Interested in becoming an AHIMA-published author? Members of the coding community are encouraged to submit articles for possible publication. You may even be eligible to earn CEU credits if your article is accepted.
Opportunities for writing on a coding-related topic include:
- Coding Notes column in the Journal of AHIMA print issue
- CodeWrite e-newsletter
- Code Cracker blog
The Coding Notes column, which is comprised of two separate articles, appears in the Journal of AHIMA and covers coding-related topics, such as proper coding practice for specific procedures and conditions and annual coding updates. The word count for each article is 1,000-1,500 words. See an example of a Coding Notes article from the January 2017 issue of the magazine.
The CodeWrite e-newsletter is a monthly newsletter for the coding community and contains practical news for coding, reimbursement, and healthcare compliance. For CodeWrite, we are seeking:
- Clinical articles illustrating correct coding and related to coding principles and concepts of pathophysiology, pharmacology, or medical terminology (learn more about typical length and format)
- Articles related to new reimbursement methodologies, the impact of coding on Quality Measures and Revenue Cycle topics
- “Checkpoint Articles,” discussing a challenging or complicated ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS, or CPT scenario (download the guidelines, template, and an example)
- Crossword, word search, or other puzzles using coding terms (download an example)
The Code Cracker blog posted on the Journal of AHIMA website takes a look at challenging areas and documentation opportunities for coding and reimbursement. The word count is generally anywhere between 350-700 words. See an example of a Code Cracker blog.
Why write for AHIMA?
YOU are the coding experts with real-life experiences and challenges for which you have developed solutions that might benefit others experiencing similar issues. As a professional working out in the industry you may encounter day to day situations that are very similar to situations other professionals encounter. You may have created a solution for addressing new legislation, new payment policies, or challenging coding and documentation practices. Health information management professionals may be struggling with a particular coding scenario or billing or reimbursement issue, such as claims denials or denials based on audit findings or others. Educators are also encouraged to consider assigning an article or blog submission to their students.
Sharing your insight and processes on dealing with these issues will help all professionals working in the world of HIM. HIM and the healthcare industry are very complex fields with many changes taking place each day. Are there new roles in your organization that coding professionals are transitioning into? If so what are their responsibilities? For example, has your organization implemented computer-assisted coding, which created new auditing roles for coding professionals? Has your organization created documentation templates? Were coding professionals involved in the process to ensure all the information needed to accurately assign a code or codes to a condition, illness, or procedure(s)?
You have so much valuable information you can share with your fellow HIM professionals. Consider sharing your expertise by submitting articles to AHIMA for use in blogs, the CodeWrite Newsletter, and Journal of AHIMA articles.
Sue Bowman is senior director of coding policy and compliance at AHIMA.