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Issue 47 - January/February 2015


Inside this Issue:

President’s Message

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and a great start to 2015. Your board and committee members were certainly busy in 2014 and have continued the momentum into 2015. I would like to share some of the exciting accomplishments and updates on continuing efforts from our team.
  • Check out the new and improved MdHIMA website!
  • Exciting work and lots of energy from our Advocacy Team with ICD-10 updates and involvement with our congressman as well as AHIMA to support our efforts with ICD-10!
  • Everyone is encouraged to attend AHIMA’s Hill Day to advocate for our profession’s needs. Hill day is March 24th in Washington, D.C.
  • Save the date, Friday May 8th for MdHIMA’s partnership with DCHIMA on our Annual Meeting, this year’s theme: “Together We Will Thrive: MdHIMA & DCHIMA!”
There will be more details around these efforts and events in the newsletter as well through eblasts. Everyone is encouraged to participate whether it be on a committee, submissions to the newsletter or private emails of suggestions and desires. I would love to hear your opinions!

Happy New Year!

Sarah Allinson, RHIA
AHIMA-Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer
MdHIMA President

Annual Meeting: “Together We Will Thrive:  MdHIMA & DCHIMA”

MdHIMA and DCHIMA have joined forces and will come together on May 8th for our 2015 Annual Meeting at The Hotel at Arundel Preserve, 7795 Arundel Mills Boulevard, Hanover, MD 21076.
We are excited to host this meeting at a new venue that is easy to reach both by DC and Maryland members, has free parking, and great food. Not only is this a new location but the event will only be held for one day so make sure you hold the date. Watch for our eBlast in the near future that will list the schedule and educational sessions to be offered.

Please join us after the day’s events for a wine and cheese reception with our vendors. And since it is Friday night, you’ll still have time to visit Maryland Casino LIVE!, go to Dave and Busters to watch sports or play games, or go to the late show at the Cinemark Theater at Arundel Mills!

The Hotel has also given us a special room rate of $135 plus tax for Thursday and/or Friday night. This discounted rate will be held for us until April 7th so if you are interested in reserving a room for either night, please call The Hotel as soon as possible. Just mention you are coming to the 2015 MdHIMA-DCHIMA Annual Meeting.

Update on Advocacy Efforts Toward ICD-10 Implementation

December was a successful month for AHIMA in stopping the efforts of selected physician groups in delaying ICD-10 implementation.

December Events: Maryland AHIMA membership helped to stop the delay by responding to the call on December 10th to contact members of the Congress and Senate with the hashtag #ICD-10Matters Twitter Rally. In response to our CSA East goals I was successful with meeting Congressman John Delany who represents the 6th Congressional District of Maryland and was able to provide to him a copy of the ICD-10 Coalition letter which provides a more realistic cost associated with implementation of ICD-10 in a physician office practice. This information was well received by Congressman Delany and explained to him the need to implement ICD-10 by October 2015.

At our December Quarterly MdHIMA business meeting we updated our membership with the names of key decision makers in both the US House of Representative and Senate asking the membership to call and email Congressional leaders to stop the amendment from being inserted into a DHHS appropriations bill to delay ICD-10 for 2 years. Information from Noblis contractor to CMS was discussed for the CMS “Road to ICD-10” private office practices training session to begin in the spring of 2015. If your facility is interested in sponsoring one of these sessions in your area you can contact Grace Kim, Noblis Coordinator at 703 610-2836 or Vicki Reynolds, MDHIMA Advocacy Board at 301 964-9900 or email  

January Events: Board members Moses Asiedu, Norma Stockton, Linda Metro, Monna Nabers and Vicki Reynolds participated in a CSA Physician Outreach Training program on January 12, 2015. The program has provided our MdHIMA membership with slide shows to be used when meeting with medical societies or other physician organizations.

AHIMA CSA has established three goals for January 2015:
  • Schedule state medical society and other physician organizations in your state to advocate for the 2015 transition to ICD-10-CM/PCS
  • Recommend an ICD-10 speaker for at least 1 external professional healthcare conference
  • Identify a physician champion within your state.
I would like these goals to be achieved by MDHIMA in 2015.  

I will be scheduling a meeting date/time with the MD Medical Society in my area but will need help from our MDHIMA membership to follow up with their medical societies in their area. 

If you are interested in doing a presentation in your area please contact Vicki Reynolds at and I will provide the slide show to you.

I am asking all of our MdHIMA members to continue to contact their congressional leaders either by phone or email from their website. 

I have listed below the Congressmen and Senators for Maryland.

Congressmen Senators:

2015 Hill Day is March 24th!

MdHIMA would like to encourage all members to attend this year’s Hill Day. Hill Day gives the members a chance to advocate for our profession’s issues and needs by meeting with your congressman. If you are able to attend please register on AHIMA’s website under events for Hill Day.

Everyone that is registered will have a meeting set up with your congressman based on your zip code. The Delegates will split up between all members that register and go as teams to these meetings. If you register and are unable to make it please reach out to our President Sarah –

Health Information Professionals Week!

The next Health Information Professionals (HIP) Week will be held March 22–28, 2015.

Health information management (HIM) is an allied health profession responsible for ensuring the availability, accuracy, and protection of the clinical information needed to provide healthcare-related decisions. Health information professionals work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, clinics, physician offices, and many other organizations. They play a key role in the effective management of health data and medical records needed to deliver quality healthcare to the public. The work HIM professionals do to ensure the integrity of health information is imperative to clinical and administrative decision making. Access to reliable information helps everyone make important decisions and leads to a healthy society.

The following materials for HIP Week 2015 are available for you to download, print out and distribute to the public as well as healthcare and HIM professionals.
  • Planning Kit (pdf)
  • Suggested Activities
  • Article and Quiz for Healthcare Professionals
  • Article and Quiz for the Healthcare Consumer
  • Press Release
  • PowerPoint Presentation
  • Official HIP Week Merchandise

Data Quality Committee Announces 2015 Focus!

The Data Quality Committee is beginning to finalize the schedule and topics for the calendar year of 2015. The formats that are currently being considered are coding education roundtables and ICD-10-CM/PCS education sessions, including at least one session geared for the outpatient coder for ICD-10-CM. The Data Quality Committee is also currently looking for speakers on various topics in addition to ICD-10-CM/PCS. Anyone interested in speaking or recommending a speaker, please contact Andrea Carroll-Alleyne at or Tara Wittig at

Quarterly Business Meeting

Save The Date: June 19, 2015! Educational and Quarterly Business meeting at the beautiful Retreat and Conference Center at Bon Secours, 1525 Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville, MD 21104. More information to come!

Maryland Law Changes Copy Charges for MC/MA Requests for Information

House bill 399, passed in October 2014 prohibits a health care provider from charging a person in interest, except for an attorney appointed in writing by a person in interest, a fee of more than $20 (adjusted annually for inflation) for a copy of each 100 pages or a portion of 100 pages of a medical record of an individual enrolled in the Maryland Medicaid program. For further information, follow this link to

Serve AHIMA in 2016!

The 2015 Nominating Committee is seeking qualified individuals for the 2015 AHIMA ballot for positions of AHIMA President/Chair-elect, three Directors for the Board of Directors, two Commissioners for the Commission on Certification for Health Informatics and Information Management (CCHIIM) and one  Speaker-elect to the House of Delegates. Find more information about these positions in the Application to Serve. All nominations are due March 31, 2015.

Consider giving back to your Association. For additional information, contact

2015-2016 MdHIMA Board Call for Nominations!

We are calling for nominations for all Board Member Positions. If you are interested in running in our next election and want to learn more about the positions please visit the MdHIMA website (About Us/Bylaws, Policies & Procedures/Duties of MdHIMA Elected Positions). All submissions are due by February 1st, please email Temera Royston, Nominating Committee Chair at

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MdHIMA/DCHIMA Annual Meeting
May 8, 2015
Hanover, MD

Quarterly Business Meeting
June 19, 2015
Marriottsville, MD


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