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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.”

Compelling Production of the Audit Trail in Litigation

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Compelling Production of the Audit Trail in Litigation

When might a plaintiff in a medical malpractice action want a defendant healthcare provider to produce an electronic audit trail, and what proofs might be offered in favor of and against production? A recent case, Vargas v. Lee, suggests some answers.

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Journal of AHIMA Honored with Editorial, Design Awards

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Journal of AHIMA Honored with Editorial, Design Awards

The Journal of AHIMA magazine has received multiple awards for editorial and design excellence from two leading business and healthcare publications associations.

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The Gastrointestinal Bleed Conundrum: To Code “with bleed” or Not?

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The Gastrointestinal Bleed Conundrum: To Code “with bleed” or Not?

How to code gastrointestinal conditions with or without bleeding has been a topic of discussion among coding professionals and clinical documentation improvement (CDI) professionals since the publication of the third quarter 2017 issue of the American Hospital Association’s Coding Clinic. Coding Clinic advised coders to apply the “With” guideline associating bleeding to the gastrointestinal condition even when the medical record lacks a causal relationship documented by the physician.

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New Medicare Advantage Rule Expands Telehealth Access

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Starting in the plan year for 2020, Medicare Advantage beneficiaries living in both rural and urban areas will have enhanced access to telehealth services that doesn’t require them to travel to a designated healthcare facility. The Trump administration finalized a new policy extending telehealth access.

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Employers Track Women’s Health Data with Pregnancy Apps

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A smartphone app that simultaneously markets itself to women (as a fertility, pregnancy, and post-partum health tracker) and to employers (as a tool that can track employee health and wellness while lowering their healthcare costs) has drawn criticism from privacy advocates about the sensitivity of the data it shares and aggregates.

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Diabetic Midfoot Ulcer

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Diabetic Midfoot Ulcer

Monday Coding Quiz: Test your skills with a new coding question from Clinical Coding Workout every Monday.

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Research Concludes HIM Professionals Uniquely Positioned for Genetic Research

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Working on genomic data is a natural extension of the HIM professional’s typical job functions, such as managing data, performing data analysis using software programs, and protecting patients’ data security and privacy.

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Malware Attack Successfully Alters Radiology Scans, Resulting in Misdiagnoses

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For this blind study, trained and experienced radiologists diagnosed cancer 99 percent of the time on scans with fabricated cancerous nodules. And in cases where the malware removed real cancerous nodules from scans, the radiologists said those patients were healthy 94 percent of the time.

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Groups Propose New Social Determinant ICD-10 Codes

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The American Medical Association and United Healthcare have proposed more than 20 new ICD-10 codes for social determinants of healthcare that identify social diagnoses or barriers to healthcare. The proposed expanded codes “would capture these social diagnoses and barrier situations to assist providers and consumers in obtaining routine care, medications, and preventive services that are not captured today, thereby benefiting the industry as a whole in the management of patient care,” states the United Healthcare and AMA proposal in a document made available by the CDC.

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CMS and CDC Propose New ICD-10-CM/PCS Codes

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CMS and CDC Propose New ICD-10-CM/PCS Codes

Highlights from the ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Committee Meeting to discuss proposals for new or modified ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS codes.

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