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New – VIRTUAL 2020 SCHIMA Annual Meeting & Exhibit

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Have you checked our out online agenda including detail on our student break-out and updated keynote session?

Keynote Address: Look at You Doing “Leader-y” Stuff!

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

In these challenging and turbulent times, it is vital to our industry that we ban together as leaders. The perception of leadership needs to be one of strength and unity. Together, as members of the HIM profession, we can partner to achieve great things that make an impact on SCHIMA, the HIM industry, and within our own organizations.

Not a “formal” leader, no worries. This presentation is geared toward identifying the leader in us all. We’ll take a look at different styles of leadership as well as how they can be utilized in our every-day life. Feel like you have this “leadership thing” down--great! We’ll spend some time talking about the perceptions of our leadership styles to our team members. You will leave this presentation with a few new skills to add to your leadership repertoire.

With continued social distancing and meeting restrictions in place, due to COVID-19, the SCHIMA Board has elected to hold our 2020 SCHIMA Annual Meeting & Exhibit as a virtual event and we are planning to return to Greenville in July of 2022.
Attendees previously registered for the onsite event received notices on 5/29/20 for options to cancel and receive full refunds or to convert their registration to our virtual format and receive a partial refund.
The very good news, our new rates are 50% off the original event price. Please visit our website to learn about the new format and great pricing and increased number of CEUs you can earn.

We are also offering two networking opportunities as live events on July 20th. We will host a live student session for our students across the state hosted by Maureen Marks, our SCHIMA Student Outreach Coordinator, and a virtual happy hour to allow members to network using WebEx and our messaging platform on our website. We may not have the opportunity to network in Greenville this year, but we hope you join us on the web.

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HIM Awareness

SC HIMSS and SCHIMA are moving forward with our plans to advocate for the issues confronting us amidst the challenges of COVID-19! We hope that in the coming months that you will be able to give some serious thought to providing some time and lending your voice to advocate for the changes so important to the well-being and health of South Carolinians!

Here is what has been accomplished so far!
  • Plans are still to have an Advocacy Day in South Carolina
  • SCHIMA has agreed to provide the technology for a virtual Advocacy Day, hopefully in August. 
  • The key areas targeted for discussion:  Empowering Electronic Case Reporting, Expanding Telehealth Services, and Strengthening the Infrastructure, and Health Information Exchange
As you know, HIM expertise is important in all of these key areas!  The skills and knowledge that we have—regardless of whether you are responsible for functions like data analytics, health informatics, health information management, compliance, risk management, coding, or auditing—are needed! Our workforce is key to the success of ensuring that health information is accurate, secure, and meaningful throughout the continuum of care. Helping our legislators and their staff recognize the skills and knowledge we possess is key to reinforcing our workforce engagement efforts and the value of our credentials. Growing the demand for credentialed HIM professionals in our state is a key strategy with our HIM Awareness campaign. COVID-19 slowed our progress this Board year, but we will make up for lost time.

We will provide an update soon, as we continue to work with SC HIMSS on this important joint effort to raise awareness of the health information and technology needs of South Carolina as well as the expertise required! 

SCHIMA Member Highlights and Social Media Campaign

This marks the last of our e-alert series highlighting our members in the effort to recognize our diverse roles and responsibilities and to reinforce our #Stronger Together theme this year. We want to give a special thank you to all those that participated. We have been honored to share your stories. Click on the SCHIMA Member Highlights button below to read out last member highlight in this series.

Thanks to Kelly Shaw for volunteering her personal story this week.

A new initiative will be spotlighting our SC students as the future of our HIM workforce. This will last over the next several e-alerts. Students, as we reach out to you, tell us your stories and get involved as your busy schedules allow. The future of HIM in SC depends on you! Click on the SCHIMA Student Member Highlights button below.

Please also remember to take a moment in your spare time to “like us” on Facebook and join the South Carolina Engage Community on AHIMA’s website.
SCHIMA Member Highlights
SCHIMA Student Member Highlights

National Vote for HIM Leadership

As we transition to our 2020-2021 state board of directors on July 1st, it’s important to keep in mind the upcoming national elections. While we advocate on your behalf at both the state and national level through the HOD, the AHIMA board is our national governance. Healthcare is changing. Technology and data are shaping our futures. The COVID crisis has been a testament to the importance of data and information governance and quality, as well as the need to keep pace and stay involved both at the state and national level. The candidate slate and their position statements have just been released. Do your homework. Our membership must let our voices be heard through our collective votes. Take nothing for granted.

COVID-19: News & Resources

AHIMA Resources

Visit AHIMA’s website for all of the latest COVID-19 resources.

South Carolina COVID-19 Data and Resources


SC Department of Mental Health

While our state transitions to a reopening phase, many of our HIM family are facing unprecedented work-related and personal challenges, including the loss of friends and family. These stressors can affect both our mental health and physical health. South Carolinians are a resilient people, but don’t let “stigma” keep you from reaching out for help if needed. The SCDMH has put together an impressive number of free resources. Visit the SCDMH’s ’s website for all of the latest COVID resources.

SC Department of Health and Environmental Control

Did you know SC has a dedicated website with daily updated COVID-19 state specific information including Cases by County & ZIP Code, Testing Data & Projections, Demographic Data by Case, Hospital Bed Capacity, Positive Cases Indicated by Heat Map, and a variety of other community resources?

Visit DHEC ’s website for all of the latest COVID-19 resources. This hyperlink takes you to the dashboard.  Please navigate around the site to see the impressive work our state is doing, partially with data supplied by HIM professionals across SC.

Available Webinars

Sponsored by Verisma

COVID-19 Response: Emerging Best Practices for Health Information Disclosure Management – Part 2 

This webinar focuses on health information access and disclosure management practices, including release of information, and how they are impacted by the urgent need to distance workers, modify access processes, and innovate to maintain and improve services.

Participants will learn about steps they should be taking now and what risks they should be planning for to ensure a workforce and healthy level-of-service during a time of extreme disruption.

1 CEU Credit - Organizational Management and Leadership
Register Here

Sponsored by nThrive

The next recorded webinar in our "Keeping up with COVID-19" series is “Applied Lean Six Sigma Methodology Can Help Hospitals Thrive Beyond COVID-19”.

At all levels of health care leadership and practice, people who are trained in key Lean principles are better prepared to help transform their practices during a time of crisis when agility and optimization are mission critical. This session will review a case study where nThrive has synthesized lean methodology and industry knowledge to better operationalize our hospitals. We will also highlight the trends of US health care in a “post-COVID-19” world, covering how Lean methodology will continue to be utilized in the accelerating shift towards value-based care.
In this webinar you will:
  • Experience an introductory overview of Lean Six Sigma
  • Better understand the impact of COVID-19 on hospitals, US health care, and US revenue cycle
  • Discover how applied Lean principles can mean the difference between success and failure for many hospital systems
  • Understand Lean tools and how they can be applied to efficiently navigate towards Value-based Care
Register Here

SCHIMA Job Board

Do you have open positions? Consider posting your job openings on the SCHIMA Job Board.

Cost is $75 for a 90-day posting.


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