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Meaningful use spurs fresh AHIMA patient engagement push

AHIMA's guide aims to help physicians and coding community increase patient engagement with health records as well as boost health literacy.

The American Health Information Management Association -- which represents several groups of health care workers in the billing and coding workflow of the U.S. health care system -- recently reinforced its push for patient engagement and health literacy with a guide titled Understanding your medical record.

The guide resides on the association's site, which also includes other resources for patients and physicians to learn about the value of learning about and sharing clinical data -- down to a checklist of to-dos for patients in the event their health data is stolen.

We sat down with Marsha Dolan, co-chair of AHIMA's Consumer Health Practice Council, on the eve of AHIMA's annual meeting to discuss the new guide. Dolan talks about how the guide supplements several nationwide health data initiatives such as the push for accountable care organizations (ACOs) and meaningful use stage 2 compliance. Physicians are required through that regulation to ensure their patients are downloading data, in order to receive EHR incentive checks.

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