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Aligning HIE: Model to Organize Networks on Core Principles, Collaborative Activities

Author: Finn, Zach; McNeill, Marjorie H; Cooper, Lontejuana S; Kaelin, Lawrence Dan; Byington, Allen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2010



An HIE model developed in Florida leverages local and regional networks and offers a flexible, scalable framework that aligns them with national health IT and exchange priorities.



By Zach Finn; Marjorie H. McNeill, PhD, RHIA, CCS; Lontejuana S. Cooper, MSHA, RHIA, CPM; L....

Ins and Outs of HCCs

Author: Fernandez, Valerie

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

Publication Date: June 2017



A Hierarchical Condition Category (HCC) is defined as a risk adjustment model that is used to calculate risk scores to predict future healthcare costs. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) CMS-HCC model is used to predict healthcare spending for Medicare Advantage Pl....

Many Roads to Data Exchange

Author: Fernandes, Lorraine M.; O'Connor, Michele

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2010


Federal dollars are spurring efforts for health information exchange, but to say there is more than one approach is an understatement. Providers and payers are taking local, state, regional, and federal routes in search of connected healthcare.

The last year has seen tremendous excit....

IFHIMA Organizing a World of HIM: What to Expect Out of the 2016 IFHIMA Congress

Author: Fernandes, Lorraine M.; Haendel, Angelika; MacDonald, Marci; Nicholson, Lorraine; Skurka, Margaret A.; Yokobori, Yukiko

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2016



The familiar phrase “think globally, act locally” urges people to consider the health of the entire planet and to take action in their own communities and cities. The rapid spread of epidemics such as Avian flu, Ebola, HIV, and the latest threat of Zika to pregnant women and th....

IFHIMA Prepares for 19th Congress as Health Information Goes Global and Digital

Author: Fernandes, Lorraine M.; Butler-Henderson, Kerryn CHIA, FAHIMA; MacDonald, Marci; Skurka, Margaret A.; Lewis, Carol; AlBishi, Hussein; Axford, Kylie

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2019


By Lorraine Fernandes, RHIA; Kerryn Butler Henderson, PhD; Carol Lewis, MPH, RHIA; Marci MacDonald, CHIM; Margaret Skurka, MS, RHIA, CCS, FAHIMA; Hussein AlBishi; and Kylie Axford


Healthcare, like manY other segments of society and the economy, has become truly global.

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Patient Identification in Three Acts

Author: Fernandes, Lorraine M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2008


As the curtain slowly rises on interoperable data exchange, the industry is still auditioning for the role of patient identification.

Throughout the past ten years, healthcare has been setting the stage for IT interoperability. With patient identification in a leading role, the scri....

Data Linkage: Ready or Not, It's Here [part 1]

Author: Fernandes, Lorraine M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2005


In early 2004 Connecting for Health, a public-private collaborative funded by the Markle and Robert Wood Johnson Foundations, engaged a cross-section of experts in security, technology, privacy, consulting, and medical informatics to define how healthcare information could be shared more effec....

Data Linkage: Ready of Not, It's Here [part 2]

Author: Fernandes, Lorraine M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2005


As stewards of the data housed within our organizations, HIM professionals must be cognizant of ongoing work to facilitate sharing of data across networks. Such activities will gather momentum in the coming years as electronic health records become common practice. HIM professionals must endea....

Pilot Debrief: Lessons Learned Assisting Physician Practices Adopt Health IT

Author: Fergusson, Kevin; Archer, Nancy; Donnelly, Sharon; Okerson, Barbara; Parker, Charles; Weir, John

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2007


The pilot behind today’s nationwide DOQ-IT project offers early lessons on both the characteristics and assistance that help physician offices succeed with health IT.
Physician adoption of health IT has become a major policy priority in the United States. But despite the drive to g....

HIM Impact on EHRs: Newly Released Study Links HIM Professionals and Successful EHR Implementations

Author: Fenton, Susan H.; Amatayakul, Margret; Work, Mitch

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2006


Facilities with successful EHR systems are more likely to be those where HIM professionals played a role, according to newly released research.
Involving HIM professionals in EHR implementations can improve outcomes, according to a report recently released by AHIMA. The report surveyed h....

Skills for an e-HIM Environment

Author: Fenton, Susan H.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2006


Preparing for e-HIM® will likely require education and training, as HIM professionals may encounter concepts and applications they may not have studied in their HIM programs. The following chart lists some skills and technologies used in e-HIM and lists outlets where training may be found.

Four CDI challenges Emerge in ICD-10

Author: Fee, James P

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: December 2015



Editor’s Note: Read this article’s companion piece “Fighting CDI Fires in ICD-10: Three Burning Questions Every Organization Must Answer” in the December 2015 edition of ICD-TEN, available here.



For most clinical documentation improvement (CDI) sp....

Passion for Coding

Author: Featheringham, Meg

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2005


Tanai Nelson, CCS, CCS-P, always knew that she wanted to go into some branch of the medical field. “I always thought I was to going to be a nurse at first,” she says. “I’ve always been intrigued about medicine, how things work, and learning about the body. Coding was ju....

Exploring the Edges of the Profession

Author: Featheringham, Meg

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2006


Although John Eckmann intended to go into the public administration field, he found his true calling in health IT and HIM when he went back to school for his master’s degree. “The master’s degree in public health provided me an opportunity to develop my health information ma....

Putting the HIM Stamp on RHIOs

Author: Featheringham, Meg

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2007


LaVonne LaMoureaux, RHIA, CAE, is learning firsthand about the intricacies of health information exchange and regional health information organizations (RHIOs). For the past two years, LaMoureaux has volunteered with California’s RHIO (CalRHIO), an independent organization that is bringing toge....

Laying the Foundation for the NHII

Author: Featheringham, Meg

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2004


The news is spreading across the country about the need for a national healthcare information infrastructure (NHII). HIM professionals are crucial to getting the word out and moving this initiative forward. Gail Graham, RHIA, is at the forefront of the charge to implement an NHII. As director....

Discovering HIM in South Africa

Author: Featheringham, Meg

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2004


When asked how she came to be in her current position at the Wits University Donald Gordon Medical Center in Johannesburg, South Africa, Erin Truter, RHIA, admits that she “was in the right place at the right time.”

Although now a long way from the US, Truter began her c....

Backbone of the Security Rule

Author: Featheringham, Meg

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2005


For Gail Kraft, RHIA, CHPS, a patient’s medical information is sacred. “For me, and I believe this is true for other health information professionals, we’ve always been passionate about protecting the privacy of our patients and their medical information,” she says. As....

Taking Coding to the Clinical Floor

Author: Featheringham, Meg

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2008


As documentation specialist at Deaconess Medical Center in Spokane, WA, Amy Gardner walks a tight rope between the HIM and clinical worlds. Gardner, RHIT, reviews charts on the cardiovascular floor of Deaconess, identifying gaps in documentation and querying physicians for follow-up.

Renewed Focus on HIPAA

Author: Featheringham, Meg

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2009


At Upstate Carolina Medical Center, HIM director and privacy officer Harolyn B. Acklin, MBA, RHIA, is getting a crash course in privacy investigations.

Although she’s only been in the position for a little over a year, Acklin has had to deal with her fair share of privacy compl....

Updating Organizational Policies and Procedures for Information Governance. Case Study #6: Enterprise Information Management at Children’s Health System of Texas

Author: Fahy, Kristi; Hermann, Michelle

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2017



Editor’s Note: This article is the sixth installment in an ongoing series highlighting information governance case studies.


AHIMA defines information governance (IG) as “an organization-wide framework for managing information throughout its life cycle and for supp....

Down to the Basics: Policies and Procedures

Author: Fahy, Kristi

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2019



By Kristi Fahy, RHIA


Streamline, streamline, streamline! Organizations keep hearing that streamlining the way business is conducted will maximize outcomes and returns. Luckily, the path to a more streamlined organization takes us all the way down to the basics: policies and p....

CAC Takes Coding Into the Future

Author: Fahy, Kristi

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2019


By Kristi Fahy, RHIA


Technology is the segue to the future. It is the very thing that will transform the landscape of today’s world into one with endless possibilities. In healthcare, that transformation is being accelerated by the transition to electronic health records (EH....

Unlocking the Benefits of ICD-10 through Data Analytics

Author: Ewing, Crystal

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2016



The reality of the ICD-10-CM/PCS implementation and the fact that it was, by all measures, a success, is the payoff of years of hard work. It’s the product of lessons learned from the implementation of 5010 and the outcome of diligence on the part of healthcare professionals, providers, a....

Advances in Burn Reconstruction Complicate Coding: Get Familiar with Terminology, Techniques for Accurate Coding

Author: Erhardt, Walter L.; Medal, Diana

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: September 2003


Recent advances in the science of wound healing are making an impact on the treatment of burns. This is particularly evident not only in the way burn wounds are being managed initially, but also in how these wounds are being reconstructed. While these scientific advances make this field an exc....

Anatomy of a Physician Coder: Small, medium, and large physician practices all feature these multi-tasking, multi-responsibility coders

Author: Eramo, Lisa A

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2012


An analysis of the “physician coder” anatomy would reveal a cornucopia of responsibilities nestled under this one succinct title.

They are equal parts clinical documentation improvement specialist, office manager, patient counselor, physician process tracker, coder... the list goes....

HIM After Retirement: No Needlepoint for These Retirees, Who are Finding New Ways to Contribute to the Profession ... On Their Own Terms

Author: Eramo, Lisa A

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2015



When Sherry Doggett decided to retire in 2013 after a 30-year career in HIM, the first thing she did was try to figure out how she was going to spend her time. Doggett, who spent her last year of work as the corporate director of transcription at the University of Cincinnati (UC) Academic....

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