AHIMA 2018 Roundup

“Inspiring Leadership, Influencing Change” rang out at every General Session and throughout all the Educational Tracks at the 90th Annual AHIMA Convention and Exhibit held September 22 – 26 in Miami, Florida.  Transforming HIM, revisiting processes and evaluating technological solutions were hot topics welcomed by convention participants.  Politics was also among the engaging sessions as Donna Brazile and Karl Rove entertained with Point/Counterpoint, highlighting Democratic and Republican views.  The drive toward optimization through best practices of CDI and Coding while encouraging physician inclusion in, “a day in the life of a coder” received a standing ovation.  Clinical validity with clinical insights from chart reviews, Risk Adjustment while improving quality measure through data abstraction proved to be of interest, leaving the participants wanting more.  Gaining efficiencies through the engagement of technology, with the consolidation of technical and professional coding practices shed light on the possibilities when thinking outside the box.  Exhibitors were better than ever, bringing their best ideas with shared steps toward implementation sure to inspire and influence positive change.  The giveaways were second to none; convention goers leaving the exhibit hall with bags loaded.  Accolades for all who presented, exhibited, planned and participated; can’t wait for Chicago 2019!!