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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....

Journal Q&A (1/05)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: January 02, 2005

Q: What is medical informatics, and is there a connection between it and health information management?
A: Medical informatics is “the collection, classification, storage, retrieval and dissemination of recorded knowledge.”1 It features an “emphasis on technology as an integr....

Journal Q&A (1/05)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: January 02, 2005

Q: Is there a standard addressing who should document in medical records?
A: The answer to this question is left up to individual organizations. Most facilities create a policy that covers who can document in a patient’s medical record. This may also be covered in the medical staff bylaw....

Journal Q&A (11/04)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: November 02, 2004


Q: As a covered entity, do I need to have satisfactory assurance (as required by HIPAA) that an individual has been notified when I am served with a search warrant for a patient's protected health information (PHI)?
A: No. A search warrant is issued by a judge and is considered the same a....

Journal Q&A (11/04)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: November 02, 2004


Q: From a Washington State Community of Practice discussion thread: What should our facility do when we receive medical information burned to a CD in place of hard copies? Should we print copies? Should we send the CD back? If copies are printed, should the CD be maintained or destroyed?
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Journal Q&A (9/04)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: September 02, 2004


Q: We are having trouble with the discharge status codes on some of our claims. In order to get the claim paid, the fiscal intermediary (FI) requires the discharge status code be changed. If we change the code, it will not correspond with documentation in our medical record.
A: The Center....

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