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Charge Description Master

Charge Description Master Plays Vital Role in a Hospital’s Successful Survival By Arlene Trowbridge-Baril, MS, ART AS A CONSULTANT WHO PERFORMS NUMEROUS charge description master (CDM) projects, I always find different and interesting challenges in each facility I visit. One of the common things…

Surviving an NCQA Survey

Surviving an NCQA Survey The NCQA standards are very demanding and purposely set high to encourage health plans to continuously enhance their quality. Preparation and teamwork will be your life preserver in the stormy sea of a survey. By Kristi Thomason, RRA, MPA THE…

Setting Up a Heparin Response Curve

Setting Up a Heparin Response Curve Q: Our lab director has asked me to set up a “heparin response curve” to yield a curve to the appropriate heparin dosage for each patient, based on the particular brand of heparin in our formulary. The curve…

Transfusion Medicine Makes its Mark

TRANSFUSION MEDICINE Transfusion Medicine Makes its Mark As more than commitment centers to blood safety and adequacy, transfusion services evolve into the 21st century by redesigning current processes and assessing future prospects. By Michelle L. Paquette With sensitized, refined testing techniques, transfusion medicine is…

Vision 2006 Offers Options for HIM Profession

Vision 2006 Offers Options for HIM Profession The American Health Information Management Association’s (AHIMA) Vision 2006 program gave new life to a dialogue that’s been going on for years in health information management (HIM) circles–how to prepare for the future and expand career opportunities…

What is Injury Severity Scaling

What is Injury Severity Scaling? By Elizabeth Garthe, MHS and Nicholas Mango, BS, ME INJURY SEVERITY SCALING IS A method to classify injuries using a standardized terminology and rank them based on certain parameters, such as threat to life. There are two major users…

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