for ’ 18
EXPERTS PROGNOSTICATE THE TOP HIM TOPICS FOR THE YEAR AHEAD,
AND ADVISE ON HOW TO PREPARE
By Mary Butler
Journal of AHIMA January 18/ 15
CONVENTIONAL WISDOM HOLDS that people seek out advice from mystical
sources—psychics, tea leaves, astrology, and other forms—when faced with turmoil and chaos. Most of the time it’s less expensive than therapy and you can
choose to ignore or take a soothsayer’s advice depending on whether it feels accurate. If money is an issue, there are plenty of books that teach how to do each of
these methods for yourself.
It’s hard to find an industry that is more chaotic at this point in time than healthcare. As of press time, the basic skeleton of the Affordable Care Act was still intact,
though regulatory changes from the Department of Health and Human Services
(HHS) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have made modifications, and it is possible that legislative efforts to further dismantle the law could resume. Other regulations such as the 21st Century Cures Act and the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) have elements that will be enacted
in 2018, further changing the landscape. While there are predictable actions that
health information management (HIM) professionals can bank on happening, the
healthcare industry is still very much in flux.
In order to have a clearer picture of what the new year will bring, the Journal took
a chance and asked AHIMA’s subject matter experts to predict what the biggest stories of 2018 will be in eight key HIM domains: informatics, data analytics, privacy
and security, rules and regulations, information governance (IG), education and
workforce, clinical documentation improvement (CDI), and inpatient/outpatient
coding. Healthcare professionals know better than anyone that anything can happen, but believe in this—AHIMA’s SMEs have a much higher accuracy rate than
your local psychic!