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Bringing HIM to Consumers

Author: Sheridan, Patty Thierry

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2012


Each year I look forward to my annual spring break ski vacation in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. It's a great time to recharge batteries and gather with friends to celebrate spring break and share our passion for health information management.

On the way to Steamboat this year, one of....

Continuing to Dream Big

Author: Sheridan, Patty Thierry

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2012


As I prepared my incoming address for the AHIMA Convention and Exhibit last year, I turned to my family and friends for inspiration on music ideas. Little did I know that the hunt for a song with an upbeat tempo would set in motion a year that challenged us all to “Dream Big”-from AHIMA staff....

Just Keep Swimming

Author: Sheridan, Patty Thierry

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2012


It's easy to feel overwhelmed as we work to navigate the dizzying speed with which technology is changing healthcare delivery-and every aspect of health information management practice. I often draw on my background as a competitive swimmer to help me address the resulting significant shifts t....

Why HIM Innovation Matters

Author: Sheridan, Patty Thierry

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2012


An HIM colleague recently asked me why everyone seems to be talking about innovation lately. Innovation might seem like a buzzword, but it’s also important to the future of healthcare and health information. Innovation isn’t just about generating new ideas-its primary goal is to develop a diff....

Do You Need an ASP ASAP?

Author: Sheridan, Colin

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2001

Is your organization looking at the possibility of using an application service provider (ASP)? If so, here are some things you should know about making that decision, selecting a provider, and negotiating a contract.
Is your organization working to improve its financial position by reducing e....

What Is Diversity?

Author: Shepard-Jackson, Karen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 1999



Many organizations around the world are struggling to figure out how to reinvent themselves to gain and maintain their competitive advantage. Businesses and healthcare organizations are putting long- and short-term strategies into place to ensure that their research and development o....

International HIM: IFHIMA Congress 2013

Author: Sheber, Sarah

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2012


The International Federation of Health Information Management Associations (IFHIMA) will convene the Seventeenth International Health Information Management Congress in 2013, from May 13-15 at the Palais des congrès de Montréal, Québec, Canada. Hosted in partnership with the Canadian Health In....

Year in Review: Highlights from 2014

Author: Sheber, Sarah

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: December 2014



The Journal of AHIMA’s ongoing web series “HIM Frontlines,” explores pressing obstacles that health information management (HIM) professionals encounter in a rapidly changing healthcare environment. Major federal initiativs such as the “meaningful use” EHR Incentive Program, HITECH-HIPAA,....

Getting Involved and Giving Back in HIM

Author: Sheber, Sarah

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: February 01, 2017



From local opportunities to national groups, volunteering is a way for health information management (HIM) professionals to engage with their community and work to advance the profession. With opportunities suited to any professional level, from a student getting ready to enter the work fo....

Funding Your Education--An Overview

Author: Sharf, Jerry

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 1998


Financial considerations are an important part of any decision to continue education. Here's a guide to navigating the many financial aid options available for postsecondary education.
College and training programs can be expensive, and for the most part, students take the r....

Tools for Defining Data

Author: Shakir, Abdul-Malik

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 1999


Similarly, data dictionaries, data sets, and data models have much in common, but many significant differences. Each can be used to define data, especially data that needs to get from point A to point B. This article describes each of these tools and the value they add to health information ma....

Spreading HIM Excellence Abroad

Author: Shaffer, Audrey

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2002


At the opening ceremony of Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital in 1994, thousands of balloons were released over the Chinese countryside as a symbol of the advanced medical care the hospital hoped to spread throughout China.


Hong Kong philanthropist Sir Run Run Shaw, along with the Zheji....

HIM Professionals Key to Patient Safety

Author: Servais, Cheryl

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2003


In January 2003, the Joint Commission made 11 recommendations for patient safety. HIM professionals play critical and supporting roles in implementing these recommendations. This article will discuss some of the recommendations, with examples of their use in various aspects of an HIM departmen....

Enabling EHR Use in Clinical Research

Author: Seidl, Patricia

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2010


Health information collected in electronic health records (EHRs) can support a variety of initiatives, including clinical research. However, technical standards are needed to enable EHRs to communicate with clinical research applications.

Work from the American National Standards In....

Art and Science of Project Management

Author: Seidl, Patricia

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2003


Completing a project successfully requires far more than a handful of meetings and a checklist. Project management is a process in itself—one that can ensure a positive outcome. Learn more from our expert.
Anyone who has ever sat in traffic due to road construction or witnessed the s....

Where We've Been, Where We're Going

Author: Scichilone, Rita A

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 1999



As conditions in the healthcare industry have become more challenging, many jobs have evolved. Not least among them in the HIM world is the role of the coder. In more ways than one, coding professionals are making their mark in the industry. And today, changes in coding requirements are pa....

Solving the E/M Conundrum: a Special Report

Author: Scichilone, Rita A

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2001


Evaluation and Management (E/M) codes, introduced in 1992 for reporting physician visit services, are linked to a number of perplexing questions for coders. In different settings, they are used differently and with varying sets of criteria. Given the numerous coding and compliance issues relate....

Best Practices for Medical Necessity Validation

Author: Scichilone, Rita A

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2002


To protect the Medicare Trust Fund from being drained, government health plans must provide coverage restrictions for unnecessary health services in vulnerable patient populations. One restriction mechanism is the provision of edits that look for valid reason-for-visit codes for selected servi....

Standardizing Problem Lists in Physician Practices

Author: Scichilone, Rita A

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2011


As the healthcare industry moves closer to patient-centered care, one of the most important tools for physicians is a standardized problem list. A well-designed process for capturing patient problems as they are treated and resolved (or not) has dual benefits.

First, the problem lis....

Secret HIM Recipe for Sharing Healthcare Data

Author: Scichilone, Rita A

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2012



When preparing a meal to share with others, the best cooks pay attention to which ingredients baked into the final product can determine the success or failure of the meal. This process is surprisingly similar to HIM professionals sharing health data with others. The way information is pre....

Clarifying Selected CPT Modifiers

Author: Scichilone, Rita A

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: April 2000


Coding for professional services is complicated enough when coding professionals are charged with assisting the physician to select the best five-digit number for the services rendered. It becomes even more complex when circumstances of the case require the CPT code to be modified. Add....

Coders Wanted, Experience Required

Author: Scichilone, Rita A

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2006


A recent AHIMA survey confirms a critical need for qualified clinical coding professionals. It also reveals the high value employers place on experience and credentials.

Opportunities abound for skilled coders throughout the US-particularly in the Southwest-but candidates need demon....

Coding for APCs: Case Studies

Author: Scichilone, Rita A

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: July 2000


When APC implementation begins on August 1, HIM professionals can expect increased complexity when coding outpatient encounters. Examining case studies in selected areas subject to APC payment may help coding professionals better understand the APC reporting process. Although coding guidelines....

Getting Ready for APCs

Author: Scichilone, Rita A

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 1999


While most healthcare practitioners support accurate coding, the challenge remains for HIM professionals: how to achieve coding accuracy in a system of imperfect data capture methods and changing reimbursement methodologies. Greater emphasis on coding specificity and completeness for reimburs....

Speech Recognition Propels Transcription Revolution

Author: Schwager, Rob

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2000


Speech recognition technology continues to develop. Now, with additional enhancements, the latest models offer solutions for entire enterprises. The author rounds up the latest developments.
Most healthcare organizations and clinicians today have automated some portion of their health in....

FY 2009 Hospital IPPS Final Rule

Author: Schwab, Linda

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: November 2008


The final rule for the FY 2009 hospital inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) went into effect October 1, 2008. Although there are relatively few changes to MS-DRGs and the complication and comorbidity (CC) and major CC (MCC) lists, the final rule signals that the Centers for Medicare an....

How Poor Documentation Does Damage in the Courtroom

Author: Schott, Sharon

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2003


Poor documentation practices can result in a host of problems, and even minor errors can come back to haunt an organization. Here, learn how documentation errors can be used against your facility in a lawsuit.
In our increasingly litigious society, medical malpractice lawsuits are becomin....

Steering Quality Improvement in Healthcare

Author: Schoenfelt, Suzanne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2000


"Quality" is a multi-industry buzzword, but what does it really mean in today's healthcare climate? We asked the experts for their views on the state of quality improvement in healthcare and what lies in store for HIM professionals as QI evolves.
For decades, healthcare has concerned its....

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