June 2012 | HOME


E-Discovery and Electronic Records

A New Book from AHIMA Press!

E-Discovery and Electronic Records is a resource guide for healthcare professionals that focuses on the process of electronic discovery (e-discovery) and describes best practices in electronic records management for healthcare document retention and production.

This guide will assist healthcare professionals in understanding e-discovery, development of litigation response plans, identification of key business practices, and the development of potential best business practices for healthcare.

Product #AB123109
Copyright : 2012
Price: $145.95
Member Price: $116.95

To order, visit the AHIMA web store. Use Coupon Code JUNBOM to receive your 15 percent discount.


Contact the Editor


Do you have an AHIMA credential? How has AHIMA certification helped you or your career? If you'd like to participate in an e-mail interview about your credential, please contact AHIMA Resources editor Dan Kelly!

Return to top


For a preview of our new online ICD-10 courses, stop by our booth.
Long-Term Care and Health IT Summit
June 18–19
Baltimore Hyatt Regency
Baltimore, MD
Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities
June 20–22
Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas, NV
Healthcare Financial Management Association ANI (HFMA ANI)
June 24–27
Mandalay Bay Resort and Convention Center
Las Vegas, NV

Return to top


Don’t Delay: Prepare for ICD-10-CM/PCS Now!

AHIMA is offering numerous in-person meetings in 2012 to prepare HIM professionals for ICD-10-CM/PCS implementation. AHIMA Academies and Coder Workforce Training for ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-CM/PCS are being conducted across the nation; there’s bound to be a date and location that works for your schedule.

On September 29–30, the Annual Clinical Coding Community Meeting, in conjunction with the AHIMA Convention and Exhibit in Chicago, will offer multiple opportunities to gain essential knowledge in preparation for ICD-10-CM/PCS. Go here to view details about these in-person meetings.

If you are looking for ICD-10-CM/PCS education that doesn’t involve travel, take a look at the ICD-10 Online Training Pathways and the upcoming Audio Seminars. Remember that you can also order the archived version of past audio seminars in either a web replay format or an audio CD from the AHIMA Store.

Return to top



AHIMA Verizon customers, now is the time to upgrade your Verizon Wireless phone to a Smartphone!  Trade in your basic Verizon Wireless phone and receive a $100 Verizon Wireless Gift Card to be used for future accessory purchases or your monthly bill. Offer valid thru September 30, 2012. Restrictions apply. Visit the AHIMA Wirefly site for details.

Return to top


AHIMA’s Career Assist site provides special offers for job seekers and discounts for posting employers, AHIMA’s Career Assist is a one-stop HIM health information portal to a new career. A Career Assist customer service staff member is ready to assist you with any questions at (888) 575-9675, or by e-mail.

Find  your perfect job today!

Recent job opportunities:

Coding Manager
Parallon Workforce Management Solutions
Norcross, GA

Manager, Health Information Management
Clinton Hospital
Clinton, MA

Olympic Medical Center
Port Angeles, WA

Return to top


AHIMA Merchandise

AHIMA Logo Line merchandise gives you the opportunity to show pride in our profession. By taking AHIMA products into the community, we present a positive image that strengthens our unity, and enhances our position in the workplace.

They’re very popular as gifts and awards. And the dollars you spend on AHIMA Logo Line merchandise goes to developing educational products and services to meet your professional needs. Check out our exciting products here.

We’re also offering a wonderful collection of premium-quality display frames that add a distinctive, highly professional accent to your certification. Browse AHIMA-approved certificate frames.

Return to top

Upcoming Meetings

Register Now for the HIM Event of the Year!


There’s Still Time to Attend the LTPAC Event of the Year!
2012 Long-Term and Post-Acute Care Health IT Summit
June 18–19
Hyatt Regency Baltimore on the Inner Harbor
Baltimore, MD
On-site Registration Available June 17, beginning at 1 p.m.

Join health information technology (HIT) leaders, policy-makers, LTPAC providers, vendors, and health professionals, June 18–19, in Baltimore to advance the issues, initiatives, and policies facing long-term and post-acute care health IT (LTPAC HIT). At the LTPAC Summit, you’ll

  • Experience two days of information, education, and networking
  • Attend presentations from more than 60 industry experts on LTPAC subjects
  • Hear from keynote Speaker Judy Murphy, RN, FACMI, FHIMSS, FAAN, Deputy National Coordinator for Programs and Policy, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT
  • Earn up to 14 continuing education units (CEUs)

Don't miss your opportunity to help shape the future of health IT in LTPAC. On-site registration begins at 1 p.m., on June 18.

Need ICD-10 In-Person Training?  AHIMA has the right meeting for you.  

Take advantage of the proposed delay of the ICD-10 compliance date by training to be among the industry’s best ICD-10 trainers.

AHIMA’s Trainer Academy for ICD-10 is a dynamic program that teaches you proficiency in the ICD-10-CM and/or ICD-10-CM/PCS coding systems while preparing you to train others in these systems. Trainer academies are offered for ICD-10-CM/PCS: Diagnostic and Procedure Coding or for ICD-10-CM: Diagnostic Coding only and are held on multiple dates throughout the country.  Most of the current ICD-10 trainers received their training at an AHIMA Academy. View schedule.

Want to enhance your coding skills and be ready for ICD-10?

AHIMA Coder Workforce Training for ICD-10 is a dynamic hands-on, instructor-led training course for frontline coders in both ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS. Coding professionals looking to achieve proficiency in these two systems will find this program provides a well-rounded base of knowledge as well as exposure to advanced cases in ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS. Students interested in learning only diagnosis coding should register for the CM-only portion of the program. View schedule.

For a complete listing of Trainer Academy and Coder Workforce Training dates and locations, visit our site.

HIM Educators:  Making Dreams Come True
2012 Assembly on Education Symposium/Faculty Development Institute Join the more than 400 faculty and staff members from across the nation for this premier conference for innovation in health information and make your students’ (and family’s) dreams come true this summer. Attend the 2012 Assembly on Education Symposium/Faculty Development Institute (AOE/FDI), at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, FL, July 21–25.

Plan to bring the family and take advantage of being at Disney! Attend our Educator’s Open House on Sunday between 3–6:30 p.m. for a family photo with Disney characters. For information on other special offers and to book your hotel accommodations at the Disney Coronado Springs Resort, go here.

Consider staying over for a few more days to take advantage of a special AHIMA Academic Workshop, “ICD-10 Preparations for the Classroom,” Wednesday afternoon, July 25, from 1:30–4:30 p.m. and AHIMA’s Trainer Academy for ICD-10-CM/PCS: Building Expert Trainers in Diagnosis and Procedure Coding.  Held at the same magical location, the Academy will take place July 26–28, immediately following AOE. To learn more about the Trainer Academy for ICD-10-CM/PCS, go here. Make it a week of fun for the whole family while earning up to 29.5 CEUs at FDI/AOE and the ICD-10 Workshop

Return to top

ICD-10 Online Training

Extended Access Period through December 2014!

The ICD-10-CM Coding: Online Course Collection includes the 6-CEU ICD-10-CM Overview: Deciphering the Code course (available now) plus 22 one-hour courses focused on the specific chapters of ICD-10-CM. Coders in all settings will benefit from this thorough study of ICD-10-CM coding. The chapter-specific courses will be available later this month.

The ICD-10-PCS Coding: Online Course Collection consists of the 6-CEU ICD-10-PCS Overview: Deciphering the Code course (available now) plus 10 shorter courses focused on the medical and surgical section root operations and medical and surgical-related procedures of ICD-10-PCS. Coders in inpatient acute care settings will benefit from this thorough study of ICD-10-PCS coding. The 10 shorter courses will be available by the end of July. 

Register before November 1, 2012, and you will retain access to the course material through 2014 as a reference—even after you have successfully completed the courses.

Return to top

New! Certified Documentation Improvement Practitioner Credential

Have you considered pursuing the CDIP? Those earning AHIMA’s newest credential are positioned as leaders and role models in the health informatics and information management community.
AHIMA certification can also:

  • Help improve earning potential
  • Increase opportunity for career advancement
  • Provide a forum to connect with colleagues

Make the commitment. Distinguish yourself as knowledgeable and competent in clinical documentation in the patient’s health record.

Find eligibility requirements, exam preparation, FAQs, candidate guide, and application here.

Return to top

Special Offer!

FREE Career Prep Webinar Series Aims to Help You Succeed!

AHIMA’s goal is to help its members succeed. For students and new grads getting started in the profession, we want to prepare you for landing that first job. For more seasoned professionals or those returning to the workforce, we want to empower you to seek that new position or apply for that promotion you’ve had your eye on. The next webinar in the Career Prep series is “Five Prep Steps for Interviews that Rock.” To register for the FREE webinar on Wednesday, June 20, from 2–3 p.m. (ET), go here.

Did you miss the first webinar held last week? It is now available as an archive for those who couldn’t attend. Go here to view “Resumes for Results: Get that Interview.” To get a copy of the handout, please visit the CoP.

If you have any questions, please e-mail Lisa Chernikoff.

Return to top

Upcoming Audio Seminars

Here's a convenient way to get the information you need to excel professionally. For more information and a complete list of AHIMA audio seminars, visit here.

Coding Cardiovascular Procedures in ICD-10-PCS

June 14

Coding for Quality Reporting Measures
June 19

Ensuring Effective E/M Audits
June 21

ICD-10 and the Revenue Cycle
July 10
Presented with the support of:

Best Practices for Modifier Usage
July 12

Breathing Easy: Respiratory System Coding in ICD-10-CM
July 17

Breathing Easy: Respiratory System Procedure Coding in ICD-10-PCS
July 19

Just $179 per member (or $229 per nonmember) per seminar covers as many colleagues at your site as you wish to invite! Two AHIMA CEUs are awarded for each audio seminar you attend. Volume discounts available when you order any four or more seminars at the same time.

Register for a live audio seminar bundle for just $40 more than the price of the live seminar, and access and share its web replay version for future use at your facility.

Return to top

AHIMA Membership

Are you a current member of AHIMA? If your answer is no then keep reading, because you're missing out on important benefits to help you advance your career. In each issue of Resources, we will highlight one of the many member benefits you can access if you sign up. Don’t miss out—join today!

Discounts on Seminars and Workshops

Join AHIMA and become part of an organization more than 64,000 members strong. Your membership dollars provide you with many things including discounted registration fees to attend AHIMA’s many seminars and workshops offered throughout the year.  As a member you can save up to 20 percent on your registration fees!

Whether you are entry-level, middle, or senior management there is a seminar or workshop designed for you. With more than 20 offered each year on numerous different topics there will be at least one geared toward you. They offer incomparable opportunities to connect with your colleagues and learn from key leaders who influence change in health information management. Don’t miss out! Join today and begin enjoying the many benefits of membership!

Return to top

AHIMA Foundation News


AHIMA Foundation 2012 Student Merit Scholarship Application

The AHIMA Foundation would like to remind current HIM/HIT students to begin gathering their materials in preparation for the 2012 Student Merit Scholarship application process. The 2012 online scholarship application will open July 1, with applications due by September 30, 2012. The AHIMA Foundation annually offers merit scholarships to currently-enrolled outstanding undergraduates in CAHIIM-accredited HIM or HIT program, as well as those professionals currently pursuing master's or doctoral degrees in areas related to health information. Please visit the AHIMA Foundation site for more information about scholarship eligibility and the online application process.

In 2011, a total of 215 students submitted their applications for an AHIMA Foundation Student Merit Scholarship; out of that pool, 58 qualified candidates received scholarships for a total of $91,500 awarded. The 2011 award recipients included three doctoral candidates, 19 master’s degree students, 18 bachelor’s degree/post-baccalaureate certificate students and 18 associate’s degree students. The ongoing gap between qualified applicants and scholarships awarded indicates a need to support even more promising HIM/HIT students each year. AHIMA members, corporations, and CSAs are encouraged to support student merit scholarship awards and help advance future professionals in our industry. No donation is too small—opportunities for support include general scholarships, named scholarships, and endowed scholarships. Scholarship donations received prior to April 30, will be included in the 2012 student award cycle. To find out more about opportunities to support the AHIMA Foundation with a charitable contribution, please visit the Foundation site or contact Mary Taylor-Blasi at (312) 233-1131, or mary.taylor-blasi@ahimafoundation.org for further details.

Return to top

Journal of AHIMA

Navigating MS-DRG through the ICD-10 Transition

In an effort to understand the potential financial impacts of moving to the ICD-10 MS-DRG grouper, Regence, a multi-state Blue Cross and Blue Shield licensee and the largest payer in the Pacific Northwest/Mountain States region, partnered with General Dynamics Information Technology (IT) on a significant business intelligence initiative.

Using General Dynamic IT’s NAV-10 Code Translation Suite, Erik Segren, a senior actuarial analyst on Regence’s provider contract analysis team, and John Doyle of General Dynamics IT performed a sophisticated analysis of MS-DRG assignment to determine the upper and lower bounds as well as the most likely financial results of the grouping of inpatient claims for ICD-10. Their approach could be leveraged by any provider or payer looking to understand the potential neutrality impacts in DRG-based inpatient pricing.

To read more, please visit the Journal of AHIMA blog!

Return to top