Tuesday’s Top Stories from AHIMA Today

Check out the latest news from AHIMA’s 82nd Convention and Exhibit in Orlando, FL, in the Tuesday issue 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 Tuesday issue:

It’s Raining Regs

Four big regulatory challenges are set to converge on healthcare in the near future, and they will have significant impact for HIM professionals.

“If you really think about it, it’s the largest dramatic change we’ll see in decades,” said speaker Elaine Lips, RHIA, during Monday’s Prime Time session.

The message to start planning now was delivered by Lips and Deborah Kohn, MPH, RHIA, FACHE, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, in their session “Turning Regulatory Compliance Initiatives into Strategic Advantages.”

For the complete story, see page 1.

Measuring Up

Benchmarking compares internal performance against established standards. It is an effective way to challenge organizational capacity.

Locating the established standards, however, can require exploration. “Sometimes the hardest part of benchmarking is finding the data,” said Lynn Kuehn, MS, RHIA, CCS-P, FAHIMA, in Monday’s presentation “Making the Most of Comparative Data in Hospital Benchmarking.”

For the complete story, see page 4.

Project Allows EHRs to Tell Full Health Story

Every patient has a story. Unfortunately, many electronic health record systems are unable to efficiently tell their full tale.

But an organization has formed that is determined to electronically integrate narrative notes into computer-based systems and finally allow the EHR to tell a patient’s entire health story.

The Health Story Project, now entering its third year, is a nonprofit alliance of healthcare vendors, providers, and associations that have come together for a rapid-development initiative aiming to produce data standards for the flow of information between common types of healthcare documents and EHRs.

For the complete story, see page 7.

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