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Journal Q&A (5/01)

Author: AHIMA Staff

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: May 02, 2001

Q: What is an ASP?

A: An ASP is an application service provider, which hosts and manages software, hardware, and data storage from a centralized location to subscribers via a Web browser over wide area networks. The advantages for some organizations include:
cost savings and quick im....

Taking Time to Make Time

Author: Smith, Cheryl M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2001




In today's healthcare environment, time is a vital resource. HIM department leaders work to develop skills and use tools to manage personnel, budgets, and projects, but few consider investing in the development of the skills needed to manage time. While time management may be a new c....

360-Degree Performance Appraisals

Author: Spath, Patrice L.

Source: Quality Resource (newsletter)

Publication Date: May 02, 2001


Typically performance appraisals have been limited to a feedback process between employees and supervisors. However, an increased focus on teamwork, employee development, and customer service has shifted the emphasis of performance appraisals. Many sources are now being used to evaluate emplo....

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....

Using Ergonomics to Keep Injury in Check

Author: Smith, Cheryl M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2001




Office ergonomics are not new to the healthcare industry. Medical transcriptionists and data entry employees are just two groups of healthcare workers that are affected by ergonomics on a daily basis. With a growing number of healthcare organizations implementing the computerized pati....

Importance of a Patient-Safe Culture

Author: Spath, Patrice L.

Source: Quality Resource (newsletter)

Publication Date: March 02, 2001



The chance for human error in the delivery of healthcare services will always exist. To ensure errors don't go undetected and end up causing patient harm, healthcare organizations must identify and fix faults in the systems of care. The goal of an organization's patient safety program sh....

How to Build a Winning Team

Author: Smith, Cheryl M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2001




In today's healthcare environment, the HIM manager must tackle an endless stream of projects, daily and long-term system and process issues, and the ongoing challenge of employee motivation, all of which demand effective and flexible strategies. One strategy that HIM managers in any h....

Improving Performance, Managing Change

Author: Elliott, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2001




In today's world, there is no such thing as permanent stability. Change is the norm.

Like performance improvement, change can be thought of as a process to be understood and managed. Although definitions vary, change management can be defined as a group of techniques used to....

Helping Star Performers Shine

Author: Hjort, Beth M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2001




Cost containment and reduced employee benefits in the healthcare industry, combined with sustained low unemployment rates, make retaining star employees a bigger challenge than ever. Estimated turnover costs can be between $10,000 and $40,000 per individual. And then there's the rippl....

Creating a Diverse HIM Work Force

Author: Moczygemba, Jackie; Welborn, Ruth B.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2001




Increasing information technology, external billing audits, and federal legislation continue to heighten the demand for HIM professionals. At the same time, there's a critical need for improved cultural diversity in the allied health professions. To tackle both these issues, the HIM p....

High Cost of Privacy

Author: Rhodes, Harry B.

Source: In Confidence (newsletter)

Publication Date: January 02, 2001


Cost: how much money needs to be invested? By now, most of us have discussed the implementation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) final rules with our administrators, and naturally the question has been raised, “Just how much is this going to cost me?”Most lik....

New Approach to Chargemaster Management

Author: Richey, John

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2001

After examining their CDM management processes, HIM professionals, along with clinical and support departments, redesigned and automated several practice aspects with successful results. (FORE Best Practice, AHIMA Foundation)

OSHA Ergonomics Rule Released

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Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2001


To the chagrin of business groups and Congressional Republicans, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published its controversial ergonomics program final rule. The potential publication of the final rule was a major bargaining tool in discussion of the Departments....

Are Report Cards Measuring Up?

Author: Spath, Patrice L.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2000


Healthcare report cards have been in existence for more than 10 years. Have their efforts
to measure and compare performance made a difference? This article looks at the state
of the art.
In the late 1960s, researchers in Maine decided to study the use of healthcare services....

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