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The Healthcare Wall of Shame

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2013

While stolen laptops and hacking of healthcare computer networks have dominated the headlines, healthcare privacy and security experts warn that covered entities are ignoring the risks posed by unsecured paper records.

In response to new additions to the Office for Civil Rights'....

The Future of Coding


Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2019

A Report from AHIMA’s Coding Thought Leadership Council

By Anne Zender, MA

What does the future of coding look like? A panel of coding experts and health information management (HIM) professionals met in early June to answer this question and others.


The End of the Record As We Know It

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2011

The vinyl record is gone from music, and the paper record is exiting healthcare. But the music keeps coming-in fact, more of it, in smaller and smaller pieces. What does the future hold for that touchstone of health information management-the record?

Not that long ago, the music indu....

The EHR’s Impact on Staffing Models

Author: Warner, Diana

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2011

As facilities transition from paper to electronic records, HIM departments must review job functions and staffing models. EHRs enable automation and ease of access and affect how the HIM department operates.
From Clerical to Qualitative

In an electronic environment paper HIM fu....

The Danger of Being Connected

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2019

By Ty Greenhalgh, HCISPP

In 2014, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act required and incented hospitals to demonstrate “meaningful use” of an electronic health record (EHR). Hospitals, desiring to maintain existing Medicaid and Medicare reimbursement levels and av....

The Circulatory System and ICD-10-CM/PCS

Author: Barta, Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: May 2011

Many coding professionals will need to learn new terminology and brush up on their anatomy and physiology (A&P) knowledge to prepare for the ICD-10-CM/PCS transition. Although it is still too early for intense training on the new code sets, now is the time for coding professionals to gain....

The Business Reality of HIM Outsourcing Explained

Author: Carey, Susan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2019

By Susan Carey, MHI, RHIT, PMP, FAHIMA

Outsourcing, whether delegating work to companies within the US or to other countries (offshore outsourcing), has become a strategic consideration and business model in many areas of the healthcare industry, including healthcare IT, health in....

The Arrest of a Nurse in Utah and Relevant Laws

Author: Burrington-Brown, Jill

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2018

By Jill Burrington-Brown, MS, RHIA, FAHIMA

On July 26, 2017, Alex Wubbels, a nurse in the burn unit at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, was arrested in an incident that has since been viewed widely on video captured from police body cameras. She refused to let a police phlebotomist....

The 63rd REC:

Author: Heubusch, Kevin

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2012

In a January 6 blog post, Farzad Mostashari, MD, national coordinator for health IT, summarized a busy year at his office, highlighting 10 of 2011's "most notable developments in the world of health information technology and ONC."

Among these were 62 regional health IT extension ce....

Testing ICD-10-PCS

Author: Brooks, Patricia E.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 1998

HCFA conducted a formal test of ICD-10-PCS (procedure coding system) in order to determine if it would be a practical replacement for the current ICD-9-CM, Procedures. This coding system was developed after an open competition contract was awarded to 3M/HIS. In order to avoid any con....

Testing Health Record Banking

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2009

Washington State’s experiment in consumer-controlled health records has moved into a pilot phase, transforming the health record banking model from theory to testing. In March the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) announced the launch of three pilot sites that will try out the....

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