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Evolving the PPE to Meet Changing HIM Workforce Needs

Author: AHIMA Work Group

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2014

This Practice Brief will educate readers on the challenges and opportunities surrounding the PPE. The desired outcome is to expand options for PPEs and increase support of the PPE throughout the healthcare industry. Providing additional options and increasing practitioner support of the PPE will result in creating a stronger and better prepared generation of new HIM professionals.

Coding Roundtable Coordinators Toolkit

Author: AHIMA Work Group

Source: AHIMA toolkit

Publication Date: 2017

The goals of the coding roundtable coordinator include:

  • Improving coding skills through education
  • Providing local networking opportunities
  • Attracting new members to the coding and HIM profession
  • Creating an environment that facilitates mentoring
  • Sharing coding practices, challenges, and requirements to affect policy in the industry

Computer-assisted Coding Toolkit

Author: AHIMA Work Group

Source: AHIMA toolkit

Publication Date: May 2014

This toolkit provides many of the necessary tools and documents necessary for a successful implementation. It will be helpful to those who wish to plan and prepare for the implementation of CAC in ambulatory (including physician), acute care inpatient, or outpatient hospital settings.

Consumer Engagement Toolkit

Author: AHIMA Work Group

Source: AHIMA toolkit

Publication Date: 2016

This toolkit provides a wide variety of resources and tools for HIM and other healthcare professionals who are developing procedures to support the goals of a consumer engagement initiative.

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....

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....

Journal Q&A (10/01)

Author: AHIMA Staff

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: October 02, 2001


Q: The nursing department has asked the HIM department for assistance in creating an organized process for thinning inpatient charts. Is there a standardized method that I could suggest?

A: HIM professionals are often asked for guidance in determining chart thinning practices, setting....

Sample Consent Agreement

Author: AHIMA Staff

Source: AHIMA sample form

Publication Date: May 02, 2001




Consent to the Use and Disclosure of Health Information for Treatment, Payment, or Healthcare Operations


I understand that as part of my healthcare, this organization originates and maintains health records describing my health history, symptoms, examination and test....

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....

Journal Q&A (10/01)

Author: AHIMA Staff

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: October 02, 2001


Q: Are there standards for establishing chart document order either during or after hospitalization?

A: Similar to chart thinning, there are no universal standards for chart order. Healthcare organizations are encouraged to develop a standardized arrangement that works well in offerin....

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," ....

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....

Web FAQ

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: October 2002

What guidance is available for determining an organization's definition of "attending physician" or "physician of record"?
The Department of Health, Education, and Welfare adopted the UHDDS (Uniform Hospital Discharge Data Set) as department policy for Medicare and Medicaid patient populations....

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....

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....

Web FAQ

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: October 2002

I am looking for productivity standards for health information management (HIM) functions in an acute care facility. Where can I obtain these?
Organizational nuances and practice differences generally require organizational customization to achieve optimal productivity standards. Variances in....

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 ....

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....

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