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 reported: ONC (Office of the NationalCoordinator […]

December 19th, 2017|IG Corner|


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 so […]

December 19th, 2017|Member Spotlight|

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

December 12th, 2017|IG Corner|


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 BA in […]

December 12th, 2017|Member Spotlight|

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, you can. These are separate conditions. […]

December 12th, 2017|Coding|

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


December 5th, 2017|IG Corner|


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 […]

December 5th, 2017|Coding, Vendor Contribution|


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 role, […]

December 5th, 2017|Member Spotlight|