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Now is the Time: Realizing our Vision

Author: Birnbaum, Cassi L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2015



As I enter my 35th year as an AHIMA leader, educator, practitioner, and volunteer, I am excited to celebrate AHIMA’s 86 years of accomplishments and to have a role in paving the way for a bright future for HIM professionals everywhere.


I look forward to the months ahead, b....

Take a "Deep Dive" into Information Stewardship

Author: Kennedy, Angela

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2014



Health Informatics and information management professionals have traditionally been focused on areas such as risk management, quality assurance, licensure, accreditation, privacy, and security requirements for their organizations. But compliance—conformance or obedience to procedures, rul....

Time for Information Governance is Now

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2014



For AHIMA, 2014 has been the year of information governance (IG).


From Information Governance Month in February to this month’s 86th Convention and Exhibit, AHIMA has been breaking new ground in exploring, understanding, and making recommendations for IG in healthcare o....

Personal Health Information is 'Saving Grace'

Author: Kennedy, Angela

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2014



As a health informatics and information management professional and a parent of two adopted children, my desire for complete and accurate medical information rocks the top of my “Mom to-do list.” My children, Zach and Grace, are siblings, adopted at the ages of two and four. State laws va....

Using Our Influence to Lead for the Greater Good

Author: Kennedy, Angela

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2014



In a healthcare ecosystem where volume-based models are shifting to value-based ones, organizations will depend more and more on the use of informatics to drive decisions. Our success will depend on our ability to drill down to the level of detail required to support evidence-based medici....

HIM Must Shoot for the Moon

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2014



ONE OF MY father’s favorite sayings was: “Shoot for the moon. If you only get to the stars, it’s better than never having gone at all.”


It’s a saying that kept coming back to me as I was getting ready to write this column for the Journal issue o....

CDI's Promise and Possibilities

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2014




“The first job of a leader—at work or at home—is to inspire trust. It’s to bring out the best in people by entrusting them with meaningful stewardships, and to create an environment in which high-trust interaction inspires creativity and possibility.”

Improve Data and Outcomes with CDI

Author: Kennedy, Angela

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2014



ICD-10-CM/PCS will require significantly more clinical detail than ICD-9-CM, making clinical documentation improvement (CDI) efforts paramount for healthcare providers across the continuum of care. While CDI programs aim to substantiate claims and improve revenue streams, CDI itself shoul....

Cultivating Opportunities to Lead in the Face of Delay

Author: Kennedy, Angela

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2014



The International Classification of Diseases (ICD) is a language used to capture morbidity and mortality data and helps to provide a snapshot of population health around the world. ICD-9-CM was implemented in the United States in 1979 and is long overdue for replacement. The system is obs....

'Recalculating' the Route to ICD-10

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2014



Have you ever driven a car using a global positioning system? If so, you’ve heard what happens when you take a turn that’s not on the system’s expected route: an annoyed-sounding voice will say “Recalculating!”


Since early April, the entire healt....

HIM at the Heart of Healthcare

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2014



As data becomes central to the process of providing healthcare, HIM finds itself at the center of everything.


This rang true to me earlier this year, when the American College of Healthcare Executives released the findings of its annual survey of hospital CEOs, asking them to....

Unforeseen Delay, A Determined Call to Action

Author: Kennedy, Angela

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2014



President Barack Obama signed H.R. 4302, the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014, into law April 1, 2014. Though the bill’s main purpose was to create another temporary “patch” to the Medicare sustainable growth rate, language in a section of the bill effectively delayed the ICD-10-....

EHR in Place? Now the Real Work Begins

Author: Kennedy, Angela

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2014

With the deadline for ICD-10-CM/PCS on the horizon and electronic health records now in place in the majority of hospitals, HIM professionals may find themselves asking, “What comes next?” Until recently, the biggest challenges in electronic health information management were first to be able to collect the data, then to sort through the high volume of data coming from a variety of systems.

Information as an Asset

Author: Kennedy, Angela

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2013



Health information managers have a long history of assuring data quality and the use of data to improve outcomes. As healthcare organizations move from volume-based to value-based models, they are leveraging data to add and extract value in a cost-efficient manner to accomplish strategic g....

Can We Talk… About Information Governance?

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2013



This is the first issue of the Journal devoted to information governance, and it's an important subject. I believe that information governance is the next force that will help transform HIM practice.


Information governance is not a brand-new subject. In 2008, a report from Th....

The Power of Meaningful Practice

Author: Kennedy, Angela

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2013



Since AHIMA’s inception 85 years ago, access to complete and accurate health information has been a core tenet of health information management (HIM) practice.


As this practice continues to evolve, HIM professionals stand in a unique position with the ability to impact....

Leveraging Data to Improve Cost and Quality of Care

Author: Kennedy, Angela

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2013



The demands of the complex and ever-growing technology-based healthcare industry have created a sense of economic urgency. The competitive environment is driving organizations toward stronger accountability and a culture of high performance. The healthcare industry is shifting from volume-....

HIM on the World Stage

Author: Frawley, Kathleen A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2013



The 17th General Assembly and World Congress of the Information Federation of Health Information Management Associations (IFHIMA) was held May 12-15 in Montreal, Canada. There were over 500 attendees representing over 30 countries. Before the conference officially started, an all-day sessi....

On the Road to ICD-10-CM/PCS

Author: Frawley, Kathleen A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2013



October 1, 2014 is only 16 months away as the healthcare industry and HIM professionals prepare to transition to ICD-10-CM/PCS. While many providers, payers, and vendors were gearing up for the original October 2013 date, the one-year delay issued in 2012 gave the industry time to continue....

Big Audacious Goal for Consumers

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2013



Sometimes progress starts with a single step. Last summer, the AHIMA staff participated in an intra-company walking challenge. Volunteer participants signed up to wear a pedometer and track how many steps they took. We tracked our totals weekly, and watched the steps and miles stack up. Af....

Empowering and Engaging the Patient

Author: Frawley, Kathleen A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2013



At the HIMSS 2013 conference, former US President Wililam J. Clinton spoke about the current state of the healthcare industry. In one of my favorite quotes from his talk, Clinton said, "The beginning of empowerment is understanding." In order for patients to take charge of their health, th....

Looking Back at AHIMA’s Early Years

Author: Frawley, Kathleen A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2013



AHIMA celebrates its 85th anniversary this year. Many current healthcare associations were founded after the Joint Commission was founded in 1951. AHIMA, however, was founded in 1928 when 35 members of the Club of Record Clerks met at the Hospital Standardization Conference sponsored by th....

Let’s Place Patients Front and Center

Author: Frawley, Kathleen A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2013



As HIM professionals, one of our key responsibilities is to provide patients with access to their health information. A poll conducted by Wolters Kluwer Health in November 2012 focused on the consumerization of healthcare. The poll asked whether consumers really want more control of their....

Believe in HIM, and Yourself

Author: Frawley, Kathleen A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2013



During the past year Patty Thierry Sheridan, AHIMA’s past president, spoke eloquently about the power of dreaming big dreams. I am going to build on those ideas this year by talking about the importance of believing.


It is important that you believe in yourself, believe....

Continuing to Dream Big

Author: Sheridan, Patty Thierry

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2012


As I prepared my incoming address for the AHIMA Convention and Exhibit last year, I turned to my family and friends for inspiration on music ideas. Little did I know that the hunt for a song with an upbeat tempo would set in motion a year that challenged us all to “Dream Big”-from AHIMA staff....

Change Right Before Our Eyes

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2012



“Evolution” and “change” are two words that come to my mind when I think about how the move to electronic health records (EHR) has altered the nature of the work we do. AHIMA has been talking about this change for as long as I can remember. But now it’s happen....

Why HIM Innovation Matters

Author: Sheridan, Patty Thierry

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2012


An HIM colleague recently asked me why everyone seems to be talking about innovation lately. Innovation might seem like a buzzword, but it’s also important to the future of healthcare and health information. Innovation isn’t just about generating new ideas-its primary goal is to develop a diff....

The Pathway Forward: Transforming Healthcare

Author: Sheridan, Patty Thierry

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2012


The recent US Supreme Court decision to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been controversial. Whether for, against, or somewhere in between, HIM practitioners and educators need to take part in the dialogue within their organizations. Regardless of what happens wi....

Nonstop Change Leads to New Opportunities

Author: Sheridan, Patty Thierry

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2012


We live in a time of nonstop change. The pace is fast and constant. To thrive, HIM professionals need to do more than simply adjust-we need to completely shift into a new mindset, developing new work methods along the way.

This starts with accepting the realities of today's marketpl....

Just Keep Swimming

Author: Sheridan, Patty Thierry

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2012


It's easy to feel overwhelmed as we work to navigate the dizzying speed with which technology is changing healthcare delivery-and every aspect of health information management practice. I often draw on my background as a competitive swimmer to help me address the resulting significant shifts t....

Bringing HIM to Consumers

Author: Sheridan, Patty Thierry

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2012


Each year I look forward to my annual spring break ski vacation in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. It's a great time to recharge batteries and gather with friends to celebrate spring break and share our passion for health information management.

On the way to Steamboat this year, one of....

Setting AHIMA’s Course

Author: Sheridan, Patty Thierry

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2012



Know the way, show the way, go the way-those are the three objectives of AHIMA's 2012–13 strategic initiatives, a set of seven strategic goals that serve AHIMA and its members now and into the future. They are referred to by the acronym AIM FREE:
Agility-be agile and responsive to....

Creating a Career Blueprint

Author: Sheridan, Patty Thierry

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2012


Most of us don't begin our careers knowing exactly where we want to go, but we do have a general idea of the path we would like to take. Our career path inevitably takes on a life of its own based on our education, mastery of the five essential competencies (critical thinking, relationship bui....

Creating the Future Every Day

Author: Thierry Sheridan, Patty

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2012


Digitized information has had a profound effect on the current generation of children. You just have to spend a few minutes with an eight-year-old to see how technology literate this generation has already become. Imagine how different their lives will be from the current workforce because the....

HIM’s Time to Dream Big

Author: Sheridan, Patty Thierry

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2012


This is our time to dream big. When you choose to dream big, you make a deep commitment to ideas important to you and you choose to believe in a higher purpose.

Think for a moment about those individuals who dreamed big in our society. There are so many who have inspired us, from Jo....

Embracing the ICD-10 Transition

Author: Cassidy, Bonnie S.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2011


Now is the time to embrace ICD-10 adoption and plan for your personal success and the future state within your organization. Healthcare organizations are depending on the HIM profession to do the heavy lifting and prepare the industry for ICD-10.

We will never walk this path again. T....

Data Governance—HIM’s Sweet Spot

Author: Cassidy, Bonnie S.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2011


HIM's primary ethical obligation is to protect patient privacy and confidential information, which includes oversight of information disclosure; health information systems and health records; and the quality of information. Both paper and electronic health records contain personal and private....

Leading the e-HIM Transformation

Author: Cassidy, Bonnie S.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2011


Today, employers are counting on us to achieve great success in adopting health IT, creating strategy, managing implementations with new workflows, and demonstrating meaningful use while properly planning for the monumental transition to ICD-10.

These are the most revitalizing times....

The Year Ahead

Author: Dowling, Alan F.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2011


Welcome to 2011, a year in which opportunities abound!

This is a year in which we are likely to see increased collisions between preconceived notions and innovative concepts, between optimistic projections and implementation realities.

This year many individuals from a var....

Harnessing the Power of PHRs

Author: Bowen, Rita K.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2010


If you have ever had to coordinate care for yourself or a loved one, you know that the personal health record (PHR) is a powerful tool.

Five years ago when my dad was receiving treatment for bone cancer, it became painfully obvious that the healthcare system within our community was....

Articulating the Value of HIM

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2010


What more can you do to earn that coveted seat at decision-making tables in your organization? As directors and managers of health information services, you are responsible for valuable information assets, including their accuracy, compliance, access, and use. Yet organizations continue to pla....

HIM’s Time to Lead

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2010


This is HIM’s time to shine. Rita Bowen, MA, RHIA, CHPS, SSGB, sees the current debate on national healthcare reform as a great opportunity for HIM professionals to increase their prominence in the healthcare world. The new AHIMA president feels HIM has a lot to offer the conversation and....

Awe-Inspiring Year: AHIMA’s 2009 Achievements

Author: Rulon, Vera

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2009


What an overwhelming year it has been.

Not only have I learned a lot, I have also had the privilege of getting to know many of AHIMA’s members. I am in awe of our association and how we have responded to the many challenges our healthcare system is facing and will continue to f....

Career that Began with a Bang

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Source: AHIMA Today

Publication Date: October 07, 2009


President-elect Rita K. Bowen began her HIM career by accident. An accident, actually.

One day while working as a candy-striper in her hometown hospital, the then 15-year-old Bowen was pushing a wheelchair-bound patient down the hall. Suddenly, the wheels on the chair hit a bump in....

HIM Enters an Era of “Powerful Possibilities”

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2009


Discussing his enthusiasm for the HIM field, he said, “I am fortunate to be coming into the field at this time... I missed all the boring stuff and am getting in it when things are really happening.” I laughed and assured him that those of us who have been around for a while have n....

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