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AHIMA Advocates for Streamlined Audits and Coding Review Processes in CMS RFI on Program Integrity

In November, AHIMA submitted comments in response a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) request for information (RFI) on the future of program integrity.

IFHIMA Releases White Paper to Help HIM Professionals Navigate Global Privacy Trends

A new white paper from the International Federation of Health Information Management Associations (IFHIMA) discusses the challenges of managing the privacy of health information in an increasingly mobile, digital, data-oriented world with a global perspective.

Coding Thanksgiving Emergencies

You may have heard that emergency department (ED) visits spike during the holidays—higher than normal alcohol intake, contaminated poultry, and a habit of straying from doctor’s orders are leading culprits, according to ED docs. If you’re a coder stuck working on Thanksgiving this year the Journal has you covered.

ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Committee Discusses Code Proposals for Sepsis, Synthetic Opioids

At the September meeting of the ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Committee, members discussed ICD-10-CM proposals for codes for identification of specific synthetic opioids and revisions to the sepsis/severe sepsis codes, in addition to several other diagnosis code proposals.

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Charge Capture: Is it the Weak Link in Your Revenue Cycle?

The lack of a robust charge-capture program can have a significant impact on your bottom line. Many organizations neglect to focus on this aspect of the coding and billing process because claims are being submitted and paid. But overlooking missed, incorrect, and inconsistent charges is akin to leaving money on the table.

Release of Information: Can You Afford to Ignore Industry Changes?

MRO commissioned and published a nationwide survey of senior HIM professionals about release of information challenges, priorities, and strategies. The study, conducted by Porter Research, gathered executive insights representing 33 hospitals, 1253 clinics and 620,719 annual ROI requests. The summary report offers information to help organizations assess PHI disclosure management strategies and evaluate ROI vendors.

Learn More About the New Face of Cybersecurity

HIM professionals have worked diligently to protect data privacy and security during a time of digital transformation in healthcare. The unfortunate reality? Hackers have worked even harder to access that data. It’s a game of ‘cat and mouse,’ and regrettably, the mice (i.e., hackers) appear to have a competitive edge.

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AHIMA19 Concludes with a Focus on Building Toward the Future

“Change is scary. Disruption is scary. Being left behind is even scarier,” said incoming President/Chair-Elect Ginna Evans in her first address to AHIMA members on the final day of AHIMA19. Two of the keys to not being left behind and pushing the work of health information professionals, she said, are the ability to think creatively and inventively.

HIM Professionals Tour Cook County Jail’s On-Site Health Clinic

As the director of correctional health information for Cermak Health Services at the Cook County Jail, Linda Kampe’s responsibilities are not radically different from those of a typical HIM director, even though the care setting in which she’s carrying them out might make others in the industry nervous. On Monday, a group of nine AHIMA19 attendees had the rare opportunity to tour Kampe’s workplace.

Grace Award Recipient Emphasizes Data Analytics in Improving Patient Care

Health information management professionals at Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS), Eastern Wisconsin Division, analyzed patient population data to inform practices in their four healthcare facilities, which resulted in improved patient care. They were honored as AHIMA’s 2019 Grace Award recipient during Tuesday’s Appreciation Celebration at Navy Pier. The HSHS eastern division includes four hospitals: St. Vincent Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center in Green Bay, St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan, and St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls.

November-December 2019

Evaluating whether EHRs are meeting the needs of value-based care

October 2019

Close Doesn’t Count: Patient Matching Challenges in HIEs

Unveiling the Illusion of Digital Health Data Security [Sponsored]

HIM professionals have worked diligently to protect data privacy and security during a time of digital transformation to healthcare. The unfortunate reality? Hackers have worked even harder to access that data.

Procedure and Separately Identifiable E/M Service

Monday Coding Quiz: Test your skills with a new coding question from Clinical Coding Workout every Monday.

Coding for Cancelled Colonoscopy

Monday Coding Quiz: Test your skills with a new coding question from Clinical Coding Workout every Monday.

Injection of Rabies Immune Globulin

Monday Coding Quiz: Test your skills with a new coding question from Clinical Coding Workout every Monday.

AHIMA Advocates for Streamlined Audits and Coding Review Processes in CMS RFI on Program Integrity

In November, AHIMA submitted comments in response a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) request for information (RFI) on the future of program integrity.

Coding Thanksgiving Emergencies

You may have heard that emergency department (ED) visits spike during the holidays—higher than normal alcohol intake, contaminated poultry, and a habit of straying from doctor’s orders are leading culprits, according to ED docs. If you’re a coder stuck working on Thanksgiving this year the Journal has you covered.

ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Committee Discusses Code Proposals for Sepsis, Synthetic Opioids

At the September meeting of the ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Committee, members discussed ICD-10-CM proposals for codes for identification of specific synthetic opioids and revisions to the sepsis/severe sepsis codes, in addition to several other diagnosis code proposals.