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July 20, 2021

AHIMA Releases New Policy Statement on Health Equity

A policy statement addressing health equity has been approved by AHIMA's Board of Directors. To meet the needs of diverse populations and reduce and eliminate health disparities and inequities, AHIMA believes that public policy must encourage the standardized collection of accurate and complete patient demographic and social determinants of health data. 

 

July 19, 2021

AHIMA Provides Input to NCVHS Subcommittee on Standards

AHIMA provided input to the NCVHS Subcommittee on Standards request for public comment on healthcare standards development, adoption, and implementation. AHIMA's letter stated that harmonizing standards to create a consistent set of standards for code sets, content, and services must evolve together to address clinical and administrative workflows. AHIMA commented that a clear roadmap and timeline are necessary to ensure the successful convergence of clinical and administrative data streams.

 

July 15, 2021

AHIMA Provides Feedback on 21st Century Cures 2.0 draft legislation

AHIMA submitted comments on the 21st Century Cures 2.0 draft legislation. AHIMA's letter offers several recommendations pertaining to accurate patient identification, increased health literacy, expanded access to and support for telehealth, payment for breakthrough devices, and biometrics.

 

Healthcare reform

July 15, 2021

AHIMA Releases New Policy Statement on Healthcare Reform

A policy statement on the subject of healthcare reform has been approved by AHIMA’s Board of Directors. To recognize the value of health information in any health reform efforts seeking to expand insurance coverage, improve quality, and/or reduce costs, AHIMA believes that, regardless of insurance coverage status, public policy must guarantee the right for all to have access to affordable, high-quality health insurance coverage and ensure individuals are able to access, use, and share their health information. 

 

social determinants of health

July 14, 2021

AHIMA Publishes White Paper on Social Determinants of Health

A new AHIMA white paper explores the strategies and best practices forward-thinking healthcare organizations use to improve the data governance underlying social determinants of health data initiatives.

 

Medicare

June 24, 2021

AHIMA Comments on Hospital IPPS Rule

AHIMA submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System proposed rule.

 

June 21, 2021

AHIMA Comments on Office of Management and Budget Equity Request for Information

AHIMA submitted comments in response to a request for information (RFI) from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) related to equity in federal policies and programs. AHIMA’s letter offers several recommendations to OMB related to the standardized and consistent collection of relevant health data and urges the agency to ensure “equity by design” across federal programs.

 

May 3, 2021

AHIMA Comments on March 2021 C&M Code Proposals

AHIMA Submitted Comments to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/National Center for Health Statistics on ICD-10-CM code proposals discussed at the March ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Committee meeting.

April 30, 2021

AHIMA Comments on April 1 ICD-10-CM/PCS Implementation Date

AHIMA submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/National Center for Health Statistics on the possible implementation of ICD-10-CM/PCS codes on April 1.

April 21, 2021

Under the Dome: Read Highlights from ICD-10 C&M Committee Meeting

At the recent ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance (C&M) Committee meeting, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and National Center for Health Statistics discussed the possible adoption of April 1 ICD-10 code updates.

 

April 15, 2021

AHIMA Comments on US Core for Data Interoperability Draft Version 2

AHIMA submitted comments to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT regarding the US Core For Data Interoperability (USCDI) Version 2. The USCDI establishes a baseline set of standardized data classes and data elements to enhance nationwide, interoperable health information exchange. The USCDI Draft version 2 proposes to new data classes and data elements to the USCDI.

 

April 13, 2021

Under the Dome: Learn About AHIMA's New Policy Statement on Affordability

As the cost of care rises, policymakers have increasingly focused on the need for greater transparency in healthcare prices and health plan coverage.

 

April 12, 2021

AHIMA Releases New Policy Statement on Affordability

A policy statement on the subject of affordability has been approved by AHIMA’s Board of Directors.

 

April 7, 2021

AHIMA Submits Comments on Code Proposals

AHIMA submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the National Center for Health Statistics on code proposals discussed at the March ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Committee meeting.

 

March 22, 2021

AHIMA Comments on HHS Office for Civil Rights’ Proposed Modifications to the HIPAA Privacy Rule

AHIMA submitted comments to the HHS Office for Civil Rights regarding its proposed rule that would modify aspects of the HIPAA Privacy Rule.  The proposed rule would, among other things, amend certain provisions of the HIPAA Privacy Rule that could present barriers to coordinated care and case management, or impose regulatory burdens without offsetting such burdens through privacy protections.

 

Events

May 17-18, 2021 | Virtual Event

AHIMA Virtual Advocacy Summit 2021

For members only, AHIMA’s Virtual Annual Advocacy Summit is a two-day event focused on advocacy and public policy issues linked to AHIMA’s mission and vision. Hear from federal officials in Washington, DC about ongoing public policy work impacting the HIM profession and meet with Members of Congress during Virtual Capitol Hill visits. Participants will earn 12 CEUs.
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