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In Outpatient CDI, Timing is Everything

This article will discuss three different timing approaches that can be used in outpatient CDI programs with an emphasis on prospective reviews.

CMS Announces Overhauls to Meaningful Use in Proposed Rule

CMS announced that it is renaming and overhauling the “meaningful use” EHR Incentive Program as well as the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) in a new proposed rule.

The Sedona Conference Published a Guide for Responding to a Data Breach

No healthcare organization looks forward to the day they have to deal with a data breach. Unfortunately, data breaches happen seemingly on a daily basis.

Senate Committee Introduces Legislation to Fight Opioid Abuse

The Opioid Response Act of 2018 calls for boosting funding to state-based substance abuse registries and other data sharing tools to reduce prescription opioid abuse.

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AHIMA Members Advocating for HIM Issues on Capitol Hill

This week, a contingent of HIM professionals are bringing their years of experience and knowledge to Capitol Hill as part of the 2018 AHIMA Advocacy Summit in Washington DC.

Top Takeaways from the 2017 AHIMA Convention

Miss something from AHIMA’s 2017 Convention and Exhibit? No worries, the Journal has you covered. Read on to find out more about the week’s most notable moments.

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.

April 2018

What’s expected by OCR, and your attorneys, with PHI access logs

2018 Coding and CDI Guide

The 2018 Coding and CDI Guide was published in the April 2018 Journal of AHIMA.

March 2018

Mounting reviews test HIM policies and patience

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?

Managing PHI Disclosure When a Lawsuit Is Involved—How to Prepare

This article examines how HIM professionals should work with risk management when releasing records tied to lawsuits, and some new best practices to consider.

The Doctor Will Call You Now

Telehealth technology is evolving, transforming how we deliver and receive care in a multitude of facilities along the way—from schools to rural providers to prisons. What does the future of telehealth hold, and what does that mean for HIM?

Things to Know When Implementing an IG Program

Information governance (IG) is an initiative that takes careful planning and the resources necessary to see successful outcomes. But what are some of the items to look for as you begin an IG program implementation?