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Taking the Lead in Compliance Education

Author: Manning, Susan C.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2000


Voluntarily developed and implemented compliance programs for the healthcare industry are the continual goal of the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services. The OIG recognizes that when a healthcare provider establishes an effective compliance plan....

Taking the Initiative with Nursing Home Quality

Author: Mitchell, Sue

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2003


When the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued its highlights of 2002, the listing of significant accomplishments included the department’s efforts to improve quality of care. Discussion of quality improvement efforts focused on the department’s initiatives in measurin....

Taking The Doctoral Challenge: Educators Push HIM Professionals to Add PhD to Credentials

Author: Brodnik, Melanie S.; Valerius, Joanne D; Watzlaf, Valerie J.M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2013



The push toward graduate education in health information management (HIM) is becoming a reality as more universities and colleges develop or explore launching HIM and informatics graduate curricula. Fundamental to offering these programs is the need for doctorally prepared HIM-credentialed....

Taking Our Stand: AHIMA Stakes Four Key Issues

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2002


In May, AHIMA’s Board of Directors approved two key issue statements—one on consistency of healthcare diagnostic and procedure coding, and a second on national healthcare information infrastructure (available at www.ahima.org). These “umbrella” statements are general and ap....

Taking Medical Records to the Bank

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2008


Banking health data like a financial transaction is the simplest solution to healthcare’s networking challenges says William Yasnoff, founder of the Health Record Banking Alliance.

There are a lot of plans for regional and, eventually, nationwide health information exchange, b....

Taking ICD-10-CM in Parts

Author: Steindel, Steven J

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: January 01, 2011




On October 1, 2013, healthcare providers will start reporting HIPAA claims using the ICD-10 counterparts to the current ICD-9 code sets. The vastly expanded code space of ICD-10-CM should prove familiar to most ICD-9-CM users and very approachable for new learners. With the exception....

Taking Data to the Next Level

Author: Jeffries, Jane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2003

“When I hear statistics on mortality or morbidity, I automatically think of the methods used
to collect and tabulate the data and the hard work that goes on behind the scenes. I’m glad to be a part of that process.” —Joyce Frazier, RHIA,
medical systems specialist,....

Taking Coding to the Clinical Floor

Author: Featheringham, Meg

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2008


As documentation specialist at Deaconess Medical Center in Spokane, WA, Amy Gardner walks a tight rope between the HIM and clinical worlds. Gardner, RHIT, reviews charts on the cardiovascular floor of Deaconess, identifying gaps in documentation and querying physicians for follow-up.

Taking Chances, Moving Forward

Author: Blumenthal, Jane E

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 1998


Kathleen H. Stanfield, RRA, was so nervous when she first took on her current job as health information systems coordinator at the Austin Diagnostic Medical Center (ADMC) in Texas that she felt physically ill. "It was like closing my eyes and jumping into a fire," she says of....

Taking a Stand on Sanctions

Author: Rulon, Vera

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: April 2009


The Journal of AHIMA kicks off our Health Information Privacy and Security Week series with a post from AHIMA president Vera Rulon, MS, RHIT, CCS, FAHIMA. Rulon is director of strategy and communications in the chief medical office of Pfizer, Inc.

So I get this communication that my c....

Taking a Second Look at Joint Commission Standards

Author: Clark, Jean S.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2002


HIM professionals are well aware of the challenge of meeting Joint Commission standards. Now, however, a recently established review committee has the opportunity to recommend changes to the standards—and may even be able to reduce the burden of compliance.


That’s the....

Taking a Lesson From Rosie

Author: Fuller, Barbara P.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2001




"We can do it!" declared the original Rosie the Riveter, an icon of World War II and a feature of AHIMA's current advertising campaign. Rosie symbolizes women's entry into the World War II work force as they filled the manpower gap created by men leaving for war. Rosie was a....

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