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Tracking How Healthcare Professionals See Health Information

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2013

The iPad and its tablet brethren are so 2010, at least according to some tech-obsessed individuals who are now focusing a longing gaze on Google Glass. While the computerized eyewear that can connect to the Internet and remotely access data might leave fashionistas wanting, it has some health e....

Tracking HIV, Maintaining Confidentiality


Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2000

In an effort to track the spread of HIV, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released guidelines to assist states in collecting data on the disease. By using the names of patients who test positive for HIV or unique identifying codes, the CDC hopes to better track the ....

Tracking HIE’s Ever Evolving Operational Models: Emerging health information exchange market still sorting out its business and governance models

Author: Callan, Kathy; Fuller, Jan C.; Galterio, Louis; Just, Beth Haenke; Reich, Kimberly A. Baldwin-Stried ; Steigerwald, Christine; Turner-Combs, Mary Lou; Wolf, Sheldon H; Dooling, Julie A; Kirby, Annessa; Rhodes, Harry B.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2014

Editor’s note: This article is part one of a two-part series analyzing the current state of health information exchange organizations and their operational models.

Health information exchange (HIE) continues to be an embryonic domain—a swirling array of various pu....

Toward the Next Century


Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 1998

AHIMA is 70 years strong—and gaining momentum all the time. As healthcare evolves into the next century, health information management professionals offer unique functions in assuring quality and securing appropriate access to healthcare data.

As personal health informat....

Toward a Web-enabled HIM Profession

Author: Skurka, Margaret A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2000

I begin this month's column with three questions: Do you have access to the Internet? Do you use it as a tool in your work? Are you regularly using the professional development information on AHIMA's Web site? If your answer to any of these questions is "no," I urge you to ....

Toward a National Health Information Infrastructure

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2000

I recently attended a symposium at the National Academy of Sciences celebrating the 50th anniversary of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS). The NCVHS is the Department of Health and Human Services' statutory public advisory body on health data, privacy, and ....

To Sign or Not to Sign Verbal Orders

Author: Clark, Susan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 1998

The value of obtaining physician signatures on verbal orders after the patient's discharge from care is a concept that has been debated for several years. Typically, state regulations require that verbal orders be signed or authenticated. In some states a specific time frame—such....

Top RAC Target Areas

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2012

If you bill fee-for-service programs, your claims will be subject to review by the Recovery Audit Contractor Program (RAC). That was the promise made by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services when it expanded its once-experimental program to all 50 states in 2010. The RAC's mission....

Top Documentation Issues for ICD-10

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: April 2011

Apr 18, 2011

ICD-10-CM/PCS offers organizations better data about their patient populations and the services they provide them. The code set’s greater specificity allows coding professionals to more accurately reflect the details of physician documentation.

However, an....

Too Many Coding Systems, Too Much to Do: Different Clinical Classification and Clinical Terminology Systems Uniquely Impact IT, Quality Management

Author: Kohn, Deborah

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2014

The notion of managing and being accountable for the health status of defined populations requires much more sophisticated clinical data collection methods and skills than most healthcare organizations have today. Numerous “coding systems” have been used for decades to successf....

Tools for Lifelong Learning

Author: Vukovljak, Lana; King, James W.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2004

Skills don’t last long in today’s workplace—a major reason is technology. Luckily, technology makes it easier to keep skills current.
The knowledge required to maintain a job and to keep job skills at peak intensity keeps changing, and the rate of change keeps accelera....

Tools for Defining Data

Author: Shakir, Abdul-Malik

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 1999

Similarly, data dictionaries, data sets, and data models have much in common, but many significant differences. Each can be used to define data, especially data that needs to get from point A to point B. This article describes each of these tools and the value they add to health information ma....

To E or Not to E: HIM and the Dawn of E-health

Author: Fuller, Sandra R.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2000

E-commerce, e-shopping, e-mail—seems like there's an "e" in front of almost every word these days. What about health information management? Is HIM headed for cyberspace? And if the world is going to the Web, how ready is HIM to follow—or lead?

As we try to imagi....

Tips for Trainers

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2007

The time had come in the physicians’ meeting to discuss HIM issues, and Wilson was in charge of bringing the room up to speed.

Wilson, then the coding quality manager at Charleston, SC-based Roper St. Francis Healthcare, was new to public speaking and training. For a moment,....

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