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eNews from MdHIMA

Issue 37 - April 2013

Inside this Issue:

President's Message

Spring is a very busy and exciting time of year for our association.  We kicked off March with a successful Quarterly Business Meeting (QBM), followed by the AHIMA Leadership Symposium in Washington DC, and Capitol Hill day.  Maryland had a good number of students and association members present on Capitol Hill, and many of us met with Congressmen or their representatives to discuss current issues in Healthcare. This was a good way to raise our voices, and educate others about the Health Information Management profession.
The Executive Board continues to work on our strategic plan, and will roll this out during our Business meeting at the annual convention. I want to thank everyone who volunteered to assist, as well as everyone who took time to answer the recent survey. This information will be utilized as we develop our short and long-term plan. AHIMA also continues to fine tune its strategic planning, and has engaged the Studer Group to provide guidance. Key strategies of quality, service, people, finance, and growth, have been identified, will provide direction, and lay the foundation for future initiatives. Having worked in an organization who utilizes Studer principles, I can attest that this model truly helps drive results. It will be exciting to watch this take shape over the next few years.

Lastly, I want to urge everyone to cast your vote for the various board positions up for election.  An email blast was sent a few weeks ago to all Association members, so if you haven’t already done so, please take a few minutes to read the biographies of our excellent candidates.  I wish all of the candidates luck and want to thank them for running.  I look forward to seeing everyone at our annual convention in June!

Kristen M. Denney, MA, RHIA
President, MdHIMA

Hill Day Wrap-up
from March 28, 2013

The MdHIMA Delegates attended the Leadership Symposium held on 3/18/13 in Washington DC. The meeting kicked off with presentations on Congressional Advocacy through use of Social Media such as Twitter. The attendees then proceeded to gain additional education on how AHIMA and our own Component State Associations (CSAs) can use social media for purposes of communication within our state.    AHIMA Leaderhip then proceeded to provide an overview on the ongoing Strategic Planning sessions, followed by an overview of the topics of discussion for Capitol Hill Day.

Various members and students from MdHIMA descended upon Capitol Hill on 3/19/13 to meet with our Congressmen. Topics of discussion centered around Recovery Audit Contractors (RACs) and urging our congressmen to become a Cosponsor of HR 1250 the Medicare Audit Improvement Act of 2013, and updating HIPAA legislation regarding unique patient identifiers. All in all, it was well attended and we hope to continue with our advocacy efforts at both the state and national level.

Membership Awards Policy

The Maryland Health Information Management Association presents awards during the annual meeting as recognition to those with special achievements as outlined in this policy. The selection process is completed 3 weeks prior to the annual meeting.

The award selection and presentation to the designated receipt is based upon the award category.  The selection and distribution of the awards is as follows:
  1. Distinguished Member Award

    Description: This award is for demonstrating years of outstanding dedication and service in the H.I.M. field.

    Process: Any member of MdHIMA can nominate a member for the Distinguished Member Award. The President, Past President, and President-Elect will review the nominations and select the recipient for the award.  The outgoing President will notify the recipient of the award at least two weeks prior to the annual meeting. For the presentation, the recipient can have two guests attend the annual meeting luncheon free of charge. The award will be presented by the outgoing MdHIMA president to the recipient.  The Public Relations Chairperson orders the plaque.

    Plaque Order Information: 9 X 12 Vin Plaque, Black plate, gold borders & gold engraving.

    Plaque Engraving: MdHIMA Distinguished Member Award Presented to_________________ (recipient’s name & credentials) for Demonstrated Years of Outstanding Dedication and Service in the HIM Field
  2. Volunteer Champion of the Year Award

    Description: This award is for significant volunteer contributions on behalf of MdHIMA and its activities.

    Process: Any member of MdHIMA can nominate a member for the Volunteer Champion Award. The MdHIMA Board of Directors will select one HIM professional from the nominees who demonstrate outstanding volunteer efforts. Typically, this award is presented without prior notice to the recipient. However, depending upon the circumstances, the outgoing President could notify the recipient of the award prior to the annual meeting. The award is presented by the outgoing MdHIMA president at the annual meeting. The Public Relations Chairperson orders the plaque.

    Plaque Order Information: 9 X 12 Vin Plaque, Black plate, gold borders & gold engraving

    Plaque Information: In Honor of Deceased MdHIMA Members, the Volunteer Champion Award (Year inserted) Presented to (Post recipient’s name & credentials) for Significant Volunteer Contributions on Behalf of MdHIMA and Its Activities.
  3. MdHIMA President’s Gavel Plaque

    Description: This award is to the outgoing president in recognition of her/his service as president of the Maryland Health Information Management Association

    Process: This award is presented to the outgoing MdHIMA President by the Incoming President during the annual meeting as recognition for their service in this office. The Public Relations Chairperson orders the plaque.

    Plaque Order Information: 9x12 Gavel Plaque. Black plate, gold borders & gold engraving

    Plaque Information: Presented to___________ (Outgoing President’s name) in Recognition of Your Service as President of Maryland Health Information Management Association __________ (Post beginning and ending years for this term in office)

Registration for the 83rd Annual MdHIMA Annual Convention
June 13-14, 2013 is Now Live

Please follow the link below for more details.

Please remember that the Early Bird registration discount expires on May 17th!

We hope to see you there!

MdHIMA Annual Meeting Silent Auction Information

The MdHIMA’s Fundraising Committee is now accepting donations for the Annual Meeting’s Silent Auction which will be held June 13- 14, 2013 at the Baltimore Convention Center. Vendors and MdHIMA members alike can contribute item(s) by May 31, 2013. Items given to MdHIMA, a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization, are deductible as ordinary and necessary business expenses under the Internal Revenue Code Section 162. Currently, we are requesting participation from businesses and entertainment groups as well but we’d like to hear from you, our membership.

For questions on how to donate, please email Committee Chairperson Linda Metro at or call 301-830-7123.

Thank you!

The Fundraising Committee

RHIA/RHIT Study Sessions

If you are interested in studying with your fellow HIM colleagues please contact Moses Asiedu for details.

Welcome New MdHIMA Members!

MdHIMA welcomes the new and transfer members into our state association! We look forward to seeing you at the upcoming events and welcome your active participation. Please feel free to contact any of the Board members if you are interested in joining a committee or if you have questions or need information. Again, welcome!

D'Ambra Anderson
Nina Bagley
Sheila Brooks
Marlene Burr
Kimball A Carpentier
Dawn Cernik
Vermell Curtis
Michelle Dunn
Patrick Garnes    
Rebecca Hanna
Doreen Hill
Kimberley Hubbard
Thiri Lwin
Joan Maskall
Katherine A Massoni
Olga Osorio
Un-Hui Pak    
Leanne Purvis    
Tanya Proctor
Nina Ram
Sandra Rowe    
Joseph Travagline
Dione Walters
Whitney Watts
Jesse D Weiss

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