A recent blog entry on Health Data Management's Web site that questioned whether leaders of the American Health Information Management Association understood the educational needs of their members doesn't paint an accurate picture of the association's efforts, says AHIMA CEO Alan Dowling.

HDM reporter Joe Goedert based his observations on conversations with AHIMA leaders or their speeches at the group's annual conference in Orlando, Fla. Leaders gave little weight to educational issues while rank-and-file members worry a great deal about the need for more education on such issues as meaningful use, ICD-10, and new technologies such as natural language processing and computer-assisted coding. Goedert, in particular, took Dowling to task for a speech he viewed as nothing more than cheerleading.

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