COVER STORY CONTINUED
AHIMA participates in a two-part roundtable gathering to
define and publish a set of guiding principles for the ethical
use of social determinants of health (SDOH) to ensure that
SDOH are being used to their full potential while addressing
privacy and security concerns.
AHIMA introduces a new podcast, HI Pitch. During the
course of the year, it will feature interviews with staff,
volunteers, and AHIMA members.
AHIMA submits comments on rules proposed by the
Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information
Technology (ONC) and the Centers for Medicare and
Medicaid Services (CMS) on improving the interoperability
of electronic health information, increasing patient access to
electronic health information, and addressing “information
blocking” practices as defined in the 21st Century Cures Act.
A coalition led by AHIMA sends a letter to all US
Representatives asking them to support an amendment
in a bill that would strike language prohibiting HHS
from spending any federal dollars to promulgate or adopt
a national patient identifier. The House passes the bill,
including the amendment.
AHIMA submits comments and provides recommendations
on Draft 2 of the Trusted Exchange Framework and
Triumph Award recipients are announced, with a ceremony
to follow at the September AHIMA19 Conference.
AHIMA’s 2019 CDI Summit: Advancing the Documentation
Journey takes place in Chicago, focusing on topics ranging
from revolutionizing documentation queries to fighting the
AHIMA co-hosts a congressional briefing with the College
of Health Information Management Executives (CHIME) to
urge the Senate to support the US House of Representatives’
recent repeal of a ban on the use of federal funds to adopt a
nationwide unique patient identifier. During the briefing,
members of the American Medical Informatics Association,
the American College of Surgeons, and CHIME join AHIMA
in recounting existing patient identification challenges and
patient safety implications.
AHIMA announces the results of the 2019 election, including
members of the Board of Directors and commissions.
President/Chair-elect is Katherine G. Lusk, MHSM, RHIA,
FAHIMA, and new directors are Brenda K. Beckham,
RHIA; Theresa A. Eichelmann, MBA, RHIA; and Jami R.
Woebkenberg, MHIM, RHIA, CPHI, FAHIMA.
AHIMA announces that it is partnering with adaptive
learning systems leader Area9 Lyceum to add an adaptive
learning component to academic programs with an online
component to Health Information Management Technology:
An Applied Approach, Sixth Edition.
AHIMA is recognized in the 2019 American In-House Design Awards for best artwork,
including its CodeCheck Direct Mail Pop Up, 2019 AOE Identity Campaign, 2018 AHIMA
Convention and Exhibit Preview brochure, and AHIMA19 Luggage Tag.
The recipient of the 2019 Grace Award is Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS)—Eastern
Wisconsin Division (EWD). An honorable mention goes to Hennepin Healthcare.
The AHIMA Foundation announces that it now has more than 1,000 apprentices helping
to close the healthcare skills gap. The program has registered 1,035 apprentices, exceeding
its goal of 1,000 registered apprentices.
AHIMA unveils several changes to make ahima.org easier to use and navigate.
Providing tools to help members understand and talk about AHIMA’s new mission,
vision, and strategic plan, AHIMA launches the AHIMA Transformation Toolkit on
the Engage community.
AHIMA’s Sue Bowman participates in a meeting convened by the National Committee
on Vital and Health Statistics Subcommittee on Standards to develop a set of questions
to help guide HHS in developing research about a future transition to ICD-11.
AHIMA launches a study assessing coding productivity for coding in outpatient and
inpatient settings and evaluating factors affecting productivity. The goal is to establish
updated productivity standards.