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HIPAA COW 2018 Fall Conference
October 12, 2018

WHIMA Release of Information Workshop
March 28, 2019
Wisconsin Dells, WI

WHA Advocacy Day
April 17, 2019
Monona Terrace Convention Center, Madison

WHIMA Annual Conference
May 8-10, 2019
Rothschild, WI

Congressional Update on 42 CFR Part 2 Reform

By Lauren Riplinger, JD
AHIMA Senior Director, Federal Relations

On September 26, 2018, Congress sent its opioid legislation to the White House to be signed into law. HR 6, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, seeks to advance treatment and recovery initiatives, improve prevention, and protect communities.

Unfortunately, HR 6 did not include the AHIMA-supported bill—HR 6082, the Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act which sought to align the 42 CFR Part 2 regulation, a law that governs the use of substance use disorder records, with HIPAA for purposes of treatment, payment, and operations. AHIMA’s main objective going forward will be to encourage a vote on HR 6082 in the Senate before the end of this Congress. As we strategize with our partners about next steps, we encourage you to continue to share with your elected officials about how Part 2 reform is critical to improving care coordination and in ensuring that healthcare professionals have the information they need to safely and effectively treat all patients.

Call for Speakers

The WHIMA Annual Conference Team is calling all who are interested in speaking at the WHIMA Annual Conference on May 8-10 in Rothschild, WI. If you are interested and able to share your expertise and experience, please complete the Annual Conference Call for Speaker form to be considered.

WHIMA Volunteer Survey Results

By Sheila Goethel, RHIT, CDIP, CCS

WHIMA has encountered many changes within the last couple of years, and to react to those changes and remain strong, we chose to learn more about our membership and ability to support our organization through volunteerism. We conducted a survey to learn more about the health of our volunteer status - to discover barriers that prevent interest, identify missed opportunities that promote member involvement, as well as introduce volunteer availabilities to those currently unaware.

We received 239 responses to the survey. Within these responses, we were pleased to find more than 50 WHIMA members eager to learn more about volunteer teams and functions. We also heard candid obstacles that limited interest and/or involvement. Your WHIMA Board has reviewed all of the findings and looks forward to moving forward on the results. Our first step is to connect with these members. Kari Bjorge, WHIMA Member Engagement Liaison, plans to connect with interested individuals and match them with functions that interest them.

Our next steps entail plans to heighten volunteerism involvement, strengthen current team policies, and promote member engagement activities. …stay tuned.

In thank you, we promised to draw 3 lucky winners from those that responded to the survey.
Congratulations to our three $25 drawing winners – Yvez Mbianda Nzepang, Deb Goetz and Tracy L. Sommer.

The Board would like to thank all survey respondents and invite you to visit the WHIMA volunteer webpage to learn more WHIMA teams and volunteer functions. Our present status and success is a direct response to past and present member engagement and encourages continued professional growth through volunteerism. Come join in the fun! ...become a WHIMA Volunteer today!

Sheila Goethel, RHIT, CDIP, CCS is a Coding Services Senior Manager with Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative, Sauk City, WI and a first-year Director with WHIMA

Save the Date for the 2019 WHA Advocacy Day!

Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Monona Terrace Convention Center

The annual WHA Advocacy Day is designed to educate and motivate healthcare employees, trustees and volunteers on important health care-related issues and to encourage grassroots advocacy opportunities. Each year, featured national speakers give timely insight to state and federal health care issues, and participating in state legislative visits allows attendees to advocate on behalf of their hospitals.

Follow the developments of the WHA Advocacy Day here.

HIPAA COW 2018 Fall Conference

"Satisfy Your Thirst for HIPAA Knowledge"

October 12, 2018
8:00 am - 3:45 pm

Registration is now open!




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