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WHIMA Fall Conference - Registration is now open!
September 13, 2018
Bridgewood Resort Hotel

Welcome to the WHIMA 2018 Fall Conference!


Take this one-day opportunity to enhance your professional skills and connect with peers. The Conference offers expert advice on leadership, navigating industry change, and finding a professional future tailored for you. Stay current on CDI, Coding, Reimbursement, and Information Governance while earning up to 7 CEU’s. The Scholarship Drawing offers a chance to invest in future professionals and win fabulous prizes!

The Fall Conference Team chose Creating Connections: Capitalizing on Change as this year’s theme to represent the changes HIM will face and the opportunities these changes offer HIM professionals. Spend the day with WHIMA! Invest in yourself and the future of HIM!

Member Spotlight

Charley Wessberg, CCS


Meet WHIMA member Charley Wessberg, CCS.

Tell us a little bit about yourself, including your credentials, position, employer, and activities in the field.
I am a Coding Education Specialist at UWHealth with my Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) credential. I am also currently finishing up a BS in Health Information Management of Technology (HIMT) through UW-Stevens Point this summer. I am a very active member of WHIMA and have lead the Spirit Team the past two years with aspirations of becoming a board member in the near future.

How long have you been in the profession?
I have been in the medical profession for 8 years. I started out as a CNA, then went to medical coding, and have been in my current role for just under a year.

Every year, what do you look forward to with your WHIMA membership?
I look forward to learning anything that gives me the opportunity to improve and expand my department. I really enjoy the Annual Conference which I see as three days of very informative seminars and great opportunities for networking/resource growth.

How has WHIMA-AHIMA helped advance your career?
Without my CCS, I know I would not be in my current position. WHIMA has provided me the opportunity to learn by volunteering as a team lead which helps me improve my ability to be a successful leader and team member. I have also established many relationships with other WHIMA volunteers over the past few years and it is through collaboration with them that helps me improve myself in the HIM field.

What benefits have you reaped from volunteering for WHIMA?
  • Enhanced knowledge of this fast pace field
  • Amazing networking opportunities
  • Team building skills
  • Leadership skills
Three words that describe what WHIMA means to you?
  • Cultivated
  • Progressive
  • Informative

AHIMA Election Results

Jennifer
Congratulations to WHIMA member and former President, Jennifer Mueller, MBA, RHIA, FACHE, FAHIMA. Jennifer has been elected as an AHIMA Director. Her term begins January 1, 2019. To see all of the AHIMA 2018 Election results, click here.

AHIMA Leadership Symposium

By WHIMA President Betty Rockendorf, MS, RHIA, CHPS, CHTS-IM

Emmy Johnson, President-Elect, and Betty Rockendorf, President attended the AHIMA’s Leadership Symposium in Chicago in July. This Symposium is for all component state associations.  WHIMA was further represented by Executive Office Coordinator, Ann Nowlin of AMN, LLC, and Past President, Christine Williams, and former President, Jennifer Mueller, who were also in attendance as nominees on the AHIMA ballots. We learned strategies for running our associations and heard ideas from other CSA’s. 

AHIMA’s new CEO, Wylecia Wiggs Harris, and President, Diann Smith, presented AHIMA’s 2018 Highlights to the group. They explained that AHIMA is doing a “hard re-set” of their strategy. The AHIMA Board and CEO understand that AHIMA has been “reactive” far too long and must re-position to be “proactive” if we are to continue as a viable organization. In other words, we want to be leaders, not followers, in the ever-changing landscape of healthcare and health information management. It seems that too many product lines were developed and AHIMA was diversifying in far too many different directions. It’s time to focus on what we are good at and how we can move forward on a specific path. Wiggs Harris said that she has been asking lots of “why” questions, and that comes naturally to her. Her brothers and sisters nicknamed her “Why” when she was growing up (short for Wylecia)! The questions allow the AHIMA Board to take a good look at areas for improvement, as well identifying areas of strength.

There was a session on “Impacting Leadership in Healthcare” by J. Bryan Bennett who wrote a book, “Prescribing Leadership in Healthcare”, and a presentation on “Leading in Uncertain Times” by Patty Thierry Sheridan (who led the WHIMA Strategic Planning meeting for us this year). Patty shared four leadership competencies: Diagnose Situation, Manage Self, Intervene Skillfully, and Energize Others. It was an interactive session and we practiced by doing some peer coaching and collaborating. I know I came home from the conference feeling energized and ready to tackle the year ahead!

Please feel free to reach out to me (or to any of us who attended the Leadership Symposium) if you are interested in hearing more about it, or if you are interested in being a leader in our WHIMA association in the future!
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