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MSHIMA Leadership Nominations and Awards Now Accepted

Applications are now being accepted for MSHIMA leadership positions.

Available positions include:
  • President-elect
  • Northern liaison
  • Central liaison
  • Southern liaison
  • Nominating committee 
Additionally, nominations are now open for the Association’s awards including the:
  • Distinguished Member Award
  • Champion Award
  • e-HIM Award
  • Educator Award
  • Legacy Award
  • Mentor Award
  • Research Award
  • Rising Star Award 
Details as to the board positions and awards may be found in the MSHIMA manual by clicking here.
For board nominations, please e-mail us at with the following information for the nominee: full name, e-mail, phone, employer and job title. For award nominations, please complete our online award nomination form.

We will contact each nominee for additional information. All nominations must be made by Thursday, March 10, 2016. A membership vote will take place thereafter.

Register Today for the MSHIMA Annual Meeting

The conference will be held at the beautiful Jackson Marriott on June 21-24, 2016. Registration is coming soon. 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 is nearing completion and will be announced soon. Beat the rush and register online today!
Click here to register.

State Health Officer Honored with National Award

State Health Officer Dr. Mary Currier was honored with the 2016 Dr. Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Government Service by the American Medical Association (AMA) at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. The Mississippi State Medical Association (MSMA) nominated Currier late last year. “The AMA’s Nathan Davis Award is recognized nationally as one of the most prestigious honors extended to elected officials and career government employees for outstanding endeavors that advance public health. MSMA nominated Dr. Currier to highlight her work to protect the public by requiring immunizations for school attendance. The Mississippi law is a model law that is recognized nationally as the strongest and best immunization law in America,” said MSMA President Dr. Daniel P. Edney.  Edney adds, “Dr. Currier’s leadership and dedication to this fight justly identifies her as our country’s outstanding public health official for 2016.”


EHR Incentive Program Hardship Deadline Extension

CMS is extending the application deadline for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program hardship exception process that reduces burden on clinicians, hospitals, and critical access hospitals (CAHs). The new deadline for Eligible Professionals, Eligible Hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals is July 1, 2016. CMS is extending the deadline so providers have sufficient time to submit their applications to avoid adjustments to their Medicare payments in 2017. CMS streamlined hardship exception application forms that reduce the amount of information that eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals, and CAHs must submit to apply for an exception. The new applications and instructions for providers seeking a hardship exception are available via the link above.


Sequestration Cut Continues for Medicare

Medicare Fee-For-Service claims with dates-of-service or dates-of-discharge on or after April 1, 2013, continue to incur a 2 percent reduction in Medicare payment until further notice. The claims payment adjustment will continue to be applied to all claims after determining coinsurance, any applicable deductible, and any applicable Medicare Secondary Payment adjustments. Though beneficiary payments for deductibles and coinsurance are not subject to the 2 percent payment reduction, Medicare’s payment to beneficiaries for unassigned claims is subject to the 2 percent reduction. CMS encourages Medicare physicians, practitioners, and suppliers who bill claims on an unassigned basis to continue discussions with beneficiaries on the impact of sequestration on Medicare’s reimbursement. Questions about reimbursement should be directed to the Medicare Administrative Contractor.

Gauging Stakeholder Response to ICD-10

Now that the October 1, 2015, ICD-10 
implementation deadline has passed, AHIMA has collected responses from different sources to begin to examine how facilities, payers, providers, and vendors have fared with meeting the compliance deadline. Additionally, we sought to examine the impact ICD-10 has had on organizations' electronic health records through an informal survey conducted on AHIMA's Engage Online Communities and through e-mails with members of AHIMA Practice Councils.
Recommendation: A National Patient ID for Safety
David Muntz, CHCIO, FCHIME, LCHIME, FHIMSS, advisor to AHIMA's board of directors and former principal deputy national coordinator of the Office of the National Coordinator, published an article in Healthcare Informatics discussing why we need a national patient safety identifier. "We need certainty, not approximation," when it comes to patient matching, Muntz writes. Further, the best way to reduce errors that can arise from incorrect patient matching, Muntz says, is by using "a voluntary, patient-managed health safety identification scheme based on something that already exists, is widely adopted, can be easily remembered, and will be shared when and where the patient chooses to do so."

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