CNN Monthly e-Alert
September 2011

CPHIMA  President’s Message
Kristine Lucabaugh, RHIA, CSTR

As I was preparing for my 2011-2012 term as CPHIMA president, I toured the CPHIMA website in its entirety….. every “click and every link”!  I wanted to thoroughly re-educate myself on the development, history, and infrastructure of the Central Pennsylvania Health Information Management Association. I read every policy and procedure, every issue of CNN, every board meeting and educational session document available.   It was during this re-educational tour that I uncovered an exciting “tidbit” about CPHIMA……….CPHIMA will be turning 60 years old in 2012 - - Can you believe it?, How exciting!! This momentous occasion made me want to research just exactly how far we have come not only as an organization, but as a profession. As part of our celebration activities, I will feature the historical evolution of one aspect of our organization/profession in each president’s message over the coming year.

Let’s start at the beginning…..

The year was 1913, and the American College of Surgeons got together as a group to discuss the need to raise the standards of surgery.  The group felt that in order to accomplish this goal and elevate the standards of surgery, they would need to collect data from both medical schools and hospitals. It was during this data gathering process, that the College realized they needed much better medical record keeping practices; not only for use by surgical candidates, but also for the efficient care of patient illnesses, medical-legal needs of the hospital, physicians, medical research and most importantly the patient.  They therefore adopted as one of the minimum requirements for hospital standardization, “that accurate and complete case records be written for all patients and filed in an accessible manner in the hospital.” (Edna K. Huffman, RRA, Health Information Management-10th Edition, Physician’s Record Company, 1995, pg. 4.)   

As a result of the above, The American Association of Record Librarians of North America was founded in 1928.  Since its formation, our parent organization has undergone multiple name changes to more accurately reflect the evolution of our profession.  In 1938, it was known as the American Association of Medical Record Librarians, and in 1970 it was known as the American Medical Record Association.  By 1991, the profession had infiltrated the healthcare industry so much that it once again needed a name that more accurately reflected the professions impact on the entire continuum of patient care.   The name changed to the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) to which we still go by today at the national level.   

Fast forward to the year 2011 and we clearly see that the evolution of both our state and local association names is very similar to our parent organization-AHIMA. We are just younger; by about 20-25 years!   


The CPHIMA Executive Board held its strategic and educational planning session on August 12, 2011 for the upcoming 2011-2012 term.  Please mark the following dates on your calendar for our upcoming Educational Sessions:
  • Fall Educational Session – Friday, September 16, 2011 – Radisson Hotel in Camp Hill, PA
  • Winter Educational Session – Friday, December 16, 2011 – Hershey Hotel in Hershey, PA
  • Spring Educational Session – Friday, March 16, 2012 – Select Medical Corporation, in Mechanicsburg, PA
  • Summer Educational Session – Friday, June 15, 2012 – Burle Industries-LGH, in Lancaster, PA
Looking forward to a fun-filled year celebrating our 60th Birthday with all of you!! 

CPHIMA Business Meeting Minutes

To review the business meeting minutes from the June 17, 2011 board meeting, please click here.

Be on the look-out for a CPHIMA Bylaws change that will need to be voted on at the December educational session/business meeting.  Changes will be communicated in the monthly CNN e-Alert.

CPHIMA has established a 1-800 line for the executive board to utilize to conduct business. This will help us better serve our organization!

CPHIMA is looking for a member volunteer to serve in the capacity of membership chair for the remainder of this term.  This position has been filled and vacated twice since July 1st due to personal circumstances.  Board perks include mileage reimbursement, increased networking opportunities, fun times, and reduced registration fees to all CPHIMA educational sessions!!

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Upcoming Events

Anatomy and Physiology Refresher for ICD-10-CM/PCS
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CPHIMA Meeting
September 16, 2011
Radisson Hotel
Camp Hill, PA

The Last Gasp for ICD-9-CM
September 27, 2011
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Winter Educational Session
Friday, December 16, 2011
Hershey Hotel in
Hershey, PA

Spring Educational Session
Friday, March 16, 2012
Select Medical Corp.
Mechanicsburg, PA

2012 PHIMA Annual Meeting
May 14-16, 2012
Penn Stater Conference Center

Summer Educational Session
Friday, June 15, 2012
Burle Industries-LGH
Lancaster, PA

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