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Leveraging the EHR for effective clinical workflows: Four strategies to try today

Many electronic health records (EHR) have capabilities that can be leveraged to support and even improve workflows. From the customization of clinical decision support features, to automated task delegation, to the personalization of documentation templates, there are numerous ways in which EHRs can help.

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Clinical Decision Support: Leveraging Technology to Drive Outcomes and Efficiencies

Enhanced clinical decision support systems are becoming a critical part of the healthcare information technology landscape, enabling faster decision-making, enhancing efficiencies, and improving patient outcomes. AHIMA and Altera Digital Health convened an expert panel of clinicians and health information experts to discuss the impact of enhanced clinical decision support on clinical workflow and satisfaction. Click here to download the white paper.

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November 1, 2022

Gearing Up for the Future of Medical Coding

AHIMA Chief Member Relations and Service Officer Keith Olenik, MA, RHIA, CHP, spoke to the realities of HIPAA and the future of coding on a webinar sponsored by Nym Health, "Coding for the Future: Lessons Learned, Emerging Technologies & Future Opportunities."

Jeannine Pugh Cain, MSHI, RHIA, CPHI

October 18, 2022

Speaker’s Message on the 2022 AHIMA House of Delegates Meeting

“The Delegate journey and experience has been a priority for me as Speaker, and my hope is that collaboration continues,” writes Speaker of the House Jeannine Pugh Cain, MSHI, RHIA, CPHI, in a column discussing the 76th AHIMA House of Delegates meeting.

The House met in person for the first time in three years on October 9.

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October 17, 2022

Solutions for Challenges in Telehealth Privacy and Security

Ensuring privacy and security builds trust between providers and patients, which opens the door for patients to make the decision to share personal and health information without concern. It is important to identify privacy and security challenges and issues related to telehealth visits in order to apply the appropriate solutions.

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October 10, 2022

The Machine Learning Conundrum in the Care Delivery Ecosystem

Machine learning models are probabilistic by design, and while they aim for increasing accuracy with every training/retraining cycle, 100 percent accuracy isn’t a realistic goal in any situation.

What happens when the statistic that the machine learning model predicted wasn’t accurate, but it is the only measure of that medical condition?

Jennifer Mueller, MBA, RHIA, FACHE, FAHIMA

October 3, 2022

Incoming President Aims to Ignite an Empowering Culture at AHIMA

For incoming AHIMA President/Chair Jennifer Mueller, MBA, RHIA, SHIMSS, FACHE, FAHIMA, nurturing the culture of an organization and understanding the importance of advocacy are equally as important.

Journal of AHIMA recently spoke with Mueller about her passion for healthcare, the important role of health information, and what’s on the horizon for AHIMA.

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September 27, 2022

Bridging the Analytics Silos

Whether an organization’s analytics reporting is simple or complex, all analytics professionals ultimately want to ensure the right person has the right data at the right time.

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September 13, 2022

The Time of the Empowered Health Consumer is Here

Healthcare has a secrecy problem. From health record access to pricing, reliable and clear information is hard to come by. How can we expect patients to manage their health if we keep hiding everything from them?

Kristi Fahy Wesolek, RHIA

September 7, 2022

Join Me to Make Our Fresh Start at AHIMA22—We Deserve It!

It’s been three years since we’ve all been together—we have so much to catch up on! It’s time to see old friends, network with new ones, and strengthen our bonds with the health information community.

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August 30, 2022

Cyber Threats in Healthcare? Yes, You Are at Risk!

Ransomware is the number-one threat that concerns cybersecurity professionals in the healthcare sector. And for good reason. Ryuk, just one ransomware variant, has been linked to more than 200 attacks impacting hundreds of thousands of patients and costing providers hundreds of millions of dollars.

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August 24, 2022

As the Workforce Landscape Changes, We Look Ahead and Adapt

As the saying goes, the only thing certain is change. And the health information workforce has been through a lot of it lately. How do we prepare for the next disruption? How do we meet the needs of a high-demand industry?

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August 18, 2022

Inside the AHIMA22 Exhibit Hall: Four Questions for Tyler Cowart

The AHIMA22 exhibit hall is a destination where you can meet and talk with product experts and industry innovators while experiencing the latest health information solutions. In the coming weeks, the AHIMA22 blog will be getting to know some of the faces of the exhibit hall.

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August 16, 2022

What Does It Take to Become a Revenue Cycle Executive?

Health information professionals are prime candidates to lead in revenue cycle roles. Explore key components of the revenue cycle and obtain the tools to comfortably discuss financial terms and metrics at an AHIMA22 pre-conference workshop led by industry expert and Distinguished Member AHIMA Triumph Award recipient Rose Dunn.

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August 11, 2022

How to Solve Problems the Google and Apple Way

The AHIMA22 workshop “Design Thinking for Innovation in Healthcare" introduces the design thinking process, a five-part problem-solving approach that you can apply in both your organization and your daily life. Led by an instructor from Johns Hopkins University, this hands-on learning experience is offered on Sunday, October 9.

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August 10, 2022

How Do the New EHI Definition and Information Blocking Provisions Impact Your Organization?

By October 6, 2022, actors are expected to adhere to the full scope of EHI per the information blocking final rule, or else risk noncompliance. AHIMA22 attendees will hear directly from the policymakers and others working to implement information blocking and its related provisions at a session moderated by the AHIMA Policy and Government Affairs team.

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August 9, 2022

AHIMA Sponsors Modern Healthcare Social Determinants of Health Symposium

AHIMA has announced the sponsorship of Modern Healthcare's Social Determinants of Health Symposium. The virtual all-day event, taking place August 11, 2022, will highlight how investments in the areas of public policy, action, community, and technology can ultimately help evolve social determinants of health initiatives to achieve health equity and a healthier bottom line.

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August 9, 2022

Advancing Health Equity Requires Better Data

"One of the single greatest social determinants of health is where a patient lives," explain Carmen Smiley and Julie Pursley in their blog post discussing the latest developments for Project US@ ('USA'). The beneficial link between address standardization and patient matching was a driving force behind the project launch. Smiley and Pursley will be discussing the project at their AHIMA22 panel, “Connecting Technology, People, and Processes: Implementing ONC’s and AHIMA’s New Data Standards,” on Tuesday, October 11.

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August 3, 2022

Enter AI: Panel Reports Impact on their CDI Programs, Organizations

AI has probably helped improve your life without you realizing it. For example, AI helps Netflix suggest your next movie or series, based on your ratings of what you’ve watched before. But did you know it can also help improve health? AHIMA and Iodine recently convened a panel of CDI leaders to discuss how AI has benefitted their work and organizations.

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August 2, 2022

AHIMA, AMIA, EHRA Release Report on Operationalizing Definition of EHI

AHIMA, AMIA, and EHRA announced today the release of a final report that examines key issues related to operationalizing the definitions of “electronic health information” (EHI) and “designated record set” (DRS). The report is intended to serve as a resource to assist providers, health IT systems, health information exchanges, and health information networks in complying with the information blocking provisions of the Cures Act Final Rule.

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July 28, 2022

Tips from an Expert Panel for Preventing Cyberattacks

If your organization is attacked, cyber insurance can cover ransomware demands and remediation. But coverage isn’t a given. AHIMA and Olive AI convened an expert panel to explore how organizations, vendors, and suppliers can be prepared.

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July 27, 2022

AI Automates CDI, But Does it Improve Documentation?

Artifact, an Iodine solution, in collaboration with AHIMA, recently convened a panel of experts and released a white paper examining how technology based on artificial intelligence/machine learning can improve not only processes through automation, but documentation quality, patient care, and even job satisfaction.

July 20, 2022

Provider Role in Protecting Patient Confidentiality, Privacy, and Security Beyond HIPAA

This new list of resources from AHIMA will assist health information professionals with educating patients on how to protect the confidentiality, privacy, and security of their health information in environments not covered by HIPAA.

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July 18, 2022

Meet Us in Columbus

AHIMA22 brings us to Columbus this year. The capital and heart of Ohio, Columbus is known for its riverfront downtown, restaurants ranked among Food & Wine's “32 Places to Go (And Eat)” in America, easy transportation, shopping, museums, and greenspace. Whatever you like to do, Columbus has something for you.

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July 5, 2022

Understanding and Building a Skill Set for Machine Learning with Drug Dosing

Machine learning (ML) is a subset of artificial intelligence that uses reinforcement learning with human-like levels of intelligence to predict outcomes and improve task performance. This article discusses challenges in data management and analytics and the special skill sets needed when working with ML in drug dosing applications.

June 22, 2022

A National Patient ID is Essential for Patient Safety

Misidentifying patients can have tragic consequences. In their op ed published this week in STAT, Wylecia Wiggs Harris and Tom Cox discuss real-life consequences of patient identification mistakes and how we can make more meaningful steps toward addressing the issue.

June 13, 2022

Information Blocking Recommendations Sent to HHS

AHIMA and several other organizations urged the Secretary of Health and Human Services to direct the ONC, OIG, and CMS to work together to provide additional education to providers related to information blocking laws and requirements.

June 10, 2022

AHIMA Comments on FY 2023 Hospital IPPS Rule

AHIMA submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on the Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) proposed rule.

June 6, 2022

The Use of DMAIC to Improve Quality Vaccination Recommendations in Chain Community Pharmacies

This research, published in the Winter 2022 issue of Perspectives in Health Information Management, is a case study that utilizes the Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control (DMAIC) model of Lean Six Sigma and aims to use this quality improvement process to identify, measure, analyze, and implement a training program to facilitate pharmacists in high-quality vaccine recommendations to promote higher rates of pneumococcal vaccinations in community settings.

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June 6, 2022

Interoperability: Best Practices in Patient Amendments to Protected Health Information

Since April 2003, patients have had the right to request amendments to protected health information contained within the designated record maintained by a covered entity or its business associates. As patients have become more engaged in their care, the number of requests for amendments has increased.

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May 30, 2022

Field Notes: Transforming the Idaho Health Data Exchange’s HI Infrastructure

Idaho Health Data Exchange (IHDE), located in Boise, is Idaho’s statewide health information exchange. IHDE needed to find a way to match more than 5.1 million inbound clinical messages from multiple healthcare delivery settings to build comprehensive, accurate patient records that would enable better care coordination to improve patients’ health statewide.

May 23, 2022

AHIMA Responds to OCR RFI

AHIMA has submitted a response to a Request for Information (RFI) from the Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights (OCR), Considerations for Implementing the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, as Amended. Click here to read the comments and recommendations.

April 25, 2022

Claims Denials: A Step-by-Step Approach to Resolution

For hospitals, denial rates are on the rise, increasing more than 20 percent over the past five years. But a denial does not automatically relegate claims to the write-off bin. In fact, as many as two-thirds of rejected claims are recoverable.

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April 21, 2022

Using Telehealth to Provide Behavioral Healthcare to Young Adults and College Students

This research, published in the Winter 2022 issue of Perspectives in Health Information Management, investigates the perception of students about the need and use of telehealth and virtual appointments to provide students additional opportunities to receive the care they need.

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April 18, 2022

Field Notes: Tackling CDI Query Response Time

This article from Journal of AHIMA discusses how North Mississippi Health Services, a rural healthcare system with locations throughout north Mississippi and northwest Alabama, increased provider response time to clinical documentation integrity (CDI) queries.

April 12, 2022

Podcast: Safeguarding Against Cybersecurity Threats

On this episode of the HI Pitch podcast, we discuss the key role of health information professionals in a cybersecurity-inflicted downtime event, including preemptive preparation and post-event operations.

April 11, 2022

Building a Culture of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Healthcare

Simply acknowledging that diversity and bias exists is not enough. When implementing a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) program, it is essential that the program be embedded, and behaviors modeled, by leaders at every level in the organization.

April 1, 2022

HI Professionals Advocate for Patient Safety, Health Equity at Advocacy Summit

“The Advocacy Summit is a great opportunity for HI professionals to share their expertise, knowledge and personal stories with policymakers,” said Lauren Riplinger, AHIMA vice president of policy and government affairs. “We’re thrilled by the level of commitment and engagement from our members as they discussed the critical issues facing healthcare.”

March 11, 2022

Perspectives in Health Information Management Winter 2022 Issue

From healthcare fraud to telehealth documentation during COVID-19, the Winter 2022 issue of AHIMA's peer-reviewed research journal Perspectives in Health Information Management explores a range of issues facing the industry today.

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March 2, 2022

New ICD-10-CM/PCS Codes Become Effective April 1

Sue Bowman, MJ, RHIA, CCS, FAHIMA, senior director of coding policy and compliance at AHIMA, discusses the three new ICD-10-CM diagnosis codes and nine new ICD-10-PCS procedure codes that will be effective April 1, 2022

 

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February 23, 2022

AHIMA Comments on PREVENT Pandemics Act Legislation

AHIMA recently provided feedback on the PREVENT Pandemics Act draft legislation, introduced by HELP Committee Chair Patty Murray (D-WA) and Ranking Member Richard Burr (R-NC). AHIMA provided comments on social determinants of health, accurate patient information, and improving the frontline workforce.

Wylecia Wiggs Harris

February 21, 2022

AHIMA CEO Named to Top Women Leaders

AHIMA CEO Wylecia Wiggs Harris, PhD, CAE, has been recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of 2022’s Top Women Leaders. This annual program recognizes top women executives who are influencing policy and care delivery models across the country, and this recognition comes on the heels of Modern Healthcare naming Harris a Top Diversity Leader last year.

Featured Events

AHIMA22 On-Demand

AHIMA22 On-Demand

On-Demand recordings will be available starting November 15th for attendees of the AHIMA22 Virtual Conference. You will access them by clicking the On-Demand Agenda on the AHIMA22 conference website. CEU Session Surveys must be completed by December 5th (12am ET).

Dec. 6, 2022, 12 PM CT, 1 PM ET

What does TEFCA mean for your organization?

Join leaders AHIMA, Oracle Cerner, CommonWell Health Alliance, and the Sequoia Project for a Fireside Chat. Dec. 6, 2022, 12 PM CT, 1 PM ET.

Register for FREE today!

Starting December 14 2022. 12 CT, 1 ET

Join AHIMA and Coker Group

for a FREE on-demand webinar on how to implement an advanced HIPAA-compliant privacy and security program at your organization.

CHPS Exam prep course

Starting October 24 | Hybrid Online Course

CHPS® Exam Prep Course Kicks Off Oct. 24

If you plan to take the CHPS® Exam, we encourage you to join the Fall Cohort of the CHPS Exam Prep Course which runs Oct. 24-Nov. 6. Becoming Certified in Healthcare Privacy and Security (CHPS) is a career milestone – start your journey today.

SDOH

On-Demand Webinar

Social Determinants of Health: A New Perspective

Presenters at this seminar will provide an overview of Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) from a clinical documentation integrity and coding perspective. They also cover coding guidance and best practices for capturing SDOH, while focusing on providing information so that healthcare organizations can capture SDOH information accurately according to their needs.

Evolving Healthcare Series

Webinar Series (live event and on-demand available)

Evolving Healthcare Series

Learn about the innovations and technology in healthcare that will impact your work and your career. This series prepares you for the future by addressing:

  • How will healthcare leaders proceed in a changed world?
  • What will healthcare leaders prioritize for their organizations, patients, physicians, employees, and communities?
  • How can healthcare stabilize and return to growth?
  • How will new technologies help create efficiencies in healthcare and reduce administrative burdens for clinicians?
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Nov. 15 | Virtual Workshop

AMA/AHIMA Outpatient CDI Virtual Workshop

Develop your Clinical Documentation Integrity (CDI) skillset on Nov. 15, 2022. Register for the AMA/AHIMA Outpatient CDI Virtual Workshop today. 8 CEUs and Nursing Contact Hours to be awarded.

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Journal of AHIMA

Health information is critical to healthcare evolution. Join the conversation as we explore leading trends in the industry.  Your subscription is included with membership.

 

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AHIMA Access

Engage with AHIMA, your CSA, fellow HI professionals, and topical content on our members-only social media platform. Share your insights and get the answers you need.

 

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Career Assist

Find your next job on the Career Assist Job Board. AHIMA members receive early access to job postings and priority listing in employer searches.

 

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Free ROI Toolkit

Download your copy today to stay compliant. Revised to incorporate various types of disclosures of PHI and to reflect today’s healthcare landscape. Free to AHIMA members.

 

Whitepapers

Medical Record Retrieval and Procurement: Challenges and Solutions

Download the whitepaper to uncover insights from our expert panel about medical record retrieval and how payor organizations can improve payor-provider relationships, address procurement challenges, and ensure payment integrity.

Health information professionals are prime candidates to lead in revenue cycle roles. Explore key components of the revenue cycle and obtain the tools to comfortably discuss financial terms and metrics at an AHIMA22 pre-conference workshop led by industry expert and Distinguished Member AHIMA Triumph Award recipient Rose Dunn.

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