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March 2019


Constructing a Career in Coding
For those looking to snag that elusive first coding position, experts suggest focusing on everything from the right academic mix to sound résumé building.

TPE Program Sets Sights on Improper Claims
Learn the details behind the Target, Probe, and Educate effort, which can make life miserable for organizations suspected of failing to meet Medicare criteria.

Privacy With a European Flair
More powerful than HIPAA, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation may have an effect on these shores.

‘Stupid’ Program Gets Results
To simplify documentation processes, a Hawaii health system took a radical in-house approach—it listened to staff.


Editor’s Note

News Brief

Audit Alley
Audits that rely on random samplings aren’t enough to ensure a health care organization’s coding processes are in good shape.

Washington Scene
Thanks to the partial government shutdown, it may have seemed like nothing was getting done in Washington, but several agencies managed to squeeze in some action around the inaction.

HIM Challenges
Skilled nursing facilities are set to take on the challenge of the new patient-driven payment model.

HIT Happenings
Understanding the distinctions between patient monitoring and continuous clinical surveillance is more than a matter of language.


By the Numbers
Get the lowdown on health care’s facts and figures.