Journal of AHIMA Wins Excellence Award for Cover Illustration

The Journal of AHIMA has won a regional editorial excellence award issued by the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE).

14June_CoverLargeThe magazine’s June 2014 cover image was named the ASBPE Upper Midwest Regional 2015 silver winner for “Best Front Cover—Illustration.” The image, which accompanied that issue’s cover story titled “Not So Fast! Congress Delays ICD-10-CM/PCS,” was done in the style of a satirical political cartoon.

The illustration showed US House Speaker John Boehner and US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid as traffic cops issuing a speeding ticket to an “ICD-10” ambulance, with a health information management (HIM) professional behind the wheel. The political cartoon represented HIM professionals frustration at H.R. 4302, a patch to the Sustainable Growth Rate formula passed in March 2014 that had an unexpected ICD-10 delay slipped in at the last minute during a midnight deal between Congressional leaders.

The purpose of this cover, which accompanied an article examining how the delay occurred and its impact on healthcare, was to illustrate the urgency of the new code set—represented by the ambulance driven by an HIM professional—and how it was abruptly stopped en route to its very important destination to heal healthcare (represented by the hospital). The government delay of ICD-10 is represented by Boehner and Reid, dressed as traffic cops, slowing down ICD-10’s implementation progress toward an October 1, 2014 implementation date, and sticking HIM with the bill (it is estimated the delay will cost healthcare billions of dollars).

The award was presented during the 2015 ASBPE Upper Midwest Regional Awards Luncheon held in Rosemont, IL on July 17. Founded in 1964, ASBPE is a professional association for full-time and freelance editors, writers, art directors, and designers employed in the business, trade, and specialty press.

ASBPE’s Azbee Awards of Excellence program is one of the nation’s most competitive business-to-business, trade, association, and professional publications competitions. The awards recognize outstanding work by magazines, newsletters, and digital media—websites, e-newsletters, digital magazines, and blogs. The competition is open to all US-based publications.

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