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Taking Action for Health Information

Author: Wiggs Harris, Wylecia

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2019


By Wylecia Wiggs Harris, PhD, CAE, chief executive officer


Throughout the year we’ve been talking about AHIMA’s transformation. Our aim with this project has been to keep AHIMA relevant in light of today’s trends and to become an association that better meets the....

Take Another Look: Proposed Changes to Privacy Rule

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2002


In late March, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released proposed changes related to the HIPAA privacy standards. By the time you read this column, the 30-day comment period for these regulations will have already passed, although debate on these changes will still be in full....

Take a "Deep Dive" into Information Stewardship

Author: Kennedy, Angela

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2014



Health Informatics and information management professionals have traditionally been focused on areas such as risk management, quality assurance, licensure, accreditation, privacy, and security requirements for their organizations. But compliance—conformance or obedience to procedures, rul....

Tackling the Modern Privacy Challenge

Author: Wiggs Harris, Wylecia

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2019


By Wylecia Wiggs Harris, PhD, CAE, chief executive officer


We’re seeing a powerful case for the profession to keep privacy and security high on its priority list as we drive forward to a more modernized HIM practice. It’s an area that continues to evolve and challenge us.

Tackling Backlogs and Hurdles

Author: Jeffries, Jane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2001




Not only did Kim Schwartz, RHIA, tackle a payment backlog of more than two years, she did it entirely on her own, without a predecessor or peers to guide her.

Schwartz is the insurance coordinator for the athletic training department at Iowa State University in Ames, IA. Th....

Synergizing ICD-10: Integrating an ICD-10 implementation into other compliance programs will reduce costs, maximize investments

Author: Mitchell, Glenn

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2013



With ICD-10-CM/PCS, there is good news and there is bad news. First, the bad news-the implementation of ICD-10 in any healthcare facility will take ample staff time, financial resources, and strategic planning. But the good news-whether you are a C-suite leader, clinician, or worker bee, t....

Surviving and Thriving During Contract Negotiations

Author: Hjort, Beth M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2000


Employer economies, staffing shortages, and advances in technology lead to the demand for outsourced functions, and there are a plethora of vendors happy to meet your facility's needs. Yet negotiating an outsourcing contract can be an intimidating proposition. Managers spearhead change interna....

Survey Results: Practice, Experience Keys to Employment

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2003


As part of the Association’s far-reaching work force study, AHIMA commissioned a survey of students about to graduate from accredited HIA and HIT programs. Conducted by the Center for Health Workforce Studies, School of Public Health, University at Albany, the survey was sent to program di....

Survey Predicts Future HIM Workforce Shifts: HIM Industry Estimates the Job Roles, Skills Needed in the Near Future

Author: Sandefer, Ryan; Marc, David; Mancilla, Desla; Hamada, Debra

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2015



The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) conducted a study to assess the future needs of the health information workforce. The study was intended to define the current reality of HIM within the healthcare industry, how the market is shifting to meet future needs, and....

Survey: Patient Matching Problems Routine in Healthcare

Author: Dooling, Julie A; Fernandes, Lorraine M.; Kirby, Annessa; Landsbach, Grant; Lusk, Katherine; Munns, Megan; Noreen, Neysa; O'Connor, Michele; Patten, Melinda

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: January 06, 2016



A recent survey with AHIMA members revealed that over half of HIM professionals routinely work on mitigating possible patient record duplicates at their facility, and of those 72 percent work on mitigating duplicate records weekly. Contributing to the issue, less than half (47 percent) of....

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