The AHIMA Election is now open. Your vote is vital! We encourage you to vote now for the 2021 leaders of the AHIMA Board of Directors, Commission on Certification of Health Informatics and Information Management, and Council for Excellence in Education. Here is a list of the leaders running: President/Chair-Elect (one open position) Seth M. Johnson, MBA, RHIA, FAHIMA Tim J. Keough, MPA, RHIA, FAHIMA Board Directors (three open positions) Maria A. Caban Alizondo, MOL, MLC, RHIT, FAHIMA Sue O. Clarke-Kendrick, MHA, RHIA Julia A. Harshbarger, MS, RHIA Robert Mohle, MBA, CFA, RHIA Shawn C. Wells, RHIT, CHDA Christine A. Williams, RHIA CCHIIM Commissioners (three open positions) Kelly F. Cooper, RHIA, CCS Sandra D. Frey, RHIT, CCS Artis Ann Howard, MHA, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P Regina L. Kraus, MSA, RHIA, CDIP, CPHQ Anissa D. McBreen, RHIT Braden Michael Tabisula, MBA, RHIA, CHDA CEE Council Members (two open positions) Mecredi Cruder, RHIA, CPC Mari C. Pirie-St. Pierre , MMI, RHIA, CPHI Jennifer (Heng) Sun, MHI, RHIT, CCS, CCS-P Amanda M. Walden, PhD, RHIA, CHDA Don’t miss this opportunity to pick your AHIMA leaders. Help shape the future by choosing the candidates …
LHIMA Contributes Toward COVID Relief with AHIMA HIRO Fund The Louisiana Health Information Management Association (LHIMA) recently contributed $2,500 toward the AHIMA Foundation’s Health Information Relief Operation Fund (HIRO Fund). This contribution was made to support HIM professionals in Louisiana who suffered a financial loss due to the COVID-19 disaster. The economic shutdown in spring of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic was especially impactful for those in the State of Louisiana due to the local outbreak, and HIM professionals were among the hardest hit in the healthcare community. The AHIMA HIRO Fund is designed to assist health information professionals whose personal or professional lives have been negatively impacted by a disaster. Applicants may request up to $500 in assistance to help them during the economic fall-out from the virus containment efforts. Applicants who meet the following criteria will be considered for financial assistance from the HIRO Fund: Applicants must live and/or work in a county that has been declared a FEMA-designated disaster area within the past twelve (12) months. Applicants must be AHIMA members in good standing before the date on which the county was declared a FEMA disaster area Applicants must experience and demonstrate financial need due …
Inside this issue: President’s Message LHIMA’s Statement on Racism and Public Health AHIMA Statement: A More Just Society Through Healthcare Data LHIMA’s COVID-19 Message VERISMA Offers LHIMA Free Webinars Congratulations to Delgado Community College Health Information Technology Program Graduates, May 2020! Congratulations to Southern University at New Orleans Health Information Management Graduates, May 2020! COVID-19 Highlights HIM’s Advance Care Planning Expertise AHIMA and AHA FAQs: ICD-10-CM Coding for COVID-19 The 5 T’s of a Best-in-Class HIM Compliance Program Be Sure to “Like” Us on Facebook Job Board Click here to read more!
The Louisiana Hospital Association Management Cooperation is hosting a 2-part coding seminar on June 4 and June 11 from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. This program will provide participants with a clearer vision of the various uses and challenges of ICD-10-CM coding and the interpretation of official coding guidelines. There are many factors that play a role in coding, and a clear direction and understanding is what is needed. Continuing education credits will be offered! Click here to find more details and register.
Inside this Issue: President’s Message CMS Engagement Sessions Surge Advisors Offers Mental Health Toolkit COVID-19 Uninsured Program Portal CMS Issues New FAQ on EMTALA, Updates on RHC and FQHC Flexibilities HHS to Delay Rules on Interoperability and Data Blocking Be Sure to “Like” Us on Facebook LHIMA Job Board Click here to read the full newsletter!
Inside this Issue: President’s Message Google Cloud Aims to Boost Health System Interoperability, Data Analytics with API Release: 5 Details Re-Opening Facilities to Provide Non-Emergent Non-COVID-19 Healthcare: Phase I New and Expanded Flexibilities for Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) Pearson Vue Allows for AHIMA Certifications During COVID-19 HITAC Sets Up COVID Task Force to Focus on Tech Issues Impeding Frontline Clinicians New Eyes on HIM Be Sure to “Like” Us on Facebook LHIMA Job Board Click here to read more!
A new AHIMA webinar, “Best Practices for Health Record Management in COVID-19,” aims to help health information professionals learn strategies for success in improving documentation during COVID-19. Webinar speakers include Diann H. Smith, MS, RHIA, CHP, FAHIMA, vice president of health information management services and clinical documentation integrity at Texas Health Resources, and Sue Clarke-Kendrick, MHA, RHIA, assistant vice president of network revenue integrity for Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, NY. Webinar participants will: Learn how HIM professionals have changed processes to manage records during COVID-19 Understand how to prepare for business continuity during the pandemic Hear discussion on coding and billing practices that are being employed Review best practices for health record documentation and managing workflow Learn More & Register
Inside this Issue: President’s Message Recent LHIMA Conference Success AHIMA Releases: COVID-19- News & Resources CMS Announces Relief for Clinicians, Providers, Hospitals and Facilities Participating in Quality Reporting Programs in Response to COVID-19 HHS releases final interoperability rules New ICD-10-CM Code Effective April 1, 2020 Be Sure to “Like” Us on Facebook LHIMA Job Board Click here to read more.
Dear Valued Client: LabCorp stands with you on the front lines of the response to COVID-19. As you provide the best possible care for your patients and manage concerns for what this will mean for your family, friends, community, and yourself, we want to provide an update on what LabCorp is doing to support the public response and make sure you have accurate information about LabCorp’s testing for COVID-19. Click here to read the entire update.
Register Now for AHIMA’s Virtual Hill Day Webinar Join AHIMA’s Policy & Government Affairs team for our 2020 Virtual Hill Day webinar on March 19 at 12 p.m. CT. Attendees will learn how they can advocate on behalf of the HIM profession, gain an understanding of the public policy issues AHIMA is focusing on before Congress, and learn how to contact their elected officials via phone, email, or social media with a comprehensive walkthrough of AHIMA’s Advocacy Action Center. Click here to register for the free webinar now.
Inside this issue: President’s Message LHIMA Upcoming Events LHIMA Board Election Congratulations GNOHIMA February Newsletter Learn About the Information Blocking Final Rule; Aligning Governance, Risk, and Compliance through Preventric Hospitals, Clinics Most Likely to Be Hit with Ransomware Attack New CCS Exam to Launch on May 1, 2020 Azar: ‘Scare Tactics’ Won’t Stall Interoperability Rules Be Sure to “Like” Us on Facebook LHIMA Job Board Read the newsletter
Inside this issue: President’s Message LHIMA Upcoming Events New CCS Exam to Launch on May 1, 2020 Report: How to Prepare Your Healthcare Organization for Interoperability Regulations—And More New Research Indicates AI May Be Catalyst to Making Healthcare More Human Appeals Court Upholds Risk-adjustment Payments ONC Adds Social Determinants Standards to Interoperability Advisory New Research Indicates Al May Be Catalyst to Making Healthcare More Human Be Sure to “Like” Us on Facebook LHIMA Job Board Read the newsletter
The Louisiana Health Information Management Association (LHIMA) awards support annually to each of the state’s accredited HIM programs as part of its “Support of Schools” initiative. LHIMA accomplished this through fundraising through its Silent Auction and Raffle at its annual convention, to be held March 2-4, 2020 in New Orleans (click here to learn more). If you are interested in supporting LHIMA with a donation or a raffle item (i.e. gift card) or a Silent Auction item, contact Stacy Collins email@example.com. Items will be collected until Friday, February 21, 2020. For questions or more information, contact LHIMA at 504.584.4010 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In this issue: President’s Message LHIMA Upcoming Events Be Sure to “Like” Us on Facebook Digital Data Explosion Fuels Demand for Healthcare Data Storage CMS Readmissions Penalty Adjustment Reducing the Hit For High Dual-Eligible Hospitals CMS Retails 340B, Site Neutral Payment Cute in Final Hospital Payment Rule As ACA Open Enrollment Starts, Markets Look Stable but Stagnant on Growth CMS Will Pay Hospitals $1.9 Billion in Bonuses for Inpatient Care Patient Matching Solutions Critical to Safety, Interoperability, and Cost Savings LHIMA Job Board Click here to read the e-News
In this issue: LHIMA Upcoming Events Coding Workshop Be Sure to “Like” Us on Facebook GNOHIMA 2nd Annual Networking Social CMS Readmissions Penalty Adjustment Reducing the Hit For High Dual-Eligible Hospitals CMS to Collect Information on Prices 340B Hospitals Actually Pay For Drugs How Teamwork Fuels Award Winning Health Information Management LHIMA Job Board Click here to read the e-News
In this issue: 2019 House of Delegates – Summary Tuesday, September 24 is Patient ID Day Be Sure to “Like” Us on Facebook LHIMA Upcoming Events LHIMA Southeast and Southwest Districts Merge to Become South District GNOHIMA 2nd Annual Networking Social Keeping Up with Disparate Health care Access Methods and Demands LHIMA Job Board Click here to read the e-News
Tell the US Senate It’s Time to Repeal the Ban on a Unique Patient Identifier In June, the US House of Representatives adopted an amendment striking language in the House FY20 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education (Labor-HHS) Appropriations bill that prohibits the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) from using federal funds to promote or adopt a unique patient identifier. Striking this language will give HHS the ability to evaluate a range of patient identification solutions that protect patient privacy and are cost-effective, scalable, and secure. Now that a budget deal in Congress has materialized, we expect the US Senate to move quickly to consider the Senate FY20 Labor-HHS appropriations bill this fall. Before Congress returns in September, we ask that you contact your US Senators via AHIMA’s Advocacy Action Center to encourage them to remove this archaic ban. Read the Amendment AHIMA Advocacy Center
The 2018-19 LHIMA Board of Directors is pleased to announce we have hired Ryan Kelly to succeed Ralph Morrison as our LHIMA Executive Director. Ryan has already started training and transition of some LHIMA Central Office functions with Ralph and will continue to take on more duties through June. Effective July 1, 2019, Ryan will assume all duties of the LHIMA Executive Director when Ralph steps down and will handle all central office responsibilities. Please welcome Ryan and you will have the opportunity to meet Ryan at the 2019 LHIMA Convention in Shreveport on Thursday or Friday. Ryan Kelly, MS, is a Mississippi native and founder/CEO of Horizon Professional Services. He previously served as Chief Advancement Office for William Carey University and Director of External Relations for The University of Southern Mississippi College of Health. Kelly earned a Bachelor of Science with honors from The University of Southern Mississippi in 2005 and a Master of Science with honors from Mississippi College in 2007. He is a graduate of the Area Development Partnership’s Leadership Pinebelt, the Mississippi Economic Council’s Blueprint Mississippi committee, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and the Mississippi Society of Association Executives. In addition to professional activities, Kelly also …
The 2019 LHIMA State Convention is right around the corner! Early registration is now open, and we hope you join us in Shreveport. LHIMA would love your support in assisting students majoring in one of the five (5) HIT/HIM schools in Louisiana. Each year, LHIMA awards six (6) scholarships to HIT/HIM students totaling $4,500. One of these scholarships provides $2,000 to a professional pursuing a graduate degree. You can support LHIMA Scholarship campaign by contributing to LHIMA Merit Scholarship Fund by going directly to the AHIMA Foundation website. Your donation is tax deductible for 2018 if you donate by 12/31/18. Please see link for to donate: Merit Scholarship Donation Link. We are once again offering an incentive and contest now until February 28, 2019. Any individual donating $20 or more to the LHIMA Merit Scholarship Fund between July 1, 2018 – February 28, 2019, will be entered into a drawing for a free 2019 LHIMA Convention registration valued at $272. The drawing and winner will be announced on March 4, 2019. If the winner has already registered and paid for the 2019 Convention, LHIMA will reimburse them up to $272. If anyone is interested in donating items to Support of …
P42 CFR Part 2 (Part 2) is a law that regulates the sharing of substance use disorder (SUD) records. Protecting patients’ confidentiality is of the utmost importance but the outdated nature of Part 2 has created barriers for providing the best care possible to individuals with SUD. H.R. 5795, the Opioid Prevention and Patient Safety Act (OPPS) Act will align Part 2 with HIPAA for purposes of treatment, payment and operations. H.R. 5795 will be considered on the House floor the week of June 11th when many other bills addressing the opioid crisis will also be brought up for a vote. We need you to call Congress this week and urge your U.S. Representative to cosponsor H.R. 5795 and vote yes when it comes to the House floor for a vote. Head to AHIMA’s Action Center where you can take action and find additional details.
LHIMA Members, LHIMA utilized a third party for our job postings and career center for the past few years. We monitored a number of postings and employer/job seeker satisfaction over the past few years. Based on feedback we are bringing back our inhouse job board. Benefits for employers are greatly reduced pricing to post jobs for 90 days. Benefits for members and job seekers are continued access to the career center benefits by continuing to use AHIMA’s website and access to our internal job board. Please consider posting any HIM job openings and sending this link to your human resources or career counselors within out great state. For more information on pricing and to post a position, Click here to complete the online job board submission form. Pricing: $75 per 90-day posting
Thank you to all active LHIMA members who voted in our 2018 online elections. Our voter turnout for 2018 was 9%. Below are the elected officers for the 2018-2019 LHIMA Board. President-Elect Laura Douresseaux Collins, MSHCM, RHIA, CHPS Secretary/Treasurer John Barrilleaux, MME, RHIA Installation of officers will occur during the business luncheon at the 2018 LHIMA Convention on Thursday, March 22, 2018.
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Looking for affordable and quality education and CEUs by year-end? Check out these options through LHIMA. On Demand Education Privacy and Security Webinar Series Advanced Anatomy and Physiology and Pharmacology for Coders CPT 2017 Updates Data Analytics Webinar Series – Sept 2016 Data Analytics Webinar Series – Aug 2017 Emerging Roles in HIM: Analytics and Informatics LHIMA Coding Webinars
LHIMA awards up to $4500 in scholarships each year to qualified students in associate, baccalaureate and graduate HIM programs across the state of Louisiana. We are launching a fundraising campaign to assist us in raising funds for this worthwhile effort to grow and support our future professionals. By contributing, you have two ways to help yourself and a future professional. If you donate directly to our LHIMA Merit Scholarship Fund by going directly to the AHIMA Foundation website your donation is tax deductible for 2017 if you donate by December 31, 2017. Also, all contributions at the $20 level or higher received before February 28, 2018 will be entered into a drawing for a free registration to attend the entire 2018 LHIMA Convention. If the winner has already registered the registration will be refunded. To donate today to the LHIMA Merit Scholarship Fund please click here. Thanks for your support! Lexi Landry, RHIA LHIMA Scholarship/Support of Schools Chair
LHIMA Summer 2017 Interval Alert
LHIMA Spring 2017 Interval Alert
The 2017 LHIMA State Convention is right around the corner! If you haven’t registered yet, early registration prices end on March 6th and LHIMA hotel rates end on March 27th!! If anyone is interested in donating any items to Support of Schools, please contact Melissa Landry – email@example.com, cell: 504-258-4944. We are now accepting silent auction items (gift baskets, jewelry, paintings, etc.) or gift cards from any major franchise (i.e., Target, Wal-Mart, Copeland’s, Outback Steakhouse) and we will also accept Visa, MasterCard, and American Express gift cards. Submissions can be mailed to Melissa Landry 2935 Metairie Heights Avenue, Metairie, LA 70002, or hand-delivered the day of the convention. Support of Schools is a great way to support the future of our profession! 2017 LHIMA Annual Convention April 5-7, 2017 Holiday Inn Alexandria-Downtown Alexandria, LA
LHIMA awards up to $4500 in scholarships each year to qualified students in associate, baccalaureate and graduate HIM programs across the state of Louisiana. We are launching a fundraising campaign to assist us in raising funds for this worthwhile effort to grow and support our future professionals. By contributing, you have two ways to help yourself and a future professional. If you donate directly to our LHIMA Merit Scholarship Fund by going directly to the AHIMA Foundation website your donation is tax deductible for 2017. Please note this is not tax deductible for your 2016 tax return. Also, all contributions at the $20 level or higher received before February 28th will be entered into a drawing for a free registration to attend the entire 2017 LHIMA Convention. If the winner has already registered the registration will be refunded. To donate today to the LHIMA Merit Scholarship Fund please follow this link: https://www.ahimafoundation.org/donate/lhima.html
Please note the extension for membership renewal and credentials per AHIMA. Please see important updates regarding CEU Reporting below. Earned CEUs Due to technical difficulties and increased demand on the AHIMA’s CEU Center and web store during this peak CEU earning and reporting period, AHIMA is extending the period where you can earn CEUs to January 31, 2017, from the original date of December 31, 2016 (for those whose cycle ended on 12/31/2016). This means you can continue to earn CEUs through the first month of this year and continue to enter any CEUs earned prior to January 31, 2017, through the end of your grace period on March 31, 2017. Any CEUs earned prior to January 31, 2017 and self reviews (for coding credentials) completed by March 31, 2017, will count toward your recertification requirements. CEU Deadlines If your recertification cycle ends on December 31, 2016, you have until March 31, 2017, to report your CEUs without incurring a late fee. If you are attempting to reinstate a revoked credential prior to the December 31, 2016, deadline, we have extended the deadline for reinstatement to January 31, 2017. If you are a holder of an AHIMA coding credential (CCA, …
LHIMA Winter 2016 Interval Alert
Thelma Baradell Massarini, RHIA 1929 – 2016 Thelma B. Massarini passed away at age 86 on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 after a brief sudden illness. She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Harold W. Massarini, Jr (2002) and her daughter-in-law, Gale (1984). Survived by her son, John Massarini, RHIT, daughter-in-law Kathleen Massarini, RN and grandson, Michael P. Massarini. Thelma was a founding member of GNOHIMA and LHIMA in 1949, serving as president of both groups. In her last term with LHIMA, Thelma saw the passage of the Edie V. Cooksey, RHIA Scholarship, named for another founding LHIMA member and former (AAMRL) AHIMA president, her friend Mrs. Cooksey. Thelma or Tootsie as she was more usually called, hosted HIM students almost every year that she served as HIM Director at Hotel Dieu Hospital in New Orleans (32 years). Tootsie completed her career as an HIM Supervisor at Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans. In addition, Thelma served as president of the Hotel Dieu Credit Union. She taught Medical Terminology and Coding classes at Hotel Dieu for thirty years. She was a recipient of the LHIMA Distinguished Member Award. In 1964 she testified before the Warren Commission following …
LHIMA Fall 2016 Interval Alert
LHIMA prepared this professional video to promote our association and advocacy efforts during 2016. The following TV stations broadcast our video: New Orleans, WDSU, Baton Rouge, WBTR and WVLA, Alexandria, KALB and KLAX, Lafayette/Lake Charles, KLFY and KPLC, Monroe, KTVE and KARD. We are very excited to promote our association and strategic initiatives to such a wide audience across Louisiana.
Cybersecurity and Healthcare – Controls, Plans, and Board Preparation Published on Mar 17, 2016 Part 1 session objectives include: Introducing terminology associated with cybersecurity, Discussing recent rise in breaches, hacking, and cyber-attacks in healthcare, and Explaining cyber-threat agents and their targets. Cybersecurity and Healthcare – Trends, Challenges, and Evolving Threats Published on Mar 17, 2016 Part 2 session objectives include: Discussing the trends in cybersecurity, Explaining the business challenges in a cyber world, Discussing the risks associated with “the Internet of things” and Reviewing the top cybersecurity concerns in healthcare. Cybersecurity and Healthcare – Controls, Plans, and Board Preparation Published on Mar 17, 2016 Part 3 session objectives include: Discussing key lines of defense for cybersecurity risks and Identifying the cybersecurity agenda for Executive Committee and/or Board of Director meetings.
LHIMA Interval Alert
With the implementation of ICD-10-CM/PCS in 2015, medical coders should continue to enhance their understanding of anatomy and physiology, disease processes and pharmacology. This underpinning assists the coder in appropriate code selection and improves communication with physicians and other healthcare providers. Join us for this four-part series to advance your understanding. This series is recommended for experienced coders but novice coders will gain additional understanding and expertise too. All sessions are pre-recorded. They are not live webinars. Learn More and Register
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ICD-10-CM/PCS is now a reality. The LHIMA Board wishes to thank you for your many letters, calls and tweets to Congress to help arrive at this event. As you begin coding I-10 today, we thought this information would be of assistance as provided by CMS. Thank you for continuing to improve healthcare for our consumers and country as we begin capturing better diagnostic and procedural data. CMS BLOG October 1, 2015 By Sean Cavanaugh, Deputy Administrator and Director, Center for Medicare Welcome to ICD-10 Today, the U.S. health care system moves to the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision – ICD-10. We’ve tested and retested our systems in anticipation of this day, and we’re ready to accept properly coded ICD-10 claims. The change to ICD-10 allows you to capture more details about the health status of your patients and sets the stage for improved patient care and public health surveillance across our country. ICD-10 will help move the nation’s health care system to better, smarter care. You may wonder when we’ll know how the transition is going. It will take a couple of weeks before we have the full picture of ICD-10 implementation because very few health care providers file …
Beginning October 2015*, AHIMA’s coding and HIM certification exams are changing to reflect the ICD-10 code set. Exam transition dates are as follows: Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) October 5, 2015 Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) October 9, 2015 Certified Coding Associate (CCA) October 12, 2015 Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) October 16, 2015 Certified Coding Specialist—Physician-based (CCS-P) October 19, 2015 *Dependent on an ICD-10 implementation deadline of October 1, 2015. Still Want the ICD-9 Exam? If you want to take a coding or HIM certification exam in the ICD-9 code set, there is still time. You can register now and take the exam by September 30.
Did you miss our 2015 LHIMA Mini-Convention in April? If yes, we had you in mind. We have 4 CEUs recorded for purchase and playback at anytime from your desktop. You may purchase any of the recorded sessions individually or a greater savings as a bundle. Register
The recipients of AHIMA’s 2015 Triumph Awards in nine categories have been announced. This year’s awards, recognizing professionals whose extraordinary leadership, volunteerism, and talent are advancing the health information management field, will be presented at AHIMA’s Convention & Exhibit in New Orleans, LA, this fall. View the 2015 winners. LHIMA congratulates Danielle P. Berthelot, MHI, RHIA, CHTS-IM on receipt of the Mentor Award for 2015.
Recently, US Representative Ted Poe (TX-2) introduced H.R.2126. This bill would prohibit the Secretary of Health and Human Services from replacing ICD-9 with ICD-10 in implementing the HIPAA code set standards. Send a letter to your US Senators and Representatives and let them know you oppose this bill. ICD-10 must be implemented in 2015. For additional information, please read the JAHIMA article on the bill.
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Ask Congress to no longer prohibit HHS from establishing standards for a unique patient identifier In 1996 Congress passed HIPAA which included provisions that required HHS to “adopt national standards for electronic healthcare transactions” and “a standard unique health identifier for each individual, employer, health plan, and health care provider for use in the healthcare system.” In 1998 Congress passed Public Law 105-277 that prohibited HHS spending any funds to “promulgate or adopt any final standard..providing for, or providing for the assignment of, a unique health identifier for an individual..until legislation is enacted specifically approving the standard.” HIMSS identified cost savings and safety benefits associated with a unique patient identifier. Congress should permit HHS to develop standards, especially if this could increase efficiencies and prevent medical errors. This was one of the three major items your LHIMA representatives directly petitioned congressional leaders to address this month in Washington, D.C. If you have an interest in signing this petition, please click here.