After years of screening mammograms, always with results that came back clear, Nancy M. Cappello, PhD, was shocked to receive a diagnosis of advanced stage 3 breast cancer. The reason the mammography hadn’t found anything sooner, she learned, was because she had dense breast tissue—a term she had never heard until her cancer diagnosis. This post discusses some basics for mammography coding as it may have related to Nancy Cappello’s experience.
With the introduction of numerous regulations and a spotlight glowing every more brightly on healthcare, the HIM profession is being called upon with increasing frequency to advocate for their expanding role in health record management. Given the critical role that HIM professionals play in healthcare, and to help you prepare for your role as an HIM advocate, AHIMA is expanding its focus on advocating for public policy that strengthens the HIM profession and its importance to the healthcare industry.
This article provides an overview of each rule, highlighting the key points in each. AHIMA’s Advocacy Team is working with partners in Washington, DC to draft AHIMA’s reaction to both rules. But AHIMA needs to hear from you to ensure the association is speaking on your behalf.
The rising volume of requests from payers heightens the burden on HIM to handle the associated release of information demands. Following three strategies can help HIM departments better control the surge in payer requests.