News & Analysis

December 1, 2011
HIM Briefings

Dear reader,

Each month in 2011 we've celebrated MRB's 25th birthday with discounts, contests, giveaways, and bonus special reports and tools (visit www.hcpro.com/downloads/140 to download any you might have missed).

December 1, 2011
HIM Briefings

Editor's note: Train staff members on ICD-10-CM with the following quiz, excerpted from the ICD-10 Training Toolkit published in November by HCPro, Inc. For more information, visit www.hcmarketplace.com/prod-9730.

December 1, 2011
HIM Briefings

Jefferson Regional Medical Center (JRMC), a 471-bed nonprofit hospital located in Pine Bluff, AR, is the fourth largest medical center in the state and serves 11 counties in south Arkansas. When I started working there in early November 2010, I quickly realized we had a number of opportunities to improve our HIM operations and efficiencies.

December 1, 2011
HIM Briefings

The need for qualified health information technology (HIT) professionals will increase substantially over the next five years as more hospitals migrate away from paper records and convert to EHRs, according to a Bureau of Labor Statistics study. As a result of this growing need, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), in conjunction with Northern Virginia Community College, ­AHIMA, and Pearson VUE, designed the HIT Pro exams as a means to verify the competency of HIT professionals.

December 1, 2011
HIM Briefings

Editor's note: There are a number of ways to get information into the hands of your facility's physicians. The following list offers several suggestions on how to train and engage your medical staff. This article was adapted from the October issue of CDI Journal, a quarterly publication for members of the Association of Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists (ACDIS). Additional information is available at www.acdis.org.

December 1, 2011
HIM Briefings

Editor's note: In honor of the holidays, we asked our "MRB Talk" members to send us their HIM holiday wishes. From funny to serious, we hope that each one of your wishes is answered for you in the coming year. And to all of our readers, we hope you have a safe and happy holiday season and a wonderful new year. Now, read on to find out what your colleagues are wishing for this holiday season, and, as always, if you aren't a member of the listserv but would like to be, feel free to e-mail me at akraynak@hcpro.com.

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