Emotional Managing in New Orleans

In a September story in the print journal, HIM directors in New Orleans discussed the state of their departments three years after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. One director described her operations as “not normal, but workable.” The same is true for the personal lives of many HIM staff at facilities throughout the region. While water can be drained and medical records restored, the emotional scars of the hurricane remain vivid three...

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HHS Proposes Adoption of ICD-10 Code Sets

On Friday, August 15, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a notice of proposed rule making (NPRM) to replace the ICD-9-CM code set. The announcement, issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, indicates that display copies of the anticipated NPRMs have been filed. The official NPRMs–one related to adoption of the ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS classifications and the second related to upgrades of the HIPAA...

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Journal of AHIMA – August 2008

This special August issue focuses on physician practices and how HIM professionals can help physicians transition to EHRs, improve documentation, and help with quality reporting. It also examines the medical home model and the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology’s work to certify EHRs. Members may read all stories online in the AHIMA FORE Library: HIM Body of Knowledge. Select features and practice...

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EHR Incentives and Product Certification

In the August magazine, Mark Leavitt, MD, PhD, describes how product certification reduces risk and effort in selecting electronic health record systems. Certification also plays a role in promoting financial incentives for physician practices that adopt EHRs. Organizations offering incentives necessarily put eligibility requirements around EHR systems to ensure that participating systems can deliver baseline benefits in quality...

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Physicians and EHRs: A Bibliography

In the August issue we published a selected bibliography of research and writing on EHRs in physician practices. This is the extended version, as promised in the print issue. “Physicians View Use of EMRs as Part of New Business Model.” Capitation Management Report 12, no. 4 (Apr. 2005): 46–8, 37. Adler, Kenneth G. “How to Select an Electronic Health Record System.” Family Practice Management 12, no. 2 (Feb. 2005): 55–62. Adler,...

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