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Footprints Newsletter
September 2018

Inside This Issue:

President’s Message

Hello NCHIMA Members! The 2018-2019 year is underway, and the Executive Board and Governance Team have begun their work to ensure we are meeting the needs of NCHIMA members for this year and for the future. As a part of this, two members of the Governance Team participated in the yearly Leadership Symposium held in Chicago this past July.  Some of the areas that the team participated in were leadership, finances for a non-profit, and HIM Awareness. 

As many of you may know, every state association has a strategic plan and our strategic plan is aligned with AHIMA’s strategic plan.  AHIMA has four strategic objectives to focus on for 2018 and beyond.

For 2018-2019 we have selected two strategic objectives to focus on.  
  1. To Lead in Informatics
  2. Prepare HIM Professionals for the future.
We have a great team dedicated to helping meet these objectives.  Our first step as we prepare to “Lead in Informatics” is to increase the number of CHDAs in the state.   We have planned a CHDA workshop for June 2019. For those of you with interest in obtaining this highly sought-after credential, please mark your calendars. 

To tackle the objective of preparing HIM professionals for the future we have created a Member Engagement Team. This team has the goal of educating the members on the roles that HIM professionals should be preparing for. Coming soon to our website under resources, you will find our newest page Emerge. This page will serve as communication resource for all members on various ways to prepare for the future as HIM professionals.

Often it seems that our profession is changing just as fast as the speed of light (186,000 miles per second). Our profession is ever changing, and we are challenged to keep up with the changes from day to day.  But I am confident that as HIM professionals we can grasp the change and travel with it.

Speaking of change! This year we have changed The Annual Meeting.  For 2018 we are coming together with four of our sister states to bring you the most dynamic fun filled educational meeting.

We are going to Myrtle Beach; SC and we are looking forward to seeing you there. The Education Committee has done an amazing job of keeping the registration fee the same as last year and negotiating discounted room rates for members.  

You don’t want to miss this so register early, get your bags packed and meet us in Myrtle Beach, SC on May 5, 2019!

Remember this organization can only be as good as the members that support it.

As always, The Governance Team welcomes your questions and comments.

NCHIMA President 2018-2019



Health Information Relief Operation (HIRO) Fund

NCHIMA Members,

Through the generosity of AHIMA members the AHIMA Foundation can provide material relief to those whose professional practice has been thrust above and beyond the call of duty through the Health Information Relief Operation (HIRO) Fund. The HIRO fund is an ongoing disaster recovery fund to assist HIM professionals whose life and communities have been shattered by natural or man-made events. 
Click here to find out how the HIRO fund can help.
As HIM professionals, we are bound to the overall management of data, its confidentiality, privacy, and security. It is important to stay abreast of proper disaster planning protocols and take advantage of the available tools. Refresh your knowledge and skills regarding how to appropriately respond to external requests for health information from victims’ family, the media, and law enforcement in a disaster situation. 
Click here for the AHIMA Disaster Planning and Recovery toolkit – free to members.

Coding Workplace Opinion Survey

Reminder to Coders to complete the student survey sent via email on September 18, 2018.

Click here to complete the survey.

RHIT to RHIA proviso

The Commission on Certification for Health Informatics and Information Management (CCHIIM) has amended the eligibility criteria to sit for the RHIA certification exam for individuals who hold the RHIT. Individuals who have the RHIT will be eligible for the RHIA exam starting July 1, 2017, through December 31, 2021, if they have received a baccalaureate degree or higher from a regionally-accredited institution or nationally-recognized accreditor (official sealed transcripts must be sent to AHIMA for verification); and received their RHIT credential on or before August 31, 2018; and have complied with the Standards for Maintenance of the RHIT credential.


Student Spotlight

Student Name:
Shenitra Davis, CPC, CRC
School/Program: Rasmussen College/Health Information Technology
Program Director: Linda Kennedy
Graduation: December 2018
GPA: 3.4
AHIMA Member: Yes
  1. What initially drew you to this profession?  
    I started my career in healthcare as a Medical Assistant where I spent years enjoying the work I was able to do by impacting the lives of others in a positive way. As I became interested in advancing my career, I was drawn to Health Information Management due to my passion to make a difference in the lives of others in healthcare along with my experience as a Medical Coder.
  2.  What are your future goals? 
    I plan to continue to enhance my career by continuing my education.
    Does it include further education or certifications in the Health Information Management (HIM) field? 
    Yes, upon completion of this program and obtaining my RHIT certification, I plan to complete the bachelor’s program in Health Information Management and obtain the RHIA certification.
  3. How did you decide this profession was a good fit for you?
    With my experience in medical coding, along with critical thinking I knew expanding my knowledge within the HIM field would be a great place for me to share my knowledge and my eagerness to learn more.
  4. What advice would you share to those considering entering the HIM profession?
    I would advise those considering this career path to go for it! Consider an educational program that works for you. Look for opportunities to job shadow to help obtain a full understanding of the roles within the HIM umbrella.
  5.  How does your student membership affect you and your career goals?
    As a student member I have a great amount of exposure to several career and educational resources within the HIM community. The Webinars, and meetings keep me informed and updated on current standards. These tools have provided insight on narrowing down the exact fit to meet my career goals.

Upcoming Meetings

2018 NCHIMA Midyear Workshop

NCHIMA announces our Midyear Workshop in Concord on November 9, 2018.

The NCHIMA Education Committee has designed a powerhouse agenda with speakers covering the spectrum of facility and professional coding.

Please follow this link to learn more about the agenda, the many CEUs you may earn and the great registration rates for this event.

2019 Annual Meeting

Reminder that 2019 hotel and exhibitor registration is open and attendee registration should open in a few weeks.

On Demand Education

Data Analytics Webinar Series

A three-part webinar series will offer members an opportunity to learn how to analyze healthcare data using MS Excel, RStudio, an open-source data analytics software platform and Tableau for data visualization. The webinar will include tutorials on how to carry out basic and advanced analytical techniques including data acquisition, data summaries, data preparation, and data visualization. Each webinar is live and will run 1-hr in length and will be recorded for playback up to 60 days after the live event. Click here for more information.

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