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October 2019

President’s Message

Hello everyone!! It has been such a busy year for us already. In October the delegation attended the House of Delegates meeting held in conjunction with the 2019 Conference. As many of you know, there had been significant controversy surrounding the 2019 AHIMA election as the President–Elect position was a non- contested race. Mississippi joined 12 other states in submitting a substantial by-laws revision to ensure this does not happen again. After discussion, the language stating no national election shall have an uncontested position passed with overwhelming majority. The remaining revisions were sent for review and will be presented for further discussion at a later date.

Now we turn our attention closer to home. As we look forward to the upcoming year, we are expecting many exciting things for our future. Over the past year, the board made the decision to scale down our focus and concentrate on the things that really matter and that is you, our membership!! We want to make sure we are reaching out to our members and our students. Board members are going to be more visual to our membership, and make an outreach to our educational programs. If you would like a board member to attend an event at your facility or visit your program, please reach out to us and we will have someone do a site visit. The other thing we are going to focus on is advocacy within our state. This past year we were able to work with the MHA Revenue Roundtable on the successful passage of HB628. We are very proud to be partners with other organizations to help improve the healthcare industry right here at home.

As we move into our new year, we ask for your help with suggestions of educational opportunities and events that would most benefit our membership. Please reach out to us through the website for any suggestions or comments that you have. We certainly look forward to serving you in the year to come, and are so thankful you have entrusted us with this task. I want to thank you all personally for giving me the opportunities over the past 10 years to be a leader in MSHIMA. I certainly hope I have lived up to the responsibility so far, and continue to lead with your best interest in mind. I wish you all an amazing year!!

Lorie B Mills, RHIT, CCS

Upcoming Meeting

Save the date! The MSHIMA Annual Meeting will be held on June 10-12, 2020 at the Hilton Jackson in Jackson, MS. Be on the lookout for more information.

Registration coming soon…

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On-Demand Webinars

MSHIMA has partnered with Faircode to offer six On-Demand webinars on a variety of HIM topics.  See the following for a list of available webinars that you may view.  There are group discount options for in-house trainings or mass-broadcast for Councils.
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MSHIMA Job Board

The MSHIMA website contains a job board available for those seeking employment and those looking to hire qualified HIM professionals in Mississippi. The job board is free to use for all MSHIMA members.

Click here to access this great membership tool.

MSHIMA Legal Manual Now Available

The latest edition of the MSHIMA Legal Manual is now available for purchase and download. This manual includes state and federal guidelines and policies for health information management. Stay up to date on the latest updates on policy and download your copy today!
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