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Anthem to Pay $16 Million for 2015 Data Breach

The biggest health data breach ever has now resulted in the biggest fine that an entity has ever paid to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights.

Never-Ending Data Breaches—It’s Time to Stop Hackers in Their Tracks!

Anthem has recently agreed to pay $16 million to OCR for a breach that affected almost 79 million people—merely the beginning of the costs associated with recovering from a breach of this magnitude. The hackers are winning the game; current information and security approaches just aren’t cutting it and healthcare organizations are no doubt at risk.

“Reasonable Steps” to Avoid Sanctions for the Loss of Electronically Stored Information

There is no single compilation of what reasonable steps a party might take to avoid the loss of electronically stored information or the imposition of related sanctions for such a loss.

AHIMA Member Update: Patient Access to Health Information

This week, you may have seen a Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) report on hospital compliance with medical record requests that states there are many barriers to patient access. This study validates what we know from our work and advocacy on this issue: the health record request process is often cumbersome and complicated for patients.

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Slideshow: Convention Photo Roundup

Revisit the highlights of this year’s Annual Convention and Exhibit.

How to Address IRF Coding Challenges

A Tuesday roundtable presentation, “Challenges for HIM at the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility,” addressed issues such as limited educational opportunities for HIM professionals specific to the IRF setting, how official ICD-10-CM coding guidelines do not always fit IRF coding, and the excessive number of requests for audits compared to the size of the IRF unit.

Reptiles that Bite and Plants that Slice: Coding the Everglades

The Everglades, under an hour’s drive directly west from the Miami Beach Convention Center, is an unparalleled subtropical wilderness brimming with beautiful wetland landscapes and rare plant and animal species. But those who don’t heed the National Park Service’s warnings could end up the unfortunate recipient of these ICD-10 codes.

October 2018

Niche Analytics

September 2018

Using Health Informatics to Tackle Duplicate Medical Record Issues

July-August 2018

Payers, auditors increase clinical validation checks

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?

Celebrating 90 Years of HIM: A Look Back at AHIMA Through the Decades (1910s – 1950s)

The decades from the 1920s to the 1950s saw AHIMA and its members finding their footing in a newly expanding profession, as members organized and collaborated on the national, state, and regional level—working together to both define and strengthen the role medical record librarians played in healthcare.

White Paper: Improving Patient Matching with a Simple Plug-in

There are substantial—and growing—costs to inaccurate patient matching. Learn how a groundbreaking solution can improve match rates, thereby improving healthcare data exchange.

The Future of Healthcare Data Exchange

At the heart of our healthcare system, inaccurate data drives inefficiency, errors, avoidable administrative strain, and increased costs. How are HIM professionals using informatics to improve the care provided to patients?