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Surgical Site Infection Coding Update

Author: Minski, Melissa

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2019


By Melissa Minski, RHIA, CCS, CCDS


According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), more than 10 million patients undergo surgical procedures as inpatients each year, accounting for over 25 percent of all hospital stays. The most common types of inpatient s....

Supporting the Future of HIM

Author: Pickard, Bryon

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2007


Imagine it’s the year 2014. The world of HIM looks strikingly different from when I began my career retrieving medical record charts as a college student. Looking back over the past several years, the changes are monumental.

Back in the “old days,” HIM practitioners, foreve....

Summer Reading: Skimming the New ARRA-HITECH Regulations

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2010


In July the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) ended the waiting game for the HITECH privacy and security regulations, the meaningful use final rule, and the final rule on standards and certification.

HIM professionals and their organizations, anxious to familiarize thems....

Successful Recruiting Strategies

Author: Dover, Kayce

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2008


It can be a challenge to hire the HIM professionals your organization needs. Smart managers and their HR departments stay proactive.
As the demand for HIM professionals continues to increase and the supply of experienced HIM professionals continues to lag, implementing a successful recruit....

Subpoena by Any Other Name Might Not be Legal

Author: Whitney, Jo Ellen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2007


Generally when an opposing party is seeking medical records from a care provider, the first request is accompanied by a subpoena, which can be difficult for an HIM department to assess in terms of what-if any-records can be produced.

A subpoena accompanied by a HIPAA-compliant consen....

Study Weights Industry Knowledge of Standards for EHR

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Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2004


Respondents to a study measuring industry awareness and use of the minimum content recommended in the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards for electronic health records (EHR) believe that the minimum data elements outlined in the standards should be included in all system....

Student Makes “Right Decision” with HIM

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2009


With seven physicians in her family, Sarah Keppen felt destined to go into healthcare. However, working directly with patients, needles, and other messy details never appealed to the 25-year-old.

While talking with her pediatrician mother about other healthcare careers, she learned o....

Student Academy Focuses on Getting That First Job

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Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2007


A panel of five employers got right to the point during the Annual Convention’s Student Academy. They gave inside insights into job search techniques, including how to decide what you want to do with your new HIM skills, and practical search tips for getting that first job.
Perry Ellie, MA....

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