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Issue 45 - August 2014

Inside this Issue:

Editor's Letter

August has arrived and signals the last month of summer. While some of our members are vacationing and getting ready for back to school, other members have been busy this summer attending conferences and in in this issue, Norma Stockton reports on the 2014 Leadership Symposium and Tasha Green reports on the 2014 Faculty Development Institute / Assembly on Education Symposium. As we look forward, the AHIMA election is in full swing and our Quarterly Business Meeting is right around the corner. In addition, the August issue of Journal of AHIMA focuses on leadership in healthcare with articles about effective decision making, information governance, and leadership in compliance. Also included in the August issue is the 2014 AHIMA election ballot with biographies of all the candidates and a look ahead on seminars, workshops and webinars. And finally, as your new editor of MdHIMA’s eNewsletter, I will be introducing you in each issue to the future of our industry with a “get to know” interview of a student enrolled in Health Information Management.  Enjoy the rest of the summer, and remember, don’t forget to vote!
Arlene Gioia
MdHIMA eNewsletter Committee
RHIT/CCS Student, Community College of Baltimore County

AHIMA Election is Underway!

Get to know the candidates through their videos at AHIMA on Demand. Voting takes place at August 4-18. AHIMA ballot candidates are also featured in the August Journal of AHIMA. The results of the election will be announced in late August.

One of the candidates running for president is Melissa Martin who may remembered as the opening speaker at our last two MdHIMA Annual meetings. Melissa is an amazing leader and has an incredible vision for the future of Health Information Management. If you are interested in learning more about her and her professional experience and vision for our organization, please view the posted links: Facebook, Linked In, Twitter, and YouTube

Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) Exam Now Available

AHIMA’s Commission on Certification for Health Informatics and Information Management (CCHIIM) has announced that the CCS exam has been made available beginning August 1, 2014. For a list of available testing centers (US and International), please visit The exam will launch in Beta form, which means immediate scoring will not be available. Results will be available in approximately 10 -12 weeks.

2014 Leadership Symposium

The 2014 Leadership Symposium held in Chicago, July 11-12, had several general and breakout sessions addressing key areas affecting HIM. Cassi Birnbaum, President-Elect, welcomed us and introduced the AHIMA Board members. 

Our first general session was entitled “A Whole New World; Staying Relevant.” Mr. Van Dolah talked about the future changes in Healthcare and how we need to be creative to maintain relevancy.

AHIMA CEO, Lynne Thomas Gordon, talked about how AHIMA, in partnership with other organizations, need to keep the momentum high for ICD 10.

One of the breakout sessions, Volunteer Engagement, gave CSA’s a chance to share best practices to increase a steady stream of volunteers to step into key roles. 

Also the breakout session, “Leading as Delegates”, gave helpful tips to prepare us in guiding the profession.
The closing session was entitled, “Leadership Competencies and Leading Change”. This session discussed key motivations and stressors and gave us ways to develop our objectives to implement in our respective states.

The two day symposium was filled with great speakers and lots of good information.  It has given me an even greater appreciation for what we do.

Norma Y. Stockton, CCS
2nd year Delegate MdHIMA

Faculty Development Institute/Assembly on Education Symposium

The 2014 Faculty Development Institute / Assembly on Education Symposium kicked off in Chicago, Illinois on July 26 - July 29.  Maryland educators attended this annual event and were welcomed into the windy city by Ellen Shakespeare Karl, the Chair for the Council for Excellent in Education (CEE) and Dr. Desla Mancilla, the Sr. Director of Academic Affairs for the AHIMA Foundations. 

During the conference educators had an opportunity to hear presentations and discuss diverse topics, such as curriculum changes, professional practice experience, integrating data governance in the Health Information Management (HIM) curriculum and preparing students for leadership across all healthcare sectors.  Two Maryland educators Tonya Powell, RHIT, CPHQ, MSA and Corinne Smith, MBA, RHIA, CCS, CDIP both from Montgomery College in Takoma Park, MD had an opportunity to give presentations during the symposium.

AHIMA also provided training on the new Virtual Lab and a tour of the AHIMA headquarters for those who were able to attend.  Many educators were in attendance during the symposium this year. They enjoyed the opportunity to network, share ideas and meet leaders in the industry such as Dr. Warren Jones, Chair-Elect for the AHIMA Foundation and Lynn Thomas-Gordon, CEO of AHIMA.

As our profession grows and the industry changes education is the foundation and the bedrock for our future.  It is important not only for educators to be knowledgeable of the changes but members must continue to seek opportunities for professional development and be lifelong learners.  It is important for us to accept the challenges ahead! Be a leader and develop future leaders, mentor students who want to learn more about the health information management profession.  Open your doors for professional practice experience and give a student a chance to see what our great profession has to offer!
Tasha Green, MS, RHIA, CHTS-TR

Remember to Register for the Upcoming September QBM!

Quarterly Business Meeting (QBM) and Educational Session
Friday, September 12, 2014

The Community College of Baltimore County
Health Careers & Technology Building (HTEC 308 C)
800 South Rolling Road
Catonsville, Maryland 21228

Online Registration and Payment
Registration will close end of business on Tuesday, September 9, 2014. Onsite registration will not be available.

Click here to learn more and register today!

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

Student Spotlight: Edward Watkins

Where do you go to school and what is your major?
I have dual enrollment. I currently attend CCBC in the HIIT/Informatics program. I’m also pursuing my master’s degree in Health Administration at Towson University.
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?
After completing the HIIT program I intend to sit for the RHIA. I’m undecided at this point but interested in the CHTS and the CHPS as well.
Why did you choose Health Information Management as a field of study?
I chose HIM as a field of study because of my past experience working in the Patient Financial Services Department at a local hospital. After working with its antiquated systems and witnessing the errors made my users and patients my interest in HIM grew.
Where do you want to be professionally in five years, in ten years and what is your ultimate professional goal?
In five years I would like to be working in the HIM field and increasing my knowledge and experience base in the field. In 10 years I see myself either managing or being the director over an applications or HIM department. My ultimate goal is to be involved and working with healthcare information systems.
What things are you doing in addition to your studies to become an active member of the HIM community in Maryland/DC?
I network with various non-profit and young professional organizations. I attend seminars and events hosted by organizations like AHIMA, HIMMS and AITP.
Besides all the fun you have studying to be a HIM professional, what else do you like to do for fun?
I enjoy being outdoors. I like attending festival and musical events. I enjoy fishing, boating and spending time with family and friends.

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