An excursion to the beach usually sounds like the epitome of a fun-filled, relaxing day. But the dangers of hidden broken glass, hell-bent sea creatures, and sports-related injuries can quickly make the day take a turn for the worse.
The Monday afternoon session “EHR and HIM Professional Practice Standards” detailed various initiatives moving health information management (HIM) practice standards forward in health IT.
One positive result of the ICD-10 delay is that coders have this extra time to brush up on the newest coding classification system—ICD-10-PCS. In their Sunday pre-convention session “The Keys to the PCS Kingdom,” Lynn Kuehn, RHIA, CCS-P, FAHIMA, and Gail Smith, MA, RHIA, CCS-P, provided helpful hints for coding in PCS.
Every day, health information management (HIM) is making a difference in real-life situations, as demonstrated by examples offered in Monday’s general session.
During an AHIMA Foundation Research Forum session on Sunday, Valerie Watzlaf, PhD, RHIA, FAHIMA, and Patty Thierry Sheridan, MBA, RHIA, FAHIMA, presented findings gathered in their study on physician perceptions of the ICD-10 transition titled “Physicians’ Outlook on the ICD-10-CM/PCS System and its Effect on their Practice.”
Incoming AHIMA Board President Cassi Birnbaum, MS, RHIA, CPHQ, FAHIMA, is delighted to be delivering her presidential address tomorrow in her hometown of San Diego. “It really is special. My family all lives in San Diego now and my daughter will be flying in from New York. I have cousins that are going to be attending and an elderly aunt so it will be really nice,” Birnbaum said.
Are you prepared for the accuracy and productivity challenges you may encounter shortly after October 1, 2015? During a presentation at the Clinical Coding Meeting, which took place on Saturday, Scot Nemchik, CCS, vice president of compliance and strategic planning for IOD Incorporated, shared the strategies and methods currently in place in his organization to help minimize the impact of ICD10-CM/PCS implementation.
Members of the AHIMA House of Delegates got a chance to kick off their own personal ICD-10 advocacy campaigns during the group’s meeting on Sunday. The House also got updates on information governance (IG) and best practices in advocacy during the meeting.