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Footprints Newsletter
February 2020

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President’s Message

Hello NCHIMA Members!

Welcome to 2020! We have several exciting things happening in the next several months for NCHIMA.  First, Elections began on February 17th! Please make sure you review bios and vote! Volunteering with NCHIMA is rewarding not just for you the volunteer but also for those members we support!  If you're interested in volunteering, please reach out to anyone on the Executive Board!

Our Legal Delegate, Natalie Raper, will be attending the annual AHIMA Hill Day in late March.  Be sure to read her update below to gain more insight on AHIMA's initiatives to continue moving the HIM industry forward with governmental support.   We'll have updates from Hill Day at the Annual Meeting.

We'll kick off our Annual Meeting on March 29th in Concord! I hope to see each and every one of you there!  Registration is open! We are going to have a great time celebrating NCHIMA's 70th birthday! We certainly hope you can all join us for all the networking and education opportunities. 

See you all soon! Please reach out if there is anything we can do.  Hope you all have a safe and prosperous 2020!


Sallie Bissette, Ed.D, MHA, MBA, RHIA, CHC, NCHIMA President

2020 NCHIMA Annual Meeting & Exhibit – Registration is now open!!

Join us for the 70th NCHIMA Annual Meeting & Exhibit – “Making an Impact in Health Information” on March 29 – April 1, 2020 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Charlotte Concord Golf Resort & Spa in Concord, NC.

Get ready for an exciting time networking with hundreds of HIM professionals across the state, exploring hot industry topics, and learning how YOU can make an impact in health information.

Visit for the meeting agenda, registration, hotel rates, exhibitors, and much more.  See you at the Annual Meeting!

Make A Difference!

The NCHIMA Annual Meeting Planning Committee is seeking donations for items to be used in the Silent Auction that will be held during the 70th NCHIMA Annual Meeting and Exhibit March 29 – April 1, 2020.  The proceeds from the auction will go towards the NCHIMA Scholarship Fund, which is awarded to deserving HIT/HIM students each year.  You can help by donating a gift card, gift basket or other item that can be used during the auction.  If you would like to make a donation please contact Marquetta Massey, Region Liaison at  
Marquetta Massey, MBA, RHIA, Region Liaison

2020 AHIMA Hill Day Priorities - We Want to Hear From YOU!!!

It’s that time of year again for NCHIMA’s Legal Delegate, Natalie M. Raper, MHS, to begin preparing for her trip to Washington, DC for AHIMA’s Advocacy Summit & Hill Day 2020.

This two-day event focuses on advocacy and public policy issues linked to AHIMA’s mission and vision. Monday, March 23rd is AHIMA’s Public Policy Institute where AHIMA members will hear from federal officials and other stakeholders in Washington, DC about ongoing public policy work impacting the HIM profession. Capitol Hill visits take place on Tuesday, March 24th where attendees have an opportunity to meet with their Members of Congress and staff and advocate on behalf of the HIM profession.

The three topics of her advocacy work this year are: Integrity, Access, and Connection. Natalie would love to hear feedback from NCHIMA members across the state. These three priorities impact our profession on a regular basis and your experiences can help drive Natalie’s fight for change. Take a look at the three priorities and send your feedback to with the subject line “AHIMA Hill Day”.

We are excited for you to share your experiences, ideas, challenges, and lessons learned regarding these topics. Now is your time to get engaged with our federal and state legislatures to make a difference.
Natalie Raper, MHS, Delegate - Legal and Advocacy

NCHIMA Region News

East Region
The NCHIMA East Region has two educational opportunities scheduled.  Sign up now to attend the East Region meeting on February 28, 2020 in Wilmington, NC or to join the Lunch and Learn webinar on March 20, 2020.  Check out NCHIMA website at for full agenda and details.

Triangle Region
The Triangle Region is hosting an all-day seminar on February 28, 2020.  The registration is open on the NCHIMA website at  This meeting will involve not only onsite speakers but one session as a WebEx option for those who cannot attend but would like to receive 1 CE. 

Coming Soon!

Starting this spring, NCHIMA will begin approving education for non-affiliated partners! This means you could be approved for CEUs for non-NCHIMA events held within your organization! Be on the lookout in the weekly email notifications for details!

Congratulations!!!!  The Following North Carolina Members Have Passed Examinations!

Kendra Drylie
Summer Lee
Kitty Getchell
Kelly Atkins
Kelli Newman
Amanda Young
Patsy Mintz
Simran Katuwal
Tanetta Jones
Susan Dendy

Kelly Rogers
Jennifer Marino
Rose Voss
Crystal Vanderford
Sheila Freeman
Vanessa Kieffer
Marissa Dicostanzo
Danielle Whaley
Lena Effler
Tara Sparrow
Danielle Sasso

Ainsley Johnson

Esta Farmer

Stephany Carrillo
Dawn Hollar
Angelia Vaughn
Brittany Cline
Cara Nielsen
Amy Gonzales
Angelia Craig
Brandyn Waddell
Leann Esparza

Anne Carlson
Brandy Mills
Megan Scherer
Joel Stokes

Student Spotlight

Student Name: Traci Richter
School/Program: East Carolina University/ CERT-Health Information Mgt
Program Director: Dr. Paul Bell, PhD, RHIA, CTR | Professor and Coordinator of the graduate HIM Certificate program│Department of Health Services and Information Management
Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2021

GPA: 3.5
  1. What initially drew you to this particular profession? I have worked in healthcare since 1990. I started out as a Medical Office Manager for a Gastroenterologist. 1990 was back in the day of paper charts and bookkeeping. Our practice was fortunate that my provider purchased a computer system specifically for billing. Most of the billing was data entry that printed claims to pre-printed forms on a dot matrix printer. The real challenge was lining the form to the printer! The same vendor set us up to do electronic billing with BCBS and Medicaid. It was fascinating! OSHA/Standard Precautions i.e. Universal Precautions seemed to be the focus of everything due to HIV/AIDS. I learned a lot, moved onto Nursing, joining the Army, Respiratory School, back to coding, auditing, and now back in school for graduate HIM certificate program. Survival in health care means adaptability to new innovations in technology and medical knowledge. I have enjoyed the challenges with the transitions and I just want to do more!
  2. What are your future plans? I have interests in auditing and data quality. I want to obtain more skills to be a part of the solution to improve health care delivery. I would like to go into the Research aspect of Health Information.
  3. How did you decide this field was a good fit for you? I am good at it because I understand it. I have worked as a ‘jack of all trades’ in health care. I have grown with the technological and medical advances. I experienced the growths, pains, and gained insight to the possibilities and capabilities technology will have on healthcare. I am excited to see and be part of where it is going in the future.
  4. What advice would you present to those considering entering the HIM profession? Be prepared to study! There are so many different processes and aspects that affect and shape healthcare. You must remain flexible to adaptations and to change. The easy part is getting into the profession. The hard part is remaining there and keeping up with ‘change’.
How does your AHIMA membership affect you and your career goals? AHIMA provides updated knowledge, resources, and standards for the delivery of quality health care. AHIMA is part of my past, present, and future as I continue to advance as a health information management professional.

It’s Time to Update Your AHIMA Profile

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AHIMA Student Merit Scholarship Fund

The AHIMA Foundation annually offers merit scholarships to currently enrolled outstanding undergraduates in HIM and health information technology (HIT) as well as those professionals pursuing master's or doctoral degrees in areas related to health information.
There are four levels of scholarships offered:
  1. Associate's degree - $1,000 award for students pursuing a Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) accredited AA degree in HIM or HIT
  2. Bachelor's degree/Post-Baccalaureate certificate - $1,500 award for students pursuing a CAHIIM accredited BA/BS degree or a Post-Baccalaureate certificate in HIM or HIT
  3. Master's degree - $2,000 award for students pursuing a Master's degree in areas related to HIM or health informatics
  4. Doctoral degree - $2,500 award for students pursuing a doctoral degree in an area related to health information  
Click here to donate to the NCHIMA Student Merit Scholarship Fund today!

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