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Seventh Character Application for Injuries in the Principal Diagnosis and the Impact to Data Quality

By now, we’ve all had practice assigning 7th characters for injuries. And, by now, we all know that in theory the guidance seems very clear—but the application of this new concept is not clear at all. Why is there so much confusion and why does it matter?

What it Means to be Deposed

This month’s post highlights a litigation-related event that readers might experience in the future—or perhaps already have: a deposition. Depositions can involve inquiry into electronic and other types of information.

Pokémon Go Poses Privacy and Security Concern for Healthcare Providers

Pokemon Go has thousand of players roaming streets, parks, and even workplaces—healthcare providers included—which has health privacy experts concerned.

Panel: HIM Ideal for Data Analytics Roles

When it comes to hiring new data analysts, Shawn Wells says there is no question HIM professionals can easily jump into the role with the right training and attitude. This statement brought loud applause from the audience at the 2016 CSA Leadership Symposium

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Panel: HIM Ideal for Data Analytics Roles

When it comes to hiring new data analysts, Shawn Wells says there is no question HIM professionals can easily jump into the role with the right training and attitude. This statement brought loud applause from the audience at the 2016 CSA Leadership Symposium

Start Small to Tame Big Information Governance Initiatives

Sally Beahan and Jaime James discussed the IG lessons their organizations have learned as pilot sites for AHIMA’s Information Governance Adoption Model at their presentation at the 2016 CSA Leadership Symposium.

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.

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?

Developing Productivity Standards through Analytics [Sponsored]

A coding environment is not linear and cannot be defined by just the number of charts completed, as the coding professional’s true efforts are not being fully captured.

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.