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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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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:
 

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AHIMA Virtual Advocacy Summit March 28-29, 2022: Registration Open!

Join us for the AHIMA Advocacy Summit. Your voice and your story are critical in advocating directly to your lawmakers for federal legislative issues impacting patients and healthcare.


This year’s virtual summit will take place on March 28-29, and you will have the opportunity to meet by video conference with members of Congress and their staff to discuss meaningful legislative and regulatory changes. If you have not already, be sure to explore AHIMA's 2021 Advocacy Agenda, which is built on the three principles that are the foundation for our work: access, integrity, and connection.  


Registration for the Virtual Advocacy Summit is $99 for members only and attendees can earn CEUs. View the 2-Day schedule of events.

Advocacy Training Videos Available

Advocacy Training Videos Available

Develop the skills to effectively participate in health information advocacy through our series of explainer videos led by members of the AHIMA policy and government affairs team. Learn why advocacy matters and better understand the regulatory process. In addition, understand how to meet with your elected officials, use social media for advocacy, and increase your involvement in our advocacy efforts at AHIMA. 
 
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PatientIDNow Partners Closely Monitoring Fate of Congressional Ban 

PatientIDNow Partners
Closely Monitoring Fate of Congressional Ban 

The future of a nationwide strategy to solve #patientID might be determined in Congress as soon as this February. Read more in this POLITCO article that relays the potential path ahead to solving patient ID issues.
CDC Updates Diagnosis Codes, Guidance

CDC Updates Diagnosis Codes, Guidance

The CDC's updated diagnosis files effective April 1 include new diagnosis codes and changes to coding and reporting guidelines and addenda, including diagnosis codes and instructions for COVID-19 vaccination status. The CMS also released an updated version of the Medicare Severity Diagnosis-Related Group, effective April 1, that includes the new diagnosis and procedure codes, and the Medicare Code Editor and National Coverage Determination for Artificial Heart and Related Devices have been updated.

Full Story: ICD10Monitor 
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