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Call for MSHIMA Board Nominations

The Mississippi Health Information Management Association (MSHIMA) Nominating Committee wants you to suggest fellow members and/or yourself as possible candidates for the MSHIMA Board positions for the next fiscal year, July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018. The following board positions are available:
  • President-Elect
  • Nominating Committee
  • First Year Delegate
  • Secretary/Treasurer
  • Northern Liaison
  • Central Liaison
  • Southern Liaison
The deadline for submission is Feb. 28, 2017.
Call for Board Nominations Form

Upcoming Webinars

In order to best serve our members, MSHIMA has developed several webinars in a question/answer format.  These webinars include an ICD-10 Q/A, E&M-CPT Q/A, and an Interventional Radiology Q/A.  More information and registration for all of these webinars may be found via the link above.


Register Today for the 2017 MSHIMA Annual Meeting

We are excited to bring together expert speakers in the HIM profession to provide high-quality education and a fun experience to our valued members throughout Mississippi. This year's conference will take place from June 13-16, 2017 at the beautiful Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg. The agenda is nearing completion, and we look forward to sharing this very soon. Don't wait, go ahead and register and receive our early bird discount! Up to 18 hours of AHIMA CEUs are anticipated for this conference.
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UMMC SHRP Alumni Meeting

The University of Mississippi Medical Center, School for Health Related Professions is hosting a continuing education workshop on Friday, March 24 at the Jackson Medical Mall. 6.0 RHIA/RHIT CEUs are available for attendance. Click on this link to learn more and register.

Three Updated AHIMA Recertification Policies

On December 21, 2016, three policy updates went into effect. Please review these updates to: CEU requirements for multiple credential holders, Calculation of CEUs based on clock hours, and Credential status types.


EHR Incentive Program: Attest to 2016 Program Requirements by February 28

The Registration and Attestation System is now open. Providers participating in the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program must attest to the 2016 program requirements by February 28 to avoid a 2018 payment adjustment. The EHR reporting period is any continuous 90 days between January 1 and December 31, 2016. If you are participating in the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, please refer to your state’s deadlines for attestation information. If you are eligible to participate in both the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, you must demonstrate meaningful use to avoid the Medicare payment adjustment. You may demonstrate meaningful use under either Medicare or Medicaid.


OPPS Hospital Claim Issues

Due to errors in the Medicare Claims Processing System, some Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) hospital claims with dates of service on or after January 1, 2017, may be overpaid. Claims with the following HCPCS codes may be impacted: 0253T, 0335T, 24361, 25420, 25444, 25445, 27442, 27871, 28715, 28730, 37229, 43266, 45389, 62360, 64580, 69717, and 75898.


ICD-10 Glitch Leads CMS to Relax Physician Quality Penalties

The CMS issued something of a get-out-of-Medicare-penalties-free-card for two years to physicians and group practices due to a glitch with quality reporting measures based on a recent update to the ICD-10 diagnosis and procedure codes. The CMS pointed its finger at updates that went into use Oct. 1, 2016, to the ICD-CM (Clinical Modification) and ICD-PCS (Procedural Coding System) and their impact on the Physician Quality Reporting System. The updates “will impact CMS's ability to process data reported on certain quality measures for the 4th quarter of CY 2016,” the agency said in a statement posted on its website. The CMS said it will not apply the 2017 or 2018 PQRS payment adjustments to any “eligible professional” or “group practice that fails to satisfactorily report for (calendar year) 2016 solely as a result of the impact of ICD-10 code updates on quality data reported for the 4th quarter of (CY) 2016."  Normally under the PQRS program, penalties are 2% of the Medicare fee schedule. According to a page of frequently asked questions, problem areas concentrated in certain medical specialties, notes Sue Bowman, senior director of coding policy and compliance at the American Health Information Management Association. “It says the majority of the codes are for diabetes, pregnancy, cardiovascular, oncology, mental health and eye diseases,” Bowman said. So, when will the ICD-10 code update itself be updated? Bowman said that's not specified. But at least the CMS acknowledged the problem and is taking steps to correct it and mitigate its impact, she said.


Medicare Overpayments and Underpayments

The Notice of New Interest Rate for Medicare Overpayments and Underpayments - 2nd Qtr Notification for FY 2017 is now available. The Department of the Treasury has notified the Department of Health and Human Services that the private consumer rate has been changed to 9.50 percent: Transmittal R280FM

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