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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....

Ensuring Remote Coding Compliance

Author: Comfort, Angie

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: April 2012

More and more HIM department managers are turning to remote coding. However, before implementing this staffing model, managers must answer several questions regarding the privacy and security of patient information, including:
What are the compliance risks?
How will privacy and secu....

ICD-10 Critical Pathway for Getting Started : 2012 and Beyond


Source: AHIMA

Publication Date: February 20, 2012

February 17, 2012


The transition from ICD-9-CM to ICD-10-CM/PCS comes with various unknowns such as quality of coded data, reimbursement rates, and interoperability. Published in January 2009, the HIPAA regulation that required this transition to occur must be i....

Creating a Legal Health Record Definition

Author: McLendon, Kelly

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2012

As a medical record custodian, it is the HIM professional's responsibility to address legal EHR issues proactively rather than reactively. Defining an organization's legal health record (LHR) in advance will enable an entity to be prepared for both routine and high-stress record requests. Ever....

Reflections on Coding Compliance Program Effectiveness

Author: Johnson, Kathy M

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 02, 2011

Efficiency is about doing things right while effectiveness is about doing the right things. Effectiveness assesses whether the actual outcomes reflect the desired outcomes. Effectiveness begins upfront in the planning process - there is a need to clearly articulate the intent, desired outcomes....

The Key to Organizational Success…Employee Engagement

Author: Keith, Ron

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 02, 2011


As organizations respond and adapt to the internal and external constraints and pressures of the industry, it is important not to forget about one of its most vital resources…that being its people resources. Employee engagement is not merely about people being happy at w....

Job Redesign for Expanded HIM Functions

Author: Layman, Elizabeth J.

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 02, 2011


Implementation of electronic health records and constant change in the health care delivery system have altered the nature of work in Health Information Services (HIS) Departments. Health information professionals are exhorted to work harder and to work smarter (Cassidya 2011....

Leadership GPS – Growth, Performance, Sustainment

Author: Yount, Shane

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 02, 2011

1. Leadership GPS – Growth, Performance, Sustainment Overview

The economic downturn and austerity based thinking has created an organizational environment of leaders managing more and more responsibilities. Often open positions have not been filled, leaving existing leaders with mor....

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