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November 19, 2021

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WHIMA Release of Information Workshop
March 3, 2022
Glacier Canyon Lodge - Wisconsin Dells, WI
WHIMA Annual Conference
May 11-13, 2022
The Osthoff Resort – Elkhart Lake, WI
Volunteer—Make a Difference! 

Volunteer—Make a Difference! 

By Lauren Forbes, RHIT

The COVID pandemic impacted aspects of our lives and society, including volunteering. According to, volunteering has dropped almost two-thirds since before the start of the pandemic. When we are volunteering, we are offering what is not required of us. Just a few examples doing the needed action, raising awareness, or raising monetary donations for a cause. It is important to continue volunteering through the pandemic as there has been a significant decrease in volunteers, donations and the need is greater than before.

Volunteering can be done individually, or in a group. Often, volunteering with a familiar group such as coworkers, friends or fellow classmates will make volunteering more enjoyable and more likely for volunteers to return. Virtual volunteering opportunities have also increased over the past few years. We will take a look at a few volunteering ideas that you can do by yourself or with a familiar group.
Read More About How Volunteering Can Help You!
Advocacy Alert

Advocacy Alert- Action Requested!

We need you to ask your Representative to sign onto a letter from Representative Bill Foster (D-IL) and Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) requesting that the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) deliver its report on patient matching to Congress as soon as possible.

In the Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, Congress directed ONC to provide a report on patient identification and matching. ONC has been working over the past two years to prepare this report, originally due to Congress in December 2020. However, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to exacerbate issues with patient identification and matching which endanger patient safety and privacy.


This year, both the House Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) bill and the Senate draft Labor-HHS bill have removed Section 510 from their bills, which has historically been a barrier to moving forward a national strategy on patient identification. Now more than ever, Congress needs the recommendations from this report to continue progress towards accurately matching patients with their data.

AHIMA needs your help to reach out to your Representative and urge them to sign onto the Foster-Kelly letter and encourage delivery of this vital report to Congress.

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Latest News

Latest News

Source:  WHIMA Policy & Legislative Team

Some topics that may impact your work responsibilities:
  • Regarding the Health SAFER [Safety Assurance Factors for EHR Resilience] Guides: Within the 2022 Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems [IPPS] final rule page 45481 (708-842) includes "Last, we do confirm that for CY 2022, both "yes" and "no" are acceptable, an attestation of "no" will not alter final scores, and an attestation of "no" will not affect one's ability to be considered a Meaningful User.   Eligible hospitals or CAHs must attest to having conducted an annual self-assessment of all nine SAFER Guides.
  • The Joint Commission revised one of its requirements—Rights and Responsibilities of the Individual (RI) Standard RI.01.02.01, Element of Performance (EP) I—for CAH & hospitals, to better reflect CMS Conditions of Participation. The EP revisions, effective immediately for deemed hospitals and critical access hospitals and effective April 1, 2022, for non-deemed hospitals, address that notifications go beyond just patient admissions, but also include discharges and transfers. The new for deemed hospitals and CAH clarifies that patients have the right to determine whether they want this information shared with their primary care providers or provider entities and that organizations need to have a way to inform patients of this automatic notification process. Click here for the text of the standard.
CMS Answers Common Questions About Vaccination Rule: 11 Takeaways

CMS Answers Common Questions About Vaccination Rule: 11 Takeaways

Source:  Becker’s Hospital Review November 12, 2021

By ensuring all eligible staff members are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, healthcare facilities can help stabilize the healthcare system and eliminate potential incentives for staff to move to different settings or to different states, CMS said Nov. 10 during a call about the agency's new vaccination rule.

The vaccination requirement will also "ensure that a significant number of healthcare staff are vaccinated across [healthcare] settings, reducing staff quarantines and improving safety no matter where patients seek care," Lee Fleisher, MD, CMO and director of CMS' Center for Clinical Standards and Quality, said during the call.

Along with discussing whether the requirement will exacerbate staffing shortages, CMS also addressed common questions related to the Omnibus COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination Interim Final Rule, including how the agency intends to address vaccination of surveyors tasked with ensuring compliance with Medicare and Medicaid health and safety regulations.

Click Here for 11 Takeaways
 New ICD-10-CM/PCS Codes Effective April 1 Announced

New ICD-10-CM/PCS Codes Effective April 1 Announced

Source:  AHIMA Ealert November 18, 2021

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have announced new ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS codes that will become effective April 1, 2022. CMS is implementing seven new procedure codes to describe the introduction or infusion of therapeutics, including vaccines for COVID-19 treatment. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics is implementing three new diagnosis codes for unvaccinated for COVID-19, partially vaccinated for COVID-19, and other underimmunization status. The new codes can be found through the link to the CMS website below, under Latest News.
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AHIMA News and Resources

Time Is Running Out: AHIMA Recertification

Time Is Running Out: AHIMA Recertification

Source:  AHIMA Ealert November 18, 2021

Does your recertification cycle expire at the end of this year? If you have not yet met the requirements for renewal, time is running out. Take care of renewal before the holidays. Click here to verify your status and take the necessary steps to complete the recertification process. Avoid an inactive status by visiting your CEU center and submitting the required CEUs with your supporting documentation.

To take advantage of the member discount on recertification fees, you must purchase a membership prior to or on the recertification expiration date. Once the membership is paid, your recertification discount will be applied. As a reminder, each year a percentage of credential holders are randomly selected for an audit.


More information on recertification requirements can be found in this Recertification Guide and on
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Wins for AHIMA in 2022 Medicare PFS, OPPS Rules

Wins for AHIMA in 2022 Medicare PFS, OPPS Rules


Source:  AHIMA SmartBrief November 11, 2021

The final Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System rules for 2022 included a number of provisions recommended by AHIMA, including permanent adoption of coding and payment for a longer virtual check-in service and other policies that expand access to telehealth services. The CMS did not finalize a proposal opposed by AHIMA that would have required indefinite retention of health information, notes Matthew Kerschner, director of regulatory affairs at AHIMA.
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