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Unforeseen Delay, A Determined Call to Action

Author: Kennedy, Angela

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2014

President Barack Obama signed H.R. 4302, the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014, into law April 1, 2014. Though the bill’s main purpose was to create another temporary “patch” to the Medicare sustainable growth rate, language in a section of the bill effectively delayed the ICD-10-....

Understanding Use Cases

Author: Washington, Lydia

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2008

As national health IT initiatives move forward, it is important that HIM professionals understand the role and functions of use cases. Use cases are an extension of workflow analysis, an early and essential step in selecting or designing new health information technology. This article defines....

Understanding the Privacy Rule's Amendments

Author: Hughes, Gwen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2002

By now you know that amendments to the final privacy rule were published in the August 14, 2002, Federal Register. The amendments are intended to correct problems identified in the original privacy rule published on December 28, 2000.

This article presents a summary of some of....

Understanding the HIE Landscape

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2013

The health information exchange (HIE) landscape has changed dramatically since HIE and the Nationwide Health Information Network (NwHIN) was first conceptualized in 2001. The National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) published recommendations in 2001 on nationwide electronic hea....

Understanding Strategy Beyond Today

Author: Smith, Diann H.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2018

By Diann H. Smith, MS, RHIA, CHP, FAHIMA

AS HEALTH INFORMATION management (HIM) professionals, we must constantly evaluate our role in the healthcare ecosystem as the industry continues to evolve. After all, healthcare has many stakeholders and H....

Understanding National Coverage Policies: Navigating the Maze of HACs, Serious Reportable Events, and Wrong Surgical Sites

Author: Cook, Jane; D'Amato, Cheryl; Garrett, Gail S.; Ruhnau-Gee, Becky; Hyde, Linda A.; Novak, Natalie

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: June 2009

Present on admission indicators, hospital-acquired conditions, serious reportable events, and “wrong” surgical events are each hot topics. However, they also can be a hot topic together, because a number of these reporting requirements are interrelated. HIM professionals must under....

Understanding HIPAA Transactions and Code Sets

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2001

The recently published final regulations for transactions and code sets under HIPAA are the light at the end of the tunnel in the quest for uniform healthcare standards-and the first step on a long road to HIPAA implementation. What are the standard transactions and code sets? This article tak....

Understanding HIM’s Impact on Quality at the National Level

Author: Munn, Catherine; Backman, Cecilia; Costello, Stephanie; Wise, Lee A; Westhafer, Kathy J

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2015

The future of healthcare continues to evolve with the introduction of alternative reimbursement models. The industry is moving from traditional fee-for-service models to those focused on quality of care and documented outcome improvements. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of....

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