A Final Rule on Permanent Certification Program

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has released a final rule establishing the permanent certification program for the meaningful use incentive program. The rule introduces several significant changes from the temporary program currently in use. Participants in the federal EHR adoption program, which opened yesterday, must use health IT that has been approved specifically for the program. The most notable change under...

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Interview with Bonnie Cassidy, AHIMA President

HIM professionals should embrace sweeping changes to the healthcare industry—like EHRs, ICD-10, and ARRA—as a chance to help improve the provider and patient experience, says Bonnie Cassidy, 2011 AHIMA president, in this video interview.

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More LTC Resources Available Online

The online version of the January practice brief “EHR Adoption in LTC and the HIM Value” includes four appendixes offering long-term care facilities additional resources. Appendix A lists the HIM professional’s roles and functions in the long-term care environment. Appendix B provides a questionnaire facilities can use when examining and testing different EHR systems. Appendix C describes the HIM professional’s...

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January 2011

Seven stories unfolding in 2011 illustrate the sweeping changes under way in what will be an active and sometimes tumultuous year in health information management.

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Taking ICD-10-CM in Parts

ICD-10-CM should prove familiar to most ICD-9-CM users and very approachable for new learners, writes Steven J. Steindel, PhD, FACMI. He offers a different perspective on learning the new code set by approaching it in its two distinct sections: clinical and nonclinical.

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