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September 17, 2021

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WHIMA 2021 Fall Conference – Live and On-Demand


October 7 and 8, 2021

WHIMA Release of Information Workshop

March 3, 2022

Glacier Canyon Lodge - Wisconsin Dells, WI

WHIMA 2022 Annual Conference

May 11-13, 2022

The Osthoff Resort – Elkhart Lake, WI

Medical Coding Credentials

By Lauren Forbes, RHIT

If you are looking to switch career paths or are already working in the healthcare field, you may be curious as to what is needed to be successful in the medical coding field. There are online programs that offer medical coding degrees, but how do you determine which one is best for you and what to do once it is completed?

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Urge Congress to Support the Improving Social Determinants of Health Act of 2021

From WHIMA Policy and Legislative Team

The WHIMA Policy and Legislative Team requests you to contact your Congressional representatives to support the Improving Social Determinants of Health Act of 2021.  

This year, one of AHIMA’s legislative priorities has been the increased focus on social determinants of health data. AHIMA believes that public policy must establish global standards that promote the capture, use, maintenance, and sharing of social determinants of health, and that it must further promote healthcare delivery and financing models that are designed to integrate social determinants into the clinical setting. Policy must also enhance the sharing of social determinants across clinical and community-based organizations, prioritize privacy, and promote the ethical collection and use of social determinants. Additionally, public policy must be crafted that embraces the role of health information professionals.

The Improving Social Determinants of Health Act (S 104/HR 379) would authorize the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to create a program to improve health outcomes and reduce health inequities by coordinating CDC social determinants of health (SDOH)-related activities and improving the capacity of public health agencies and community organizations to address social determinants.

We need you to act now! Contact congress and ask them to support and cosponsor S 104/HR 379 to improve the use of social determinants data in our communities.

To take action, click here.

WHIMA Virtual Fall Conference Registration Now Open

Register today for the WHIMA Fall Conference!  The Conference is a live, virtual event on October 7 and 8!
  • Member Price:  $64 
  • Student Member Price:  $32
  • Non-Member Price:  $80
 CEUs:  Eight (8)
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WHA Introduces Hospital Finder Tool

Source:  WHA The Valued Voice newsletter, 9/9/21

WHA has added an interactive hospital finder tool to its website, enhancing and improving the existing hospital directory information. The new map feature also allows visitors to search for hospitals in Wisconsin by specific services provided. 

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AHIMA News & Resources

Diving into the FY 2022 ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code and Guideline Updates

From AHIMA E-Alert September 16, 2021

The fiscal year 2022 ICD-10-CM diagnosis code update was officially released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on June 24, 2021, effective for discharges and encounters on or after October 1, 2021. This year, a comparatively small number of diagnosis codes are being added: 165 as compared to 485 the previous year. Learn more about the updates in this Journal of AHIMA article.

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