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Footprints Newsletter
May 2017

Inside This Issue:

President’s Message

Hello Fellow NCHIMA Members. The 2016-2017 Membership year is winding down for the Executive Board and Governance Team. It has been yet another extraordinary year (see the Membership Team and Executive Boards Accomplishments for more details on the NCHIMA website). One of the most exciting parts to the year was seeing many of you at the 67th Annual Meeting in Concord. A special Thank you to the Program Committee and Coding Roundtable led by Krystal Haynes, Jennifer Holland and Lauren Putnam respectively; the meetings were exceptional and you all are priceless. We had 232 meeting attendees, 28 vendors, 7 corporate partners. Thank you all for your commitment to our purpose. It was nice to get the opportunity to thank many of you personally for all your contributions to our profession as well as those who try their best to provide resources, content, and networking opportunities. You all are certainly the ones that keep this train going nonstop and we appreciate you. I am astounded by the passion all of us have for what we do. It is remarkable. You impact healthcare in a great way everyday through keeping our information safe and secure, ensuring we follow the rules, impacting the revenue stream, and striving for quality in so many ways.

As I think back over this year and what we have accomplished, I get more and more excited about what is yet to come. July 1st will be yet another new beginning for our new board. Through hard work and diligence, we are on track for a record-setting year. Our hope will be that you will continue to be a part of it and that you bring others along. As healthcare is transforming so is our profession. We must stay involved, engaged, and educated on how HIM is evolving and how we can prepare ourselves. Read your Footprints newsletter, AHIMA journals, other industry materials and attend meetings especially NCHIMA update webinars to stay at the pulse of change. Reach out to board members if there are specific concerns you have or topics of interest. We are an extraordinary village and that’s gives us great power and great comfort.

As Director next year, I will continue to give you my all and support you whenever I can, however I can. The Executive Board and Governance Team led by Pamela Lail will do the same and are already working to make 2017-2018 a great year. We will continue to enjoy the expertise of Ralph Morrison to ensure we have continuity and administrative support. Thank you for an extraordinary year teammates. It is great “playing ball” with all of you!!

Sharon Easterling, MHA, RHIA, CCS, CDIP, CRC, FAHIMA
President, NCHIMA 2016-2017
“Nobody Puts HIM in A Corner”

2017 NCHIMA Award Recipient Winners

Each year NCHIMA accepts nominations from members to recognize others for making contributions to the association. Nominations of deserving members are accepted by the Chairperson of the Awards Committee. Winners are announced at the NCHIMA Annual Meeting each year.

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2017 NCHIMA 67th Annual Meeting & Exhibits - Crowd pics

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2018 NCHIMA Annual Meeting

May 1 - 4, 2018
Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center
Durham, NC
Durham - Do More While You're Here

East Carolina University CAHS update

Graduates, current students, and faculty of HSIM traveled to Concord for the annual meeting of the North Carolina Health Information Management Association (NCHIMA) from Tuesday, April 25th to Friday, April 28th.


How I Chose Health Informatics

Good morning ya’ll. My name is Elizabeth Baker and I am a graduate student in the Health Informatics and Information Management program at East Carolina University.


37th Annual NCHIMA Behavioral Health Section Conference-
June 14-16, 2017

The Royal Banquet & Conference Center
3801 Hillsborough St.
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607

Learn more and register here.

NC HIEA-Modernizing Health Information Exchange

North Carolina’s new, modernized health information exchange, NC HealthConnex, delivers added value to the conversations that are happening at all levels in the health care industry. It breaks down information silos between providers, achieves greater outcomes for patients and creates efficiencies in state-funded programs such as Medicaid.

Learn more...

One Team - One Mission - One Charlotte


I helped the One-Charlotte initiative led by a group of veterans who partnered with the American Red Cross, Novant Health, Carolinas Healthcare, Duke Energy, Team Rubicon, and Charlotte Bridge Home to install smoke detectors in the Lakewood and Reid Park neighborhoods in Charlotte, NC on Saturday, May 13th. One-Charlotte makes an impact through events like these and through service to at-risk communities to build trust, strengthen bonds, and have a positive physical impact on Charlotte while making our communities healthier. This was a great reminder to me of why we do what we do in healthcare. We are here to help people and our communities! This has inspired me and I hope it will inspire you to get out in your community this summer, meet people, help others in ways that speak to you, and put more good out there in the world. There is nothing so invigorating as knowing that you are making a difference each and every day.



NCHIMA Middle Revenue Cycle-Clinical Documentation Improvement at the Foreground
Webinar June 16, 2017
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET

Delegate Updates 

2017 Advocacy Summit
March 27, 2017 – Day 1

Submitted by: 
Tammy Downum, RHIA 
Legal Delegate
Pamela Lail, NCHIMA President-Elect and I were honored to represent NCHIMA at this year’s “AHIMA Hill Day” which is now referred to as AHIMA Advocacy Summit.  The two-day event proved to be both exciting and exhausting.  I will recap the events from Day 1 – Monday, March 27th and Pamela will provide insightful information from Day 2.  The first day of the Advocacy Summit was held at the Holiday Inn Capitol Hotel where representatives from each CSA gathered to network and hear presentations regarding a wide range of topics related to the event theme - Inspire. Innovate. Lead.


AHIMA Hill Day – March 28, 2017
On Tuesday, March 28, 2017 delegates from 49 states stormed Capitol Hill to talk to the policy directors of their senators and representatives about patient matching and the HIM profession.  AHIMA made appointments with the policy directors of Senator Thom Tillis, Senator Richard Burr, Representative Ted Budd (13th District / Winston-Salem area), and Representative Walter Jones (3rd District / Wilmington area) for NCHIMA. 


Member Spotlight

Elizabeth Martin RHIT, CPC, CPC-I   
Remote Coding Review Consultant with Inovalon
Senior Consultant with Physician Revenue 1st, LLC
2017 President AAPC Carolina Coders
1.  What initially drew you to this profession?
I started out as a certified professional coder. After being in my career for over 10 years I was drawn to the ever-growing industry of Health information. Health information had been a growing industry and I wanted to learn more. I believed that by getting my associates degree in health information management and obtaining the certification as RHIT, that this would enhance my education. Not only enhance my education but enhance my career in a growing field. Many doors of opportunity have been opened since I gained my degree and obtain my certification.


Congratulations Graduates

HIT Program Graduates


NCHIMA Merit Scholarship Fund

NCHIMA awards scholarships each year to qualified students in associate, baccalaureate and graduate HIIM programs across the state of North Carolina. We are launching a fundraising campaign to assist in raising funds for this worthwhile effort to grow and support our future professionals.

By contributing, you are not only helping a future professional, but you may benefit too. If you donate directly to our NCHIMA Merit Scholarship Fund by going directly to the AHIMA Foundation website your donation is tax deductible for 2017. Please note this is not tax deductible for your 2016 tax return. Also, all contributions at the $50 level or higher received before 4:00 p.m., June 2, 2017, will be entered in a drawing for one free registration to attend the entire 2018 NCHIMA Annual Meeting & Exhibit in Durham.

To donate today to the NCHIMA Merit Scholarship Fund please follow the link below.
NCHIMA Merit Scholarship Fund

AHIMA Foundation Apprenticeship Program

Employer? Job-Seeker? Learn What Apprenticeships Can Offer You 
Next month, the AHIMA Foundation will offer two free informational webinars about the Registered Apprenticeship Program.

Monday, June 12, 2017
1:00 pm  (EDT)

Apprenticeships: An Effective Workforce Planning Model for Employers

Thursday, June 15, 2017
1:00 pm  (EDT)

Apprenticeships: A Tool for Your Career Pathway for Job Seekers

Newly Credentialed Professionals


  • Marta Castanet


  • Erica Clickner
  • Valerie Dobson
  • Thomas Rogers
  • Rafat Sabakada
  • Shannon Weier
  • Lori Wells


  • Jerica Brown
  • Valarie Jones


  • Dorothy Helms

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