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September Membership Update

President's Message


Members,

Happy September! Did you know that September is also AHIMA’s designated Outpatient/Physician Coders Month?! AHIMA is offering specials on educational tools and resources for our Outpatient/Physician Coders, so be sure to check it out before the month ends. Thank you coders, for all you do!
                 
It’s hard to believe that we are already at the end of September. September brings us some exciting things, including FALL: Fall Retreat, A brand new school year, Learning Opportunities, and Leads into the end of the year.

Fall Retreat: The 2017 WVHIMA Fall Retreat was a huge success! Fall Retreat was held on Thursday, September 14th at the beautiful WVU Jackson’s Mil, and had a great turnout of 115 attendees! Up on the agenda was a slate of excellent speakers, all from our home state, with topics on: Clinical Indicators, Birth Registries, Denials, Trauma Registries, Cancer Registries, and a communications presentation on how making Assumptions can kill our communications. It was a fun, relaxing day full of educational opportunities, networking with peers, and making new connections. A Brand New School Year: September brings a brand new school year and new beginnings for most. Whether you are in school for the first time, or back to school to continue your education, we want to help support your academic needs! WVHIMA is rolling out a “student ambassador” program this year with volunteer opportunities to participate on the Board of Directors as a student representative, or even serve on a committee. If this is something you would be interested in, please reach out to us at wvhima@wvhima.org

This is a great opportunity to network with other HIM individuals across the state and build new connections. You may also want to consider the AHIMA Mentorship program, where you can sign up to be a Mentor or a Mentee and be matched with an HIM Professional or student in your area of choice. This is another good opportunity to meet others and learn new things. If interested in enrolling in the Mentor Match program, click here. Learning Opportunities: Learning opportunities are abundant in the ever-changing environment of HIM, healthcare, and technology. The 2017 AHIMA National Convention is being held October 7 - 11 in Los Angeles, California and includes a variety of hot topics on the agenda. WVHIMA Delegates, Vickie Findley (President-Elect), Nelson R. Liston II (Vice-President), Chris Metheny (Past-President), and myself, are making preparations to attend the AHIMA House of Delegates meeting held prior to the National Convention. There are several break-out sessions we will each be attending to represent WV and offer insight on the future of the profession. We’ll be sure to share our notes with you when we get back. If you are planning to attend AHIMA National Convention, be sure to let us know so we can meet up!

Other learning opportunities coming up are some On-Demand webinars we are offering this year. Our goal is to have a new on-demand webinar available each month that you can register for and listen to at your convenience anytime. Be sure to subscribe to our e-alerts and check our webpage for upcoming new webinars!

Also, be sure to SAVE THE DATE for our 2018 WVHIMA Annual Convention being held April 18-20 at the beautiful Canaan Valley Resort in Davis, WV. Our Annual Convention planning committee is already working hard to get the agenda and activities lined up for you. If you are interested in speaking at the event, please reach out to education@wvhima.org. Information will be posted to our Annual Convention website, so be sure to stay tuned as it becomes available!
               
Leading In to the End of the Year: As we lead in to the final months of the year, many of us begin to reflect on our goals. What goals have you met this year?  Do you have any goals outstanding? My goal for this year is to “Get Connected” and to be more connected through WVHIMA, networking, and learning. One of the ways WVHIMA is “getting connected” this year is through use of social media and technology. This month, we are rolling out “Twitter Tuesdays” and “Facebook Fun Fact Fridays”, so be sure to follow us for our weekly posts. Let us know what kind of information you would like to see in these posts so we can better “connect” with you! We have implemented a brand new email address for easier communications, so please reach out with any questions, suggestions or concerns at: wvhima@wvhima.org.  
 
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Sincerely,
 
Megan
Megan





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

Get Connected at Canaan!

 
Stay Tuned for Forthcoming Information!

Call for Speakers!


We are pleased to announce a Call for Speakers for the 2018 Annual Convention to be held April 18-20 at Canaan Valley Resort in Davis, WV. If you are interested in sharing your expertise with other HIM professionals at our annual meeting, an audio conference or even via a webinar, we want to hear from you.

Please contact Education@wvhima.org or complete the form here to enter your speaker submission.

New Eligibility Criteria for the RHIA Exam


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.

See eligibility requirements for more information.

Be a HIRO

AHIMA Members affected by natural disasters need your help!

AHIMA and the AHIMA Foundation offer support for victims of natural disasters across the United States.

AHIMA established the Health Information Relief Operation (HIRO) to assist communities of HIM professionals who have been disrupted by natural disaster.

Donate now to assist in relief.

Or, if you are a victim of a natural disaster, you may apply for relief assistance here.

For more information on HIRO, please click here.
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