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Yours, Mine, and Ours

Author: Skurka, Margaret A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2000


Newspaper columnists spend plenty of time writing about problems in our society, trying to understand who's responsible for social ills and how they can be fixed. How does this relate to AHIMA? I believe that we can ask the same type of questions about some of the problems our professi....

Your Resume: A Checklist for Today's Trends

Author: Ellie, Perry E.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 1997



Does your resume work for you?


As the owner of a recruiting firm specializing in health information management, I critique hundreds of resumes each year. By employing the common sense ideas in this article you can enhance your resume, find the work of your dreams, and ch....

Your Job in the E-health Era

Author: AHIMA E-Health Task Force

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2002



Are you ready to work in the e-health era? This excerpt from “Report on the Roles and Functions of E-health Information Management,” a recent white paper by AHIMA’s E-health Task Force, describes the many skills HIM professionals already have that can easily translate to....

Yellow Brick Road to IG

Author: Goodell, Suzanne

Source: AHIMA blog post | Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: February 11, 2016



I am the director of meaningful use for a health system with 6 hospitals, 400-plus employed physicians, and a regional presence in my state. I suspect my healthcare system isn’t the only one using patient registration practices better suited to a bygone era. Recently I stumbled across one....

Years of Progress

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Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 1998

1920s 1928 Association of Record Librarians of North America founded in Boston with 58 charter members 1929 First annual meeting held in Chicago. Constitution and bylaws adopted 1930s 1934 Curriculum and standards created for medical record librarian schools 1939 Cred....

Year of the Audit

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2010


The healthcare forecast for 2010 includes a strong chance of audit. HIM professionals in many organizations will be busy responding to a shower of external record requests and internal compliance checks.

Stormy systems of audit programs, compliance initiatives, and fraud preventi....

Year of Milestones

Author: Mangin, Wendy L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2008


We have much to celebrate as 2008 begins to wind down. AHIMA has achieved several milestones.

First and foremost, this year marks AHIMA’s 80th anniversary. The association’s mission is as relevant today as it was eight decades ago: advancing the vision of quality health i....

Year in Review: Highlights from 2014

Author: Sheber, Sarah

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: December 2014



The Journal of AHIMA’s ongoing web series “HIM Frontlines,” explores pressing obstacles that health information management (HIM) professionals encounter in a rapidly changing healthcare environment. Major federal initiativs such as the “meaningful use” EHR Incentive Program, HITECH-HIPAA,....

Year Ahead in HIM

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2008


The healthcare industry enters 2008 with a score of hot topics related to health information management. Here are the issues to watch, picked by AHIMA’s professional practice and policy staff.
Presidential Election

Don Asmonga, MBA, director of government relatio....

XML Makes Its Mark

Author: Sokolowski, Rachael

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 1999


The advent of managed care and shifting alliances between HMOs, hospitals, and providers has fragmented the industry into separate entities that are highly dependent upon each other for the exchange of patient information. But that information, in the form of a medical record, is on paper—....

XML Furthers CPR Goals

Author: Pothen, Daniel J.; Parmanto, Bambang

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2000


Many healthcare facilities have instituted Internet-based healthcare computing applications to better manage and communicate health information.1 Realizing the power and potential of the Internet, various health information system vendors are developing Web-based applications. The advent of th....

Writing AHIMA's Next Chapter

Author: Abdelhak, Mervat N.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2005


Earlier this year, AHIMA’s Board of Directors defined what success looks like for our profession, our preferred future, and the necessary actions we need to take. Here’s what we see in AHIMA’s future.

Framing the opportunities. The board foresees the e-HIMTM journey....

Write Your Own Story

Author: Chenoweth, Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2017



I’ve always loved January! It is not only the freshly fallen snow and warm drinks by the fire that I cherish, it is the exhilaration that every new year brings with it the optimism that new beginnings are possible and the belief that our resolutions can create wonderful outcomes and suc....

Worlds Collide: Health Information Meets the Internet

Author: Holland, Julie A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2000


How can healthcare organizations effectively use the Internet to support care delivery? And what can HIM professionals do to help? This article describes what you can do to help your employer enter the Internet era.
Make no mistake, the Internet is keeping us all racing to stay up to dat....

World of Opportunity: HIM Impact in Ambulatory Care

Author: Hughes, Gwen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 1999


Twenty-five years ago, I worked at a 13-physician family practice clinic. My job entailed pulling and assembling charts for patient appointments and phone calls, inserting and maintaining the problem list and laboratory flow sheet, releasing requested health information t....

World of Accreditation

Author: Zender, Anne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2001


In recent years, the healthcare industry has seen a smorgasbord of accreditation options develop in all care settings. This list offers a sampling of the many accreditation organizations existing today.



Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC)-accredits am....

Work Outside Your Comfort Zone

Author: Martin, Melissa

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2016



Have you ever taken on a special project outside of your comfort zone? My special project this year has been building an outpatient surgery center (OSC) from the ground up. Leadership, Strategic/Organizational Management, Change Management, and Project Management are all curriculum domain....

Working to Make RECs Sustainable

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: November 07, 2011





The regional extension centers—created through federal grants to help small providers and hospitals select, implement, and use health IT—have several years remaining on their contracts. However, they are already considering business models that would make them self....

Working Smarter with APCs

Author: Thoman, Deborah J.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2001




Are HIM professionals ready to make the most of APCs? This article suggests some strategies to improve the way we work with APCs, focus on complete and accurate coding, and improve our expertise.
Are HIM professionals ready for the next step in APCs? Are we ready to use APC data....

Working Online: Hazards Ahead

Author: Burrington-Brown, Jill

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2005


HIM professionals know that as we move from paper to an electronic environment, our mission of privacy and security remains the same. As the medium changes, however, we must evaluate new threats to information.

The growth of the Internet has been proportionate to the growth of its at....

Workflow for Breach Notification

Author: Walsh, Tom

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2010


Federal regulations that took effect in September 2009 require HIPAA covered entities and their business associates to notify individuals if their protected health information (PHI) was accessed or disclosed in an unauthorized manner or by unauthorized individuals. Certain exemptions apply, su....

Word Power: a Glossary of Software Licensing Terms

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2006


This Software license agreement is entered into by and between Sample Software, Inc, a Delaware corporation with principal offices located at 100 Maple Lane, Chicago, Illinois 60601 ("Sample") and _________________, a corporation with principal offices located at ________________ ("Licensee") a....

Winning the Coding Trifecta: CAC, CDI, and ICD-10. How CAC Can Strengthen Your CDI Program and Increase Collaboration with Coding and Quality Improvement

Author: Whittle, Kelly

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2016



It’s no surprise that the volume of clinical documentation has multiplied exponentially with the advent of electronic health records (EHRs). Templates, shortcuts, drop-down menus, and copy-and-paste functions make it easier than ever to document copious amounts of data with just a few cli....

Winning Joint Commission Jeopardy: Tips for Success

Author: Brow, Julie A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2001




Organization, preparedness, and quality are three familiar words to those managing hospital and clinic health information. At no time is it more important to be organized, prepared, and quality-minded than when surveyors from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organi....

Winding Road to the Privacy Rule

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2001




We have a privacy rule. After years of effort from AHIMA members, the first national privacy standards were allowed to go into effect by Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tommy G. Thompson, with pressure from the White House.

It's time for HIM professi....

Will the Real John Smith Please Stand Up?

Author: Wiedemann, Lou Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2014



Patient matching and identity management has been a critical component of health information management (HIM) since the beginning of the profession, when master patient indices (MPI) were kept on 3x5 inch index cards. HIM professionals don’t have to be told about the challenges with dupli....

Will IG replace HIM?

Author: Washington, Lydia

Source: AHIMA blog post | Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: December 28, 2015



I hear this question all the time from new as well as veteran HIM professionals. Especially now that the implementation of ICD-10-CM has come and gone (mostly with nothing more than a whimper, I might add, largely due to the exceptional planning and organization skills of great HIM profess....

Wider World of Coding

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2009


Coding reminds me of the parable of three blind men describing an elephant. Each one touches just one part of the elephant.

The blind man who examined the elephant’s tail likened it to a straw fan swinging back and forth; the man who explored the legs described the elephant as....

Why You Need to Write for Your Profession

Author: Sandefer, Ryan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2019


By Ryan Sandefer, PhD, and Amy Watters, EdD, RHIA, FAHIMA


The May 2014 cover of Journal of AHIMA featured an image of a chameleon and the words “Adapt or Disappear.” This hyperbolic warning for health information management (HIM) professionals was delivered in the context of the r....

Why We Can’t Skip ICD-10

Author: Bowman, Sue E

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: April 05, 2012





HHS’s intended delay of ICD-10 implementation has led to suggestions that the US simply skip ICD-10 altogether and wait for the next revision. It is true that ICD-11 is under development, but it is not as close as many perceive and the US simply cannot wait any lon....

Why Standards Should Matter to HIM Professionals

Author: Warner, Diana

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2014



Editor’s note: This article introduces Standards Strategies, a new Journal of AHIMA department that will provide guidance to HIM professionals on applying health data standards in areas including business, clinical care, and compliance.


AHIMA has always been committed t....

Why ICD-10 Is Worth the Trouble

Author: Bowman, Sue E

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2008


Transitioning to ICD-10 is a major disruption that providers and payers may prefer to avoid. But it is an upgrade long overdue, and the benefits are far-reaching.

It has been nearly five years since the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics recommended to the secretary o....

Why ICD-10 Can’t Wait

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2008


In August the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published two notices of proposed rule making (NPRMs): one for the adoption of ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS and one for an upgrade to the HIPAA transaction standard. Comments on the proposed rules are due on October 21. Once the comment p....

Why HIM Innovation Matters

Author: Sheridan, Patty Thierry

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2012


An HIM colleague recently asked me why everyone seems to be talking about innovation lately. Innovation might seem like a buzzword, but it’s also important to the future of healthcare and health information. Innovation isn’t just about generating new ideas-its primary goal is to develop a diff....

Why Fax Machines Won’t Die in Healthcare

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Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2018

In an article that likens the fax machine to “the cockroach of American medicine,” Vox explores why, in the midst of the tech revolution, healthcare organizations are still relying on the antiquated fax machine to exchange medical records. Their conclusion is clear—health record sy....

Why Don't We Have Computer-Based Patient Records

Author: Drazen, Erica

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 1996


In 1991 the Institute of Medicine produced a report that came to the unequivocal conclusion that to make advances in the quality of care, efficiency of process, and containment of costs, we needed to adopt computer-based patient records. They even subtitled the report "An Essential Technology....

Why an Informatics Degree Matters

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: April 2015



The HIM Problem


As HIM becomes increasingly data-centric, knowledge of informatics is becoming an essential tool.


Today, it’s hard to identify even one aspect of health information management (HIM) as a profession that isn’t profoundly affected by the use,....

Who's Hiring

Author: Heubusch, Kevin

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: October 2009

Kevin Heubusch


Oct 12, 2009 12:05 pm

In one sense, the future is already here for those who manage health information. The skills HIM professionals need today are not very different from those they’ll need in 10 years, according to a new survey of practitioners, recruiters,....

Who's Covered by HIPAA (HIPAA on the Job)

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2001




One of the mysteries of the administrative simplification section of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) is determining who is covered or comes under the requirements of the act. This article will examine HIPAA to unravel some of the mystery of &quo....

Who Reads Their Doctor’s Notes? Examining the Association between Preconceptions and Accessing Online Clinical Notes

Author: Klein, Jared W.; Jackson, Sara L.; Osteer, Natalia V.; Peacock, Sue; Delbanco, Tom; Walker, Jan; Elmore, Joann G

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2018

By Jared W. Klein, MD, MPH; Sara L. Jackson, MD, MPH; Natalia V. Oster, MPH; Sue Peacock, BS; Tom Delbanco, MD; Jan Walker, RN, MBA; and Joann G. Elmore, MD, MPH

Patients who use online portals to review their clinicians’ notes may become more actively involved in their healthcare, bu....

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