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Standardizing Interoperability is a Team Effort

Author: Eramo, Lisa A

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2016



AHIMA and other key stakeholders continue to drive national and global progress to achieve information systems interoperability in healthcare.


Like a complex puzzle, health information data and system interoperability takes time, effort, and collaboration to solve. And solvin....

Becoming a Data Master

Author: Eramo, Lisa A

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2017



As an independent contractor and data analytics subject matter expert (SME), Lisa Brooks Taylor, RHIA, spends most of her time working with professional associations and large insurers developing machine-computable algorithms to analyze healthcare data. She works closely with data scientis....

RAC Audit Underpayments: Does CMS Owe You Money?

Author: Eramo, Lisa A

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2017



Anxiety—it’s the emotion that looms over most patient financial services (PFS) directors and those working in health information management (HIM) when they discover that their organization’s claims are subject to a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Recovery....

Leading HIM Reimagined by Example

Author: Eramo, Lisa A

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2018












By Lisa A. Eramo, MA


Technology has transformed almost every industry, and health information management (HIM) is no exception. Data used to be handwritten words on a page. Now, with the rise of electronic health records (EHR), dat....

Attack of the Audits

Author: Eramo, Lisa A

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2018





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Attack of the Audits

Mounting Reviews Test HIM Policies and Patience


By Lisa A. Eramo, MA


The recent onslaught of audits in the healthcare industry, and the damage they leave in their wake, likely has many....

Projects Help Students Prepare for e-HIM

Author: Eramo, Lisa A

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: February 2015



The technical, legal, and collaborative aspects of information governance had always appealed to Kristi Lundgren, MS, RHIA. Although Lundgren, a former graduate student at the College of St. Scholastica, had studied about the importance of governing data in an electronic environment, she c....

Peeking Over the Fence: a Look at Canadian Coding and CDI Processes, and How They Differ From the US Due to Varied Financial Structures

Author: Eramo, Lisa A

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2014

Even with different payment models, Canada and the US are both working to reform healthcare with pay-for-performance and quality measurement reforms. Though using a single payer system, Canada still struggles with many of the same US HIM concerns—coding accuracy, clinical documentation improvement, and proper reimbursement.

Don’t Deny the Denials: Experts Recommend Implementing a Strong Claims Denial Strategy to Offset ICD-10-based Coder Productivity Loss

Author: Eramo, Lisa A

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2014



As organizations prepare for the implementation of ICD-10-CM/PCS next year, many are looking for creative strategies to mitigate anticipated decreases in coder productivity that will come with the switch. Some are ramping up education, others hiring additional staff members or implementin....

Investing in Apprentices Pays Dividends for Employers

Author: Eramo, Lisa A

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2019


By Lisa A. Eramo, MA


When Mary B. Parks, JD, RHIA, CCS, director of health information at St. Joseph’s/Candler in Savannah, GA was charged with replacing inpatient contract coders with in-house staff, she did what most directors do. She dove into a candidate search in the hope of....

AWC Summit Addressing Universal HIM Issues

Author: Eramo, Lisa A

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2019



By Lisa A. Eramo, MA


Telling an accurate and complete patient story through clinical documentation is a goal that transcends cultures and geographic boundaries. It’s also the primary theme at the 2019 AHIMA World Congress (AWC) Healthcare Information Summit that will take pla....

CPT Receives Update for 2014

Author: Endicott, Melanie

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: February 2014



On January 1, 2014, the American Medical Association’s Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) was updated with additions, revisions, and deletions. In total, 175 new codes were added, 107 codes were revised, and 47 codes were deleted. In addition, editorial changes and coding guideline addi....

Pain-free Wound Care Coding

Author: Endicott, Melanie

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2010


Wound care diagnoses and procedures can be challenging to code. In order for coders to code them correctly, clinicians must document diagnoses and procedures appropriately and thoroughly. Open communication between coders and clinicians can help facilitate better documentation.

Inpa....

New ICD-9-CM Diagnosis Codes for FY 2012

Author: Endicott, Melanie

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: September 2011


The new ICD-9-CM diagnosis codes go into effect October 1, 2011. This date marks the last regular annual update to the ICD-9-CM code set before the partial code freeze. On October 1, 2012, there will be only limited code updates to ICD-9-CM to capture new technology and new diseases. There wil....

Coding Saint Patrick's Day

Author: Endicott, Melanie

Source: AHIMA blog post | Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: March 11, 2015




Saint Patrick’s Day is both a cultural and religious celebration that includes displays of the color green, eating and drinking, and parades. One of the greatest places to celebrate this day, outside of Ireland, is the city of Chicago, where the people go all out for Saint Patrick’s D....

Coding Zika Virus

Author: Endicott, Melanie

Source: AHIMA blog post | Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: February 10, 2016





Zika virus is a mosquito-borne virus that was first identified in Uganda in 1947 in rhesus monkeys. There has recently been a rise in incidences of the Zika virus in Brazil. More than 13 countries in the Americas have reported sporadic Zika virus infections, indicating....

ICD-9-CM Refresher

Author: Endicott, Melanie

Source: AHIMA blog post | Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: June 11, 2014





Focus has been on training in ICD-10-CM/PCS for the past few years. With yet another delay, many organizations are slowing down their ICD-10 training and changing their focus back to ICD-9-CM.


The first quarter of 2014 was historic in “coder world” since t....

Coding Hip Fractures

Author: Endicott, Melanie

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: June 2010


Hip fractures are most commonly seen in elderly patients. They are a serious concern for this population because they can lead to a decreased quality of life, extended hospitalizations, or admission to nursing facilities.

Two of the most common causes for fractures are falls and ost....

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