The Future of Health Information Management

Karen G HIM 2 Comments

As I reflect on all the changes in the field of health Information, we continue to face exciting times and the ability to reinvent ourselves. Why is that exciting? Because we can create something that doesn’t exist. We need to lead the way for our teams of the future in order to encourage our professionals to increase their knowledge by webinars, reading and getting out of their comfort zone. We all need to relearn old skills. So much has happened with technology even with our basic applications such as email, Word and Excel. Let’s refresh those skills and embrace the technology that changes the way we provide Health Information expertise. Health Information Professionals can always provide value to the environment they are in today.

What is trending:

Privacy and Security: We have the skillset to provide input to these business models and according to Roger Severina, Director of the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights there are three key HIPAA policy initiatives that are being examined by the OCR:

  • A request for information on how the agency might distribute to victims a percentage of the funds it collects form HIPAA settlements and civil monetary penalties;
  • A notice of proposed rulemaking for potentially changing or dropping the current HIPAA privacy rule requirement that patients sign — and healthcare organizations keep — forms acknowledging the individuals received the entities’ notice of privacy practices;
  • A notice of proposed rulemaking involving “good faith” disclosures of patient information, clarifying that the health providers in certain circumstance are permitted — without patient authorization — to share information, such as with a patient’s family when a patient is incapacitated.

These are some of the changes outlined by the OCR. We as individual professionals and as a group need to stay up to date on these items in order stay relevant with the field.

Coding: As of March 16, 2018, experts from around the world are invited to contribute to ICD11 Revision. Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Make proposals for improvements
  • Participate in quality assurance
  • Assist in translating ICD into other languages
  • Give feedback on proposals submitted by others.

Start by accessing the ICD-11 online platform. The structured input that will be provided by the participants, will be peer reviewed by experts in the field. WHO welcomes the active participation of researchers, health information managers, health care providers, and others interested in the classification.

Now that is something! Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we had some of our HIM/Coders participating in this exciting work?

Payment systems are a changing. We all know the cost of healthcare is going up according the Health News February 14, 2018 article.

“United States health spending is projected to rise 5.3 percent in 2018, reflecting rising prices of medical goods and services and higher Medicaid costs, a U.S. government health agency said on Wednesday, an upward trend it forecasts for the next decade.”

Are we ready for value-based payment systems? One area that we are seeing traction is in HCC coding for accountable care organizations. Is that something we should be looking into?

Electronic Health Records: There is so much to learn in terms of Data Integrity in the her, we need to be on the forefront of this as we are the people that are in the record day after day. We are seeing class action lawsuits claiming deficiencies due to inaccurate medical records for millions of patients. Review e-discovery rules and practices. Federal Judges are giving 5 key areas for E-discovery competencies.

There is so much for all of us to contribute to our profession. Let’s create the future of Health Information Management together!

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