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Stocking HIM's Workbench for the Year Ahead

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2016


By Mary Butler


As the old canard goes, "if all you have is a hammer then everything looks like a nail." Which is to say that specialists in a given area tend to only consider their specialty and miss the big picture. To personally disprove the idiom, one ideally has multiple too....

Still Seeking the Legal EHR: The Push for Electronic Records Increases, the Record Management Questions Remain

Author: Dougherty, Michelle; Washington, Lydia

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2010


Electronic health records are edging into the mainstream, but they still have one foot outside the law. Many EHR systems struggle to create credible and compliant business records, and with major initiatives like the ARRA incentive program pushing their adoption, now is the time to get the ele....

Stevens-Johnson Syndrome

Author: Prophet, Sue

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: March 1998


The term "erythema multiforme" was first used by von Hebra in 1866 to describe a disease characterized by symmetrically distributed, pleomorphic, evolving cutaneous lesions, located primarily on the extremities, and by a proclivity for recurrence. In 1922, Stevens and Johnson....

Steps Toward Privacy Protection

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Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2000


In April, the Subcommittee on Government Management, Information and Technology of the House Government Reform Committee held a hearing to review the merits of establishing the Commission for the Comprehensive Study of Privacy Protection. The focus of the hearing was the Hutchinson/Moran....

Step Inside the Physician's Head: EHRs Can Enhance a Physician’s Cognitive Processing and Eliminate Diagnostic Errors, With Some HIM-led Changes

Author: Campbell, Robert James

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2013



Imagine having a friend who can identify the name of a song after hearing one or two notes, or an acquaintance who can identify a film from a single "still" frame taken from the movie. If this sounds familiar, maybe it's because of the way it reminds you of how a physician thinks about the....

Steering Quality Improvement in Healthcare

Author: Schoenfelt, Suzanne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2000


"Quality" is a multi-industry buzzword, but what does it really mean in today's healthcare climate? We asked the experts for their views on the state of quality improvement in healthcare and what lies in store for HIM professionals as QI evolves.
For decades, healthcare has concerned its....

Stealth Software Deters PHI Theft

Author: Kawles, Terrance L.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2003


As the leading edge of digital portability advances, the protections afforded the “portability” portion of HIPAA become strained. Under the final security standards, covered entities (CEs) must establish procedures and mechanisms to protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availab....

Staying Connected

Author: Dennis, Jill Callahan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2006


AHIMA’s Convention Offers Great Networking, Educational Opportunities, But There Are Many More Ways to Stay Connected
This month thousands of members will gather in Denver, CO, for AHIMA’s 78th Convention and Exhibit. Attending the annual conference is a great way for members....

Staying Alert on Sleep Medicine Coding

Author: Kostick, Karen M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: May 2011


The field of sleep medicine is rapidly expanding, and its coding and reimbursement are attracting more attention from federal and state governments, public health organizations, scientists, payers, auditors, the transportation industry, and healthcare consumers. Emerging topics in the area of....

Staying Ahead of the Game

Author: Jeffries, Jane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2001




Marilyn Houston, RHIA, had an advantage in getting her current job: she recognized the need for it. While serving on an information security task force as a representative for the Palm Beach County Health Department (PBCHD), Houston wrote the medical records portion of the State of Fl....

Status of Graduate Education Programs in Health Information Management

Author: Brodnik, Melanie S.; Bean, Betty; Hickey, Christie; Massey, Olivia; Ritchie, Carissa

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 1998



The growing complexity of information needs in the delivery of quality healthcare at low cost has contributed to educational reform in health information management (HIM) and the need for advanced professional preparation of HIM practitioners. In 1997, AHIMA published curriculum mode....

Status Check on CDI Transformation

Author: Wiggs Harris, Wylecia

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2019


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


The Journal’s clinical documentation improvement (CDI) issue gives me an opportunity to provide an update on some of the important work AHIMA has been doing in 2019.


As you know, we’ve been undertaking what w....

Statistically, What’s the Chance of a Breach?

Author: Wiedemann, Lou Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2017



According to the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR), from January 2016 to November 2016 approximately 169,013,996 people were affected by 1,737 healthcare breaches. The Ponemon Institute estimates that data breaches could cost the healthcare industry as m....

Statewide Data Systems: Entering a New Era

Author: Love, Denise

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2001




Statewide data systems are the mainstay of many state and federal data systems and of many quality assessment, research, and policy initiatives. The author gives an overview of the different kinds of systems available and looks at opportunities for growth in the future, as well as for....

States—Laboratories for E-Health

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2008


States are often described as “laboratories of democracy.” Today they are also serving as laboratories for e-health. Virtually every US state is pursuing IT initiatives to improve the safety, quality, and affordability of healthcare. Leadership is coming from governors’ offic....

State of the Computer-based Patient Record

Author: Amatayakul, Margret

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 1998


Value, experiments, promises, disappointments, hype, compromises, and change all characterize the status of the computer-based patient record (CPR). An industry expert offers some perspective on where the CPR has been and where it's going.

In 1873, Florence Nightingale lamented her....

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