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WHIMA Fall Conference Registration Open
October 10, 2019
The Lismore
Eau Claire, WI

HIPAA COW 2019 Fall Conference
October 11, 2019
Red Lion Paper Valley Hotel
Appleton, 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

WHIMA Fall Conference

Diamonds, codes, and cybersecurity oh my! Come join in on some fun and learning at the 2019 Fall WHIMA conference. Get ready to dive deep into the current of change that will include telehealth, outpatient CDI, a SNF coder's update, and a student academy among other topics. Attend WHIMA's Fall Conference where you will receive the tools and education to help you navigate the current of HIM transformation!

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Tell the US Senate It’s Time to Repeal the Ban on a Unique Patient Identifier

In June, the US House of Representatives adopted an amendment striking language in the House FY20 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education (Labor-HHS) Appropriations bill that prohibits the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) from using federal funds to promote or adopt a unique patient identifier. Striking this language will give HHS the ability to evaluate a range of patient identification solutions that protect patient privacy and are cost-effective, scalable, and secure.

Now that a budget deal in Congress has materialized, we expect the US Senate to move quickly to consider the Senate FY20 Labor-HHS appropriations bill this fall. Before Congress returns in September, we ask that you contact your US Senators via AHIMA's Advocacy Action Center to encourage them to remove this archaic ban.

Hospital Sisters Health System - Eastern Wisconsin Division Awarded as the 2019 Grace Award Recipient

Congratulations to HSHS Eastern Wisconsin Division for being the recipient of the 2019 Grace Award! 
AHIMA is pleased to announce that the 2019 Grace Award is being awarded to Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) - Eastern Wisconsin Division. The eastern Wisconsin division of HSHS includes St. Clare Memorial Hospital, St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center, St. Nicholas Hospital, and St. Vincent Hospital.

AHIMA founder, Grace Whiting Myers, left a legacy of high standards, determination, and teamwork for our profession and for the entire healthcare community. The Grace Award recognizes an outstanding organization’s journey toward new and innovative HIM practices that deliver better patient outcomes.
Their achievements in HIM excellence include:
  • The use of demographic information, patient population and diagnoses to determine if additional services should be offered, and whether patient population needs could be accommodated
  • Using data to support the decision to open a wound clinic, increase the number of ICU rooms, increase X-ray capacity, open an intermediate care unit and update the ICU and expand surgical services to include up-to-date technology and telemedicine implementation
  • Creating an inpatient clinical dashboard within the electronic medical record or monitoring of patient care helping identify the status of patients in real-time by recognizing trends in care and allowing staff to appropriately order supplies and medications
  • Implementing an electronic query process allowing physicians to answer questions directly helping reduce physician queries for procedure documentation by 90 percent for patients with transcatheter aortic valve replacements (TAVR)
  • Developing a mortality chart review process reducing the observed-to-expected mortality rate to less than 1 percent
The Division is also recognized for decreasing denials by 20 percent in six months, saving $50,000 in software expenses due to identified edits, improving the Division’s case mix index within the last year by increasing benchmark goals by 18 percent, making bedside iPads available for patients and family members to see upcoming appointments and procedures, and leading the conversation regarding inclusion of LGBT information in the electronic medical record to improve patient safety and quality of care.

HIM professionals at HSHS - Eastern Wisconsin Division led this work by initiating conversations, facilitating inter-departmental groups, serving as resources and educating colleagues.

The 2019 winner will be honored onstage at the AHIMA19 Health Data and Information Conference, September 14-18 in Chicago, IL.


WHIMA is a Proud Partner in U.S. National Health IT Week


This September 23-27,  WHIMA — is a Proud Partner of U.S. National Health IT Week.  U.S. National Health IT Week is a nationwide action week focused on supporting healthy communities across the U.S. through the application of information and technology.

Comprehensive health care reform is not possible without system-wide adoption of health information technology, which improves the quality of healthcare delivery, increases patient safety, decreases medical errors, and strengthens the interaction between patients and healthcare providers.

Initiated in 2006 by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), U.S. National Health IT Week has emerged as a landmark occasion for using health IT as part of the overall solution to improve America’s healthcare as a bipartisan, federally led, market driven initiative.

The Week consists of events across the country, including U.S. National Health IT Week participants —market suppliers, provider organizations, payers, pharmaceutical/biotech companies, government agencies, industry/professional associations, research foundations, and consumer protection groups— all working together to elevate national attention to the advantages of advancing health IT.

View our full list of partners and updates on the Week’s events. Working together with our growing coalition of stakeholders, WHIMA is helping to transform healthcare for all.

WHIMA Annual Conference
Call for Speakers

Are you interested in speaking at the WHIMA Annual Conference on May 6-8, 2020 in Elkhart Lake? The WHIMA Annual Conference Team has opened up the Call for Speakers!  Please complete the on-line Call for Speaker form if you would like to be considered. 

Developing a Strategy to Win the War on Duplicates

Duplicate records remain one of healthcare’s most vexing—and costly—problems. All of this is happening despite efforts to address the issue at national and individual facility levels—and despite well-established best practices designed to prevent the creation of duplicates.
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AHIMA News and Announcements

(AHIMA Weekly e-Alert Augusta 8, 2019)

Dive into Documentation with AHIMA CDI Experts

Learn about trending hot topics and advances in the CDI profession to ensure high-quality documentation in health records. Presented by CDI industry experts, these monthly, 30-minute webinars are pre-recorded and available on demand.  Each webinar is worth .5 CEUs and .5 CNEs*.
Overview of the AHIMA Inpatient Query Toolkit
Just released—Listen now!

The inpatient query toolkit is revamped to reflect the changes in the CDI/coding industry. This comprehensive tool helps to facilitate and streamline the query process. It is robust and provides options that guide query development.

Guidelines for Achieving a Compliant ICD-10-PCS Query
Coming September 11.

The impact of clinical documentation and code assignment continue to evolve across the healthcare continuum. This is especially true in the ICD-10-PCS environment, where there are no unspecified codes. If the documentation is not in the health record the procedure cannot be coded. If the documentation is unclear, imprecise, or incomplete, a query is needed to clarify the procedure performed. Knowing what documentation is needed in different patient settings and how to obtain that documentation, is essential when determining if a query is warranted. This presentation reviews the key components of the PCS query process.
All On-Demand Diving into Documentation Webinars
  • The Essentials of a CDI Qualitative Audit
  • Highlights from Best Practices in the Art and Science of CDI...
  • Outpatient Query Toolkit
  • Clinical Validation Best Practice Guidance
  • Achieving a Compliant Query Practice Brief, Part 1
  • Achieving a Compliant Query Practice Brief, Part 2
  • Understanding the Basics of Promoting Interoperability...
Each webinar is $10, and you can earn .5 CEU and .5 CNE* when you complete the survey.  

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