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Issue 49 - May/June 2015


Inside this Issue:

President's Message

This year sure has flown by! I want to thank the members of MdHIMA for giving me the opportunity to serve as the President of our association. Being involved at this level has truly been an eye opening experience which has allowed me to interact with many talented individuals that share the same passion in leading our industry.

Our collaboration with DCHIMA has been a great accomplishment. This invites more knowledge and networking opportunities to MdHIMA where we can grow with our neighbor association. I hope that many of you share this partnership as I have.

I would like to encourage everyone to take advantage of our educational sessions organized by the Education and Data Quality committees. They have spent a lot of time ensuring the topics are interesting as well as educational when it comes to preparation for ICD-10.

The million dollar question- Is the ride on the ICD-10 roller coaster over? We would like to hope so with the recent news of the SGR bill being passed with no delay language for ICD-10 inserted.  But it remains to be seen.  All we can do now is continue to prepare for the go live date of 10/1/15.

I ask and encourage you to join a committee and get involved. Share your ideas with the board members and visit our website to keep up with the latest industry news. I received many valuable emails through the website this year which only contributes to the success of our organization.   

In closing, I would like to thank the 2014-2015 board and committee members for their involvement this year and supporting me and the association. I will continue on as the Past President and share my support as Tasha takes the lead!

Sarah Allinson, RHIA
Outgoing MdHIMA President

Together We Will Thrive:  MdHIMA & DCHIMA 2015 Annual Meeting


Outgoing 2014-15 and Incoming 2015-16 MdHIMA Executive Board at Annual Meeting

What a great combined annual meeting on May 8th at The Hotel at Arundel Preserve! I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all our members who worked so hard to make this event a success and for the support from our vendors who came to our new location.

A special thank you to the DC members who worked with us and helped plan the event every step of the way. They not only donated their time but made every effort to ensure this was a successful event.

It was with excitement and a lot of trepidation when we made the decision last year to move our annual meeting from the Baltimore Convention Center and to try a combined Maryland – DC meeting. The day met and exceeded our expectations. We had over 300 members and students who attended and 18 vendors who helped us try out the new location. We had 12 educational sessions with some very dynamic speakers and sessions geared to both HIM seasoned veterans as well students preparing for careers in HIM. Our silent auction was a busy area with competitors vying for a winning bid. All the proceeds from the silent auction go to scholarships for our students to help them secure an education in our chosen profession. We were also pleased to have so many returning and new vendors. It is their extra support that helps make a successful convention.

We knew coming to a new location would be a challenge so we greatly appreciate the suggestions for making things even better for next year. The one area that only had positive comments was the food! It was a great lunch and for those of you who didn’t stay for the wine and cheese reception, you missed out on some great appetizers along with the opportunity to relax and talk to old and new friends!

I think our theme said it all – Together we will thrive... Thank you all for working together so we can continue to promote and continue in a wonderful profession.

Monna Nabers, MBA, RHIA
MdHIMA Past President and Annual Meeting Committee Chair

Silent Auction Proceeds Benefit Scholarship Fund

This year's Silent Auction was a true collaborative and success run by both the MdHIMA and DCHIMA. We received over 40 donations from local business establishments, vendors and fellow association members and raised $2,490. The proceeds from the auction will be equally shared between both associations and set aside for future student scholarships to help them secure an education in the HIM field. We thank you all for your participation and especially want to thank the student volunteers from Prince Georges, Montgomery, and CCBC Community Colleges as well as Coppin State University.

Linda Metro, RHIA
MdHIMA 2015 Annual Meeting Silent Auction Committee Chair

2015 Scholarship Winners

Best Wishes to the Year 2015 MdHIMA & A.C.E. Student Scholarship Recipients!

The Maryland Health Information Management Association (MdHIMA) and the Auditing and Coding Expert (A.C.E.) Company believe in honoring students for their academic excellence. During the May 8, 2015 DCHIMA & MdHIMA Annual Meeting two students were presented with MdHIMA scholarships. In addition, Judy Hayes from the Auditing and Coding Expert Company presented the A.C.E. scholarships to two students.

These scholarships are presented to students currently enrolled in a medical coding, HIT or HIM program who demonstrate outstanding academic performance. We wish these students all the best in their health information career!

Please help us congratulate these scholarship recipients!
Heather Partridge
Student of The Community College of Baltimore County
A.C.E. Scholarship Recipient

Jennifer Thomas
Student of Prince Georges Community College
A.C.E. Scholarship Recipient
Bradley Sadri
Student of Prince Georges Community College
MdHIMA Scholarship Recipient
Shirelle Kerns
Student of Coppin State University
MdHIMA Scholarship Recipient

Jacqueline Stanfield, MHA, RHIA, CHPS
MdHIMA Public Relations Marketing & Recruitment Committee Chair

Advocacy Update

Legislative ICD-10 CM Update: Two US House of Representative Bills H.R. 2126 and H.R. 2247:

No you are not seeing double… There are now two referred bills to the U.S. House of Representatives. We are all familiar with H.R. 2126 the “Cutting Costly Codes Act” re-introduced by Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) and supported by the American Medical Association board members which would prohibit the Secretary of Health and Human Services from replacing ICD-9 with ICD-10 in the implementation of the HIPAA code set.

Well now get ready… on May 12, 2015  Rep. Diana Black (R-TN) and a former nurse has referred H.R. 2247 CLARITY FOR DOCTORS BY TRANSITIONING EFFECTIVELY NOW ACT ICD-TEN to the Energy & Commerce Committee and the Ways and Means Committee. Diana Black serves on the Ways and Means Committee. The bills Co-sponsor are Rep. Andy Harris, MD (MD-R), Rep, David Roe ( R-TN) and Larry Buschon (R-IN). The act does not push back the October 1, 2015 compliance deadline but, does call for an 18-month transition period wherein “HHS would be required to submit a report to the Congress certifying whether or not the ICD-10 standard is fully functional and not hindering the fulfillment of provider claims: In addition to this, the act would prohibit the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid from denying claims submitted with unspecified or inaccurate sub-codes. AHIMA CEO Lynne Thomas Gordon stated “they are not in favor of this bill since ICD-10 contingency plans already supported by CMS have been put in place, are working well, and will ensure the industry is ready to effectively use ICD-10 in October.” Furthermore, H.R. 2247 proposed an18-month grace period on coding would “create an environment that’s ripe for fraud and abuse, per Margareta Valdez, Senior Director of Congressional Relations.

Now is the time for our membership to act: You can log onto the AHIMA website and under engage advocacy tab you will find the electronic letter opposing the Cutting Costly Codes Act.

Please send out your letters today.

You may also contact your congressman/women who represent you on Capitol Hill to voice your opinions on the ICD-TEN ACT.

Here is a listing of their Capitol Hill office phone numbers:
  1. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger Capitol Hill Office: 202 225-3061 – ask for Walter Gonzales Legal Aid
  2. John Sarbanes, Capitol Hill Office: 202 225-4016 – ask for Dvora Lovinger Legal Aid
  3. Donna Edwards, Capitol Hill Office: 202 225-8699 – ask for Marc Rehmann Legal Aid
  4. Steny Hoyer, Capitol Hill Office: 202 225-4131 – ask for Charlene MacDonald Legal Aid
  5. John Delaney, Capitol Hill Office: 202 225-2721 – ask for Erin Helling Legal Aid
  6. Elijah Cummings, Capitol Hill Office: 202 225-4741 – ask for Suzann E Owen Legal Aid
  7. Chris Van Hollen, Capitol Hill Office: 202 225-5341 – ask for Erika Appeal Legal Aid 
Vicki N. Reynolds, RHIT, MdHIMA Advocacy Chair

MdHIMA Quarterly Business Meeting (QBM) and Educational Session

When: Friday, June 19, 2015, 8:00AM - 4:30PM
Where: Bon Secours Retreat Center, Marriottsville, MD

Click HERE for more information and to register on the MdHIMA website.

Guest Speakers and Topics of Discussion

Asha Sexto, CEO, Future Technologies “The Promise of Healthcare Analytics “
Robin Smith, RHIA, CHPS, Anne Arundel Medical Center “HIMSS Stage 7 HIM Requirements”
Christina Kayak, Privacy Officer, University of Maryland, Upper Chesapeake Health
Legal Department

Heather Lawrence, MS-HCA, RHIA, CCS, HCS Coding, “ICD-10 Readiness”
Howard K. Berg, M.D. “Laparoscopic Colon Resection”
Michelle Jenkins, MA, CCS, CPC, Manager, Coding Education & Compliance, “Interventional Radiology CPT Coding”

Registration Fees

AHIMA Data Summit: Beyond ICD-10

Formerly the ICD-10/CAC Summit
Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards
07/13/2015 - 07/14/2015

AHIMA has worked hard to build the ICD-10/CAC Summit into a career- and knowledge-advancing event. This summit explores the many connections surrounding healthcare data and how classification and terminologies provide more specificity to that data.

Click HERE to visit the AHIMA website for more information.

Compliance Update: Newly Payable Chronic Care Management - CMS Releases Fact Sheet

The May 2015 CMS Fact Sheet provides background on the newly payable chronic care management (CCM) service, identifies eligible providers and patients, and details the Medicare PFS billing requirements.

As of January 1, 2015, Medicare pays separately under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) under American Medical Association Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) code 99490, for non-face-to-face care coordination services furnished to Medicare beneficiaries with multiple chronic conditions.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has provided an exception under Medicare's "incident to" rules that permits clinical staff to provide the CCM service incident to the services of the billing physician (or other appropriate practitioner) under the general supervision (rather than direct supervision) of a physician (or other appropriate practitioner). Practitioner Eligibility Physicians and the following non-physician practitioners may bill the new CCM service:
  • Certified Nurse Midwives;
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists;
  • Nurse Practitioners; and
  • Physician Assistants.
CMS requires the billing practitioner to furnish a comprehensive evaluation and management (E/M) visit, Annual Wellness Visit, or Initial Preventive Physical Examination (IPPE) to the patient prior to billing the CCM service, and to initiate the CCM service as part of this visit/exam.

Click Here to download a copy of ICN 909188 Chronic Care Management Services Fact Sheet by CMS.

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Upcoming Events

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Quarterly Business Meeting and Education Session
June 19, 2015
Marriottsville, MD


ICD-10-CM/PCS: Sharpening the Focus For Accurate Data and DRG Assignment
June 2015

CDI for ICD-10 by Body System
June-August 2015

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