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Understanding Different Healthcare Legal Documents

Author: Wiedemann, Lou Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2012


Managing healthcare issues today places many HIM professionals in the role of consumer educator. This is especially true when consumers are coping with end-of-life issues. Legal documents are imperative for determining a patient's treatment care wishes, managing requests for information, and f....

Understanding Diabetes Mellitus

Author: Huff, Garry L.

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: November 2003


Diabetes mellitus represents a group of disorders that are characterized by hyperglycemia. The clinical and ICD-9-CM classification of diabetes mellitus have evolved as understanding of insulin physiology has expanded. This article will explain diabetes mellitus and its ICD-9-CM classification....

Understanding CDI Metrics

Author: Combs, Tammy

Source: AHIMA blog post | Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: February 24, 2016


Understanding clinical documentation improvement (CDI) metrics can be confusing, especially when you first start reviewing them.


Let’s dive a little deeper into the topic and take a closer look at some frequently reported CDI metrics and evaluate how these measures can reflect the....

Tying Together CDI, ICD-10, and Healthcare Data Analytics: How CDI Programs and ICD-10 Are Impacting Data Analytics—and The Benefits Healthcare Organizations Are Seeing

Author: Bradley, Paul

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2016



A year in and ICD-10 is almost approaching the point of old news.


Of course—I’m kidding! Nothing could be further from the truth. From a data analytics perspective, the impact of ICD-10 is only beginning to be realized and understood.


For one, this first year....

Two Golden Opportunities

Author: Fuller, Barbara P.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2001




What an exciting time for our profession! As the leaders in HIM, we are being recognized as valuable resources in analyzing and assessing the recently published standards for privacy of individually identifiable health information. When these regulations were announced by President Cl....

Turning Your HIM Expertise Into a Resource

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2017



In 1941, author Edna Huffman, writing about the management and storage of medical records, introduced readers to “the newest development in storage methods and the method that will conserve the greatest amount of space, known as microphotography.” She described how medical reco....

Turning Production Data into Management Tools

Author: Dunn, Rose T

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2002


Staring down another backlog in your HIM department? Use routine data collection activities to strengthen your case for additional staff, increased budget dollars, or an incentive program.
Daily challenges in an HIM department include increasing workloads and accumulating backlogs withou....

Turning Old Technology into New Systems

Author: Anderson, Ellen Miller

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2001


The need for updated technology rarely coincides with enough funds to purchase it. However, disparate technologies can be combined to meet information system needs without a major capital outlay. At Home Care Services, part of Group Health Cooperative (GHC) in Seattle, we created the On Call P....

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