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Inside this issue - June 4, 2015:

Safe Use of Health Information Technology Webinar

Wednesday, June 10th
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM Central / 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM Eastern


Gerry Castro, PhD, MPH – Project Director, Patient Safety Initiatives - The Joint Commission

Deborah Green, MBA, RHIA – Executive VP, American Health Information Management Association

Lela McFerrin, RHIA – President, Tennessee Health Information Management Association

The proliferation of health information technology provides new sources of an abundance of data and information. But it has outstripped the capabilities of traditional information management to safely and effectively manage and derive value from it. How can healthcare organizations effectively manage health I.T. and prevent patient harm related to health I.T. events? Join us on this timely webinar as Dr. Gerry Castro discusses The Joint Commission’s recent Sentinel Event Alert on safe use of health information technology, Deborah Greene shares information about AHIMA’s information governance program, and Lela McFerrin shares case examples of health I.T. safety events. Contact Rhonda Dickman at 615-401-7404 or with any questions.

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Excellent Webinar: LEADING IG

Worth your time!!
Leadership in Information Governance

This is an excellent webinar provided by the HoD. Discussion centered on the tools and resources members need and the challenges they are facing as they lead IG initiatives and increase awareness within their organizations and CSAs. Real-life stories included!

OIG Releases Mid-Year Update to its
Work Plan 

(as reported by King and Spalding)

On May 28, 2015, the OIG published a revised version of its Work Plan for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015. As previously reported, the original version of the FY 2015 Work Plan was published in October and summarized the OIG’s ongoing reviews as well as new activities the OIG planned to pursue during FY 2015. According to the OIG, the revised edition of the Work Plan removes items that have been completed, postponed, or canceled, and adds new items that have been initiated since October 2014.

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Coalition for ICD-10 Comments on CMS April End-to-End Testing

by Coalition for ICD-10

The Coalition for ICD-10 congratulates CMS on the success of its April end-to-end testing, which demonstrated that CMS systems are ready to accept ICD-10 claims. In particular, there were zero claims rejected due to front-end CMS system issues for professional and supplier claims. Of the 23,138 test claims received, half were professional claims.

While 12 percent of claims submitted for end-to-end testing were rejected, only two percent of the rejections were due to invalid submission of an ICD-10 diagnosis or procedure code. The remaining rejections were for non-ICD-10 related errors that have no bearing on ICD-10 implementation and would be rejected under ICD-9 (e.g., incorrect National Provider Identifier, Health Insurance Claim Number, or Submitter ID; dates of service outside the range valid for testing; invalid HCPCS codes; and invalid place of service).

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New White Paper: The Value of Certification

A new AHIMA white paper provides insight and guidance on how human resource professionals and hiring managers can evaluate certification programs for their rigor and true assessment of an individual's knowledge, skill, and competencies.

We encourage you to share the link,, with your human resources and hiring managers.

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