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Conduct is Their Business

Author: Byrd, Katherine

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2001




Suppose you were asked to do something unethical on the job. What if you were asked by your supervisor to hide delinquent charts just prior to a Joint Commission survey? What would you do?

As a profession, HIM professionals understand our moral obligation to the patient to p....

Ethics in Practice: Asking the Right Questions

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2001


When was the last time you had to decide the right thing to do? Recall a time when an employee asked your advice about what action would be right or wrong. What words would you would use to describe how you made the decisions? Words like "judgement," "intuition," a....

New Approach to Chargemaster Management

Author: Richey, John

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2001

After examining their CDM management processes, HIM professionals, along with clinical and support departments, redesigned and automated several practice aspects with successful results. (FORE Best Practice, AHIMA Foundation)

On the Line: Professional Practice Solutions (11/00)

Author: Hughes, Gwen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2000


Q: My facility wants to adopt or modify an existing abbreviation list rather than develop its own. Where can I locate such a list?

Q: How long is an authorization to release information valid?

Q: Where can I find a medical record audit tool for physician practice....

Building a Better CPT

Author: Prophet, Sue

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2000


The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) presents numerous challenges to HIM processes and systems. Not least among these areas is coding. Among the concerns is whether the CPT system will be sufficient to meet the demands of HIPAA. The American Med....

Journal Q&A (11/00)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: November 02, 2000

Q: Where can I find a benchmark for coding accuracy?
A: It's difficult to establish an industry standard for coding accuracy because accuracy is measured differently in every facility. Some facilities compute their accuracy rate by taking the number of correctly coded records and divi....

Journal Q&A (11/00)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: November 02, 2000

Q: My facility wants to adopt or modify an existing abbreviation list rather than develop its own. Where can I locate such a list?
A: If you work in a community where the physicians practice at more than one facility, it would be ideal if those facilities shared a common abbreviation....

On the Line: Professional Practice Solutions (10/00)

Author: Dougherty, Michelle

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2000


Q: Can an emergency room exam serve as an inpatient history and physical?

Q: What is the retention period for billing records, such as explanations of benefits, charge slips, invoices, etc.?

Michelle Dougherty is an HIM practice manager at AHIMA. She can be reache....

Productivity Report Streamlines Management

Author: Hughes, Gwen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2000



Twenty years ago, HIM department leaders often directed one or more departments within a facility or on one campus. It was rare to find them managing at multiple sites. Today, however, it is not unusual to find HIM professionals managing HIM and/or other departments throughout entire....

Following the Electronic Trail

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Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2000


How can you protect patient information while maintaining immediate access for qualified employees? HIM professionals across the country are taking leadership roles in developing and managing audit trails for computerized health information. Here are a few of their success storie....

On the Line: Professional Practice Solutions (9/00)

Author: Dougherty, Michelle

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2000


Q: Is it legal to allow physicians within a group practice to authenticate records for each other?

Q: I have the opportunity to consult for a long-term care facility, though I have never worked in long-term care. What resources should I have?

Michelle Dougherty i....

Where Are They Now? CPR Leaders Assess Their Progress

Author: Zender, Anne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2000


Five years ago the first recipients of the Davies awards showed us successes of CPR systems across the country. Where are they now? This article catches up with these CPR leaders.
Is your job exactly the same as it was five years ago? For most HIM professionals, the answer....

Journal Q&A (7/00)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: July 02, 2000

Q: What is a good source for looking up Internet-related terms?
A: One of the quickest and least expensive ways to look up an unfamiliar Internet term is by doing a search at www.whatis.com.

In addition to explaining terms such as "cookie" and "ISP," ....

Groups Offer E-health Ethics Smorgasboard

Author: Asmonga, Donald D.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2000


E-health experts nationally are hard at work developing guidelines for this rapidly growing industry. Recently, three sets of guidelines were issued—by an advisory committee to the Federal Trade Commission, by the Internet Healthcare Coalition (IHC), and by a group of information....

Practice Solutions for Today

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Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2000


Editor's note: APCs, risk management, knowledge management...all of these are practice issues that will affect the way HIM professionals work in the future. But practice solutions exist right now in our day-to-day work environments as well. Here are a few successful practice sol....

Journal Q&A (7/00)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: July 02, 2000

Q: Where I can find sample policies and procedures for confidentiality, security, and disclosure of patient health information?
A: The Computerized Patient Record Institute (CPRI) and 3Com Corporation have partnered to publish a CPRI toolkit at http://healthcare.3com.com/securitynet/h....

On the Line: Professional Practice Solutions (7/00)

Author: Hughes, Gwen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2000


Q: My state's laws say that health information may be made available to researchers who provide written evidence of approval of their projects by an institutional review board (IRB). What is an IRB?

Q: Where should informed consent forms for research and research-related ....

Building a One-stop Shop for Ideas

Author: Thompson, Nancy A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2000




If you feel like you've ever reinvented the wheel when changing or improving processes, the Department of Veterans Affairs may have the answer. Read on to learn more about the Virtual Learning Center, an online knowledge base of healthcare solutions.



We all have....

Compliance Efforts Lead to Process Improvements

Author: Swope, Shana

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2000




After Medicare regulations and the accompanying paperwork threatened to overwhelm an outpatient rehabilitation center, staff took steps to simplify the recertification process. The result was improved efficiency plus increased commitment to the electronic medical record. He....

IHC Eyes E-health Code of Ethics

Author: Asmonga, Donald D.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2000


The privacy of personal information on the Internet is a hot topic nationwide. Is an e-health code of ethics in order? AHIMA and several other organizations are offering guidance this spring to the industry's first attempt at one.

Together with the American Medical Informa....

Compliance Across the Continuum: What Works

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Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2000


Reducing fraud and abuse.
Making operations run more smoothly.
Improving services.
Keeping a lid on costs.

Compliance programs aim to do all of these things. And with expertise in coding, reimbursement, and regulatory matters, HIM professionals are natural members of....

E-health Code of Ethics Under Way

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Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2000


The Internet Healthcare Coalition (IHC) held a working summit from January 31 through February 2 to begin the development of an international "e-health Code of Ethics." The summit produced a set of guiding principles to govern the behavior of all health sites on the Internet. T....

On the Line: Professional Practice Solutions (5/00)

Author: Welch, Julie J.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2000


Q: Within what time frame are verbal orders required to be authenticated?

Q: Is electronic record storage legal?

Q: Does the Joint Commission require an RHIT or RHIA to be employed in a hospital's HIM department?

Julie Welch is an HIM practice manager at A....

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