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'Recalculating' the Route to ICD-10

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2014



Have you ever driven a car using a global positioning system? If so, you’ve heard what happens when you take a turn that’s not on the system’s expected route: an annoyed-sounding voice will say “Recalculating!”


Since early April, the entire healt....

Realigning HIM to the New Healthcare Environment: Case Studies in HIM Transformation Due to Accountable Care and Pay-For-Outcomes Initiatives

Author: Bower-Jernigan, Patricia L; Chenoweth, Ann; James, Jaime

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2014



The Affordable Care Act has been a catalyst for the transition to pay for outcomes. Through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center, dozens of new payment and service models have emerged that promise to deliver better care throughout the United States at a l....

Reaffirming Your HIPAA Compliance Efforts

Author: Woloszyn, William

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2005


Two years after the HIPAA privacy compliance date, is it time for your organization to reassess your efforts and recommit to enforcing HIPAA?
Revisiting HIPAA’s Roots

The HIPAA privacy regulation was created in response to public healthcare concerns about the privacy of pa....

Ready, Set, Automate: Preparing for Automation in Coding Workflows

Author: Peterson, Kathleen; Smith, Gail I.; Phibbs, Kozie V.; Eminger, Heather; Giustina, Elizabeth

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2010



Coding departments are in training for a triathlon. They are swimming in regulations, cycling through changes in source documents, and running at breakneck speed to ICD-10-CM/PCS implementation. Luckily, new workflow “gear” is emerging that can help them improve endurance and e....

Ready or Not, HIM is Changing: Results of the New HIM Competencies Survey Show Skill Gaps Between Education Levels, Students, and Working Professionals

Author: Sandefer, Ryan; Karl, Ellen Shakespeare

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2015



In January 2014, the AHIMA Council for Excellence in Education (CEE) released updated curricular competencies for all accredited academic programs, including those at the associate, baccalaureate, and graduate levels. The curricular competencies were intended to better align education with....

Reading the Fine Print on ICD-10 Conversions: Even Highly Automated Conversions Require Review

Author: Butler, Rhonda R.; Mills, Ronald E; Averill, Richard F.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2011


Automation is a major help in converting to the ICD-10 code set, but it is not a magical solution. In fact, skipping a human review of converted systems exposes an organization to legal and financial risk.

People who are secondary users of coded medical records-who see only the resul....

Reaching Operational Goals

Author: Green-Shook, Sheila

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 1999


An HIM career in managed care opens doors not only in healthcare but in our evolving electronic age. This is an exciting time to pursue such a career choice because of the seemingly infinite number of opportunities and challenges this environment presents and will continue to present.....

Rare and Unlikely ICD-10 Codes are Needed

Author: Journal of AHIMA Staff

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2015


This summer, if you listened very closely, you could almost hear a vast chorus of coders saying “I told you so,” after a freak accident alarmed local boaters in Southern California. On June 21, an over-excited dolphin accidentally jumped into a California family’s speed boat and broke both ankl....

Rapid Release of Rules Means Work Ahead

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2012


The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), along with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), formally released three final rules around the the time of the Labor Day holiday. Appropriately enough, the arrival of these final rules spells out much work ahead for t....

Raising Awareness of Medical Identity Theft: For Consumers, Prevention Starts with Guarding, Monitoring Health Information

Author: Rinehart-Thompson, Laurie A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2008


Financial identity theft has become ubiquitous in our global society. Its consequences are familiar, and fear of its repercussions has created a widespread reliance on credit bureaus for protection. According to the Federal Trade Commission, 8.3 million Americans were reportedly affected by fi....

Radiology Moves to the CPR

Author: Hughes, Gwen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2001




As HIM professionals move toward paperless health records, our colleagues in radiology are making the transition to filmless records.

Those in predominantly paper-based ambulatory care environments know how challenging it is to make sure each patient record contains all th....

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