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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....

Getting Your Arms Around HIPAA

Author: Hughes, Gwen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2001




Have you read the new HIPAA final privacy rules yet? Are you overwhelmed? I've been spending a lot of time poring over the privacy rules and I've seen many similarities between the new privacy rules and the Uniform Health Information Act (UHIA) passed in Washington and Montana about....

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....

On the Line: Professional Practice Solutions

Author: Hughes, Gwen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2002


Q: Does the individual to whom a patient has granted durable power of attorney for financial matters have the right to access and authorize use or disclosure of the patient's protected health information (PHI) under HIPAA?


Q: We have a transcriptionist who picks up tapes, trans....

Managing More Effectively Using an HIM Spreadsheet

Author: Hughes, Gwen

Source: Brief Encounter

Publication Date: April 02, 2001


One of the things I found particularly difficult about managing 100 entry-level people at 19 sites was tracking incoming work, backlogs, and staffing. Without this information it was difficult to make the appropriate adjustments, and to separate fact from fiction when physicians complained. As....

On the Line: Professional Practice Solutions

Author: Hughes, Gwen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2002


Q: The physician practice I work for often receives photocopies of health information sent in anticipation of a new patient consultation or appointment. If the individual never presents to the practice, how long must our practice retain this health information?
Q: My facility is bringing....

On the Line: Professional Practice Solutions

Author: Hughes, Gwen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2002


Q: What is a virtual shredder?

Q: A developmentally disabled adult was recently admitted to our hospital. The patient was accompanied by his older sister. The sister indicated her brother could not write but that he could draw an "X." Because the patient doesn't have a court-appointe....

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 ....

Improving Coding and Documentation Quality Through Real-Time Collaboration: Nurses and Coding Professionals Team Up to Tackle Documentation Issues

Author: Horn, Kelli; Younger, Adrienne; Snow, Trevor

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2016



While working through the recent implementation of ICD-10, leaders at Ardent Health Services began to focus on the re-bill process and what it would look like in the months following use of the new code set. Re-billing means submitting a corrected bill to the payer after it has been rejec....

HIPAA Audit and System Activity Review: Developing a Process that Focuses on the Greatest Risks First

Author: Hofler, Linda D.; Hardee, Joy; Dildy, Kenneth; Burleson, Deeanna; Grady, Jamie

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2005


The privacy and security rules require audits and system activity reviews. Here is one health system's process, a systematic approach that focuses on areas of greatest risk.
Ensuring the privacy and confidentiality of patient information is fundamental to HIM, but it has taken on a new le....

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