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June 15, 2021

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President’s Message

Happy Summer LHIMA!

I hope you are all enjoying the weather we have had lately and hopefully you are planning on enjoying some time off this summer. My family is going to enjoy some time by the pool for sure!

I just wanted to say I have enjoyed serving as your president this past year and I really enjoyed helping to plan our first virtual conference. We had a couple of minor hiccups, but overall, I had a great time and really enjoyed our speakers. It was a success and everyone I talked to said that they had good time even though we missed seeing each other face-to-face.

As I wrap up my year as president and move into my role as past-president, I just want to say thank you all for being supportive of our board and association throughout the challenges of the past year. We cannot do what we do without our membership and those that serve on the board and on an ad hoc basis.

I’m excited to see what next year brings with John taking over as president along with many new and experienced board members. Thank you all for your support and all you do.

Have a great and relaxing summer!


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Annual Conference: Save the Date for 2022 & 2021 Recap

Save the Date:
2022 LHIMA Annual Meeting 

March 16 – 18 | Baton Rouge 

2020 Conference Recap

Thank you to all of the speakers, vendors, participants, and board members for your part in making our 2020 conference a success. Hosting a virtual conference comes with its challenges, but we were pleased to see many people still benefit from the great content offered by our speakers. Mark your calendars for next year’s in-person conference! Details above. 

LHIMA proudly recognizes our 2021 award winners, announced at the conference. Please see listed below: 
  • Sharon McGee, RHIA, Distinguished Member Award
  • Charisse Emmer, RHIA, Outstanding Volunteer Award
  • Stephanie Risner, RHIA, HIM, Career Achievement Award
Check out the student presentations showcased at the conference below: 

Congratulations to Our 2021-2022 Elected Board Members


Danielle Thompson, RHIA


Robert Garrie, MPA, RHIA


Eddie V. Cooksey Undergraduate Scholarships

  • Louisiana Tech University –
    Nohemi Hernandez
  • Southern University at Shreveport/Bossier City –
    Candice Slater
  • Southern University at New Orleans –
    Brittney Whitaker
  • University of Louisiana at Lafayette –
    Dustin Smith

Lou Davison Graduate Scholarship

  • Louisiana Tech University –
    Caitlyn Prine 

Thank You, MSHIMA Exhibitors! 

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Save the Date:
AHIMA21 Virtual Conference

I’m pleased to share that after a successful virtual annual conference last year, AHIMA21 will be virtual this year, taking place Monday, September 20, through Wednesday, September 22, 2021. The benefits of a virtual meeting are numerous, and we feel this is a prudent decision, given the uncertain state of the pandemic. As you might expect, all organizations have to make decisions months in advance about in-person meetings this year, and we are striving to make the best choices possible with the information available.
We hope to gather in person soon. In the meantime, we are excited our members can attend dynamic education sessions and earn CEUs from the comfort and safety of their home. We also heard from members last year who said they are typically unable to travel to conferences and were thankful to have the opportunity to participate virtually.
We are posting a call for AHIMA21 presentations later this week. If you or someone you know is interested in hosting an education session, please share the information with them.
Thank you for all you do. We look forward to bringing health information professionals together for another great virtual meeting in September!

Survey Paints Bleak Picture of Info Blocking Rule Readiness

Nearly half of providers and payers surveyed had not made any changes as of April 5 effectiveness date.

A recent survey casts a pall over the April 5 enforcement phase of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) information blocking rule.

Fully half of 4,000 healthcare leaders surveyed in March demonstrated a broad lack of awareness and readiness to comply with these rules, according to the survey's organizer, Life Image, a medical evidence network for clinical and imaging data.

The survey of clinical, technology, and administrative leaders concluded that many organizations fall short of basic standards for interoperability, and that the rule meant to change this has generated general confusion, according to Life Image.

The final rules aimed to facilitate electronic access, exchange, and use of health information, reinforcing basic principles embodied in HIPAA that patients own their health data. Despite the intention of the April 5 rule, up to half of those surveyed reported still sharing records via paper or compact discs, or charging fees for record access. These practices are defined by the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) as constituting information blocking.

While 70% of participants in the Life Image survey said they were aware of the rules going into effect, nearly half had not made any changes, or were not aware of ways to meet requirements of the rule. Nearly half were not aware of policies or practices that could be considered information blocking.

Of those surveyed, 39% did not know that information blocking practices could result in them being liable to civil penalties. Also, of those interviewed, 15% currently charge $25 or more for patients to acquire their own records.

“Our recent survey validates what Life Image has been witnessing across the healthcare ecosystem in terms of interoperability readiness," said Matthew A. Michela, president and CEO of Life Image. "While the COVID-19 pandemic created massive challenges and delayed many interoperability initiatives, it also underscored the paramount importance of the final ONC rules for advancing patient care and driving innovation."

According to HIPAA 45 CFR § 164.524, providers must give patients, upon request, access to their protected health information in the form and format of the individual’s choosing, including electronic format and via third-party application. In an effort to address continuing industry resistance and barriers to interoperability, the ONC in March 2020 released the Final Cures Act Rule, based upon language in the 21st Century Cures Act. The rule mandates that patients be given greater control and access to their health data, targeting vendors and technologies that block information access.

David Schoolcraft, partner and chair of the digital health group at law firm Ogden Murphy Wallace, sees this as a pivotal moment for healthcare’s digital transformation. “This landmark regulation is also a massive undertaking as many stakeholders are currently non-compliant and are struggling to navigate the regulatory complexities,” he said. “As ONC starts enforcement, organizations must prioritize deepening their knowledge of these mandates and implementing changes to adapt to the evolving landscape, or run the risk of incurring significant penalties.”

Life Image provides a digital platform streamlining rapid exchange of medical images and related data. In a statement, the company said its technology was in use by 90% of the top hospitals in the United States.

Factors Affecting Clinicians’ Adherence to Principles of Diagnosis Documentation: A Concept Mapping Approach for Improved Decision-Making

Objective: A concept mapping (CM) approach was used to extract factors related to quality of clinicians’ documentation that govern EHR data quality.

Find the results here.

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