We’re back from AHIMA 2016, and what a great conference it was again this year. AHIMA, you never disappoint! Great information regarding the emergence of “Big Data” and its impact in the healthcare world was shared, and we were very impressed with the conference’s lineup of information sessions and guest speakers.

We hope you were able to take a break from the action and stop by our booth, and if you did you’re sure to have seen our interactive jellybean wall, which was a fun way to get insight on the coding education world from those who know the best – YOU!

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Here is what we learned:

A whopping 100% of you feel that there is room for improvement in physician documentation within your organization? That’s right – every single person who participated in our wall thinks there is more their organization could be doing to improve physician documentation. In addition, the vast majority of participants (76%) feel that their organization does not offer enough job-specific training, while 19% say they are offered just enough training and 6% feel they are offered too much training.

In regards to cross training, we learned that 45% of you are interested in outpatient to inpatient coding, 43% are interested in coding to CDI and 12% are interested in other cross training opportunities.

We also learned that your perception of ICD-10-CM/PCS coding readiness is fairly split between feeling prepared or not, with 43% thinking you are prepared and 54% of you thinking you are somewhat prepared. Only 3% of you think you are not prepared at all for the coding changes.

We found that participants see the following as being the biggest challenges in coding education for next year:

  • Regulatory changes
  • Risk adjustment, HCC
  • HCC
  • Time & money
  • Tracking education
  • Trending ROI
  • Continuity for remote coders

And finally, you answered that Quality and Value-Based Purchasing Programs have affected how you do your job in the following ways:

  • Closer document review
  • New areas to focus on in review and reporting
  • Development of new forms and function of EHR
  • Increase in pre-bill reviews for complete clinical validation

Your feedback in these areas is very valuable and insightful in shaping how we can further assist our clients in feeling prepared for the upcoming changes in healthcare coding, and we want to thank everyone who participated! There’s no denying it – the massive amounts of data available today means new issues with privacy, security, integrity, meaningful usage, and quality – all of which are shaping the industry’s future. We are committed to providing you with the knowledge you need to keep your organization compliant, high-performing and viable in these times of change. Find out how Elsevier can help your organization reach its fullest potential.

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