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Growing ICD-10: Seedling Transition Programs Take Root

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2011


There are two basic approaches to the ICD-10 transition: (1) a late, mad scramble to get systems converted before the deadline; or (2) an intentional cultivation that uses the transition to improve business processes, documentation, and clinical care. Three organizations offer a picture of the....

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....

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....

Managing a Data Dictionary (2016 update) - Retired

Author: Davoudi, Sion; Flanigan, Jill; Houser, Shannon H.; Kadlec, Lesley; Kirby, Annessa; VanSlyke, Daniel; Wendicke, Annemarie

Source: AHIMA practice brief

Publication Date: December 2016


This update supplants the 2012 practice brief “Managing a Data Dictionary.”


As healthcare organizations move to the electronic environment, the large volume and complexity of data collected is growing at unprecedented rates. While access to data has the potential to en....

Data Quality Management Model (2015 Update) - Retired

Author: Davoudi, Sion; Dooling, Julie A; Glondys, Barbara; Jones, Theresa D.; Kadlec, Lesley; Overgaard, Shauna M; Ruben, Kerry; Wendicke, Annemarie

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2015


Editor’s Note: This Practice Brief supersedes the July 2012 “Data Quality Management Model (Updated),” the March 1998 “Checklist to Assess Data Quality Management Efforts,” and the June 1998 “Data Quality Management Model” Practice Briefs.


Best Practices in a Paperless HIM Environment

Author: Cunningham, Nancy

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 15, 2004

Introduction
This paper will review recommended best practices and suggested measurement criteria for consideration in determining an HIM department's proficiency in its use of a fully implemented electronic document management system (EDMS). As a complement to the recently released e-HIM wor....

Guidelines for Achieving a Compliant ICD-10-PCS Query

Author: Combs, Tammy; DeVault, Kathryn; Easterling, Sharon; Endicott, Melanie; Isom, Crystal; Lojewski, Tedi; Simmons, Cortnie R.; Wolf, Beth

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2016



Editor’s Note. This Practice Brief has been updated. See the latest version at Guidelines for Achieving a Compliant ICD-10-PCS Query
. This version is made available for historical purposes only.




The complex and highly specific nature of ICD-10-PCS has changed....

Measuring CDI Productivity

Author: Combs, Tammy

Source: AHIMA blog post | Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: March 23, 2016



When calculating the productivity guidelines for a clinical documentation improvement (CDI) program it is important to remember both quantitative and qualitative perspectives. Sometimes it is very easy to focus solely on the quantity of reviews that are performed. If the quality of those r....

Understanding CDI Metrics

Author: Combs, Tammy

Source: AHIMA blog post | Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: February 24, 2016


Understanding clinical documentation improvement (CDI) metrics can be confusing, especially when you first start reviewing them.


Let’s dive a little deeper into the topic and take a closer look at some frequently reported CDI metrics and evaluate how these measures can reflect the....

Success with Speech Recognition

Author: Clawson, Cathy

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: September 28, 2010


Introduction: Since Mountain States Health Alliance implemented the Dolbey Speech Recognition platform in October 2007; gains in productivity, decrease in outsourcing, and financial savings have confirmed the successful implementation of this technology.
Background/History: Mountain Sta....

Provider’s Condensed Resource for Revenue Cycle, Coding Tools, and More

Author: Clack, Crystal; Freeman, Rae; Lewis, Laquette

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2017


A cyclone of regulatory requirements for providers has officially touched down in the United States. The Affordable Care Act (ACA), Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), patient-centered medical home (PCMH), and value-based purchasing (VBP) initiatives are contributing to dramat....

Small Hospital Uses Data for Big Improvements

Author: Cinquegrani, Kelly

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2013



In order to take full advantage of health information technology, data, and analysis, an organization needs a standardization of protocols and its health IT systems must be built to support specific processes. FirstLight Health System (FLHS) has learned this first-hand over the last severa....

Does Your Forms Committee Need a Facelift? Standardizing Best Practices for HIM-focused Committees—A Case Study in the Physician Practice Setting

Author: Chou, Edgar; Montroy, Tami

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2017



In most healthcare settings, health information management (HIM) initiatives are led by HIM professionals with collaboration from other organizational leaders. At Drexel University College of Medicine, it is no different. Representatives with expertise in risk management, privacy, complian....

Best Practices: What Works

Author: Carrier, Danielle

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 1999




Medical record accuracy, record completion time, physician satisfaction—all of these are indicators of how well an HIM department is performing. The findings of a UHC benchmarking study may point the way to best practices that can be shared and adapted.

What....

Conduct is Their Business

Author: Byrd, Katherine

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2001




Suppose you were asked to do something unethical on the job. What if you were asked by your supervisor to hide delinquent charts just prior to a Joint Commission survey? What would you do?

As a profession, HIM professionals understand our moral obligation to the patient to p....

Understanding Publicly Available Healthcare Data (2016) - Retired

Author: Buttner, Patty; Houser, Shannon H.; Flanigan, Jill; Mikaelian, Raymound; Ryznar, Barbara; Smith, Clarice Pittillo

Source: AHIMA practice brief

Publication Date: June 2016


This update supersedes the September 2013 practice brief, Understanding Publicly Available Healthcare Data, which replaced the January 2010 practice brief with the same title.


Healthcare organizations increasingly collect and utilize data for internal and external reporting on pa....

Reading the Fine Print on ICD-10 Conversions: Even Highly Automated Conversions Require Review

Author: Butler, Rhonda R.; Mills, Ronald E; Averill, Richard F.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2011


Automation is a major help in converting to the ICD-10 code set, but it is not a magical solution. In fact, skipping a human review of converted systems exposes an organization to legal and financial risk.

People who are secondary users of coded medical records-who see only the resul....

AHIMA Releases Information Governance Graphic

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: March 2015




For the uninitiated, information governance can be a somewhat abstract concept to explain and visualize. To help health information management (HIM) professionals grasp the importance of information governance—a set of principles designated to better organize and protect healthcare da....

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