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October 15, 2021

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HIPAA COW Fall Virtual Conference
November 4, 2021
 WHIMA Release of Information Workshop
March 3, 2022
Glacier Canyon Lodge - Wisconsin Dells, WI
 WHIMA Annual Conference
May 11-13, 2022
The Osthoff Resort – Elkhart Lake, WI
Electronic Record Copy Fees

Electronic Record Copy Fees

From WHIMA Policy and Legislative Action Team

Recent Wisconsin Court of Appeals’ decision has determined that the WI copy fee statute does not allow providers to charge medical record copy fees when requested or received in electronic format.  We encourage members to read the Court decision and speak with your legal/compliance departments about your medical record copy fee practices.
Read the Court Decision
Apply Today for a WHIMA Scholarship

Apply Today for a WHIMA Scholarship

Money is available for School or Professional Development.

Click on one of the scholarship links below for more information and to start your application today.

Deadline: February 28, 2022

For more information, direct questions to:
Diana Cupp:  Ph. 608-643-7562
Kim Bischel:  Ph. 262-928-4924
WHIMA’s Fall Conference Live Virtual Event

WHIMA’s Fall Conference On-Demand Sessions Now Available

Did you miss attending WHIMA’s Fall Conference Live Virtual event? Well, you’re in luck! You can now purchase individual sessions via WHIMA’s website.

Sessions available for purchase are:

  • Strengthen Your Resilience: Ready Set, Grow – Amy Dee
  • 2022 I-10 CM & PCS Guidelines and MCC/CC Updates – Sheila Goethel
  • HIM Recruitment Challenges (a panel session) – Julie Hable, Jamie Purdeu, Wil Limp
  • Data Analytics – Basic – Christopher Springer
  • Utilizing Pivot Tables for Data Analytics – Christopher Springer
  • CDI Inpatient – Sepsis III Inclusion Geoff New
  • Workforce and Management Trends – Christine Williams
  • Student Academy – CTRL ALT Expand! and Right Time Right Now (no CEUs) – Julie Larsen
  • Mental Flexibility: Reframe to Shift Your Perspective and Strengthen Your Resilience – Amy Dee

If you are ready to laugh your way through an easy 50 minutes, make sure you check out both of Amy Dee’s sessions. You won’t be sorry you did! Amy combines hilarious real-life situations (which many of us can relate to) with behavioral science to help you re-train your brain.

Cost per session:
Member/Student Member| $10/CEU
Non-Member | $12.50/CEU

To check out session descriptions or to purchase go to Agenda | WHIMA

In Sympathy - Maria Lynn Grode

Maria Lynn Grode, age 49 years, left this world for everlasting life on October 3, 2021. Maria was a WHIMA member, an RHIA instructor of Health Information Technology/Program Coordinator for Milwaukee Area Technical College Healthcare Pathway, and a former RHIA supervisor at the Orthopaedic Hospital of Wisconsin.  WHIMA extends our deepest condolences to the family, friends, colleagues, and students of Maria! 
HIM Curriculum Framework Designed to Meet Industry Needs

HIM Curriculum Framework Designed to Meet Industry Needs

Source AHIMA SmartBrief October 6, 2021

As of Sept. 1, all health information management education programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education must comply with the 2018 HIM Curricula Competencies developed by AHIMA's Council for Excellence in Education Curricula Workgroup and two HIM Reimagined workgroups. The framework aims to produce a well-prepared HIM workforce and promotes flexibility and innovation relevant to current and future workforce needs, writes Betty Rockendorf, health information management and technology program director at the University of Wisconsin at Parkside.
Full Story: Journal of AHIMA Online
New SDOH Z Codes

New SDOH Z Codes

The FY 2022 ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS codes are now in effect! The FY 2022 ICD-10-CM classification includes several new SDOH Z codes:
  • Z55.5 Less than a high school diploma
  • Z58.6 Inadequate drinking-water supply
  • Z59.00 Homelessness unspecified
  • Z59.01 Sheltered homelessness
  • Z59.02 Unsheltered homelessness
  • Z59.41 Food insecurity
  • Z59.48 Other specified lack of adequate food
  • Z59.811 Housing instability, housed, with risk of homelessness
  • Z59.812 Housing instability, housed, homelessness in past 12 months
  • Z59.819 Housing instability, housed unspecified
  • Z59.89 Other problems related to housing and economic circumstances
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website has more information.
Learn More

AHIMA News and Resources

 Have You Met Your AHIMA Recertification Requirements?

 Have You Met Your AHIMA Recertification Requirements?

Source:  AHIMA SmartBrief October 6, 2021

If your recertification cycle expires at the end of this year and you have not yet met the requirements for renewal to verify your status and take the necessary steps to complete the recertification process. Avoid an inactive status by visiting your CEU Center and submitting the required CEUs with your supporting documentation. To take advantage of the member discount on recertification fees, you must purchase a membership prior to or on the recertification expiration date. Once the membership is paid, your recertification discount will be applied.
As a reminder, each year a percentage of credential holders are randomly selected for an audit. Individuals selected for audits will be required to submit verifiable documentation (for example, certificates of attendance or similar materials) for each activity listed in their CEU Center.
More information on recertification requirements can be found in this Recertification Guide.
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Volunteers Needed for AHIMA Surprise Billing Comments

Volunteers Needed for AHIMA Surprise Billing Comments

We are seeking assistance with the development of a comment letter in response to a recently released rule that will implement requirements related to surprise billing. This is the second rulemaking on this topic. Our previous comments can be found here.

If you are interested and knowledgeable about the impact of surprise billing requirements on health information professionals and patients, as well as the regulatory requirements of the rule itself, please email our policy and government affairs team at by Wednesday, October 27. 
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