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Risk Management 101

Author: Collins, Patricia

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 1999

The decision to implement a computer-based patient record (CPR) system is a substantial commitment of time and resources. Making it a reality in your organization requires a number of steps, not the least of which is risk assessment. Assessing the risks associated with the CPR should ....

Risk-Based MPI Management

Author: Nunn, Sandra L.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2008

Meticulous management of the master patient index (MPI) has always been a mission-critical data integrity function for HIM professionals. One advantage of having credentialed health information staff manage the index is their dual knowledge of the multiple legal dimensions of the MPI and their....

Risk Assessment: Doing More With Less

Author: Burrington-Brown, Jill

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2003

In an October 2002 Journal article, eight out of 10 HIM managers interviewed mentioned trying to keep up with the workload with fewer resources as a top concern.1 In this time of rapid changes in healthcare, how do we decide what to prioritize when everything we do seems to be high priority? T....

RHIOs at a Crossroads

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2007

Regional health information organizations (RHIOs) represent what is best about public service organizations in our country. They are voluntary organizations formed by people who want to improve the safety and quality of healthcare by making reliable information available where it is neede....

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Author: Prophet, Sue

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: November 1998

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes chronic inflammation of the joints, the tissue around the joints, and other organs in the body. An autoimmune disease is one in which the body tissues are mistakenly attacked by the body's own immune system. Patients have antibodies in....

Revive Your CDI Program in Five Steps

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: July 2017

The pressure healthcare providers—especially physicians—are currently facing with healthcare reforms and reimbursement changes should be cause for reflection, from the durable medical equipment supply chain to clinical documentation improvement (CDI). With the state of....

Review of Congressional Action 2000

Author: Asmonga, Donald D.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2001

The 106th Congress dragged more than two months beyond its targeted adjournment date, wrangling about fiscal year 2001 budget matters.

Congress finally adjourned on December 15, after passing a massive $384 billion omnibus spending package (HR 4577) that included a five-year....

Reviewing the New HIPAA Rules

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: AHIMA regulation analysis | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2013

At 138 fine-print pages, the final rule detailing the HITECH Act’s modifications to HIPAA privacy and security requirements is not a quick or easy read. But it is an important read since the content of the Federal Register post drastically impacts HIM professionals and their business....

Reviewing for Inpatient Quality

Author: Combs, Tammy

Source: AHIMA blog post | Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: August 25, 2016

The Hospital Value-Based Purchasing (HVBP) Program has heightened hospital awareness of quality outcomes. Under this program, payments made under the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) are based on the quality of care that was provided. Quality of care is recognized through the cl....

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