AHIMA Member to Become IFHRO President

Data integrity and coding consistency are not just US challenges. Health information management professionals around the world share these and other issues. The International Federation of Health Records Organizations offers the HIM community a global forum to exchange information relating to health records and information technology. AHIMA has played an active role in IFHRO since the federation’s formation in 1968. This month AHIMA’s...

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Preparing for Discovery

Producing electronic documentation in response to a subpoena is very different than pulling paper charts. As technology raises the volume of discoverable information, organizations require plans.

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Helping Patients Navigate Cancer Treatment

In a cancer patient’s darkest hour, patient navigator Mary Nespor, RHIA, is there to help. Piloting the complex healthcare system—doctor appointments, medications, insurance forms—can be a daunting task for a patient, especially those facing serious illness. Whether cancer patients at Saint Francis Medical Center, based in Cape Girardeau, MO, need help appealing an insurance company claim denial or just finding a quiet place to sit...

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New ARRA-funded Health IT Programs Open to Students

The first group of federally developed health IT classes began on schedule in community colleges across the country recently, filled with students hoping to break into the emerging EHR implementation market.

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A Wake-up Call on the Security Rule

Recent changes to the enforcement of the HIPAA security rule have left many and HIM professionals wondering what, if anything, they need to change in order to stay compliant. Federal regulation last year introduced the potential for additional random audits, increased fines, and established a requirement that covered entities notify patients of privacy and security breaches. These changes, however, have left the security rule itself...

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