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Exposing Double Identity at Patient Registration

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2009


Keeping the organization’s master patient index clean leads some HIM departments all the way back to patient registration, where they collaborate to prevent errors before care starts. Accurate registration helps keep patient data complete and clean as it moves throughout the organization.

‘Don't Slow Down’: An ICD-10 Summit Wrap-Up

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2012


In an industry facing several distractions from various government initiatives and regulation changes, ICD-10-CM/PCS became the center of attention from April 16-17 as top experts and interested parties gathered in Baltimore, MD to discuss the ongoing transition to the new code set at the 2012....

For Coding, a Time of High Priorities

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: July 2011






By nature, coding is a profession full of change. However, these days everything seems to be changing at once—from documentation at the point of care to workflow to code sets to reimbursement methods. And these days, everything seems to be high priority.One thing....

Ten Questions for CAC Vendors

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: July 2011



An increasing number of healthcare facilities are turning to computer-assisted coding (CAC) to streamline workflows and help reduce coding workloads. Others are giving the technology a close look for the first time.


“Interest in the technology has grown significantly ov....

How to Request Your Medical Records

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: March 2012



If you’ve never requested your medical records from your doctor or hospital before, the process can seem complicated. However, understanding the law and the basic requirements will ease the process.

The Record Request Process


The basic process for requesting a medica....

New Patient Rights Scenarios

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: June 2010





HIPAA gave consumers the right to request that covered entities restrict certain disclosures of their protected health information, but it did not require covered entities to comply. ARRA does—in certain situations. ARRA also expands patients’ rights to an accounti....

Wake-up Call on the Security Rule

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: October 2010





Recent changes to the enforcement of the HIPAA security rule have left many and HIM professionals wondering what, if anything, they need to change in order to stay compliant.


Federal regulation last year introduced the potential for additional random....

Clearing the HIPAA Cobwebs: New ONC Chief Privacy Officer Lucia Savage Focuses on Balancing Privacy and Security with Expanding Interoperable EHR Exchange

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2015



The spiders of time have been hard at work on the US healthcare privacy and security rules, to the point that their place in health IT interoperability has become fogged and is inhibiting their proper role in the meaningful exchange of health information, according to Lucia Savage, JD, th....

Meet Wylecia Wiggs Harris

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2018











New AHIMA CEO Excited to Foster HIM Reimagined Implementation, Focus on Member Priorities


Transformational change in an industry can be scary—and cause many professionals to shy away from the challenge. But it’s the transformational cha....

How to Prevent Healthcare Cyber Extortion

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2018












By Chris Dimick


Cybercrime may seem like a rare, unlikely risk to some healthcare providers. But the threat is real—and rising—whether a healthcare facility is small or large, rural or urban. According to a January 2018 report comm....

Working to Make RECs Sustainable

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: November 07, 2011





The regional extension centers—created through federal grants to help small providers and hospitals select, implement, and use health IT—have several years remaining on their contracts. However, they are already considering business models that would make them self....

REC Connection

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: November 01, 2011



The path to meaningful use runs through the HIM department.  Meeting the requirements of the federal EHR incentive program requires the contributions of HIM professionals to redesign documentation workflow, implement new health IT systems, and capture quality measures.


F....

Breach Notification Scenarios

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: February 01, 2010



In September 2009 the Department of Health and Human Services released an interim final rule describing a covered entity’s responsibilities to notify victims of a breach to their personal health information. The new rule was the result of provisions in the American Recovery and Reinv....

Tips for Successful Training

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: April 13, 2011





Without a doubt, the transition to ICD-10-CM/PCS will impact patient care and revenue. Whether that impact is positive or negative, however, comes down to the quality of the training that organizations provide their clinical and coding staff.


Omar Ros....

HIPAA Violation? Sue Me

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: March 01, 2011



This is a true story that occurred recently in Indiana. Failing to collect payment for treatment, a medical group sent a patient to collections. In providing the unpaid bills to the collections attorney, practice staff failed to redact sensitive information. When the attorney filed the bil....

First Lessons

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: April 13, 2011





In April 2010 the Georgetown University Consulting Team conducted a series of interviews with six hospital networks that had gotten an early start on their ICD-10 transitions. Researchers asked the hospitals about their approaches, priorities, and early experiences....

Portraits of Progress in ICD-10

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: May 04, 2011





Since it was planted 30 years ago, the ICD-9 code set has grown roots deep into the healthcare system. Within individual organizations and enterprises, those roots can reach into nearly every department and function.


Upgrading to ICD-10 thus requires....

Getting a Yes for PPE Placements

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: September 01, 2009





“No” is a common word heard by PPE coordinators.


Getting busy HIM professionals to host an HIM student for a professional practice experience can be a challenge. As important as the internships are in giving students real-world experience, PPE coordin....

Cost-Benefit Model for PHRs

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: November 17, 2008





Healthcare is badly in need of some cost-savings. A new study suggests that a change in the way we keep health records could save billions. Last week the industry got a look at a cost-benefit model for personal health records. According to the report, widespre....

New Help for Medical Homes

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: January 12, 2009





Physicians seeking to transform their primary-care practices are seeing increasing support for the patient-centered medical home model. Growing recognition from payers and new help with the transition are advancing the model as a viable future for primary care.

Running a Successful CDIP

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: July 22, 2008





Clinical documentation improvement programs can enhance the clinical record and capture lost reimbursement. But they can be a challenge. Getting physician buy-in, avoiding turf wars between documentation specialists, coders, and nurses, and measuring program succes....

First Health Record Bank Pilot Launches

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: March 30, 2009





Washington State’s experiment in consumer-controlled health records has moved into a pilot phase, transforming the health record banking model from theory to testing. Earlier this month the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) announced the launch of three....

PCASSO Retrospective

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: December 18, 2008





PCASSO—the Patient Centered Access to Secure Systems Online project—was an early trailblazer in using the Internet to give patients and providers instant access to medical records. The project started in 1996, a time when most people considered the Internet an unse....

WARNING Health IT May Be Hazardous to Your Healthcare: New Health IT Hazard Manager Helps Providers and Vendors Track Electronic Health Systems’ Side Effects

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2014



Some in the healthcare industry feel electronic health record (EHR) systems are a miracle cure for what ails a US healthcare system plagued with bloated costs, an inability to communicate, and stunted growth in the use of advanced tools. There are still others who equate some of the promis....

Clinical Documentation Specialists

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2007


Clinical documentation improvement programs are growing, moving some HIM professionals to the clinic floor.
With sharp eyes, clinical documentation specialist Sharnetha White calmly combs through a patient’s chart. She isn’t fazed by the organized chaos that surround....

Untangling Privacy

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2009


Health IT won’t advance far without resolving the complex issue of privacy protections. Can a complicated situation be teased apart thread by thread?

The debate on privacy has become very public.

Privacy advocates, health IT advocates, providers, HIM professionals, fe....

Certified I10-Ready

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2011




To build up competencies in the new code set, AHIMA-credentialed professionals must add ICD-10-CM/PCS continuing education to their credential maintenance through 2013.

The impending coding classification system change from ICD-9 to ICD-10 is the talk of health information....

Charting the Legal Health Record

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2007


Tracking what should or shouldn’t be included in a healthcare organization’s legal health record can be a dizzying process without ample organization. The increasing mix of digital information with traditional paper records makes good organization all the more essential.

HIM pr....

Testing Health Record Banking

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2009


Washington State’s experiment in consumer-controlled health records has moved into a pilot phase, transforming the health record banking model from theory to testing. In March the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) announced the launch of three pilot sites that will try out the....

Health Data's Second Life

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2007




The use of health data for secondary purposes has been increasing, and federal agencies and industry organizations are exploring the need for more guidance.
Data in a health record don’t rest when care is complete and a bill is drawn up. Once treatment and reimbursement ar....

DOQ-IT Déjà vu

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: August 2010

Chris Dimick


Aug 01, 2010 07:15 am


The regional extension center program might have some people experiencing déjà vu.

Granted, the REC program is an unprecedented attempt by the federal government to transition American healthcare to electronic health record sy....

AHIMA Comments on Certification Proposed Rule

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2012


Electronic health records could soon become more patient-centered, more secure, and more frequently used for treatment improvement-if provisions outlined in the EHR certification proposed rule are widely implemented.

Under the 2009 ARRA economic stimulus package, healthcare providers....

Handling Sensitive Information in an NHIN

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2008


The topic of sensitive health data and how to keep it private in the electronic age is one of the most complex issues facing the development of a nationwide, interoperable health information exchange network.

Physicians need accurate medical records to provide adequate care. Yet pati....

Treating Healthcare with Health "I"T

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2012




Patient-Centric Stage 2 Meaningful Use Measures Considered Treatment for Ailing US Health System



The US healthcare system is ill. Higher costs, sicker patients, and struggling providers are the symptoms of the disease that has sent industry stakeholders scrambling t....

Privacy in the Spotlight

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2007


Varying privacy practices that pose barriers to health information exchange are putting HIM concerns in the national spotlight.
The 35-year-old Minnesota woman’s winter vacation in the neighboring state of Wisconsin was going great, until her ski snapped and the accident happened. B....

Defining the Legal EHR: Simple or Complex?

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2008


Just how complicated is defining the legal electronic record for disclosure? There’s nothing new to the need for a legally sound record of care. HIM professionals have helped meet that requirement with paper-based records for years. But just how new and complex is it to define the content....

Accrediting HIEs

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: June 01, 2010




Health information exchange (HIE) networks have always understood the importance of gaining patient and provider trust. However, beyond describing the privacy and security policies and procedures they establish to protect the information they exchange, they have largely had to ask pat....

EHRs Prove a Difficult Witness in Court

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: September 2010


Sep 24, 2010

The EHR is a valuable clinical tool for streamlining and improving patient care. But it is complicating and confusing the courts.

As the first cases involving electronic health records make their way into legal proceedings, everyone involved is discovering th....

Getting the Best from Your ICD-10 Vendor

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: May 2011



May 10, 2011


Payers and providers must work their way through the transition to ICD-10-CM/PCS only once, and by the end, few will likely choose to do it again. System vendors and consultants, however, will have been through many, many implementations before it’s all over.

Achieving Coding Consistency

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2010


Even small departments may never experience complete harmony in their assignment of codes, but they have good motivation for achieving as much consistency as they can. Training, communication, monitoring, and coding reviews help reach that goal, HIM experts say.

Coding manager Julie....

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