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Coding Roundtable Coordinators Toolkit

Author: AHIMA Work Group

Source: AHIMA toolkit

Publication Date: 2017

The goals of the coding roundtable coordinator include:

  • Improving coding skills through education
  • Providing local networking opportunities
  • Attracting new members to the coding and HIM profession
  • Creating an environment that facilitates mentoring
  • Sharing coding practices, challenges, and requirements to affect policy in the industry

What Makes a Happy HIM Work Culture?

Author: Dover, Kayce

Source: AHIMA newsletter article

Publication Date: June 2016

"Happy families are all alike," Leo Tolstoy famously wrote. And the same may hold true for HIM departments. So what are the factors that make an HIM department happy? HIM Connections recently conducted a survey of HIM managers and team members to learn about HIM happiness: What works well....

Health Information Management Leaders and the Practice of Leadership through the Lens of Bowen Theory

Author: Thierry Sheridan, Patty; Watzlaf, Valerie J.M.; Fox, Leslie Ann

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: April 2016


Even though leadership is one of the most examined topics in the organizational literature, its application in the field of health information management (HIM) has not been studied extensively. This descriptive, mixed-methodology study examined HIM leadership through the....

How to Reach the C-Suite


Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: December 2015

In order for health information management (HIM) professionals to be successful in their organizations—from starting an information governance program to getting ICD-10-CM/PCS implemented on time—support from the C-suite is crucial. As HIM departments undertake increasingly expa....

Owning the EHR and Information Governance at Your Facility

Author: Head, Erin

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2015

For many decades, health information management (HIM) departments have been the hub for information collected within healthcare organizations. HIM has frequently been referred to as the “medical records department” due to the perceived idea that the department’s main tasks are receiving a....

2015 Environmental Scan Report

Author: AHIMA House of Delegates

Source: AHIMA report

Publication Date: January 2015

The top trends/issues and recurring themes captured from the 2014-2015 House of Delegates centred on the following topics:

  • Rising healthcare costs and business/economic pressures on providers to deliver better healthcare while meeting mandate requirements;
  • HIM workforce; evolution of roles;
  • Effects of healthcare reform and regulatory changes; and
  • New technologies and consumer access to health information

Leading Your Facility Through the ICD-10 Delay Storm

Author: Horn, Kelli

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2014

When the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced in the spring of 2014 that ICD-10-CM/PCS would be unexpectedly delayed for at least one year, the health information management (HIM) community was shocked. Hospitals, healthcare facilities, and educational organizations h....

Realigning HIM to the New Healthcare Environment: Case Studies in HIM Transformation Due to Accountable Care and Pay-For-Outcomes Initiatives

Author: Bower-Jernigan, Patricia L; Chenoweth, Ann; James, Jaime

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2014

The Affordable Care Act has been a catalyst for the transition to pay for outcomes. Through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center, dozens of new payment and service models have emerged that promise to deliver better care throughout the United States at a l....

Leveraging the Leader-Member Exchange Theory in HIM

Author: Hunt, T J

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2014

Editor’s note: This article is an excerpt from “Leader-Member Exchange Relationships in Health Information Management,” published in the Spring 2014 issue of AHIMA’s scholarly research journal Perspectives in Health Information Management.

Following the leader-member excha....

Keeping Your "I" on Information Governance

Author: Kadlec, Lesley

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2014

Information governance is gaining increased momentum in healthcare. Health information management (HIM) professionals have the necessary skills in all aspects of information management to become experts in the facilitation, planning, and execution of information governance initiatives with....

Leading Innovation in Enterprise Information Governance

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2013

The past two decades have seen tremendous change in health information management (HIM) practice. The underlying drivers of this transformation are the complexity of healthcare delivery, the exploding demand for actionable information, pressure for greater public accountability, and the ev....

Transitioning Transcriptionists

Author: Person, Carol; Terlep, Minnette

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2013

Facing a diminished role, transcriptionists at Sanford Health worked with the organization to move into open, and in-demand, coding roles

The need for transcription was diminishing at Sanford Health, and transcriptionists needed to make a choice-transition into another....

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....

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....

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....

Time to Lead

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2011

Presenters from AHIMA's 2011 Leadership Academy share their perspectives on what it takes to lead in the current changing healthcare environment.

In the midst of the myriad changes occurring in healthcare today, it is easy to get lost and become a follower. However, ARRA....

Leading: What It Means in HIM

Author: Rollins, Genna

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2010

Times like these require a lot of leadership. That means risk-taking, passion, mentoring, and always striving, say HIM professionals.

The enormous change that healthcare is undergoing calls for professionals in all disciplines to step out of their routines and play....

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....

EHR Acceptance Factors in Ambulatory Care: A Survey of Physician Perceptions

Author: Morton, Mary E.; Wiedenbeck, Susan

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: January 2010


With the U.S. government calling for electronic health records (EHRs) for all Americans by the year 2014, adoption of an interoperable EHR is imminent in America’s future. However, recent estimates for EHR implementation in the ambulatory care environment are just over 10 percent....

Thinking Lean in Healthcare

Author: Campbell, Robert James

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2009

Lean thinking is the efficient use of staff, resources, and technology to provide the highest level of service possible to the ultimate healthcare customer: the patient.

In today’s volatile healthcare environment, health information managers are being asked to do more with less....

HIM Leadership Challenge...for the Next 80 Years!

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2008

As AHIMA celebrates its 80th anniversary this month, we focus on the significant challenges that lay ahead. Though most emphasis today is on acquiring and implementing health IT, this will give way to an emphasis on managing and creating value from an organization’s information assets.

ACE Program Celebrates First Year, Milestones

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: October 2008

In its first year ACE (Action Community for e-HIM Excellence) already has more than 500 members. ACE members have reached out to component state associations (CSAs) and allied health professionals by speaking, writing, testifying, and mentoring. Members provide their HIM expertise and then report it to AHIMA. This article presents some of the highlights from the first year.

HIM Leadership in Action: Making Change Happen!

Author: Rulon, Vera

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 10, 2007

I.   Introduction

Managing change is not an easy thing. We experience change in many aspects of our lives. Is it any different in healthcare versus other industries? This writer thinks not, as change is a difficult thing to effect, although it happens all the time.


Putting the Action in HIM: AHIMA Introduces the ACE Challenge


Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2007

Times of enormous change require change agents: people with the vision, expertise, and leadership skills necessary to lead transformation.

AHIMA is calling all HIM change agents to create ACE, the Action Community for e-HIM® Excellence. The program launches this month and is desig....

Change and Transformation

Author: Helbig, Susan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2006

The HIM profession has evolved over the last several decades, and AHIMA's surveys of focus groups on the HIM profession's image reflects that evolution. February 2000 and 2002 results showed that respondents saw HIM professionals as clerical (44 percent). In 2003, however, nearly half (48 pe....

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