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Evolving the PPE to Meet Changing HIM Workforce Needs

Author: AHIMA Work Group

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2014

This Practice Brief will educate readers on the challenges and opportunities surrounding the PPE. The desired outcome is to expand options for PPEs and increase support of the PPE throughout the healthcare industry. Providing additional options and increasing practitioner support of the PPE will result in creating a stronger and better prepared generation of new HIM professionals.

Facility Closure: How to Get In, Get Out, and Get What Is Important

Author: Lail, Pamela J; Laird, Sarah S; McCall, Kris; Naretto, Joe; York, April

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: October 2016


This article examines the current state of affairs of the health information management role in facility closure as well as the impact on revenue cycle operations. Health information management professionals are uniquely positioned to assist an organization in closure eff....

Filtering Our Data to Ease Consumers' Search

Author: Tully, Lorraine

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2001

HealthMarket, Inc., is a Norwalk, CT-based company offering “self-directed health plans” to employers and insurers as a new choice in health benefits. Founded in 1999, the company aims to shift healthcare decision making from insurance intermediaries to physicians and patients. As part of its....

Following the Electronic Trail


Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2000

How can you protect patient information while maintaining immediate access for qualified employees? HIM professionals across the country are taking leadership roles in developing and managing audit trails for computerized health information. Here are a few of their success storie....

Future of HIM: An Operational View

Author: Braden, James

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 1998

What will HIM processes, departments, and the patient record look like 10 years from now? The author offers a view of HIM operations at an academic medical center with an eye for operational, organizational, and functional structure.
The health information management profession has been....

Getting Quality Clinical and Coded Data: How UMHS's CDIP Improved Clinical Coded Data and Clinical Staff Relationships

Author: Blackford, Gwendolyn; Whitehouse, Rosanne

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2007

Obtaining codeable clinical documentation at the point of care in a large teaching facility can be challenging. However, the HIM department at the University of Michigan Health System (UMHS) in Ann Arbor, MI, took on the task, implementing a clinical documentation improvement program (CDI....

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....

Global Language for Pharmaceutical Regulation

Author: Rulon, Vera

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2000

What will facilitate medical product regulation and related electronic data interchange worldwide? For some regulatory authorities, the answer is the Medical Dictionary for Drug Regulatory Affairs—also known as MedDRA.

MedDRA (the name is a trademark of the International Federat....

Governmental Audit Toolkit

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA toolkit

Publication Date: December 02, 2011

This toolkit is designed to provide guidance to HIM professionals on how to prepare for and ensure compliance in managing governmental audits.

Group Health Plan's Glossary


Source: AHIMA web extra

Publication Date: March 02, 2003

Administrative requirements of the privacy rule include those to have personnel designations, training, safeguards, complaint handling, sanctions, mitigation of harm, and current policies and procedures. These are not required if only summary information is exchanged between the GHP and plan sp....

Groups Offer E-health Ethics Smorgasboard

Author: Asmonga, Donald D.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2000

E-health experts nationally are hard at work developing guidelines for this rapidly growing industry. Recently, three sets of guidelines were issued—by an advisory committee to the Federal Trade Commission, by the Internet Healthcare Coalition (IHC), and by a group of information....

Growing ICD-10: Seedling Transition Programs Take Root

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2011

There are two basic approaches to the ICD-10 transition: (1) a late, mad scramble to get systems converted before the deadline; or (2) an intentional cultivation that uses the transition to improve business processes, documentation, and clinical care. Three organizations offer a picture of the....

Guidelines for Achieving a Compliant ICD-10-PCS Query

Author: Combs, Tammy; DeVault, Kathryn; Easterling, Sharon; Endicott, Melanie; Isom, Crystal; Lojewski, Tedi; Simmons, Cortnie R.; Wolf, Beth

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2016

Editor’s Note. This Practice Brief has been updated. See the latest version at Guidelines for Achieving a Compliant ICD-10-PCS Query
. This version is made available for historical purposes only.

The complex and highly specific nature of ICD-10-PCS has changed....

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