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January 2020

President’s Message

I hope you are all having a wonderful New Year! As this year seems to be speeding by, MSHIMA has already been a part of two very successful events this month. The first was Hill Day in Jackson on January 16th and the second was a CCS Boot-Camp hosted by LHIMA on January 18th. 

Our advocacy effort this year is a joint endeavor between the MS Hospital Association, MS Revenue Roundtable, and MSHIMA. Our overall goal is insurance reform legislation that we are approaching from two directions. The first being commercial payers to follow the 2 Midnight Rule created by CMS. The standardization of this across the industry would help providers appropriately assign the place of service for all patients. It would also require payers to use the same logic as CMS when issuing place of service denials from inpatient to observation. This is a huge issue for all providers in the nation at a cost of tens of millions of dollars per year. The other issue is DRG downgrades. All facilities are struggling with this issue as well. Many times payers will come back one and sometimes two years later to review a record and recoup monies. We are requesting a dedicated time frame of 90 days from the time the claim is paid for a payer to issue a DRG downgrade de nial. This would reduce the burden on providers of having to work aged denials. We were able to meet with several Representatives during this time. Joining me at the event was Matt McHan from Forrest Health, Chris Loftin from Baptist, and Ryan Kelly. We look to receive a considerable amount of pushback from payers on both of these issues. Please reach out to your Representative and express your concerns as a healthcare professional on these matters. 

The second event we participated in was a very successful CCS Boot-Camp. Laura Little and myself taught this class in New Orleans last week and had a very robust attendance. We will be teaching this in Mississippi sometime in March. If you are interested in taking the CCS this year please be mindful the test will change as of May and according to industry professionals it will be much more like the old CCS before changing to I10. We take that to mean it will be more difficult than the one given in recent years. We will have a date published soon for everyone to mark their calendars. 

We are currently planning the state conference and are very excited to be back at the Hilton on County Line Rd in Jackson. The dates are June 10-12 and the theme this year will be “Forging Greatness.” Please be on the lookout for details in the future. Thank you all for your dedication to the profession. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us. 

Lorie B Mills, RHIT, CCS 

Upcoming Meetings

Northeast Council MSHIMA Meeting 
February 11, 2 :00 – 4:00 PM CST 
NMMC, ICC-Tupelo, Health Science Building in the auditorium on the 1st floor (Room 134)

2020 Annual Meeting 
Register today! The MSHIMA Annual Meeting will be held on June 10-12, 2020 at the Hilton Jackson in Jackson. 

Click here to register and find more information, for both attendees and exhibitors.

MSHIMA Leadership, Scholarships, and Awards—Nominate Today! 

It’s that time again to nominate a colleague for one of three opportunities through the Mississippi Health Information Management Association. 

Board of Directors 

Have you been looking to advance your leadership and serve in a MSHIMA volunteer leadership role? Now is your chance! Open positions for the 2020 ballot include President-Elect, First Year Delegate, Northern Liaison, Central Liaison, Southern Liaison, and Nominating Committee (3 positions). 

The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, February 28, 2020.

Complete the online call for nominations form below:
Nomination Forms

Scholarship Awards 

MSHIMA is pleased to award deserving students with scholarships to offset the cost of advancing their careers. If you are a student deserving of such an award, or if you know of an HIM student in one of Mississippi's certified HIM programs deserving of a scholarship, please submit 

To apply, a student should submit: 

(1) a typed essay that includes: why he/she chose a career in HIM and why he/she should be considered for the scholarship 

(2) proof of AHIMA student membership with MS being listed as state of residence 

(3) letter of reference from program director or instructor that includes the student’s achievements, student’s GPA (which must be a minimum of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale) and verification that the student plans to maintain enrollment in HIT/HIM related courses during the next academic year, and 

(4) resume to include education, work/volunteer experience, honors/awards, and organizational memberships. 

Documentation should be sent to by May 10, 2020

Award Nominations 

MSHIMA awards exceptional HIM professionals during its annual convention, which will be held June 10-12, 2020 in Jackson. 

Click here to view award categories. 

If you or a colleague are deserving of one of MSHIMA’s awards, complete our Award Nominations Form below.

The deadline is May 10, 2020.
Nomination Forms

Be Sure to “Like” Us on Facebook

If you have not already had the opportunity to ‘Like’ the MSHIMA Facebook page, we encourage you to do so.  We often post engaging content and links to articles and events that may be of interest to you.

Apply to Become an AHIMA Fellow 

The AHIMA Fellowship Program is a program of earned recognition for AHIMA members who have made significant and sustained contributions to the profession. Review the eligibility criteria here and use the Fellowship Eligibility Tracking Tool to see if you qualify. 

The first application deadline for 2020 is February 21.

Email to request an online application. 
Eligibility Criteria
For Fellowship Eligibility

New CCS Exam to Launch on May 1, 2020 

AHIMA has announced that the new Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) certification examination will be available starting May 1, 2020. The new CCS exam features a revised “content outline blueprint” and scoring. The blueprint was developed by AHIMA based on job task analyses conducted in 2019.
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Report: How to Prepare Your Healthcare Organization for Interoperability Regulations—And More 

In the vision sketched out by Congress and regulatory agencies of an interoperable US health system, data moves freely and securely along with the consumer, with vibrant apps connecting patients and their wearables to care teams. Providers and payers share information immediately and fully with traditional competitors and third-party developers, while information blockers holding up care coordination are not only shamed from hoarding data, but possibly punished. 

The result? A full patient picture that empowers the healthcare ecosystem to better identify prevention opportunities, eliminate the cost and frustration of duplicate tests and endless forms to fill out, and enable patient data to move seamlessly between providers, and between health plans.
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Appeals Court Upholds Risk-adjustment Payments 

Payers and the Department of Health and Human services got a big win last week: A federal appeals court, overturning a lower court ruling, upheld the formula used to calculate billions in risk adjustment payments under the Affordable Care Act. The upshot: The ruling provides more certainty for insurers that rely on the funding. Healthcare Dive explains that the risk-adjustment payments were intended to entice insurers to offer plans to the individual and small group markets. 
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ONC Adds Social Determinants Standards to Interoperability Advisory 

The additions mirror suggestions from industry stakeholders who called on the agency to address data sharing beyond traditional clinical care. 
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New Research Indicates Al May Be Catalyst to Making Healthcare More Human 

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is widely expected to drive important benefits across the health system, from increasing efficiency to improving patient outcomes, but it also may be key to making healthcare more human. Benefits range from increasing the amount of time clinicians can spend with patients and on cross-care team collaboration to enhancing the ability to deliver preventative care. 

According to a new study of more than 900 healthcare professionals in the U.S. and U.K. conducted by MIT Technology Review Insights with GE Healthcare, nearly half of medical professionals surveyed said AI is already increasing their ability to spend time with and provide care to patients. Additionally, more than 78 percent of healthcare business leaders who reported they have deployed AI in their operations also reported that AI has helped drive workflow improvements, streamlining operational and administrative activities and delivering significant efficiencies toward transforming the future of healthcare. 
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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.
MSHIMA Job Board

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!
MSHIMA Legal Manual
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