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Quest for Quality and Comparability in the National Healthcare Database: Announcing A Payer’s Guide to Health Care Data Quality and Integrity

Author: AHIMA Coding Policy and Strategy Committee

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: September 1996


As the computer-based patient record slowly becomes a reality, the need has never been greater for a national cooperative effort to recognize and apply uniform terminology and coding guidelines for both the clinical community and fiscal intermediaries. AHIMA’s Coding Policy and Strategy Commit....

Key Points of the UB-04 (2010 update)

Author: AHIMA Clinical Terminology and Classification Practice Council; Garrett, Gail S.; Jorwic, Therese M; Novak, Natalie; Ruhnau-Gee, Becky; Safian, Shelly C; Zeisset, Ann M.

Source: AHIMA practice brief

Publication Date: April 2010


Editor’s note: This update replaces the October 2006 practice brief “Key Points of the UB-04.”

In 2005 the National Uniform Billing Committee (NUBC) approved the Uniform Bill (UB-04) paper claim and data set as the replacement to the UB-92 paper form.1 Currently, all paper claims must....

ICD-10-CM/PCS Documentation Tips

Author: AHIMA CDI Workgroup

Source: AHIMA Task Force

Publication Date: September 2015

A large library of CDI ICD-10 documentation tips focusing on the language and/or wording that will garnish greater details and specificity of the coded data for a given diagnosis, condition, disease and/or surgical procedure.

Role-based Model for ICD-10 Implementation: Long Term Care

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA

Publication Date: November 18, 2009

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AHIMA's Whistleblower Policy

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA newsletter article

Publication Date: June 2016

AHIMA is committed to the highest possible standards of ethical, moral, and legal business conduct. In line with this commitment, we have a whistleblower policy to provide an avenue for volunteers to raise concerns while assuring that they will be protected from reprisals or victimization for whistleblowing.

Ethical Standards for Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI) Professionals (2016)

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2016

The AHIMA Ethical Standards for Clinical Documentation Improvement Professionals are intended to assist in decision making processes and actions, outline expectations for making ethical decisions in the workplace, and demonstrate the professionals' commitment to integrity. They are relevant to all clinical documentation improvement professionals and to those who manage the clinical documentation improvement (CDI) function, regardless of the healthcare setting in which they work.

Adoption of ICD-10

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA Talking Points

Publication Date: November 01, 2003



AHIMA has developed Talking Points on the issue of adoption of ICD-10 for use in helping members and staff communicate key messages on issues of importance to the field of health information management. We encourage you to use these documents when preparing a group presentation, writing a....

Setting the Facts Straight About ICD-10: What Physicians Need to Know About the Transition

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA Advocacy and Policy

Publication Date: November 2014

While many organizations see the benefits of using ICD-10, including the ability to capture more detailed information, others have concerns, including the costs of implementation. Despite the significant amount of information that has been published about ICD-10 during the last 10 years, many misconceptions persist today. The information below covers basic facts about the ICD-10 transition that are of particular interest to the physician community.

Top RAC Target Areas

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2012


If you bill fee-for-service programs, your claims will be subject to review by the Recovery Audit Contractor Program (RAC). That was the promise made by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services when it expanded its once-experimental program to all 50 states in 2010. The RAC's mission....

ICD-9-CM Coding Guidance for LTC Facilities. Appendix B: Reporting and Sequencing Diagnoses on the Health Record and UB-04 Claim Form

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA practice brief attachment

Publication Date: October 2010


The "ICD-9-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting" is updated annually, thought it may be changed more frequently. Coders should be familiar with the guidelines and use the most current version.

The guidelines provide the following guidance for principal/first-listed and con....

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....

ICD-10-CM/PCS Project Management Resources

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA practice brief attachment

Publication Date: October 2009


This practice brief has been retired. It is made available for historical purposes only.



Transitioning to ICD-10-CM/PCS will be a major undertaking for healthcare organizations. Below are ICD-10-CM/PCS project management resources and templates that organizations can use to h....

Experts Suggest Beginning ICD-10 Implementation Today

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA Today

Publication Date: October 05, 2009


There is no time like the present to begin planning for the national coding switch to ICD-10-CM/PCS, according to several HIM professionals presenting here at convention.

Coding staff don’t need to start poring over new code books yet. But other preparations must be made for a facili....

Critical Expeditions

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2001


With the action items of Vision 2006 largely met and the image marketing campaign well underway, the Association is poised to undertake its next strategic venture—expeditions.

Through a series of critical expeditions, AHIMA will explore new ground for the HIM profession—from....

Hiring Tips for ICD-10 Help

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2013


Staff up or suffer. That is one message HIM professionals are hearing regarding the upcoming ICD-10-CM/PCS transition. Clinical documentation specialists will be needed to ensure clinicians adequately document provided care that validates the new, more detailed ICD-10 codes. Coders with ICD-10....

Last Call for ICD-9-CM

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2013


October 1, 2013 could be a day sentimental HIM veterans raise a glass to a longtime friend—or perhaps foe. For October 1 signifies the end of an era; it is the effective date of the final ICD-9-CM update before ICD-10-CM/PCS codes kick in on October 1, 2014.


In a statement t....

Progress on ICD-10: Survey Shows Advances with Two Years to Go

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2011


With the ICD-10-CM/PCS deadline less than two years away, results of a recent AHIMA survey show that more organizations are getting their transitions in motion. In total, 85 percent of respondents to the August 2011 survey said that their organizations had begun work on ICD-10 planning and imp....

ICD-TEN: Top Emerging News August 2010

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA newsletter

Publication Date: August 02, 2010


August 2010

Welcome to ICD-TEN

Welcome to AHIMA's ICD-TEN, created to better prepare you for the transition to ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS. Each monthly issue contains top emerging news, educational opportunities, practical information on coding with the new ICD-10-CM/PCS, pr....

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