Accountable care organizations are coming to the health care industry, the extent of which is not yet known. Still, it behooves health information management professionals to start getting a handle on how ACOs will affect their departments.

An educational session at the American Health Information Management Association's annual convention, Oct. 1-6 in Salt Lake City, will explore how ACOs will directly impact HIM. Medical records personnel need to be "front and center" with their skills to make an ACO successful, contends Angela Carmichael, a co-presenter and director of HIM compliance at J.A. Thomas & Associates, an Atlanta-based consulting firm.

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