WVHIMA is very very busy! We are only a few weeks away from our Annual Convention in Oglebay. A quick look at the numbers:
I am so honored and appreciative to everyone that has been hard at work on all their committee responsibilities. It is unreal how fast this year has been flying by. I am very much looking forward to seeing you all at Oglebay! April is HIP Awareness Month, I went to the AHIMA website for a definition of what this time is all about: “Ensuring the privacy, security, and confidentiality of personal health information has been a fundamental principle for the health information management (HIM) profession throughout its 80-year history. Today, HIM professionals continue to face the challenge of maintaining the privacy and security
of patient information, an effort that grows in complexity as information becomes more and more distributed in electronic systems. The challenge of this responsibility has also increased due to the constantly changing legislative and regulatory environment.”
Following me on social media, some of you may be aware the WVHIMA Executive Leadership (President, President- Elect, Vice President, and Past President Director) attended AHIMA Advocacy Lobbying Day in Washington DC as your representation from WVHIMA. This event is part of delegate/leadership role for WVHIMA. Megan McDougal, Jamie Anderson, Nelson Liston, and myself, in line with the definition above, met with Senator Manchin, Senator Capito, and Congressman McKinley asking for their support to maintain legislative language for a unique patient identifier for patient information to assure continuity and consistency in patient care, decrease duplication, and one patient identifier that supports tighter controls on the prescription market. It is always an interesting day when we are able to go to the nation’s capital to lobby on behalf of all HIM Professionals. Senator Manchin’s office gave us Senate Gallery Passes, where we were able to see Senator Ted Cruz of Texas as Presiding President of the Senate. Senator Capito took time between appointments to have her picture with us. And to cap off the adventure, Megan and Nelson were able to secure their Library of Congress Library Cards.
As a side note, I was able to keep my course with my running goals, and was able to get in a 5K run around the Tidal Basin among the Cherry Blossoms in peak bloom, and then a second 5K jaunt around Capitol Hill and the Congressional Buildings and Union Station where I reminisced about a Johnny Rockets Peanut Butter Milkshake with HIM Hill Day Participant.
On a different note, I want to pay homage to a WVHIMA Leader that we lost a few weeks ago. I was very sad to announce that Ebenetta Mary Staggs Rhinehart, MBA, RHIA, CCS, CTR passed away on March 21, 2017. Ebenetta was an active member in AHIMA and WVHIMA. She was the recipient of the 2012 WVHIMA Distinguished Member Award. She was a frequent contributor on AHIMA Engaged Communities, published “Coding Conversations” monthly newsletters, developed coding textbooks for Stephens College, speaker for various coding workshops, educator at community colleges, and by day was the Manager of Coding and Data Registries at CAMC in Charleston. She truly was a HIM Hero! WVHIMA has made a donation to FORE Scholarship in memory of Ebenetta, and Kiwi-Tek has made a donation to WVHIMA for one of the scholarship recipients in her memory as well. Our heartfelt sympathy to Ebenetta’s family and coworkers for the loss of one of our heros.
Christine Metheny, RHIA, CHPS, CHTS-IM