ACOs: Three Reasons to Care

The push for ACOs puts additional importance on the need for accurate and well-organized health records and improved information flow.

In this audio interview, Journal staff writer Chris Dimick asks AHIMA director of practice leadership Lydia Washington, MS, RHIA, CPHIMS, to explain how an HIM department will change when a hospital joins an accountable care organization. Washington offers three important reasons HIM professionals should care about ACOs.


  1. I found this audio interview to be very informative.

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  2. I believe the ACO’s will be helpful in healthcare. Hopefully it will help avoid errors and be complete and accurate. To make medical records more accessible. Cost is always an issue.

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  3. ….it will be interesting to see in what ways we (H.I.M.)can encourage people to create/access their own EHR’s in the future. H.I.M. personnel don’t normally have direct contact with patients. Also interesting were the comments about “honing our registry skills”; it sounds like this could be a good field to explore, especially when you recall the comments made from the speaker we had in class; the field seems to be growing.

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