Are you ready for AHIMA 2016?

September 22nd, 2016

This year’s AHIMA Convention in Baltimore, MD takes on the issues surrounding the massive amounts of data available today, looking at how it can and should be governed for healthcare purposes and its role in shaping the industry’s future.

A behemoth that grows daily, so-called “Big Data” burst on the healthcare scene in tsunami-like fashion, less emerging than bombarding for many organizations adjusting to electronic records. Brought in with this tide were concerns regarding data privacy, security, integrity, meaningful usage – and quality.

In the early days of computer programming, the phrase “garbage in, garbage out” came to be a guiding principle and cautionary tale, carrying with it two meanings. One is that the quality of the output is determined by the quality of input. The other refers to a blind assumption that computer-generated information is correct.

Admittedly, healthcare organizations have little or no quality control over the external information they receive. They can, however, have great impact on the quality of the data they themselves create so they can use it with confidence.

With that in mind, here are some questions to ponder as you navigate the AHIMA event:

  1. Is my organization’s ICD-10 coding consistently accurate? Are we ready for the changes to come?
  2. Is my organization’s clinical documentation correct and complete? Do we have the right people with the right training in place? Is everyone involved fully committed to, and able to advance, Clinical Documentation Improvement?
  3. Do we have the right tools in place to promote accurate and complete data capture from patients – the first link in the healthcare data chain?
  4. Have we provided our physicians with the training they need to play their critical role in the clinical documentation that informs coding and patient care?
  5. Is our revenue cycle staff operating at their highest efficiency? Have we given them the education and guidance required to effectively use our data to meet ongoing regulatory change, reporting requirements and new payment models?

As noted in an article on Health IT Analytics: “Without robust, accurate, timely, clean and complete data, healthcare organizations will not be able to move beyond the basics of record keeping and develop the analytics competencies that will become vital survival skills in the emerging world of value-based care.”

Thus, optimization of data requires not only effective management, but also creating the most useful raw material.

We hope you learn a lot about both at AHIMA and look forward to seeing you there.