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AHDI Conference to Bring Health Care Documentation Specialists Together in San Antonio

By Heather Hogstrom

The Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI) Annual Conference will be July 13–15, in San Antonio. The conference’s location is along the River Walk, allowing attendees to board a riverboat right outside the hotel to tour the city. While in San Antonio, visitors will want to make the five-minute walk to see the Alamo, Texas’ most visited historic landmark.

The AHDI conference, featuring the theme “Onward! Together Toward Tomorrow,” brings together health care professionals such as health care documentation specialists, HIM and HIT professionals, medical transcriptionists and scribes, clinical documentation improvement specialists, and more. The Welcome Reception on Thursday night offers the opportunity to network with fellow attendees. AHDI members can also get together with others from their district during the District Meet & Greets on Friday night.

Attendees can choose between two session tracks: Game Changers and Learning Centers. Game Changers includes sessions such as “The Latest in QA Best Practices,” “Elements of a Successful Compliance Program,” and “Are Medical Errors Really the Third Leading Cause of Death?” The Learning Centers track offers education on topics such as “An Introduction to Clinical Informatics,” “Virtual Scribes — The Next Frontier in Clinical Documentation,” “Ten 4 Ten: 10 Tips and Techniques for Using Windows 10,” and “SR Editing — Fun Ways to Sharpen Your Mind and Active Listening Skills.”

Reed Gelzer, MD, MPH, HIT policy and EHR specialist for Provider Resources, Inc, will present the opening keynote, “The State of EHRs: Where Does Your Voice Matter?” Keynote speaker Darice Grzybowski, MA, RHIA, FAHIMA, president and founder of H.I.Mentors, will present “Document and Data Integrity Issues in the EHR.” Karl Klose, PhD, a professor of microbiology at the University of Texas at San Antonio, will close the conference with “The Rise of the Superbugs: Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria.”

For more information or to register, visit www.ahdionline.org/?page=conference.

— Heather Hogstrom is an editorial assistant at For The Record.