Quality information is essential to all aspects of today's healthcare system, so improving the quality of data, information, and knowledge is paramount as we transition from paper to electronic health records. Many errors and adverse incidents in healthcare occur as a result of poor data and information. In addition to threatening patient safety, poor data quality increases healthcare costs and inhibits health information exchange, research, and performance measurement initiatives.
HIM professionals play a critical role by leading initiatives related to standards, technologies, education, and research which are vital for capture, use, and maintenance of accurate healthcare data and facilitating healthcare's electronic evolution.
AHIMA Statement on Quality Health Data and Information (December 2007)
AHIMA Statement on Data Stewardship (December 2008)
AHIMA Comments on Draft NQF Report, ICD-10-CM/PCS Code Maintenance
In August 2009, the National Quality Forum (NQF) initiated a project to develop a process for updating and maintaining the NQF-endorsedÂ® measure portfolio with ICD-10-CM/PCS codes. In an effort to understand the full implications of this process for NQF and other relevant stakeholders, NQF convened an expert panel representing the diverse stakeholders to examine the implications and make recommendations to guide NQF and the field going forward. The panel outlined central themes and concerns to highlight during the transition period between now and October 2013. The draft Code Maintenance Framework and Operational Guidance report identifies best practices for approaching the measure conversion process and discusses recommendations and guidance to NQF maintenance operations for the coding transition process. AHIMA members and staff compiled comments in response to the report that were submitted to NQF on April 16, 2010.