Good outpatient coding professionals can be hard to find. Learn more about recruiting—and keeping—
the good ones.
Attendees at AHIMA’s 2014 ICD-10-CM/PCS and Computer-Assisted Coding Summit share their reactions and strategies for coping with the most recent delay of ICD-10.
Specialists in the area of clinical documentation are filling a growing need. Amy L. Gardner, RHIT, CDIP, works at Valley Hospital Rockwood Health System in Spokane Valley, WA. She discusses the skills needed to perform well in this position, what a typical day is like, and her advice for communicating with physicians.
AHIMA’s President reflects on the development of HIPAA’S privacy regulations and the possible effects of the HITECH amendments.
Though the transition to the more granular ICD-10-CM/PCS code set may help, documentation processes at most hospitals will need an overhaul to support the type of pay-for-outcomes coding needed to reflect the care delivered and the severity of illness for patients.
When DRGs were introduced in the early 1980s, they dramatically changed the role of HIM professionals—thrusting them into the center of revenue cycle management. Another paradigm shift in payment systems is on the horizon with pay-for-outcomes.