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WHIMA e-Alert

April 2, 2021

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WHA's Advocacy Day

April 14, 2021


HIP Week

April 18 - 24, 2021

WHIMA 2021 Annual Conference 

May 12 - 14, 2021 

The Ingleside Hotel 
Pewaukee, WI

WHIMA 2021 Fall Conference 

October 7, 2021

Hotel Mead
Wisconsin Rapids, WI

Come Together Toward Tomorrow in Pewaukee

Are you ready to get back to normal?! How about a mini-vacation and getaway for you and your family? Come join us at the 2021 Annual WHIMA Conference at Ingleside Hotel in Pewaukee, WI. Why not come to learn and play all in one visit! Ingleside has the Springs Water Park where you, your family, and colleagues can enjoy some fun on slides, lazy river, obstacle course and more. Our theme this year Together Toward Tomorrow has 3 tracks, Transformation, Tradition, and Trending. We are bringing you topics about coding, technology, management, student academy, and more. The entire WHIMA Board of Directors will be attending, so we hope that you will join us.  
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Hospital Settles HIPAA Access Rights Case for $65K

From SmartBrief March 26, 2021

Massachusetts-based Arbour Hospital will pay $65,000 and implement a corrective action plan to settle allegations that the health system failed to respond promptly to a patient's request for records, violating HIPAA's right of access standard, according to the HHS Office for Civil Rights.

Full Story: GovInfoSecurity (3/25) 

CMS Resumes Routine Hospital Surveys

From Becker’s Hospital Review March 26, 2021

CMS is lifting a suspension on hospital survey activities that was implemented during this winter's surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, the agency said March 26.

CMS suspended most on-site hospital survey activity Jan. 20, saying it would only investigate immediate jeopardy complaints. The original suspension period was 30 days, but was extended through March 22. 

Hospital survey activity will now resume as normal, CMS said. The agency said complaints received during the suspension period must be investigated within 45 days, and hospital correction plans will be required for any deficiencies found during surveys performed on or after Jan. 20. 

To learn more, click here.

How to Code for Malnutrition, BMI

EHRs can calculate patients' body mass index automatically, but a weight-related diagnosis is needed for reporting, writes AHIMA fellow Laurie Johnson. Facility-specific coding guidelines should cover documentation of body mass index and address at what point along the care continuum patient BMI should be captured.

Full Story: ICD10Monitor (3/29)  

AHIMA News and Resources 

Vaccine Passports Op-ed from AHIMA President Featured in The Hill

From AHIMA E-Alert April 1, 2021

An op-ed article about vaccine passports from AHIMA President Katherine Lusk, MHSM, RHIA, FAHIMA, was featured in The Hill this week. “While we support the concept of vaccine passports and know their convenience could be a game changer, we believe it’s important to keep your privacy and security in mind,” Lusk writes.

Read the Op-Ed

On the HI Pitch Podcast: Information Blocking: The Future of Healthcare in America

From AHIMA E-Alert April 1, 2021

Seth Katz, vice president of HIM and revenue cycle at Truman Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri, talks to HI Pitch about how information blocking will succeed where previous programs have come up short, in addition to the implications of patients controlling their own data. He also discusses how health systems can better manage risks in an information blocking environment, as well the future of healthcare as a whole. 

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Retrospective Reviews: The Last Line of Defense for Documentation Integrity

From AHIMA E-Alert April 1, 2021

Mid-revenue cycle leakage remains difficult for health systems to manage due to competing priorities, a lack of clinical knowledge, and a scarcity of appropriate software solutions. But there are options, and one of the most compelling strategies is to implement a thorough retrospective review process. This whitepaper will explore:
  • Why retrospective reviews are necessary
  • Strategies for prioritizing what to review and how to implement a retrospective review process at your organization
  • The impact of machine learning on retrospective reviews

Download the White Paper

White Paper: Elevating CDI with Compliant Technology Adoption

From AHIMA E-Alert April 1, 2021
Technology can make clinical documentation integrity (CDI) better and simpler, reducing the burden on physicians and improving patient care. AHIMA and 3M recently convened an expert panel of clinicians and CDI professionals to explore the future of technology and CDI.

Download the White Paper

Improving Revenue Integrity Through Financial and HIM Collaboration

From AHIMA E-Alert April 1, 2021


Free Live Webinar, Thursday, April 29, 11 a.m.–12:15 p.m. CT

This joint webinar brought to you by AHIMA and HFMA will feature industry experts discussing best practices for addressing denials and improving revenue integrity. First, learn strategies to use revenue cycle data to accurately measure and benchmark your organization’s performance and progress in denial management. Engage in an overview of HFMA’s new Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) developed by an industry wide taskforce around claims integrity and denials. Then, join in a discussion on how to develop a robust clinical documentation improvement and coding process to reduce denials and gain an advantage in the appeals process. Learn strategies for incorporating claims-based analytics to identify denial trends and the importance of a multidisciplinary team to create efficient and effective organizational processes to strategically reduce denials.

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