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Screening for Colorectal Cancer

Author: Petersen, Darley

Source: IFHRO Congress | AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 15, 2004

Background  
Colorectal cancer (CRC) remains the second most common cause of cancer death in Western Europe and North America.
Screening for CRC has not worldwide popularity in spite of proven survival benefit in average risk persons. Incidence and mortality, both are worrying in E....

Preparing for Automated Coding

Author: Cummins, Ruth

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 15, 2004

Introduction

On an ongoing basis, the coding staff and HIM management teams in healthcare facilities anticipate and prepare for changes in codes, coding guidelines, payment systems, and coding regulations. Additionally, the proposed upgrade of the coding classification system to ICD-10 is....

Time for Change - a Time for 10: Updating the Classification for Discharges On and After 1.1.05 to ICD-10-AM (The Australian Modification of ICD-10 and the Australian Classification of Interventions in Health)

Author: Murphy, Deirdre

Source: IFHRO Congress | AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 15, 2004

Introduction

The Hospital Inpatient Enquiry (HIPE) scheme is a computer-based health information system designed to collect clinical and administrative data on discharges and deaths from acute care public hospitals. HIPE was established in 1971 and is the principal source of national data....

Avoiding a War of Words (and Numbers): the Uncertain Future of Terminologies and Classifications

Author: Roberts, Rosemary; Innes, Kerry; Walker, Sue; Scott, Peter

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2004


With major changes under way worldwide, the evolving roles and relationships of classifications and terminologies are uncertain. But the future lies in collaboration, not competition.
Classifications and clinical terminologies have coexisted for decades. Both use clinical language, but t....

Coding Dementia

Author: Laakso, Roz

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: October 2004


Dementia is defined as “a deterioration of intellectual function and other cognitive skills, leading to a decline in the ability to perform activities of daily living.”1 Alzheimer’s disease is an age-related, irreversible brain disorder that occurs gradually and results in me....

Testimony of the American Health Information Management Association to the Workgroup on Quality of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics

Author: Rode, Dan; Siegel, Barbara

Source: AHIMA testimony and comments

Publication Date: September 14, 2004


September 14, 2004

Opening Comments

Chairman Hungate, members of the Workgroup on Quality, ladies and gentlemen, good morning. I am Dan Rode, vice president of policy and government relations for the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Joining me th....

Journal Q&A (9/04)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: September 02, 2004


Q: We are having trouble with the discharge status codes on some of our claims. In order to get the claim paid, the fiscal intermediary (FI) requires the discharge status code be changed. If we change the code, it will not correspond with documentation in our medical record.
A: The Center....

Journal Q&A (9/04)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: September 02, 2004


Q: We are having trouble with discharge codes 03 and 04 for skilled nursing facility and intermediate care facilities. I don’t think we have skilled nursing facilities in our area, so we have used the discharge code for intermediate care facility when a patient goes to the nursing home. <....

Getting to ICD-10: the Road Ahead

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: August 2004


The clinical code set used to report healthcare diagnoses and procedures in the United States is fast becoming obsolete. The International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification, (ICD-9-CM) hampers efforts in research, public health reporting, quality assessment, and....

Setting the Record Straight: Communicating the Need for ICD-10

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: August 2004


HIM professionals have a strong history of driving industry changes to improve the quality of health information and medical records. But now is not the time to rest on our laurels. The US desperately needs an updated coding classification system. The current system, ICD-9, is obsolete and need....

New Languages of Medicine: Inform and Influence Now

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2004


Many healthcare decision makers do not understand the many ways coded data are used throughout healthcare and the urgency of moving forward with ICD-10. They also are unable to visualize how reference terminologies such as SNOMED CT are used in electronic health record systems and how these te....

Four Options for Implementing SNOMED

Author: Bowie, Jack

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2004


HIM departments looking to employ SNOMED terminology have fourbasic application options. The final choice depends heavily on their ITdepartments.
SNOMED CT offers significant benefits in the structured codification of clinical activity, and it will be the foundation of many emerging app....

Coder Education: Will Demand, Will Deliver

Author: Carol, Ruth

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2004


As the bar rises for coding, healthcare organizations require more education from coders—and they are willing to deliver it, too.
The bar has always been high for mdical coding, but recent years have seen it boosted higher. As a result, healthcare organizations need more from code....

Laying the Foundation for the NHII

Author: Featheringham, Meg

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2004


The news is spreading across the country about the need for a national healthcare information infrastructure (NHII). HIM professionals are crucial to getting the word out and moving this initiative forward. Gail Graham, RHIA, is at the forefront of the charge to implement an NHII. As director....

Vanishing Supervisor

Author: Brandt, Mary D.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2004


The bottom line is calling. Here’s how to decide if your HIM department has the right number of supervisors.
Down-sizing, right-sizing, streamlining. It doesn’t really matter what you call it, but it has had a significant impact on healthcare operations and staffing. Organizat....

Preparing for the ICD-10 Journey

Author: Bowman, Sue E

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2004



After years of doubt as to whether ICD-10 was ever going to be implemented in the United States, the journey toward replacement of ICD-9-CM has finally gotten under way. The historic decision of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) to send a letter to the Secretar....

Validating MDS and OASIS Data with DAVE

Author: Dougherty, Michelle

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2004


In January 2004 the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) launched a new initiative to improve the accuracy and reliability of Minimum Data Set (MDS) data in long-term care. The Data Assessment and Verification program (DAVE) is a collaborative effort between multiple CMS program ar....

HIM Spin on the Revenue Cycle

Author: Youmans, Karen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2004



HIM plays an integral role in an organization’s revenue cycle. That means health information managers have a role to play in revenue cycle management.
Is the following scenario familiar? The CEO is complaining about accounts receivable (AR) climbing to $10 million. The coders a....

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