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Illinois Supreme Court Weighs In on Biometric Information

The Illinois Supreme Court recently ruled on a class action suit alleging the plaintiff’s biometric information collection practices violated the Illinois Biometric Privacy Act. What might this mean for healthcare providers or other entities that collect biometric information?

Workplace Wellness Programs Prompt Health Privacy Concerns

Individuals participating in employer-sponsored wellness programs frequently are giving their employers access to their health data, via fitness trackers, under the assumption that they are doing so with HIPAA protections in place. But privacy experts worry that wellness data will be used against employees.

Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Create Public-Private Cyberworkforce Exchange

Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) introduced the “Cyber Security Exchange Act” on Monday, aimed at bringing more cybersecurity experts to the federal workforce.

Is Blockchain Technology in Your Revenue Cycle Future?

What if there were streamlined claims submissions, remittance, and payments for the provider with real-time determinations and claims adjudication for the payers?

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Five Ways Artificial Intelligence Is Transforming Healthcare Operations

While the practical applications of artificial intelligence (AI) are still being discovered, one area of AI — natural language processing (NLP) — is already helping advance the revenue cycle. Discover how the right NLP can support accuracy, efficiency and revenue integrity by powering comprehensive clinical documentation improvement and coding earlier in the process.

Case Study: The Patient Matching Challenge

With numerous health systems experiencing mergers and acquisitions, interoperability and health information management have presented a significant barrier toward optimal care delivery and improved patient outcomes. The integrity of patient data can be threatened when patient records converged from different electronic health record (EHR) systems can’t be correctly matched and linked.

White Paper: Improving Patient Matching with a Simple Plug-in

There are substantial—and growing—costs to inaccurate patient matching. Learn how a groundbreaking solution can improve match rates, thereby improving healthcare data exchange.

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Slideshow: Convention Photo Roundup

Revisit the highlights of this year’s Annual Convention and Exhibit.

How to Address IRF Coding Challenges

A Tuesday roundtable presentation, “Challenges for HIM at the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility,” addressed issues such as limited educational opportunities for HIM professionals specific to the IRF setting, how official ICD-10-CM coding guidelines do not always fit IRF coding, and the excessive number of requests for audits compared to the size of the IRF unit.

Reptiles that Bite and Plants that Slice: Coding the Everglades

The Everglades, under an hour’s drive directly west from the Miami Beach Convention Center, is an unparalleled subtropical wilderness brimming with beautiful wetland landscapes and rare plant and animal species. But those who don’t heed the National Park Service’s warnings could end up the unfortunate recipient of these ICD-10 codes.

February 2019

Tackling Non-Acute Care’s Unique Privacy and Security Challenges

2019 Education and Professional Development Guide

The 2019 Education and Professional Development Guide was published in the February 2019 Journal of AHIMA. This special advertising section is published to promote education and professional development resources.

January 2019

How to Lead Through the Chaos of Change

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?

Ensuring Privacy in PHI Disclosure Management—HIM’s Role as Advocate

Managing the disclosure of protected health information has become more complex, particularly considering the growing number of disclosure points within healthcare organizations. This article focuses on the importance of privacy in PHI disclosure management, the need for an enterprise-wide approach, and the role of HIM professionals as advocates for privacy in their organizations.

HIM’s Year Ahead: Industry Experts Review Hot Topics to Watch in 2019

Hot topics for the health information management industry in 2019 include the implementation and enforcement of MACRA’s payment models, efforts to modernize HIPAA, and likely advancements in interoperability and health information exchange. Experts weigh in on how these will shape the HIM and healthcare industries in the coming year.

MACRA/Quality Payment Program in 2019: Finalized Changes

On November 1, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released the 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. This article will provide an overview of impactful changes to the CMS Quality Payment Program for 2019 for both of the program’s tracks: the Merit-based Incentive Payment System and Advanced Alternative Payment Models.