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eNews from MdHIMA

Issue 44 - May/June 2014

Inside this Issue:

President's Message

It was wonderful to meet and talk to so many attendees at our MdHIMA 84th Annual Meeting on April 24- 25th. I always enjoy this opportunity to meet old friends, make new friends, hear great educational and inspirational talks, and find out what new products and resources are available for our jobs. I’d like to give a special “Thank You” to our Annual Committee members who worked so hard to bring this all together.  

When I spoke at our business meeting, I talked about the changes brought about by the advances of technology in the health arena and how it is facing and how it is impacting our profession. Traditional HIM roles are being reorganized with fewer positions remaining but other types of jobs are opening up where our Health Information background and training play a huge role in helping to ensure the delivery of great healthcare. As we move into this new era, it is up to each of us to continue acquiring the needed education and skills to keep us in the forefront of this movement. I know we can do it since I’ve seen how hard each one of you has worked to get where you are today!

At the national level AHIMA is working hard to provide us with the resources to do this. They recognize the costs involved for us as individuals so are working to find ways to help the state associations as well as individual member’s resources that are affordable. Within our own state association we have are also trying to find ways to save money in order to provide you with what you need to grow your career. Here are some things to look for in the coming year: 1. Combined Annual Meeting with the DC Association which will be held for one day instead of two. This will enable us to share costs and keep them at a lower more reasonable level for our members. It will allow our vendors to also save costs by coming to one meeting instead of two and, hopefully, attract more vendors to our meeting. 2. Use of webcasts so you don’t have to take off work. Sessions will be recorded so you can also listen to the session when it’s convenient for you. 3. Collaboration with colleges and related IT and Heath groups like HIMMS to help promote our profession, provide more opportunities for internships and resources, and find ways to provide  more financial aid for those continuing their education.

I would like to take a moment to thank you all for welcoming me into this wonderful profession when I made a career change at mid-life. Also for your help whenever I needed it, the opportunities you let about as I looked for new challenges, and most of all for the wonderful friendships I gained working in this great profession. Here’s to all of you who have made my time in Health Information such a memorable career.

Monna Nabers, MBA, RHIA
President, MdHIMA 2013-2014

Photo of our 2013-2014
MdHIMA President Monna Nabers

Presentation of the New MdHIMA Executive Board

As we move into MdHIMA’s 85th year (July 2014- June 2015), I’d like to introduce you to our new Executive Board as elected by you the voting membership and presented at our Annual Convention.

President:  Sarah Allinson, RHIA     
President Elect:  Tasha Green, MS, RHIA, CHTS-TR   
Treasurer:  Alan Ward, RHIA    
Secretary:  Christy Ferri, RHIA    
Director- 2nd Year:  Katie Collier, MS, CCS  
Director- 1st Year:  Katie Kropfelder, MS, RHIA, CCS    
Delegate- 2nd Year:  Moses Asiedu, RHIA     
Delegate – 2nd Year: Norma Stockton, CCS    
Delegate – 1st Year:  Linda Metro, RHIA

Congratulations to our new board!

Photo from L-R, incoming President Sarah Allinson presenting outgoing President Monna Nabers with the Ceremonial MdHIMA President’s Gavel Plaque.

ACE Scholarship Awarded During our MdHIMA Luncheon

Auditing and Coding Experts, known as A.C.E., is a privately owned company that has been serving our clients’ needs in the Healthcare Industry since 2001. Headquartered in Maryland, ACE serve healthcare clients throughout the U.S. ACE provide services for a varied client base that includes world renowned hospitals, trauma centers, community hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and physician groups. We offer coding, auditing, coder training and mentoring, interim management and physician education. ACE has made it our goal to offer quality services to all of our clients.

ACE is well aware of the diverse and evolving field of Health Information Management as it encompasses medicine, management, finance, information technology and law. ACE is excited to be offering for the first time, scholarships to students whose goal is to enter the exciting field of HIM. Realizing that there is a need for more professionals in the HIM field, their hope is to reach out to more students and to be able to help them with scholarship money so they can get the education necessary to fulfill their goals and dreams.

This scholarship was presented by the ACE representative, Judy Hayes, to the student Juyoung Kim during the Maryland Health Information Management Association’s (MdHIMA) luncheon held at the Baltimore Convention Center on April 24th. She has an outstanding academic record and is currently attending the Health Information Technology Program at Anne Arundel Community College.

The Maryland Health Information Management Association (MdHIMA) and the Auditing and Coding Expert (A.C.E.) Company believe in honoring students for their academic excellence.  During the April 24th MdHIMA Annual Meeting at the Baltimore Convention Center, two students were presented with MdHIMA scholarships. In addition, Judy Hayes from the Auditing and Coding Expert Company presented the ACE scholarship to one student.

These scholarships are presented to students currently enrolled in a medical coding, HIT or HIM program with outstanding academic performance. We wish these students all the best in their health information career!

A.C.E. Scholarship Recipient
Currently enrolled in the Medical Coding Program
Anne Arundel Community College

Photo from L-R, Terri Davis, Anne Arundel Community College HIM Program Coordinator, Juyoung Kim, and Judy Hayes, A.C.E. Staff Representative

College Students Receive MdHIMA Scholarships

The Maryland Health Information Management Association (MdHIMA) believes in honoring students for their academic excellence. This year they recently presented two college students with scholarships during their 84th Annual Meeting held at the Baltimore Convention Center. Nchedo Idahosa was one recipient. She is enrolled in the Health Information Technology Program at Anne Arundel Community College. Karla Duckett was also a recipient. She is currently enrolled in the Health Information Management Program at the University of Cincinnati.

MdHIMA Scholarship Recipient
Currently enrolled in the Health Information Technology Program
Anne Arundel Community College

Photo from L-R, Nchedo Iahosa and Terri Davis, Anne Arundel College HIT Program Coordinator


MdHIMA Scholarship Recipient
Currently enrolled in the Health Information Management Program
University of Cincinnati

Photo of Karla Duckett

Scholarship Recipients and their presenters

Photo from L-R, Nchedo Iahosa, Terri Davis, Juyoung Kim, Judy Hayes, and Karla Duckett

Member Recognition

We are pleased to present the winner of our Volunteer of the Year award to Moses Asiedu. Moses has served on many committees within MdHIMA. Moses is known for his established relationship with our HIM students during their role as a student and continuing as they progress into the workforce. He is always willing to help to help spread the message of MdHIMA/AHIMA throughout Maryland. It is for these reasons that we honor Moses with this award.

We thank you Moses for your dedicated Volunteer work.

Photo from L-R, Moses Asiedu and Monna Nabers

We are pleased to present the winner of our Distinguished Member of the Year award to Kristen Meredith. Kristen has served MdHIMA on many levels (including MdHIMA President 2012-2013) through the years and has continued to provide her dedicated services to making MdHIMA a positive and successful organization.

We thank you Kristen for your continued efforts and support.

Photo from L-R, Kristen Meredith and Monna Nabers

Remember to Register for the Upcoming June QBM!

Quarterly Business Meeting (QBM)
and Educational Session
Friday, June 20, 2014

Online Registration and Payment
Registration will close end of business on Friday, June 13th. Onsite registration will not be available.

  • Work Life Balance in the Era of Change!
  • CDI Strategies
  • Meaningful Use
  • Business Meeting and Lunch
  • What’s Up I-10
  • ICD-10 Coding Change the Top 10 Most Expensive Condition Coding
  • Computer Assisted Coding
Click here to learn more and register today!

AHIMA Academy for ICD-10-CM: Building Expert Trainers in Diagnosis Coding


Take Advantage of the ICD-10 Postponement and Join the Ranks of the Industry’s Preferred Trainers!

AHIMA Academy for ICD-10-CM: Building Expert Trainers in Diagnosis Coding
June 25–26
Hyatt Regency Baltimore on the Inner Harbor
Baltimore, MD

Registration closes June 11!

Healthcare organizations are encouraged to stay the course and continue to prepare for ICD-10. An AHIMA Survey conducted earlier this year showed that only 17.4% of healthcare organizations have completed their ICD-10 training. The upcoming AHIMA Academy, June 25–26, in Baltimore creates a great opportunity for you! You're nearby, why not attend this meeting? AHIMA-approved trainers are the industry's preferred trainers!

This dynamic program provides expert instruction and hands-on exposure to coding exercises, powerful training techniques, and ICD-10 coding and training proficiency. You can expect:
  • In-person, expert industry trainer instruction
  • All required books, including training manuals
  • Self-paced introductory online courses
  • In-class coding exercises and modeling training techniques
  • Breakfast and lunch each day of the academy
  • Continuing education units (CEUs)
  • The opportunity to earn an AHIMA-Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS or ICD-10-CM Trainer Certificate
In the event the CMS postponement causes a change to the latest CMS ICD-10 guidelines and training materials, necessitating the need for updates to the AHIMA 2014 Academy materials, AHIMA will provide complimentary updates to AHIMA Academy attendees whose training did not include the latest guidelines and/or training materials. This update will be developed and offered through online education and/or virtual tools to avoid any additional travel costs to past academy attendees. Complete details will be forwarded to registrants should the need arise.

Remember, AHIMA members receive discounts on this meeting. If you're not an AHIMA member, consider joining when you register; the savings will be like getting your membership free!

Don’t Forget the Many Upcoming Prep Courses

The following Prep Courses are being offered at our local colleges! The courses are perfect for those that need a review to obtain some new credentials!

Quarterly Business Meeting (QBM) and Educational Session
Friday, June 20, 2014
Hampton Inn & Suites Frederick/Fort Detrick

Certified Coding Associate Exam Prep
Saturday May 31st – June 14th, 8:30 am – 3:00 pm.
(3 sessions) at Carroll Community College

Certified Coding Specialist Exam Prep
Saturday May 31st - June 28th, 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
(5 sessions) at Carroll Community College

Wednesday June 4th – July 9th, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
at Prince George’s Community College

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On the Job Board

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Certified Coding Technician
University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center

Inpatient and Outpatient HIM Coders
In Record Time, Inc.

Manager, Health Information Management
Anne Arundel Medical Center

Health Information Coder
Sinai Hospital of Baltimore

Clinical Documentation Specialist
Sinai Hospital of Baltimore

Manager - Health Information Management
Sinai Hospital of Baltimore

Manager, Coding & Data Quality
Anne Arundel Medical Center

Coding Specialist Positions
Holy Cross Hospital

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