on the horizon for compliance officers.


As a compliance officer of your healthcare organization, you've established your formal....

Closing the Loop on Quality and CDI: Refocusing Programs to Ensure an Accurate Picture of Clinical Care

Author: Gurrieri, Joseph J; Milligan, Cassie; Strafer, Paul

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2015



The ultimate goal of most CDI programs is to improve the quality of patient care through more accurate and complete clinical documentation. A potential increase in revenue is, of course, a positive byproduct of doing so—which makes sense. If organizations can demonstrate severity of illne....

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