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.
Last fall, AHIMA announced that it was embarking on an “organizational transformation” to set the association up for a successful future. To help members understand what this transformation will look like, the Journal of AHIMA introduces the first in a series of slideshows to provide an overview of what members can expect to see in coming months, as the organization adapts to a rapidly changing industry.
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.
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.
Managing the disclosure of protected health information has become more complex, particularly considering the growing number of disclosure points within healthcare organizations. This article focuses on the importance of privacy in PHI disclosure management, the need for an enterprise-wide approach, and the role of HIM professionals as advocates for privacy in their organizations.
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.