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Using Scenario Planning

Author: Fuller, Sandra R.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2000


Do you ever wish you had a crystal ball to see into the future? Are you frustrated when your boss can't give you a straight answer about what is going to happen? Will there be more budget cuts? Will your clinic merge with that integrated delivery system? Should you volunteer to take over regi....

To E or Not to E: HIM and the Dawn of E-health

Author: Fuller, Sandra R.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2000


E-commerce, e-shopping, e-mail—seems like there's an "e" in front of almost every word these days. What about health information management? Is HIM headed for cyberspace? And if the world is going to the Web, how ready is HIM to follow—or lead?



As we try to imagi....

Sentinel Event Procedures Undergo Scrutiny

Author: Fuller, Sandra R.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 1998


Substantial changes were made to the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations' Sentinel Event Procedures at the November 1997 Board of Commissioners meeting. With an implementation date scheduled for April 1, 1998, all Joint Commission accredited healthcare organiz....

Leading Change: A Piano Lesson

Author: Fuller, Sandra R.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 1999


Change is often talked about on a grand scale: organizational change, cultural change, change sweeping the nation. But the simplest truth is that real change happens on an individual level. Real change is a personal process, a growing process, a discovery of the answer to some new question. Ho....

What Winning CPR Implementations Can Teach Us

Author: Fuller, Sandra R.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 1999



"Perhaps the single most important characteristic of successful CPR implementations is the view that the implementation is not finished, and that any CPR implementation is a means to achieve improvements in healthcare quality, cost, and access, not an end in itself."

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On the Line: Professional Practice Solutions

Author: Fuller, Sandra R.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 1998


Q: Cellular phones are very popular and are a convenient way to increase communication. Should we place any restrictions on the use of cellular phones to discuss patient information?

Q: In light of last year's changes to the Joint Commission's standard on delinquent records, h....

Measuring HIPAA's Impact (HIPAA on the Job)

Author: Fuller, Sandra R.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2001




As children, most of us stood against a door frame while our parents recorded our height and the date on the wall. These marks climbed each year as reminders of the changes we were experiencing. When relatives visited, we proudly showed off our progress to adulthood.

These....

From DNA to Data Privacy

Author: Fuller, Barbara P.; Jeffries, Jane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2001




Genetic research is revolutionizing healthcare by predicting diseases and revealing cures. At the same time, the information presents new challenges to HIM professionals charged with keeping this vital data from the wrong hands. Here's a look at the role genetic information is playin....

If It Ain't Broke, Improve It

Author: Fuller, Barbara P.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2001




The time for change and refocus in an organization is when it is successful, advises Peter Drucker, author of Managing The Nonprofit Organization: Practices and Principles. If we look at AHIMA right now-with membership increasing, a sound budget in place, and exciting job opportuniti....

Team Talks: An Eye to the Future

Author: Fuller, Barbara P.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2001




This winter's Team Talks gave members a glimpse of an exciting new member benefit: Communities of Practice (CoP). When members saw a demonstration of CoP in action, there was a universally enthusiastic response about the opportunities this new feature will provide. Currently in beta....

Growth in Every Direction

Author: Fuller, Barbara P.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2001




Growth is almost always a positive term. It is a term we like to hear associated with things like our salaries, our portfolios, our savings, the stock market, and, of course, our children.

Today's environment often requires that growth be measured quantitatively. It is not di....

Creating and Supporting Member Connections

Author: Fuller, Barbara P.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2001




Distance is dead," declares Tom Peters in his 1997 book, The Circle of Innovation.1 He is referring to the effect of technological advances enabling real-time communication, information transmission, business transaction, movement of money, and endless other activities. Peters contin....

Taking a Lesson From Rosie

Author: Fuller, Barbara P.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2001




"We can do it!" declared the original Rosie the Riveter, an icon of World War II and a feature of AHIMA's current advertising campaign. Rosie symbolizes women's entry into the World War II work force as they filled the manpower gap created by men leaving for war. Rosie was a....

Two Golden Opportunities

Author: Fuller, Barbara P.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2001




What an exciting time for our profession! As the leaders in HIM, we are being recognized as valuable resources in analyzing and assessing the recently published standards for privacy of individually identifiable health information. When these regulations were announced by President Cl....

Image Marketing: Be Part of the Solution

Author: Fuller, Barbara P.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2001




When asked to describe your role as an HIM professional, how do you respond? Do you answer enthusiastically and with a clear and succinct description of your responsibilities? Do you convey how important you are to the overall operation of your workplace? Do you mention something cur....

Resource We Can't Afford Not to Cultivate

Author: Fuller, Barbara P.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2001




How do we nurture our health information students and new professionals? I was prompted to ask myself this question after reading a recent letter from a new HIM graduate. This graduate was asking for a mentor and help in securing a job with a living wage.

Among other ways,....

Make HIM Education a Professional Priority

Author: Fuller, Barbara P.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2001




This month, I want to draw your attention to our HIM education programs. Those of us who are not intimately involved in HIM education are sometimes under the false impression that these essential programs are functioning well enough and do not need our care and support. Yet nothing co....

Implementing the CPR: A Journey

Author: Frohwerk, Art

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 1999


Implementing a CPR system is a major change for any organization. The author offers an approach to managing this change, including critical factors, characteristics of winning solutions, and the highlights of this journey.

Many think of a CPR as merely a software and hardware "prod....

State of Document Management: an HIM Roundtable

Author: Friedman, Beth

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2005


In this panel discussion, four experts discuss the big picture and the fine grain of document management now and in the years ahead.
Document imaging, document management, electronic document management systems (EDMS)... these terms have all been part of the HIM vernacular for more than....

Consumer-based Records Create HIM Opportunity

Author: Friedman, Beth

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2003


The power of the Internet combined with our evolution toward e-HIM is driving HIM toward the next plateau—providers connecting with consumers on the Internet through consumer-based health information. This article will discuss the consumer-based health record and its place in the future o....

Strategic Initiatives Embrace HIM’s Future

Author: Frawley, Kathleen A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2013



The health information management (HIM) profession will continue to see constant and increasing change in 2013. While HIM professionals continue to work to define and evolve their roles and career pathways, AHIMA has been working on the best ways to support and lead the change. As part of....

Let’s Place Patients Front and Center

Author: Frawley, Kathleen A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2013



As HIM professionals, one of our key responsibilities is to provide patients with access to their health information. A poll conducted by Wolters Kluwer Health in November 2012 focused on the consumerization of healthcare. The poll asked whether consumers really want more control of their....

On the Road to ICD-10-CM/PCS

Author: Frawley, Kathleen A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2013



October 1, 2014 is only 16 months away as the healthcare industry and HIM professionals prepare to transition to ICD-10-CM/PCS. While many providers, payers, and vendors were gearing up for the original October 2013 date, the one-year delay issued in 2012 gave the industry time to continue....

Looking Back at AHIMA’s Early Years

Author: Frawley, Kathleen A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2013



AHIMA celebrates its 85th anniversary this year. Many current healthcare associations were founded after the Joint Commission was founded in 1951. AHIMA, however, was founded in 1928 when 35 members of the Club of Record Clerks met at the Hospital Standardization Conference sponsored by th....

Believe in HIM, and Yourself

Author: Frawley, Kathleen A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2013



During the past year Patty Thierry Sheridan, AHIMA’s past president, spoke eloquently about the power of dreaming big dreams. I am going to build on those ideas this year by talking about the importance of believing.


It is important that you believe in yourself, believe....

Empowering and Engaging the Patient

Author: Frawley, Kathleen A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2013



At the HIMSS 2013 conference, former US President Wililam J. Clinton spoke about the current state of the healthcare industry. In one of my favorite quotes from his talk, Clinton said, "The beginning of empowerment is understanding." In order for patients to take charge of their health, th....

HIM on the World Stage

Author: Frawley, Kathleen A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2013



The 17th General Assembly and World Congress of the Information Federation of Health Information Management Associations (IFHIMA) was held May 12-15 in Montreal, Canada. There were over 500 attendees representing over 30 countries. Before the conference officially started, an all-day sessi....

Problem List Coding in e-HIM

Author: Fraser, Greg

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: July 2005


In 1968 Larry Weed, MD, introduced the idea that a complete and accurate problem list is an essential component of the medical record.1 The problem-oriented medical record (POMR), in which all data contained in the medical record can be linked to a list of problems, has been almost universally....

Virtual Record

Author: Frankel, Harris; Bass, Deb

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2010




Nebraska HIE offers light solution for robust data exchange

Depending upon your perspective, NeHII, the Nebraska Health Information Initiative, may have a name that evokes a soft drink popular in the early 20th century, or it may induce images of cornstalks waving in the v....

Retaining Your Employees-- A New Perspective

Author: Fox, Leslie Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 1999


Opportunities abound for HIM professionals—but how can you, as a manager, create a work environment in which employees will want to stay? This process begins with managing yourself. Here's a new way to think about employee retention.
Unemployment is at a 30-year low. The....

Online Records Serve Patients, Clinicians, and HIM

Author: Foster, Erica; Martin, Holly; Partin, Mary; Lockshaw, Jim; Fogelman, Adam; Folz-Murphy, Nancy; Harris, C Martin

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2003


Patients want online access to their health information but clinicians and HIM professionals don’t need any more work. The solution? An online medical record driven by the EHR. Here’s one organization’s success story.

If your own increasing Internet usage isn’t p....

Practice Toolkit: Subacute Care Units

Author: Formica, Beth A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2005


Subacute care units specialize in physical, occupational, and speech therapies for patients with neuromuscular disease, recent stroke, brain or spinal cord injury, and recent orthopedic surgery. The units provide patients with the necessary skills to return to society quickly and cost effectiv....

Using OIG Guidances for Long-term Success

Author: Foltz, Darline A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2001


Further, federal regulations and guidelines continue to be issued by Congress, the Health Care Financing Administration, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG), and state survey and Medicare agencies. One of the biggest challenges facing HIM professionals in LTC is keeping up with these cha....

Translation Please: Mapping Translates Clinical Data between the Many Languages That Document It

Author: Foley, Margaret M.; Hall, Candace; Perron, Kathryn; D'Andrea, Rachael

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2007


Clinical mapping is essential because healthcare has no single medical terminology, making it difficult to understand and translate meanings across the different terminologies developed for different uses. Mapping allows the capture of data in the electronic health record (EHR) with the t....

DSM-5 vs. ICD-10-CM

Author: Foley, Dianna

Source: AHIMA blog post | Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: August 10, 2016




The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition (DSM-5) and the International Classification of Diseases, 10th revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) both present ways to classify diseases. In the case of DSM-5, it is strictly for mental dis....

HIPAA and the EHR: Making Technical Safeguard Changes

Author: Fodor, Joseph

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2004


As electronic health records (EHRs) become more commonplace in healthcare, changes, adjustments, and improvements will be inevitable. When designing, implementing, upgrading, or remediating an EHR system, your organization’s implementation team should consider the impact of complying wit....

Annual HIPAA Training: A Preventive Measure

Author: Flood, Diana

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2017



Every year many patients go to their doctors for an annual exam in which preventive care measures for conditions are explored and enacted. These appointments help patients avoid further, more intensive care down the road. Annual HIPAA training programs are similar to an annual exam—o....

Communication with a Side of Encouragement, Please: Effective Communication Strategies for a Smooth CDI Program implementation Transition

Author: Flood, Diana

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: June 2012


Clinical documentation improvement (CDI) programs are spreading rapidly across the United States-and for good reason. They help facilities improve the level of documentation that goes into the patient medical record, leading to fewer errors and an overall improvement for continuity of care. Bu....

Injection and Infusion Coding Offers High Stakes: Outpatient Coders Must Play Their Cards Right

Author: Flewelling, Charles

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

Publication Date: June 2015



With the consistently rising value of highly skilled outpatient coders, numerous HIM departments are moving to a staffing model that employs coding professionals who are well versed in coding both inpatient and outpatient encounters. Coders in the profession today should possess a mastery....

Building Collaborative Relationships

Author: Fletcher, Donna M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 1999



Is work "falling through the cracks" between your department and another? Are you not getting information from peers that you need for your job? Is there "friction" between you and your peers? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, the process of building collaborative re....

Prescribing a Clean Bill of Health for Data

Author: Fletcher, Donna M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 1999


Ensuring data quality is not really glamorous, but it is critical," Jane Griffin, vice president of business solutions for Prism Solutions in Atlanta, GA, maintains. "And nowhere is it more critical than in the healthcare environment."

A data warehouse can b....

Mobilizing to Do Adaptive Work

Author: Fletcher, Donna M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 1999


Can our visionary leaders solve our problems? Sometimes. But more often, the reality is the power to solve problems lies with us. This is the fundamental assumption of the "adaptive work" concept presented in this article—along with some real-life examples of HIM adaptive work in action.....

Managing Change

Author: Fletcher, Donna M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 1999



Change is, and will continue to be, a constant in today's organizations. In fact, change is the attempt an organization makes to improve itself. In Search of Excellence lists a bias for action (which results in change) as one of eight attributes of "excellent, innovative" companies....

HIM Then and Now

Author: Fletcher, Donna M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 1998



The role of HIM professionals has become even more significant as our responsibilities have been recognized. According to Edna K. Huffman in the Manual for Medical Records Librarians (1941), a medical record librarian (MRL) would have been responsible for completing records and provi....

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