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Managing Health Information in Mobile Devices

Author: Washington, Lydia

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2012


While the jury is still out on whether mobile devices will eventually replace laptops and PCs, many observers are predicting that their use will continue to explode in the next few years. There are currently at least 10,000 health-related apps that could be downloaded to a mobile electronic de....

Understanding Use Cases

Author: Washington, Lydia

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2008


As national health IT initiatives move forward, it is important that HIM professionals understand the role and functions of use cases. Use cases are an extension of workflow analysis, an early and essential step in selecting or designing new health information technology. This article defines....

Enabling Consumer and Patient Engagement with Health Information - Retired

Author: Washington, Lydia

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2014

The purpose of this Practice Brief is to understand the relationship between health information management and consumer/patient engagement, and examine how HIM professionals can advance and support engagement. Its focus is on policies and practices that enable the individual’s access to and use of health information.

Will IG replace HIM?

Author: Washington, Lydia

Source: AHIMA blog post | Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: December 28, 2015



I hear this question all the time from new as well as veteran HIM professionals. Especially now that the implementation of ICD-10-CM has come and gone (mostly with nothing more than a whimper, I might add, largely due to the exceptional planning and organization skills of great HIM profess....

Taking your IG Pulse

Author: Washington, Lydia

Source: AHIMA blog post | Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: September 30, 2015



At AHIMA’s Annual Convention and Exhibit in New Orleans, LA this year, AHIMA rolled out the first of a suite of new products and services designed to support organizations and professionals who are starting the information governance (IG) journey. IG PulseRate™ is a free 25-question mini-a....

HIM in Physician Practices
: Comparing Health Information Management in Physician Practices and Hospitals


Author: Warner, Diana; Washington, Lydia

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2009


The majority of HIM professionals still practice in hospital settings and are most familiar with the HIM functions performed there.1 However, HIM professionals in hospitals frequently work with doctors in private practice, and HIM career opportunities may well grow in physician practices due t....

HIE Patient Consent Model Options

Author: Warner, Diana

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2011


Health information exchanges (HIEs) continue to expand across the nation as organizations prepare to meet the stage 1 meaningful use criteria. A 2010 eHealth Initiative survey found that there are currently 73 operational HIE initiatives, up from 57 in 2009.

During this rapid advanc....

Prepare Now for Meaningful Use Attestation and Compliance Audits

Author: Warner, Diana

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2014

A warning issued in 2013 by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has come to pass. “Meaningful use” Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program audits have begun. The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) reported that out of their 1,400 member organizations, almost 100 received audit notices in October 2013, totaling six percent of membership. In order to protect incentive payments earned through the meaningful use program, organizations need to be prepared for every audit contingency and know exactly what to expect. Organizations also need to avoid common mistakes that could lead to an audit and follow best practices for staying compliant to meaningful use standards.

Streamlining Patient and Physician Communication: IT Systems and Internet Offer Paths for Effective Communication for Patient Care

Author: Warner, Diana

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2010


Many organizations still struggle with ongoing and timely clinical communication among physicians and between physicians and their patients. Physician-to-physician communication for ongoing patient care is especially complex. It requires identifying all physicians involved in the care of a pat....

The EHR’s Impact on Staffing Models

Author: Warner, Diana

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2011


As facilities transition from paper to electronic records, HIM departments must review job functions and staffing models. EHRs enable automation and ease of access and affect how the HIM department operates.
From Clerical to Qualitative

In an electronic environment paper HIM fu....

Managing Patient-provided Information in EHRs

Author: Warner, Diana

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2010


Ensuring correct and complete patient health information is an ongoing challenge for healthcare organizations. Patient-provided health information can help organizations gain a more complete view of a patient's health, and electronic health records (EHRs) provide multiple tools that allow pati....

Why Standards Should Matter to HIM Professionals

Author: Warner, Diana

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2014



Editor’s note: This article introduces Standards Strategies, a new Journal of AHIMA department that will provide guidance to HIM professionals on applying health data standards in areas including business, clinical care, and compliance.


AHIMA has always been committed t....

Role of Standards in IG

Author: Warner, Diana

Source: AHIMA blog post | Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: May 13, 2016




The use of health information technology (HIT) in the clinical setting brings both opportunities and challenges for health information management (HIM) professionals regarding data capture and exchange; data storage, use and reuse; record ownership and access; e-discovery and e-forens....

IG 101: What is Information Governance?

Author: Warner, Diana

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: December 2013






Unlike most businesses and industries, in a simplified view healthcare is really about life and death, where data and information can be considered the lifeblood of any organization in providing healthcare services. Healthcare information a critical resource that must be und....

IG 101: The Role of HIM Professionals

Author: Warner, Diana

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: December 2013






Information can be used to support initiatives such as meaningful use, quality measures, and new payment models. An information governance framework must extend beyond hardware and software into management policies, procedures, and decisions that shape how an organization cr....

Information Governance 101

Author: Warner, Diana

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: December 2013


Healthcare information a critical resource that must be understood and utilized appropriately in order to provide safe, effective, and high-quality care. The fact-based decision making that is so vital to the continued success of organizations today is dependent upon the availability of informa....

IG 101: Information Governance is Needed Now

Author: Warner, Diana

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: December 2013






Why should healthcare organizations begin to implement an information governance program now when there are so many other pressing initiatives? The answer lies in the strategic management of information. All of these initiatives involve data and information—having an informa....

IG 101: Information Asset Management

Author: Warner, Diana

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: December 2013






The volume of data information is out of control. Information, data, and metadata are being created faster than technologies to handle them can be created. More importantly, healthcare organizations must realize that not all information holds true value for the business. Pro....

IG 101: Enterprise Information Governance

Author: Warner, Diana

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: December 2013






“Enterprise information management” (EIM) is an emerging term in healthcare today. EIM relies on the processes that are developed through an effective information governance program. Information governance is the means (the “how”), with EIM being the ultimate goal (the “what....

FY 2017 Updates to ICD-10-PCS

Author: Ward, Maria

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

Publication Date: November 2016



Many changes come with the first update of the new ICD-10 Procedure Coding System (ICD-10-PCS) for fiscal year (FY) 2017. The higher-than-usual volume of changes was to be expected since the update system has been in a holding pattern for several years due to implementation delays. And al....

Privacy and Security Audits of Electronic Health Information (2014 update)

Author: Walsh, Tom; Miaoulis, William M

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2014

In a perfect world, access controls alone would ensure the privacy and security of electronic protected health information (ePHI). However, the complexities of today’s healthcare environment make it extremely challenging to limit access to the minimum information necessary that members of the workforce require in order to perform their jobs.

Workflow for Breach Notification

Author: Walsh, Tom

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2010


Federal regulations that took effect in September 2009 require HIPAA covered entities and their business associates to notify individuals if their protected health information (PHI) was accessed or disclosed in an unauthorized manner or by unauthorized individuals. Certain exemptions apply, su....

Proof Is in the Policy

Author: Walsh, Tom

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2004


Proving security compliance later requires establishing documentation now. HIM professionals have a valuable role to play.

HIM professionals played central roles in their organization’s privacy efforts, ensuring that appropriate policies, procedures, and documents were in plac....

Managing the Virtual HIM Department

Author: Walls, Laura Lane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2004


In the new world of remote work forces, old management principles still apply. The trick is to apply them in entirely new ways.
Many health information management professionals don’t work anywhere near their “place” of employment.
They are remote workers, performin....

Seventh Character Application for Injuries in the Principal Diagnosis and the Impact to Data Quality

Author: Wall, Kathleen E.

Source: AHIMA blog post | Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: July 25, 2016



By now, we’ve all had practice assigning 7th characters for injuries. And, by now, we all know that in theory the guidance seems very clear—but the application of this new concept is not clear at all. Why is there so much confusion and why does it matter? What are the short- and long-term....

Education Accreditation Gets Streamlined

Author: Wallace, Susan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2000


Healthcare organization accreditation is a fact of life. But did you know that HIM educational programs get accredited, too? Here's how the educational accreditation process is streamlining with the times.
HIM professionals are well aware of the process of accr....

Coding Radiology Services

Author: Walk, Gerri

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: January 2009


Because coding and radiology departments often share accountability for the quality of outpatient radiology coding, it is important that coding professionals share coding issues and charge capture expectations with radiology staff. This article outlines methods to improve the quality of coded....

Uniting Security Forces Against Risk

Author: Wagner, Lew

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2002


Threats to your facility’s physical and information security become more complex all the time. To create a truly effective security program, consider developing an integrated security program that encompasses both traditional and information technology protection. The result? A strong, st....

Learning the Laws Behind Compliance

Author: Wagg, Dorothy Grandolfi

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2000


With Vision 2006, AHIMA's Board of Directors challenged members to expand our knowledge base and professional horizons. One role that several HIM professionals have been asked to fill is compliance officer or manager. Generally, this role has led us down a familiar path—using our....

Physicians, Patients, and EHRs: When it Comes to a Consultation, Is Three a Crowd?

Author: Wager, Karen A.; Ward, David M; Lee, Frances Wickham; White, Andrea Weatherby; Davis, Kimberly S; Clancy, Dawn E

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2005


Research in an ambulatory care practice finds that, despite physician concerns, patients don’t perceive EHRs as intruders in the exam room.
Although great strides have been made in the use and acceptance of EHR systems in ambulatory care practice, there are still barriers that kee....

Tools for Lifelong Learning

Author: Vukovljak, Lana; King, James W.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2004


Skills don’t last long in today’s workplace—a major reason is technology. Luckily, technology makes it easier to keep skills current.
The knowledge required to maintain a job and to keep job skills at peak intensity keeps changing, and the rate of change keeps accelera....

Closing the Knowledge Gap with E-learning

Author: Vukovljak, Lana

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2002


Are high costs and potential downtime preventing your staff from receiving much-needed training? E-learning offers more than a solution to these concerns: it’s a better way to learn.
In this article, find out how e-learning works and how to implement an e-learning program in your or....

Privacy Compliance: Maintaining the Gains

Author: Vogt, Nancy

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2005


Most HIM professionals would probably agree that the state of information privacy has dramatically improved as a result of all the HIPAA efforts over the past few years. Executive leadership has tuned in, and even boards of directors have addressed information privacy. Awareness is at an all-t....

Payout: Reviewing Meaningful Use Payments

Author: Viola, Allison F.; Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2010


CMS will pay meaningful use bonuses through three programs: Medicare Fee for Service (FFS), Medicare Advantage (MA), and Medicaid programs.
FFS Payments to Providers

For eligible professionals (EPs), understanding the payment system is especially important, because they must ch....

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