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Mississippi’s Susan Perkins Elected to AHIMA Board


MSHIMA board member Susan Perkins, RHIT, CCS, CHTS-IM, CHC, was recently elected to the AHIMA Board of Directors. Susan joins leaders from throughout the country for leadership on the national governing body for HIM professionals. Congratulations Susan!

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Affordable Care Act Payment Model Continues to Improve Care, Lower Costs


The Independence at Home Demonstration continues to provide high quality primary care services for chronically ill Medicare beneficiaries in the home setting while saving the Medicare program money, according to a new analysis released on August 9. The CMS analysis found that, for the second performance year, Independence at Home participants saved Medicare more than $10 million – an average of $1,010 per beneficiary – while delivering higher quality patient care in the home. CMS will award incentive payments of $5.7 million to seven participating practices that succeeded in reducing spending while improving quality.  In the second performance year, 15 practices served more than 10,000 Medicare beneficiaries. According to the CMS analysis, all 15 practices improved quality from the first performance year in at least two of the six quality measures for the demonstration. Four practices met the performance measures for all six quality measures.

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ICD-10 GEMS for 2017 Available


The 2017 General Equivalence Mappings (GEMs) are available, along with the ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS code updates:
  • Diagnosis: 2017 ICD-10-CM and GEMs webpage
  • Procedures: 2017 ICD-10-PCS and GEMs webpage
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Hospitals Express 'Grave Concern' About Mobile Device Security


Hospitals are increasingly questioning their ability to keep mobile devices and patient data secure as cyberthreats evolve, with 82 percent of respondents to a recent survey saying it’s a “grave concern” for them. For Spyglass Consulting Group’s Point of Care Communications for Nursing 2016 survey, respondents noted that personally owned mobile devices used by nurses and physicians were a large security worry. The responses were collected via 100 interviews with IT and healthcare professionals working in hospital-based environments.

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For Provider-Sponsored Health Plans, Second Time's the Charm


Provider-sponsored health plans may succeed this time around, according to a piece in National Law Review. Hospitals and health systems often couldn't make a success of the plans because they didn't fully understand the business of insurance, lacked experience and were unable to maintain the significant cash reserves necessary under risk-based capital requirements. But now, changes in the health care landscape make it possible

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ICD-10: Updated Questions and Answers


Updates to the clarifying Questions and Answers related to the July 6, 2015, CMS/AMA joint announcement and guidance regarding ICD-10 flexibilities are available. See the ICD-10 website for more resources, including Contacts for Medicare and Medicaid Questions.

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