Health Information Management

Avoid burnout and ease stress: Strategies every HIM director and manager should know

HIM-HIPAA Insider, April 17, 2012

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It's 2:30 p.m. and you haven't stopped moving since you stepped into your office this morning.

As you run down your mental to-do list for the rest of the afternoon, you realize you're double-booked for multiple meetings, and you're having trouble prioritizing because your phone keeps buzzing with new email notifications.

If you're an HIM director, this scenario likely repeats day in and day out.

From researching and implementing EHR systems to developing training and education plans for ICD-10 to overseeing your Recovery Audit Program review results, HIM director can quickly become overwhelmed by their daily tasks.

In the past year or two, Monica Pappas, RHIA, president of MPA Consulting in Long Beach, CA, and Medical Records Briefing advisory board member, has noticed a drastic increase in the amount of major projects overseen by the HIM department. And many of these projects have far-reaching effects that impact the entire organization, compared to times in the past when projects may have had a more limited effect.

Pappas points to HIPAA implementation as the most recent project spearheaded by HIM that mirrors the organization wide effects of EHR implementation and ICD-10-CM/PCS conversion.

Editor’s note: Read the entire article in the April issue of Medical Records Briefing.


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