The 2017 AHIMA Advocacy Summit held in Washington DC March 27-28 was incredible – once again – including the blooming cherry blossom trees! This year, we had four WSHIMA representatives – Sally Beahan, President, Cindy Kelly, President-Elect, Lisa Withers, Delegate, and Sheila Green-Shook, Chair of Advocacy and Collaboration.
Monday, March 27th was filled with interesting speakers, The morning session was kicked off by Ann Chenoweth, AHIMA President and Chair followed by Lynn Thomas Gordon, CEO, AHIMA.
Next up was Pam Lane, VP Public, Policy and Government Relations for AHIMA and the purpose of her presentation was to enhance the audience’s understanding of advocacy and the opportunity to influence at the state and national level.
We ended late in the afternoon with a presentation by Lauren Riplinger, Senior Director, Federal Relations, AHIMA. Lauren is a wealth of knowledge and did a great job being the last speaker of a very long day. The information Lauren shared really helped develop an understanding of the current healthcare legislative landscape as well as what is important to congressional members who we would be meeting with on Tuesday.
Tuesday was as exciting day as we headed to ‘the hill’. We had two talking points this year that AHIMA had prepared for us:
- Patient matching and the importance of promoting dialogue with the private sector to beginning discussing strategies to reduce the risk to patients and their care due to patient matching issues/errors
- The importance of engaging health information management professionals. This talking point wasn’t an ‘ask’ as much as it was ‘we are here to serve as content experts, so please feel free to reach out to us if you have questions’.
Sheila Green-Shook, MHA, RHIA, CHP, FAHIM
Chair, Advocacy and Collaboration