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Make Your Voice Heard: AHIMA's 2002 Advocacy Agenda

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Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: September 2002


Once Chrisann Lemery tried it, she was hooked. As an HIM professional frequently frustrated by confusing regulations, she began questioning regulatory agencies and third-party payers.
"I realized that my questions were taken seriously and they were listening," says Lemery, MS, RHIA, medic....

Putting the EHR to the Test

Author: Hawkins, Fanny

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2002


Is clinical documentation significantly different before and after implementing the electronic health record (EHR)?
Believing that the development and implementation of an EHR strategy is required for success, Baylor College of Medicine sought to answer this question. This article present....

On the Line: Professional Practice Solutions

Author: Hughes, Gwen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2002


Q: What is a virtual shredder?

Q: A developmentally disabled adult was recently admitted to our hospital. The patient was accompanied by his older sister. The sister indicated her brother could not write but that he could draw an "X." Because the patient doesn't have a court-appointe....

Imaging System Propels HIM Department to EHR

Author: Bechert, Londa

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2002


St. Vincent Hospital and Health Services in Indianapolis, IN, is a member of the Ascension Health network, a nationwide Catholic health ministry. The HIM department has centralized responsibility for the main campus (650 beds) in Indianapolis, the St. Vincent Carmel Hospital (65 beds), and mul....

Keeping HIM Current Through Re-engineering

Author: Myjer, D'Arcy

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2002


How should HIM departments organize to meet the challenges of the electronic medical record (EMR), compliance, HIPAA, and high-volume transcription?


The HIM department at Stanford Hospital and Clinics (SHC) in Stanford, CA, has evolved to meet the need for change. Here’s....

On the Line: Professional Practice Solutions

Author: Dougherty, Michelle

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2002


Q: Is it true that the method for calculating the delinquent chart rate has changed and it is no longer necessary to carry a delinquent chart from month to month?
Q: Recently, a discharged patient fell two days after discharge from the inpatient rehab facility where I work. He went to the....

Spreading HIM Excellence Abroad

Author: Shaffer, Audrey

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2002


At the opening ceremony of Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital in 1994, thousands of balloons were released over the Chinese countryside as a symbol of the advanced medical care the hospital hoped to spread throughout China.


Hong Kong philanthropist Sir Run Run Shaw, along with the Zheji....

Journal Q&A (5/02)

Author: AHIMA Staff

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: May 02, 2002

Q: Is there a standard or recommended source for abbreviations used in medical records?


A: There is no standard or recommended abbreviation list. Because of service and style variation, healthcare organizations are encouraged to create their own customized list. An optimal approach....

On the Line: Professional Practice Solutions

Author: Hjort, Beth M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2002


Q: Is there a standard or recommended source for abbreviations used in medical records?
Q: In light of HIPAA restrictions on protected health information, I’m concerned about our HIM department’s practice of accepting HIM students for professional practice experience. What shoul....

On the Line: Professional Practice Solutions

Author: Hughes, Gwen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2002


Q: The physician practice I work for often receives photocopies of health information sent in anticipation of a new patient consultation or appointment. If the individual never presents to the practice, how long must our practice retain this health information?
Q: My facility is bringing....

On the Line: Professional Practice Solutions

Author: Hughes, Gwen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2002


Q: Does the individual to whom a patient has granted durable power of attorney for financial matters have the right to access and authorize use or disclosure of the patient's protected health information (PHI) under HIPAA?


Q: We have a transcriptionist who picks up tapes, trans....

Use of Language-Interpreter Consent Form

Author: Gore, Glennda

Source: AHIMA Foundation

Publication Date: January 08, 2002



In an effort to comply with the upcoming HIPAA confidentiality requirements, McAlester Regional Health Center has begun to review all policies and procedures concerning patient confidentiality and data security. During this process, the use of language interpreters was identified as one a....

Statewide Data Systems: Entering a New Era

Author: Love, Denise

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2001




Statewide data systems are the mainstay of many state and federal data systems and of many quality assessment, research, and policy initiatives. The author gives an overview of the different kinds of systems available and looks at opportunities for growth in the future, as well as for....

"SNIP"ping Away at HIPAA

Author: Bettendorf, Jim

Source: In Confidence (newsletter)

Publication Date: November 02, 2001


Consider this a resource guide from a fellow privacy official trying to make sense of it all. I am of course referring to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). By now, we are all familiar with HIPAA’s content, but not quite sure what path to take when it com....

Filtering Our Data to Ease Consumers' Search

Author: Tully, Lorraine

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2001


HealthMarket, Inc., is a Norwalk, CT-based company offering “self-directed health plans” to employers and insurers as a new choice in health benefits. Founded in 1999, the company aims to shift healthcare decision making from insurance intermediaries to physicians and patients. As part of its....

Journal Q&A (11/01)

Author: AHIMA Staff

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: November 02, 2001


Q: Where can I find an easy-to-use glossary for terms in the HIPAA regulations?


A: The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) has compiled an alphabetic glossary of HIPAA terms and definitions. It is approximately 24 pages long and can be downloaded from the WEDI Web sit....

HIM & Ethical Decision Making: Complex Challenges

Author: Harman, Laurinda B.

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 10, 2001




The successful health information management (HIM) professional (RHIT and RHIA) must be simultaneously passionate about two things: (1) information management expertise and (2) ethical principles and professional values. Technical expertise without ethical principles and professional....

PRO-West's Payment Error Prevention Program

Author: Baron, Anne

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 10, 2001




Background

Beginning in 1997, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) started conducting annual audits of Medicare billing practices. These audit results estimated that Medicare had paid more than $23 billion in incorrect payments in 1996 and more than $20 billion in 1997.....

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