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KHIMA e-Alert

April 12, 2021

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Congratulations to our 2021 Scholarship and Award Recipients!  These individuals were honored during our Business Meeting, conducted virtually, as part of the 2021 KHIMA Annual Meeting. 

HIP Week

Please ask your health information friends to record their videos on how their lives and careers have collided and influenced each other. 

2021 Virtual KHIMA Annual Meeting

April 8 - 9, 2021

There's still time to register!

Join us for the 2021 Virtual KHIMA Annual Meeting on April 8 - 9, 2021.

Due to continued concerns with the pandemic, KHIMA has decided to hold a virtual annual meeting. This will be an excellent opportunity for you to stay in the comfort of your home or office and listen to several great educational sessions. Included on the agenda is Nelly Leon-Chisen (AHA) presenting COVID CM/PCS coding, along with Chris Apgar presenting a privacy update. Richelle Marting will provide a legal update while Ken Sarber will guide us on training the next generation of leaders. And, you won't want to miss the virtual KHIMA Annual Business Meeting which will be held following the virtual educational sessions on April 8th from 12:20 - 1:20 p.m. This will be a time for us to recognize award and scholarship winners too.

While earning several continuing education hours, attendees of the live sessions will also have a chance to win one of several gift cards that are being given away. Don't miss your chance to learn, earn CE hours and win big!
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KHIMA 2021-2022 Election Results

Please join the KHIMA Nominating Committee in welcoming the newly elected KHIMA members who will join our association as we lead into this next year strengthening KHIMA’s vision, mission, and values. 

Jaime Richling

With over 20+ years of Health Information experience, K+Jaime has been guiding KHIMA members and non-members in HI's coding and compliance aspects. Jaime's passion for promoting the HIM profession has kept her actively involved for many years and through multiple roles in KHIMA leadership and advisory roles. 

Rosann McLean

As the present Department Chair over the BS in HIM degree program at the University of Kansas Medical Center and with her HI industry and academia experience, Rose hopes to serve the KHIMA members by drawing on professional and volunteer experience and representing the interests of the Kansas HI profession. 

Julie Engelland

Julie has over 30 years of experience in HIM. As both a consultant and auditor, she provides coding and compliance guidelines to both KHIMA members and non-members. Her service and commitment to KHIMA through being an officer, chairwoman, and committee participant has encouraged others to be positive leaders and influencers in the HIM workplace and communities. 

Amber Clouse

Amber currently oversees the Admissions, HIM and Billing Department at Kingman Community Hospital. Amber will make are the KHIMA members' voices are heard with a listening ear and an openness to new ideas. 

Nominating Committee Member 1
Kelli McCarty

As Director of Revenue Cycle, Kelli McCarty directs and oversees multiple departments, including HIM, Patient Financial Services, Patient Access, and Utilization Review/Case Management at Amberwell Health in Atchison, KS. Kelli is passionate about HI and has dedicated her career to mentoring and assisting others in pursuing their credentials and embarking on their HI profession journey. 

Nominating Committee Member 2
Dawson Ballard

Dawson has been actively involved in promoting and enhancing the HI profession through the AHIMA Coding Council, KHIMA Coding Committee and was named the top COP facilitator in 2008 and 2009. Through listening and input from KHIMA members, Dawson will work to enrich the KHIMA member experience. 
Our heartfelt congratulations go out to these folks for stepping up in these leadership roles and their willingness to continue KHIMA’s vision of quality healthcare by advancing Health Information best practices. It is an honor to serve on the KHIMA leadership team and the KHIMA Board looks forward to your contributions and engagement as we strengthen our Association.  

KHIMA Legal Reference Manual

The KHIMA Legal Reference Manual has recently been updated.  Chapters in the manual include consents, subpoenas, release of information, behavioral health records, the medical record (including the legal EHR), required reporting, and more!  Click here to learn more about the recent changes.  

Take the AHIMA Naming Policy Pledge!

Health Information Professionals understand how lack of accurate patient identification can affect clinical decision making, treatment, patient outcomes, patient privacy, and result in duplicative testing and increased costs.

Lack of a standard demographic data set can also lead to patient records not being linked to one another, resulting in health information being unavailable at the time the provider is treating the patient.
Patient record mismatches and duplication also have a disproportionate impact on underserved communities. According to OCHIN and the patient population they serve, duplicate records for underserved communities are double and tripled compared to the population percentage. For example, Black patients make up 13 percent of OCHIN’s patient population but 21 percent have duplicate records. Hispanic/Latino patients make up 21 percent of the population and 35 percent have duplicate records.
Collecting patient demographics is the starting point of trusted, reliable data during the patient’s health journey. However, institutional policies around the collection of patient demographics vary. This results in an environment where data is collected and entered in a variety of ways, which can jeopardize patient safety, limit data sharing and interoperability, delay claims, and diminish data quality.
A critical component to accurately identifying patients through patient demographics is the use of a naming policy. A naming policy provides the structure for data entry and collection in the master patient index (MPI) and enterprise master patient index (EMPI).

As professionals committed to excellence in the management of health information for the benefit of patients and providers, we have a responsibility to ensure that health data is accurate, complete, and available to patients and clinicians.

If you have not already done so, we are asking you today to take AHIMA’s Naming Policy Pledge! 

By taking the pledge, you agree to support, encourage, and educate your fellow health information professionals about the importance of adopting and implementing the naming policy.

Click here to read about the AHIMA's Patient Identification and Matching Naming Policy Pledge

Click here to hear more information on this topic. (You will be required to log into your AHIMA account.)  
Take the Pledge

Student Connections

KHIMA is pleased to share the 2020-2021 KHIMA Student Representatives "Student Connections" slide presentation. This presentation is a one-stop-shop for all KS HIM students to engage with members at both the state and national levels. Inside, you will find information about scholarships, volunteer opportunities, upcoming events that are sure to please students, ways to connect on social media, and all the benefits of volunteering as a KHIMA Student Representative. Please consider joining KHIMA when your school announces this opportunity.

New KHIMA Facebook Page

Check out the new KHIMA Facebook page!  Click here to view!

Continuing Education Opportunities

Validation Denials Webinar Series

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Haugen Consulting Group Educational Webinars

Support KHIMA while earning CEUs! Each Haugen Academy registration gives a $5 credit back to our organization.

KHIMA Webinar - Look at You Doing “Leader-y” Stuff!

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Enhancing Your Influence Webinar

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Degenerative Hip Disease: Causes and Treatments with Case Studies and Coding Tips

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COVID-19 Resources

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