The 2014 AHIMA convention session, “Whoops! We Have a Breach: What Do We Do Now?” on Monday, September 29 at 4:30 p.m. will break down the 2014 AHIMA Break Toolkit and how to incorporate its guidance within an organization. Session presenters Susan Lucci, RHIA, CHDS, ADHI-F of Just Associates, Inc., in Parker, CO, and Mary Poulson, RHIT, MA, CHC, CHPC, of MEDNAX, in Sunrise, FL, recently spoke with Journal staff to give a preview of their session.
The 2014 AHIMA Annual Convention and Exhibit session, “ICD-10 and DSM-5: Understanding the Health and Human Service Industry’s Need for Two Codes Sets after Implementation” on Monday, September 29 at 1 p.m. will focus on behavioral health and substance abuse coding. Presenter Lisette Wright, MA, of Behavioral Health Solutions, PA, in Minneapolis, MN, will give convention attendees guidelines on how to prepare for the many upcoming changes. Wright took some time to discuss the presentation with Journal staff.
With close to $25 billion spent to incentivize the adoption and implementation of electronic health records (EHRs), there is a compelling need to realize the full value of this investment. This column was written as part of National Health IT Week.
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AHIMA’s new workforce study, titled “HIM Without Walls,” has been officially opened up to the industry public in an effort to expand its reach and maximize results. The study was created to help determine the future knowledge and skills needed by health informatics and information management professionals.
Officials from AHIMA are asking the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to revise job titles, job descriptions, and other workforce guidelines to the agency’s 2010 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Principles. The BLS intends to revise the 2010 SOC by the end of 2016 and release it by 2018.
In a recent letter to the BLS, AHIMA notes that recent and rapid technological advancements, especially electronic health records (EHRs), have contributed to the need for new and more distinct classifications.
Hospitals and other eligible providers have been granted more flexibility in meeting criteria under the “meaningful use” electronic health record (EHR) Incentive Program, according to a rule finalized last week by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
The final rule, which has not been changed since it was proposed in May, offers providers more leeway in how they use certified electronic health record technology to meet meaningful use requirements for an EHR Incentive Program reporting period for 2014.
Marc Perlman, global vice president for healthcare, life sciences, and education and research industries at Oracle, discusses his work on the Patient Engagement Framework and the future of HIE with Journal of AHIMA’s associate editor, Mary Butler.
The framework’s objectives are aligned with those of the “meaningful use” EHR Incentive Program, the federal initiative that rewards providers who engage patients via its, “view, download, and transmit” phases. Perlman says both providers and vendors would do well to take a close look at the framework to determine what capabilities they should be providing for clients and patients.