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Inside this issue - April 23, 2015:

Star ratings now on Hospital Compare

For the first time, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has instituted star ratings on Hospital Compare, the agency’s public information website, to make it easier for consumers to choose a hospital and assess the quality of care. However, just 251 U.S. hospitals received the highest score on the new CMS five-star rating system for quality of care and patient experience. Learn more in this article published in HealthData Management:  Hospitals Come Up Short in New CMS Rating System

Very important – learn now about the New Physician Payment Methodology

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) repeals the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) that was set to cut Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) payment rates by 21 percent on April 1, and instead mandates annual payment rate increases along with a transition to a value-based compensation model known as the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) beginning in 2019. Benchmarks in the MIPS will be based on historical quality reporting information from physicians... now is it time to ensure accurate, complete, comprehensive reporting!
Great article published by King and Spalding:

KAHIMA Business Meeting Announced – May 19, 2015

Topic: KAHIMA Business Meeting – updates from THIMA Annual Meeting and Strategic Planning Session
Date: Tuesday 5/19/15
Time: 4:00pm-6:00pm Eastern Time
Location: To be determined

Save the Date: Memphis HIMA Conference – June 11

The Memphis HIMA is planning a full-day meeting for members on June 11th. 
Save the date! Please share your ideas for topics and if you are interested in attending with Rebecca Reynolds.

CMS Offers Free ICD-10 Training for Physicians in TN

THIMA is pleased to again assist the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in offering free ICD-10 training: Road to 10: A Small Physician Practice’s Route to ICD-10. During the sessions, attendees will
  • Study the basics, differences, and benefits of ICD-10
  • Explore common codes, primers for clinical documentation, and clinical scenarios all broken out by specialty
  • Create a customized Action Plan, personalized by specialty and practice details
Registration is open for all six sessions being offered in Tennessee: Memphis, Jackson, Dyersburg, Nashville, Clarksville and Murfreesboro.

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April-August 2015

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