ICD-10 Final Rule Effective March 17

There won’t be a delay on the ICD-10 final rules, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The final rule for implementing ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS will go into effect March 17. The policies in the final rule are considered to be officially adopted on that date. The regulations for the HIPAA electronic transaction standards—published the same day in a separate rule—will go into effect at the same time. The HIPAA...

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Google Health Announces Profile Sharing

Google Health, the Internet giant’s free online personal health record service, is nearing a year old. This week the company rolled out some changes to the service, some of which the company anticipated last spring. Users may now share their health profiles with others, such as doctors and family. Account owners grant access to others via e-mail addresses. Viewers cannot edit or share a profile. Account owners control how much of the...

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Big Plans for Small Practices

Several days ago the New York Times featured an article titled “How to Make Electronic Medical Records a Reality.” EHRs and their challenges have become a popular topic in the mainstream media. Maybe that’s what a couple billion dollars of federal money will do for a topic that’s been scuffing along. The Times piece nicely highlights the challenge of implementing health IT in small physician practices, a primary healthcare target in...

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The IT That Supports Virtual HIM

In the March print story “Virtual HIM,” Cheryl Servais, MPH, RHIA, discusses the organizational issues in transitioning HIM departments to remote, virtual departments. Servais notes that virtual departments offer organizations operational, financial, and staffing advantages, as well as opportunities to increase levels of service. Within that article, Deborah Kohn offers a matrix of HIM functions that can be performed...

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Journal of AHIMA – March 2009

The March issue outlines how HIM professionals can help improve cash flow in their organizations by contributing to revenue cycle management. Other features examine the opportunities and challenges of separating coding from the HIM department, the benefits of a virtual HIM department, and emergency medical services communication and documentation. Members may read all stories online in the AHIMA FORE Library: HIM Body of Knowledge....

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