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WHIMA Fall Conference Registration Opens in Mid to Late Summer
October 10, 2019
The Lismore
Eau Claire, WI

WHIMA ROI Workshop
March 5, 2020
Glacier Canyon Lodge
Wisconsin Dells, WI

WHIMA Annual Conference
May 6-8, 2020
The Osthoff
Elkhart Lake, WI

Message From the President

Emmy Johnson, RHIA

WHIMA Leadership Symposium

Kari Bjorge (WHIMA President-Elect) and I attended the AHIMA Leadership Symposium July 12-13 in Chicago with the other CSA leadership.  We were able to attend sessions that helped us to grow leaders within our CSA, manage our association finances, communication and resolve conflict.  During our industries current transformation, we have a better understanding how communication is key.  Change is all around our industry and WHIMA is committed and will continue to keep you, our members, up to date with our industries changes.  We will continue to send e-Alerts with vital industry information, post on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.  We will also have our Wisconsin Engage Community, if you are not a member, please join.  As with most transformations’ conflicts can also arise.

Many times, when conflicts arise, we consider the conflict to be a negative and the conflict can leave a negative impression.  When conflicts arise, we really have an amazing opportunity to create a positive change.  With this opportunity to create a positive change we are also able to allow oneself the opportunity to manage the conflict as opposed to the conflict managing ourselves.

During this event we were able to listen to an update to AHIMA’s Transformation presented by Wylecia Wiggs Harris (AHIMA CEO) and Valerie Watzlaf (AHIMA President) in a townhall style event.  This presentation was impactful on how we have progressed in just one year.  AHIMA’s vision is a world where trusted information transforms health and healthcare by connecting people, systems, and ideas.  AHIMA’s strategic outcomes represents steps toward this vision.  AHIMA’s short term focus will be on current strengths while exploring growth opportunities to lead AHIMA toward renewal in 2019.  The long-term focus is to lay the foundation for innovation and greater impact within the healthcare ecosystem by 2023.

Through a multi-year strategy AHIMA has 3 strategic outcomes: 
  • Advance and advocate for the creation and use of trusted information across the evolving health continuum.
  • Shape the health information profession by growing the influence and competitiveness of health information skillsets.
  • Drive strategic transformation and renewed growth as a great partner and place to work. 
This will not be easy, but with our cohesiveness as a profession and our passion for information – we will be known as the “House of Health Information.”

WHIMA Board Meeting – 7.17.19

The WHIMA Board of Directors met on Wednesday, July 17th.  Here are some highlights from the board meetings:
  1. New Board Members (Wil Limp & Heather Pinske) were welcomed to their first board meeting as 1st Year Directors.
  2. New Board and Team Leader Orientations were completed on 7/9 and 7/16. 
  3. Fall 2019 Conference is coming together.   Details and speakers are being finalized now and registration is slated to open late summer.  More details on signing up for this educational event coming soon!
  4. Our member engagement team has been busy!  We’ve had the most members volunteer to be on a team or help out in some way compared to previous years – this is great to see – all of our members is what makes WHIMA successful!
  5. 2019-2020 budget was approved by the executive committee and board of directors.
  6. Policy & Procedure Manual has been reviewed by all appropriate parties and was approved.
  7. HIM Awareness:  AHIMA has provided new resources for HIM Awareness.  The primary purpose is to recruit more people.  Our CSA receives communications from AHIMA approximately one time per year.  The Member Engagement Team has been assigned this task and to represent WHIMA. 

AHIMA News and Announcements

Don’t Miss an AHIMA Beat

AHIMA's new HI Pitch podcast brings in key players in the healthcare ecosystem and explores emerging topics in the field, from coding and CDI, to privacy and security, to data analytics. It covers everything from AHIMA events to happenings on the Hill. Listen to the podcast on our website, or through other platforms like Apple Podcasts, GooglePlay, Spotify, iTunes, or TuneIn.

EXTENDED: Your Opportunity to Save on Conference Registration!

Early bird registration for the AHIMA19: Health Data and Information Conference, Clinical Coding Meeting, and Privacy and Security Institute has been extended to July 26. Book now and save up to $200!

The AHIMA19: Health Data and Information Conference is taking place September 14–18, in Chicago, IL. Join 4,500 of your peers to connect and learn about the latest trends, best practices, and innovative solutions in the industry today covering CDI, continuum of care, auditing, coding practice, leadership, quality, revenue cycle, privacy and security, and more.

ICD-10 Code Updates Training

Annual code updates are here, and updates are scheduled for implementation starting October 1, 2019. Get an overview of the annual code changes and how to interpret the guidelines critical to timely reimbursement and accurate reporting, contributing to effective revenue cycle management, and your own professional development goals.

Prepare now with FY 2020 Code Update Webinars

Keep Up with HIM Reimagined

To stay up to date with the progress of the HIM Reimagined initiative, visit Remind your alumni and colleagues that they may be eligible for RHIA examination under the RHIT to RHIA Proviso.

Registered Apprenticeship Program - Employers

Don't miss out on the opportunity for your organization to receive the full benefits from the AHIMA Foundation registered apprenticeships, including the newly approved Inpatient Coding Auditor role. Register for a new webinar to discover how apprenticeships can be an effective workforce model for your company. 

Complete this short survey and we will set up a call with your organization.


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