Madison, WI (PRWEB) October 17, 2013
Best practices for developing accuracy and productivity coding standards in a post-ICD-10 environment were among the insights shared during Amphion Medical Solutions’ Thought Leadership Conference, which took place Oct. 10-11 in Milwaukee, Wis. The invitation-only customer event, themed "The Art of HIM," brought together HIM directors from leading hospitals and health systems across the country to explore solutions to the most significant challenges they will face in 2014 and beyond.
Nationally recognized HIM experts from Amphion, a leading provider of advanced transcription and coding solutions and services, and conference attendees shared experiences and recommendations across a variety of topics critical to the industry. Among these were the creation of standards to mitigate the short- and long-term impact the move to ICD-10 will have on productivity and accuracy, and best practices for assessing staff readiness for training. Also on the agenda were discussions of the challenges and requirements for clinical documentation improvement (CDI) as well as HIM’s evolving role in a healthcare environment dominated by the establishment of ACOs and healthcare reform.
"The move to ICD-10 is one of the most complex changes ever undertaken by the U.S. Healthcare System, which is why it is imperative that HIM take a leadership role in developing the processes, procedures and guidelines that will direct the transition," said Amphion’s HIM expert, Minnette Terlep, BS, RHIT, Vice President of Business Development and Chief Compliance Officer. "However, ICD-10 is not the only challenge confronting HIM. Healthcare reform requires a fresh perspective on the relationship between HIM and clinical documentation and a solid strategy to drive the evolution of transcription from one-dimensional text to structured, EHR-ready data."
Conference moderators facilitated a lively exchange of ideas on the impact of transcription on clinical documentation improvement (CDI) strategies. Also featured was an exploration of how transcriptionists, coders and CDI specialists can work together to produce the comprehensive documentation needed to comply with core measures and other quality improvement initiatives.
A full session was dedicated to helping HIM directors better manage professional resources, including an overview of the AHIMA Career Mapping Tool and creative recruitment and retention strategies. Attendees also explored shifting career paths, including the move from transcriptionist to coder, how to successfully transition from inpatient to outpatient coding and how to develop specialty skill sets such as same-day surgery coding.
"The Thought Leadership Conference brings together the best and brightest representatives from across HIM to help paint a clear picture of the profession and how it is evolving in the wake of healthcare reform," said Subbu Ravi, COO of Amphion. "By lending HIM’s voice to the major issues that will continue challenging healthcare, we are helping shape the future of the profession and arming HIM managers with the tools they need to lead their organizations to success."
Based in Madison, Wis., Amphion Medical Solutions has a team of more than 500 transcription, coding and health IT professionals serving more than 150 clients. By providing a comprehensive set of engagement models, technology and services, Amphion improves clinical documentation quality, increases reimbursements and reduces costs. Its flagship product, Triton, is a voice-recognition transcription platform that uses advanced speech understanding to give providers greater control over reporting while saving significant time and financial resources. Themis is Amphion’s remote coding solution, which secures a competitive market advantage and attracts qualified coders who want to use their skills in a home-based setting. Amphion also leverages its technology and seasoned, credentialed professionals to provide enhanced HIM and Health IT services at lower costs. Among these are comprehensive ICD-10 solutions, including skill assessment, live and self-paced web-based training, and a proprietary practice library, as well as a series of 15-minute instructional webinars on specific ICD-10 topics that are complimentary to registered users. For more information, go to http://www.amphionmedical.com.