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Outlook 2015: Health IT

Health IT developers and users in 2015 will need to crack the code on APIs, FHIR, DS4P, 42 CFR Part 2, ICD-10 and Stage 2 MU—shorthand for the key technology challenges looming in the year ahead. 

Application programming interfaces are likely to be hot in 2015 as federal policymakers and some mainline EHR developers have embraced the API approach. The Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources specification, a project of a major health IT standards group, will be explored in 2015 as a possible means to achieve consensus among health IT players on a common way for IT systems to use APIs to communicate with each other.

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AHIMA Names 2015 Board President, New Board Members

Cassi Birnbaum was elected to a one-year term as president/chair of the American Health Information Management Association, effective Jan. 1. 

Ms. Birnbaum is the senior vice president of HIM and consulting for San Diego-based Peak Health Solutions, and will also serve on the 2015 board of San Diego Health Connect. As president/chair of AHIMA, she will assist CEO Lynne Thomas Gordon in providing the strategic direction for the 71,000-member association. 

Ms. Birnbaum previously served as a director on the AHIMA Board from 2009 to 2012 and chaired the Governance Committee and the Advocacy and Alliance Task Group

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Tracking Legislation in 2015

MSHIMA is actively communicating with legislators and advocating for your needs.  Let us know what you think!  Track these bills on the Center for Mississippi Health Policy website.

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AHIMA Looking for Leaders

AHIMA is looking for qualified Active members to fill the roles of AHIMA President/Chair-elect, three Directors for the Board of Directors,  two Commissioners on the Commission on Certification for Health Informatics and Information Management (CCHIIM) and one Speaker-elect for the House of Delegates Nominations for these positions are due March 31, 2015.

The President/Chair-elect, Director, and CCHIIM Commissioner positions have three-year terms and the Speaker-elect has a two-year term beginning January 1, 2016.  Members can review descriptions, duties, and qualifications for each of these elected positions on the Application to Serve Web page as well as submit their application. Select Elected Groups to submit an application before March 31, 2015.  

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Mentor Matching

Considered becoming a mentor, but weren't sure what to expect? Check out the AHIMA video "Mentor Match: A First-Hand Account" to learn more about a real-life mentoring relationship that started through AHIMA's Mentor program. 

You'll hear from AHIMA mentor, Melissa Martin, RHIA, CCS, CHTS-IM, and her mentee, Tonette Friskics about how they connected, and their experiences so far.  You have much to offer those entering the field.  With more students considering a career in HIM, it helps to have a mentor with experience and lessons to share.  This is a great opportunity to help others as they work through school, look for a job, or change careers. 

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Upcoming Meetings

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CCS Exam Bootcamp
January 17, 2015
Jackson, MS

Educational & Career Opportunities in HIM
February 25, 2015
Jackson, MS

2015 Annual Meeting
June 17-19, 2015
Hattiesburg, MS


3 Part Leadership Webinar Series
Feb-March 2015


January 2015

On the Job Board

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RHIT/Coding & Billing
Premier Medical Group of Mississippi

Inpatient/Outpatient Remote Coder
United Audit Systems, Inc.

Health Information Credentialing Manager
Select Specialty Hospital - Gulf Coast

Clinical Decision Support Analyst
University of Mississippi Medical Center

Inpatient Remote Coding Specialist

Coding Compliance Specialist

Director of HIM Department

Remote Inpatient Coder
Peak Health Solutions
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