NEWS

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04/14/14   2015 ArHIMA Annual Convention Dates Announced

The 2014 ArHIMA convention was an unqualified success with over 160 attendees, 14 CEs available, and the "after convention" event at Oaklawn! Mark your calendar today for next year's event, to be held in Ft. Smith from April 15-17, 2015!



04/09/14  ArHIMA Annual Convention Begins Today!

The annual convention and exhibits for 2014 begins at 1:00 p.m. today with Dr. Kevin Atkinson and "Managing Your Way to Success." The educational sessions continue all day Thursday, then end on Friday at noon. There's still time to come - register at the door for all three days or for individual days as your schedule permits!

03/31/14  Senate Vote Delays ICD-10 Implementation

The implementation of ICD-10 has been delayed until at least October 1, 2015 by a vote of 64 to 35 in the senate today, passing H.R. 4302, a "patch" for the sustainable growth rate. See more at
http://ahima.org.


3/31/2014  CCS Exam Suspended
Effective immediately, the Commission on Certification for Health Informatics and Information Management (CCHIIM) is suspending administration of AHIMA's Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) examination in all U.S. and Global Pearson Professional Centers. This action has been taken due to concerns over exam security and will continue until such time as the security and integrity of the exam is ensured.

3/6/14  CMS Publishes Interactive eHealth Timeline

The CMS has made available an interactive eHealth initiative time to include EHR (Meaningful Use), Quality Measurements, Administrative Simplification, and Patient Outcomes/Payment Reform deadlines and milestones. Check it out at
http://cms.gov/apps/interactive-timeline/.


3/4/14  CMS Puts Recovery Audit Contractor Program on Hold

On February 18, the CMS made several announcements concerning the Medicare Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) program that put the program on hold until new vendor contracts are awarded. The following deadlines should be noted:
  • February 21: Last day Recovery Auditors may send postpayment additional documentation requrests (ADR)
  • February 28: Last day MACs may send prepayment ADRs for the Recovery Auditor prepayment review determination.
  • June 1: Last day Recovery Auditors may send improper payment files to the MACs for adjustment.

 

2/19/14  ArHIMA to Offer CCS Prep in early March

This will be the last CCS prep that we offer before the AHIMA CCS is changed to reflect ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS content in April 2014! This workshop is scheduled for March 7 - 8 (Friday afternoon & Saturday) in Fort Smith and will help you prepare for the CCS exam prior to April 1, 2014. Click here for more information and the registration form.

1/31/14  OIG Publishes 2014 Workplan

In 101 pages, the OIG outlines the upcoming focus of their workplan, to include ACA reviews and Recovery Act Reviews. Download the 2014 workplan here: http://oig.hhs.gov/reports-and-publications/workplan/index.asp#current 

1/29/14  ICD-10 Training to be Offered in Arkansas

Administrative Consultant Service (ACS) and the Arkansas Hospital Association (AHA) both plan to offer ICD-10 training during 2014. ACS plans an entire week of all-day training (two days of dedicated CM training and three days of PCS) while the AHA plans to offer one full day per month, incorporating both CM and PCS, beginning in January and ending in August. The AHA education will be held at the Arkansas Hospital Association headquarters in Little Rock. Topics and dates are as follows:

Administrative Consultant Service
8:30 a.m. Registration - 5:00 p.m. Adjourn
Class size limited to 25

Arkansas Hospital Association
8:30 a.m. Registration - 3:45 p.m. Adjourn
Class size limited to 60

March 31-April 4, 2014 North Arkansas Regional Medical Center (Harrison)

January 29, 2015 Overview of the Coding Systems

June 9-13, 2014 Arkansas Methodist Medical Center (Paragould)

February 26, 2014 Infectious Diseases / Neoplasms / Blood & Immune Systems / Nutritional / Metabolism Disorders

March 14, 2014 Mental Disorders / Nervous System / Eye & Ear

 

April 30, 2014 Circulatory / Respiratory

 

May 21, 2014 Musculoskeletal / Skin & Subcutaneous

 

June 25, 2014 OB / Newborn / Congenital

 

July 23, 2014 Digestive / Genitourinary

 

August 27, 2014 Signs/Symptoms, Injuries/Poisonings/External Causes / Factors Influencing Health Status


Further details can be found at: http://www.arkhospitals.org/events/icd-10-workshop or http://www.acsteam.net/services/icd10/.




1/19/14  CMS Hosted Open-Door Forum and National Provider Call on 2-Midnight Rule

On December 19, 2013 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) hosted an Open Door Forum to provide more information regarding the new "2-midnight rule" for determining inpatient status, followed by a National Provider Call on January 17, 2014 . Presentation slides are available on the CMS website for both, but recordings and transcripts are not yet available for either. Extensive FAQs are available, and more National Provider Calls are expected to address issues in the near future. For the most up-to-date information, go to http://cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/Monitoring-Programs/Medicare-FFS-Compliance-Programs/Medical-Review/InpatientHospitalReviews.html.


11/27/13 OPPS Final Rule Released

On November 27, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the Calendar Year (CY) 2014 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (PPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment System Policy Changes and Payment Rates final rule with comment period. The rule will be published December 10. Comments are due January 27, 2014.

11/04/13  Be aware of the CCHIIM ICD-10 Exam Launch Timeline

AHIMA credentialing exams will be updated with ICD-10 content as follows:
  • CCA - late March 2014
  • RHIA, RHIT, CCS, CCS-P – April 2014
  • CDIP – July 2014
  • CHPA & CHDA – January 2015

           GET ENGAGED!! The AHIMA has launched a new community to give members a place to interact. Click on the engage logo to get started.


10/24/2013 CMS Announces Changes to Processing ESRD Claims in 2014

CMS updated the Medicare claims processing manual for ESRD; chapter 11 received numerous additions and clarifications. Read the CodeWrite article here: 

http://www.codeitrightonline.com/ciri/processing-end-stage-renal-disease-claims-in-2014.html


9/15/2013 Recognition Weeks for Health IT and CDI

National Health IT Week and Clinical Documentation Improvement Week both take place this week (September 16-20, 2013). Be extra appreciative of the work they do in order to have more complete, secure, and accessible health information!

9/15/2013 - ICD-10 Workshops to be Held in 2014

Administrative Consultant Service, based in Shawnee, Oklahoma will be conducting ICD-10-CM/PCS workshops in Paragould, Magnolia, and Harrison, Arkansas next year. For dates and pricing, click here.



8/2/2013 - CMS Publishes FY14 Inpatient Prospective Payment System Final Rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule updating fiscal year (FY) 2014 Medicare payment policies and rates for inpatient stays at general acute care and long-term care hospitals (LTCHs). The rule improves value and quality in hospital care and provides clarification about when a patient should be admitted to the hospital and responds to recent concerns about extended Medicare beneficiary stays in the hospital outpatient department. For more information, see the August 19, 2013 issue of the Federal Register.


4/28/2013

Thank you all for joining us at the ArHIMA Convention 2013 in North Little Rock.

Our next convention will be held at the Embassy Suites in Hot Springs from April 9th - 11th, 2014.  More information will be provided as the time draws near. Save the date!






3/22/2013



ArHIMA was represented by Melinda Wilkins, PhD, RHIA and Jaime Jester, RHIT, CCS in Washington D.C. Our members were seen conversing with U.S. Congress Representative, 3rd District, Steve Womack.

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