The 3rd Annual Association for Integrity in Health Care Documentation Conference (AIHCD), held in Charlotte, NC, proved to be a successful experience for documentation professionals from all over the United States.
Event courses, ranging from ICD-10 Preparation to Fraud and Abuse and Denials and Appeals Management, were specifically designed to increase efficiency, effectiveness and quality of care in hospitals and medical institutions. Educating participants on the most up-to-date information surrounding Clinical Documentation Improvement and Integrity is the most effective way to impact the future of a medical facility’s profile rating and financial well being.
Through daily classes, breakout sessions, and open gatherings, attendees were encouraged to get involved in open discussions where they voiced their comments and concerns and addressed questions pertaining to their private institutions, as well as the upcoming deployment of ICD-10. During pre-conference education seminars, attendees gained the knowledge needed to earn their C-CDI and CP-DAM Certifications and achieved Continuing Education Units (CEU) as well.
Several presentations were given by experienced and respected Physicians, Physician Advisors, Case Manager Registered Nurses and Documentation Specialists that have been involved in the Art of Medical Documentation for several years, including Dr. Betty Bibbins, President, Chief Medical Officer, and Executive Physician Educator, DocuComp LLC and Executive Director of AIHCD.
“Our focus is to educate medical professionals so they may capture the appropriate levels of service, severity of illness, and third party reimbursements, while maintaining compliance and preparing for the changes happening in the future,” says Bibbins. “Educating the health professional not only helps the institution they represent, but it also helps the patient receive the top quality care they deserve.”
“Through this conference and by listening to each speaker, I’ve been given the tools to go back and empower my organization,” commented Carla D. Wallace-Bolston, CPC, PA.“Dr. Bibbins is a brilliant physician and such an interpersonal person. She has a passion for clinical documentation and, as a result, she was very involved throughout the whole conference.”
Dr. Bernard Ravitz, MD, AIHCD Attendee, has been a Physician Advisor for several years and understands the importance of Clinical Documentation and how it affects medicine as a whole, “Physicians need to get across to everyone on their team, what they are thinking. I attended this course to validate what I’ve already learned and to enhance just that.” Ravitz went on to say, “This course was extraordinary and went well beyond my expectations.”