HIM Briefings’ 2017 EHR benchmark survey took a closer look at EHR implementation and use as well as the role of HIM in EHR management, including common challenges and benefits. Respondents shared experiences, discussed the impact of EHRs on data quality and security, and reflected on HIM’s role in ongoing EHR maintenance.
Payment reform is here to stay. Although reimbursement will continue to evolve over the next several years, it’s unlikely that payers, commercial or government, are going to abandon risk-based models and value-based purchasing and turn the clock back to fee-for-service and volume over value.
Effective July 2016, as part of The Joint Commission’s Project REFRESH, the Medical Record Statistics form was retired for hospital accreditation surveys. Is it still important to monitor our medical records for presence, timeliness, legibility (paper or printed), accuracy, authentication, and completeness?
Data integrity and analytics, increased HIPAA enforcement, patient-generated health data, and information security emerged as the top four topics at the 2017 Health Information and Management Systems Society national conference.
With the challenges and sometimes-abundant negativity everywhere we look, we can forget the privileges of a certification or degree in HIM. Take a moment to remind yourself of the reasons you're proud to be an HIM professional.