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Cancer Registry Management

The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) developed the Cancer Registry Management formal education program in a collaborative partnership with the National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA). The full program consists of four prerequisites and six specialty courses. The online classes in this program are open enrollment and self-paced.

The Cancer Registry Management program is designed for those interested in entering the cancer registry profession. Cancer Registrars possess the clinical and technical knowledge and skills necessary to maintain components of the disease-related data collection systems consistent with medical, administrative, ethical, legal, and accreditation requirements of the health care delivery system. In all types of facilities, and in various locations within a facility, cancer registrars manage and analyze clinical cancer information for the purpose of processing, maintaining, compiling and reporting health information for research, quality management/improvement, facility planning and marketing, monitoring patient outcomes, cancer program development, cancer prevention and surveillance, survival data, compliance of reporting standards, evaluation of the results of treatment, and national accreditation standards.

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Clinical Documentation Improvement

This program includes three courses:

  1. Clinical Documentation Improvement: Issues
    The intention of this course is to introduce HIM professionals to the exciting new world of Clinical Documentation Specialists. Within this course, professionals will learn about important skills and areas of knowledge that will assist them in becoming successful Clinical Documentation Specialists.
  2. Clinical Documentation Improvement: Program Success
    This two CEU, six lesson course will review overall aspects of managing a clinical documentation improvement (CDI) program. Planning and organizing the program is essential for success, as is monitoring and evaluation. The course also covers potential legal aspects involved with the query process, with the goal of querying for both reimbursement and data quality. Effective management involves hiring and retaining qualified staff, which is also addressed.
  3. Clinical Documentation Improvement: Quality Measures and Documentation Standards
    This 2-CEU, 6-lesson course will review how clinical documentation improvement (CDI) programs relate to quality measures in addition to being in an electronic environment. As the industry requires an increase in reporting quality measures in addition to documentation standards, it is important for an HIM professional to understand the impact CDI programs may have on a facility’s data.

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Coding Assessment and Training Solutions®

AHIMA's self-paced, Web-based Coding Assessment and Training Solutions® program has provided a wide range of quality, flexible training opportunities for experienced coders for the past six years. The program continues to expand as AHIMA releases one or two new topic-specific courses and assessments every month!

Our popular Coding Overview courses provide a brush-up, while the related assessments will reveal what knowledge has and hasn't been forgotten. There are three topics to choose from and you can purchase them as a group or separately.

Coding Focus courses and assessments give you the training you need to tackle the areas that are considered the most complex and challenging for coders. Use the courses and assessments together or separately.

The 60-question Coding Proficiency Assessments were developed for use when a general idea of a coding professional’s competence is needed. The questions are categorized as intermediate or advanced coding practice levels. Intermediate questions assess understanding of application of basic coding skills to actual health record information, while advanced questions assess interpretation, analysis, and synthesis of the entire health information data spectrum impacted by code selection and code assignment.

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Coding Basics

CODING BASICS is a self-paced, 12-course program which will help you learn the skills you need to become a coding professional. Coding professionals abstract clinical data from health records and assign appropriate medical codes. These codes are used for reimbursement, planning, and research. Comprehensive training in inpatient and outpatient coding is provided, along with the necessary background courses in health record content, medical terminology, and disease process.

The Coding Basics program has been designed so students can learn all the fundamentals in about 15 months by following the recommended pace of taking four clusters of three classes, each cluster lasting 15 weeks. We have arranged the 12 classes in these four groups for an optimal learning experience. However, AHIMA also realizes there are also busy individuals who wish to approach the program at a slower pace, so AHIMA is now offering all 12 Coding Basics classes for sale individually, so students can take classes in groups of two or, occasionally, one at a time.

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Exam Prep Series

The Web-based courses in this program will help prepare you for the corresponding AHIMA certification exams. Each course consists of either 6 or 12 lessons, and covers the specific domain you need to know thoroughly to pass the exam.

Certified Health Data Analyst (CHDA) Exam Prep Series
As healthcare continues to be data-driven, the analysis of this data is vital to organizations. CHDA-certified professionals possess the knowledge to acquire, manage, analyze, interpret, and transform healthcare data into accurate, consistent, and timely information—balancing the “big picture” with everyday details. They exhibit broad organizational knowledge and the ability to communicate with individuals and groups at multiple levels, both internally and externally. The CHDA Exam Prep Series covers data management, data analytics, and data reporting.

Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) Exam Prep Series
Professionals holding the RHIT credential are health information technicians who ensure the quality of medical records by verifying their completeness, accuracy, and proper entry into computer systems. RHITs use computer applications to assemble and analyze patient data for the purpose of improving patient care or controlling costs. They often specialize in coding diagnoses and procedures in patient records for reimbursement and research. The RHIT Exam Prep Series covers health data management; health statistics, biomedical research, and quality; health services organization and delivery; information technology and systems; and organizational resources.

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Healthcare IM: Physician Practice EHR Solutions

The Healthcare IM: Physician Practice EHR Solutions program consists of four Web-based courses:

  1. Healthcare Information Technology (IT) Solution for Physician Practice
    In April, 2004, President Bush called for the widespread adoption of EHRs over the next 10 years. Adoption of the EHR by small physician practices is a requirement for the success of the nation?s healthcare information technology strategy. The transition of the paper-based small physician practice to the digital world will require a fundamental understanding of the business of the practice and the deployment and management of a practice-wide information technology (IT) solution.
  2. Electronic Health Record Systems — Part 1 (Strategy, Process Transformation, & Selection)
    This is the second course in the Applied Informatics in Physician Practices series of courses. The first course focused on practice-wide IT solutions. This course explores the current federal initiatives for EHRs and their impact on physician practices.
  3. Electronic Health Record Systems — Part 2 (Implementation, Support, and Ongoing Use)
    This course looks at the steps in the implementation process as well as the decisions to be made regarding the building of clinical databases and reporting. The course ends with a looks at the ongoing use and support of the EHR systems.
  4. Electronic Health Records Management and e-HIM®
    This is the fourth course in the Applied Informatics in Physician Practice series of courses. In previous courses practice-wide IT solutions were explored and physician office electronic health record policies, strategies, tactical and implementation issues are addressed. This course addresses health record management issues in an electronic environment.

This program was created specifically for individuals working in a physician practice or clinic to gain knowledge needed to navigate the course toward an electronic health record.

Target Audience: HIM Practitioners currently in physician office settings, consultants to this area, office managers, and others responsible for overseeing EHR/HIM.

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ICD-10 Program

This program includes three Web-based courses. Students may register for individual courses or the complete three-course program.

  1. ICD-10 Overview: Mortality Reporting
    This 6 lesson, 4 CEU online course is for coders, educators and others interested in learning about the worldwide statistical uses of ICD-10 (International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, Tenth Revision), a classification owned and published by the World Health Organization (WHO). Effective with deaths occurring in 1999, the U.S. began using ICD-10 to code and classify mortality data from death certificates. While this implementation was a multifaceted task, it was recognized as important to ensure the international comparability of health statistics.
  2. ICD-10-CM Overview: Deciphering the Code
    This 14 lesson, 4 CEU online course is for coders, educators, billing staff and clinicians who are interested in familiarizing themselves with ICD-10-CM, which has an anticipated implementation date of October 1, 2013. Students will learn about the history, organization and structure, see how ICD-10-CM compares to ICD-9-CM, study changes chapter by chapter, and get a glimpse into new coding conventions and guidelines.
  3. ICD-10-PCS Overview: Deciphering the Code
    This 14 lesson, 4 CEU online course is for coders, educators, and consultants who are interested in familiarizing themselves with ICD-10-PCS classification system, which has an anticipated implementation date of October 1, 2013.

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Privacy and Security

In response to industry demands for HIPAA Privacy and Security Training, AHIMA has developed a comprehensive online program. The Privacy and Security Program will prepare participants to assume roles of greater responsibility or enhance current job skills by exploring professional practice issues above and beyond the basic HIPAA curriculum or available job experience for the candidates.

The Program includes four courses:

  1. Privacy Practices
    Privacy Practices covers policies and procedures in more detail, taking an in-depth look at the Notice of Information Practice requirements along with the rights of the individual. Also you will learn the difference between consent and authorization, as well as access management issues.
  2. Managing Access, Amendment, and Disclosures
    This course will guide you through the responsibilities of the covered entity and the HIPAA requirements for access, amendment and disclosure. Learn about managing the patient review and amendment process for protected health information, management of the disclosure process, and handling unique types of disclosures.
  3. The Organization's Responsibilities
    In thirty-one lessons, you will explore the administrative issues of HIPAA in greater detail, learning about the key players in compliance, what the necessary steps are to ensure Business Associate compliance, and managing investigations by the Office of Civil Rights.
  4. HIPAA Security
    The HIPAA Security Rule is one aspect of the entire Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). It is important to understand the rule because of impact on an organization in regards to policies and procedures an organization must review or implement in order to be in compliance with the law.

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