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June 2019

President's Message

You have been elected to serve on the 2019-2020 MSHIMA Board. As the Past President, I know what a rewarding opportunity it is to be a member of this board. I look forward to working with each of you over the next year. Lorie will be providing a list of the meeting dates for the upcoming year before our Strategic Planning meeting in August. 
The swearing in for the next board year will take place at our annual meeting in Jackson on June 13. We look forward to seeing each of you there.
  • President - Lorie Mills
  • President Elect - Kory Hudson
  • Past President - Constance Walley
  • Secretary/Treasurer - Ashley Stanford
  • 2nd Year Delegate - Dianne Jones
  • 1st Year Delegate - Susan Perkins
  • Northern Liaison - Stacy Upton 
  • Central Liaison - Amy Eddins
  • Southern Liaison - Jeanette Taylor
  • Nominating Committee - Melissa Cotten, Kristen Madison, Heather Holmes
Lorie B Mills, RHIT, CCS

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Deloitte: Digital Transformation to Upend Healthcare

Twenty years from now, cancer and diabetes could join polio as defeated diseases. We expect prevention and early diagnoses will be central to the future of health. The onset of disease, in some cases, could be delayed or eliminated altogether. Sophisticated tests and tools could mean most diagnoses (and care) take place at home.
Today, the US health care system is a collection of disconnected components (health plans, hospital systems, pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers). By 2040, we expect the consumer will be at the center of the health model.

HHS Lowers Maximum Fines Set for HIPPA Violations

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced last week that it is capping the civil monetary penalties that can be assessed to covered entities, business associates, and health plans for HIPAA violations. This regulation bases a new tier structure on a covered entity’s “level of culpability,” according to HHS. For example, it lowers the annual cap for the least severe violations from $1.5 million to $25,000.
By switching to a penalty system that’s based on a covered entity’s “level of culpability,” HHS will now assess penalties based on whether an organization has taken steps to comply with HIPAA requirements, such as conducting risk analyses, or whether it has willfully ignored such requirements or is found to be neglectful. 

House Votes to Overturn Ban on National Patient Identifier

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a $99.4 billion HHS appropriations bill with several amendments including reversing a longtime ban on developing a national patient identifier, money for hospital emergency departments dealing with opioid overdoses, and a nod to the anti-vaccination controversy.

For decades, Congress has prohibited HHS from funding the development or promotion of any national program where patients would receive permanent, unique identification numbers.

Lawmakers previously argued such a program could violate privacy issues or raise security concerns, while the medical community and insurers claimed the ban kept them from properly matching patients with the correct medical information.


MIPS: Check Your Preliminary 2019 Eligibility

Check the Quality Payment Program Participation Status Tool to view your eligibility status for the 2019 performance period under the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). Enter your National Provider Identifier to find out if you need to participate in MIPS during the 2019 performance year.

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 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!
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