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Compliance in the Physician Office

Author: Wieland, LaVonne R.

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 10, 2001

Does your physician practice have a compliance program? Do they know they need one? Do they care? Hopefully, the answer to these questions is "yes." If not, this paper will give you information on what is needed and where to start in developing a compliance program for your....

Journal Q&A (10/01)

Author: AHIMA Staff

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: October 02, 2001

Q: The nursing department has asked the HIM department for assistance in creating an organized process for thinning inpatient charts. Is there a standardized method that I could suggest?

A: HIM professionals are often asked for guidance in determining chart thinning practices, setting....

Putting Productivity Plans to Work

Author: Dunn, Rose T

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: October 2001

This is the last in a series of three "Coding Notes" articles addressing productivity measurement and incentive plans for coding professionals. The April Journal of AHIMA (vol. 72, no. 4) article discussed the general principles of developing facility-specific productivity m....

Journal Q&A (10/01)

Author: AHIMA Staff

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: October 02, 2001

Q: Are there standards for establishing chart document order either during or after hospitalization?

A: Similar to chart thinning, there are no universal standards for chart order. Healthcare organizations are encouraged to develop a standardized arrangement that works well in offerin....

Best Practices


Source: AHIMA bibliography

Publication Date: 2001

Improve a process...reduce costs...contribute to enhanced patient care. Best practices make a difference in healthcare organizations. Best practices, which can be a process or an outcome, significantly contribute to the successful achievement of an organization's goals. They often involve usin....

Blue-ribbon Approach to Compliance

Author: Meaney, Mark E.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2001

The seeds of today’s compliance movement were first sown 60 years ago in a one-car shed in Palo Alto, CA. With a mere $538 in start-up capital, Bill Hewlett and David Packard launched a high-tech revolution and created a bellwether of the modern economy when they founded Hewlett-Packard (HP).

On The Line: Professional Practice Solutions

Author: Hjort, Beth M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2001

Q: It's difficult to research and write organizational policies because of the myriad external forces governing the same healthcare issues. Do you have guidelines to help ensure we don't miss any mandates?

Q: How does a healthcare organization deal with conflicting directives betwee....

Sample Consent Agreement

Author: AHIMA Staff

Source: AHIMA sample form

Publication Date: May 02, 2001

Consent to the Use and Disclosure of Health Information for Treatment, Payment, or Healthcare Operations

I understand that as part of my healthcare, this organization originates and maintains health records describing my health history, symptoms, examination and test....

Getting Your Arms Around HIPAA

Author: Hughes, Gwen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2001

Have you read the new HIPAA final privacy rules yet? Are you overwhelmed? I've been spending a lot of time poring over the privacy rules and I've seen many similarities between the new privacy rules and the Uniform Health Information Act (UHIA) passed in Washington and Montana about....

Drafting Policy on Business Ethics

Author: Dingman, Barbara

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2001

The Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) attention to fraud and abuse has certainly changed the way hospitals and their vendors conduct business. For many years, it has been common practice for vendors to court their clients with gifts and outings to get their product purchased, and....

Tapping Our Legislative Influence

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2001

Beyond the endless speculation about how the recent federal election will affect Congress' lawmaking abilities, the narrow margins of victory illustrated an important point: individual votes have power. The 436 elected officials in Washington, DC, recognize this. This is AHIMA's-and y....

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....

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