ICD-10 Final Rule Released, October 2015 Official Compliance Deadline

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced Thursday that the compliance date for the industry transition to ICD-10-CM/PCS code set has been finalized. As expected, the implementation date for ICD-10 will be October 1, 2015, according to a news release issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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Advice for Getting a Doctoral Degree in HIM Without Losing Your Mind

Health information management (HIM) professionals considering getting a doctorate degree should be prepared for stress, hard work, the need to develop a thick skin, and possibly even the shedding of some tears. In her presentation, “So You Want to Get a PhD? The Fascination, Realisms, and Outcomes of Pursing a Doctoral Degree,” Lisa Campbell, PhD, CCS, CCS-P, CDIP, shared details of her humorous—and often brutally honest—journey in higher education.

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Leadership Skills Should Be an Extension of HIM Curriculum, Educator Stresses

Integrating leadership concepts into health information management (HIM) curriculum is as crucial to a student’s success as understanding basic industry principles. The most important thing an HIM educator can do is help students develop strength of character and integrity, a top educator said Wednesday, the final day of AHIMA’s Assembly on Education (AOE) conference.

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CCHIIM Relaunches CCS Exam

The Commission on Certification for Health Informatics and Information Management (CCHIIM) has announced it will relaunch the Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) exam starting August 1. The move comes after the exam was suspended for four months following a suspected security breach of the test.

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HIM Curriculum Must Be Revamped to Include Information Governance

Data and information governance practices have been recognized by industry thought leaders as the future of the HIM profession. As healthcare continues to implement electronic health record systems and other health IT, the importance of health information as a clinical and financial asset has increased. Healthcare employers are beginning to realize that data and information governance initiatives are the key to maximizing this asset, and have begun looking for employees who can manage and run these initiatives.

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