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Issue 46 - November 2014

Inside this Issue:

President’s Letter – November 2014

Summer has gone and fall has begun. I hope that everyone had a wonderful summer and were able to travel somewhere awesome and/or experience something great. Summer sure does fly by as do our busy days as HIM professionals tackling new challenges and having the ability to evolve as the pathways of our profession change.

Let’s start with Tele-medicine. What makes up the Legal Medical Record for Tele-medicine? How do we regulate treatment over the phone, video or even by photos on someone’s personal mobile device? How do we code these “visits” and from what documentation? These are some of the questions brought up at AHIMA’s House of Delegates meeting in San Diego. AHIMA asked us: What trends do we see in 5-10 years with Tele-Medicine? Who should be responsible for regulating this practice? Until then what do we do? As HIM professionals we will be faced with these questions and challenges with the void of established rules & guidelines. Our expertise and training will guide us on how to proceed when faced with the unknown.

Our profession has expanded; HIM is no longer surrounded by walls and we need to think outside of the box and evolve with the times. The Healthcare world is full of exciting changes where HIM professionals need to be involved and have a seat at the decision making table.

I encourage everyone to get involved as much as possible and to keep abreast of these changes. If you would like to be more involved with MdHIMA, please reach out to me. I encourage you to attend the MdHIMA Quarterly Business meetings and the Annual Meeting to get the local taste of what is happening around you.

This year the Annual meeting will be combined with DCHIMA which will give all of the members the opportunity to network, be exposed to what’s happening in our Nation’s Capital, and have top notch speakers. The meeting will be a one day event, at a new location where we can combine forces as neighboring associations.

We have an exciting year ahead of us and I look forward to meeting many of you and hearing your valuable feedback.

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

Announcing the Year 2014 MdHIMA Distinguished Student Awards

The Maryland Health Information Management Association presents awards to students who have been reported by their director of Health Information Management or a medical coding program as having demonstrated scholarly achievements, above average study efforts and has at least a 3.0 GPA.

The students listed below were given their Distinguished Student awards during their September 12, 2014 MDHIMA meeting at the Catonsville campus of The Community College of Baltimore County.

We send these students best wishes for a successful career!

Pamela Carter
HIM Graduate of Coppin State University, Baltimore Maryland

Laurie J. Dewitt
HIT Graduate of Baltimore City Community College, Baltimore, Md

Weifen Mao
HIT Graduate of Montgomery College, Takoma Park, Maryland

Evelyn Stewart
HIT Graduate of Prince George’s College, Largo Maryland

PGCC student Evelyn Stewart receiving her Distinguished Student Award

Coppin State instructor, Zakevia Green (left) and Pamela Carter

Jackie McNair accepting the award for BCCC student Laurie Dewit

MdHIMA’s ICD-10 Advocacy Efforts… “A Call to Action!”

Welcome Brian Outland and Vicki Reynolds to the MDHIMA Board of Directors. Brian and Vicki have agreed to Co-Chair our Advocacy efforts! They will be very active this session and will represent the organization on a local and national level. This year they will be very busy with ICD-10 advocacy!  They will need all members to be actively engaged in these efforts!

The focus on three strategies to provide advocacy in Maryland for ICD-10 implementation and need your help in contacting our congressional leaders in your districts:

Our First Strategy:  We need all of our Maryland members to access the link below to repeal the HR 1701, Cutting Costly Codes Act which will potentially stop implementation of ICD-10. The Advocacy Letter will allow our Maryland AHIMA Members to voice their opposition to this bill and inform their federal legislator of the value of ICD-10 implementation and the need to move forward with the October 1, 2015 compliance date.

Make your voice heard and click on the following link:

You will see a link on the Advocacy Page for Opposing 1701 this will bring you to the electronic  formatted letter all you need to do is add your zip code and last four digits. This will then send the letter to one of the 8 congressional districts you live in and be read by your representative. 

Our second strategy:   We need to let Andy Harris our MD congressional component know how important ICD-10 implementation is. Andy Harris has a Facebook account. His congressional webpage address is: Please also connect with him on Facebook Click on the link and tell Andy who you are and the important of accurate health data is in making clinical decision. Ask him to vote against HR 1701. 

Our third strategy:  This is a big job! Maryland has 8 congressional districts and we could use a volunteers from each of the districts to help in the grass roots efforts of meeting and inviting the congressional leaders to our annual meetings. Let me know if you want to be a volunteer for your district. You can contact me at  

To find your district, go to

Enter your zip code and the system will give the Maryland district

House of Delegates Reports from Annual Convention

Morning Session Report - 9/28/14
AHIMA President Angela Kennedy and AHIMA’s CEO, Lynne Thomas Gordan started the day with a list of AHIMA’s most recent activities. Most noteworthy was the launch of a grass-roots advocacy campaign to enlist AHIMA members to reach out to Congress on the importance of the ICD-10 coding system. The goal is to mobilize component state associations (CDAs) in advocacy activities to prevent another ICD-10 delay.

Left to right: Delegate Moses Asiedu, President-Elect/Delegate Tasha Green, President Sarah Allinson, Delegate Linda Metro-Chisarick and Delegate Norma Stockton

The members of the AHIMA House of Delegates had an interactive session to advocate for ICD-10. Message cards and buttons were made available to demonstrate the support of ICD-10 and how it matters. Each state has the ability to influence outcomes. We are encouraged to embrace the Social Media highway with positively tweeting our thoughts especially with ICD-10. #ICDMATTERS. There are over 56 million active users on social media with 5,700 tweets every second.

This tweet sheet was provided so that we embrace our communication in a modern state. MdHIMA will be tweeting on a monthly basis and we encourage every member to do so.
The morning session also consisted of the following topics:
  1. Setting standards in health intelligence such as copy/paste and a Health Informatics Policy Book -TC215
  2. Elevating the HIM workforce with new the concept of HIM without Walls and addressing skills needed for 20 years from now. The walls are coming down.
For Information Governance (IG) breakout session, the top trends identified were:
  • HIM/IG Committee - HIM without walls as our roles will move away from tradition. Consideration of Clinical Business Intelligence roles
  • IT/HIM Collaboration with HIM professionals- HFMA, HIMMS
  • Consideration of Enterprise IG in your facility- HIM leading the way
  • Caution on the MU incentives which can be a rush to technology adoptions- integrity of health information at risk
Submitted by Linda Metro

“HIM Without Walls”

AHIMA is preparing HIM professionals for the future and the new roles that will be available for this profession. We are encouraged to use social media to advocate for the HIM profession. This is necessary because we now get information quicker or first on social media before the news stations. We need to utilize social media to connect with congress: Follow them on twitter, like them on Facebook, subscribe to alerts on YouTube, etc.

MdHIMA and DCHIMA members together in San Diego

The breakout session I attended was on “Informatics, Analytics, and Data Use”: the main focus on this session was to make and assessment on “iWatch”.

The iWatch is expected to work as a kind of fitness and health tracker. You’ll also reportedly be able to track your steps via the watch’s built-in pedometer, see if you should slap on some sunblock via its UV monitor, and check out other fitness information through Apple’s upcoming HealthKit platform. HealthKit takes all the data from your disparate health and fitness apps and combines it into one convenient app on your iPhone’s home screen.

That means you’ll be able to see your heart rate, the number of calories you burned in a day, how many hours you slept last night, your blood sugar, your cholesterol, and more. HealthKit will also let your various fitness apps, like RunKeeper or MyFitnessPal, talk to one another and share your data to ensure that you get a clear picture of your overall health.

There are several features that come with the iWatch technology but the group made assessment on the storing and sharing of information on this device.

The concerns that were provided by the group are as follows: Interoperability, meaningful data, data security, data sharing, data use, data accuracy, patient identification, proliferation of data, cost, buy-in, consumer education (training), affiliation (covered entity) agreement, and many more.

With these concerns, the group provided the following recommendations:
  • HIPAA regulations should apply to all these health apps
  • Involvement of HL7: ensuring that this technology meets HL7 requirements
  • Enough education and training should be provided to customers before they purchase this device/app
  • There should be a process in place to check the validity and reliability of data in this device/app
Submitted by Moses Asiedu, RHIA

Health Informatics Job Fair at Johns Hopkins a Star-Spangled Success

Arlene Gioia and Monna Nabers represented MdHIMA at the Johns Hopkins Health Informatics and HIT job fair Friday, September 14, 2014. The Job Fair is now an annual event that gives job hunters the opportunity to learn about the different career paths in health informatics and Health IT. And, for those who are in the search, the job fair puts you in contact with many different employers who have job openings and are looking for employees with HIM skills. Another plus is that the event is free and a light lunch is served. This year the main speaker was Jonathan Darer, MD, MPH CIO and director of Clinical Innovation at Geisinger Institute who spoke about his work with Patient Portals. Panels on Accountable Care, government job opportunities, and Careers in Health IT and Informatics were offered to the fair attendees. The recruiter’s hall had over 30 firms and health organizations like MdHIMA and HIMSS available to talk to those job hunting or career exploring. To top off the day, the event was held in one of the new Johns Hopkins Health buildings that faces the Harbor.  We were high enough up that some of us were able to catch a glimpse of the Blue Angels as they practiced their routines in preparation for the big Star Spangled Banner Celebration held that Saturday.

Monna Nabers greets attendees at the JH Health IT Fair

Remember to Register for the Upcoming December QBM!

MdHIMA Quarterly Business Meeting
(QBM) and Educational Session
Friday, December 5, 2014
8:45AM - 4:15PM


National Institutes of Health
Bethesda Maryland

Main Campus, Porter Neuroscience Research Center
Bldg. 35A, Room 610

Guest Speakers and Topics of Discussion

Kim Mitchell, RHIA, CIM
The IRB Review Process

Anastasia L. Wise, PhD. Epidemiologist
The Undiagnosed Disease Program, Office on Rare Diseases

Stephanie K. Parsons, MSPH
Maryland Responds Department of Mental Health and Hygiene,
Office of Preparedness and Response

Jeffery D. Lusby, Quest Diagnostics
Big Data

Susan L. Roy
National Library of Medicine - SNOMED-CT

Capt. Antoinette Jones, MSOD R.N.
Dealing with Difficult People


Registration will close end of business on Friday, November 28, 2014. Onsite registration will not be available.

Click here to learn more and register online.

Data Quality Committee Meeting

When: Thu, November 13, 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Where: MedStar Harbor Hospital, 3001 S Hanover St, Baltimore, MD Map
Meeting Room: Conference Room A
Location: Baum Conference Center

There is no registration required to attend this meeting.

Meet a Student

Each issue we will meet a student in our area who is in school to either obtain a degree and/or certification in Health Information Management or Clinical Coding. If you know someone or would like to be interviewed for this column, please email me at

Student Spotlight: Rita McIntyre

Where do you go to school and what is your major?
I attend the Community College of Baltimore County at Catonsville, Maryland; my major is a
Health Informatics Information Technology Degree.
Will you be sitting for any certifications after you complete your program of study and/or will you be continuing your education for further degrees or certifications?
I plan to sit for the CCS examination in the spring as well as the RHIT examination after completing my degree in the spring of 2015. 
Why did you choose Health Information Management as a field of study?
I have been in the medical arena for over 29 years as a LPN and although I wanted to change my career I want to remain in the medical setting. There are so many different avenues one can take within the health information management field.
Where do you want to be professionally in five years, in ten years and what is your ultimate professional goal?
In the next 5 to 10 years I would like to be in a position where I have my bachelors and possibly working on a Masters and be RHIA certified. I see myself working in Health Information field possibly consulting or auditing as well as a director of a health information management department. 
What things are you doing in addition to your studies to become an active member of the HIM community in Maryland/DC?
I am not currently on any committees within the healthcare organizations but it is a future goal of mine. I would enjoy being a member of an information organization as well as serving on committees that would enlighten me in the field of Health information management and help further my career. 
Besides all the fun you have studying to be a HIM professional, what else do you like to do for fun?
I am very family oriented therefore, I spend a lot of time with my family. I have two grandchildren who I adore and I just want to spend as much time with them as possible. So, in my free time that's what I'm doing. I'm putting family first.

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Upcoming Events

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DCHIMA QBM and Lunch
November 7, 2014

Data Quality Committee
November 13, 2014

December 5, 2014


ICD-10-CM/PCS: Sharpening the Focus For Accurate Data and DRG Assignment Webinar Series
Nov 2014-June 2015

Understanding Meaningful Use:

November 20, 2014

Privacy and Security
December 18, 2014

Patient Engagement
January 22, 2015

CMS Meaningful Use Criteria
February 26, 2015

On Demand Education

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ICD-10 Transition: Approach and Focus for the Next 12 Months

ICD-10-CM/PCS Webinar Series

On the Job Board

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Clinical Documentation Specialist
Providence Hospital

Program Director/Instructor, Health Informatics and Information Technology(HIT); Medical Coding
Community College of Baltimore County

Compliance Specialist/Trainer
Johns Hopkins University

Hospital Coding Specialist I (CCS), Wilmington, Delaware

Clinical Research Billing Compliance Specialist
Johns Hopkins University

Health Information Technician-Document Manager
Anne Arundel Medical Center

Certified Coding Technician
University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center

Remote Coders-Inpatient & Outpatient Surgery-All Record Types

Remote Medical Coder/APR DRG Analyst/HIM Coder

Certified Inpatient Coder
Johns Hopkins Hospital

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