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WHIMA Fall Conference
September 13, 2018
Bridgewood Resort Hotel

AHIMA National Election Candidate Discussions in Engage
June 18 – July 7, 2018

AHIMA Election Polls Open
July 9, 8:00AM CT - July 23, 2018
5:00PM CT

WHIMA Annual Business Meeting

The WHIMA Annual Business Meeting was held on May 10, 2018 in Elkhart Lake, WI in conjunction with the WHIMA 83rd Annual Conference. The meeting consisted of recognitions, announcement of the 2018-2019 Board of Directors and Nominating Committee, reports from Committees, a financial report for fiscal year 2017-2018, a report on accomplishments for this same time period, approval of the proposed WHIMA Bylaw amendments and many other items. The presentation and minutes can be found in the member section of the WHIMA website. Per the WHIMA Bylaws, the minutes were reviewed and approved by the Board of Directors at their June 11, 2018 meeting. The presentation and minutes of the WHIMA Annual Business Meeting can also be viewed by clicking the links below.

Tell Your US Representative to Co-sponsor and Support the Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act

(excerpt from AHIMA E-Alert June 7, 2018)

Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations Part 2 (often referred to 42 CFR Part 2, or simply as "Part 2") regulates the sharing of substance use disorder (SUD) records. It limits the use and disclosure of such records unless a patient provides written consent.

Protecting patients' confidentiality is of the utmost importance. But because of the complicated ripple effect on a patient’s health that must be carefully managed and coordinated, Part 2 poses a serious safety threat to patients with SUD, often leaving clinicians unaware of risks from multiple drug interactions and co-existing medical problems.

HR 5795, the Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act, enables appropriate sharing of substance use disorder records by aligning Part 2 with HIPAA for purposes of treatment, payment, and operations. The bill also includes criminal, civil, and administrative protections for patients during legal proceedings and applies HIPAA penalties to the Part 2 program to ensure that patients can seek treatment without fear their information will be inappropriately shared.

HR 5795 will be considered on the House floor in the coming days, along with other opioid-related bills.

Call your US Representative. Ask him or her to co-sponsor HR 5795 and vote yes when it comes to the House floor for a vote. Our Action Center has everything you need to take action.

Puzzles for Practice - ICD-10-PCS Related Terms

The June issue of CodeWrite offers puzzles for practice. Challenge your familiarity with terms and definitions related to ICD-10-PCS in this month's crossword puzzle. (This link opens a PDF. Note that solutions are on page 2.)

To access the complete June issue of CodeWrite, click here!

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