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Using Ergonomics to Keep Injury in Check

Author: Smith, Cheryl M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2001




Office ergonomics are not new to the healthcare industry. Medical transcriptionists and data entry employees are just two groups of healthcare workers that are affected by ergonomics on a daily basis. With a growing number of healthcare organizations implementing the computerized pati....

Using Electronic Resources to Recruit and Hire Employees

Author: Picard, Angela

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 1999


Hiring the right employees for HIM jobs presents a unique challenge for employers. However, electronic resources offer more options for an employer's searching and recruiting efforts. With these tools, employers can go beyond the traditional methods of print advertising and/or retaining the se....

Using Document Imaging to Strengthen Revenue Cycle

Author: Clark, Jill S

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2009


For many organizations, document imaging is the first step toward implementing a fully electronic health record. Document imaging allows staff members across an organization to access electronic documents simultaneously. Three practitioners share their experiences on how this accessibility can....

Using CPT Modifier -25 for Professional Billing

Author: Yoder, Lois M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2000


You may want to consider a focused review of how your practice assigns CPT modifier -25, "a significant, separately identifiable Evaluation & Management (E&M) service by the same physician on the same day of the procedure or other service."1 The Health Care Financing Admini....

Using Clinical Photos in EHRs

Author: Wiedemann, Lou Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2010



For most organizations, patient-identifiable source data include data from interpretations, summaries, or notes. These data are usually maintained within the originating department, separate from the HIM department and the health record, and sometimes in a different database. Examples incl....

Using CDI to Meet Federal Quality Measures

Author: Wiedemann, Lou Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2013



Clinical documentation is the foundation of every health record, specifically outlining the reasons for treatment and the quality of care provided to the patient. The lack of consistent and standard clinical content within the health record has been an ongoing challenge to health informati....

Using CC/MCC Capture Rates as a Key Performance Indicator

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2019


The goal of this Practice Brief is to provide an explanation of the complication/comorbid condition and major complication/comorbid condition (CC/MCC) capture rate, review the calculation, and introduce the uses of this key performance indicator (KPI) by different functions of the mid-revenue c....

Using Ambulatory Data to Shape Planning

Author: Katzenberger, Philip

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2002


The information age inundates us with data. The challenge is transforming the data into information that can be used for healthcare planning. In general, obtaining the data is easy but creating information from it begins by asking a few questions:
Who will use this data?
How does t....

User's Guide to AHIMA Coding Credentials

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Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2002


This year, AHIMA introduces a new coding credential—the Certified Coding Associate (CCA). The credential is different from AHIMA’s other coding credentials—the Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) and the Certified Coding Specialist—Physician-based (CCS-P)—in some importan....

Use Data Mining Findings as a Tool to Support CDI Education

Author: Easterling, Sharon; Endicott, Melanie; Lojewski, Tedi; Maccariella-Hafey, Patricia C; Martin, Ginny

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2014



Clinical validation involves the clinical review of a case to determine whether or not the patient truly possesses the conditions documented in the health record. Productivity and coding quality often suffer when the health record lacks accurate documentation to support the claim, and cur....

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