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“Feature stories and departments that appear in the print issue of the Journal are available online in the AHIMA Body of Knowledge. Full access to the archives is a member benefit and requires a member name and password. Practice briefs and select features are available publicly. Please see below for an archive of Journal of AHIMA website posts.”

Hospitals Post Chargemaster Prices to Meet Federal Requirements, Baffling Patients

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To comply with an Affordable Care Act provision and a directive from the Trump Administration, hospitals are posting prices for procedures and services listed in their chargemaster in the name of price transparency, but the information is virtually unreadable to patients and leaves advocates and stakeholders questioning the wisdom of the requirement.

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Senator Warns VA About Risks of Outdated EHRs

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A senator’s letter to newly confirmed VA Assistant Secretary of Information and Technology and Chief Information Officer James Gfrerer expresses concerns regarding the agency’s health IT modernization efforts.

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AHIMA Outlines Legislative Priorities for the 116th Congress

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AHIMA Outlines Legislative Priorities for the 116th Congress

AHIMA’s federal affairs staff outlined AHIMA’s legislative and regulatory priorities for the 116th Congress in a webinar Wednesday, discussing what will and what will not change in light of demographic shifts in House and Senate leadership, as well as the implications of working with a divided government. The webinar also covered topics related to what is currently the third-longest government shutdown in Congressional history and its implications for HIM professionals.

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New Year’s Resolutions: Let’s Pledge to Be Informed and Engaged!

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New Year’s Resolutions: Let’s Pledge to Be Informed and Engaged!

As the coding profession has evolved tremendously, so too have the needs of coding professionals. Experienced coders need education and training tools that will elevate their skill set to match the needs of employers. Today, coders need to be clinically savvy to make intelligent decisions about the documentation.

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Study Finds Coding Policy Changes Give Appearance of Reduced Hospital Readmission Rates

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Medicare’s Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program, which permitted the use of additional diagnosis codes, impacted hospitals’ risk adjustment scores, resulting in the appearance of lower readmission rates, according to the study authors.

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Study: Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence Reidentify Wearable Device User Data

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Wearable activity trackers such as FitBits, step counters, and bike ride trackers may not be doing enough to sufficiently deidentify the data they collect from users, according to researchers who analyzed large national physical activity data sets.

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AHIMA CEO Named ‘Expert to Watch’ in 2019

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AHIMA CEO Wylecia Wiggs Harris, PhD, CAE, has been chosen as one of Health Data Management’s “30 Leading HIT Experts to Watch in 2019.”

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January 2019

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January 2019

How to Lead Through the Chaos of Change

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

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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.

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Five Ways Artificial Intelligence Is Transforming Healthcare Operations

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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.

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