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December 2019

President’s Message

Merry Christmas everyone!!

Time flies when you are having fun. Apparently, this year, I have had a fabulous time because I am not sure where the year has gone. We are currently working on an outline for remote education sessions and face-to-face meetings for 2020. If you have any suggestions on content please send those to us via the web site. We are working with Louisiana to produce a CCS boot camp on January 18th in New Orleans. Laura Little and I will teach the class. We encourage our membership to participate in this event if you are planning to take the CCS in the first part of 2020. We will share in the profits from any MSHIMA member that attends. We will offer one in the state of Mississippi, but it will be later in the year.

We are also working on our state conference for 2020. The meeting will be in Jackson at the Hilton on County Line Rd. The dates are June 10th, 11th and 12th, and the theme of our conference is “Forging Greatness.” There are so many things we have been a part of to help move healthcare forward. One of the biggest undertakings has been the transition to ICD 10 and all that goes with it. We have developed more robust clinical documentation programs and have been providing education to our providers. All of this improves our reporting and accurately depicts our patient populations in much more detail. We have also been a big part of protecting our patients’ rights to privacy, and we are actually the gatekeepers in that arena. There are so many things we have to be proud of as an industry. I hope you take that pride back to your own facilities and promote your industry.

Again, thank you all for allowing me to serve you for another year. I hope that I can be of service to you throughout the coming years. I hope you all have a most wonderful Christmas and an exceptional New Year.

Patient ID Congressional Update

Dear State Advocacy Leaders, APC members and Executive Directors/Central Office Coordinators:

As Congress moves towards passing its spending package this week, I wanted to provide a brief update on our patient identification efforts in Congress.

Unfortunately, the final spending package maintains the archaic unique patient identifier (UPI) ban. However, we are pleased by the inclusion of report language that among other things, directs to Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) to issue a report within one year that evaluates the effectiveness of current patient matching methods and recommends actions that increase the likelihood of an accurate match of patients to their health data. I’ve attached a copy of the full report language here.

We believe the language will continue to help us propel this issue forward. We also firmly believe that we have made more progress on this issue in the past year than in the last 20 years and that is in part to your continued grassroots efforts on this crucial issue. A couple of stats to think about as we head into the New Year—
  • Over 196 Hill visits were made by AHIMA members to discuss patient identification
  • Over 1,200 AHIMA members contacted their elected officials about patient ID
  • Approximately 3,500 emails and phone calls were made to Capitol Hill by AHIMA members on patient ID

Patient identification is about enhancing data integrity and improving patient safety—this is will continue to be a priority for AHIMA. We look forward to work with all of you in the new year and in the meantime, enjoy your holidays!


Lauren Riplinger, JD
Vice President, Policy & Government Affairs | Policy & Government Affairs
AHIMA | American Health Information Management Association
660 North Capitol Street, NW, 7th Floor | Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 839-1218

Upcoming Meeting

Save the date! The MSHIMA Annual Meeting will be held on June 10-12, 2020 at the Hilton Jackson in Jackson, MS. Be on the lookout for more information.

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For years now, health IT professionals have been speaking of the post-EHR era. And indeed, for most hospitals and health systems, that's where they now live.

The basic blocking and tackling of electronic health record implementation now behind them, they've pivoted toward a future of advanced analytics, population health, telemedicine, connected devices and artificial intelligence.

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Earlier this year, AHIMA set a bold vision for ecosystem-wide change. To guide the organization toward this vision, AHIMA has created a four-year strategic plan focused on three outcomes.
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Three key lawmakers in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on Sunday announced a bipartisan deal on legislation to address surprise billing including an arbitration process, though one Democratic senator directly involved in the negotiations was not included in a press release announcing the deal.
Lawmakers said they hope the legislation can be included in an end-of-the-year spending deal.
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MSHIMA Job Board

The MSHIMA website contains a job board available for those seeking employment and those looking to hire qualified HIM professionals in Mississippi. The job board is free to use for all MSHIMA members.
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MSHIMA Legal Manual Now Available

The latest edition of the MSHIMA Legal Manual is now available for purchase and download. This manual includes state and federal guidelines and policies for health information management. Stay up to date on the latest updates on policy and download your copy today!
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