New directions for AHIMA and for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) were front and center during Monday’s general session in a welcome to what AHIMA CEO Lynne Thomas Gordon, MBA, RHIA, FACHE, FAHIMA, promised would be the “biggest and best convention ever.”
On Sunday, more than 150 AHIMA student members attended the fourth annual Student Academy—more than twice the number of attendees from 2011. The goal of this interactive session was to give student members an opportunity to learn more about careers in health information management, discover certification pathways, and prepare them to make the most of their convention experience.
How do you approach the administration and the coders of an organization who just went through a major encoder change the year prior and get their buy-in for the installation of computer-assisted coding (CAC) software? It could be a tricky endeavor, but one organization did just that—and was successful in the process. Cynthia Gaillard, RHIA, CCS, associate director of HIM, and Amy L. Wood, CPC, outpatient coding manager at Yale New Haven Health System, presented their case study on adopting CAC during Saturday’s Clinical Coding Meeting at the AHIMA Convention and Exhibit in Chicago, IL.
Though the implementation deadline delay for ICD-10 came as a disappointment to health information professionals, it may actually be a blessing in disguise. This extra year provides HIM and other industry professionals with a window of opportunity to perfect one’s ICD-10 skills.
Identifying trends, advocating for the HIM view, and mobilizing local voices are among the future directions explored by AHIMA’s House of Delegates during its 66th meeting Sunday in Chicago, IL. Delegates from across the country met to validate and prioritize trends to help guide AHIMA’s strategy, share ideas on effectively advocating for the HIM profession, and understand how state leaders and delegates can support national initiatives at the state level.
Health information management principles that support timely, accurate and complete data collection and release are part of the key to meeting recent National Quality Strategy goals aimed at improving healthcare service delivery, patient health outcomes, and population health.
The HIM professional’s role in meeting these goals is defined by their ability to combine emerging technologies with innovative processes, says Bonnie Cassidy, MPA, RHIA, FHIMSS, FAHIMA, vice president of HIM Innovation at QuadraMed. Her October 3 session at the AHIMA Convention and Exhibit will explore why HIM professionals are ideally suited to be leaders in information governance and help ensure integrity across all types of data and stakeholders. In the below Q and A, Cassidy discusses what information governance is, what’s brought it to the forefront now, and the emerging ways that HIM professionals will be involved.
A paradigm shift in the form of electronic health records has rocked the health information management (HIM) profession, opening up vast opportunity for innovation in HIM processes and products.
While long-term care and post-acute care facilities are not officially eligible to take part in the “meaningful use” EHR Incentive Program, many facilities are still closely watching the quality measures and health IT standards called for in the program. Others are actually working on implementing certified health IT systems and voluntarily meeting the meaningful use measures as a way to be more patient-centric as well as prepare for future government incentive programs, according to John Derr, R.Ph, a strategic clinical technology consultant with Golden Living, LLC. Derr is also a member of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT’s (ONC) Consumer/Patient Engagement Power Team, a subgroup that works to ensure the health IT certification standards are created with healthcare patients—and long term care facilities—in mind.