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Journal Q&A (1/99)

Author: AHIMA Staff

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: January 02, 1999


Q: I hear a lot of technical terms being used lately by information systems staff and I feel like I'm not speaking their "jargon." Could you clarify the meaning of some of these terms? Specifically, they are SQL, Java, TCP/IP, and IPX.

A: SQL stands for structured query language, whi....

Benchmarking Project Harvests Ideas for Network

Author: Zender, Anne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 1998


It started as a simple benchmarking project. But when Patricia Rhodes, RRA, Carol Keller, MPA, and their team finished, the project had taken them across the country, opened up lines of communication with staff members at nine other facilities, and helped them improve their....

HIM Metamorphosis

Author: Kalata, Marcia

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 1998



Five years ago, if someone had told me my organization would construct a new building without a chart room and would require half as many medical record clerks and that coders would work without stacks of charts at their desks, I'd have thought they were from a different planet. But....

Implementing the Enterprise Master Patient Index

Author: Adragna, Lisa

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 1998


In implementing a cross-facility initiative, the importance of planning and understanding the implications for all facilities can't be overlooked. Here's how one integrated delivery network navigated the challenges of implementing a cross-facility enterprise master patient inde....

IT Implementation Requires HIM Expertise

Author: Didear, Kay

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 1998


Implementing a computer-based patient record (CPR) begins long before the first installment of software is loaded. This process significantly benefits from the skills and expertise health information management professionals bring to the table. But don't assume that your healthcare m....

On the Line: Professional Practice Solutions

Author: Welch, Julie J.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 1998


Q: I work in a skilled nursing facility and want to know if it is mandatory for all states to use Resource Utilization Groups III (RUGS III). If so, when was the deadline?
Q: Where can I find information about a system that will allow for the electronic transmission of Minimum....

ORYX and Other Elusive Quality Animals

Author: Rhodes, Harry B.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 1998


Edward I. Koch, former mayor of New York City, is known for asking, "How am I doing?" Koch, of course, was speaking of the positive progress of his administration. But he could have just as easily been talking about the state of performance measurement in healthcare today. Even though quality....

Managing Care, Managing Change, Managing Information

Author: Dunham, Larry

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 1998


Under managed care, information is often required on a longitudinal—not an episodic—basis. As a result, we need to rethink our approach to data storage and use. The author identifies ways to look at the demand for data in a managed care environment and shows how process as....

On the Line: Professional Practice Solutions

Author: Welch, Julie J.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 1998


Q: I have a deposition scheduled for next week. The issue at hand is whether a preprinted manufacturer's instruction sheet on how to use a piece of medical equipment should be a part of the medical record. Our position is that it should not be included because it does not reflect wha....

Journal Q&A (4/98)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: April 02, 1998


Q: I have a deposition scheduled for next week. The issue at hand is whether a preprinted manufacturer's instruction sheet on how to use a piece of medical equipment should be a part of the medical record. Our position is that it should not be included because it does not reflect ....

On the Line: Professional Practice Solutions

Author: Fuller, Sandra R.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 1998


Q: Cellular phones are very popular and are a convenient way to increase communication. Should we place any restrictions on the use of cellular phones to discuss patient information?

Q: In light of last year's changes to the Joint Commission's standard on delinquent records, h....

Future of HIM: An Operational View

Author: Braden, James

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 1998


What will HIM processes, departments, and the patient record look like 10 years from now? The author offers a view of HIM operations at an academic medical center with an eye for operational, organizational, and functional structure.
The health information management profession has been....

Organizational Restructuring: One HIM Team's Approach

Author: Smith, Carol F.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 1998


Organizational restructuring offers a number of challenges -- and opportunities -- to employees. This article describes how members of one organization's HIM staff participated in a systemwide restructuring process, from planning to implementation to assessment of results.
Today's era o....

Journal Q&A (1/98)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: January 02, 1998


Q: I am a coder in a hospital HIM department. I am being pressured to code in a manner I believe to be fraudulent in order to maximize reimbursement and improve the hospital's case mix. What should I do?

A: Always remember to exhaust all avenues for resolving the matter....

On the Line: Professional Practice Solutions

Author: Prophet, Sue

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 1998


Q: I am a coder in a hospital HIM department. I am being pressured to code in a manner I believe to be fraudulent in order to maximize reimbursement and improve the hospital's case mix. What should I do?

Q: I am employed as a coder and am concerned about my potential risk with....

Physician Office Billing Compliance Program

Author: Eisenhauer, Sue

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 1997


Physician offices try to adhere to the coding and billing guidelines as defined by Medicare. However, claims to commercial insurance carriers frequently are not handled as precisely. The passage of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) has brought to our atte....

Implementing the Wireless Computerized Patient Record

Author: Rhodes, Harry B.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 1997


The ability to provide timely, relevant, and accurate in-formation to the healthcare decision maker at the point of care is a critical success factor for any provider. For enterprises that operate in extremely competitive healthcare markets, the ability to meet this challenge could mean the d....

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