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Advocacy Summit 2011 Recap

Thank you to all who were able to attend the 6th Annual AHDI/CDIA Advocacy Summit last week in Washington, DC. Members, leaders, and business owners came together to deliver a critical message to legislators and their aides on Capitol Hill.

The Summit was kicked off with a welcome reception and a fabulous presentation by Laura Bryan on the Health Story Project and CDA data tagging. This information was a perfect addition to help attendees prepare for their Hill visits. The next day, we set out on Capitol Hill with a total of 53 attendees representing 24 different states. This group participated in 85 legislative appointments and 7 constituent coffees. We delivered several additional packets and letters to legislators as well as the industry petition letter with 1403 signatures. Among some of the highlights of the event were attending constituent breakfasts for key states, attending constituent coffees, meeting with legislators positioned on critical committees related to healthcare and workforce development, and witnessing gallery voting. The evening ended with a debriefing session and an informative presentation from Dr. Cherise Tasker on A Physician’s Point of View: Challenges of EHR Adoption & the Value of Clinical Narrative.

On Capitol Hill, we delivered our key message of having the dictated narrative as a requirement for Stage 2 Meaningful Use and highlighted our recent submission to the open comment period. We also discussed the importance of this narrative for continuity of care, patient safety, and preserving the patient's "health story." We focused on the role the industry plays in facilitating physician efficiency and practical usability of EHR adoption. The overall acceptance and understanding of our message was palpable, and we received substantive feedback from our legislative contacts about how to refine our message and where to continue to position those messages for high impact.

AHDI and CDIA would like to personally thank all of the Summit attendees in helping to deliver this critical message to Capitol Hill. We understand that it is a commitment to take time out of your busy schedule, and the passion that you show for the industry's goals and mission does not go unnoticed.

Thank you again and see you in 2012!

Linda Giles
AHDI Board of Directors/LIG Chair

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