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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

Call for Speakers – 2018 Fall Conference


Would you consider being a speaker at the Fall Conference? The Fall Conference team is seeking speakers for the Conference on September 13 in Neenah, WI. The sessions are breakout sessions and 50 minutes in length. The areas of interest are:
  • Denials Management
  • Information Governance
  • Coding/CDI Impact on Quality
This is a great opportunity to share your knowledge and experience. Perhaps you aren’t able to speak on these topics but have expertise in another topic that would be of interest and value in the education of health information management professionals. Please contact Fall Conference Team Lead, Angie Dibble, at adibble@watertownregional.com or 920-262-4207 to learn more.

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

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

Background:

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.

What's Happening Now:

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.

What Can You Do?

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.

Vote for AHIMA Leadership in July

(excerpt form AHIMA Volunteer Services email - May 30, 2018)

The AHIMA Nominating Committee has announced the 2018 AHIMA ballot candidates for:
  • President/Chair-elect and Directors of the AHIMA Board of Directors
  • Commissioners on the Commission on Certification for Health Informatics and Information Management (CCHIIM)
  • Council for Excellence in Education (CEE) members
Current WHIMA Past-President, Jennifer Mueller, MBA, RHIA, FACHE, FAHIMA, is a candidate for AHIMA Board of Directors. To learn more about Jennifer Mueller, review her profile here.

All AHIMA members, except for students, will be able to vote by electronic ballot July 9 at 8 a.m. CT through July 23 at 5 p.m. CT. Plan to make your voice heard on the direction of AHIMA and the HIM profession, and vote. More information about the candidates will be available in June on Engage and in the July/August issue of the Journal of AHIMA.

Members of the 2018–19 AHIMA House of Delegates will vote separately in August for the Speaker-elect of the House of Delegates. Christine Williams, RHIA, WHIMA President, is a candidate for the Speaker-elect of the House of Delegates!

Congratulations to both Jennifer and Christine on being selected as a candidate for the AHIMA leadership! Mark your calendar to cast your vote in the AHIMA election on July 9 - 23, 2018!

AHIMA Spring Webinar Sale

(excerpt from AHIMA Connect email - June 5, 2018)

AHIMA presents curated webinar packages at a significant discount. Choose from popular topics for CDI, Coding Basics, Data Analytics and Patient Matching. Each bundle combines at least 4 replays for the one low price of $99. Yes, that’s 4 replays for the price of 1. Watch and learn at your convenience. For more information, click here.

New Eligibility Criteria for the RHIA Exam


Did you know that individuals who hold an RHIT are eligible through December 31, 2021, to sit for the RHIA certification exam?

Requirements: RHIT holders must have received a baccalaureate degree or higher from a regionally-accredited institution or nationally-recognized accreditor on or before August 31, 2018, and have maintained their credential.

This is a time-limited opportunity offered as a provision of the HIM Reimagined initiative, which aims to prepare HIM professionals for the jobs of the future. Learn more at the RHIA webpage at ahima.org (click on the "RHIT to RHIA Proviso" tab).

National Revenue Integrity Week


The National Association of Healthcare Revenue Integrity (NAHRI) is pleased to announce Revenue Integrity Week, a national week of recognition for revenue integrity professionals, to be held June 3–9, 2018. Revenue Integrity Week is an appropriate time to recognize the unique and valuable contributions of revenue integrity professionals in the healthcare setting. Have some fun and test your knowledge with a crossword puzzle and word find!
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