“Feature stories and departments that appear in the print issue of the Journal are available online in the AHIMA Body of Knowledge. Full access to the archives is a member benefit and requires a member name and password. Practice briefs and select features are available publicly. Please see below for an archive of Journal of AHIMA website posts.”

More False Claims Act Lawsuits Ahead for EHR Vendors, Whistleblower Attorney Says

Posted by on 3:59 pm in Electronic Health Records, News | 0 comments

More lawsuits against electronic health record (EHR) vendors that skirt “meaningful use” EHR Incentive Program requirements are likely on the horizon, according to a whistleblower attorney from Washington, DC.

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CMS: Healthcare Accrediting Agencies Don’t Need to Make Inspection Reports Public

Posted by on 8:07 am in News, Standards and Compliance | 1 comment

CMS recently withdrew a proposal that would have required healthcare accreditors to publicly publish deficiencies found in hospitals and other healthcare settings.

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ONC Responds to ROI Questions During AHIMA Webinar

Posted by on 5:15 pm in News, Standards and Compliance | 0 comments

This summer has demonstrated hope for consumers and HIM professionals who have long been frustrated by the confusion that can ensue when a patient requests access to their health information.

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CMS Eliminates Cardiac Payment Model Programs, Relaxes Joint Replacement Care Models

Posted by on 11:11 am in Coding and Reimbursement, News | 0 comments

CMS announced this week that it is eliminating two new payment models entirely, the Episode Payment Model and the Cardiac Rehabilitation incentive payment model, and easing requirements for the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement model.

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AHIMA Issues Comments on ONC’s Proposed Interoperability Framework

Posted by on 2:52 pm in News, Standards and Compliance | 0 comments

In late July, AHIMA submitted comments to ONC in response to the agency’s open comment period for its “Proposed Interoperability Standards Measurement Framework”—a guide that will evaluate the implementation and use of interoperability healthcare standards.

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Prepare for Ransomware 2.0, Experts Warn Healthcare Industry

Posted by on 2:17 pm in News, Privacy and Security | 0 comments

In the wake of recent attacks, experts are warning that so far the healthcare industry has only dealt with “Ransomware 1.0”—and needs to be prepared for when “Ransomware 2.0” hits

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A Code Is Born: The Quest from Condition to Code

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A Code Is Born: The Quest from Condition to Code

Where do new ICD-10 codes come from? How can you submit a proposal for a new code? This month’s Code Cracker discusses the process.

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HHS Tweaks Infamous Health Data Breaches ‘Wall of Shame’

Posted by on 2:24 pm in News, Privacy and Security | 0 comments

Rumored changes to the infamous health data breach “wall of shame” were announced recently by US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price.

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HHS and OIG Announce Largest Healthcare Fraud Bust Ever

Posted by on 8:18 am in Coding and Reimbursement, News | 0 comments

“This year’s takedown features a large-scale federal and state partnership to combat health care fraud and the opioid epidemic,” according to the Office of Inspector General.

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GAO: Patient Portals Underutilized by Patients with Access

Posted by on 1:57 pm in Health IT, News | 0 comments

Survey investigates why even portal-savvy patients don’t necessarily take advantage of all that’s available to them electronically.

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