COVID-19 Resources for HIM Professionals

COVID-19 Resources for HIM Professionals

The COVID-19 pandemic is a quickly evolving situation. Health information management (HIM) professionals need to stay on top of the latest developments in order to help their healthcare organization prepare.

The following websites may provide valuable information. This is information for both HIM and health IT professionals, some specific to clinicians. Most are government/state agency best practices and guidance for public health crises in the United States.

These resources were recommended and compiled by Ashley Andrews Dean, CPHIMS, CHDA, CPHI, CPPM, CPC, an EHR, MACRA, and HIM value-based care performance consultant and member of the AHIMA Privacy and Security Practice Council.


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  1. Can we assume relationship if pt. has pneumonia and positive Covid 19 test or does MD have to say they are related.

  2. If a patient comes in to the ED, tent or drive -up testing site with signs and symptoms of fever, cough, upper respiratory infection and a test for COVID-19 is done, does the physician have to state contact/exposure to the disease in order to apply the Z20.828 or can we apply this code just based on the test being done and signs and symptoms? What about the only documentation stated is that patient works in the lab and the doc runs test for COVID-19? How would we code this? Can we automatically code Z20.828 just because test is being run or should the provider state concern for contact/exposure?

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