In This Issue
The Bright Future of HIM, Are You Ready for the Opportunities
Article excerpts are from the latest March/April CHIA Journal. Read the full articles and more in the online version here

Journal
Transforming Challenges into Opportunities 
by Deborah Collier, RHIA 

Technological advances will continue to accelerate and impact how we perform our work. Additionally, health care regulations transforming the health care industry create challenges. The transition to value-based models along with initiatives to promote population health, consumer engagement, accountable care, and information governance, present challenges to manage electronic health record usability, improve clinical documentation and data integrity. How can these challenges become opportunities? One suggestion is to determine whether your skill sets and experience enable you to create an opportunity for advancement to manage a quality payment program. 

"We have to learn all we can to make ourselves valuable", spoken by Dorothy Vaughan's character in the inspirational movie "Hidden Figures". The movie portrayed great examples of transforming challenges into opportunities. Consider aggressively turning challenges into opportunities to prevent HIM jobs being acquired by other professionals. Staying in the forefront requires cultivation of alliances with the information technology and quality departments. Collaboration with diverse groups will also demonstrate the value of HIM professionals. Are you ready for the opportunities? 

The Bright Future of HIM: A View from Four CHIA Past Presidents 
CHIA Past Presidents share their views from four different key perspectives: HIM consultant; HIM educator; HIT professional; and HIM leadership volunteer.

The collective responses highlight the fantastic knowledge base on which to build on and prepare HIM professionals to move forward into the rapidly advancing health care environment. The common thread running through the responses is the need for enhancing this knowledge base and our individual skills to prepare us for the many new opportunities arising in the health care industry. There are many career prep tools and resources available to assist professionals in assessing where they are and where they may want to be in the future. The HIM profession continues to offer many opportunities and CHIA Past Presidents hope to help prepare HIM professionals for these emerging opportunities and the bright future ahead. 

CHIA Proud Past Presidents are available as a resource to HIM professionals. Annually, the CHIA Past Presidents host an 'Information Hub' at the CHIA Convention & Exhibit where participants can visit with them, learn more about the benefits of CHIA membership and make donations to CHIA Scholarship Funds.  Contact CHIA Proud Past Presidents for more information.
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This e-learning resource is tailored to meet the needs of busy HIM professionals and lets users learn and earn CEUs at their convenience and on their time. Recent additions include topics on: Ethical Coding Standards, PEPPER, POLST, IG, OSHPD Updates, P4P Initatives, CDI, and more.

What's Happening in HIM This Week
Reporting and Monitoring Cyber Threats
US Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights; Feb 23, 2017

The nation's health care system is part of the national infrastructure that has increasingly come under attack from cyber threats. One of the keys to combatting these cyber threats is for the government, the private sector, and international network defense communities to collaborate and share information. The National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) within the Department of Homeland Security is responsible for "operat[ing] at the intersection of government, private sector, and international network defense communities, applying unique analytic perspectives, ensuring shared situational awareness, and orchestrating synchronized response, mitigation, and recovery efforts while protecting the Constitutional and privacy rights of Americans in both the cybersecurity and communications domains." One of the NCCIC's four branches is the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) which develops timely and actionable information on threats to the federal and state governments, critical infrastructure owners, international organizations, and private industry. US-CERT also responds to cybersecurity incidents and analyzes data it collects itself and from partners about emerging cyber threats.
MM9916: Episode Payment Model Operations
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; Feb 28, 2017
 
In August 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a proposed rule that planned to implement an additional set of models that share many design features of the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) model, but focus on three different clinical conditions. The new Episode Payment Models (EPMs) will focus on Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI), Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG), and Surgical Hip and Femur Fracture Treatment (SHFFT), most frequently hip pinning. These models will begin in 2017 and run for 5 years.

Change Request (CR) 9916 is intended to prepare Medicare's claims processing systems for implementation of Episode Payment Models (EPMs). CR9916 directs the MACs to conduct beneficiary eligibility checks, including for overall eligibility for the EPMs as well as for additional related services such as post-discharge home visits Under EPM, CMS will allow a beneficiary in certain EPM episodes to receive Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) services without having to meet the three-day requirement in performance years 2 through 5 of the model. This will allow payment of claims for SNF services delivered to beneficiaries at eligible sites.
MM9982 - ICD-10 Coding Revisions to National Coverage Determinations
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; Feb 28, 2017
 
Change Request (CR) 9982 is the 11th maintenance update of ICD-10 conversions and other coding updates specific to national coverage determinations (NCDs). The majority of the NCDs included are a result of feedback received from previous ICD-10 NCD CRs, specifically CR7818, CR8109, CR8197, CR8691, CR9087, CR9252, CR9540, CR9631, CR 9751, and CR9861; while others are the result of revisions required to other NCD-related CRs released separately. MLN MattersĀ® Articles MM7818, MM8109, MM8197, MM8691, MM9087, MM9252, MM9540, MM9631, MM9751, and MM9861 contain information pertaining to these CRs.
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Why Patient Matching Is a Challenge
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