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01/14/22

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AHIMA and ONC Release Project US@ Companion Guide

AHIMA and ONC Release Project US@ Companion Guide

We are proud to have collaborated with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) on the Project US@ Companion Guide to ONC’s recently released Final Version 1.0 of the Technical Specification for Patient Addresses. The Companion Guide helps industry stakeholders translate the technical specifications into operational best practices for representing patient addresses to improve patient identification and matching. Carmen Smiley, information technology specialist in the Office of Technology at ONC, said the collaboration between AHIMA and ONC “resulted in an innovative approach to improved patient matching, setting a precedent for bringing together technical and operational experts working to achieve the same goal.”

 

Also just published: Our new white paper, Recommended Data Elements for Capture in the Master Patient Index, contains updated naming policy recommendations, to help enable accurate patient matching.
 

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KHIMA Award Nominations

KHIMA Award Nominations

Now is the time to recognize and acknowledge those extraordinary people that we work with. KHIMA offers an opportunity to recognize others through four award categories and recognition at the KHIMA Annual Business Meeting in April. There is no better time than the present to take a minute and nominate someone (including yourself) for doing an extraordinary job! Nominations are now being accepted until March 1st! To complete the award nomination form, click here.
Extend Your Influence This March

Extend Your Influence This March

Registration is open for the AHIMA Advocacy Summit, a live virtual event happening March 28–29. The Advocacy Summit gives you direct access to your policymakers in Washington, DC, and avenues for connecting with other health information leaders who share your interests. Be part of this opportunity to influence legislation that affects millions of consumers and patients.
 
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Haugen Academy Webinar Referral Program

Haugen Academy Webinar Referral Program

Haugen Consulting Group is excited to continue our partnership with KHIMA, offering our webinar referral program! For each webinar purchased by an KHIMA member, a portion of the registration fee is sent directly back to your CSA organization! Follow the steps in the attachment below (see link below) during registration to support KHIMA.

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COVID-19: New HCPCS Code for Remdesivir Antiviral Medication

COVID-19: New HCPCS Code for Remdesivir Antiviral Medication

Following the recent statement from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines Panel regarding therapies for the COVID-19 Omicron variant, CMS created HCPCS code J0248 for VEKLURY(tm) (remdesivir) antiviral medication when administered in an outpatient setting. This code is available for use by all payers and is effective for dates of service on or after December 23, 2021:
  • Long descriptor: Injection, remdesivir, 1 mg
  • Short descriptor: Inj, remdesivir, 1 mg
Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) determine Medicare coverage when there is no national coverage determination, including in cases when providers use FDA-approved drugs for indications other than what is on the approved label. The MACs consider the major drug compendia, authoritative medical literature and accepted standards of medical practice to determine medical necessity when considering coverage. Therefore, the MACs will determine Medicare coverage for HCPCS code J0248 for VEKLURY(tm) (remdesivir) administered in an outpatient setting.

Your MAC will share coverage and claims processing information for J0248. Contact your MAC  if you have questions about coverage.
 
Click Here to Read WPS Guidance for Billing Remdesivir in OP Settings
Medicare Changes You Need to Know for 2022

Medicare Changes You Need to Know for 2022

 The PHN is pleased to once again partner with the experts at Crossroads Health Resources to provide an education webinar on the 2022 Medicare Updates for coding and billing.  This webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, January 19, 2022, from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and will have 3.0 hours of AAPC continuing education credit available pending approval.  Presenters Brenda Edwards, Lisa Zenger and Gail Dunkle will cover the 2022 additions, revisions and deletions in CPT® , ICD-10-CM codes and official guidelines, as well as RHC changes and facility coding impacts.  Target audience is all who work with coding and billing including providers, clinical staff, coders, billers, administrators and managers.  The registration fee will be per facility (not per participant), $70 for PHN members/$90 for non-PHN members and limited to one connection per facility registration.  Use the link above to complete and submit online registration for your facility. You will be invoiced separately. NOTE: The person registering will serve as the main point of contact for program communications and materials. Registrations accepted until Thursday, January 13, 2022. Registrations following this date will be assessed a $10 late fee. Cancellations will be accepted until 2 days prior to the webinar without assessment of registration fee.
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Learn About AHIMA Elected 2023 Leadership Positions

Learn About AHIMA Elected 2023 Leadership Positions

Join us on January 18 at 2 p.m. CT for a Microsoft Teams webinar on the opportunities to serve in the following AHIMA elected leadership positions:
 
  • AHIMA president/chair-elect of the Board of Directors
  • Board directors
  • Members of the Council for Excellence in Education
  • Commissioner on the Commission on Certification for Health Informatics and Information Management
  • Speaker-elect of the House of Delegates
  • The online application will be available soon, and nominations are due by March 31. Email profession.governance@ahima.org to request more information.
 
On January 18, from your computer or mobile device:

Click here to join the meeting
Or call in (audio only)
+1 312-319-1489
Phone Conference ID: 425 871 919#
KHIMA 2022 Annual Meeting


KHIMA 2022 Annual Meeting

After much thought and consideration, the Annual KHIMA Meeting will be held virtually in April. While we are all anxious to meet in person again, the current numbers of Covid positive people in the state indicate it may not be time to meet in person just yet. However, we are excited to announce we will be holding a meeting at the Salina Hilton Garden Inn on September 30, 2022. This will be an IN-PERSON meeting. Stay tuned for more information.
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