We are please to announce WGHIMA is now offering online membership/renewal to our members! We invite you to join the West Georgia Health Information Management Association (WGHIMA) for the 2017-2018 year.
As a reminder, WGHIMA is a separate association from the Georgia Health Information Management Association (GHIMA) and the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). As a local region of the Georgia Health Information Management Association (GHIMA), we are committed to advancing the HIM profession in an increasingly electronic and global environment through leadership in advocacy, education, certification, and lifelong learning.
This is a perfect opportunity to earn 3 CEUs for FREE as members of WGHIMA. Why pay more to earn CEUs elsewhere. WGHIMA is also offering webinar to our members/nonmembers that cannot attend the quarterly meetings.
We hope you will join our region for education, knowledge sharing, and networking.
To join or renew online and to pay by check (mail) or credit card, please click here.
June 16, 2017
8:00 AM – 3:30 PM ET
Join us for the 4th Annual GHIMA Student Academy.
These sessions are designed just for Students!
Sessions this year include: Preparing for the RHIA/RHIT exam, networking, resume review and interviewing skills. Bring your resume and our group of expert panelists will give you individual feedback.
This is your opportunity to network with students around the state and meet HIM professionals. Begin forging relationships to help you advance your HIM career.
To learn more about the agenda, registration options and fees, please follow this link.
Please note the extension for membership renewal and credentials per AHIMA.
Please see important updates regarding CEU Reporting below.
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.
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, CCS, CSS-P), the 2016 coding self-review is now available and you will have until March 31, 2017, to complete the self-review.
If your membership renewal is due on December 31, 2016, you may renew at any time.
If you need additional CEUs through January 31, 2017, don’t forget about the many archived webinars available for purchase through GHIMA. Please follow this link to view all offerings: https://www.ghima.org/continuing-education/on-demand-education/
HIM Students and HIM Professionals!
The GHIMA “Mentoring Cafe” will be hosting our 2nd Virtual Chat for interested individuals.
Whether you’re thinking about starting a career in health information or already in the field but can offer advise to the next generation of professionals, we are looking for you!
We will be hosting a virtual cafe on Zoom, Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 10:00AM. Email us at GHIMAmentoringcafe@gmail.com to be invited to the video chat or join us by clicking this link: https://zoom.us/j/6865184742.
ICD-10-CM/PCS Online Education
GHIMA is bringing back our online ICD-10-CM/PCS education with Vicki Weinert. The next cycle begins the first week of November. For details about this online course, registration rates and the weekly format please follow this link.
Dear GHIMA Members and Sponsors,
GHIMA is deeply concerned for those that have been affected by the flooding and hurricane damage in our state. Now that the flood waters are beginning to recede this is the time we need to begin assistance and help our fellow members and professionals.
Donate directly to the AHIMA Foundation HIRO fund.
AHIMA Foundation HIRO Fund
The HIRO Fund can help
Have you been affected by a natural disaster, or know of a member who has? The AHIMA Foundation is accepting applications from members to receive assistance from the Health Information Relief Operation (HIRO) Fund. The HIRO Fund is an ongoing disaster recovery fund to assist HIM professionals and their communities in recovering from natural or man-made events. AHIMA members in recently-declared disaster areas are invited to submit an application for up to $500 to assist in their efforts to return to work while recovering from the disaster. To learn more about the eligibility requirements, please see the HIRO Fund.
This is not the last year that disasters will strike, but it will be the last year that victims of these tragedies have to do without the immediate support of their HIM colleagues —but only with your help and support. For more information on the fund, and to donate to the relief effort, visit the AHIMA Foundation HIRO Fund web page.
Support the AHIMA Foundation HIRO Fund
The Health Information Relief Operation (HIRO) Fund is an ongoing recovery source to assist HIM professionals whose lives and communities have been shattered by natural or man-made disasters. Through the generosity of AHIMA members and HIM’s greater professional community, and begun with a $10,000 donation from AHIMA, the HIRO Fund (pronounced “hero”) provides material relief to those whose professional practices have been significantly shaken.
We can’t predict when disasters will strike, but we can predict there will be help for our members. With your help and support, victims of these tragedies do not have to go without the immediate support of their HIM colleagues.
For more information on the fund, and to donate to the relief effort, visit the AHIMA Foundation HIRO Fund web page. Eligible applicants can apply for financial assistance by completing and submitting the HIRO Fund Assistance Application.
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.
ICD-10-CM/PCS is now a reality. The GHIMA 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.
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 claims on the same day a medical service is given. Most providers batch their claims and submit them every few days.
Even after submission, Medicare claims take several days to be processed, and Medicare – by law – must wait two weeks before issuing payment. Medicaid claims can take up to 30 days to be submitted and processed by states. Because of these timeframes, we expect to know more about the transition to ICD-10 after completion of a full billing cycle.
Because we know this is a major transition, we’ll be:
- Monitoring the transition in real time.
- Watching our systems.
- Addressing any issues that come to the ICD-10 Coordination Center.
The Coordination Center is a dedicated group of Medicare, Medicaid, billing, coding, and information technology systems experts drawn from across CMS. They have the full support of the entire CMS staff to address any issues quickly and completely.
It’s important that you know help’s available if you have problems with ICD-10:
- For general ICD-10 information, we have many resources on our Road to 10 webpage;
- Your first line for help for claims questions is your Medicare Administrative Contractor; They’ll offer their regular customer service support and respond quickly;
- You can contact the ICD-10 Coordination Center; and
- The ICD-10 Ombudsman, Dr. Bill Rogers, can be your impartial advocate.
This important moment is possible because we’ve all worked together to make it happen. We’re grateful for your support and look forward to working with you as we make this transition.
The GHIMA Awards Committee awarded GHIMA’s highest honors during the 2015 GHIMA Annual Meeting and Exhibit business luncheon held at the Jekyll Island Convention Center on Thursday, September 3, 2015.
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Rep. Price is continuing to impact the implementation of ICD-10. Please send letters now to inform him we do not support his bill.
On July 10, 2015, Representatives Blackburn and Price introduced HR 3018, the Code Flex Act of 2015. This bill would allow for dual coding in ICD-9 and ICD-10 beginning on October 1, 2015. AHIMA encourages HIM professionals to send a letter through our online Advocacy Assistant that lets Congress members know that a dual coding system is not a simple solution, and in fact will confuse claims processing and negatively impact the handling of important patient clinical information and may affect patient care. Learn more about the bill at the Journal of AHIMA website.
GHIMA has completely updated our 2011 GHIMA Legal Manual and we are changing from a searchable pdf to an online annual web portal subscription. We know you will like the ease of searching the entire document for specific words or topics and the many upgraded links to take you to the most recent information from AHIMA, government regulatory websites and other sources.
This is an initial annual subscription that officially begins October 1st of each year. If you subscribe now, you essentially receive a full quarter for free. Annual renewals are at a reduced rate and this new format allows for continual updates to the information as it changes. No more waiting 3 years for the newest version and references. To learn more about pricing for individuals and groups, please follow this link.
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