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10 HIPAA tips for the physician office

Author: Lazarus, Steven S.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2001




The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and its accompanying regulations present opportunities and concerns for physician practices. Many of the HIPAA requirements and issues are the same for physician practices as they are hospitals and other providers. Howe....

1928-1998: a World of Change

Author: AHIMA Staff

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 1998


It's quite a different world today than it was in 1928 when our Association was founded. Back then, the news item of the day was Amelia Earhart's landmark flight across the Atlantic. A year later, the country was immersed in the Great Depression, an era precipitated by the stock market cr....

1970s: We Must Be Able to Talk Both Languages

Author: Zender, Anne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2003

The 1970s brought a new name for the Association and a new credential name. The decade also witnessed landmark privacy legislation, and medical record practitioners discovered a need to understand the language of technology as well as that of medicine.

1990s: Visions of the Future

Author: Squazzo, Jessica

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2003

For the American Medical Record Association (AMRA), the 1990s started at a fast pace and never slowed down. The decade saw a change in the Association's name, a change in credentials, a focus on technology, and the advent of HIPAA.

1999 CPT Revisions

Author: Willard, Dianne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 1999


This article will summarize some of the major additions and revisions in the 1999 Current Procedural Terminology (CPT). A complete review of all the code and guideline changes -- including the rationale for these changes -- can be found in the November 1998 issue of the CPT Assistant newslette....

2001 Triumph Awards Winners

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Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2001


The Triumph Awards are national awards designed to recognize those special individuals who make a difference in the HIM profession. This awards program was developed as part of the Foundation of Research and Education (FORE) campaign to forecast future trends in HIM, envision HIM roles in....

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....

2002: Positioning HIM for Future Challenges

Author: Odom-Wesley, Barbara

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2002


Each Association year builds on past achievements. In 2001, the AHIMA and FORE Boards of Directors, in consultation with many volunteer groups, adopted new mission, vision, and values statements. The mission and value statements serve as a touchstone keeping us focused on what we are charged w....

2003 Red Book Reveals Cost-saving Recommendations

Author: Prophet-Bowman, Sue

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2003


Although the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) has already saved tax payers more than $12 million this year, it offers still more cost-saving recommendations for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in its annual Red Book that hav....

2006 CPT Coding Update

Author: Hull, Susan

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

Publication Date: January 2006


A number of changes to CPT codes take effect January 1, 2006. These changes affect category I, II, and III codes, with a total of 277 additions, 110 deletions, and 71 code revisions.
Evaluation and Management

Within the evaluation and management (E/M) section, the codes for fol....

2007 Convention Wrap-Up

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Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2008


AHIMA’s 79th Convention and Exhibit in Philadelphia, PA, was a rousing success. Approximately 4,800 attendees and 200 exhibitors made their way to the City of Brotherly Love to hear from experts on HIM issues and explore the latest products from vendors. Attendees also had a wealth of opportuni....

2008 AHIMA Convention Wrap-Up

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Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2008


AHIMA held its 80th Convention and Exhibit October 11–16, 2008, in Seattle, WA. It was a time for members to share ideas, challenges, and solutions and hear about some of healthcare’s hottest topics from industry experts. A full exhibit hall offered a collection of the latest in HIM....

2008 CPT Coding Update

Author: Jorwic, Therese M

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: February 2008


The new CPT codes took effect January 1, 2008. Changes include 244 additions, 314 revisions, and 50 deletions. A comprehensive list of changes can be found in appendix B of the CPT book. Highlights of the changes by section are outlined here.
Evaluation and Management

A revised....

2009 CPT Coding Update

Author: Majerowicz, Anita

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: February 2009


Changes to CPT codes for 2009 include 293 additions, 133 revisions, and 92 deletions. This article highlights some of the more notable changes; a comprehensive list can be found in appendix B of the 2009 CPT code manual. The changes took effect January 1.

E/M Codes


Nu....

2010 Convention Wrap-up

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2010


AHIMA held its 82nd Annual Convention and Exhibit September 25–29 in Orlando, FL. Attendance this year reached a high water mark that matches the best-attended conventions from previous years such as Seattle and Philadelphia. More than 5,000 practitioners, educators, students, and exhibit....

2010 CPT Coding Update

Author: DeVault, Kathryn

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: February 2010


Changes to CPT codes for 2010 include 219 additions, 141 revisions, and 63 deletions. This article highlights some of the more notable changes; a comprehensive list can be found in appendix B of the 2010 CPT coding book. The changes took effect January 1.
Resequencing

The most n....

2011 Convention Wrap-up

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2011


AHIMA held its 83rd Annual Convention and Exhibit October 1–6 in Salt Lake City, UT. Practitioners, educators, students, and exhibitors came together to share ideas, challenges, and solutions and hear about some of healthcare's hottest topics from industry experts.


A full ex....

2012 AHIMA Triumph Award Winners

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2012


The AHIMA Triumph Awards recognize individuals who make a difference and is a long and cherished tradition of honoring the excellence, dedication, and service of those professionals whose steadfast efforts have enriched the health information management (HIM) field. The awards honor leadershi....

2012 Convention Wrap-Up

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2012


AHIMA held its 84th annual Convention and Exhibit September 29-October 4 in Chicago, IL, where the themes of innovation and professional development underscored sessions that helped attendees look toward the future and prepare for the coming year’s challenges in health information managem....

2014 ICD-10-CM/PCS Updates

Author: Barta, Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: January 2014



This article highlights the 2014 ICD-10-CM/PCS updates as approved by the ICD-9-CM Coordination and Maintenance Committee, which includes representatives from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the National Center for Health Statistics. As a result of the partial code set....

2017 CPT Coding Update

Author: Huey, Kim

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

Publication Date: March 2017



The 2017 update to the CPT code set brings fewer new codes than in previous years but more guideline changes and clarifications, as well as revisions in code description. One Appendix is deleted and a new one is created. There are a total of 149 new CPT codes, 498 revised codes, and 81 del....

3 Myths of ICD-10-CM/PCS: Addressing Why it is Not Feasible to use SNOMED CT in Place of ICD-10 or Wait for ICD-11—and Other Misperceptions

Author: Bowman, Sue E

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2014



As the US healthcare industry experiences yet another delay in ICD-10-CM/PCS implementation, misunderstandings surrounding the ICD-10-CM/PCS transition continue to perpetuate. This article addresses a few of the most common misperceptions—myths that need to be exposed with fact-based....

50 Ways to Enhance Your Career

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Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2002


Whether you're new to the HIM profession or a seasoned expert, you may be looking for a new challenge, increased recognition, or a change of career. With that in mind, the Journal of AHIMA has compiled a list of tips for success that you can use on the job or as part of your personal career pla....

$58 Billion to Go

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2010


The Department of Health and Human Services received approximately $146 billion in funds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. It was tasked with disbursing that money through programs or objectives specified within the act's healthcare-related provisions.

Over the year....

ABCs of Health Plan Audits

Author: Crump, Dawn; Hennum, Jeannie

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: March 2015



The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has a dramatic ripple effect on the healthcare industry—and will continue to create seismic shifts for many years to come. One important change for health information management (HIM) professionals to understand is the impact of ACA on health plan audits. Alre....

ABCs of Medicare Advantage

Author: Hernandez, Jeannette

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: November 2008


Although most Medicare beneficiaries receive their health coverage through the traditional Medicare Part A and B fee-for-service programs, more and more beneficiaries are enrolling in Medicare Part C, referred to as Medicare Advantage (MA), to manage their healthcare costs.

By June 2....

Access Audit Trails: En Route to Security

Author: Halpert, Aviva M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2000


An electronic access audit trail can be an effective security tool if the right conditions are in place. In this article, learn how to ensure that your organization has the right technology, procedures, mechanisms, and plans to implement an audit trail.
Working with healthcare informatio....

Access Controls: Striking the Right Balance

Author: Amatayakul, Margret

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2005


As healthcare organizations put the finishing touches on their HIPAA security compliance plans, many are finding that updating access controls is not easy. Clinicians often scoff at the word “control” in general and at “access control” in particular. Not all products ar....

Accessing and Using Data from Wearable Fitness Devices

Author: Rhodes, Harry B.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2014



A rapidly aging global population in many industrialized countries accompanied by an increase in chronic diseases and the high cost of managing such diseases has led many to turn to a technological solution to ease the burden on healthcare professionals and provide useful tools to the elde....

Access to Health Information: It Takes a Village

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: December 2015




Obtaining access to one’s written or electronic medical records in a timely manner is one of the guarantees listed in AHIMA’s “Consumer Health Information Bill of Rights.” Yet, for one consumer, Amanda Michelle Jones, MS, AM, being on a first-name basis with medical records depa....

Accreditation of Managed Care Organizations

Author: Probyn, Susan L.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 1996


It is common knowledge in the healthcare industry that every few years most hospitals undergo rigorous review to become accredited. Less well known is the fact that many managed care organizations are following suit and undergoing an accreditation process of their own. Several organizations h....

Accreditation Requirements for ORYX [exhibit 1]

Author: Zeglen, Margaret

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 1997

Exhibit 1: Steps to Selecting a Performance Measurement System

Measurement goals. The first step towards selecting a performance measurement system is to consider your organization's mission and strategic plan for improving performance. Determine your organization's priorities for measurem....

Accreditation: the First Layer of the Quality Floor

Author: Carol, Ruth

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2002


Employers find data valuable, but still seek other measures. In this article, experts assess the uneasy relationship between the business community, healthcare organizations, and accreditation.
Stirring in the healthcare arena is an alphabet soup of accrediting bodies. There’s the....

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....

Accuracy Imperative: New Stakes for Coded Data

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2007


The requirements for coding accuracy have always been high, even before coding became the basis for reimbursement. HIM professionals have championed improvements to medical record documentation and classification systems essential to accurate coding, and the profession has also led the wa....

Achieving Administrative Simplification

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2012



Who doesn't appreciate the things that simplify our lives? Whether we find ways to shorten our commutes to work or clear the clutter out of our homes and offices, simplification gives us the time we need to pursue the things that give us the most pleasure-time with family, friends, and c....

Achieving a Nationwide Health IT Milestone

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2006


Electronic health record (EHR) systems achieve a great milestone this month. The Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT) will begin judging the first ambulatory EHRs on functionality, security, reliability, and interoperability criteria. As Mark Leavitt and Lisa G....

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....

Achieving Health Information Systems Interoperability

Author: Orlova, Anna

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2015



With the growing adoption of health information technology (HIT), interoperability—or the sharing of data between systems—has become a topic that everybody in healthcare is talking about. Interoperability impacts every stakeholder in healthcare with each individual party involv....

Adapting BA Practices to Meet the Omnibus Rule

Author: McSteen, Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2013



The 2013 HIPAA Omnibus Rule marks a key milestone for implementation of the 2009 Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH). One of the most far-reaching impacts of HITECH and the Omnibus Rule is that business associates (BA) and their subcontractors now mu....

Adapting Enterprise Workflow for ICD-10-CM/PCS

Author: Clark, Jill S

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2013



During her speech at the 2013 HIMSS Annual Conference, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner said the healthcare industry should proceed full steam ahead on preparing to implement ICD-10-CM/PCS. The message conveyed is that CMS is 100 p....

Addressing HIPAA Across the Continuum

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Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2002


HIPAA is an issue in hospitals across the nation, but what about other kinds of facilities—such as long-term care, behavioral health, or home care organizations? They, too, need to address HIPAA. We asked three HIM professionals who work in these settings to briefly address how HIPAA is ch....

A Decade of HIPAA

Author: McMillan, Mac

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: April 12, 2013





The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) has ushered in a new era in healthcare that has transformed the way information is managed and used to deliver care. While we often say we still have a long way to go before achieving compliance with HIPAA,....

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....

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....

Advancing HIIM Professionals in Informatics and Data Analytics

Author: Cain, Jeannine Pugh; Clack, Lesley; Flanigan, Jill; Houser, Shannon H.; Kadlec, Lesley; VanSlyke, Daniel; Zeglen, Margie

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2017


Health informatics and information management (HIIM) is a rapidly changing profession. Core competencies of fundamental AHIMA certifications, such as the RHIA or RHIT, create a strong foundation for pursuing employment in a variety of high-demand positions. Today’s fast-paced technology l....

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