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MSHIMA Connection Newsletter
Summer Edition

President's Message

WOW… What a year it’s been! Busy as always mixed with some fun. For the members who didn’t get to make the Annual Meeting this year in Jackson, I want to summarize some things we have accomplished.

2015-2016 Review:
  • We were able to perform two surveys and gather good information from our membership on their wants, needs and thoughts. We absolutely review all of these, and it does guide our association’s direction. So, please continue to complete future surveys.
  • Your House of Delegates representatives had a couple of items during the year that we voted on. These were mainly position statements, tool kits, practice briefs and such. Delegates also served on other committees and/or calls as needed.
  • An AHIMA Membership Model task force was formed to discuss proposed changes. I was honored to be selected to this task force and represent MSHIMA’s views. It was a lively group, and I believe our voices were heard as no changes have been announced at this time.
  • We held several coding education sessions both in person and a webinar this year.
  • We also have a new tool available to us. It is called State Track. It will help us to monitor legislation in MS in addition to other states. This is going to be a great asset in the future!
  • Speaking of legislation, we attended Hill Day again and our contacts continue to grow. We want to be known as the experts in Health Information Management and called to help or provide information on the front end.
  • Kicked off the Legal Manual revision. We already have a ton of new material added and are well on the way.
  • We rolled out a new tool to help our councils reach their local members easier. We are excited to see how this impacts attendance and networking at the local level.
  • We have received really good feedback about our Annual Meeting this year. A big thank you to all the volunteers who helped make this a success, our wonderful vendors and our members who attended. We couldn’t have done it without you. Keep a watch for next year’s dates and start purchasing purple clothing. It’s going to be fun.
  • Last but not least, MSHIMA is honored this year to have two of our members on the AHIMA ballot! Lori Mills will be listed in the Nominating Committee section and Susan Perkins as an AHIMA Director. Please VOTE! Last year MS only had 5% of our members vote during the AHIMA campaign. It is a very easy process and our members deserve a great turn out this year. Let’s show out this year and beat Florida!
I would like to close my last President’s message by saying how thankful I am that you entrusted MSHIMA to me. I will be forever grateful.   

Thank you,

Christy Roberts, RHIA, CHPS
2015-2016 MSHIMA President

2016 MSHIMA Awardees Announced

MSHIMA is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2016 awards:
  • Distinguished Member - Christy Roberts, RHIA, CHPS
  • Champion - Glenda Cauthen, RHIT
  • Educator - Kristy Artmann-Carlisle, RHIT
  • Mentor - Phyllis Spiers, RHIT
The honorees received recognition and a plaque during the 2016 Annual Meeting in Jackson recently.  Congratulations to the recipients!

Education Spotlight – Itawamba Community College HIM

Itawamba Community College, formerly known as Itawamba Junior College, is a two-year college in northeastern Mississippi. One program at ICC that is continually growing and improving is Health Information Management.

Established in 1999, the Health Information Management (HIM) program at ICC is a two-year program. Graduates in this program receive an Associate of Applied Science degree. After passing the national certification exam, graduates in the HIT program are eligible to become Registered Health Information Technicians (RHIT). The HIM program is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIM).

ICC has the only HIM program offered in North Mississippi. With 11 sophomores and 16 incoming freshmen, the Associate’s Degree in HIM at Itawamba is designed to prepare students for certification and employment as RHITs and to serve as a resource to promote personal, professional, and social development of the health information community.

Last year Itawamba’s HIM program held a 100 percent pass rate and all graduating students found jobs. As of this year, the HIM program holds a 95 percent pass rate and half have already found jobs within the field.

“We are beyond proud of our HIM program at Itawamba,” said program director Donna Vaughn. “We are overjoyed to see our students obtaining jobs at hospitals, clinics and billing companies; some even achieve their dreams of working from home.” ​

2017 ICD-10-CM Update Released

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 ICD-10-CM files have been posted. These code changes go into effect with discharges or patient encounters on or after October 1, 2016. The FY 2017 General Equivalence Mappings (GEMs) files will be posted in August. Updated ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting will be forthcoming.


Not a Fad: More Hospitals, Payers Move to Value-Based Reimbursement

The move to value-based reimbursement models continues, and it's moving fast, according to a McKesson-commissioned survey. Payers report they are 58 percent along the continuum toward full value-based reimbursement; that's a 10 percent increase since 2014. Hospitals are a little behind, at 50 percent, up 4 percent in the past two years. The report shows providers and payers are making fundamental changes to their business models to support value-based health care. The vast majority of providers have either joined an accountable care organization or plan to in the near term, the survey found.



Join Information and Quality Healthcare guest speaker Tara Hatfield from Purdue Health Advisors as she examines the objectives and measures that comprise the Base Score and the Performance Score of the Advanced Care Information (ACI) category and describes the options that clinicians have in choosing from the available measures as part of the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, July 20th at 11:30 a.m.

Register here!

Physician Fee Schedule: Proposed CY 2017 Changes

On July 7, CMS proposed changes to the Physician Fee Schedule to transform how Medicare pays for primary care through a new focus on care management and behavioral health designed to recognize the importance of the primary care work physicians perform. The rule also proposes policies to expand the Diabetes Prevention Program within Medicare starting January 1, 2018.  The annual Physician Fee Schedule updates payment policies, payment rates, and quality provisions for services provided in calendar year 2017. These services include, but are not limited to visits, surgical procedures, diagnostic tests, therapy services, and specified preventive services. In addition to physicians, the fee schedule pays a variety of practitioners and entities, including nurse practitioners, physician assistants, physical therapists, as well as radiation therapy centers and independent diagnostic testing facilities. Additional policies proposed in the 2017 payment rule include: Primary care and care coordination; Mental and behavioral health; Cognitive impairment care assessment and planning; Care for patients with mobility-related impairments.


CMS Proposes 90-day MU Reporting Period for 2016

As part of a Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) rule proposed Wednesday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services looks to shorten the reporting period for Meaningful Use attestation from a full year to 90 days for eligible professionals (EPs), hospitals (EHs) and critical access hospitals (CAHs) returning to the program. The rule comes in the wake of considerable outcry from providers and legislators who have called 365-day reporting periods too burdensome.


CMS Angers Hospitals with Plans for Site-neutral Rates in Outpatient Payment Rule

The CMS has responded to calls to eliminate patient satisfaction on pain management from Medicare's value-based purchasing program. The agency angered hospitals, however, with plans to stop paying their off-campus facilities the same as hospital-based outpatient departments. Both policies are included in the proposed rule for the 2017 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System issued Wednesday.  The CMS' actuary has estimated that so-called site-neutral payments for ambulatory care, which Congress called for a 2015 spending bill, would save Medicare about $500 million in 2017. The American Hospital Association quickly issued a harshly worded statement criticizing the CMS for declining to include support for hospital outpatient departments.


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