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Concurrent Coding

Vol. 11 •Issue 16 • Page 27Concurrent Coding A New Tool in HIM By Elba L. Rivera, RN Health information management (HIM) departments in most hospitals have the coders in a separate quiet office, away from the commotion of the file room and record…

Phlebotomy Meets the Law

Most phlebotomists don’t think that a venipuncture can land them in the witness chair desperately defending their technique; most phlebotomy supervisors don’t realize they can be called as the next witness to defend their hiring and training practices. In today’s litigious society, it would…

Treating Hypotonia in Children

Early intervention is especially important for children with tone problems According to Barbara Hypes, PT, a self-employed therapist from Milwaukee, early intervention is especially important for children with conditions such as Down syndrome and cerebral palsy in which hypotonia is prevalent. “Doctors typically assume…

The Speed of Health Information

Vol. 11 •Issue 15 • Page 14-18The Speed of Health Information Poor transcription turnaround times and delinquent medical records pushed this facility to find process improvement solutions. By Renee Mallett, RN, MSN, JD, Debbie Murphy, MBA, Sandra Mandich and Ervanna Brugger In early 2000,…

Improving MDS Accuracy

Vol. 11 •Issue 15 • Page 42-43Improving MDS Accuracy The potential impact of one error is greater than you may think. Use these strategies to increase your MDS accuracy. By Cheryl Field, MSN, RN, CRRN The Minimum Data Set (MDS) has received much attention…

Managing Asthma in Athletes

Vol. 14 •Issue 14 • Feature 1 Managing Asthma in Athletes Managing Asthma in Athletes Many athletes have poorly controlled asthma, which can be deadly. By Tisha Nickenig James Rogers, often would see athletes use their asthma inhalers four, five or six times during…

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