Be sure to click the "Display Images" link in your email reader.


Election Now Open for MSHIMA Board of Directors

The election for your new MSHIMA Board of Directors is now open. Each MSHIMA member is entitled to one vote. Please visit and login with your AHIMA username and password to vote for your preferred candidates.

Voting will close on Friday, April 29, 2016.

Thank you for taking the time to vote!

ICD-10 Member Survey

MSHIMA wants to check our member’s actual coding productivity pulse. Are you being held accountable to your old ICD-9 productivity standards? Do you have new ICD-10 productivity standards? What are those standards? Do the standards differ by EMR? And last but not least, what do YOU think the standards should be?

This 13-question survey should only take minutes to complete, but the information will be very valuable for planning future trainings and workshops. Plus, it will help MSHIMA representatives to properly convey the state’s needs and challenges to AHIMA.

Click here to complete the survey. Return completed surveys to

Register Today for the MSHIMA Annual Meeting

The conference will be held at the beautiful Jackson Marriott on June 21-24, 2016. The theme of this conference is “Boots on the Ground,” which is reflective of the many different types of boots (or shoes) that Health Information Professionals must wear in their field. The agenda has been released in preliminary form for members to view and use for registration.
Click here to register

FY 2017 New ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS Codes Released

A list of new and revised ICD-10-CM codes effective October 1, 2016 (FY 2017) is now available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. To access the document, scroll down to "Previous Meeting Summaries and Proposals" and then "FY2017 New Released ICD-10-CM-Codes." A list of new and revised ICD-10-PCS codes for FY 2017 was previously posted on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services website.  The lists contain a total of 1,943 new ICD-10-CM codes and 3,651 new ICD-10-PCS codes. Code proposals presented at the March 2016 ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Committee meeting that are being considered for implementation on October 1, 2016, are not included. The complete Addenda identifying all modifications to the code sets will be posted in June.  A free recorded webinar hosted by Maria Ward, MEd, RHIT, CCS-P, AHIMA director of HIM practice excellence, provides an overview of the coming changes and additions.


CMS delays new hospital quality ratings amid pressure from Congress, industry

The CMS postponed the release of new overall quality star ratings for U.S. hospitals one day before their scheduled reveal, bowing to pressure from lawmakers and industry stakeholders.  Public release of the data is now slated for July, the CMS said in an e-mail to hospitals Wednesday. Over the next two months, the agency also plans to host calls with providers to clear up questions about current methodology and get feedback on refining the program.  The federal government has been promoting the ratings for hospitals, nursing homes, dialysis facilities and other providers as a way for consumers to compare and select providers. The set that was delayed this week gives hospitals one to five stars based on specific inpatient and outpatient reporting measures.


CMS proposes raising payment rates for hospice, skilled nursing and rehab

The CMS has dropped three payment rules that propose increased payments to skilled-nursing facilities, inpatient rehabilitation facilities and hospice care, and implemented new quality measures.  The agency Thursday proposed nearly doubling the increase skilled-nursing facilities received last year. This would amount to a $800 million bump. Last year they only received a 1.2% Medicare rate increase, leading to $430 million in higher payments from the previous year.  Medicare would pay out $125 million a year more to rehabilitation facilities while those facilities would face about $5.2 million in costs related to new quality-reporting requirements.


Understanding the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program

The Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program, mandated by the Affordable Care Act, requires the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) to reduce payments to IPPS hospitals with excess readmissions. The first penalty affecting payment was for discharges beginning October 1, 2012.  Unlike the Value-based Purchasing (VBP) program, this is a penalty program and a hospital cannot get additional monies, only lose money as result of their performance. What is similar to the VBP program is that the penalty for the Readmission Reductions Program affects the base DRG for discharges. It also applies to the federal fiscal year, which starts October 1 and goes through September 30 of the following year. The penalties increase every year up to a maximum of 3% reached in FY2015.


CMS drops two-midnight rule's inpatient payment cuts

The CMS will not continue to impose an inpatient payment cut to hospitals under the two-midnight rule following ongoing industry criticism and a legal challenge. It will provide a onetime bump to hospitals to offset the cuts.  The agency imposed the cut because it estimated the two-midnight policy would increase Medicare spending by approximately $220 million because of an expected increase in inpatient admissions.  Hospitals will also see a temporary increase of 0.6% in fiscal 2017. That would make up for the 0.2% reduction to the rates the past three years.


Upcoming Events

Visit the calendar

Virtual Education

View all offerings

Job Board

Visit the job board

Copyright © 2016 KnowledgeConnex, All rights reserved.

unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences