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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.”

Absence of EHRs in Mental Health, SUD Treatment Hinders Opioid Interventions

Posted by on 10:40 am in Electronic Health Records, News | 0 comments

Privacy laws designed to protect individuals with mental health or substance use disorders when HIPAA was first implemented now hinder the care and treatment of people with opioid addictions, according to a new Bipartisan Policy Center report.

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AHIMA Releases ICD-10 Coding Productivity White Paper

Posted by on 3:21 pm in Coding and Reimbursement, News | 0 comments

A new white paper from AHIMA examines ICD-10-CM/PCS coding productivity from three different perspectives: where it’s been, where it stands now, and how it’s expected to evolve in the near and distant future.

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Advanced 5G Wireless Networks Face Heightened Opportunities for Hackers

Posted by on 8:00 am in Health IT, News, Privacy and Security | 1 comment

As the United States competes with China to build 5G wireless networks—which enable medical advances such as remote surgery and enhance mobile and telehealth applications—federal regulators are not putting the proper protections in place to prevent cyberattacks, according to a former Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman.

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Government Shutdown Putting Nation’s Cybersecurity at Risk

Posted by on 3:23 pm in News, Privacy and Security | 0 comments

The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency workforce tasked with maintaining the cybersecurity of the country’s critical infrastructure industries—such as healthcare systems and banking—has been virtually halved due to government shutdown-related furloughs. Experts are concerned about what that could mean for the country’s cybersecurity readiness.

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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

Posted by on 4:16 pm in Electronic Health Records, News | 0 comments

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

Posted by on 9:39 am in Coding and Reimbursement, News | 0 comments

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

Posted by on 4:56 pm in News | 0 comments

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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