Title: Healthcare Documentation Today: Challenges and Opportunities for AHDI and Its Professionals (or, What Would Buddy Do?)
Presenter: Susan Dooley, MHA, CMT, AHDI-F
Date: November 6
Time: 3 PM Pacific/6 PM Eastern
CEC Given: 1 ML
You think things change rapidly in the way that we give medical care to patients in the United States? Well, take that, multiply by infinity, and you have the changes in the way the business of healthcare is run. Our own industry of healthcare documentation is a microcosm of that system, and each of us can relate numerous incidents of change that we have witnessed over our careers. In this presentation, we will look at the state of the healthcare and healthcare documentation industries today from the standpoint of health administration and policy as well as business and reimbursement factors. It’s impossible to fully understand the state of healthcare today without reviewing the factors that brought us to this point, so we will discuss this as well. Finally, we will consider the challenges and opportunities ahead for professionals in healthcare documentation, as well as for consumers of healthcare in general.
Author Bio: Susan Dooley, MHA, CMT, AHDI-F, started her medical transcription career on April 17, 1980, as an acute-care transcriptionist at Shands Teaching Hospital in Gainesville, Florida, and worked in services and hospitals in Gainesville and Orlando. She has been a professor at Seminole State College of Florida for 23 years, most of that time managing the medical transcription program, now teaching medical terminology, A&P, and other healthcare core courses in the HIM department.
Throughout her career she has been active in AHDI at chapter, state, and national levels. She helped revise each iteration of AHDI’s model curricula since the second edition, and she helped create the AHDI Education Approval program. Dooley received AHDI’s Educator of the Year Integrity Award in 2012, AHDI-Florida’s Educator of the Year award in 2010, FAMT’s Educator of the Year award in 1998, and AAMT’s Educator of the Year award in 1996. Dooley has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Florida and a graduate certificate in health informatics from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has a master’s in health administration, specializing in informatics, from the University of Phoenix. Dooley was elected to the AHDI National Leadership Board in an at-large seat in 2012 and is currently AHDI’s president.