Monthly Archives: December 2017


IG Corner

Submitted by Lori McNeil Tolley, RHIA, BS., M.ED.,  MaHIMA Board Member at Large Consider IG and patient portals - How is your HIM department taking a lead role to help patients engage with your patient portal? IG – HIM Leadership Opportunities for Managing your Patient Portals Determining the Next Steps Following Patient Portal Adoption   AHIMA’ s Kristi Fahy, RHIA recently [...]


Heather Hedlund, RHIA, CHPS Compliance and Privacy Manager, South Shore Health System (SSHS) One aspect of HIM not often realized by new professionals is the range of positions that a Health Information Management program prepares you for.  One of our members with a varied career is Heather Hedlund.  We sat down with Heather to hear the story of her career [...]

IG Corner

Submitted by Lori McNeil Tolley, RHIA, BS., M.ED., MaHIMA Board Member at Large Consider IG for Risk Management  - Helpful Tips on developing programs for a successful appeals management process IG – Risk Management


Susan Brierley, RHIA Susan Brierley is the Director of the Clinical Information Department at South Shore Mental Health.  In this capacity she is responsible for managing agency-wide medical records. We asked Susan to tell us about her career path and how she got to where she is.  Here is her story: “After graduating from University of Rhode Island with a [...]

CODING TIP: Malnutrition & Intestinal Malabsorption on the Same Admission

Hi everyone, Coding tip for the day... Malnutrition and Intestinal Malabsorption on the Same Admission Can you assign codes (E46 and K90.9) to both conditions? There are conflicting excludes notes. E40 – E46 Malnutrition has excludes 1 to K90- intestinal malabsorption K00 – K95 Diseases of the digestive system has excludes 2 note for endocrine, nutritional and metabolic diseases (E00-E88) Yes, [...]

IG Corner

Submitted by Lori McNeil Tolley, RHIA, BS., M.ED., MaHIMA Board Member at Large Are you looking to engage in HIM Standards development at the National Level? If you are interested in guiding national and global interoperability efforts, contact the AHIMA Standards Task Force. IG – Professional Leadership  


Using Data to Improve Coding Performance Are you leveraging all the data elements available to you to optimize the performance of your HIM department?  Check out the article posted in October's issue of "For The Record", authored by Andrea Romero and Julia Hammerman of himagine, who share their insights on how technology and analytics processes can help leaders make better [...]


Maria T. Cross, RHIA Maria is currently the Director of Health Information Management Services and Privacy Officer, for Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital Milton.  Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital Milton is an 88-bed acute care hospital. It is one of three community hospitals (Milton, Needham and Plymouth) with a clinical affiliation with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.   In this [...]

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