Top Stories from AHIMA Today

This week AHIMA’s 82nd Convention and Exhibit takes place in Orlando, FL. You can catch all the news in our full digital edition of AHIMA Today, the convention daily newsletter. Use your regular Web browser to start paging through the same full-color edition that attendees are reading on site.

Here are some of the top stories from the Monday issue:

Hot Topics Yield Rich Discussion for Delegates

What is the HIM role in electronic health records, health information exchange, and regional extension centers? What is AHIMA members’ definition of the term “health informatics” and how does it relate to the association’s mission? AHIMA President Rita Bowen, MA, RHIA, CHPS, SSGB, welcomed delegates as they explored all of these questions and more during the House of Delegates meeting on Sunday.

The House discussed a variety of issues in action forums. Votes were taken on two issues. A proposed bylaws amendment that would change the name of AHIMA was defeated. Proposed changes to the AHIMA bylaws regarding the way delegates are apportioned to the House also were defeated.

For the complete story, see page 1.

A Physician’s Cure for the Common Query

In animated and engaging style, Andrew Rothschild addressed a crowded room Sunday on the subject of query issues and trends, the efficacy of queries, and query compliance.

Rothschild, MD, MS, MPH, FAAP, CCDS, spoke during the Clinical Coding Community meeting in a presentation titled “A Physician’s Cure for the Common Query: Does Your Query Reflect Your Intent (Should It)?”

For the complete story, see page 4.

How to Handle the ICD-10 Elephant

You don’t eat an elephant all at once, you eat it one bite at a time. The same is true with ICD-10-CM/PCS implementation, the big elephant in the room at HIM departments. Though the deadline for ICD-10 compliance is three years away, healthcare facilities should already be well into implementation efforts, experts say. There is much to do, and organizations that run behind risk losing income.

For the complete story, see page 18.

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