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WHIMA e-Alert

July 15, 2022

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WHIMA Save The Date

Save the Date

AHIMA Leadership Election
July 11 - 25, 2022

WHIMA-HIMSS Joint Webinar: 21st Century Cures Act and Patient Portals
July 28, 2022
12:00 – 1:00 PM (CT)

WHIMA Fall Conference 
September 15, 2022
Stoney Creek Hotel-La Crosse-Onalaska
Onalaska, WI

AHIMA22 - In-person and Virtual
October 9-12
Columbus, OH

WHIMA Release of Information Workshop
October 28, 2022
Glacier Canyon Lodge
Wisconsin Dells, WI
WHIMA Rising Star

WHIMA 2022 Rising Star Award – Charley Wessberg, M.S., CCS

Rising StarWHIMA 2022 Rising Star Award – Charley Wessberg, M.S., CCS
Congratulations to Charley Wessberg, M.S., CCS – WHIMA Rising Award Recipient for 2022! Charley was recognized for this award at the WHIMA Annual Conference in Elkhart Lake! The objective of the Rising Star award is to identify and honor promising new professionals who have the potential to make significant contributions to their careers. A professional who has been credentialed within the last seven years who demonstrates contributions to local/state HIM association and exhibits significant potential for future leadership and innovation.
Charley has been a very impactful member of the HIM profession and community. He has been employed at UW Health for several years in positions such as Coding Trainer, an HIM Supervisor, and is currently a Supervisor over physician training. Regardless of the role, he has HIM as the primary focus of all he does. Charley has been an active member of WHIMA. He has led teams and is often a go-to for members. His qualifications are many -  including a Bachelor’s degree in HIM, a Master’s degree in Healthcare Informatics, a Technical degree in Medical Coding, and a Certified Coding Specialist certification. He was awarded the WHIMA Spirit Award in 2019, received a WHIMA Scholarship, is the current co-lead of the WHIMA Fall Conference lead, and has recently assumed the role of a 1st-year Director on the WHIMA Board of Directors.  Charley has been a rising star for several years and will continue to make advancements in the profession as well as WHIMA!

Charley - Congratulations on this well-deserved award! 
Congratulatory emails can be sent to Charley at

FREE $50 Give Back Drawing

WHIMA wants to show our members and student members how much they are appreciated through a fun little ‘Give Back’ challenge. Curiosity peaked?

The challenge is to follow WHIMA on social media. Within the next few weeks, WHIMA will randomly select a winner and post their name on social media. The winner will receive a "Give Back" code valued at $50 which can be used towards a WHIMA educational event!

Not a member? Become one today to be eligible for this exciting new "Give Back" drawing. Click HERE to join.

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WHIMA On-Demand Webinar: Common Missed Physician Query Opportunities and Key Indicators to Look for in the Chart

Register today for the on-demand webinar entitled- Common Missed Physician Query Opportunities and Key Indicators to Look for in the Chart!  One (1) CEU for $15!!!  DEAL!
Session Overview: 
A query can be a powerful communication tool used to clarify documentation in a health record and achieve accurate code assignment. Querying the physician has become a common communication and educational tool for coding departments. An effective query process aids the hospital’s compliance with coding rules and serves as an educational tool for providers, and coding professionals, on the physician side. This session will include common missed physician query opportunities and key indicators to look for in the chart and also when to query and when not to query for infectious (sepsis), cardiology, respiratory, renal, and neurology complications.

  • WHIMA Member  - $15.00
  • Non-Member  - $30.00
  • One (1) AHIMA CEU - Data Structure, Content, and Information Governance
* This is an on-demand event.
Learn More And Register

Free Webinar: WHIMA-HIMSS Joint Webinar: 21st Century Cures Act and Patient Portals

July 28, 2022
12:00 – 1:00 PM (CT)

1 AHIMA Approved CEU - Free

The 21st Century Cures Act required changes to the release of notes, labs, imaging, and diagnostic studies. This session will take a Frequently Asked Questions approach to address how some providers interpret and comply with the rule while not losing sight of the original intent of the rule. Meaning and interpretations may vary, but if potential violations are investigated, intent may matter more than interpretation of the rule. The session will also take a look at the Cures Act from the patient perspective.

Wisconsin Hospital Association

WHA Post-Acute Care Conference

Registration is open! Space is limited – Register today!

This year’s WHA Post-Acute Care Conference provides an opportunity for colleagues working on patient care transitions from a variety of positions and perspectives to gather in person for the first time in several years to learn from each other and hear from a strong group of presenters. 

Presenters will discuss leading through change, the value of Care Transitions Intervention (formerly the Coleman Model), and hospital-at-home care in Wisconsin. Attendees also will hear forward-looking insights from the administrator of the Wisconsin Division of Quality Assurance, from panelists who will share how hospitals and Family Care managed care organizations can work together to improve care transitions, and more. Click here to view the complete agenda.

Join us on Friday, August 5 from 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM in the Wisconsin Dells.

For questions about this conference, please contact the WHA Education department at

Click below to learn more about the conference, as well as to register.
Learn More About the Conference
AHIMA Smart Brief

FBI: State-sponsored Cybercriminals Targeting US Hospitals

Source:  AHIMA SmartBrief July 8, 2022

Cybercriminals are apparently sponsored by the North Korean government using Maui malware to target US health care systems and public health agencies, according to a warning from the FBI, the Treasury Department, and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. Maui ransomware has been used to encrypt servers, and the agencies suggest health care organizations take a number of steps, including enforcing multi-layer network segmentation, monitoring internet-connected devices, and masking and encrypting permanent account numbers in stored data.
Read The Full Story

AHIMA News and Resources

AHIMA CEO Highlights Need for a National Patient ID System

Source:  AHIMA SmartBrief July 11, 2022

Misidentifying patients can have tragic consequences. In their op-ed published recently in STAT, AHIMA CEO Wylecia Wiggs Harris and Experian Health President Tom Cox discuss real-life consequences of patient identification mistakes and how we can make more meaningful steps toward addressing the issue.
Read The Op-Ed
AHIMA Election News

Your Vote is Vital: The Polls are Now Open

The AHIMA Election is open at Your vote is vital.

Vote for the health information leaders who will make sure healthcare is more connected, accurate, and innovative than ever before through their positions on the 2023 AHIMA Board of Directors, the Commission on Certification of Health Informatics and Information Management, and the Council for Excellence in Education.
Information about each candidate is available on the ballot candidate website by going to The polls close July 25 at 5 p.m. CT.
It is highly recommended to use Chrome browser to access the voting link. If you have any technical issue with voting, please contact
Vote Now

AHIMA22 Global Conference - Early registration is open through August 10

Source:  AHIMA SmartBrief July 13, 2022

AHIMA sees a better world where health is transformed by data and information advances. If you believe that Data is the New Medicine, then you need to be at AHIMA22. 

Are you ready to create a better world? 
Register Today

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