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Help! I am Encoder-Dependent!

Author: Horn, Kelli

Source: CodeWrite | AHIMA newsletter article

Publication Date: March 2014



Many coders in the workforce preparing to take their CCS examination acknowledge that they are dependent on encoders. While this is beneficial in performing daily job duties, it can be a hindrance to successfully passing the examination. The four-hour examination requires that exam-takers....

Certification Connection Winter 2014

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA newsletter

Publication Date: January 2014

The quarterly newsletter for HIM certified professionals, containing information on professional development, industry news, continuing education, announcements, upcoming events, and other tools for success.

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.

Perceived Knowledge of Health Informatics Competencies by Health Information Management Professionals

Author: Palkie, Brooke

Source: Educational Perspectives in Health Informatics and Information Management

Publication Date: December 2013


Abstract


The 2009 enactment of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act has placed unprecedented emphasis on utilizing technology to improve the quality of care and to decrease healthcare costs. To meet these goals, the healthcare field will....

Workforce Training in Electronic Health Record (EHR) Use through Community Colleges in the Delta Region: Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi

Author: Plettenberg, Cheryl A; Smith, LaShunda Blanding; Hart-Hester, Susan

Source: Educational Perspectives in Health Informatics and Information Management

Publication Date: December 2013


Introduction


Adoption of health information technology (HIT) was one of the major policy priorities of the federal stimulus package contained in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, with more than $19 billion in federal spending allocated for widespread implementati....

Health Information Technology Employer Needs Survey: An Assessment Instrument for Workforce Planning

Author: Fenton, Susan H.; Joost, Elizabeth; Gongora, Jimena; Patterson, Davis G; Andrilla, C. Holly A; Skillman, Susan M

Source: Educational Perspectives in Health Informatics and Information Management

Publication Date: December 2013


Abstract


The widespread implementation of electronic health records (EHRs) has resulted in an increased need for a well-trained health information technology (HIT) workforce. The Texas HIT Workforce Development Project was initiated with an assessment of HIT employer needs as one....

Competencies for Global Health Informatics Education: Leveraging the US Experience

Author: Cortelyou-Ward, Kendall; Kahlon, Summerpal; Noblin, Alice

Source: Educational Perspectives in Health Informatics and Information Management

Publication Date: December 2013


Abstract


The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has encouraged unprecedented expansion of the health information technology (HIT) industry and offers strong employment opportunities for those that qualify. However, academic institutions have been slow to address the changing n....

Certification Connection Fall 2013

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA newsletter

Publication Date: October 2013

The quarterly newsletter for HIM certified professionals, containing information on professional development, industry news, continuing education, announcements, upcoming events, and other tools for success.

Show Me the Data

Author: Taylor, Lisa Brooks

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2013



With the establishment of the National Quality Forum's National Quality Strategy, which sets the direction for achieving better, affordable care and healthier people and communities, providers, payers, and patients are seeing a shift in payment methodologies from volume-based to value-base....

Reengineering the Professional Practice Experience: With Participation Declining, One HIM Program Decided to Revamp its PPE Offering

Author: Manger, Barbara J.; Kirk, Kathleen M

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2013



Educators are facing challenging times in placing students in professional practice experience sites (PPE). These challenges are brought on by changes in the health industry work settings and demands, as well as the change in student demographics and personal commitments. Faculty in the he....

Taking The Doctoral Challenge: Educators Push HIM Professionals to Add PhD to Credentials

Author: Brodnik, Melanie S.; Valerius, Joanne D; Watzlaf, Valerie J.M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2013



The push toward graduate education in health information management (HIM) is becoming a reality as more universities and colleges develop or explore launching HIM and informatics graduate curricula. Fundamental to offering these programs is the need for doctorally prepared HIM-credentialed....

Critical Thinking Skills of Allied Health Science Students: A Structured Inquiry

Author: Sharp, Marcia; Reynolds, Rebecca; Brooks, Keisha N

Source: Educational Perspectives in Health Informatics and Information Management

Publication Date: July 2013


Abstract


This study examines the critical thinking skills of health informatics and allied health students. The Health Sciences Reasoning Test was utilized to investigate the critical thinking skills of 57 graduating seniors in the class of 2011 at a university in the southeastern....

Growth in the Clinical Documentation Specialist Profession

Author: Barnhouse, Torrey; Rudman, William J.

Source: Educational Perspectives in Health Informatics and Information Management

Publication Date: July 2013


Abstract


As healthcare reform and technology further define the role and work expectations of the health information management professional, the need for clinical documentation specialists (CDSs) is likely to expand. This article examines the current and potential growth of the C....

Certification Connection Summer 2013

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA newsletter

Publication Date: July 2013

The quarterly newsletter for HIM certified professionals, containing information on professional development, industry news, continuing education, announcements, upcoming events, and other tools for success.

Certification Connection Fall 2012

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA newsletter

Publication Date: October 2012

The quarterly newsletter for HIM certified professionals, containing information on professional development, industry news, continuing education, announcements, upcoming events, and other tools for success.

Assessment of Success on the RHIA Certification Examination: A Comparison of Baccalaureate Program Graduates and Postbaccalaureate Certificate Program Graduates

Author: Condon, Jim; Barefield, Amanda

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: October 2012

Abstract

The demand for registered health information administrators continues to outpace the available supply of credentialed graduates. One solution to address this shortfall has been the availability of postbaccalaureate certificate programs. A health information administration departm....

Keeping Education Honest

Author: Dixon-Lee, Claire; Tesch, Linde

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2012


CAHIIM Accreditation brings accountability to the Broad Realm of Health Information Education

The United States has set a goal to increase the number of college degree recipients by 2018 and has challenged academic institutions to ensure sustained attention to the quality of stude....

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