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Metadata and Meaningful Use

Author: Viola, Allison F.; Mookencherry, Shefali

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2012




The healthcare industry will find out soon if ONC intends to include metadata requirements in stage 2 of the meaningful use program. Many feel it is too soon. But given metadata's potential to support health information exchange, the expanded and standardized use of metadata tagging....

Advancing a Nationwide Patient Matching Strategy

Author: Viola, Allison F.; Halamka, John; Torkzadeh, Rita MS; Moscovitch, Ben MA; Rising, Josh MD; Asnaani, Jitin MBA; De Mooy, Michelle MA; Ferguson, Jamie BS; Gingrich, Mark MS; Grannis, Shaun MD; Heflin, Eric BS; Hohwald, Andrew MBA; Miri, Aaron MBA; Rudin, Robert S PhD; Schulten, Catherine BS; Worzala, Chantal PhD

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2018












By Rita Torkzadeh, MS; Ben Moscovitch, MA; Josh Rising, MD; Jitin Asnaani, MBA; Michelle De Mooy, MA; Jamie Ferguson, BS; Mark Gingrich, MS; Shaun Grannis, MD; Eric Heflin, BS; Andrew Hohwald, MBA; Aaron Miri, MBA; Robert S. Rudin, PhD; Catherin....

Details of Stage 2 Meaningful Use

Author: Viola, Allison F.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2012


The release of STAGE 2 of the meaningful use program introduced adjustments that increased the challenges providers must overcome to meet the program requirements laid out by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Stage 2 maintains the same core-menu structure and slightly incre....

Information Exchange Receives a Big Push in Meaningful Use, Stage 2: New Requirements Encourage Further Integration With EHRs

Author: Viola, Allison F.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2012


As outlined within the HITECH Act of 2009, in order for providers to become meaningful users of electronic health records (EHRs), their use must, "in accordance with law and standards applicable to the exchange of information… improve the quality of health care, such as promoting care coordina....

Meaningful Use Stage 2 Ramps Up Record Access

Author: Viola, Allison F.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2012


The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) have certainly put a new spin to the old saying “things happen in threes.” During late August, CMS issued the final rule for the stage 2 “meaningful use” Elec....

Blockchain’s Role in Health IT

Author: Viola, Allison F.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2018







By Allison Viola, MBA, RHIA


When innovative technologies make a splash on the international stage, healthcare professionals wonder how these technologies can translate or be scaled for the healthcare industry. Health information management (HIM) profession....

Meaningful Use of Patient-Generated Data in EHRs

Author: Van Doornik, William

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2013



There is growing interest within the healthcare payer community to promote patient engagement through various means, including the integration of patient-generated data into clinical care documentation and quality measures. This is evident in the suggestions for stage 3 "meaningful use" EH....

E-assistance for Coding Professionals

Author: Uppena, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: September 2001




Is the Web a part of your work day? Make sure it is. From purchasing products to distance learning to online coding, coding professionals can find all kinds of resources online to meet their needs.

A Look at the Future

In a recent survey, health system CEOs were ask....

Preparing the Physician Office for HIPAA

Author: Uppena, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: February 2001




Change has been a constant factor in coding and reimbursement with the intensified focus on billing, compliance, and cost control. Out of necessity, coding professionals in physician settings have learned to be organized, adaptable, and armed with the latest information. The mandates....

2002 DRG Updates Already in Effect

Author: Uppena, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: November 2001



The 2002 diagnosis related group (DRG) updates went into effect October 1, 2001. With the implementation of these changes to the hospital inpatient DRGs portion of the prospective payment system (PPS), there will be 499 DRGs in 25 Major Diagnostic Categories (MDCs).


Changes t....

Filtering Our Data to Ease Consumers' Search

Author: Tully, Lorraine

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2001


HealthMarket, Inc., is a Norwalk, CT-based company offering “self-directed health plans” to employers and insurers as a new choice in health benefits. Founded in 1999, the company aims to shift healthcare decision making from insurance intermediaries to physicians and patients. As part of its....

How to Make Healthcare More Consumer-Centric

Author: Tremlett, Janie

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: September 2015



The conversation in healthcare is shifting from “patient engagement” to “consumerism.” This changing lingo indicates a new mental model—a new approach to thinking about patients as consumers and to delivering a healthcare experience as consumer-centric, just like many other industries. Dra....

Clinical Resource Management: Driven by Data

Author: Treloar, R. William

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2003


Not only has my role in HIM changed dramatically in the last several years, my title has too: from director of case mix management to director of clinical resource management. And in my department, our role has moved from educating clinicians and staff about Medicare and DRGs to the facilitati....

IRF PPS Coding Challenges

Author: Trela, Patricia

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

Publication Date: May 2007


Inpatient rehabilitation facility (IRF) coding can be a challenge due to the Medicare Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Prospective Payment System (IRF PPS), which was implemented in 2002 to cover patients paid under Medicare Part A. IRF PPS requires completion of the IRF-Patient Assessment In....

Spoliation of Medical Evidence

Author: Tomes, Jonathan P.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2005


To avoid the improper destruction or alteration of records, HIM departments must follow a retention schedule, train personnel, and ensure that corrections leave original entries intact.
Although the legal concept known as spoliation of evidence has been a part of the American legal syste....

Building a One-stop Shop for Ideas

Author: Thompson, Nancy A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2000




If you feel like you've ever reinvented the wheel when changing or improving processes, the Department of Veterans Affairs may have the answer. Read on to learn more about the Virtual Learning Center, an online knowledge base of healthcare solutions.



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Preparing for the Next Big April

Author: Thomason, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2004


Yesterday’s privacy compliance preparations can contribute to meeting tomorrow’s security mandates. One organization is tackling risk analysis with both matrix and memories.
The 2003 HIPAA privacy rule implementation is still fresh in many minds throughout healthcare organiza....

Working Smarter with APCs

Author: Thoman, Deborah J.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2001




Are HIM professionals ready to make the most of APCs? This article suggests some strategies to improve the way we work with APCs, focus on complete and accurate coding, and improve our expertise.
Are HIM professionals ready for the next step in APCs? Are we ready to use APC data....

Creating the Future Every Day

Author: Thierry Sheridan, Patty

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2012


Digitized information has had a profound effect on the current generation of children. You just have to spend a few minutes with an eight-year-old to see how technology literate this generation has already become. Imagine how different their lives will be from the current workforce because the....

Intranets: A Way to Connect

Author: Thieleman, William; Postal, Susan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2000


The uses of the Internet are well known, but companywide intranets are popular as well. In this article, two HIM professionals share how their organizations are putting the power of intranets to work for training, communicating, and more. An Intranet in the Healthcare Environm....

Street Smart: Understanding the Context of Emergency Medical Services Communication and Documentation

Author: Teslow, Mary; Harris, Susie T.; Wilfong, Denise

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2009


HIM professionals can expand their understanding of the healthcare continuum by becoming more familiar with hospital emergency care and documentation.

Emergency medical services (EMS) has evolved into an integral part of the healthcare system. The field is working to integrate itself....

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