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Wisconsin Medical Coder Day

October 2, 2020

Health Information
Professionals Week

October 11 - 17, 2020

HIPAA COW 2020 Fall Conference Live Virtual

October 22 - 23, 2020

WHIMA Virtual Fall Conference

Power of the Past – Force of the Future

November 19, 2020

WHIMA 2021 Annual Conference

May 12 - 14, 2021

The Ingleside Hotel
Waukesha, WI

WHIMA Fall Conference – Save the Date!

WHIMA’s Fall Conference has gone virtual! The Fall Conference is November 19, 2020. This virtual conference will feature both live and on-demand sessions. More information and your invitation to register will be coming at a later date! 

State of Wisconsin Medical Coder’s Day

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers has proclaimed October 2, 2020 as Medical Coder’s Day! Hats off to the medical coding professionals who keep health information human!  Coders are key stakeholders in translating diagnostic data into usable data that healthcare providers can use to improve patient care! Thank you to all medical coders!

To all medical coders: Send your picture and name to and we will showcase you in next week’s e-Alert!

To WCTC Health Information Student Club: Thank you for your initiative and work with the Governor’s office to bring recognition to all medical coders in the State of Wisconsin!
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Population Health Jobs – Does the HIM Shoe Fit? 

By Betty Rockendorf, MS, RHIA, CHPS, CHTS-IM

Much as the Prince sought the person who fit the glass slipper, employers are seeking job candidates who fit the bill for population health positions! Perhaps you are the one! It is a career move worth considering. 
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Highlights of FY 2021 ICD-10-CM and PCS Changes

By: Sheila Goethel, RHIT, CDIP, CCS

As the seasons change and temperatures begin to get cooler, coders recognize it's also the time of year to adjust to the new ICD codes and Guideline definitions. This year we’ll find a total of 490 new CM codes, 47 revisions, and 58 deleted codes. For PCS, there will be 544 new codes without any revisions or deletions. I believe this is a result of perfecting the PCS tables since ICD implementation. Tables, including the CM/PCS new, invalid, revised codes, updated CC/MCC listing, as well as MSDRG (version 38), can all be found here.

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WHIMA Annual Conference Call for Speakers Now Open

Are you an HIM professional looking to share with others your valuable knowledge, research or expertise on health information topics or trends? If you answered yes, we would appreciate hearing from you at the WHIMA Annual Conference on May 12-14, 2021. 
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HIP Week is Coming October 11th - 17th

Celebrate the impact that Health Information Professionals have on the quality of patient care around the globe.
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Industry to Academia: Take the LEAP!

This on-demand webinar comes highly recommended for anyone who is interested in pursuing opportunities in higher education! 
Take the LEAP to learn more about teaching and the world of academia!
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AHIMA News and Resources

Webinar: How to Achieve a 1% Duplicate Record Error Rate

From AHIMA E-Alert September 24, 2020

An AHIMA white paper published this summer concludes that providers of any size can achieve a one percent duplicate record error rate. Listen in to a free on-demand webinar in which the white paper's authors walk you through a process for achieving that benchmark.
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COVID’s Impact on the Future of HIM: Coding, CDI, and ROI

From AHIMA E-Alert September 24, 2020

Now that the learning curve for HIM operations during COVID-19 has flattened, experts in three core HIM domains provide some short- and long-term predictions for the future of the profession.
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