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January/February Membership Message


February 7, 2018

President's Message


Happy 2018!

I hope this New Year has been welcoming so far and will provide many exciting new things and opportunities for each of you. 2017 was quite a busy year, and there’s no doubt that 2018 will be yet another busy year for WVHIMA!

WVHIMA Delegates are currently ramping up to attend AHIMA Advocacy Summit at the end of March, and will get to network with other CSA state leaders, as well as meet with WV State Senators and Congressmen about important HIM topics and initiatives. It’s an exciting time to spread awareness about the HIM Profession and issues that are important to us in our daily roles. You, too, can participate by writing or calling state representatives through the AHIMA Link here.


WVHIMA Annual Convention is only 2 months away with many things to offer to our members! Not only will there be an excellent line up of speakers and topics you won’t want to miss, but also some fun with contests, door prizes, and raffles, and some fun surprises along the way to help you “Get Connected”. Member Registration is open through April 8, and Vendor Registration is also open. Check out the Raffle Prizes & Registration information further down this page for more information on what’s to offer!
Annual Convention is a time that WVHIMA also honors award winners and candidates elected to Board Positions.

Submissions are now being accepted for awards and nominees for board positions.
  • Board Position nominations are being accepted for: President-Elect (1), Director (1), Secretary (1), Treasurer (1), and Nominating Committee (1).
  • Distinguished Member nominations are being accepted for candidates who have made an outstanding contribution to the WVHIMA profession in more than one of the following areas: service to WVHIMA Members, outstanding achievement in professional practice, contributions in research or published material, and Leadership in education.
  • Academic Achievement Award applications are being accepted for qualified students who have completed courses in an accredited West Virginia college/university program and are eligible to write the examination for the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) or the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) as administered by the American Health Information Management Association.
  • And NEW to the Awards being offered this year is the Professional Development Award for financial assistance for qualified WVHIMA members to take for any of the examinations offered by American Health Information Management Association found at the website, including the RHIA, RHIT, CCA, CCS, CCS-P, CDIP, CHDA, CHPS, CHTS, and CPHI.
Interested in submitting an application, nominating someone, or want to seek more information? Check out the information page here for awards and here for board nominations.

Don’t forget, you can also “Keep Connected” with WVHIMA through social media on Facebook and Twitter. Stay tuned for more updates!
 
Sincerely,

Megan


Megan McDougal, MS, RHIA, CHTS-IM
WVHIMA President, 2017-2018
President@wvhima.org

Call for Award Nominations

Distinguished Member Award


Every year, WVHIMA recognizes one member for outstanding service within the organization. This award is known as the WVHIMA Distinguished member award.   Nominations will be accepted until March 4, 2018.

The nominations are tallied by a points system and the person nominated that receives the most points becomes the WVHIMA Distinguished Member for the year. A person may only receive the distinguished member award once in their lifetime. View our list of distinguished members.
 
To be eligible for nomination the candidates must have made an outstanding contribution to the WVHIMA profession in more than one of the following areas:
  1. Service to  WVHIMA Members
  2. Outstanding Achievement in Professional Practice
  3. Contributions in research or published materials.
  4. Leadership in Education.
Candidates for WVHIMA distinguished member must have been an active member of WVHIMA for eight years or longer.

Only one nomination per member per year is accepted. Nominations will be accepted through March 4th, and the Distinguished Member will be notified by March 19.

Click here to complete the online application. Questions?

Contact DistinguishedMember@wvhima.org


Academic Achievement Awards


The academic achievement awards financially assist qualified students who have completed courses in an accredited West Virginia college/university program and are eligible to write the examination for the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) or the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) as administered by the American Health Information Management Association.
 
Up to six awards may be awarded each year. The number of awards for that year will be determined by the WVHIMA board based on the financial situation of the organization for that year. Each of the Academic awards granted is named in honor of WVHIMA individuals who have made significant impacts on WVHIMA. Click here to read more on each award.
 
Qualifications of the recipient(s) of such award(s) will be determined by academic achievement and by meeting the eligibility criteria.
 
Applications will be accepted through March 4th, and awardees will be notified by March 19.
Complete the application form here.
 
Questions? Contact Scholarship@wvhima.org
 
Award recipients will be honored during the WVHIMA Annual Convention taking place April 18-20 at Canaan Valley Resort in Davis, WV.
 

Professional Development Awards


The WVHIMA Board of Directors approved a new award, known as the “Professional Development Award(s)” to financially assist qualified WVHIMA member to take for any of the examinations offered by American Health Information Management Association found at the website, including the RHIA, RHIT, CCA, CCS, CCS-P, CDIP, CHDA, CHPS, CHTS, and CPHI.
Qualifications of the applicants include:
  • WVHIMA member in good standing
  • AHIMA member (for membership exam pricing)
  • Ranking based upon essay responses to core component areas:
  • Professional Goals
  • Accomplishments
  • WVHIMA Involvement
  • Leadership
  • Final Comments.
Applications should be submitted online here, and will be accepted through March 4th. Award winners will be notified by March 19.
 
This inaugural year, WVHIMA Board is awarding 4 Professional Awards! The number of awards is contingent upon organizational financial situation.
 
Questions? Email: Scholarship@wvhima.org
 
Award recipients will be honored during the WVHIMA Annual Convention taking place April 18-20 at Canaan Valley Resort in Davis, WV.

WVHIMA Call for Board Nominations 2018!


Are you interested, or know someone who would be a great nominee?

The WVHIMA Nominating Committee is looking for nominations for fellow members and/or yourself as possible candidates for the WVHIMA Board positions for the next fiscal year July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019.

All nominees must be active WVHIMA members in good standing.
Nominations are open for the following positions:
  • President-Elect (1)
  • Director (1)
  • Secretary (1)
  • Treasurer (1) – 2 Year Term beginning January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2020
  • Nominating Committee (2)
Click here to review the duties of each position.

Please complete the online nomination form.

Questions? Contact the Nominating Committee at Nominating@wvhima.org

Nominations will be accepted now through February 9, 2018. Deadline Date for Candidate Bio Form Completion is February 12, 2018. Election will begin on February 16, 2018 and close March 19, 2018.

Candidates will be notified by March 26, 2018.

Elected Officers will be honored during the WVHIMA Annual Convention taking place April 18-20 at Canaan Valley Resort in Davis, WV.

WVHIMA Annual Convention Marketing Items for Raffle

Here are a few ways you can be a winner at the WVHIMA Annual Convention 2018!

Purchase Raffle Tickets
  • 1 for $1
  • 6 for $5
  • 15 for $10
Purchase 50/50 Drawing tickets

FREE Door Prize Tickets
  • Each registered attendee will receive 1 ticket!
  • Earn extra tickets by participating in select events!
Purchase WVHIMA mugs and more at the Marketing Table
  • Stay tuned! More information coming soon.
Donations
  • Would you like to donate to our door prize and raffle? If so, contact Jamie Anderson at marketing@wvhima.org.
  • Great way to market your personal business or show off your crafty talents!
Thank you for your support! Your generosity helps support WVHIMA by keeping conference registration fees low, member awards, and much more!!

A sneak peek of a few AWESOME raffle and door prizes…

Get Connected At Canaan!

 

Vendor Registration NOW OPEN!

Join Us!WVHIMA Annual ConventionApril 18th-20th, 2018atCanaan Valley Resort
Davis, WV 


Sponsorship Packages Available

Please email vendors@wvhima.org

*Packages based on
Monetary value*

 Early Registration

Dec 8th – January 7th
$400

Regular Registration

January 8th – April 8th
$500

School Registration

$250

For All Questions

Please email Stacey at vendors@wvhima.org

We look forward to connecting with you at this year’s 2018 WVHIMA Annual Convention!
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