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The AHIMA-Endorsed MATCH IT Act Introduced in the US House of Representatives

The AHIMA-Endorsed MATCH IT Act Introduced in the US House of Representatives

Representatives Mike Kelly (R-PA) and Bill Foster (D-IL) have introduced the Patient Matching and Transparency in Certified Health IT (MATCH IT) Act of 2024 into the US House of Representatives. This bill, endorsed by AHIMA and the Patient ID Now coalition, aims to improve patient matching to protect patients’ safety and privacy and create a more interoperable health system. Read the press release.

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February 13, 2024

Payer-led Initiatives Provide Lessons in Addressing SDOH

Two payers are relying on partnerships and data-based tools to collect, share, and use valuable social determinants of health information to benefit patients. Learn more in this Journal of AHIMA article.

January 30, 2024

How a Human-Centered Approach Builds the New HI Workforce

Healthcare organizations can build a savvy, adaptable workforce through effective upskilling and career pathing, especially among its coding workforce. Learn more in this new article from the Journal of AHIMA.

January 22, 2024

Optimism High as Data Drives Better Healthcare

Health industry C-suite leaders say integration of AI, advances in interoperability, and expanded use of health data will help drive improvements in patient care this year.

January 11, 2024

Bridging the HI Access Gap for Caregivers

In this opinion piece, the author, a health information advocate drawing from personal experiences, calls for innovative solutions to link caregivers, patients, and healthcare providers. 

Research: Natural Language Processing Helps Detect SDOH Issues

December 5, 2023

Research: Natural Language Processing Helps Detect SDOH Issues

A new study shows that natural language processing models for social determinants of health can be ported from organization to organization without a significant overhaul. Learn more in this new Journal of AHIMA article and take the corresponding CEU quiz.

2022 Annual Report

November 6, 2023

2022 Annual Report

The 2022 AHIMA Annual Report, titled "The Course for Growth and Innovation" explores our achievements, innovation, and dedication to healthcare excellence.

Health Information Workforce Shortages Persist as AI Shows Promise: AHIMA Survey Reveals

November 1, 2023

Health Information Workforce Shortages Persist as AI Shows Promise: AHIMA Survey Reveals

The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) has unveiled findings from a recent survey shedding light on the ongoing workforce challenges in the health information (HI) profession.

Federal Rule Seeks to Discourage Info Blocking

October 31, 2023

Federal Rule Seeks to Discourage Info Blocking

If approved, the rule would be a step toward holding healthcare providers accountable under the 21st Century Cures Act, officials say. Find out more in this Journal of AHIMA article.

Keeping Up with Artificial Intelligence: The Role of HI Professionals

October 25, 2023

Keeping Up with Artificial Intelligence: The Role of HI Professionals

The use of AI in healthcare continues to rapidly increase. Learn what role health information professionals can play in its deployment from Maia Hightower, MD, MPH, a speaker at this year's AHIMA23 Virtual Conference.

 Cybersecurity Efforts Seek to Improve Data Protection

October 25, 2023

Cybersecurity Efforts Seek to Improve Data Protection

The federal government has launched several initiatives to improve healthcare cybersecurity, and HI professionals can support such efforts through training, raising awareness, and implementing best practices. Learn more in this new Journal of AHIMA article and take the corresponding CEU quiz.

Post with Caution on Social Media to Protect Privacy

October 17, 2023

Post with Caution on Social Media to Protect Privacy

Social media has become a necessity for patients and healthcare organizations. But HI professionals must be careful that what they share doesn’t jeopardize privacy and security of health data. Learn more in the Journal of AHIMA and take the corresponding CEU quiz.

New Toolkit Aims to Refine and Improve SDOH Programs

October 2, 2023

New Toolkit Aims to Refine and Improve SDOH Programs

The ONC toolkit provides HI professionals with a resource to implement their social determinants of health initiatives. Learn more in this new, open-access article from the Journal of AHIMA.

Health Data Utilities Seen as Option to Improve Data Sharing

September 26, 2023

Health Data Utilities Seen as Option to Improve Data Sharing

New data-sharing networks may help health systems, community-based organizations and other entities share patient data, but they also pose challenges, experts say. Learn more in this new, open-access Journal of AHIMA article and take the corresponding CEU quiz.

Learning to Adapt to Changes in Education

September 13, 2023

Learning to Adapt to Changes in Education

HI education is evolving to give professionals additional ways to advance their skills and roles. Learn more in this new, Journal of AHIMA article and take the corresponding CEU quiz.

Improving Patient Health by Addressing Social Needs

September 5, 2023

Improving Patient Health by Addressing Social Needs

Learn how NewYork-Presbyterian is targeting its patients' social needs through data and connecting them to needed community resources in this latest Journal of AHIMA open-access article.

Solving HI Inefficiencies: 3 Success Stories

August 29, 2023

Solving HI Inefficiencies: 3 Success Stories

Health system leaders discuss how they addressed health information and communication inefficiencies at their workplaces and made positive differences. They will share more about their initiatives at AHIMA23 this October in Baltimore.

Third-Party Data Tracking Raises Privacy Concerns

August 22, 2023

Third-Party Data Tracking Raises Privacy Concerns

The increased attention to third-party tracking of patient data is a call for health systems to audit their websites more and educate staff about the ramifications of online tracking tech. Learn more in this Journal of AHIMA article and take the corresponding CEU quiz.

Coding, HI Social Media Stars

August 14, 2023

Coding, HI Social Media Stars

Long gone are the days of HI professionals sitting behind a desk in a hospital basement. Now they’re on social media, spreading the word about an in-demand profession and empowering the next generation. Learn more in this open-access article from the Journal of AHIMA.

Microcredentials Bring Opportunities to HI Professionals, Employers

August 1, 2023

Microcredentials Bring Opportunities to HI Professionals, Employers

As healthcare organizations struggle to fill positions and employees look to improve their skills, microcredentials offer an alternative to traditional higher education programs. Learn more in this Journal of AHIMA article and take the corresponding CEU quiz. 

July 24, 2023

Ensure ROI Training Evolves as the Industry Changes

In the health information industry, change is a constant that requires new and long-serving professionals to regularly test and update their knowledge to remain proficient. Learn more about keeping up to date on release of information, including through microcredentials, in this new, open-access Journal of AHIMA article. 

How HI Professionals Can Boost SDOH Data Collection

July 11, 2023

How HI Professionals Can Boost SDOH Data Collection

Many organizations face challenges in collecting and leveraging social determinants of health information. Intermountain Health has implemented digital solutions to amplify SDOH findings and shared its experiences with the Journal of AHIMA in a new, open-access article. 

New Rule Establishes Info Blocking Penalties

June 30, 2023

New Rule Establishes Info Blocking Penalties

Under the federal rule, health IT developers, entities offering certified health IT, health information exchanges, and health information networks will be subject to information-blocking penalties. Read more in this open-access article in the Journal of AHIMA.

Generative AI

June 28, 2023

Generative AI in Healthcare Analytics

Artificial intelligence chatbots are revolutionizing life as we know it, and experts agree this technology will undoubtedly impact healthcare data analytics. Read more in the Journal of AHIMA and take the corresponding quiz for one continuing education unit.

Keith Olenik, Chief Health Information Officer for AHIMA

How Artificial Intelligence (AI) Has Revolutionized Medical Coding

Read AHIMA Chief Health Information Officer Keith Olenik's recent interview with MedicalTechnologySchools.com: How Artificial Intelligence (AI) Has Revolutionized Medical Coding (medicaltechnologyschools.com)

June 16, 2023

Hospitals See Info Blocking Decline

New research found a decrease in information blocking among healthcare providers in 2022, likely due in part to federal rules. Read more in the Journal of AHIMA (member exclusive).

Jennifer Mueller, MBA, RHIA, SHIMSS, FACHE, FAHIMA

June 05, 2023

Advocacy Is Our Power

Member advocacy boosts the visibility of health information professionals and improves public policy decisions in healthcare. Learn more from AHIMA President/Chair Jennifer Mueller, MBA, RHIA, in her monthly message exclusively in the Journal of AHIMA.

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May 03, 2023

The Future of AHIMA Is Bright

In her farewell message to members, CEO Wylecia Wiggs Harris reminds us to stay true to your values and know that you are truly making a difference in the field.

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Spring 2023: Perspectives in Health Information Management

The Spring 2023 issue of AHIMA’s peer-reviewed research journal, Perspectives in Health Information Management, is now available. This issue’s topics include lessons learned from the transition to a new EHR and the effect on workflow and the role of clinical decision systems in preventing stroke.

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April 24, 2023

Retaining and Recruiting HI Staff: Beyond Competitive Salaries and Benefits

Health information (HI) professionals are in short supply. As health records have been digitized, demand has surged for the professionals who manage them. Industry leaders are responding to this shortage by reducing turnover, encouraging professional development in their organizations, staying up to date with new tools, and exploring new recruitment methods and technologies to help land qualified candidates.

April 24, 2023

The Human Side of Interoperability

Interoperability requires cooperation. Therefore, according to AHIMA President/Chair Jennifer Mueller, MBA, RHIA, HI professionals and others must all work together for our industry, our patients, and our own family. Read her latest message to members exclusively in the Journal of AHIMA.

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April 13, 2023

AHIMA Supports Proposals to Improve Interoperability and Transparency

A newly proposed federal rule will help protect patient privacy, continue to emphasize the role of health information (HI) professionals, and promote sharing of electronic health information, according to an AHIMA official. AHIMA will continue reviewing the rule to determine its effect on health information management.

April 03, 2023

Don't Let Labels Hold You Back: How to Excel in Your Work Environment

On Capital Hill Day in Washington, D.C., several AHIMA health information advocates refused to let negative attitudes, labels, or preconceptions prevent them from effectively communicating their message by addressing patient matching and identification issues, as well as improving the collection, sharing, and use of social determinants of health data.

Portrait of AHIMA President/Chair Jennifer Mueller, MBA, RHIA, SHIMSS, FACHE, FAHIMA

February 21, 2023

Stronger Together: How Membership Moves Us Forward

"Change is inevitable, especially in healthcare," writes Jennifer Mueller, MBA, RHIA, SHIMSS, FACHE, FAHIMA, president/chair of AHIMA, in her first President's Message column.

"Our opportunity for growth as an association has always been rooted in how our members can add greater value to the data we manage; in leading teams to expand their contributions in a meaningful way; and now, in helping advance AHIMA’s mission to empower people to impact health."

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February 7, 2023

Risk of Duplicate ICD Codes for Orthopedic and Injury Related Research

A paper published in the Winter 2023 issue of Perspectives in Health Information Management takes a closer look at the impact of the transition to ICD-10 on research activities. Specifically, the paper explores and identifies issues of duplicate ICD codes between ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM in orthopedic- and injury-related research. The author asserts that special attention should be drawn to retrospective research involving methods of injury spanning ICD-9 and ICD-10 systems.

AHIMA CEO Wylecia Wiggs Harris

February 2, 2023

Finding Positivity and Driving Value Through Shared Purpose

"Change in healthcare is only accelerating, especially as hospitals face workforce shortages and a market shift to outpatient care," writes AHIMA CEO Wylecia Wiggs Harris in her recent blog post. "Together, we are navigating unknowns, and only by leveraging our collective strengths can we continue to add value."

How do we find our way forward? Click here to read more.

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January 25, 2023

FBI Warns Healthcare Providers about Sophisticated Cybercrime Group

The healthcare industry faces a constantly growing field of cyber threats, including individual actors, foreign governments, and even organized groups. Andrew Tomlinson, director of regulatory affairs at AHIMA, recently spoke with Renal & Urology News about the current threat landscape for healthcare, as well as the importance of taking steps to protect data held by entities not governed by HIPAA.

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January 9, 2023

Spotlight on AHIMA Members

Hear from AHIMA members in these new spotlight videos about what being a part of the association means to them, from connecting with a strong community of practitioners to staying ahead of the curve on changes in the industry.

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January 4, 2023

Meet the New AHIMA Board Members

As we begin a new year, AHIMA welcomes new members to our Board of Directors. Visit the Governance section of our website to learn more about their experience and their areas of focus in health information.

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December 16, 2022

Adoption of Standards for Health Care Attachments Transactions and Electronic Signatures Proposed Rule

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released the Adoption of Standards for Health Care Attachments, Transactions and Electronic Signatures, and Modification to Referral Certification and Authorization Transaction Standard proposed rule. AHIMA published a fact sheet outlining key provisions of the rule.

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December 14, 2022

Practice Brief Provides Updates for Achieving a Compliant Query Practice

A newly released updated Practice Brief titled "Guidelines for Achieving a Compliant Query Practice (2022 Update)" represents a joint effort between AHIMA and the Association of Clinical Documentation Integrity Specialists to provide ongoing guidance for compliant query practices to health information professionals.

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December 9, 2022

AHIMA Responds to Cybersecurity RFI from Senator Warner (D-VA)

AHIMA has responded to a white paper from Senator Warner (D-VA) entitled “Cybersecurity is Patient Safety: Policy Options in the Health Care Sector.” The response highlights the AHIMA position on cybersecurity leadership within the federal government, workforce, and information sharing.

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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.

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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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 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.

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.

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.

Success Skills: Brainstorming Mechanisms for Unlocking Creativity

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Success Skills: Brainstorming Mechanisms for Unlocking Creativity

In a fast-paced business world, creativity and innovation are paramount. At AHIMA, we're committed to empowering your professional growth, providing resources and practical resources to help you continue to build on your career. Ready to unlock your creativity? Join us on November 8 to unlock your creative potential and problem-solving skills. Don't miss this opportunity—register now and take a step towards enhancing your career.

Capturing Essential Demographic Data Elements for Electronic Health Information

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Capturing Essential Demographic Data Elements for Electronic Health Information

Join recognized subject matter experts as they provide an overview of the new AHIMA Naming Policy. The updated policy creates rising-floor guidance (expected to change over time) and provides best practice guidance for today’s evolving health information (HI) technology ecosystem.

Clinical Validation Practice Brief

Clinical Validation Practice Brief

Are you struggling to maintain consistency and accuracy in clinical validation within your organization? Clinical validation is a crucial process that demands seamless collaboration between providers, clinical documentation integrity (CDI) specialists, and coding professionals. We understand the challenges when it comes to identifying diagnoses that lack clinical evidence. That's why we're excited to introduce our new Clinical Validation Practice Brief! Get started with essential guidance and tools to incorporate clinical validation seamlessly into your daily workflow.

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What Does the TEFCA Mean for Your Organization?

The Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) presents a unique opportunity for the U.S. healthcare delivery system, establishing a universal floor of interoperability, connecting providers, public health entities, and individuals. Many questions remain about what the TEFCA will mean for hospitals, health systems, and other providers.

Download the Summary for guidance on TECFA participation.

 

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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

AHIMA White Paper Identifies Opportunities and Challenges with Collecting, Integrating, and Using SDOH Data

A new AHIMA study conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago found that nearly eight in 10 healthcare organizations currently collect SDOH data, yet challenges remain related to the collection and use of this clinically relevant data to improve healthcare and health outcomes. Read the press release to learn more.

 

Revenue Integrity: Leveraging Data to Enhance Collaboration Across the Revenue Cycle

Learn how revenue integrity ensures a unified, systemic approach to revenue cycle optimization, preventing revenue leakage and maintaining compliance.

 

Revenue Cycle Management: Connecting Technology, People, and Processes

AHIMA and Nym Health convened an expert panel of health information and revenue cycle management (RCM) experts to explore the implications of revenue cycle automation.

Download the free whitepaper today

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3 Strategies for Cultivating a Culture of Connection, Development, and Loyalty in the Modern Workplace

Leading a team in the modern workplace presents significant challenges and opportunities, beginning with the concept itself. In many cases, the workplace is no longer a physical space where people congregate but rather a virtual one without geographic boundaries. In this whitepaper, you will learn about highly effective tools to bring stability to your workforce by enhancing connections and providing growth opportunities.

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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.

Download the free ebook today

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.

Clinical Decision Support whitepaper

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.

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