The AHIMA ICD-10 Summit, which wrapped up earlier this week, was like a homecoming for me. I got my start in health writing at the national organization of coders and health information managers back in the early 90s. Back then, the electronic health record was called the computer-based patient record, and the idea of health information management--previously called “medical records”--was in its infancy. AHIMA never became the national forcing steering the way to the digital chart like its leaders once envisioned. But its members still do the heavy lifting of documentation management, quality assurance, and payer compliance.

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