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Industry News:

Are we ready for ICD-10?

Today there was a hearing in Congress regarding ICD-10 readiness. I had a lot of meetings today, so I didn’t get to watch very much of the hearing. However, based on what I did get to watch and what I have heard from others, it sounds like there were some very positive comments made towards [...]

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New District Boundaries

The AHDI National Leadership Board recently approved two changes to the District boundaries. Iowa will be moving from District 5 to District 3 and Puerto Rico will move from District 1 to District 6. The changes will go into effect March 1, 2015. Learn more about the National Leadership Board and the districts here. Related [...]

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Give Back, Stay Involved through Volunteerism

Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give.” Did you know that approximately 64 million Americans serve about 8 billion hours with an estimated value of $175 billion (Corporation for National and Community Service)? This means that 64 million people personify Churchill’s [...]

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Plexus Digital Magazine Goes Where You Go!

Did you know that you can read Plexus magazine on your e-reader or tablet? Here’s how: Eligible AHDI members* will first need to log into the AHDI website at www.ahdionline.org and navigate to the Plexus web page, found under Professional Practices > Publications. Click on the issue you wish to download and save a copy [...]

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ICD-10 and You

All of us have been hearing about the conversion to ICD-10 for several years now.  As of this date, the rollout for it will be October 1, 2015.  We are still hearing rumors that some are pushing to have it delayed until 2017.  With all of the preparations made by the HIM field, insurance companies, [...]

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Thanks For Sharing Your Thoughts…

At the AHDI-NEMA regional meeting this past weekend in Springfield, MA, I raised the question of what members wanted from AHDI as far as communication goes.  Are they receiving too much, too little, not the information they want?   I’d like to hear what other members think of AHDI’s communication methods.  AHDI reaches you in several [...]

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The Option of Health Information Exchanges

I have had an interest in health information exchanges (HIEs) for quite a while now. I attended a conference about four years ago where one of the learning tracks was about HIEs. The information they presented was extremely interesting to me, and I loved the idea of providers being able to share information so quickly [...]

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Dollars and Cents: False economies and how they affect MT jobs and physician satisfaction

AHDI President Susan Dooley has written a fantastic article for ADVANCE for Health Information Professionals, which I hope you’ll take a few moments to read. Just to whet your appetite, here’s one of Susan’s pithy observations: How does it make economic sense to require clinicians to do their own transcription? Despite these numbers, some healthcare [...]

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Coding, CDI, Transcription Outsourcing On The Rise

A recent Black Book survey reveals findings we in the HDS community should take note of. (Yes, that’s a dangling preposition, but it’s okay.) An article from HealthLeadersMedia.com gives a good summary of the survey. A couple of items from the article that popped out at me included the following: “The survey found that hospitals [...]

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Who’s to Blame?

Welcome to the AHDI Lounge and my first blog ever!  I’m the new District 2 Director and I’m looking forward to getting to know you. I saw an article from ABC News online the other day with the headline, “Texas Hospital Blames Records Flaw as Reason Ebola Patient was First Released.” This is in relation [...]

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