Health Information Management

Consider centralizing your HIM department: Unexpected benefits may await you

HIM-HIPAA Insider, March 23, 2010

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Memorial Hermann Healthcare System (MHHS) in Houston includes nine acute care hospitals, one children’s hospital, three long-term acute care hospitals, three specialty care hospitals, 21 regional affiliates, a home health agency, a retirement/nursing center, 10 ambulatory surgery centers, 21 imaging centers—and only one HIM department.

Prior to July 1, 2008, however, that was not the case. MHHS’ medical records/HIM departments used to be facility-based. Each hospital had its own medical records department, its own coders, and its own vendors. But MHHS’ leadership recognized that in an era when cost savings are a must, this model was not as efficient as it could be. A restructuring of the department was in order.
 
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