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CAN YOU CREATE AN INVINCIBLE MEDICAL CODING PROGRAM?

The importance of accuracy and compliance in today's coding environment cannot be overstated. High-quality coding is always a priority – but is there a way to make coding impervious to challenges? Unfortunately, the answer is “NO.”  There is no magic wand that can be waived, spell that can be cast, or cape that you can use to ensure your coding program is invincible.  The fact of the matter is that no two medical records are documented in the same manner and most coding clinics can be interpreted differently.

Topics: Education, Coding, Audit

Podcast: Social Media Tips for HIM Professionals

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:

Topics: podcast, HIM, Education

3 Ways to Support the HIM Profession

As incoming president for the Arizona Health Information Association and after serving on the board for four years, one thing has become clear – AHIMA and its Component State Associations (CSAs) rely on all of us to move the HIM profession into the future.

Topics: HIM

4 focus areas for HCC Clinical documentation improvement (CDI)

In a previous blog post,  More Than Just HCC's: 6 Best Practices for Outpatient CDI, we discussed the areas that need to be addressed in a comprehensive outpatient clinical documentation improvement (CDI) program. While we recommend going beyond just focusing on Hierarchical Condition Categories (HCC’s), taking a closer look at documentation related to HCC’s is a good place to start. Here are four areas where an HCC-focused CDI program can help you optimize revenue, reduce denials, and improve quality.  

Topics: Coding, CDI

Developing Good Manager Employee Relationships in a Remote Environment

I think we can all agree that happy, content employees are more productive and engaged and care about the future of the organization. Direct supervisors can foster a positive work environment by effectively balancing the needs of their employees with those of the organization. But what happens when employees are working remotely and supervisors lose the benefit of developing relationships through face-to-face interactions with their team?

Topics: Management

Podcast: Transitioning Profee Coding to the Facility Setting

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.

To Abstract or Not To Abstract? That is Cancer Registry's Biggest Question ... Again

Back in 2016, cancer registries were faced with the question of whether or not to abstract given delays in getting new standards released to software vendors and state registries. In 2018, we find ourselves in the same situation and with each tick of the clock, cancer registrars are feeling more and more anxious to receive information from the cancer registry standard setters regarding this year’s changes. But until the new standards are released, no one can complete or submit 2018 cases to state or regional registries.

Topics: Cancer Registry

Podcast: Ethics and Compliance in Coding

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.

Tell Your Story (And Advance Your Career) With A Professional Portfolio

Sometimes, it’s difficult to toot your own horn. You know that throughout your career you have done great things and compiled a variety of impressive accomplishments. However, you really don’t want to come off as a braggart or boaster.  So, you simply choose to stay quiet – and keep it all in.

Podcast: Developing the Future Leaders of HIM

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.