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Issue 41 - November 2013

Inside this Issue:

President's Message

For many of us this is a special time of the year.  We pack our bags and head to a new city for the annual AHIMA convention. This year it’s Atlanta, Ga. for the 85th Annual AHIMA Convention. Your State Delegates will attend a Leadership Conference all day Sunday.  It is always stimulating. There are expert speakers to help us learn ways to better lead our state organizations. We work on teams with others to identify what our organization needs to do to succeed, what best practices other states have found to be effective, to gather ideas and energy to motivate us and to keep us moving forward in an ever changing environment.

Over these past years I’ve made many new contacts at convention that are now friends. I look forward to seeing them again, finding out where they are working and what they are doing. One year I met a young woman from one of the Arab countries – only in her 20’s and not long out of her studies, she had become one of the first HIM professionals in her country. Another one of the friends I’ve made is from the Deep South with a drawl so thick you’d think he never lived anywhere else! Surprise, he grew and still has relatives in Glen Burnie, Md. I tease him and call him my cousin ‘cause that’s where I’ve lived for most of my adult life (and No, I don’t have a southern drawl!).  

Anyway, as I continue to tell everyone coming into our field, network, network, network. Each convention creates a wonderful environment to learn, grow, and make new friends. We’ll do a special report when we return from Atlanta to keep you up to date on AHIMA goals and plans for the coming year.

One of the areas that AHIMA has been working on is Advocacy – they are not only promoting our expertise and profession but also helping us to find ways at the state level.  I’d like to extend a personal thanks to Marsha Marcus who took the initiative to advocate for our profession. Marsha has worked in Long Term Care for as long as I have known her. A certified HIM professional’s oversight of long term care facilities health records has always been required by the state. Marsha found out there was the possibility that requirement would be removed. She took the initiative to contact Don Asmonga who is over AHIMA’s Advocacy  Program and ask for AHIMA’s support to show why it is so important to keep qualified HIM professionals in this role. Thank you Marsha for being our advocate.

I will close with the note that AHIMA is proud to announce the first annual Member Appreciation Week, November 11–15! See the article about the activities and free seminars available to you during this time.

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

Member Appreciation Week
November 11-15th

AHIMA is proud to announce our first annual Member Appreciation Week, November 11–15! Member Appreciation Week features FREE webinars, contests for cash prizes, and a special coupon discount for our members. Our industry and Association have grown so much over the years, so we wanted to take the time to recognize all of YOU for your work. Without the ongoing loyalty and dedication of our members, AHIMA would not be the leading health information management organization it is today.

AHIMA staff will hold a FREE webinar, Making the Most of Your AHIMA Membership, on Monday, November 11, 12 noon–1 p.m. The presentation will feature AHIMA’s most popular benefits, such as our online library the Body of Knowledge (BoK), AHIMA’s Engage Online Communities, and our other leading members-only career boosting benefits. To register for our member benefits webinar, go here. Leverage your AHIMA membership and sign up today!

Another FREE webinar, Discover Your HIM Career Path: AHIMA’s HIM Career Map©, will be shared with AHIMA members during Member Appreciation Week on Wednesday, November 13, 12 noon–1 p.m. During this career-prep webinar, AHIMA’s Senior Director of Member Engagement & Strategy, Scott MacKenzie, will discuss how to navigate this interactive web tool. AHIMA’s HIM Career Map© is a virtual representation of current job positions within the health information field and emerging roles within the industry. Receive an overview of career opportunities in the field. Go here to register for the FREE webinar! 

View the entire schedule of events for Member Appreciation Week at Please contact with any questions.

Save the Date!

MdHIMA’s biggest event of the year, the 84th Annual Meeting!
  • The event is being planned for Thursday, April 24th through Friday, April 25th, 2014
  • The location is The Baltimore Convention Center which is located at One West Pratt Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21201
This year’s theme is Navigating the Waters of HIM. The committee is busy confirming topics and speakers. Look for more information including online registration in early 2014.

Vendor Request

For this year’s Annual Meeting, the Silent Auction Committee needs your donations and support to make it a successful event. All funds raised from the Silent Auction go to support education of our members. If you would like to donate any items please contact the following members:
We encourage our board members to donate items as well. Let’s have a successful and fun Auction in 2014!

Nominations for New Members

The Nominating Chair, Stacia Dryden is requesting nominations for new members. Please refer any nominee to her.

Stacia Dryden

Announcing the Results of the
2013 AHIMA Election

A Note from your MdHIMA President:

Thank you to all MdHIMA members who voted. If you haven’t seen the final results I’ve reprinted them below. As an organization that is governed by its members, it is extremely important that we take the time to learn about the candidates and vote. A total of 5,273 votes were received - that is only 9.9% of our members who voted. Not a very good turnout. We need to find out why members are not voting so watch for a survey in the near future.

AHIMA Board of Directors

Cassi Birnbaum, MS, RHIA, CPHQ, FAHIMA

Zinethia L. Clemmons, MBA, MHA, RHIA, PMP
Ginna Evans, MBA, RHIA, FAHIMA 
Colleen Goethals, MS, RHIA, FAHIMA 

CCHIIM Commissioner
Kathleen Peterson, MS, RHIA, CCS

2013 MdHIMA
Distinguished Student Awards

The Maryland Health Information Management Association has an interest in honoring outstanding achievements. The Distinguished Student Award is special recognition for recent graduates who have been selected by their Health Information Program Director for excellent professional behavior, positive motivation and academic performance.  

During the September 2013 MdHIMA quarterly meeting the graduates listed below were presented with this award. We wish these students all the best in their health information management career!
Christy Hughes, Graduate of Coppin State University, pictured with Zakevia Green

Lauren Pitts, RHIT, CCS, Graduate of Montgomery College, pictured with Corrine Smith

Amber Dorn, Graduate of The Community College of Baltimore County, pictured with Lisa Punter; Abiodun Ajawon, Graduate of Prince George’s Community College (not pictured)

Submitted by: Jacqueline Stanfield

HITNOTS: New Website
for HIT Professionals

Our fellow HIT Professional, Mary Dudash-White, MA, RHIA, and CCS is a retired HIM professor from Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio.

She has completed a new website, HITNOTS, that will be of assistance to both you and your fellow professionals. With this site,, you can:
  • Obtain some of the latest healthcare news that relates to HIT/HIM
  • Network with fellow HIT professionals worldwide
  • Utilize our career resources
  • Review for certification and ICD-10 
In addition, there are case studies with critical thinking questions. Quizzes on hot topics are coming soon. New content is being added continually, and if you "like" them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter, you will be informed of the new content before it hits the website.

Please take a few minutes of your valuable time, and see what you think of the HITNOTS (Health Information Technology Notifications) site. Please email any comments to Mary Dudash-White.

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