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Chicago Hospital Finds Glitch in Medicare’s Hospital Compare Statistical Calculations

After officials at Rush University Medical Center noted a sharp drop in its quality ratings by CMS, an internal analysis revealed that the agency has been using faulty math to calculate the agency’s star ratings since 2016.

Data Sharing Benefits Outweigh Risks for Clinical Trial Participants

Despite mistrust in pharmaceutical companies and recent high-profile data breaches at hospitals and insurance companies, people who have participated in clinical trials overwhelmingly support the sharing of their data, a new study finds.

Parsing Overweight and Obesity Coding

Tune in to this monthly online coding column, facilitated by AHIMA’s coding experts, to learn about challenging areas and documentation opportunities for ICD-10-CM/PCS.

Healthcare Generates More Data Than It Can Use

The volume of healthcare data being collected today is as vast as the hurdles present in putting it to use, according to an editorial analyzing the pros and cons of integrating provider-collected health data and patient-generated data.

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AHIMA Members Advocating for HIM Issues on Capitol Hill

This week, a contingent of HIM professionals are bringing their years of experience and knowledge to Capitol Hill as part of the 2018 AHIMA Advocacy Summit in Washington DC.

Top Takeaways from the 2017 AHIMA Convention

Miss something from AHIMA’s 2017 Convention and Exhibit? No worries, the Journal has you covered. Read on to find out more about the week’s most notable moments.

AHIMA Leading the Way on National and International Standardization

The AHIMA Standards Team collaborates with the international community on developing and implementing standards that will help you to share your patient summary with a foreign healthcare provider, as well as electronically send the summary of this encounter to the US-based primary care provider.

Who Tells Your Story? [Sponsored]

“Who tells your story?” It’s a question pondered throughout the Broadway sensation “Hamilton,” and it’s a good question; one that providers need to be focused on as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) moves towards value-based reimbursement.

2018 Consulting and Outsourcing Guide

The 2018 Consulting and Outsourcing Guide was published in the June 2018 Journal of AHIMA. This special advertising section is published to promote various consulting and outsourcing resources.

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Best practices for reporting new patient relationship category codes

Coding for a Urological Procedure

This patient, a 47-year-old male with adenoma of the prostate, is being treated in the outpatient surgery suite.

CPT Guidelines on Procedure Coding

Monday Coding Quiz (multiple choice question): Per CPT guidelines, a separate procedure [more…]

Using Category II Codes

Monday Coding Quiz: Category II codes cover all but one of the following topics. Which is not addressed by Category II codes?

Coding Centralization Lessons Learned During a Reorganization Project

A coding consultant shares best practices from a recent coding centralization project completed at Kaiser Permanente.

Parsing the Language of Continuous HIM Education: CCHIIM, Credentials, Certificates, and Certifications

CCHIIM plays a key role in ensuring that today’s HIM professionals have the needed skills and competencies to navigate the healthcare landscape currently shifting under their feet. If an HIM professional wants to maximize their skills and knowledge—which AHIMA’s HIM Reimagined initiative strongly urges—AHIMA offers multiple ways to do that through certificates and certification programs.

Managing PHI Disclosure When a Lawsuit Is Involved—How to Prepare

This article examines how HIM professionals should work with risk management when releasing records tied to lawsuits, and some new best practices to consider.