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Greetings from the desert!

The 2nd Annual AHAP Conference kicked off this morning at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas with a keynote presentation by Ian Morrison, Ph.D, author, consultant, and futurist on the state of healthcare. AHAP attendees then broke off into a general session on medication reconciliation, presented by Molly McDaniel, PharmD. This year’s conference is off to a great start with almost 100 more accreditation professionals in attendance than last year.

During a standing-room-only presentation by Jean S. Clark, RHIA, CSHA, on struggles facing hospitals dealing with IM standards, she discussed shortening lists for “critical” tests results and values, as “even The Joint Commission recommends you have a short list.” Critical test results and values topped the list of 2007’s top compliance issues with an HIM focus.

During a session updating the status of MS.1.20, Kurt Patton, MS, president of Patton Healthcare Consulting, LLC, recommended keeping your eyes open next week for possible updates on MS.1.20-the Joint Commission’s task force met last week, which could indicate new information in the next week.

Other topics covered today included:

Suicide risk assessment

Critical test results

Rapid response systems and anticoagulant therapy

Joint Commission ongoing professional practice evaluation

Check back tomorrow for more updates from AHAP!

Look Thursday and Friday for live coverage from the conference

The second annual AHAP conference will take place this Thursday and Friday at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.

Over 150 of your peers have already signed up! But if you are unable to attend this year, you don’t have to completely miss out. Watch our new AHAP Blog this week for reports from the conference. In the coming months, we will also be posting podcasts from the conference, as well as additional interviews, presentations, and tools.

Sessions at this year’s conference include:

  • Medication reconciliation
  • Suicide risk assessment
  • Critical test results
  • IM standards
  • 2009 MS.1.20 changes
  • 2009 Leadership standard changes
  • Restraint and seclusion
  • Quality and The Joint Commission and more…I look forward to seeing many of you this week!