Corrine Byrd, HIM Clinical Documentation Manager at MD Anderson Cancer Center, manages a team made up of nurses, professional nurses, and professional health information management (HIM) coders, a good mix for a clinical documentation improvement (CDI) team since they are able to learn from each other’s different backgrounds. Ms. Byrd shares her insights on running an effective CDI program, including “knowing your institution” to better bridge the gaps in documentation that may be unique to your facility’s specialties, offering provider education that helps physicians present a clear picture of the patient in diagnostic terms that can be coded, and ensuring clear communication between the CDI specialists and the providers.
Debi Primeau, RHIA, FAHIMA, President of Primeau Consulting Group spoke with himagine about learning from “online Goliaths,” such as Disney and Princess Cruises, and applying their best practices to healthcare. “What we need to do in healthcare is to be able to take the data and be able to make it usable. And to be able to move forward … to analyze the data and help people improve their health.” In this podcast, Ms. Primeau provides a blueprint for implementing information governance (IG) practices that can improve financial performance as well as patient outcomes.
Tamara Walcott, RHIA, CHPS, Health Information Director, HIPAA Privacy Officer at Nevada State Veterans Home joins himagine Radio to discuss the unique challenges faced by long-term care facilities. Many times, ICD-10 codes make it difficult to “paint the picture” of a long-term care patient’s medical condition. With an aging population, HIM departments in long-term care facilities are going to need more support and resources to help ensure that medical records are accurate. Ms. Walcott also discusses unique HIPAA challenges in a long-term care environment. Things as simple as posting a resident’s picture outside his or her room can become a HIPAA question. Listen in to learn more about her challenges and experiences.
With more than 17,000 Twitter followers and 30,000 LinkedIn connections, himagine's own Brad Justus knows a thing or two about social media. In this podcast, he shares how he got started with social media and what he has learned about social media through the years:
Deirdre LeBlanc, Vice President HIM at Parkland Health and Hospital System, speaks about transitioning profee coding to the facility setting. Dee discuss the importance of taking a multi-disciplinary, collaborative approach when considering a change in your coding processes. Communication, collaboration, and education all play an important part is the transition of profee coding to the facility setting.
Gloryanne Bryant, former National Director of Coding Quality, Education, Systems and Support at Kaiser Permanente, speaks with us about ethics and compliance in coding. Gloryanne talks about the importance of not just putting standards in place, but making sure others apply ethical standards to ensure consistency, continuity, and ultimately, quality.
Sandra Brightwell, Director of the Health Information program at Central Arizona College, speaks with us about developing the future leaders of HIM. Working in higher education allows Sandra to share her experiences and help students reach their goals,whether they are just starting their careers or at a point where they want to rejuvenate their careers. Learn how her program prepares students for successful careers in HIM for today and into the future.
Jami Woebkenberg and Jann Owens from Banner Health share their insights on Information Governance (IG). With all the data that healthcare facilities handle - from the consumer and patient levels to business information to human resource information - all of it ties in together. IG is about managing that information, making sure that we keep it secure,and that we’re sharing it appropriately. Hear from Jami and Jann on building an IG program by starting on a department level with many of the daily functions and day-to-day operations and and rolling them into an IG program.
Terri Eichelmann, Director of HIM at BJC HealthCare, oversaw an HIM department that was decentralized and was a mix of internal coders and contracted coders from multiple vendors. This presented challenges for both management and the coders themselves. Hear how she centralized coding and established an outsource coding partnership with a vendor that is "almost an extension of us, that we feel is part of our coding team."
Cortnie Simmons, Director of Strategic Coding at R1 RCM, joins us to talk about the current state of HIM, where HIM is headed, and the current challenges HIM is facing. Hear Cortnie's perspective on the changing roles within HIM, the continuing importance of leveraging the right technologies, and the increased focus on data quality.