November 4th is approaching and it will be time for all of us to cast our ballots. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if we see record turnout at the polls and for good reason. This is extremely important with the serious issues facing our nation. The economy, healthcare, the environment and so many others. These are critical issues and we need strong leadership to help us navigate the complexities of making sound decisions to get us back on firmer ground. Some of the issues important to us nationally are important to us as healthcare documentation professionals. They hit very close to home. I don’t know anyone who hasn’t had to re-evaluate some of their expenditures in view of the economy. Many folks are trying to make better decisions when it comes to the environment. There are more recycling efforts and people are trying to have less impact on the planet than ever before. Healthcare is in a big mess and we cannot sustain the rate of of increased costs and premiums, so it is time to put a good solution in place.
Since the focus of our work is healthcare documentation, it is incredibly important that we follow the legislation that will shape healthcare in these next few years. Be sure to keep informed as new developments take place. A good way to do that is through the AHDI legislative issues group listserv. Contact me and I will be sure to connect you with the right folks so you can stay informed.
Still the questions to consider are what healthcare solutions do you think will work the best? What do you think the risks and benefits are? How will these decisions affect us as healthcare documentation professionals?