myPHR Relaunch

AHIMA’s consumer Web site myPHR.com relaunched with a major redesign. The new site offers information on PHRs organized by seven major user groups: parents, students, seniors, caregivers, the chronically ill, travelers, and athletes. Check out the new blogs, news feed, and events calendar. The site offers consumer information on choosing a PHR, starting a PHR, and protecting your privacy. Community groups can also schedule local...

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Recession or Not, Coder Shortages Persist

This time last year the Journal surveyed members on their top coding challenges. High on the list were staffing shortages, with respondents citing trouble finding qualified coders. This year the Journal again informally polled a group of members, this time focusing on the state of coder staffing. The long-standing coding shortages weren’t magically solved in the past year. Only 60 percent of respondents to this year’s poll reported...

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Reports Pour in under CA’s New Privacy Laws

Reports of health record breach violations have been pouring into the California Department of Public Health since the state began requiring healthcare entities to report all incidents of unauthorized record access. More than 800 reports have been filed since the law took effect January 1, according to Kathleen Billingsley, RN, deputy director of the California Department of Public Health, Center for Health Care Quality (CDPH). The...

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Journal of AHIMA – July 2009

The July feature article takes a look at how HIM professionals have integrated POA reporting into their workflow processes and reporting requirements over the past two years. Other features report on the use of ICD-10 for mortality coding, how to make the most of external coding audits, and the benefits of standards development organizations that collaborate together. Members may read all stories online in the AHIMA FORE Library: HIM...

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Classifications without Borders

AHIMA representatives to the World Health Organization participate in the development and maintenance of classifications that create consistent data worldwide. In the July print edition, Sue Bowman and Rita Scichilone describe three work groups on which they serve. This online version of the story includes additional information on each group’s specific charges. * * * The World Health Organization maintains the Family of International...

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