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H.I.Mentors News Watch Nov 2013, Volume IV

H.I.Mentors' AHIMA Update 2013 

From Darice’s Desk:

The 85th American Health Information Management Association convention in Atlanta has come and gone, and as expected, ICD-10-CM/PCS was a key focus for many vendors and attendees.  For those of you who were able to stop by our booth, THANK YOU! We will be contacting you soon to follow up on your areas of interest.  
We know all of you will be busy with holiday plans in the next two months, so we extend our best wishes for a joyful season of celebration with your loved ones and much success as you enter into the new year. 

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

For those who were not able to attend, here’s our five take-aways from the conference: 


1)    E-learning is hot! With the extensive amount of anatomy/physiology and ICD-10-CM/PCS training required – web based learning will be utilized by a majority of healthcare providers.  Many vendors are offering courses and certification, and now is the time to identify your training needs.
2)    The Affordable Care Act is certainly in the news.  There is a lot of frustration obviously with the technical glitches, and it seems many Americans who already have insurance are taking a ‘stay put’ attitude.  Still, confusion is prevalent for those trying to make new selections in the marketplace or from private insurers.  If you have questions, send them to—we will do our best to help provide answers and provide a roadmap for choosing the right insurance.
3)    Vendors seem to be ready for ICD-10, but I’m not so sure about the healthcare providers (hospitals or physician offices) who may still be running behind in their preparation – from taking inventory of systems, reports and interfaces—to actual baseline measurement of coding skills and training needs.  If you need timely, focused help with ICD-10 planning, please give us a call at 708-352-3507.
4)    Healthcare organizations are still struggling with their EHR vendor selections and subsequent functionality, or lack thereof.  From our perspective, many of the issues are caused by inadequate workflow processes and/or the lack of document management software for capturing the full, legal health record.  If you are feeling overwhelmed with a hybrid transition to a paperless environment, or can’t seem to put your arms around what a computer- assisted-coding (CAC) implementation should look like—we can help.
Be prepared with analytics!  Knowledge is power.  If you aren’t tracking your performance indicators in HIM – it’s time to start.  Watch the HIMetrix® video at to find out why consistently measuring what you do is so important. 

Events, Conferences and Tradeshow News

AHIMA 2013 Raffle Winner

Congratulations to our two $50 American Express gift certificate winners:  Star Thornton, RHIA,CCS,CCS-P,CHS, Director of HIM Services/Privacy Officer at Adirondack Health in New York, and Roderick Madamba, RHIA, Regional Director of HIM Operations at Kaiser Permanente in California. 

Solution of the Month:

HIMetrix® and CAC Assessment Services
HIMetrix is the perfect way to start the new year by making the commitment to measure your performance indicators every quarter.  A signed subscription prior to 12/31/13 will include a complimentary consultation for data dictionary development for your department. Call 708-352-3507 for more information
H.I.Mentors offers a vendor-neutral, EHR/EDMS consultative audit and data integrity workflow review to help guide important steps providers need to take for a successful launch. In addition, our new Computer Assisted Coding (CAC) Assessment Services help you assess your current technology and workflow and develop a winning action plan for transitioning to a new CAC system.
Having an experienced mentor/partner to help you assess your situation and ask the right questions during the planning phase is critical for a smooth implementation. Call today to find out how H.I.Mentors can work with your Vendors and implementation team to develop a solid foundation for success!

HIMentors would be happy to provide additional information about our programs and services.
Please contact us at or call us at 708-352-3507.

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