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July 2016

Querying Through the Chaos: How to get docs’ attention amidst the digital healthcare haze

Audio: Hiring an Outpatient Coding Professional

Good outpatient coding professionals can be hard to find. Learn more about recruiting—and keeping—
the good ones.

Information Release to Patient Families and Caregivers: What Does HITECH/HIPAA Actually Say?

While HIPAA has clear guidelines about who can and cannot receive information, it is not a one-size-fits-all regulation since it designates much of the decision making to the covered entity’s “professional judgement.”

Boost for Record Sharing as VA Joins NATE

As a member of NATE, the VA will be able to collaborate on policies and procedures for sharing health information with consumers outside of the VA system

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Having Confidence, Seeking Common Ground Are Keys to Launching IG

In the closing keynote of the 2016 Managing Electronic Records (MER) Conference Wednesday in Chicago, speaker Randolph Kahn, Esq., acknowledged that after two days of presentations about IG, attendees would likely go home feeling overwhelmed.

Senator Leading 21st Century Cures Act Debate Speaks at AHIMA Hill Day

Creating a more interoperable healthcare system is one of the priorities of Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) committee and a speaker at AHIMA’s Hill Day event in Washington, DC, on Tuesday.

Experts Explore Privacy Challenges in Today’s Technological World

From the smart phone to the patient portal and beyond, balancing privacy with patient access to health information is one of the industry’s hottest topics. Two experts explored the challenges of leading privacy in a world of new technology during Monday’s Advocacy Leadership Symposium in Washington, DC.

July 2016

Querying Through the Chaos: How to get docs’ attention amidst the digital healthcare haze

2016 Consulting and Outsourcing Guide

The 2016 Consulting and Outsourcing Guide was published in the June 2016 Journal of AHIMA. This special advertising section is published to promote various consulting and outsourcing resources.

June 2016

Analyzing Eight Months of ICD-10

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?

Information Release to Patient Families and Caregivers: What Does HITECH/HIPAA Actually Say?

While HIPAA has clear guidelines about who can and cannot receive information, it is not a one-size-fits-all regulation since it designates much of the decision making to the covered entity’s “professional judgement.”

Three Steps Every CIO Should Take to Ensure Integration Success [Sponsored]

This article discusses three steps that every hospital CIO should take to ensure their integration projects are delivered on time and on budget, and deliver the expected cost and quality improvements for their organization.

MACRA, MIPS, and Advanced APMs: Time to Prepare

This article will review selected aspects of the proposed rule so clinicians can begin preparing for MIPS and Advanced APMs, which go into effect on January 1, 2017. The need to start preparing now is vital.