25 November 2008
21 November 2008
Logon to AHIMA: www.ahima.org, sign in, and go to MyAHIMA. Click on Communities of Practice (COP), then click on Join/Visit Communities, then choose 'S' in the alphabetical index at the top of the screen. In the window, you will see the 'Studying for the CCA' link - click on this link and you will be directed to this COP. Don't forget to click on 'Join Now' in the upper left corner if you wish to join this Community.
What a great way to network with other HIM professionals while studying for this exam!
19 November 2008
18 November 2008
17 November 2008
They've posted their comments to the CMS on the adoption of ICD-10 - It is interesting reading.
Also, they have been hard at work with AMIA developing competencies for anyone who will be working eith electronic records.
14 November 2008
The discharge summary is the concise summarization of the patient's hospital stay and outcomes. Some headings included on the discharge summary:
Admission date/Discharge date
Admitting diagnosis/Discharge diagnoses
Specialist physicians consulted during hospitalization
Complications incurred during hospitalization
History of patient upon admission
Discharge plan (including medications, therapies, consultation follow-ups, etc.)
The discharge summary will be placed on the patient's hospital chart, and may also be forwarded to the patient's primary care physician and/or consulting physicians whom they saw during the hospitalization or are advised to followup with afterward.
12 November 2008
11 November 2008
04 November 2008
The splitting of hairs at their ends, giving them a feather-like appearance.
Also known as schizotrichia, although there is a subtle difference between the two terms.
Although Rode, on behalf of AHIMA, applauded CMS in issuing the proposed rule, he also stated that it’s important to recognize the cost of such a conversion on some "financially burdened segments of the industry." Rode also urged CMS to provide information about how ICD-10 will affect the existing DRG and other Medicare prospective payment systems.
On behalf of AHIMA, Rode suggests that HHS do the following:
- Deliver a final rule as soon as possible so providers have a uniform compliance date with which to work
- Provide a three-year implementation period beginning with the effective date and that the compliance date should be the immediate October 1 date after that three-year period
- Freeze all ICD-9-CM, ICD-10-CM, and ICD-10-PCS code sets for one year prior to the compliance date
Rode also states that providers should not perform intensive coder training more than six months prior to implementation so coding professionals retain what they have learned. He also advocates for assistance from the federal government and health plans, such as a low-cost or interest-free loan, that will help offset adoption costs.