Over the past few weeks, the CHIMA Board of Directors has been monitoring the ever-changing COVID-19 situation. Due to the World Health Organization (WHO) classifying COVID-19 as a global pandemic and it now being a state of emergency with large groups being banned, the Board has decided not to hold the Annual Meeting that was scheduled for May 7-8,2020.
The Board and Annual Meeting Committee is considering all options including virtual education sessions (recorded) or postponing the in-person meeting until the fall of 2020. Please click on the survey monkey link below to let us know your preference and thoughts about the meeting. Once a final decision has been made, we will communicate this to the members and exhibitors.
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As you may know, today is AHIMA’s Virtual Hill Day–a day for all health information professionals to advocate on behalf of the profession. I encourage you to head over to AHIMA’s Action Center (click here) to contact your elected officials in Congress to tell them about the issues that matter to this profession.
We’ve created two engagements that focus on the issues that are critical to the profession and that are active issues before the US Congress: patient identification and the modernization of health information laws to help stem the tide of opioid misuse. You can find direct links to these engagements and additional information about the issues here:
AHIMA’s social media manager will be posting and tweeting about AHIMA’s Virtual Hill Day throughout the day. I encourage you to share, post, and re-tweet these messages throughout the day to inspire others to let their voice be heard.
It doesn’t take more than a few moments. Even during these times of great uncertainty it is important to let your elected officials know about the issues that matter to you as a profession and can have an impact on your daily life.
Thank you for all that you do for the profession and AHIMA.
Lauren Riplinger, JD
Vice President, Policy & Government Affairs
AHIMA is looking for strategic, innovative, dedicated members to be considered for one of our five elected roles in 2021.
View the opportunities for the AHIMA President/Chair-elect, Board of Directors, CEE members, CCHIIM Commissioners, and Speaker-elect of the House of Delegates on the AHIMA website.
Select the Elected Positions tab from the top toolbar to review each description. The application for each position is posted on Engage’s Volunteer Center.
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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 promulgate 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.
For nearly two decades, innovation and industry progress has been stifled due to broad interpretation of this language included in Labor-HHS bills since FY1999. More than that, without the ability of clinicians to correctly connect a patient with their medical record, lives have been lost and medical errors have needlessly occurred. These are situations that could have been entirely avoidable had patients been able to have been accurately identified and matched with their records. This problem is so dire that one of the nation’s leading patient safety organizations, the ECRI Institute, named patient identification among the top ten threats to patient safety.
The absence of a consistent approach to accurately identifying patients has also resulted in significant costs to hospitals, health systems, physician practices, long-term post-acute care (LTPAC) facilities, and other providers, as well as hindered efforts to facilitate health information exchange. According to a 2016 study of healthcare executives, misidentification costs the average healthcare facility $17.4 million per year in denied claims and potential lost revenue. More importantly, there are patient safety implications when data is matched to the wrong patient and when essential data is lacking from a patient’s record due to identity issues. The 2016 National Patient Misidentification Report cites that 86 percent of respondents said they have witnessed or know of a medical error that was the result of patient misidentification.
Contact Congress today and urge them to strike this archaic ban from the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2020.
Dear CHIMA Members,
The CHIMA board reached out to all of you last week regarding the 2019 AHIMA ballot. We received an overwhelming response (85% polled) that you do not agree with this ballot, particularly as it relates to the positions of President-Elect (PE) and Speaker-Elect (SE) of the House of Delegates (HoD). Please read through the information below to make an informed decision. We apologize in advance for the lengthy message.
Background: On occasion, CHIMA and other component state associations (CSAs) disagree with AHIMA’s decisions relative to governing our HIM profession. Today we find ourselves in one of those situations. It is time to vote for AHIMA board members for the upcoming association year, and you may have noticed that the ballot includes only one candidate for each of the positions of PE and SE. The SE is elected by the House of Delegates, so this candidate will not appear on the AHIMA member ballot. The Speaker of the House is a very important position and serves on the AHIMA Board of Directors.
The Nominating Committee (NC) has the responsibility of selecting candidates for
open board positions for the upcoming year. The NC is partially elected by members of the HoD during an annual vote and partially appointed by AHIMA Board of Directors. The NC has a well-defined process and procedure. Prior to this year’s election, the policy did specify that multiple candidates should be selected for PE. The policy did already allow for one SE candidate though.
Potential candidates complete the Volunteer Leadership Competencies self-assessment and the Board of Directors candidates must review the AHIMA Board of Directors Attributes, developed by the Board of Directors and updated yearly to ensure candidates meet the needs of the Board for the upcoming three-year term. According to a message posted on the State Leader/House of Delegates Community on Engage by the current AHIMA President, this year’s instruction to the NC was to find candidates with specific skills to help further the new AHIMA Mission, Vision, and Values in support of the strategic plan. It is certainly not unusual to expect candidates for Board service to support the mission, vision, values, and strategic plan of the organization they wish to serve as they become an active part of the leadership team.
Assessment: The ballot is unusual and surprising as it notes the uncontested candidacy. The outcome of the work of the NC – is the uncontested candidacy of two key association leaders: President-Elect and Speaker-Elect of the HoD. We learned from the Chair of the Nominating Committee during a HoD call last week that there were other nominees for these positions. However, a policy change was approved by the AHIMA Board of Directors to allow only one candidate for PE after the NC felt that this candidate alone met all the qualifications.
By presenting a ‘slate’ ballot for these key positions, the NC has in effect determined who will serve in those roles, removing the individual member’s right and opportunity to review multiple, qualified candidates and make a choice.
The CHIMA Board of Directors does not doubt the skills and professionalism of the candidates selected by the NC. We also appreciate the difficult decisions that the NC needed to make. We do, however, have strong doubts and concern that of more than 83,000 members, there was only one qualified for each of these two key positions in the governance of our profession.
Options and Impact: There are three ways members can respond.
**An important note: AHIMA bylaws require a 3% voter response from members for a valid election.**
- Vote: Voting would count your vote for the President-Elect, as there is only one candidate on the ballot and it would also allow you to vote for 3 other roles that are currently on the ballot have more than one candidate. This choice counts toward the 3% requirement.
During a House of Delegates call last week, the AHIMA BOD did indicate they had voted to add a “write-in” option for the candidate of president-elect. Any “write-in” candidate would still need to meet the qualifications outlined by AHIMA P&P as well as the BOD defined qualifications.
- Abstain: If you abstain from voting for certain candidates this means that you state you are “not voting” for certain positions but the choice does count toward the 3% requirement.
- No Vote: A no vote, meaning you simply do not complete any part of the AHIMA ballot. This option is the only option that removes you from the percentage of members placing a vote. This does not count toward the 3% requirement.
CHIMA Decision: We are a VOICE for you in our state and nationally with AHIMA. We are awaiting the additional information regarding the “write-in” option. Our hope is that there will be additional candidates that we can share with you as options for a “write-in” to ensure you are able to make an informed CHOICE.
Future Work: The CHIMA BOD is leading the movement with other CSAs to work on AHIMA bylaw revisions that remove the AHIMA Board’s involvement in appointing members to the NC and remove the possibility for an uncontested vote. Other CSAs from across the country have joined us in this effort. This situation is currently unfolding and we have much work to do in formulating responses and reaching out to others, but we are working to be YOUR voice at a national level on this issue.
Closing: Again, we ask that you consider all of the information, options, and impact of those
options and make an informed choice when deciding on the action you will take.
As always, please do reach out to your Board members and delegates with questions and concerns. https://www.chima.org/contact-us/
Thank you for the opportunity to serve!
The CHIMA Board of Directors
Over the last couple of days we have had some substantial movement on patient matching in the US House of Representatives.
Representatives Bill Foster (IL) and Mike Kelly (PA) introduced a bipartisan amendment this week that strikes section 510 from the Labor-HHS Education Appropriations which currently prohibits the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from spending any federal dollars to promulgate or adopt a national patient identifier.
The amendment will likely come to the House floor for a vote tomorrow and we need your help. We are asking AHIMA members to contact their U.S. Representative today and tomorrow asking them to support the Foster-Kelly Amendment #3 to HR 2740, the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2020. AHIMA’s Advocacy Action Center has everything you need to email your U.S. Representative.
Here is the direct link to the engagement. Please feel free share this link via email, social media, etc. both far and wide.
If you have any questions or if we can be of any assistance, please let us know, we are happy to help. I will continue to keep you all updated as things progress!
Lauren Riplinger, JD
Senior Director, Federal Relations | Policy & Government Relations
AHIMA | American Health Information Management Association
1730 M Street, NW, Suite 502 | Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 839-1218
Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations Part 2 (often referred to as 42 CFR Part 2, or simply “Part 2”) 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, often leaving clinicians unaware of risks from multiple drug interactions and co-existing medical problems.
In June, the House of Representatives passed HR 6082, the Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act by a vote of 357 to 57. The OPPS Act enables appropriate sharing of substance use disorder records by aligning Part 2 with HIPAA for purposes of treatment, payment, and operations. The bill also includes criminal, civil, and administrative protections for patients during legal proceedings and applies HIPAA penalties to the Part 2 program to ensure that patients can seek treatment without fear their information will be inappropriately shared.
The Senate is putting the finishing touches on its opioid legislation this week. We need you to take action and urge your US Senator to support Part 2 reform as part of the opioid package.
Call your US Senator to ask him or her to support Part 2 reform as part of the opioid package.
AHIMA’s Advocacy Action Center has everything you need to take action.
Your assistance is critical to getting Part 2 reform passed out of the US Senate!
Information from the AHIMA 6/28/18 E-Alert
The Commission on Certification for Health Informatics and Information Management (CCHIIM) has amended the eligibility criteria to sit for the RHIA certification exam for individuals who hold the RHIT. Individuals who have the RHIT will be eligible for the RHIA exam starting July 1, 2017, through December 31, 2021, if they have received a baccalaureate degree or higher from a regionally-accredited institution or nationally-recognized accreditor (official sealed transcripts must be sent to AHIMA for verification); and received their RHIT credential on or before August 31, 2018; and have complied with the Standards for Maintenance of the RHIT credential.
Learn more on our RHIA webpage (click on the “Proviso” tab)
June 28, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM MT
This lunch and learn webinar will present case studies for complex spinal procedures and apply coding guidelines and Coding Clinic advice to arrive at the correct ICD-10-PCS codes.
- Review pertinent spinal anatomy
- Describe spinal fusion procedure intent
- Determine which procedures are integral to spinal fusion and which should be coded separately
- Identify components of the operative report necessary for ICD-10-PCS code assign
Speaker: Kristi Pollard, senior consultant at Haugen Consulting Group
Click here to learn more and register.
AHIMA is rolling out a new membership model. Learn more about the various membership types AHIMA offers and the costs and benefits associated with them. Instead of a one-size-fits-all approach to membership, each member will be empowered to select the AHIMA content, services, and products they most value.
Click here for more information.
Click here to download the Colorado Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment (MOST) form.
July 28, 2016, 8:30-5:00 MT
Continuing Education Units Available: 7
Leadership Forum: Driving Information Governance will focus on the role of the leader and the requisite skills needed to drive change and project management for success across the enterprise. An IG infrastructure that aligns with the enterprise strategic initiatives will be discussed, including the role of the Chief Information Governance Officer (CIGO).
Healthcare organizations and stakeholders need the right information at the right time, in other words, trustworthy information, to make accurate decisions. Leadership Forum: Driving Information Governance will focus on key industry initiatives that rely on trustworthy information. You will hear from industry leaders on timely topics that include data governance and analytics; quality patient care and patient safety; privacy and security; and information management. Take advantage of in-depth discussions on timely topics that include real-world case scenarios and essential tools and techniques to help you initiate an enterprise IG strategy for your organization.
- Discuss leadership in information governance, including IG infrastructure and the CIGO role, in support of a successful IG program over the lifetime of the organization
- Gain an understanding of the need for information governance as the overarching, enterprise-wide program that coordinates and provides oversight to ensure trustworthy that supports quality patient care, accurate data reporting and reimbursement, confidence in business decisions
- Learn ways to demonstrate information as an asset through industry leader presentations on innovative health care topics and solutions to information challenges
- Gain key take-aways that will offer guidance in developing a plan for your organization
Target Audience: Organizational leadership, including CIO, CMIO, CIGO, CFO, Decision Support, HIM, Quality, Risk, Privacy Officers, Compliance
Click here to learn more.
On April 1, 2014 President Obama signed H.R. 4302, the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014. As you know, Section 212 of the bill delayed ICD-10-CM/PCS implementation until at least October 1, 2015.
To ensure that Congress does not pass another legislative delay, we need you to continue advocating for the implementation of ICD-10-CM/PCS. Please consider the following action items:
- Write your Members of Congress by using this link:
- View AHIMA’s “ICD-10: A Legislative Review” webinar and share the information with our colleagues.
Let your elected officials know that AHIMA, along with its coalition partners, supports ICD-10.
Thank you for your time, and advocacy efforts.