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 Louisiana Health Information Management Association is pleased to announce that it is now accepting abstracts for agenda consideration for the 2020 LHIMA Annual Meeting, which will be held at the Higgins Hotel in New Orleans on March 3-5, 2020. You may submit submit a presentation that you feel would best educate LHIMA members. Topics may range from inpatient/outpatient coding, CDI, management, leadership, HIT, or any other HIM-related emphasis area. The 2020 Planning Committee will collect submissions and consider which topics best reflect the needs of members. To submit, please send the following information: 1. A 4-6 sentence abstract of your presentation (a description of content) 2. Any supporting materials that you already have for the presentation 3. Either a video of your presenting a snippet of the topics, or at least two references that have heard you present in the past. You may upload these items and submit your abstract to the LHIMA Speakers Bureau page or by contacting Ryan Kelly at email@example.com. Deadline to submit is Friday, August 9, 2019. Thank you for the consideration!
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.