External Forces

The study of regulatory requirements and the development of appropriate compliance initiatives for policies, procedures, protocols, and technology for hospitals, specialty facilities, and other healthcare providers, which includes the development of systems (for example, e-HIM®) to implement required practices for the Joint Commission and other accrediting bodies, federal and state appropriate rules and regulations (that is, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

2017 Meaningful Use and MIPS

July 12, 2017
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CT

Alexa Poole, HIT & HIE Pro and Consultant for Gulf Coast Regional Extension Center presents this webinar on 2017 Meaningful Use and the 2017 Advancing Care Information requirements under MIPS, which replaces Meaningful Use for Medicare providers.

Speaker: Alexa Poole, HIT & HIE Pro
Greater Houston Area, including Port Author/Beaumont, Nederland, Orange, Conroe

CEU – 1.0 External Forces

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MACRA, the Quality Payment Program and the Role of Data

Objective: Dr. Michael Marron-Stearns, CPC, CFPC, MD, Founder and CEO of Apollo HIT, LLC will provide an in depth dive into the new world of MACRA. CMS issued a final rule on October 14, 2016 that puts MACRA, the Medicare Access and CHIP(Children’s Hospital Insurance Program) Reauthorization Act into practice effective January 1, 2017. This webinar will provide you with the key components of MACRA for successful implementation in your clinic or hospital. The overall goal of MACRA is to switch from a fee for service payment model to a value and quality based payment model. There is significant financial incentives as well as penalties for not complying with MACRA. With 2017, right around the corner, now is the time to begin your preparations for redefined Medicare payments in the future. This webinar will provide you with a foundation to understand what is required and assist you in planning to meet these requirements.

Presenter: Dr. Michael Marron-Stearns, CPC, CFPC, MD

Recommended Attendees: Physician practices, including clinic managers, coding and billing staff. Hospitals who employee and bill for physicians, physicians assistants, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists and/or nurse anesthetists. This would include ER physicians, Pathologists, Hospitalists.

CEU: 1.0 – External Forces

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December 5, 2016
12:00 – 1:00 PM CST

This seminar will provide HIM professionals with an understanding of standards for electronic health care transactions and code sets, unique health identifiers, and security, as well as how to comply with Federal privacy protections for individually identifiable health information.

CEU: 1.0 – External Forces

Presented by: Leon Loggins, MPA, BAAS and Vaniecy Nwigwe, JD, MSA

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Inspector General Coding Considerations

November 16, 2016
12:00 – 1:00 PM CT

Discussion of how the Medical Services Division utilizes knowledge of coding to accomplish the agency’s mission.

Office of Inspector General – Texas Health & Human Services Commission

CEU: 1.0 – External Forces

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Geo-Spatial Data Resource Training

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “Geo-Spatial Data Resource Training”

The courses listed here are free, however they do not offer any AHIMA CEU’s. The first training, titled An Introduction to GIS and Public Health, is intended for users with little or no experience working with GIS. It should approximately take three to four hours to complete. The subsequent three trainings (Organizing Principles, Data Management, and Analysis) are each part of a larger curriculum and may take more time to complete. These trainings have extended information including slideshows, exercises, and data.

The training content on this page is the product of the GIS Surveillance for Heart Disease, Stroke, and Other Chronic Diseases in State and Local Health Departments project. These materials were developed collaboratively for selected state health departments under the guidance of the Children’s Environmental Health Initiative (CEHI) at Rice University, with input from participating states and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This GIS capacity-building project was designed to help state and local health departments apply GIS techniques in four areas:

  • Document the burden of heart disease, stroke, and other chronic diseases.
  • Build and strengthen partnerships.
  • Inform and guide policy and program decisions.
  • Facilitate integration and collaboration within and between state and local health departments, with a focus on chronic disease prevention and treatment.

Getting Started with GIS

An Introduction to GIS and Public Health
This training is designed for public health professionals with little or no experience using Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Participants will receive instruction on the use of GIS software and an introduction to commonly used and readily available data sources. At the end of the training participants will have created several statewide and county level thematic map(s) illustrating the use relevant data for public health applications.

GIS Training Curriculum

Organizing Principles: An Introduction to GIS
This training provides an introduction to some of the basic themes and concepts of GIS and hands-on use of ArcGIS Desktop software.

Data Management: Creation, Edition and Maintenance of Spatial Data
This training offers guidance and practice for the customization/creation of data to suit specialized GIS needs.

Analysis: Applied Analysis Techniques for GIS in Chronic Disease
This training introduces several useful pieces of analytical GIS functionality with health applications including: network analysis, spatial analysis and hotspot analysis.

Upcoming Meetings

Wed 26

ORANJ Educational Meeting

July 26 8:00 AM - 1:45 PM EDT
Thu 27

MTHIMA Meeting

July 27 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT
Fri 28

HAHIMA Hot Topics in Inpatient Coding 2017

July 28 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT
Aug 03

SCHIMA Annual Meeting

August 3 - August 4
Aug 03

INSPN Quarterly Meeting

August 3 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM EDT