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Health Information
Professionals Week

October 11 - 17, 2020

HIPAA COW 2020 Fall Conference LIVE VIRTUAL

October 22 - 23, 2020

WHIMA Managing a Remote Workforce Live Webinar

October 29, 2020
1:00 – 4:00 PM

WHIMA Release of Information Workshop – LIVE VIRTUAL

March 11, 2021

WHIMA 2021 Annual Conference

May 12, 2021 - 14, 2021

The Ingleside Hotel
Waukesha, WI

Meet the WHIMA 2020 Award Recipients

The VIP Team continues to take the show on the road to honor and recognize the 2020 WHIMA Award Recipients!

This week, WHIMA presents the 2020 Distinguished Service Member Award to Amy Hoaglund, RHIA. Amy has been the Team Lead for the WHIMA Fall Conference Team for the past two years, and prior to that she was a member of the team. This team had floundered a bit about 3-4 years ago, and the Board had even considered disbanding and
 not having a Fall
 Conference, but with
 Amy's help over the
 years, the Fall
 Conference has made
 a strong come-back!
 Amy has shown
 innovation and creativity in her ideas (and those of her team) to make the Fall Conference an outstanding event. She has also been a strong supporter of the scholarship fundraiser event at the Fall Conference, and always ensures that there are enough baskets and items for that fundraiser, which certainly supports the Professional Development Team in their efforts!

In acceptance of this prestigious award, Amy writes:

“It is with honor that I accept the 2020 WHIMA Distinguished Service Award. I am grateful to Betty Rockendorf for the nomination and to WHIMA for the volunteer opportunity. Leading and facilitating the Fall Conference Committee planning team has been a very rewarding experience in more ways than one. Without the support and efforts of my fellow Fall Conference team members winning this award would not have been possible. It is truly on their behalf that I accept the Distinguished Service Award. I encourage others to volunteer for WHIMA if you aren’t already doing so”

Amy – Congratulations on a well-deserved award!

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HIP Week

Health Information Professionals (HIP) Week kicks off this Sunday, October 11th, and runs through October 17th. Take part in this week of recognition and awareness. Follow #HIPWEEK20 on social media and visit the HIP Week website for stories of remarkable health information professionals, to watch videos, to learn more about crucial issues in the field, and more.

You can start by getting your own HIP Week background for your virtual meetings, located within the "helpful tools" download at the link below.
Celebrate the impact that Health Information Professionals have on the quality of patient care around the globe. Share your celebration with WHIMA and we will include it in a future e-Alert!  Send pictures and content to
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WHIMA Fall Conference – Save the Date!

WHIMA’s Fall Conference has gone virtual! The Fall Conference is November 19, 2020. This virtual conference will feature both live and on-demand sessions. More information and your invitation to register will be coming at a later date! 

AHIMA News and Resources

The HI Pitch Podcast Tackles Patient Matching

From AHIMA e-Alert October 8, 2020

AHIMA patient identification and matching gurus, Julie A. Pursley, MSHI, RHIA, CHDA, FAHIMA and Lesley Kadlec, MA, RHIA, CHDA, talk with Nikitta Foston on the HI Pitch Podcast about "Achieving and Maintaining a 1% Duplicate Error Rate," a session they’re hosting at AHIMA20.
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Free Webinar: Telehealth is Here to Stay

From AHIMA e-Alert October 8, 2020

Telehealth has been a lifeline for providers during the pandemic, and it might be here for good. "Telehealth is Here to Stay," a webinar presented by AHIMA and Optum360 on October 21st, will discuss the issues around telehealth and how healthcare organizations can be prepared for the future. Panelists include AHIMA President Ginna Evans, MBA, RHIA, CPC, CRC, FAHIMA; Michael Stearns, MD, CPC, CRC, CFPC; and Thomas Darr, MD.
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Considerations for Facility-Specific Coding Protocols

From AHIMA SmartBrief October 6, 2020

Facility-specific medical coding guidelines improve both consistency and reimbursement, and coding professionals must keep abreast of MS-DRGs and ICD-10-CM/PCS updates as well as all the New Technology Add-On Payments that are applicable to their organization, writes AHIMA-approved trainer Laurie Johnson. Health care facilities should consider additional data needs in the context of quality as well as state and facility-specific reporting requirements, and facility coding guidelines should address coding standards for family medical history, external cause codes and procedure status codes, among others.

Full Story: ICD10Monitor (10/5) 
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