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2016-2017 Board Meeting Dates Announced

All active MSHIMA members are welcome to attend board meetings. The following represent the dates and locations of our board meetings for this term:
  • September 9, 2016  |  WebEx
  • November 18, 2016  |  Citizens National Bank, Hattiesburg
  • December 9, 2016  |  WebEx
  • January 13, 2017  |  WebEx
  • February 17, 2017  |  Citizens National Bank, Hattiesburg
  • March 10, 2017  |  WebEx
  • April 14, 2017  |  WebEx
  • May 12, 2017  |  Citizens National Bank, Hattiesburg
Citizens National Bank is located at 6258 Highway 98 West in Hattiesburg. You may access the calls via WebEx at 1-650-479-3208 with access code 920 172 870. All in-person meetings will last from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and all WebEx meetings will last from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Councils and Board Liaisons

Be on the lookout from an e-mail from your Council President or Board Liaison soon regarding activities in your area. We are working hard to increase MSHIMA Council activity and desire your participation at the local events. Have a question about your council? Visit our website at to learn more.

AHIMA's CDI Summit: Beyond ICD-10 Implementation

Now that the smoke has cleared from the transition to ICD-10-CM/PCS, the healthcare industry is taking stock of how the transition changed the landscape. During the session "After ICD-10, the CDI World Has Become Data Driven and High Tech," at AHIMA's Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI) Summit, August 1–2 in Washington, DC, Pamela Hess, MA, RHIA, CCS, CDIP, CPC, with himagine solutions, said that healthcare executives are more interested in healthcare data than ever before. A number of vendor solutions, she says, can help CDI programs ensure that data is accurate, including natural language processing, which can track dictated portions of documentation and enhance clinical record review; clinical language understanding, for identifying key words and phrases with a dictionary of common CDI focused diagnoses, quality indicators, and clinical data; and computer-assisted physician documentation technology.

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HIM Reimagined

HIM Reimagined (HIMR) is an AHIMA Leadership initiative to build a framework to transform health information management (HIM) and position professionals for the future. HIMR is intended to advance the HIM profession and professional. It offers long-term and phased implementation strategies to ensure the profession is equipped both academically and professionally to advance individuals and HIM to greater levels of relevance while keeping pace with changes in the industry and beyond. The recommendations proposed in HIMR are bold and ambitious and at the same time hold promise for future advancement of the HIM profession. Educators, students, and practitioners are all part of the HIMR plan. The focus is not only on what AHIMA must do to transform the HIM profession, but also on personal responsibility for achieving the transformation goal. Read the full white paper.

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2017 ICD-10-CM Official Coding Guidelines Available

The 2017 version of the ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting has been posted on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Guideline changes include those associated with new ICD-10-CM codes, such as for Zika infections and documentation for stroke scale. Modifications to existing guidelines are also included — for example, for hypertension and pressure ulcer that evolves from one stage to another.

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CMS Releases FY 2017 Inpatient Payment Final Rule

On August 2, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule updating fiscal year (FY) 2017 Medicare payment policies and rates under the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and the Long-Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System. The final rule affects discharges occurring on or after October 1, 2016. A number of changes to MS-DRG classifications to address replication issues resulting from the ICD-10 transition have been finalized.  CMS is finalizing the last year of recoupment adjustments required by the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA). Section 631 of ATRA requires CMS to recover $11 billion by FY 2017 to fully recoup documentation and coding overpayments related to the transition to the MS-DRGs that began in FY 2008. CMS is also taking action regarding the 0.2 percent reduction implemented in the FY 2014 IPPS/LTCH PPS final rule to account for an estimated increase in Medicare expenditures due to the controversial "two-midnight" rule. CMS is permanently removing this adjustment and its effects for FYs 2014 through 2016 by adjusting the FY 2017 payment rates.

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