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Issue 56 – Spring 2017
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Annual Meeting Registration Open!

2017 MdHIMA Annual Meeting/Data Analytics Workshop

Do not miss out on the 2017 MDHIMA ANNUAL MEETING/DATA ANALYTICS WORKSHOP. This year we are hosting our event at the Sheraton Hotel located at the Columbia Town Center. This is a tranquil hotel retreat for work and play. Register early stay overnight and enjoy the Annual Meeting, Exhibitors, Jazz Networking Reception, Data Analytics Workshop, go shopping at the beautiful Columbia Mall, Enjoy a walk/jog at Lake Kittamaqundi, or a day at Haven on the Lake, a Still Point Spa.

Space is limited! Early registration is on or before April 22nd and will allow members to attend events at a discounted rate: 
  • Two Day Attendance (Annual Meeting & Health Data Analytics Workshop) for Members is $280 
  • Thursday (Annual Meeting & Reception Only) for Members is $ 160
  • Friday (Health Data Analytics Workshop Only) for Members is $130

Online registration will close at 11:59 PM EST on May 1, 2017.

Onsite Registration will NOT be available. Book your room today at the Sheraton hotel for your overnight stay ask for the MDHIMA special room rates available until April 17, 2017.

For more information on event and registration click here.

Submitted by: Tasha Green

Silent Auction Committee Call for Donations

The Silent Auction committee is asking the members of MdHIMA to assist in gathering donations from businesses and entertainment industries. Please take the donation letter to your area businesses and ask for a donation. Typical donation items are, but not limited to:
  • Free admission tickets for theaters, entertainment tours, plays, museums, sports events,
  • Gift certificates from your place of business (i.e. Spa treatments; Facial & Manicures; technology items; home good items; memorabilia), gym memberships,
  • Merchandise, such as appliances, i-pads, Kindles, work-out equipment or technology items (i.e. Fit Bits, watches, etc.)Lamps, jewelry, bags, home decor, candles,
  • Complimentary free dinners, promotional certificates and services from hotels, airlines, recreation, tours.
Please remember, all donations are tax deductible. Your support is needed in order for us to continue providing scholarships, professional development workshops and trainings, which assist in the organizations goal of educating our students and members.
Submitted by: Dana Carcamo

Student Invitation to Apply For Scholarship!

The Maryland Health Information Management Association (MdHIMA) would like to personally extend an invitation to students currently enrolled in an accredited HIT, HIIT, coding or HIM program to apply for their annual scholarship award. The selected recipients will be honored during the MdHIMA Annual Meeting held on May 11, 2017 at “The Sheraton Columbia Town Center Hotel” 10207 Wincopin Circle, Columbia Maryland 21044.
The available scholarship is:

MdHIMA Academic Excellence Scholarship

The Maryland Health Information Management Association provides scholarships in recognition of academic excellence in Health Information Technology, Health Information Management and Medical Coding. There are (2) scholarships available for $1000.00 each.

All scholarship application must be submitted by 4/25/2017. For additional details and to apply online, students can visit the MdHIMA website.
Submitted by: Julie Brooks

MdHIMA Wants YOU!!!!

MdHIMAA new year means new ideas and new leaders just like you. MdHIMA needs you to sign up and help us out on the various committees such as Education Committee for presentations on industry related HIM topics and best practices, Data Quality Committee to discuss your coding and CDI issues, and Advocacy Committee to engage with the Maryland General Assembly on legislative issues pertaining to healthcare. Visit the MdHIMA website and complete the Volunteer Interest Form and we will contact you to start out our new year with fresh ideas. New term starts July 1, 2017.

Do you know who belongs to MdHIMA?

To find out, please sign up for the Maryland Engage Community through AHIMA. This is a forum to post and discuss issues within your membership. MdHIMA has 900+ members so you know there has to be a lot to chat about.

Submitted by: Christina Donahue-Taylor

AHIMA Advocacy Summit:  Update to the Membership

March 27th & March 28, 2017 Capitol Hill Washington, D.C.

The AHIMA Advocacy Summit was held in Washington, D.C on Capitol Hill and was a two day event focused on promoting our HIM education programs, our profession and our policy issues specific to our membership. Our theme in 2017 was Inspire. Innovate. Lead. This year our board members, Linda Metro, President -Elect, Tasha Green, Past- President MdHIMA, Mona Calhoun, AHIMA Advocacy Committee Member/Past-President MdHIMA,  and Vicki Reynolds, MdHIMA Delegate/Advocacy Chairman met with our Maryland Congressmen and Senators on Capitol Hill to update them on the 21st Century Cures Act of 2016 which included language requiring the U.S. Government Accountability office to evaluate ways, in which the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) could improve patient matching methods.

We requested our Maryland legislators in the 2017 year to pursue the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to assist private-sector- led initiatives focused on developing a coordinated strategy to improve patient matching.

We’ve asked our elected officials to promote our HIM 2 year and 4 year education programs on a national level and specific to Maryland to expand education and workforce development in our Maryland counties.

Our board members were successful in meeting with Senator Ben Cardin, Senator Chris Van Hollen, Rep. John Sarbanes, Rep. John Delaney, and Rep. Steny Hoyer.  Our conversations were welcomed and we provided insight into our HIM profession as being dedicated to maintaining the integrity and confidentiality of health information for the benefit of the patient.

The MdHIMA board representing our membership expressed our desire to be a part of any future discussion on healthcare –related activities and initiatives at the federal level.
  • Lind Metro, RHIA, President-Elect MdHIMA
  • Tasha Green, MS RHIA Past President MdHIMA
  • Mona Calhoun, MS RHIA, AHIMA Advocacy Committee Member/ Past President MdHIMA
  • Vicki Reynolds, RHIT Advocacy Chairman 2nd year Delegate MdHIMA 
Submitted by: Christina Donahue-Taylor

The 2017 Advocacy Platform for MdHIMA

MdHIMA has indeed embraced our AHIMA Convention them of “Inspire Big Thinking to Launch Our Future “with our opportunity in the 2017 year to take our advocacy efforts to the next level!

MdHIMA has been making serious headway in expanding our advocacy foot print in the State of Maryland.  AHIMA is a well-known name in Federal Circles; however, MdHIMA is less known in the Maryland State Legislature. Our advocacy committee has been thoughtfully strategizing ways to become a resource for policy makers.

In this year our MdHIMA board members have hosted the members of the Maryland Assembly House& Government Operations Committee to a dinner. The purpose of the dinner meeting was to introduce MdHIMA as an organization to the HGO committee members and provide education, insight and build relationships with these members in order to influence at our State level existing and new legislation which impacts our profession, private policy, and enforcement and to identify opportunities for HIM advocacy. Our dinner meeting was a HUGE success, our MdHIMA board members walked away feeling like they had been heard….and listened to. The delegates along with the Chair and Vice Chairman Shane Pendergrass and Eric Bromwell with the 13 other state delegates gathered great information on how to modernize health care and to keep patient safety, data integrity and security at the forefront of any new legislation introduced in the coming years.

Our next accomplishment was executing an MdHIMA Annapolis Hill Day on February 16, 2017. We had a wonderful turn out from our membership with 16 volunteers and 15 appointments with our State of Maryland elected delegates and senators. Our advocacy platform was: Promotion of our HIM profession, patient matching issues and telemedicine laws in Maryland. Several of the delegates and senators allowed our advocacy members an opportunity to review and provided insights into pilot programs focused around the patient matching issues and expansion of the telemedicine laws for behavioral health. Out of this first-time experience the Advocacy Chairman, Vicki Reynolds, RHIT  sent letters to the sponsors of these pilot program bills in favor of their efforts to modernized healthcare in Maryland .As a result, our MdHIMA organization was recognized on the floor of the Maryland General Assembly when a review of the propose pilot programs were being conducted!

Finally, on February 23, 2017 at the MdHIMA Quarterly Education Session & Meeting  in Annapolis, Maryland we sponsored a day of Telemedicine in Maryland with opening remarks from Robert Garagiola, President of Government Relations Alexander & Clever Law Offices ;and distinguished speakers Senator Craig  Zucker and Delegate Kirill Reznik addressing concerns of patient safety and information security in the State of Maryland.This was followed by educational sessions lead by A& C’s Moira Moynihan and Josh Howe with hypothetical situations: Testifying in committee, a meeting, or a short ride in the elevator with a committee Chairman. We were honored that afternoon with a presentation form Dr. Kerry Palakanis, DNP in the use of Telemedicine in her private practice in Crisfield Maryland.

This year has been extraordinary!  I thank our membership, board members and advocacy volunteers for all of their hard work and passion surrounding our profession and the laws we abide by on a daily bases.

Vicki Reynolds, RHIT Advocacy Chairman MdHIMA 

Did You Know?

CEU Update-Effective 12/31/2016
If you have more than one AHIMA credential, you must earn ten (10) additional CEUs per credential during your two year recertification cycle, up to a total of 50 CEU’s.
Calculation of CEUs is based upon clock hours. 0.5 CEUs are given for every thirty (30) minutes of attendance or participation that is fixed in length. A session lasting 30-44 minutes will be accepted for 0.5 CEU credits; a session lasting less than 30 minutes will not be accepted for CEU credit.
There are now 5 Credentialed Status Types; Active, Inactive, Revoked, Retired, and Voluntarily Relinquished.

AHIMA Foundation Registered Apprenticeship Program is looking to help you staff your department. How?

Grantee: AHIMA Foundation

Funding Agency: Department of Labor/Employment & Training Agency

Grant Timeline: October 1, 2015 –September 30, 2020

The Details:

Provide up skilling and certification opportunities through AHIMA, and additional professional and common employability skills training, Create pathways and increase growth opportunities within the health information profession, Embed the apprenticeship model as a standard practice in health information and other healthcare verticals and grow AHIMA membership. Expand opportunities for underrepresented populations including, women (single working mothers), veterans, individuals with disabilities.

Apprentice Benefits:
  • Creates Career Pathways and Growth Opportunities
  • First attempt at an AHIMA Certification Exam paid through the grant
  • Access to Apprentice Engage online Community
  • Virtual Lab access to immersion training & role specific learning modules
  • Mentoring through AHIMA Foundation and
  • Employer Structured training program including common employability skills training, coding immersion, and other specialized training based on apprentice role
Employer Benefits: 
  • Creates Industry Workforce Strategy
  • First level screening/referral program for appropriate placement
  • Opportunity to customize Immersion training for Hospital Coder/Coding
  • Professional and CDIS Apprentices
  • Common employability skills training to ensure work ready apprentices
  • Pre/post assessment for Hospital Coder/Coding Professional and CDI roles
  • Mentor support to include access to Mentor
  • Engage community and AHIMA Foundation Trainers
  • Opportunity to bring on apprentices at a reduced salary
  • Potential for state incentives for hiring apprentices
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MdHIMA Welcomes New Members

Amber Books
Augie Barquin
Carolyn Boyd
Christa Cochran
Dominique Burke
Francis Koomson
Jan Capozzi
Janet Lermer-Wood
Joanna Jeffers
Katharine Baughman
Kunjan Butala
Letitia Prather
Markia Burnette
Pamela Franklin
Robin Moore
Saio Williams
Sharon Carter
Sharon Swann
Tanya Gunn
Yvonne Fonge

MdHIMA Welcomes 35 New Student Professionals

Adeana Lipman
Amy Ellgard
Brian Wilson
Brittany Hamlett                  
Christiana Tucker
Christina Beal
Christine Cousins
Cordelia Ewa
Crystal Mcclymont
Dawn Taybron
Donette James
Elissa Herbert
Elizabeth Krupinski
Erica Stevens
Fatmata Kanu
Huda Mohammed
Jacqueline Crouch
Jennifer Morris
Janice Hicks
Jewel C Jackson
Karen Guerrasio
Latanya Spedden
Melanie Green
Meron Dessie
Nena Kutniewski
Nissi Chilkamari
Olufunmilayo Foli
Patricia Twist
Patricia Zimmerman
Shaleyia Efeyini
Shanika Roberson
Solomon Koppoe
Tamie Harless
Theresa Leaman
Varghese Mathew

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