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OCR, ONC Privacy Head Deven McGraw Leaves Position for Private Sector

Rachel Seeger, MPA, MA, senior adviser of public affairs and outreach at OCR, confirmed McGraw’s departure and added that McGraw has taken a new job in the private sector.

Proposed Bill Brings National Data Breach Notification Standard for Non-HITECH Entities

A proposed bill in the US House of Representatives seeks to bring unity and clarification to the various state-level breach notification laws following the Equifax data breach, according to an article in HealthITSecurity.

AHIMA Conducting Nationwide Search for New CEO

The AHIMA Board of Directors has launched a nationwide search to find the next AHIMA CEO. The Board is encouraging qualified members to apply for the position—though the search is open to all applicants.

Discussing Patient Identity Data Governance

Improving patient identity accuracy can be a daunting task. There are many different groups that may have the ability to create medical record numbers or change patient identity information.

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AHIMA Leading the Way on National and International Standardization

The AHIMA Standards Team collaborates with the international community on developing and implementing standards that will help you to share your patient summary with a foreign healthcare provider, as well as electronically send the summary of this encounter to the US-based primary care provider.

Management and Appeal Strategies for DRG Change Recommendations

Suzanne Drake, who has been writing appeal letters since 1995, reviewed some very important steps for a successful appeals management process at Sunday’s 2017 AHIMA Clinical Coding Meeting.

Coding Alfred Hitchcock

In honor of the AHIMA Convention visiting the home of Hollywood, we salute one of its greatest directors by examining just how a coding professional would approach documenting the grisly aftermath of four of Hitchcock’s highly-regarded and groundbreaking films.

October 2017

Data Analytics and Informatics are Two Separate Disciplines

September 2017

Changing reimbursement models shake up physician and outpatient healthcare industry

August 2017

Examining HIM Issues Impacting Home Health, Long-Term/Post-Acute Care, Skilled Nursing Facilities, and Other Healthcare Areas

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?

2nd Annual ICD-10 Coding Contest Results [Sponsored]

Accuracy rates in the results from Central Learning’s 2nd Annual National ICD-10 Coding Contest reveal opportunities for improvement.

Grow Your Coding Career, One CEU at a Time [Sponsored]

Complete and accurate coding is essential to the well-being of a healthcare...

Device or No Device, the Sequel: Rolling with the Punches

It is incredibly interesting to see new procedures and technology develop but can be challenging when the ICD-10 coding guidelines and instructions change along with them.