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October/AHIMA 2013

H.I.Mentors Newsletter, Volume 3 - October 2013 

From Darice’s Desk:

Autumn greetings from H.I.Mentors! October is here and just as the brisk wind sends the leaves whirling, the fall season brings new state and federal legislative changes.  As if the implementation of the Accountable Care Act wasn’t enough: one year from now, if all goes as planned, ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS will become the new reality for everyone working in healthcare.
This means a renewed focus on best practices in clinical documentation, an increased need for proactive coding education, audits and stress management tips for your staff!  Keeping your eye on top priorities should be the goal and you might want to consider some of these tips to add to your ‘to do’ list: 

Darice Gryzybowski, MA, RHIA, FAHIMA, President H.I.Mentors LLC

PSIf your are attending AHIMA in Atlanta, please be sure to stop by the H.I.Mentors Booth #840 and say hello!

What’s New in our Quick Tips section?

Five Tips to support the ICD-10 transition process

  1. Utilize physician liaisons who understand the importance of complying with coding guidelines as hospitals have a legal and ethical obligation to ensure that they help physicians produce compliant documentation.
  2. Provide education to the medical staff focused on “what’s in it for them”—e.g., using accurate documentation language that complies with coding guidelines to assure that expected LOS and morbidity are supported by the documentation.
  3. Help physicians understand that accurate documentation supports their public profiling will represent individual caseload and outcomes at a proper severity/acuity level.
  4. Use audits to monitor improvements and provide statistical feedback to the medical staff by comparing physician and department documentation patterns and query response rates.
  5. Consider engaging an HIM-based CDI consultant who can help the Clinical Documentation Specialist (CDS) staff become the translator between the language of medicine and the language of coding, which is what the process of querying helps to identify through the documentation improvement process.

Upcoming events conferences and tradeshows

AHIMA in Atlanta October 27 -30, 2013
Coming to the convention?  Y’all stop down and see us in Booth #840.  We’ll be demonstrating HIMetrix®, our HIM key performance indicator (KPI) software designed to help your department provide a report card on critical activities.  Mention this newsletter to receive a complimentary one-hour webinar on ICD-10 and documentation improvement with your first year’s purchase of an HIMetrix license. 

H.I.Mentors in the news   

We are proud to announce that H.I.Mentors was approved by the State of Illinois with SBSA and BEP (100% female owned) for preferred vendor status. In 2010, H.I.Mentors was the sole source bid winner for a year long EHR initiative project for Behavioral Health with the Illinois Department of Human Services.

Congratulations to Darice Grzybowski who is now an AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS Trainer and Ambassador who can provide AHIMA pre-approved continuing education credits in ICD-10. 

Solution of the Month:

HIMetrix® Web-based Data Analytics
HIMetrix® is H.I.Mentors' patent pending data analytics product specifically designed to provide key performance indicator trends for HIM professionals.  If something is important enough to be done, it should be important enough to be measured, and measured more than once.  Knowing your variances against best practice standards is the first step toward compliance and efficiency.  Stop by Booth 840 at the AHIMA show, or contact us at to receive a demo today.  With any HIMetrix order prior to 12/31/13, receive a complimentary one hour ICD-10 educational webinar for your facility.

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