In this companion piece to her presentation at this year’s CDI Summit, Melanie Endicott, MBA/HCM, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, CCS-P, FAHIMA, senior director, coding and CDI products development at AHIMA, discusses the ever-changing role of the clinical documentation improvement professional, from difference settings and demands to strategies for keeping ahead of the curve.
“Clinical documentation improvement is all about the quality, not just about the reimbursement,” said Jon Elion, MD, FACC, associate professor of medicine for Brown University, CEO of Chartwise Medical Systems, and practicing cardiologist, as he addressed a standing room only crowd Monday morning at AHIMA’s 2014 Clinical Documentation Improvement Summit. Elion’s presentation, adequately titled “Stories from the Front Line,” offered several insights into a physician’s way of thinking about clinical documentation.
In her keynote presentation at AHIMA’s Clinical Documentation Improvement Summit on Monday, Laura Zubulake discussed her firsthand experiences with information convergence and governance on Wall Street in the 1990s, as well as her encounters with the legal system.In February 2002, Zubulake became involved in a case that transformed the practice of law. She made the decision to search for e-mail evidence that she believed existed on backup tapes. As a result, landmark opinions (known as Zubulake I-V) were issued concerning counsel’s obligations for the preservation of electronically stored information. These opinions established the foundation for what is known as electronic discovery (e-discovery).
Prior to her presentation in Washington, DC on Monday, Zubulake talked with the Journal of AHIMA about the influence of Zubulake I-V opinions and information governance in healthcare.
Health information management (HIM) professionals considering getting a doctorate degree should be prepared for stress, hard work, the need to develop a thick skin, and possibly even the shedding of some tears. In her presentation, “So You Want to Get a PhD? The Fascination, Realisms, and Outcomes of Pursing a Doctoral Degree,” Lisa Campbell, PhD, CCS, CCS-P, CDIP, shared details of her humorous—and often brutally honest—journey in higher education.