December 2018 | Volume 23 | No. 6
AHIMA TRANSFORMATION UPDATE PG 5 | STUDENT CONVENTION VOLUNTEERS PG 10 | MEE T THE NE W 2019 BOD PG 12
CAE, is named
by the Board of
Directors. Her new role
becomes effective the following month.
The US Department of Labor (DOL)
names the AHIMA Foundation as a
National Program for Apprenticeship.
This national recognition allows the
Foundation to use a national standard,
rather than individual state standards, to
help employers move more quickly and
easily through the process of establishing
a registered apprenticeship program.
The 2018 House of Delegates begins its
work, including four task forces focusing
on areas that affect AHIMA members and
the profession: consumer engagement,
HIM awareness, the future of the House,
and the 2018 House of Delegates meeting.
The AHIMA World Congress (AWC)
unveils a video promoting organizational
AHIMA submits comments on the
Office of the National Coordinator for
HIT’s (ONC’s) draft Trusted Exchange
Framework and Common Agreement
(TEFCA). The TEFCA is part of the 21st
Century Cures Act’s mandate to develop
a set of principles for the trusted exchange
of electronic health information,
including “a common agreement among
health information networks nationally,”
to bridge the gap between providers’ and
patients’ information systems.
AHIMA releases the
aspects of starting
an outpatient CDI
program. The toolkit
is free for members.
AHIMA provides comments to ONC and
the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid
Services (CMS) following a public
hearing on ways the agencies can reduce
documentation burden for clinicians.
The new CDI and Coding
Collaboration in Denials
Management Toolkit is
published. The toolkit
aims to benefit both new
and experienced denials
on claim denials for
medical necessity, coding,
and clinical documentation.
The association implements a secure
messaging portal called Mimecast,
introducing an additional layer of
protection for outbound email containing
sensitive or confidential information.
AHIMA’s Washington, DC, office hosts
its annual Advocacy Summit. The event
welcomes 160 members who advocated
for language in the annual budget
process that would foster collaboration
between the US Department of Health
and Human Services and industry to
advance a nationwide patient-matching
strategy. Attendees also advocate for co-sponsorship of HR 6082, the Overdose
Prevention and Patient Safety Act, and
S. 1850, the Protecting Jessica Grubb’s
Legacy Act. Both bills seek to align the
42 CFR Part 2 regulation, which governs
the sharing of substance use disorder
information with HIPAA for purposes
of treatment, payment, and operations.
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AHIMA Celebrates a Year of Change, Success
Editor’s note: This article includes highlights through October 2018.
AMERICANHEALTHINFORMATIONMANAGEMENTASSOCIATION OutpatientClinical DocumentationImprovement (CDI) TOOLKIT
Denials Management TOOLKIT
FOCUSING ON FACILITY MEDICAL NECESSITY,
CODING, AND CLINICAL DOCUMENTATION