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October 29, 2021

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ACT NOW!  Tell the Senate to Support the Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act

 Advocacy Alert 

The bipartisan "Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act" has recently been introduced in the US Senate. We need your outreach to build support for this important legislation.


Prior authorization continues to be the number one administrative burden identified by healthcare providers. In a 2018 report by the US Department of Health and Human Service’s Office of the Inspector General, it was found that Medicare Advantage Organizations (MAOs) overturned 75 percent of their own denials each year. These denials risk patient safety and add burdens to an already overburdened healthcare system.


A 2020 survey from the American Medical Association stated that 30 percent of physicians reported that prior authorization requirements have led to a serious adverse event for a patient in their care. This legislation would modernize the way Medicare Advantage plans and healthcare providers use prior authorization, removing unnecessary steps and complications for patients while streamlining administrative processes associated with prior authorization.  

As an AHIMA member, you are the voice of health information on the Hill.


Contact your US Senators and ask them to support this vital legislation. Click the link below to email your Members of Congress now.

Act Now
Call for Board Nominations

Call for Board Nominations

Greetings MoHIMA Members, 

The MoHIMA Nominating Committee is excited to share that we are opening the Call for Nominations for the 2022 MoHIMA Board Election. 

This year we are seeking nominations for the following positions:

(3-year term) 2022-2025
  • 2022-2023: President-Elect
  • 2023-2024: President
  • 2024-2025: Past-President
(2-year term) 2022-2024

Director, Education
(2-year term) 2022-2024

The election will take place in February 2022 and terms for these elected positions will begin July 1, 2022.

Please take a moment to review the position descriptions and requirements available here, and submit your nomination(s) for consideration. The deadline for submission is January 15, 2022. 

Your role in this process is highly valued, and I thank you in advance for your participation!

Veronica Richardson, RHIA
MoHIMA President-Elect
Nominating Committee Chair, 2022

AHIMA Foundation

Dear Members and Supporters,


October is Health Literacy Month, the perfect time for us to launch our Health Literacy for Health Equity initiative. This multi-year project offers an interactive path to increasing health literacy and empowering consumers with the tools and resources to better manage their health.

To succeed, we need your support. As a 501(c)3 charitable organization, 100% of our initiatives are funded by donors.
Why Health Literacy?

A recent survey commissioned by the AHIMA Foundation found that most Americans leave health encounters feeling confused and frustrated about the health information they receive from their doctors.
Top-line results from the quantitative survey found that 3 in 4 Americans do not leave their doctor’s office on a positive note for reasons that include disappointment in the level of Q&A they have with their doctor, confusion about their health, and a need to do more research.

This lack of understanding is shared by most Americans, with nearly 2 in 3 respondents admitting they are not extremely confident in their understanding of the health information they discuss with their doctor.
Access to and understanding of health records and information is critical to consumer health management. Unfortunately, more than half of respondents (52%) report that they rarely access their medical records to review their health information. In fact, 1 in 4 Americans don’t know where to go to access their medical and health information.
Eliminate Barriers to Health Literacy

The centerpiece of our initiative is the Better Health is In Your Hands campaign, the main hub of which is a consumer-centered microsite designed to provide patients with accessible, easy-to-understand, and bi-lingual resources to help them navigate their health information with confidence.

To ensure everything we create is understandable to all audiences, we have:
  • Created a cross-disciplinary steering committee to support our campaign and programming. With backgrounds in health systems, advocacy organizations, academia, research, and private industry, this group of 13 members brings the diversity of experience and the depth of knowledge necessary to tackle the gaps and opportunities in the area of health literacy and equity
  • Ensured that the Better Health Is in Your Hands website is presented in English and Spanish translation versions
Developed educational resources to help healthcare professionals create an empowering environment for patients, including our recent AHIMA21 plenary session, promoted recent AHIMA policy statements related to health literacy, including individual access to health informationhealth equity, and social determinants of health and boosted health literacy awareness on our social channels, including TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn.
Health Literacy for Health Equity

As healthcare moves closer to an idealized vision of value-based, patient-centered care, the AHIMA Foundation recognizes that the consumer’s ability to consistently access their own health data and to understand and use that information with confidence remains a significant gap.

With Health Literacy for Health Equity, our goal is to help consumers become collaborators in their own health and care. Achieving this goal requires:
  • Building awareness around the AHIMA Foundation, its mission, and its initiatives for both consumers and care providers
  • Developing and disseminating tools and resources that help consumers and providers improve health literacy
  • Collaborate with industry stakeholders, both public and private, to engage and shape the Health Literacy for Health Equity initiative
You Make the Difference

The Foundation’s ability to expand and sustain our program depends solely on the financial support we receive from our donors.
Momentum is essential to success. We appreciate your support to fund the dynamic initiatives necessary to impact individuals and communities, collaborate with key allies, and close essential gaps in health literacy and equity.

Without you, programs like Health Literacy for Health Equity, Scholarship, and HIRO Funds, would not be possible. Every gift makes a difference.

Thank you for your support.


Megan McVane

Director of Impact Programs
The AHIMA Foundation
Have You Met Your AHIMA Recertification Requirements?

Have You Met Your AHIMA Recertification Requirements?

If your recertification cycle expires at the end of this year and you have not yet met the requirements for renewal, visit our website to verify your status and take the necessary steps to complete the recertification process. Avoid an inactive status by visiting your CEU Center and submitting the required CEUs with your supporting documentation. To take advantage of the member discount on recertification fees, you must purchase a membership prior to or on the recertification expiration date. Once the membership is paid, your recertification discount will be applied.
As a reminder, each year a percentage of credential holders are randomly selected for an audit. Individuals selected for audits will be required to submit verifiable documentation (for example, certificates of attendance or similar materials) for each activity listed in their CEU Center.
More information on recertification requirements can be found in this Recertification Guide.
AHIMA dHealth™

AHIMA dHealth™

Ciitizen has been designated AHIMA dHealth™ Approved for its commitment to protecting personal health data. Ciitizen is a patient-centric consumer health technology platform that enables patients to collect, store and share their medical records in a single location for more personalized treatment options, including rapid participation in clinical trials.
Check here for more information on AHIMA dHealth™.

Take Action

This year, one of AHIMA’s legislative priorities has been the increased focus on social determinants of health data. AHIMA believes that public policy must establish global standards that promote the capture, use, maintenance, and sharing of social determinants of health, and that it must further promote healthcare delivery and financing models that are designed to integrate social determinants into the clinical setting. Policy must also enhance the sharing of social determinants across clinical and community-based organizations, prioritize privacy, and promote the ethical collection and use of social determinants. Additionally, public policy must be crafted that embraces the role of health information professionals.

The Improving Social Determinants of Health Act (S 104/HR 379) would authorize the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to create a program to improve health outcomes and reduce health inequities by coordinating CDC social determinants of health (SDOH)-related activities and improving the capacity of public health agencies and community organizations to address social determinants.

We need you to act now! Contact congress and ask them to support and cosponsor S 104/HR 379 to improve the use of social determinants data in our communities.

To Take Action: Click here
Or click here for more information. 
Showcase the Authentic You

Showcase the Authentic You

Introducing Brand Builder—a new collection of tools, tips, and more to help you grow your reputation and further your career in the healthcare ecosystem. Virtually every career expert advises you maintain a strong professional brand. With Brand Builder, we’re customizing that advice for the health information field and you. Whatever stage you’re at in your career, you’ll find ideas and suggestions you can use in the following key areas.
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