For HIM and CDI professionals, 2018 looks to offer a gift of the tremendous opportunity for success.For movie buffs, the film Darkest Hour offers a tremendous view into the early days of World War II, when the fate of Western Europe hangs on the shoulders of newly appointed British Prime…
Health information management professionals are fulfilling roles in numerous healthcare settings. “Revenue integrity” is a relatively new buzz-phrase, but it certainly is a concept that should have been in practice since pay-for-service healthcare began. In essence, if it had been religiously practiced, the “fraud” would not be in the healthcare…
Quality coding plays a critical role in protecting revenue and reducing operational costs.Results of the 2nd Annual National Coding Productivity and Accuracy Contest were released in September 2017. Although accuracy rates were higher than reported following the same contest in 2016, quality remains significantly low compared to the 95 percent…
November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, prompting coders to review the coding guidelines for this disease suffered by more than 10.9 million U.S. residents.During November, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is raising awareness about diabetes, diabetic eye disease, the importance of early disease detection, and related preventive…
EDITOR’S NOTE: At this hour Laurie Johnson is at the Fort Lauderdale Airport awaiting a Southwest Airline flight that is expected to return her tonight to Pittsburgh, Pa.BOCA RATON---Have you ever experienced preparations for a hurricane in a health information management (HIM) department? I just recently added this experience to…
Are you current with all of the healthcare industry acronyms being freely tossed around in 2017? It is critical for you to understand what they mean and the role of health information management (HIM) in the new age.Although many HIM professionals have been exclusively acute care-focused in their careers, that…
As a health information management (HIM) coding professional, I always anxiously await the quarterly publication of the American Hospital Association (AHA) Coding Clinic for ICD-10-CM/PCS.  This is something that should be on all coding professionals’ calendars each quarter, and we should all allocate time to read through the content, noting…
Providers, nurses, clinical care specialists, health information management (HIM) and utilization review professionals, clinical coders, and clinical documentation integrity specialists (CDISs) are all key to ensuring the integrity of coding, which is an essential requirement in denials mitigation. Collaboration is the theme of my presentation at the American Academy of…
Now more than ever, it’s critically important that medical and health information management (HIM) professionals work to create a healthcare environment that is non-judgmental and welcoming to patients of all backgrounds, according to a recent practice brief published by the American Health Information Association (AHIMA), the subject of which will…
Now more than ever, it’s important that healthcare and health information management (HIM) professionals work to create a healthcare environment that is non-judgmental and welcoming to patients of all backgrounds. Providers everywhere are seeking ways to ensure that all patients have appropriate resources and documentation.