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WYHIMA November 2013 Newsletter

The newsletter this month brings you highlights from the AHIMA Convention in Atlanta.  
There were several WYHIMA members in attendance this year to include the Leadership Team from Wyoming Medical Center in Casper and this crew:
Kim and Sarah from Campbell County Memorial Hospital in Gillette, Lisa from Care Communications (where does she live anyway?), and Carrie from West Park Hospital in Cody.

The Convention kicked off with the House of Delegates on Sunday. The House is very different from the House of a few years ago. All voting is done electronically prior to the face to face meeting. The environment is more collaborative and collegial versus what I remember in the past where states would align to get their “pet” initiative approved. The AHIMA Board and the House of Delegates are an innovative gathering of people who are truly committed to governing the HIM profession. 

For me, there were five highlights in the educational sessions:
  1. Leveraging CAC to Improve Clinical Documentation: CAC+CDI = ICD 10.  Deloris Farthing of Hays Medical Center indicated they saw a 25% inpatient coder productivity increase within 90 days of CAC implementation.
  2. Converting to ICD 10 When You Don’t Have A Million Dollar Budget: Not updating reports with coded data until it was determined the report was needed. Seth Katz of Truman Medical Center stated they would wait to see what reports are used rather than spending a lot of money up front.
  3. Connected Health – The Coming Wave in Search of a Beach. There are so many  personal health gadgets and apps out there! These go way beyond the basic pedometer!  Dr. Travis Good discussed them all and how they will be used in innovative care models. Check out Fitbit, Fuel Band, running apps, specialty specific text messaging services.
  4. Unleash The Three Elements of Top Performance: Interference blocks greatness.  Alan Fine of Inside Out Development was fabulous. The three elements of top performance are Faith – belief in yourself and others, Fire – energy, passion, and commitment, and Focus – what we pay attention to.
  5. Henry Winkler.  Who knew The Fonz was such a great mentor to Marlee Matlin and that he wrote children’s books to help others understand learning disabilities? Check out his Hank Zipner books!
I leave you with the biggest aquarium I have ever seen!!!
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