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December 17, 2021

Inside this Issue:

Board Spotlight - Jennifer Pettus, CCS

Meet our Coding Roundtable / Education Chair: Jennifer Pettus, CCS
Current Position:  Coding Manager & Coding Symposium & Education Chairperson
Education:  Gadsden State and Harry M. Ayers Technical College
Licenses / Certifications / Credentials:  CCS, AHIMA-Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer

HIM Volunteer: Coding Symposium & Education Chairperson
Previous Roles in HIM: HIM Director at Jacksonville Medical Hospital, HIM Assistant Director at NEARMC, HIM Director at Riverview Regional Medical Center, Coder at Physician Care, Coder at The Surgical Center and Coder at NEARMC
Awards/Highlights: I have been in healthcare for 23 years.
Something Surprising to Know About Me: Favorite time to shop is when there are big crowds. I love to people watch.
How Did I Get Into HIM? Started out working in Medical Records as a temporary file clerk and worked my way up.
Professional Advice: Effective communication and teamwork are the two biggest tips for running a successful Coding/HIM Department. It is so important have open communication between you and your staff. Working remote, it is necessary to understand the communication barriers. Sometimes picking up the phone to help convey your message is necessary rather than written communication.  Lastly, but not least, if you will treat others the way that you would like to be treated, you will have employees that are dedicated and respectful.
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AHIMA Recertification 

If your recertification cycle expires at the end of this year and you have not yet met the requirements for renewal, please visit AHIMA's certification page to verify your status and take the necessary steps to complete the recertification process. Avoid an inactive status by visiting your CEU center and submitting the required CEUs with your supporting documentation. To take advantage of the member discount on recertification fees, you must purchase a membership prior to or on the recertification expiration date. Once the membership is paid, your recertification discount will be applied. As a reminder, each year a percentage of credential holders are randomly selected for an audit. Individuals selected for audits will be required to submit verifiable documentation (for example, certificates of attendance or similar materials) for each activity listed in their CEU center. More information on recertification requirements can be found in this Recertification Guide and here.

Save the Date

AAHIM Coding Symposium

February 4, 2022

Vestavia Country Club
Birmingham, AL

Southern Coding Symposium

March 31, 2022

5 Rivers Delta Resource Center
Spanish Fort, AL

2022 Annual Meeting

April 25-27
Orange Beach Convention Center
Orange Beach, AL

Upcoming Regional Council Dates


  • December 10, 2021

  • February 18, 2022

  • April 15, 2022

  • June 17, 2022


West Alabama 

  • January 20, 2022

  • April 21, 2022

  • August 18, 2022

  • December 22, 2022

Please contact Karen Price at with any questions.

Opening for a President of the North Central Council

If you want to get involved, network and be a leader in HIM, please consider stepping up and filling the one opening for a President of the North Central Council.  If interested, please reach out to Karen Price at for more information.  

Mentee Opportunity

Do you have a completed project? Are you currently working on an HIM-related project?

Dr. Shannon Houser, member of AAHIM Board of Directors, chair of Research and Data Analytics Committee, would like to offer her services and expertise to work with you and possibly to publish or present your work. Contact Dr. Houser at to discuss further.
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