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eNews from MdHIMA

Issue 38 - June 2013

Inside this Issue:

President's Message

It has been both an honor, and a privilege to serve as President of the Maryland Health Information Management Association (MdHIMA) during the past year. The journey of any President of our component state association (CSA) begins through volunteering to serve on committees, holding executive board level positions, as well as serving as a Delegate to the national association. Through these experiences, many long-term professional relationships are formed, and a more robust understanding of our industry is gained. I will always cherish this experience, and encourage all of you to get involved at any level, in order to help support our Association, and promote our profession.

This primary focus at both the national level- AHIMA- as well as within our state association has been on strategic planning. AHIMA has partnered with StuderGroup, and has identified five key strategic initiatives that serve as the framework all future initiatives. Our Executive Board- joined by some of our Past Presidents- performed our own strategic planning sessions, and successfully revised our mission and vision, and identified key goals that, when met, will help move our profession forward while maintaining alignment with AHIMA. This document was shared at our Annual Meeting, and will be made available to all members via the “members only” section of our website.  Please continue to log into our website and view the various documents published in this area.

I wish to thank all of you who served this year in any capacity. Our Quarterly Business Meetings, Data Quality sessions, and our Annual Meeting were all extremely well coordinated, with excellent educational sessions. It is through these efforts that we continue to succeed as an organization. I am proud of the accomplishments made, and am confident that Monna Nabers, your incoming President, will expand upon our work and keep the momentum going. My final message to everyone is to continue to strive for excellence!

Kristen M. Denney, MA, RHIA
President, MdHIMA 2012-2013

Presentation of the New MdHIMA Executive Board

We are happy to present the new Executive Board to announce our new 2013-2014 Executive Board for MdHIMA as elected by you the voting membership and presented at our Annual Convention
Incoming President:
Monna Nabers, MBA, RHIA 2013-2014
Sarah Allison, RHIA 2014-2015
Moses Asiedu, RHIA
Norma Stockton CCS, CPC
Katie Collier, MS CCS
Alan Ward, RHIA
Laura Hoot, RHIT
Congratulations to our new board!

Incoming President Monna Nabers presenting outgoing President Kristen Denney with ceromonial MdHIMA Preident’s Gavel Plaque

Presenting the new MdHIMA board: From left: Monna Nabers, Sarah Allison, Norma Stockton, Laura Hoot, Katie Collier, and Moses Asiedu

Volunteer Champion of the Year Award

We are pleased to announce the winner of our Volunteer of the Year award to Brian Benninghoff, RHIA CTR. Brian has had a long and illustrious record of service with MdHIMA. He has served on many committees (including multiple ones at the same time) within MdHIMA and is himself a past President of MdHIMA. He is always willing to help to help spread the message of MdHIMA/AHIMA throughout Maryland and beyond. It is for these reasons that we honor Brian with this award.  Thank you Brian for your dedicated Volunteer work on behalf of MdHIMA.

ACE Scholarship Awarded During MdHIMA Luncheon

Auditing and Coding Experts, known as A.C.E., is a privately owned company that has been serving our clients needs in the Healthcare Industry since 2001. Headquartered in Maryland, ACE serve healthcare clients throughout the U.S. ACE provide services for a varied client base that includes world renowned hospitals, trauma centers, community hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and physician groups. We offer coding, auditing, coder training and mentoring, interim management and physician education. ACE has made it our goal to offer quality services to all of our clients.

ACE is well aware of the diverse and evolving field of Health Information Management as it encompasses medicine, management, finance, information technology and law. ACE is excited to be offering for the first time, scholarships to students whose goal is to enter the exciting field of HIM. Realizing that there is a need for more professionals in the HIM field, their hope is to reach out to more students and to be able to help them with scholarship money so they can get the education necessary to fulfill their goals and dreams.

This scholarship was presented by the ACE representative, Judy Hayes, to the student Ayodeji Aladejebi during the Maryland Health Information Management Association’s (MdHIMA) luncheon  held at the Baltimore Convention Center on June 13th. He has an outstanding academic record and is currently attending the Heath Information & Informatics Technology (HIIT) Program at The Community College of Baltimore County.

Judy Hayes who is an employee of the Auditing and Coding Experts (A.C.E.) company. She is sharing background information her organization’s A.C.E. Student Scholarship

Judy Hayes presenting the A.C.E. Scholarship to Ayodeji Aladejebi, a student at The Community College of Baltimore County

Ayodejji Aladejebi, shaking hands with his Health Informatics and Information Technology Program Director, Tasha Green, after receiving the A.C.E. scholarship

College Students Receive MdHIMA Scholarships

The Maryland Health Information Management Association (MdHIMA) believes in honoring students for their academic excellence. This year they recently presented two college students with scholarships during their 83rd Annual Meeting held at the Baltimore Convention Center. Susmitha Amballa was one recipient. She is enrolled in the Health Informatics and Information program at The Community College of Baltimore County. Bezaye Desta was also a recipient. She is currently enrolled in the Health Information Management program at Coppin State University.

Coppin State University student, Bezaye Desta, being congratulated by her Health Information Management Program Director, Mona Calhoun, after receiving the  MdHIMA. Scholarship

RHIA/RHIT Study Sessions

If you are interested in studying with your fellow HIM colleagues please contact Moses Asiedu for details.

Welcome New MdHIMA Members!

MdHIMA welcomes the new and transfer members into our state association! We look forward to seeing you at the upcoming events and welcome your active participation. Please feel free to contact any of the Board members if you are interested in joining a committee or if you have questions or need information. Again, welcome!

Regina Barnes
Vera Bolling-Hammett
Jennifer Booker
Bria Santa Cruz
Shericka Davis
Theresa Davis
Ezenwa Dike
Carmen L Ferreira
Jillian M Fitzgerald
Danielle N Fletcher
Nicole D Gulbin
Nichole R Madison
Shana Mangalvedhe
Brenda G Marks
Josue Melendez
M. Carolina Melendez
Akirra L Mickens
Mebrak G Mihretu
Michelle Nelson 
Tamika Plummer
Danielle Pressley
Yolanda Robb
Frances Semler
Sainey Tambedou
Symonette Thomas
Pamela Tuveson
Abieyuwa Ugiagbe
Valerie Wilcox
Dewanda L Williams
Shanika Williams 
Jessica Woods

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