Happy New Year – I hope that 2013 will be a great year for everyone.
Journal of AHIMA Video Extra: The Road Ahead for HIM
As we begin a new year, AHIMA Director of HIM Solutions Karen Kostick,
RHIT, CCS, CCS-P, discusses HIM’s path to computer-assisted coding,
along with other hot topics facing HIM in 2013.
Journal of AHIMA
January 2013 | Journal of AHIMA
Road Map to 2013
A Guide Through Exciting, but Unfamiliar HIM Territory and Times
The Year in Review Top Five Topics of 2012
A Year in Review: HIM’s Role Expanded
Top HIM News of 2013
#1 ICD-10-CM/PCS Compliance Deadline Delayed- Despite objections from
some healthcare industry sectors, CMS announced in February their intent to delay the compliance deadline for ICD-10-CM/PCS. The new compliance deadline of October 1 2014 wasn’t announced until six months later, in August, giving healthcare professionals time to debate just how long the delay should be and the positive and negative impact on the industry.
#2 Stage Two Meaningful Use Final Rule Released- The final rule for
stage two of CMS’s “meaningful use” EHR Incentive Program hit the industry in August, further raising the bar for health IT systems and HIM procedures and processes. Stage two called for providers to give patients the ability to not just receive their health records electronically, but to also be able to view, download, and transmit their records online.
#3 Patient-centered Healthcare Impacts HIM Processes- The focus on
patient-centric healthcare was one of the headlines to come out of the stage two meaningful use final rule. The measures promoting increased patient interaction with their healthcare and health information launched an increase in patient portal installations and caused HIM professionals to review their record release policies.
#4 Health Information Exchange Becomes Competitive. Health information
exchange, both the noun and the verb, gained prominence in 2012, as more state-sponsored and private information exchange organizations began to electronically transmit health records.
#5 Data Analytics Skills Gain Importance in HIM – “Big Data” served as the HIM buzz word of 2012 as industry experts encouraged HIM professionals to adapt their role from storing information to using and analyzing