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New Focus on Process and Measure: Raising Data Quality with a Standard Coding Workflow and Benchmarks

Author: Wilson, Donna D; Hampton-Bagshaw, Kim; Jorwic, Therese M; Bishop, Jean; Giustina, Elizabeth

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2008




Establishing a standard coding workflow that incorporates continuous improvement and creating performance benchmarks is key to improving the quality of coded data.



HIM professionals who assign codes or manage coded data take responsibility for translating clinical....

Enterprise Content Management from the Ground Up

Author: Nunn, Sandra L.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2008


How a project that began with 50 policies and procedures critical to Joint Commission standards is growing into a content management system encompassing thousands of documents from across an organization.
Optimally healthcare organizations should arrive at an enterprise content management....

Getting Quality Clinical and Coded Data: How UMHS's CDIP Improved Clinical Coded Data and Clinical Staff Relationships

Author: Blackford, Gwendolyn; Whitehouse, Rosanne

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2007


Obtaining codeable clinical documentation at the point of care in a large teaching facility can be challenging. However, the HIM department at the University of Michigan Health System (UMHS) in Ann Arbor, MI, took on the task, implementing a clinical documentation improvement program (CDI....

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Source: AHIMA web extra

Publication Date: June 02, 2007

This practice brief extra has been updated. See the latest version here. This version is made available for historical purposes only.

Mobile Device Use, Reuse, and Disposal

Author: Southerton, Laurie

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2007


The healthcare industry increasingly communicates via technology. Mobile devices are becoming prevalent in many organizations to the point where many staff find it difficult to work without them.

The HIPAA privacy and security rules require the private and secure handling of patient....

Identity Proofing: Just a Fancy Name for Verification?

Author: Herrin, Barry S.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2007


Among the issues being brought to the fore in the movement to electronic health records (EHRs) is identity proofing. However, this is the same issue healthcare providers have faced for as long as patients have been contacting providers in ways other than face-to-face communications. This artic....

Policies and Procedures for a Legal EHR

Author: Quinsey, Carol Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2007


As organizations move from paper to electronic health records (EHRs), one of the most critical steps is ensuring that there are policies that support the EHR as the legal health record.

Most managers know the importance of having up-to-date policies and procedures. Good pol....

Assessing and Improving EHR Data Quality: Model for Implementing an EHR Documentation Improvement Process

Author: AHIMA e-HIM Work Group on Assessing and Improving Healthcare Data Quality in the EHR

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2007


Improving data quality in an electronic healthcare environment requires a greater focus on standardized documentation procedures. With an EHR, the need to evaluate and improve healthcare data quality through concurrent assessment, data collection monitoring, and ongoing process improvement requ....

Linking Anti-fraud and Legal EHR Functions

Author: Dougherty, Michelle

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2007


The following statement could easily come from any material written on the legal electronic health record: “EHRs and information available through the NHIN [nationwide health information network] must fully comply with applicable federal and state law and meet the requirements of reliability an....

Ensuring Privacy and Security in Home Health

Author: Demster, Barbara

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2007




Every healthcare provider must customize its privacy and security program to fit its unique setting and needs. How an organization maintains its records (analog, paper, electronic, or mixed modes) drives its privacy and security procedures. While regulations provide the basic requirem....

Opening Pandora's Box: Pure Coding vs. Charge Master Driven Coding--a Case Study at Duke University Health System

Author: Stone, Fabian; Egan, Jeanne M.; LeBoutillier, Richard; Blackwelder, Dean

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 31, 2006

Opening Pandora’s Box: Pure Coding vs. Charge Master Driven Coding
A Case Study at Duke University Health System
Fabian Stone, MBA, MHA, Duke University Hospital
Jeanne Egan, MBA, RHIA, CHP, CCA, BearingPoint
Richard LeBoutillier, MPA, CPHQ, BearingPoint
Dean Blackwel....

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