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KHIMA e-Alert

March 17, 2023

Inside this Issue:

Patient ID

It's FY24 appropriations season, and AHIMA, in conjunction with the Patient ID Now coalition, is continuing its effort to repeal Section 510 from the Labor-HHS appropriations bill which bans federal funds from being used to promulgate or adopt a unique health identifier. Take action by writing to your member of Congress and ask them to support the effort to finally remove Section 510 from the federal budget!
Joint Meeting

2023 KHIMA and MoHIMA Joint Annual Meeting - Book your hotel room by March 22nd

Please join us at the beautiful and spacious Overland Park Convention Center for the 2023 KHIMA and MoHIMA Joint Annual Meeting on April 12-14, 2023.

We have a lot of great speakers scheduled to present on timely and pertinent topics such as cybersecurity, coding, leadership, project management, and social determinants of health, to name a few. Of course, we have companies joining us as exhibitors to show you current technology that is available and other information to help you in your Health Information position.

Can't attend the meeting in person but need CE hours? No problem! We are offering 10 on-demand sessions (different speakers and topics from the in-person meeting).

Hotel Rooms: In order to secure the group rate, you must mention you are with KHIMA & MOHIMA Joint Annual Meeting 2023 and book before March 22nd.

Take advantage of the early bird registration fee by registering on or before March 22nd. Hurry! Save your spot today! 
Register Now
Silent Auction

KHIMA and MoHIMA Joint Annual Meeting Silent Auction

MoHIMA/KHIMA members,

The 2023 KHIMA & MoHIMA Joint Annual Meeting is coming up soon – April 12, 13, and 14!
We are excited to announce that there will be a silent auction at this year’s conference! Proceeds will benefit Student Scholarship funds for both KHIMA and MoHIMA.

Are you a quilting queen? Or a master gardener? What about an expert gift-giver? Consider donating to the silent auction! Here is a list of possible donation ideas to get you started.
  • Dessert Lover’s Dream - cookies, candies, delicious desserts
  • At-Home Movie Night - popcorn, snacks, DVDs, streaming service gift cards
  • Car Wash Kit - big bucket, car wash soap, mitt, tire brush, cleaning towels
  • Beach Day Basket - romance or mystery novels, sunglasses, sunscreen, margarita mix
  • Gardner's Delight - gardening gloves, kneeling pad, plant shovel
  • Coffee/Tea Basket – tasty coffees, travel mug, teapot, loose-leaf tea infuser
  • Must Love Dogs Basket - dog biscuits, toys, dog waste bags
  • Go Team! – NFL, NCAA merchandise
  • Regional Specialties – items unique to your region of Kansas or Missouri
  • Unique crafts – paintings, drawings, quilts, crocheted or knitted items, anything that showcases your special and unique talents!
  • Gift cards
Please click here to submit your donation entries: Silent Auction Donation Entry Form.

Note: Please do not include any alcohol in the auction baskets.

If you have any questions, please contact Theresa McGannon at 785-556-3621 or

Thank you for donating to the silent auction to benefit the students of Kansas and Missouri!
Submit Your Donation
HHS Proposal

HHS Proposes to Standardize Electronic Health Care Attachments Transactions and Electronic Signature Processes to Improve the Care Experience for Patients and Providers

CMS, on behalf of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), issued the proposed rule, “Adoption of Standards for Health Care Attachments Transactions and Electronic Signatures, and Modification to Referral Certification and Authorization Transaction Standard (CMS-0053-P).” If finalized, the proposed rule would adopt standards for “health care attachments” transactions, such as medical charts, x-rays, and provider notes that document physician referrals, and office or telemedicine visits.

The modifications to the adopted Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) transactions would support both health care claims and prior authorization transactions, standards for electronic signatures to be used in conjunction with health care attachments transactions, and a modification to the standard for the referral certification and authorization transaction. The proposed rule estimates a savings of $454 million annually in administrative costs and is a part of HHS’ and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) ongoing efforts to significantly reduce paperwork burdens and empower health care providers to focus on direct patient care and streamline the care experience for patients and providers.

For more information, read the full article by clicking below. 

To view the proposed rule in the Federal Register, click here.

Read the Full Article
Open House

2023 AHIMA Spring Student Open House

Thursday, March 23, 2023
10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. CDT

Attention HI Students! Join us to learn about the dynamic collection of resources AHIMA has for Health Information students and discover how you can use them to excel in your career journey. Plus, hear AHIMA staff and student peers discuss careers in health information, certifications, scholarships, building a personal brand and more.

FREE for members and non-members!

Register Now
CMS Proposal

CMS Proposes Rule to Expand Access to Health Information and Improve the Prior Authorization Process

As part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s ongoing commitment to increasing health data exchange and investing in interoperability, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule that would improve patient and provider access to health information and streamline processes related to prior authorization for medical items and services.

CMS proposes to modernize the health care system by requiring certain payers to implement an electronic prior authorization process, shorten the time frames for certain payers to respond to prior authorization requests, and establish policies to make the prior authorization process more efficient and transparent. The rule also proposes to require certain payers to implement standards that would enable data exchange from one payer to another payer when a patient changes payers or has concurrent coverage, which is expected to help ensure that complete patient records would be available throughout patient transitions between payers.

For more information, read the full article
For a fact sheet on the Advancing Interoperability and Improving Prior Authorization Processes Proposed Rule (CMS-0057-P)click here.
To view the proposed rule in the Federal Register, click here.

Open Now – The 2023 AHIMA Foundation Scholarship Application 

A total of $100,000 in scholarships is available from AHIMA Foundation for outstanding health information students currently enrolled in health information management or health informatics associate's, bachelor’s, or master’s degree programs.

Before applying, students should review both the FAQ and the application tips covering transcripts, deadlines, essay questions, and more.

Applications are due May 31.

Read More About the Scholarships

Apply for an Elected Volunteer Position with AHIMA

Take the Next Step in Your Leadership Journey 
AHIMA is looking for strategic, innovative, dedicated members to be considered for one of our elected roles in 2024. View the opportunities for the AHIMA President/Chair-elect, Board of Directors, CEE member, CCHIIM Commissioners, and Speaker-elect of the House of Delegates on the AHIMA website
The online application will be available in mid-January.  Applications are due March 31, 2023
Please contact with any questions and to indicate your interest in applying. 
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