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Managing the Unintended Consequences of EHRs

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2009


Broadly deployed health information and communication technology is crucial to every aspect of healthcare reform. Financial assistance through ARRA should speed EHR adoption via financial incentives and other forms of support. This, in turn, will cause unintended and unforeseen consequences. <....

Gauging Coding’s Evolution

Author: Rulon, Vera

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2009


The influx of information technology in the healthcare industry has led many to wonder what the future holds for coding and what coders must do to remain vibrant and knowledgeable.

Back in 2000, the coding futures task force asked the same questions. In the Journal article “A C....

HIM’s Role in Reducing Health Disparities

Author: Rulon, Vera

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2009


Health disparities are a major concern in the healthcare industry. Many studies related to health disparities cite the need for accurate and accessible data to identify where the differences in health exist.

“The National Healthcare Disparities Report” from the Agency for....

Communities of Practice—HIM’s Social Network

Author: Rulon, Vera

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2009


Social media has boomed with the advent of online networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace, and LinkedIn. Now healthcare is getting involved, too.

One can only imagine the impact the new ways of patient-doctor, consumer-consumer, and doctor-doctor communications will have on health....

HIM’s Role in Maintaining Privacy and Security

Author: Rulon, Vera

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2009


In the past several years medical information has made the news, though not in the way HIM professionals would like. Consider the following headlines:
“Data Breach Hits Close to Home” from the February 22, 2007, Washington Post
“Staff Suspended for Leaking George C....

Getting Engaged for Life

Author: Mangin, Wendy L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2008




With 2008 drawing to a close, and with it the end of my term as AHIMA president, I want to reflect on what it means to be really engaged in one’s profession. Each of us has busy and fulfilling professional lives. We give 100 percent to our employers each and every day, and our....

HIM Leadership Challenge...for the Next 80 Years!

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2008


As AHIMA celebrates its 80th anniversary this month, we focus on the significant challenges that lay ahead. Though most emphasis today is on acquiring and implementing health IT, this will give way to an emphasis on managing and creating value from an organization’s information assets.

Year of Milestones

Author: Mangin, Wendy L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2008


We have much to celebrate as 2008 begins to wind down. AHIMA has achieved several milestones.

First and foremost, this year marks AHIMA’s 80th anniversary. The association’s mission is as relevant today as it was eight decades ago: advancing the vision of quality health i....

Building Mass and Flexing HIM’s Muscle

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2008


A body of knowledge is the sum total of all knowledge in an area of expertise or profession. It is comprised of knowledge areas or domains. HIM’s domains include health data content and structure, medical terminologies and classification systems, and health information systems and techno....

Applying Business Lessons to HIM

Author: Mangin, Wendy L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2008


I recently had the privilege of hearing retired UPS chairman and CEO Michael Eskew speak at a chamber of commerce dinner in my hometown of Vincennes, IN. A native of Vincennes, Eskew graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and completed the Adv....

Tapping HIM Expertise for Physician Practice EHRs

Author: Mangin, Wendy L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2008


Managing patient records has become more complex for medical practices. Electronic health records, quality reporting, and coding and documentation compliance all affect how a practice manages its patient information.


While improved information holds great promise for patient c....

Renewing the Vision of the Digital Medical Practice

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2008


I recently observed a series of focus groups in which high school students, “Generation Y” young adults, working parents with small children, and “pioneer” baby boomers discussed health IT. As you would expect, there were many differences in how these groups use technology.


Ho....

Skilled Knowledge Workers in Short Supply

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2008


This is a demanding time for coders. MS-DRGs and present on admission requirements would have been challenging on their own; however, both came at virtually the same time, straining coders already stretched to meet their job requirements.

Recruitment and retention of coding staff is....

PHRs—The Hook to Engage and Inform Consumers?

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2008


The Internet, cell phones, and other technologies have forever changed how we communicate and gain access to information. We manage and track our finances and medical and other benefits online. Some are even fortunate enough to be able to communicate with their physicians through secure e-mail....

States—Laboratories for E-Health

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2008


States are often described as “laboratories of democracy.” Today they are also serving as laboratories for e-health. Virtually every US state is pursuing IT initiatives to improve the safety, quality, and affordability of healthcare. Leadership is coming from governors’ offic....

Re-examining HIPAA Six Years Later

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2008


It was six years ago this month that the HIPAA privacy rule went into effect. For many in healthcare, compliance has become a routine part of doing business. But for too many, the current regulations remain poorly understood and poorly implemented. All the while, the environment has been chang....

Advancing Quality Care in 2008

Author: Mangin, Wendy L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2008



Several speakers at AHIMA’s 79th Convention and Exhibit this past October gave me cause to reflect on the HIM professional’s role in the year ahead. Robert Kolodner, MD, head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, asked the audience to &ldq....

Checking the Radar as the New Year Begins

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2008


As health information managers, our radar screens are as full as those of air traffic controllers at O’Hare Airport. In the cover story that follows, AHIMA’s talented staff select 12 hot topics to watch in 2008, from regulations and standards to emerging e-HIM practices.
From th....

Strengthening Our Capability

Author: Pickard, Bryon

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2007


Stepping back to reflect on our professional development helps us understand where we stand and the areas where we might focus for our future. Ask yourselves the questions below and objectively rate yourself on a scale of one to 10.
Do you consider yourself a high-potential employee, stud....

Renewing HIM's Commitment to Privacy and Security

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2007


If the thousands of pages of analysis from the RTI reports on privacy and security practices could be boiled down to just one phrase it would be “we’ve only just begun.” As reported in articles throughout this issue, the RTI research confirms that privacy and security regulat....

Seizing the Moment

Author: Pickard, Bryon

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2007



Happy October! Fall is my favorite time of year. For many of us, the days are becoming cooler, trees are transforming into brilliant colors, and college and university campuses are bustling with activity. We have just passed the autumn equinox when the sun crosses the equator. Days are get....

Investing in Your Future

Author: Pickard, Bryon

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2007


Generally accepted principles for effective investment typically include asset allocation and portfolio diversification. Investment prospectuses routinely carry warnings that past performance is no guarantee of future results. In other words, better to look ahead and not give too much cre....

Spotlight on Education and Training

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2007


It’s September, and students are back in school. Therefore the first Journal issue of the fall focuses on education. When we discuss education at AHIMA, we always think in two dimensions: the academic preparation of HIM experts and continuing education for those already in the field. The....

Accuracy Imperative: New Stakes for Coded Data

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2007


The requirements for coding accuracy have always been high, even before coding became the basis for reimbursement. HIM professionals have championed improvements to medical record documentation and classification systems essential to accurate coding, and the profession has also led the wa....

Keeping up with the HIM Transformation

Author: Pickard, Bryon

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2007


The first six months of my presidency have been a whirlwind of activity, and I have already logged a surplus of frequent flyer miles.

Earlier this year, during one of multiple trips to Washington, DC, I attended a meeting of the American Health Information Community, the na....

EHR Progress: Reaching the Tipping Point?

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2007


There are many forecasts about how long it will take for EHRs to be the norm across healthcare. There is talk of a tipping point where penetration and momentum are great enough to move the rest of the industry. But just when will EHRs truly be mainstream technologies, and what are the stages f....

Speaking up for HIM

Author: Pickard, Bryon

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2007


Ask 10 different policy makers the question “How can we improve patient safety and healthcare quality?” and you will likely hear 10 very different responses. Now consider the 535 representatives and senators who make up the 110th US Congress, the thousands of state and local legisl....

Transforming Healthcare

Author: Pickard, Bryon

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2007



We live in extraordinary times. New technologies are increasingly becoming an indispensable part of everyday life. The Internet, expanding cell phone capabilities, and new mobile devices enable people to not only stay connected, but also carry out almost any task imaginable. The possibilit....

Supporting the Future of HIM

Author: Pickard, Bryon

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2007


Imagine it’s the year 2014. The world of HIM looks strikingly different from when I began my career retrieving medical record charts as a college student. Looking back over the past several years, the changes are monumental.

Back in the “old days,” HIM practitioners, foreve....

Be an HIM Champion

Author: Pickard, Bryon

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2007


If you are a sports fan, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of March Madness, making your picks and filling out those winning brackets. This is the time of year when 65 NCAA college basketball teams capture the attention of millions, and over 20 days of competition, one champion....

RHIOs at a Crossroads

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2007


Regional health information organizations (RHIOs) represent what is best about public service organizations in our country. They are voluntary organizations formed by people who want to improve the safety and quality of healthcare by making reliable information available where it is neede....

Staying Connected

Author: Dennis, Jill Callahan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2006


AHIMA’s Convention Offers Great Networking, Educational Opportunities, But There Are Many More Ways to Stay Connected
This month thousands of members will gather in Denver, CO, for AHIMA’s 78th Convention and Exhibit. Attending the annual conference is a great way for members....

Celebration, Engagement, and Impact: HIM in 2006

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2006


This month AHIMA’s 78th Convention and Exhibit will address a wide range of HIM issues. In my career, I have attended more than 30 AHIMA conventions, and I am always struck by the growing breadth of HIM practice issues.

It was a privilege to reflect on the accomplishments of t....

Inclusive Membership: What's in It for You?

Author: Dennis, Jill Callahan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2006


In October the House of Delegates will vote on a proposed change to AHIMA’s bylaws that would establish a more inclusive membership policy. The change would welcome new types of professionals interested in HIM into our active membership category. Right now, active membership is limited to thos....

Passion for Learning

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2006


Lifelong learning is a key responsibility of professionals in all fields. Professional development is the focus this month because it’s important for each of us to periodically reflect on how well we are doing. In this issue, experts discuss the importance of professional development planning,....

Recipe for Information-based Healthcare

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2006


Creating an information-based health system is like following a recipe. First, include essential ingredients, such as accurate and complete clinical documentation organized in architectures that enable access and interoperability. Then add protocols, terminologies, and classification systems to....

Achieving a Nationwide Health IT Milestone

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2006


Electronic health record (EHR) systems achieve a great milestone this month. The Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT) will begin judging the first ambulatory EHRs on functionality, security, reliability, and interoperability criteria. As Mark Leavitt and Lisa G....

Health IT Moves from Conversation to Action

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2006




The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's 2006 conference featured more than 800 vendors displaying technologies from electronic health records (EHRs) to PDAs. Health IT is a booming industry. Global spending on health IT is projected to exceed $100 billion in 2006,....

Data Content Standards: the Nexus of HIM Practice

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2006


One of AHIMA’s key goals for 2006 is to promote quality and safety through standards for data content and documentation. Quality and safety require that the right information is available at the right time to support patient care and health system management decisions. Gaining consensus....

EHR, PHR Benefits: Proof is Use

Author: Dennis, Jill Callahan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2006


No one relishes the experience of being a patient or of having a family member be a patient. But being put in that position reminds us of the importance of accurate and complete health information, both for the healthcare system and for the individual patient.
The Power of PHRs

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Leading with Purpose

Author: Abdelhak, Mervat N.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2005


Dear colleagues,
This is a bittersweet moment for me. My year as AHIMA president is coming to an end. Time certainly does fly when you’re having fun!

This year has been filled with progress, good work, and breakthroughs—on the job and throughout the industry. More....

E-HIM: Our Commitment to Lead

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2005



For the past two years, AHIMA’s report “Vision of the e-HIM® Future” has served as a touchstone in our rapidly adapting field. When published in 2003, the report painted a picture of evolving HIM roles and practice in a healthcare industry moving from paper to an elec....

Expecting the Best: Exemplary Behavior for Leaders

Author: Abdelhak, Mervat N.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2005


An HIM colleague gave me the book Encouraging the Heart: A Leader’s Guide to Rewarding and Recognizing Others as a gift a few months back. Authors James Kouzes and Barry Posner are well published on leadership and have researched, studied, and catalogued numerous best practices in leader....

Coding at a Crossroads

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2005


It has been nearly 25 years since ICD-9-CM codes became the basis for hospital inpatient payment. Over the years, code-based payment has extended to virtually all healthcare services, and CPT and HCPCS code sets have been added to the mix. We now use software tools to facilitate coding and hav....

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