Health information management professionals, and the industry as a whole, face the convergence of complying with several “enormous” regulatory initiatives simultaneously, says Deborah Kohn, principal at Dak Systems Consulting, San Mateo, Calif.

These include the HITECH Act and its meaningful use and enhanced HIPAA privacy/security provisions, conversion to HIPAA 5010 transaction sets and ICD-10 code sets, and the Affordable Care Act (health care reform). But too many health care organizations consider parts of these initiatives, particularly the transaction and coding sets and payment changes under reform, to primarily be a “vendor compliance problem,” Kohn adds.

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