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ICD-10: Our Red-Letter Day

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2012



The first day of school. The day of your wedding. The first day of a new job. Each of these are big, memorable dates that first loom on calendars and then linger long in memory.


For many of us in the HIM profession, October 1, 2013, was a red-letter day too-the original impl....

Change Right Before Our Eyes

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2012



“Evolution” and “change” are two words that come to my mind when I think about how the move to electronic health records (EHR) has altered the nature of the work we do. AHIMA has been talking about this change for as long as I can remember. But now it’s happen....

The New Frontier of Data Analytics

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2013



Would you want to have a $250,000 physical? Of course not. But entrepreneur and futurist Michael Vassar is betting that some people will.


Vassar was featured in a recent New York magazine article where he described his new venture, MetaMed, which seeks to use data analysis t....

Big Audacious Goal for Consumers

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2013



Sometimes progress starts with a single step. Last summer, the AHIMA staff participated in an intra-company walking challenge. Volunteer participants signed up to wear a pedometer and track how many steps they took. We tracked our totals weekly, and watched the steps and miles stack up. Af....

'Recalculating' the Route to ICD-10

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2014



Have you ever driven a car using a global positioning system? If so, you’ve heard what happens when you take a turn that’s not on the system’s expected route: an annoyed-sounding voice will say “Recalculating!”


Since early April, the entire healt....

HIM Must Shoot for the Moon

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2014



ONE OF MY father’s favorite sayings was: “Shoot for the moon. If you only get to the stars, it’s better than never having gone at all.”


It’s a saying that kept coming back to me as I was getting ready to write this column for the Journal issue o....

Not the End of the World as We Know It

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2013



Where were you in the late 1990s? Maybe you were watching “Seinfeld.” Maybe you were doing online stock trading with “irrational exuberance.” And maybe you were looking into “the Year 2000 problem” or what simply became known as “Y2K.”

Preparing HIM for the Changes Ahead

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2016



As we focus on education and workforce issues, there’s good news and bad news.


The good news is: The employment outlook for HIM professionals is bright. According to AHIMA’s 2016 Environmental Scan report, “The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the H....

Getting Started with Information Governance. What Are You Waiting For: Taking a Simplified Approach to Information Governance

Author: Goodell, Suzanne; Kadlec, Lesley; Lawler, Karen; Prater, Valerie S

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2015



Are you drowning in data and information? Do you feel as though your organization has lost its logical approach to the management of health information? As we continue to embrace the transformation that healthcare is undergoing, we recognize that electronic health records (EHRs) and other....

Yellow Brick Road to IG

Author: Goodell, Suzanne

Source: AHIMA blog post | Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: February 11, 2016



I am the director of meaningful use for a health system with 6 hospitals, 400-plus employed physicians, and a regional presence in my state. I suspect my healthcare system isn’t the only one using patient registration practices better suited to a bygone era. Recently I stumbled across one....

Codes for Chronic Kidney Disease: Help in Distinguishing between Renal Failure and Renal Insufficiency

Author: Gold, Robert S.; Bowman, Sue E

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

Publication Date: January 2006


Coders assign codes to disease processes for many reasons, including capturing diseases treated at facilities, accurate representation of illness severity, and specificity of causes of symptoms and justification for treatment. To this end, we have been perplexed by terminology used by physicia....

Open Systems and Healthcare

Author: Golden, Robert F.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 1997

Open Systems and Healthcare
by Robert F. Golden



The language of healthcare computer systems has a Top 40 list of phrases that elicit positive nods from decision makers everywhere. As a result of their popularity, these terms become muddled from overuse (and abuse), confus....

HIM Service with a Smile

Author: Goethals, Colleen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2005


As HIM professionals we encourage consumers to maintain personal health records. Are we ready to help them do it? Here’s a quick refresher on good customer service in the HIM department.
AHIMA’s Consumer Education Campaign encourages consumers to create and maintain their own....

Educating Consumers on Their Privacy, Security Rights

Author: Glondys, Barbara

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2016



AHIMA has continually recognized the importance of consumer engagement in healthcare through education and advocacy. Through its partnership with other patient advocacy organizations and investments in its own consumer-focused initiatives, AHIMA has demonstrated its commitment to helping c....

Train Your IG Workforce Now

Author: Glondys, Barbara

Source: AHIMA blog post | Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: February 18, 2016



Although health information management professionals are still wrapping their heads around IG, it is critical to begin involving and training your organization’s workforce community in the principles and practices of IG sooner rather than later. The Pocket Glossary of Health Informat....

ICD-10’s Impact on Quality Measures

Author: Giannangelo, Kathy; Hyde, Linda A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2012


Each year there has been a significant increase in the number of quality measures being used for public reporting across provider settings. Additionally, many of the new healthcare reform initiatives include quality measure reporting in their requirements. A small subset of National Quality Fo....

Countdown to HIPAA Claims Attachments

Author: Giannangelo, Kathy

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2005


With the clock ticking down to the HIPAA national provider identifier compliance deadline, HIM professionals should start thinking about the next HIPAA standard on the horizon, claims attachments. While not one of the original eight administrative transactions approved for use in the healthcar....

Unraveling the Data Set, an e-HIM Essential

Author: Giannangelo, Kathy

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2007


There is a great deal of talk about healthcare data and its potential uses once providers have implemented an EHR system. Without question, an EHR will collect more data in terms of volume. It will also, through standard clinical terminologies, capture a more granular level of detail. Th....

Changes Ahead in Data Standards

Author: Giannangelo, Kathy

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2011


HIM professionals are most familiar with the data standards mandated through HIPAA. However, the data standard adoption process is also now part of the requirements for EHR technology in the meaningful use program.

Understanding the data standards adoption process under HIPAA and th....

Reporting Codes Accurately

Author: Giannangelo, Kathy

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: September 2005


Coding professionals routinely review records and, when appropriate, query physicians to clarify a condition. Once the specifics are known, ICD-9-CM is used to determine the appropriate codes to record a patient’s diagnosis and report the healthcare claim. Coding professionals know that....

Decimating Duplicates

Author: Gentry, Lynne; Harnish, Patricia A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 1999


After approximately 150,000 (out of 787,000) medical record numbers in a master patient index (MPI) were identified as possible duplicates, MultiCare Health System in Tacoma, WA, decided to address the problem through a multidisciplinary approach. An MPI conversion to a new hospital in....

Reinvigorating Your CDI Program

Author: Geissler, Kristen; Dion, Joni

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2015



Long gone are the days of “grab and go” coding, finding the CC/MCC to push reimbursement to the next level and then moving on to the next record. Today, in addition to reimbursement, clinical data drives quality initiatives, hospital and physician profiles, and medical necessit....

Digital Health Governance: Management and Strategy for the 21st Century Digital Economy

Author: Geetter, Jennifer S; Van Demark, Dale C

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: August 01, 2017



Digital health technologies, solutions, and approaches to decision-making are transforming the delivery of healthcare, reshaping patient (and health consumer) expectations, and presenting health plans, health systems, informatics companies, and other stakeholders with a dizzying array of d....

Healthcare Disparities and the Role of Personal Health Records

Author: Garvin, Jennifer Hornung; Odom-Wesley, Barbara; Rudman, William J.; Stewart, Rachelle S.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2009



The Institute of Medicine defines disparities in healthcare as racial or ethnic differences in the quality of healthcare that are not due to access-related factors or clinical needs preferences, and appropriateness of intervention.1 Geographic isolation, poverty, lack of trained healthcare....

Overview of Trauma Registries in the United States

Author: Garthe, Elizabeth

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 1997

Overview of Trauma Registries

How many trauma registries are there in the US? This is a tough question to answer. According to a survey conducted by members of the Emergency Nurses' Association (ENA), the number of clients reported by trauma registry software companies exceed 1850 organi....

Are HIM Programs Going the Distance

Author: Garrie, Robert L.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 1999



As the Internet booms and technology proliferates, distance education, like other innovations, has become a hot property. A few years ago, forecasters predicted that by 1998, more than half of higher education institutions nationally would be involved in distance education. ....

Present on Admission: Where We Are Now

Author: Garrett, Gail S.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2009


Hospitals have nearly two years of POA reporting under their belts. With time, effort, and updates, assigning POA indicators is becoming routine business for coding professionals.

For the past several years, HIM professionals have served as a conduit for a rapidly evolving pay-for-pe....

Three-Day Window Updates

Author: Garrett, Gail S.

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: June 2011


The Preservation of Access to Care for Medicare Beneficiaries and Pension Relief Act of 2010 was signed into law on June 25, 2010. One of its provisions revised the three-day payment policy, or the so-called "three-day DRG window."

This article highlights the changes to the three-da....

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