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Prepare Now for Meaningful Use Attestation and Compliance Audits

Author: Warner, Diana

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2014

A warning issued in 2013 by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has come to pass. “Meaningful use” Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program audits have begun. The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) reported that out of their 1,400 member organizations, almost 100 received audit notices in October 2013, totaling six percent of membership. In order to protect incentive payments earned through the meaningful use program, organizations need to be prepared for every audit contingency and know exactly what to expect. Organizations also need to avoid common mistakes that could lead to an audit and follow best practices for staying compliant to meaningful use standards.

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....

Managing Patient-provided Information in EHRs

Author: Warner, Diana

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2010


Ensuring correct and complete patient health information is an ongoing challenge for healthcare organizations. Patient-provided health information can help organizations gain a more complete view of a patient's health, and electronic health records (EHRs) provide multiple tools that allow pati....

FY 2017 Updates to ICD-10-PCS

Author: Ward, Maria

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

Publication Date: November 2016



Many changes come with the first update of the new ICD-10 Procedure Coding System (ICD-10-PCS) for fiscal year (FY) 2017. The higher-than-usual volume of changes was to be expected since the update system has been in a holding pattern for several years due to implementation delays. And al....

Fewer Codes for 2020 in ICD-10-PCS

Author: Ward, Maria

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2019


By Maria N. Ward, M.Ed., RHIA, CCS, CCS-P


There has been an increase in the number of possible codes in ICD-10-PCS every year since its implementation. With the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 ICD-10-PCS code changes, effective October 1, 2019, the tides have turned. In the Medical and Surg....

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