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From Pen to Press: Publishing Tips for HIM Professionals

Been thinking about making the jump from reader to writer? By writing and publishing articles that share your expertise and insights, you can both contribute to and distinguish yourself within the profession.

Career Treasure Map Your Way to HIM Success

A trick called “career treasure mapping” can help HIM pros plot the path to their dream job. This article and slide show has tips for getting started.

Cancer Moonshot Initiative Proposes National Cancer Data Sharing Network

A blue-ribbon panel of cancer research experts has called for the formation of a “national cancer data ecosystem” in order to help achieve President Obama’s Cancer Moonshot Initiative’s goal of achieving 10 years’ worth of cancer advancements within five years.

Russian Hackers Breach Health Records of US Olympians

The breach of Olympic athletes’ medical records by Russian hackers this week again demonstrates the vulnerability of protected health information and the extent to which it is viewed as a target by criminals.

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CDI Gains Prominence Under Payment Reforms

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) goal of tying 90 percent of reimbursement to quality improvement programs by 2018 means clinical documentation improvement (CDI) initiatives are going to be central to helping organizations succeed in the alphabet soup of reforms. In the keynote presentation titled “Understanding the Continued Evolution of CDI” during the second day of AHIMA’s Clinical Documentation Improvement Summit, Cheryl Ericson, MS, RN, CCDS, CDIP, from DHG Healthcare, said providers need CDI to “keep up with the Joneses” due to this change in reimbursement.

CDI Provides a ‘Safety Net’ for a Safety Net Hospital

The role of safety net hospitals is vital—they provide hundreds of millions of dollars worth of uncompensated care for individuals who need it the most but cannot pay. That means that care delivery and the documentation of that care must be conducted with the utmost efficiency.

After ICD-10, the CDI World has become Data Driven and High Tech

Now that the smoke has cleared from the transition to ICD-10-CM/PCS, the healthcare industry is taking stock of how the transition changed the industry landscape. In remarks delivered Tuesday at AHIMA’s CDI Summit, Pamela Hess, MA, RHIA, CCS, CDIP, CPC, with himagine solutions, noted in her presentation “The Case for CDI Solutions in a Post ICD-10 Environment,” that healthcare executives are now more interested in healthcare data than ever before.

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Coding for a Urological Procedure

This patient, a 47-year-old male with adenoma of the prostate, is being treated in the outpatient surgery suite.

CPT Guidelines on Procedure Coding

Monday Coding Quiz (multiple choice question): Per CPT guidelines, a separate procedure [more…]

Using Category II Codes

Monday Coding Quiz: Category II codes cover all but one of the following topics. Which is not addressed by Category II codes?

From Pen to Press: Publishing Tips for HIM Professionals

Been thinking about making the jump from reader to writer? By writing and publishing articles that share your expertise and insights, you can both contribute to and distinguish yourself within the profession.

Career Treasure Map Your Way to HIM Success

A trick called “career treasure mapping” can help HIM pros plot the path to their dream job. This article and slide show has tips for getting started.

ICD-10-CM: Impact on Physicians’ Fears, and What Comes Next [Sponsored]

As the first anniversary of ICD-10-CM go-live approaches, much uncertainty remains. Information on the overall impact of ICD-10-CM is scarce without CMS, insurers, or data-mining entities performing audits or data analysis.