New ICD-9-CM Procedure Codes for FY 2012

The new ICD-9-CM procedure codes go into effect October 1, 2011. This last regular update introduces a score of new codes ahead of the partial code freeze that will take effect October 1, 2012.

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Opportunity Knocks

From systems implementations to lucky phone calls, first jobs offer new professionals first opportunities to gain experience and confidence. In the August print story “Opportunity Knocks,” seven AHIMA Fellows share their first on-the-job career development opportunities and the lessons they learned from those experiences. Join the conversation! What was your first on-the-job opportunity to grow as a new HIM professional? What advice...

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“A Meaningless Record”

Writing in 1935, Dorothy E. Fressle argued for a record that “reflects a true story of the patient’s history and a clear picture of procedures actually carried out in the course of his treatment.” If her vision sounds commonplace today, this article from the archives offers a fresh reminder of the profession’s foundational work improving the quality of care through a meaningful patient record.

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Advancing Quality and Patient Safety Initiatives

Providers are no longer islands of information, and this has created new data standardization, capture, and validation challenges. HIM professionals are ideally positioned to help their organizations leverage information to improve patient care quality and safety.

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Additional Quality and Patient Safety Resources

The online version of the August practice brief “HIM Functions in Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety” includes four additional appendixes. Appendix A examines patient safety and quality opportunities for HIM-IT collaboration. Appendix B outlines HIM’s role in data governance, while appendix C catalogs HIM’s role in data capture, validation, and maintenance. Appendix D provides suggestions for further reading...

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