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NEW- Medical Treatment Laws Information Act (HB 2603) goes into effect 02.01.15 which creates an annual requirement for key leaders to read and sign this acknowledgement.  (Providers, CEO, Executive/Administrative Leaders and the BOD)  These same leaders must also complete a web based course every 2 years and new employees and board members must complete within 14 days.  The online course is supposed to be available from the Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure in early 2015. 01/09/2015 - Click here to learn more

NEW- CMS published a Recovery Audit Program Improvements document on 12.30.14 that lists program enhancements in 2015.  Noted improvements are reduced look back period; reduced TAT for the RA to present findings from complex reviews; Discussion Period extended to 30 days; new limits on pull lists; the RA must maintain a 95% accuracy rate for automated reviews with a < 10% overturn rate on 1st level appeals. 01/07/2015 - Click here to learn more

NEW - There are changes in the Oklahoma statutes expanding the peer review process from “health care facility” to “health care entity” 12/31/14 - Click here to learn more

NEW - There is a new requirement for HHAs to obtain documentation from the certifying physician's and/or the acute/post-acute care facility's medical record for the patient that served as the basis for the certification of patient eligibility. This new requirement was finalized in the Calendar Year 2015 Home Health Prospective Payment System final rule (CMS-1611-F) effective for home health episodes beginning on or after January 1, 2015. 12/18/14
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NEW - Last month, HHS and the OCR published a special bulletin to ensure HIPAA Covered Entities and their Business Associates are aware of the rules for sharing PHI in an emergency situations.  It is basically a refresher in response to the Ebola outbreak. 12/17/14
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NEW - CMS has published 3 new tools facilities can use to perform self-assessments and measure compliance with 3 COP’s for Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement (QAPI), Infection Control, and Discharge Planning. 12/17/14

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NEW - Oklahoma has amended its Discovery Code under HB 3375 signed by Governor 04.28.14 effective November 1, 2014.  This amendment make it required for the plaintiff to supply the defendant with a patient authorization to obtain medical records within 60 days of filing the petition for physical or mental injuries.  House Bill 3375 should drastically reduce the difficulties for defense lawyers (and all of us) who are trying to get patient authorizations to obtain records. 12/17/14

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OkHIMA Announcements

Attention current HIM Students, OkHIMA is now taking applications for the 2015 Student Concierge Program. Don't miss this exciting opportunity for future career connections and a chance to represent your school! Click Here to apply!

Upcoming CEU Opportunities! Don't miss out on January 30th- 31st for the CCS Exam Review and February 19th for the Fourth Quarter Coding Clinic Update! Click Here to Register

2015 Legal Manual now ready to order, place your order now!- January 13th, 2015

CMS Requires ICD-10 Compliance - Acknowledgement Testing Dates Listed by October 10th, 2015

RAC to Restart Reviews - August 26th, 2014

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