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MNHIMA e-Alert

December 09, 2022

Inside this Issue:

Upcoming Events

Call for Board Nominations Deadline
Saturday, December 31st
Achievement Awards Deadline
Tuesday, January 31st, 2023
Scholarship Deadline
Tuesday, January 31st, 2023
2023 MNHIMA Annual Meeting
Wednesday, April 26th – Friday, April 28th
Mystic Lake Casino Hotel

Black Friday CEU Special!

Use Customer Code: BF2022 to get the discount!

We are fast approaching the end of 2022!  Are you in need of CEU’s?  Take advantage of the MNHIMA Holiday Webinar Sale!  For 2 weeks only, MNHIMA is offering a 20% discount on 16 MNHIMA-sponsored webinars.  You can find a listing of these webinars here.  If you purchase the webinars through December 9th, 2022, you will receive 20% off the cost of the webinars.  Use the Customer Code: BF2022 to get the discount!
If your recertification cycle expires on December 31st and you have not yet met the requirements for renewal, visit the Recertification page on the AHIMA website to verify your status and take the necessary steps to complete the recertification process.  You can avoid an inactive status by visiting your CEU Center and submitting the required CEUs with your supporting documentation.
Each year, a percentage of credential holders are randomly selected for an audit. Individuals selected for audits will be required to submit verifiable documentation (for example, certificates of attendance or similar materials) for each activity listed in their CEU Center.
More information on recertification requirements can be found in AHIMA’s Recertification Guide.
Advocacy Update


AHIMA FAQ regarding 45 CFR Part 2 HIPAA Alignment
Click here to download. 
Act Now

Act Now & Urge Your Members of Congress to Repeal Section 510 in the Labor-HHS Appropriations Bills!

As Congress is working to pass a final federal budget before the end of the year, we need your help to urge Congress to finally repeal Section 510 from the Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23) Labor-HHS appropriations bill.
For the fourth year, the US House of Representatives has repealed Section 510 from its Labor-HHS appropriations bill, and for the second year the Senate draft Labor-HHS bill also removed Section 510 from their bill. We need you to write your members of Congress to ensure the ban remains out of the final version of the bill. Section 510 has been a barrier to moving forward a national strategy on patient identification, and this is the year we must ensure its repeal.
AHIMA needs your help to reach out to your members of Congress and urge them to support the repeal of Section 510.
Take Action Now

Call for MNHIMA Board Nominations

The Nominating Committee is currently seeking nominations and volunteers interested in having their names placed on the ballot for the 2023 MNHIMA Election.  Positions open are:
  • President-Elect (3-year term)
  • Delegate Director – 2 members (2-year term)
  • Treasurer (2-year term)
  • Secretary (1-year term)
  • Audit Committee — 1 member (2-year term) 
  • All candidates on the ballot must be active AHIMA/MNHIMA members. Credentialing requirements include:
    • President-Elect, Delegate Director(s), must have an AHIMA-approved credential
    • Treasurer, Secretary, Audit Committee Members do not require an AHIMA-approved credential.
  • President-Elect candidates shall have been a MNHIMA board member within the last five (5) years, MNHIMA committee chair within the last three (3) years, a Regional President within the last three (3) years, or active as an AHIMA volunteer role within the past three (3) years.
  • Delegate Director candidates shall have been a MNHIMA committee chair, shall have held another elected office, or have been a Regional officer within the last three (3) years.
The election occurs in March 2023 and elected individuals take office on July 1st, 2023.  The deadline to submit a nomination is December 31st, 2022.  If you have questions about the nomination process or the upcoming election, please contact Sue Nathe, MNHIMA Executive Director. 
For more information on eligibility requirements, descriptions of each open position, and the nomination process, please click here.     
Nominate Now

Call for MNHIMA Region A Board Nominations

Region A is accepting nominations for individuals interested in serving on its Board of Directors.  The following positions are open:
  • President-Elect
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
Nominations will close on December 15th.  Please consider giving a small amount of your time to see that MNHIMA stays active in our region and that we are able to offer the much-needed valuable education and training to all HIM professionals in our area. You may nominate yourself or another credentialed MNHIMA member of our region for any of the open positions.
Reach out to Joe Bessler ( or Sue Nathe ( with your nomination. 

All voting is set to be completed prior to the Spring meeting when the new officers will be announced.  New officers will start their positions on July 1, 2023.

2023 MNHIMA Achievement Awards

Each year, MNHIMA celebrates the remarkable contributions of Minnesota HIM professionals through its Achievement Awards.  The Nominating Committee is currently seeking recommendations for individuals deserving of recognition as a 2023 MNHIMA Achievement Award recipient.  Nomination is a great way to recognize excellence at every level within our association!  All eligible nominations for our Distinguished Member, Rising Star Professional, and Outstanding Student are welcomed.  For more information on eligibility criteria or to submit a nomination, please visit the Achievement Awards page on the MNHIMA website. Questions can be directed to Sue Nathe, MNHIMA Executive Director. 

The deadline to submit a nomination is January 31st, 2023.  Recipients will be recognized during the 2023 Annual Meeting at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel.

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Attention Students: Apply for a 2023 MNHIMA Scholarship! 

MNHIMA proudly continues to support and recognize Minnesota-based undergraduate and graduate students pursuing their education as health information professionals.   The purpose of MNHIMA’s Scholarship Program is to acknowledge and reward academic excellence, leadership and volunteerism.  This is a merit-based scholarship and is not based on financial need.  The deadline for receipt of submissions is January 31st, 2023.  Scholarship winners will be announced this spring and formally recognized at the 2023 MNHIMA Annual Meeting at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel.  The exact amounts of the scholarship awards depend on yearly contributions to our MNHIMA Scholarship Fund; however, past awards have been between $500 and $1500.
Eligibility to Apply:
(ALL of the following requirements MUST be met)
  • AHIMA member with Minnesota designated as their component state association.
  • Enrolled in an in-state or out-of-state CAHIIM-accredited HIM program. (unless doctoral)
  • Applicants must have completed or be in the term to complete 50% of the total required program credits from one of the following programs:
    • Health Information Management associate degree
    • Health Information Management baccalaureate degree
    • Health Information Management master’s degree
    • Doctoral program related to HIM in a college or university nationally accredited (does not need to be CAHIIM accredited to qualify)
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 (out of 4.0)
  • Applicant must not have previously won a MNHIMA Scholarship in the category for which they are applying.
The application process has been updated and is fully electronic! 
If you are eligible to apply for a scholarship, we encourage you to consider this opportunity!  Please click below for more information.
Apply Now
Speakers Needed.

Interested in Speaking at the 2023 MNHIMA Annual Meeting?  Submit Your Proposal Today!

The Annual Meeting Committee is looking for members and experts to present on current topics and the latest trends in health information for the 2023 MNHIMA Annual Meeting, “Racing Toward Innovation,” at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel!  Topic ideas include, but are not limited to
  • Informatics/Data Analytics
  • Revenue Cycle Management
  • Hospital & Ambulatory Coding
  • The 21st Century Cures Act
  • Release of Information
  • Leadership/Professional Development
  • Clinical Documentation Improvement
  • Data Integrity/MPI Management
  • Digital Transformation/Cloud Infrastructure
  • Privacy & Security
  • Advocacy
  • Risk Management
  • Telehealth/telework
  • Advanced Human Resources matters
  • Emerging issues in critical access hospitals, or rural and alternative health settings 
Please submit your presentation proposal via the online Speakers Bureau.  Select “Minnesota Health Information Management Association” [and other associations as preferred] when completing the form. 
Submit Your Presentation Proposal

MNHIMA Legal Reference Manual

Did you know that MNHIMA offers a recognized and reliable resource for laws and best practices in managing health information in Minnesota? Check out the Legal Reference Manual page on our website for more information! 
The manual itself is reviewed continuously for updates and revisions by the Legal Reference Manual Committee comprised of HIM professionals from different facilities and companies across the state, as well as a team of legal professionals.  Each of these individuals brings their own expertise and experience to the table.  This creates a wide body of knowledge from all areas of HIM.  The current manual includes 14 chapters that address a variety of HIM-related topics.
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