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President’s Message

I cannot believe we are approaching June. This year has been filled with many obstacles and challenges. One of the most rapid changes we have seen has been the complete shutdown of all in-person socialization, whether it is professional or personal. As always, the human race has adapted to compensate for our need to interact with others. With that being said, we are quickly approaching what would have been our 2020 MSHIMA state conference in Jackson. As HIM professionals we are accustom to an ever-changing world and we have adapted our conference to meet those challenges. We have a great agenda for on demand learning that will be available for you to view at your convenience. Currently we have 15 hours listed but will be adding other sessions to the list soon. We are going to offer between 17-20 CEUs for this meeting. We will have one live session on Friday, June 12th that I believe will be very encouraging for everyone. The registration link is available on the MSHIMA site
As many of you know, I have had some amazing things happen to me over the years and I can attribute many of them to my being a part of MSHIMA. I cannot believe I am finishing my third term as President and will be serving next year in the position of Past President. I have served on the Board of Directors for approximately 12 years and am so thankful for the confidence you have had in me. However, after next year I believe it is time for me to step back so that others may have the opportunity to step forward for our association. As this year’s theme has been “Forging Greatness” I would like to see new faces begin their journey to their own greatness. I know that sounds scary but your journey to greatness can be different things. Many times we think of greatness as a big monumental achievement and that is not always the case. If you tune into our live session on June 12th you will hear what “Forging Greatness” is really about from our keynote speaker Mr. Tom Giles. Tom and I are from the same hometown and our lives intersected before I was ever born. It really is a great story and I hope you tune in for the details.  
Thank you all for your dedication to the HIM industry. Please stay safe and, as always, reach out if you have any questions.   
Lorie B. Mills, RHIT, CCS

CMS Engagement Sessions

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has been hosting recurring stakeholder engagement sessions to share information related to the agency’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak. These sessions are open to members of the healthcare community and are intended to provide updates, share best practices among peers, and offer attendees an opportunity to ask questions of CMS and other subject-matter experts.
See this week's schedule below.

Conference lines are limited so we highly encourage you to join via audio webcast, either on your computer or smartphone web browser. You are welcome to share this invitation with your colleagues and professional networks. These calls are not intended for the press.

Call recordings and transcripts are posted on the CMS podcast page here

See the attached document here for the schedule. 

Surge Advisors Offers Mental Health Toolkit 

Because May is Mental Health Month nationwide, we wanted to provide you with information and content you could use in your social media and patient education efforts, as well as information about a virtual behavioral health screening tool you could utilize to conduct a virtual“Mental Health Check” – especially since your patients could be under a lot of stress due to the COVID-19 crisis and negative financial impact.  

Click here for the toolkit.

COVID-19 Uninsured Program Portal

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) recently launched a COVID-19 Uninsured Program Portal where health care providers who have conducted COVID-19 testing of uninsured individuals for COVID-19 or provided treatment to uninsured individuals with a COVID-19 diagnosis on or after February 4, 2020 can request claims for reimbursement. 
Providers will be reimbursed, generally at Medicare rates, subject to available funding. Steps will involve:
  • Enrolling as a provider participant
  • Checking patient eligibility
  • Submitting patient information
  • Submitting claims
  • Receiving payment via direct deposit
To learn more about the program, including the registration and claim submission process, go to HRSA also developed a video overview of the program. In addition, providers can access real-time technical support, as well as service and payment support, by calling the Provider Support Line at 866-569-3522. The hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday in your local time zone.

HRSA’s Office of Regional Operations remains committed to supporting your COVID-19 response efforts. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with questions, concerns, or requests for support and engagement.

CMS Issues New FAQ on EMTALA, Updates on RHC and FQHC Flexibilities

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) clarifying requirements and considerations for hospitals and other providers related to the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) during the COVID-19 pandemic. The FAQs address questions around patient presentation to the emergency department, EMTALA applicability across facility types, qualified medical professionals, medical screening exams, patient transfer and stabilization, telehealth, and other topics.

The FAQs related to EMTALA during the COVID-19 public health emergency are now available.

CMS also issued a revised article on new and expanded flexibilities available to rural health clinics (RHCs) and federally qualified health clinics (FQHCs) during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Among the updates, CMS is updating the list of Medicare telehealth services to include, effective March 1, 2020, CPT codes 99441, 99442, and 99443, which are audio-only telephone evaluation and management (E/M) services. RHCs and FQHCs can furnish and bill for these services using HCPCS code G2025.

The revised MLN article on new and expanded flexibilities available to RHCs and FQHCs during the COVID-19 public health emergency is available here.

For information specific to what CMS is doing in response to COVID-19, please visit the Current Emergencies Website.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Legislation. Thank you.

HHS to Delay Rules on Interoperability and Data Blocking

Health and Human Services will delay enforcement of the two recently released rules on interoperability and data blocking. CMS will give providers six extra months to comply with rules to improve data sharing. Meanwhile, the ONC will give vendors an extra three months to comply with its health IT certification program. “[I]n a pandemic of this magnitude, flexibility is paramount for a healthcare system under siege by COVID-19,” CMS Administrator Seema Verma said in a prepared statement.

Read more here

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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.  Click here to access this great membership tool.

MSHIMA Legal Manual

Don't forget that the latest edition of the MSHIMA Legal Manual (2017) is 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 policies and download your copy today!
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