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January 2019

President's Message

Hi Everyone,
I cannot believe it is already the end of January. We are moving right along with everything. I have some exciting news on the advocacy front for MSHIMA.    
As you know we were in Jackson last week supporting HR Bill 628. The bill was sponsored by Gary Chism in the House and Videt Carmichael in the Senate. Basically the bill states a clean claim is defined as a claim that has no errors on the provider’s part. The payers have 25 days to pay the claim without any penalties. If the payer is late, then the monthly interest of 1.5% will remain, but an additional penalty would be added of 1% times the total claim times the number of days the payment is late. This could become considerable if payers hold claims due to issues with their systems. Penalties will be enhanced to include triple damages (triple the claim amount) for claims that the payers intentionally denied incorrectly. I would like to think invalid DRG downgrades could possibly fall into this category.     
MSHIMA has been working with the Mississippi Hospital Association and the Mississippi Revenue Roundtable on the need for this particular bill. We are excited that providers are getting some help with industry wide payer issues.

On a more personal note, I am so very excited to be involved in a joint effort with the American College of Cardiology and AHIMA to educate and clarify the differences between Type 1 and Type 2 MIs and offer guidance on provider documentation and coding of these conditions. I will be co-authoring an article with our own Laura Little, RHIT, CCS and Susan Sweeney, RN, BSN, CCDS, CCD, from Emory in Atlanta, for The Journal of AHIMA to be published in July. We will also be submitting an article to The Journal of the American College of Cardiology for consideration of publication as well.
I must say these amazing opportunities have only become possible because of my affiliation with MSHMA and AHIMA. MSHIMA has been a main stay in my life over the last twelve years, and the benefit has not only been with the organization but especially with the people involved. I have learned so much from so many that it would be hard to personally name each one. I just want to publicly thank all of you for the time and education that has been invested in me through MSHIMA.  
Thank you all for your dedication to such a wonderful profession, and I hope to see you all at the state meeting in June. Look for more details on the website and in the February newsletter

Lorie B Mills, RHIT, CCS

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MSHIMA Annual Meeting

“Back to the Future: Back to Basics”
June 12-14, 2019  |  Jackson Marriott
Agenda and registration coming very soon…

Nominations Open for
MSHIMA Board of Directors

The Mississippi Health Information Management Association (MSHIMA) is strong in large part because of the tremendous leadership that we have enjoyed over the years. Have you been interested in taking the next step in your professional career by becoming a leader with MSHIMA? Now is your chance!

We are currently taking nominations for the 2019-2020 board of directors. The following positions are open:
  • President-elect
  • Secretary/Treasurer (2 year position)
  • First Year Delegate
  • Nominating Committee (3 positions available)
  • Northern Liaison
  • Central Liaison
  • Southern Liaison
The nomination period will be open through March 1, 2019.

To nominate, please complete the online call for nomination form.

For questions, contact either Constance Walley at or Ryan Kelly at

Annual Meeting and CE

Alumni and supports of the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s School of Health Related Professions invites you to its Alumni Annual Meeting and Continuing Education event from 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. on Friday, February 15, 2019. It will be held UMMC Medical Mall. 6.0 contact hours will be awarded for the workshop. 
More information and registration is available at When registering, please register for the HIIM program even if you did not graduate from the program. This will let the committee know which CE form to send you.
Register Online

Need a refresher course in ICD-10-CM and/or ICD-10-PCS?

Hinds Community College will offer two online continuing education courses in the spring semester: ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS. Each course lasts 12 weeks. It is only recommended to take one course at time. These courses are offered as online continuing education for graduates of the Health Information Technology program and/or graduates of other CAHIIM Accredited HIT/HIM programs. 
The courses will be taught by an AHIMA Certified ICD-10 Trainer. Students will have to provide their own current edition ICD-10 coding books or they may use the electronic files available in the course resources. Classes start February 4, 2019.
Total cost is $255 for each course. A payment plan can be set up if you are registered by January 15, 2019.
Download ICD-10 CM Flyer
Download ICD-10 PCS Flyer

Hospitals Vary in Publishing CMS Chargemaster Prices

Price transparency stumbled out of the gate last week as hospitals complied with a new CMS requirement to publish their lengthy list of retail charges for individual services and diagnosis-related groups in online spreadsheets by the first of the year.
Some hospitals, such as Northwestern Memorial in Chicago, posted a link to their charges right on their home pages. Most others, such as HCA's Aventura Hospital, posted the data deeper inside their websites, requiring a search and multiple clicks. One system, MedStar, said it won't post the information until next week because it's still working to ensure accuracy and clarity.
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HHS, in Partnership with Industry, Releases Voluntary Cybersecurity Practices for the Health Industry

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently released the “Health Industry Cybersecurity Practices (HICP): Managing Threats and Protecting Patients” publication. The four volume publication, aims to provide voluntary cybersecurity practices to healthcare organizations of all types and sizes, ranging from local clinics to large hospital systems.
The industry-led effort was in response to a mandate set forth by the Cybersecurity Act of 2015 Section 405(d), to develop practical cybersecurity guidelines to cost-effectively reduce cybersecurity risks for the healthcare industry. The publication marks the culmination of a two-year effort that brought together over 150 cybersecurity and healthcare experts from industry and the government under the Healthcare and Public Health (HPH) Sector Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Public-Private Partnership. It was the result of a true public-private partnership to better secure the nation’s health systems.
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ONC Report to Congress Shows Flawed Health Data Sharing

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT recently filed a 22-page report to Congress on EHR adoption across the healthcare sector, finding health data sharing and availability is flawed.
The annual progress report to Congress highlights nationwide health IT infrastructure progress around electronic access and the use of health data to improve U.S. healthcare delivery. The latest report released late December covers the timeline between November 2016 and October 2018.
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AHIMA Searching for Candidates

The Nominating Committee is searching for qualified AHIMA members, from the Active or Emeritus member categories) to fill the roles of:
  • One AHIMA President/Chair-elect
  • Three Directors for the Board of Directors
  • Commissioner on the Commission on Certification for Health Informatics and Information Management (CCHIIM); (Number of commissioners and specific credentials needed are TBD)
  • Five Council for Excellence in Education (CEE) Members
  • One Speaker-elect for the House of Delegates
The President/Chair-elect, Director, and CCHIIM Commissioner and CEE Council Member positions have three-year terms and the Speaker-elect has a two-year term. All terms begin on January 1, 2020. 

Descriptions, duties, and qualifications for each of these elected positions are available on the Call for Volunteers web page and go to the Elected tab. Nominations are due March 31, 2019.

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!
MSHIMA Legal Manual
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