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By the Rules: Making Security Policies Stick

Author: Zender, Anne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 1999


Considerable attention has been paid to the development of organizationwide information security policies—especially what they should contain and how they should be put in place. But enforcing these policies isn't always easy. We asked four information security experts to give us....

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....

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....

Leadership GPS – Growth, Performance, Sustainment

Author: Yount, Shane

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 02, 2011

1. Leadership GPS – Growth, Performance, Sustainment Overview

The economic downturn and austerity based thinking has created an organizational environment of leaders managing more and more responsibilities. Often open positions have not been filled, leaving existing leaders with mor....

Are Ethics Guiding Your Workplace?

Author: Yokubaitis, Pamela R.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2003



Sanctions under the HIPAA regulations mean serious financial consequences for healthcare professionals who release protected health information to others without following proper disclosure protocols. But HIM professionals should not be motivated by fear of financial consequences alone. Ou....

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....

Compliance in the Physician Office

Author: Wieland, LaVonne R.

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 10, 2001




Does your physician practice have a compliance program? Do they know they need one? Do they care? Hopefully, the answer to these questions is "yes." If not, this paper will give you information on what is needed and where to start in developing a compliance program for your....

Role of Data Analysis in Revenue Cycle Improvement

Author: White, Susan E

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: September 27, 2010

Introduction

Data analysis techniques are becoming increasingly important for HIM professionals. The application of relatively simple and straightforward data analytics can identify significant opportunities for improvement in the revenue cycle. Traditional chart audits can be enhanced b....

On the Line: Professional Practice Solutions (2/00)

Author: Welch, Julie J.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2000


Q: The ambulatory care facility where I work is considering implementing an electronic signature process. Is the use of electronic signature acceptable in ambulatory care? Also, what guidelines for this are available?

Q: What Internet security guidelines are available?
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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....

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....

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....

Critical Success Factors in Establishing the Electronic Health Record: the Experience of St. Michael's Hospital, Canada

Author: Wegener, John; Woodman, Anna Jane

Source: IFHRO Congress | AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 15, 2004

Overview

This presentation will provide insight into planning, implementing, and managing the transition of a health records department, moving from an overburdened and inefficient paper environment toward an automated electronic setting. This success story will look at how staff, work pr....

Privacy and Security Audits of Electronic Health Information (2014 update)

Author: Walsh, Tom; Miaoulis, William M

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2014

In a perfect world, access controls alone would ensure the privacy and security of electronic protected health information (ePHI). However, the complexities of today’s healthcare environment make it extremely challenging to limit access to the minimum information necessary that members of the workforce require in order to perform their jobs.

Proof Is in the Policy

Author: Walsh, Tom

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2004


Proving security compliance later requires establishing documentation now. HIM professionals have a valuable role to play.

HIM professionals played central roles in their organization’s privacy efforts, ensuring that appropriate policies, procedures, and documents were in plac....

Journey through Meaningful Use at a Large Academic Medical Center: Lessons of Leadership, Administration, and Technical Implementation

Author: Unger, Melissa D; Aldrich, Alison M; Hefner, Jennifer L; Rizer, Milisa K

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: October 2014


Abstract


Successfully reporting meaningful use of electronic health records to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services can be a challenging process, particularly for healthcare organizations with large numbers of eligible professionals. This case report describes a successf....

New Health Information Management (HIM) Competencies? Teaching Critical Thinking Using an Unfolding Case Study

Author: Tyczkowski, Brenda

Source: Educational Perspectives in Health Informatics and Information Management

Publication Date: May 2015


Abstract


With the AHIMA Foundation’s establishment of new professional competencies for health information management (HIM) comes the opportunity to reimagine how lessons are presented to students. The use of unfolding case studies fosters a learner-centered classroom, where the s....

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....

Spoliation of Medical Evidence

Author: Tomes, Jonathan P.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2005


To avoid the improper destruction or alteration of records, HIM departments must follow a retention schedule, train personnel, and ensure that corrections leave original entries intact.
Although the legal concept known as spoliation of evidence has been a part of the American legal syste....

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