AHIMA features networking, ICD-11 news and Miracles

I just left the Salt Palace Convention Center after four days at the 83rdannual AHIMA Convention. The conference was steeped with education, networking and social opportunities. Salt Lake City provided fantastic weather and first class hospitality.

NEMT New Business Development Director Rick Bisson

Sessions shed great insight on hot topics such as ICD-10 and computer assisted coding; meaningful use, revenue cycle management, clinical documentation improvement also headlined the agenda – all the hot buttons. Oh, and in case you missed it, Dr. T. B. Ustun from the World Health Organization opened a few eyes and ears when he mentioned ICD-11 will be coming to a health care facility near you in 2015.

These are exciting times in health information management. It’s reassuring to witness the commitment and dedication to improving patient care these top health information management (HIM) experts from across the country and the world share. Watching them share ideas and shape policy is fascinating.

Olympic speed skating medalist Apolo Anton Ohno, New York Times editor and columnist Gail Collins and bestselling author and motivational speaker Stephen M. R. Covey offered inspiration and encouragement to push the limits of our daily routines – to develop trust and live life with zero regrets.

And how about those Miracles? For those of you who caught this act, you were among the fortunate. This short video reveals that these hit singers from the 50s and 60s still represent the greatness of Motown.

I really appreciated the opportunity to listen and share ideas and theories with HIM professionals, especially while they are away from the daily demands of life in the hospital or clinic.  These are exciting times with far-reaching opportunities that will dramatically impact the quality and delivery of patient care. What a delight to participate and witness the shaping of health care.

Thanks AHIMA for a great convention. See you next year at McCormick Place Convention Center in the Windy City.


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