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WHIMA e-Alert

January 8, 2021

Inside this Issue:

Save the Date

WHIMA Scholarship Applications Due

February 28, 2021

WHIMA Award Nominations Due

March 1, 2021

WHIMA Release of Information Workshop – LIVE VIRTUAL

March 11 & March 18, 2021
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

(2 days – one workshop)

WHA's Advocacy Day

April 14, 2021


HIP Week

April 18 - 24, 2021

WHIMA 2021 Annual Conference 

May 12 - 14, 2021 

The Ingleside Hotel 
Waukesha, WI

WHIMA 2021 Fall Conference 

October 7, 2021

Hotel Mead
Wisconsin Rapids, WI

Happy New Year

By Kari Bjorge, RHIA, CCS
WHIMA President

Happy New Year from WHIMA to you! 2021 brings endless possibilities as individuals, as health information professionals in Wisconsin, WHIMA and partners in the American healthcare system!

In 2020, AHIMA unveiled the Professional Enhancement Campaign (PEC) Toolkit. The Professional Enhancement Campaign is a research-founded approach that is designed to assist all of us in articulating what we do in the health information profession. Elevate YOU to a new YOU in HIM in 2021! As you begin and prepare for 2021, check out the blog written by Vicky Wolf, RHIT, CPHQ and learn more about this new branding and the Performance Enhancement Campaign.

As a member of WHIMA, there is an opportunity to let your voice ring in 2021 by providing input into the education that WHIMA delivers to health information professionals in Wisconsin. On Monday, January 11, you will receive a special email from WHIMA that includes a link to the WHIMA 2021 Education survey. Let WHIMA hear from you by taking this brief survey to help the team(s) prepare education that supports your professional growth. Complete the survey for a chance to win 1 of 3 $25 Amazon gift cards or $25 check from WHIMA!

May you seize the opportunities in 2021 that lie in front of each of us! May 2021 bring you good health, peace and prosperity!

WHIMA Ballot 2021-2022 
Call for Nominations

The WHIMA Nominating Committee is accepting nominations for the 2021-2022 ballot!

WHIMA has a long history of strong leaders who have been passionate about the HIM profession, visionary, and had the ability to influence/orchestrate change that helped advance our profession and Association. With your help, WHIMA can continue the tradition by nominating highly-qualified and experienced members for the open positions on the 2021-2022 WHIMA Board of Directors. The open positions for the Board of Directors and other leadership positions are listed below. The term of office will begin July 1, 2021!
  • WHIMA President
  • WHIMA Director (2 positions)
  • WHIMA Nominating Committee (3 positions)
  • AHIMA Nominating Committee 
If you have questions regarding the responsibilities of these positions, qualifications of the positions or the nomination process, please contact WHIMA Nominating Committee Chair, Terianne Brunner, at 608-393-7006 or

WHIMA encourages you to seek one of the WHIMA elected positions below or assist our Nominating Committee by identifying WHIMA members who will provide strong leadership for WHIMA in the years ahead.

Update Your AHIMA Profile

The new year is a good time to review and update your AHIMA profile to ensure you continue to receive the latest WHIMA news and announcements. Keeping your information up-to-date is easy at the AHIMA web site: Select MyAHIMA on the upper right corner of the home page, login and update. Verify that you have not opted out of receiving communications. 

Preparing Your Teams for 2021

By Lauren Forbes, RHIT

With 2021 right around the corner, now is the time to get your team ready for a fresh start in the new year. Let’s face it, 2020 was tough; however, we continued the best that we could. There were many unknowns and obstacles thrown at all of us in 2020. As always, the new year gives us opportunities. We have opportunities to learn more, transform ourselves, build our teams and strengthen our minds. 

Overcoming obstacles has been a theme for many in 2020. The pandemic changed our way of thinking and working. In order to adapt to a constantly changing landscape, we had to move workflows and staff quickly to a virtual environment. Let’s take what we experienced in 2020 to make 2021 a better year!

Read the Complete Blog

In Memory of Joan (Seier) Lee

1932 - 2020

WHIMA has recently learned of the death of Joan Lee. Joan (Seier) Lee, age 88, passed on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020, at Larson House in Columbus, Wis. Joan received a degree as a registered health information technician. After 30 years of service, Joan retired from the hospital as the Director of Health Information Services. After a brief retirement, she returned to work for eight more years as a health information assistant at St. Mary's Hospital in Madison. Joan was a member of the American Health Information Management Association and the Wisconsin Health Information Association.
Rest in peace Joan!

Read the Full Obituary

Program Year 2021 Standard Deduction Announcement

From The Wisconsin Medicaid PI Program Team

The Wisconsin Medicaid Promoting Interoperability (PI) Program recently published ForwardHealth Update 2020-43, “Additional Information for Eligible Professionals Regarding Program Year 2021 of the Wisconsin Medicaid Promoting Interoperability Program,” which contains the standard deduction amount to use for the patient volume calculation. The standard deduction for Program Year 2021 is 4.47%.

As a reminder, in Program Year 2021, Eligible Professionals must select a continuous 90-day period from January 1, 2021, through July 31, 2021, for both the electronic health record (EHR) reporting period and the electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) reporting period. Eligible Professionals may submit 2021 applications from April 1, 2021, through August 1, 2021.

We encourage you to start the process as early as possible to expedite the receipt of your incentive. Please email us with any questions about the requirements or attestation process.

AHIMA News and Resources

There's an API for That

From AHIMA E-Alert January 7, 2021

The 21st Century Cures Act gives consumers unprecedented power over their own health data, with the help of application programming interfaces (APIs). This article will help you understand how this technology will impact the privacy, security, and accessibility of health information.

Read More

On the HI Pitch Podcast: Get Up to Speed on Our Policy Statements

From AHIMA E-Alert January 7, 2021

AHIMA released seven policy statements in 2020 on issues important to health information. Lauren Riplinger, JD, AHIMA vice president of advocacy, public policy and government affairs, reviews them all with HI Pitch podcast host Michael Bittner.

Listen Now

2020 SDOH Survey Results

From AHIMA E-Alert January 7, 2021

The 2020 AHIMA Social Determinants of Health Survey asked providers about their capture of social determinants of health (SDOH) data—data that is instrumental in helping to enrich clinical decision-making and improve health outcomes, public health, and health inequities. The survey results are presented in an infographic.

See More

Savings Opportunities for Members

From AHIMA E-Alert January 7, 2021

As an AHIMA member, you have access to everything you need to work and play from home, through our partnership with MemberDeals. Be sure to take a look at January’s top savings opportunities.

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Coming Soon: AHIMA Access
More Information on Access

From AHIMA Connect January 5, 2021

AHIMA is excited to introduce you to AHIMA Access in just a few weeks! What’s Access? Access is a modern, robust digital community platform where members can engage with AHIMA, fellow HI professionals, and other content. You can join communities based on your type of work, professional interests, and much more.

Five points about Access:
  1. Access is designed to feel like the social media platforms you are accustomed to. Get excited to see curated health information content in your newsfeed!
  2. Access communities will have folders where you can easily share resources and documents. Please note that AHIMA is moving away from Engage at the end of January, so consider downloading any documents you will want to keep. There will be a one-week period after Engage is turned off before members are able to use Access. 
  3. If you want to save discussion threads that happened in Engage, we recommend copying and pasting them in a Word document to be saved in your files.
  4. You don’t have to be on your computer to take advantage of Access – its mobile-friendly interface looks great on phones and tablets.
  5. On Access, you can follow topics that interest you using your favorite #hashtags. For example, following #PatientID will allow you to see posts with that hashtag.
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