House of Delegates Envisions the Future of HIM

Members of the House of Delegates learned from the past, built on the present, and prepared for the future during Sunday’s meeting in Atlanta, GA. With a particular focus on environmental scanning and developing strategy for the future, attendees envisioned the healthcare landscape in 2020; provided strategic direction on practice issues; and shared tips and best practices for successful CSA advocacy initiatives.


Healthcare in 2020

To stir the audience’s imaginations for environmental scanning, John Self and Stephanie Drake spoke on “Healthcare in 2020.” Self is a Texas-based former journalist and healthcare executive who now runs his own executive search firm.

Self said that transformational change is in store for healthcare in the next five to seven years. Deficit and debt reduction will be a resounding theme nationally, which will affect healthcare, particularly as Medicare reimbursement shrinks accordingly. Self said this will be a key time for HIM professionals to put processes, governance, and skills in place to provide information to manage population health. It will be key, he said, for HIM to lead. “You have one thing that we need—information,” he said.

Drake, senior executive director of the American Hospital Association Professional Services Team and executive director of the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration, identified some of the environmental influences that are likely to affect the healthcare work force in the future. Trends include a transformed environment, team-based care, and understanding the business of healthcare.

Environmental transformation, she said, requires technology and data. “You really need to have the analytical skills; you need to think strategically,” Drake said.

HIM is well positioned to be a partner and facilitator in collaboration that can result in better care and improved financial and patient satisfaction outcomes, she said. “You have the capabilities and resources …everyone needs the information from all of you,” she said.


Advocacy and Influence: All About Relationships

AHIMA Core Service Achievement recipients from the Tennessee, Florida, and Pennsylvania component state associations shared details from their state advocacy and influence projects. The common theme—building relationships for success.

Tennessee HIMA (THIMA) president Tony Taylor, RHIA, CHP, shared how THIMA partnered with the Tennessee Medical Association (TMA) to provide ICD-10 training and education to physicians throughout the state. “TMA looked to THIMA to be a leader in [ICD-10 implementation],” Taylor said.

THIMA credits part of its success to the strong relationships it developed with TMA and other state health groups. “We focused on the concept of healthcare system performance through all those relationships,” he said.

Members of the Florida HIMA (FHIMA) used networks of volunteers to educate about HIM and advocate for the profession in the state and federal legislatures, said Alice Noblin, PhD, RHIA, CCS. Reaching out to elected representatives at the state level shortly after they were elected in 2012 helped FHIMA make a stronger impact as they were in the information gathering stage. “Catching these legislators early in their terms gave us a link into their world,” Noblin said.

“Go advocacy!” was the catch phrase for the Pennsylvania HIMA (PHIMA), said Theresa Jones, MHA, RHIA. PHIMA launched an advocacy program to build stronger relationships with elected representatives at a national level and to bring students into the advocacy process. “You have to get the message out there and make a lasting impression,” Jones said. PHIMA used member education and training, as well as social media and video, to get the word out.


Highlights of the House

In her remarks, speaker Kim Baldwin-Stried Reich, MBA, MJ, RHIA, PBCI, CPHQ, FAHIMA, explained that the House is divided into two groups: the Envisioning Collaborative and House Leadership. House Leadership ensures the overall effectiveness of operations, while the Envisioning Collaborative provides input into strategic planning.

Reich said that the Envisioning Collaborative had developed two quarterly innovation presentations on what team members thought were the next emerging roles and opportunities in the profession. Its work inspired an article in the August issue of the Journal of AHIMA about the environmental scan process as well as results from the report. In addition, an environmental scan toolkit will be developed.

The House Leadership team focused on refining and discussing the tools and processes used for coordination, collaboration, and communication with the work of other groups.

A task force developed a mega issue, Health Information Management Critical to Healthcare IT, and another group updated HoD policies and procedures and standing rules. From these task forces, the delegates developed four action items that the members voted on in the spring.


Follow the news and get insights from AHIMA’s 85th annual Convention and Exhibit being held October 26-30 in Atlanta, GA. For a complete list of event coverage on the Journal of AHIMA website, click here.


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