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Issue 40 - September 2013

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President's Message

It is with great pride and a fair amount of trepidation that I start my tenure as MdHIMA president. The pride comes from belonging to an organization where members are dedicated to ensuring the integrity of health information and who are willing to share their knowledge and skills with their peers, newcomers to the profession, and to those just learning about our profession. The “trepidation” comes from knowing all those “past” presidents have done such a great job leading our state organization and I want to follow their lead. I have learned a lot from their leadership and hope to continue the tradition. It is also a “scary time” for our profession. We are undergoing a period of major changes in healthcare, technology, and availability of resources that are having huge impacts on what we do and how we do it.

You only have to take a look at our HIM departments to see some of the changes. We have smaller departments with more employees working from home. File rooms have almost disappeared. Paper records are now electronic. Computer assisted coding is changing how the coder works. Voice recognition applications are being used to replace some types of report transcription. The good news is if we can adapt to these changes, we have a multitude of new career paths to follow and challenging new positions available. So how do we do this? We need to continue to learn, gain new skills, and advocate for our profession. We need to keep abreast of the changes so others will look to us for the leadership and knowledge to ensure the integrity of health information.

At the national level AHIMA is aggressively pursuing ways to meet this challenge. I hope you have noticed how often our name is in the news these days. We are now a major player bringing our knowledge and insight to the table to determine policies, best practices, standards, etc. for health information. AHIMA is out there advocating for our profession, for quality and integrity of data, for expansion of secure health information access and exchange so data is available to the individual and when needed for patient care.

As the complexity of our health care environment changes, we will need more educated and more experienced professionals. AHIMA is working to increase the number and types of education programs available. They are trying to find ways to have students get more practical experience through paid internships. This will help prepare them for positions where on the job experience is crucial. For more information on what AHIMA offers check the resources under Schools, Continuing Education, and Careers in HIM on the AHIMA website.

AHIMA also recognizes that we have less time and resources within our own state organizations. They are developing new tools and resources so we don’t have to spend time to develop our own. At the leadership conference in July, CSAs received flash drives with up to date logos and templates for our advertising needs. Now we won’t have to develop our own. AHIMA is working on new products and tools for our members. They’re looking at ways to use new communication tools so we can communicate easier, spend less time and less money traveling distances for meetings but still reach a large audience for exchanging ideas. Watch for new web offerings on the AHIMA site. Soon the communities of practice (COP) will be replaced by “ENGAGE” where members can engage in open communication on current issues.

At the state level, thanks to past president, Kristen Denney, MdHIMA has embarked on its own journey to identify and address the needs of our state members. A strategic planning team identified the areas of focus to be Membership, Education, and Marketing/Promotion. To learn more about our strategies, go to our MdHIMA website/ Members Only Tab. One of my objectives this year is to continue with this initiative and move forward to implement the projects identified for these areas.

Finally I want to thank last year’s Board, committee chairs, and committee members for their hard work. I’m looking forward to working with this year’s board and to those who volunteered for committees. I want to encourage others to volunteer too. Contact information for committees is on MdHIMA website. It is each one of you and what you do to help that makes our organization successful.

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

AHIMA Leadership Meeting
July 2013 – Chicago

The AHIMA Leadership meeting was held July 12th through the 13th in Chicago at the Westin Hotel.

Delegates Monna Nabers, Sarah Allison, Linda Metro, Moses Asiedu, and past president Kristen Denney attended.  Ms. Nabers asked the delegates to share some of the highlights of the meeting:
  • Ms. Metro was excited to learn that AHIMA is revamping their website with a new format and branding changes.  The search engine will be improved and communications tool called ENGAGE will replace the COPs. Engage will permit communications with those outside the AHIMA community as well as restricted communications within our own communities.  
  • Ms. Denney attended the Strategic Planning Session and learned how AHIMA is focusing on giving more help and leadership to the CSAs.  
  • Mr. Asiedu attended a session that promoted the use of social media as a key way to engage members and the public. The use of Text Message alerts was one strategy presented to help us get information out to more members.
Submitted by:
Monna Nabers, President, MdHIMA

AHIMA Elections - September 2013

Please be sure to vote for the 2014 AHIMA board and other elected positions. The polls open on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. CT thru Friday, September 23, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. CT.

MdHIMA is excited and proud to have one of its own members, past president, Mona Calhoun, on the ballot for Commissioner for the Commission on Certification for Health Informatics and Information Management. MdHIMA would also like to extend congratulations to her for achieving AHIMA Fellowship standing this June.

Dream Big and Believe.  Let’s plan to make voting history for the association! AHIMA

Health Informatics Job Fair at Johns Hopkins Medical Campus

On Wednesday, September 18th from noon to 5 pm at Johns Hopkins Medical Campus – Chevy Chase Conference Center – There is no cost to register.

Meet Potential employers in health IT and informatics. Learn about Health, medical, public health informatics degrees from colleges in Maryland. Explore opportunities in the growing field of health informatics.

For more information on the event, please visit:

MdHIMA QBM – September 27th

The next MdHIMA Quarterly Business Meeting will be held on Friday, September 27, 2013 at Snyder’s Willow Grove Restaurant.

For more information go to: MdHIMA | Maryland Health Information Management Association | Calendar of Events

ADVOCATE:  Help Stop Legislation Introduced to Prohibit ICD-10 Implementation

Recently Senator Tom Coburn (OK) introduced S. 972, the Cutting Costly Codes Act of 2013. This bill would prohibit the Secretary of Health and Human Services from replacing ICD-9-CM with ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS. Senator Coburn is seeking co-sponsors and Maryland senators are being asked to support this bill.  

AHIMA needs your support to stop this bill in the US Senate. Contact your US Senators and voice your opposition to S.972. Inform your federal legislators of the value of ICD-10 implementation and the need to move forward with the October 1, 2014 compliance date.

Visit the Advocacy Assistant and send your letter opposing S. 972 today! You can also post this action alert to your LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter accounts. Make sure to share this important information with your friends and colleagues.

AHIMA Assembly on Education / Faculty Development Institute Meets at the Inner Harbor Baltimore

More than 400 educators from across the nation visited Baltimore for discussions on the changing world of health information and health information education. This was a premier conference for health information educators and provided critical information on teaching techniques, tenure and promotion processes, leadership, technology and trends in higher education. (Mancilla, Academic Advisor 5/13)

Our state educators were well represented and demonstrated the importance of excellence in education in Maryland.  Health information educators visited Coppin State University with Program Director, Mona Calhoun and received training on the AHIMA virtual lab. They learned about professional practice experiences in Maryland from Tasha Green and Lisa Punter, representing the Community College of Baltimore County.  They also met and networked with Katherine Marconi, from University of Maryland University College, Health Informatics Administration Master’s Degree Program, Corrine Smith and Tonya Powell, from Montgomery College and Terry Tropin, from The Community College of Baltimore.

Tasha Green and Lisa Punter from The Community College of Baltimore County presented on The Professional Practicum Experience in Maryland at The AHIMA Assembly on Education at the Baltimore Renaissance Hotel

Submitted by:
Tasha Green, MS, RHIA

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!

Abdulla Abdulla
Caryn Abrams, CPAT
Yvette L. Bennett, CPC, ROCC
Dorothy Boyce
Claudia Bucknor
Kay Burrows
Mary Edna Del Rosario, MD
Mark N. Dominesey, CDIP, RN, CCDS, MBA
Michael S. Douglass
Derek Edwards
Lydia Ewang
Rashawnda Forrest
Kimberly D. Harris
Tonya Hatcher
Camara Irving
Rajiha D. Ismail
Eugene Jones III
Carine Kimon
Kimberly Kubit
Zankhana Mapara
Onika T. Nelson
Chukwunonyelem Nzeli
Kelli Oliver
Nancy Piatt, CMC, CMOM
Trinity Park-Tsai, MSN
Shannel Porter
Linda Radford
Yolanda Robb
Shirley Slack
Kimberley S. Stumbaugh
Maria Elena Tabanda
Travis Theuns
Alyssa Watson
Megan Webb, CPC
Brenda Weis, BSN, RN, RNFA, CNOR
Imecca Welsh
Valerie Wilcox
Kendra Whye, CPC, CHC, CIPP

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Upcoming Events

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Data Quality Meeting
September 12, 2013

QBM Meeting and Educational Session
September 27, 2013

On the Job Board

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Manager, Financial Applications – Information Systems
Anne Arundel Medical Center

Manager, Health Information Management
Anne Arundel Medical Center

Manager, Coding & Data Quality – Chesapeake Bay Location
Anne Arundel Medical Center

Remote Coding Specialist- Inpatient

Fulltime Faculty – HIT-Healthcare Information Technology
Westwood College - Virginia Campuses

Systems Analyst
Greater Baltimore Medical Center

Coding Validator
University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus

Coding Compliance Auditor
Johns Hopkins Health System

Director/Faculty for Health Informatics & Information Technology
Community College of Baltimore County

Inpatient Remote Coder
United Audit Systems, Inc.

Coder Outpatient HIM Coding
Saint Agnes Hospital

Medical Records Tech Cert HIM Coding
Saint Agnes Hospital

Manager - Coding
MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital

Clinical Documentation Specialist - Sinai
Sinai Hospital of Baltimore

Manager, Coding & Data Quality – Chesapeake Bay Location
Anne Arundel Medical Center

Medical Records Coordinator
Collington Life Care Community

Health Information Management
Kaiser Permanente

Clinical Documentation Specialist
Saint Agnes Hospital

Remote Coding Specialist
Health Information Associates

Coding Quality Specialist
MedStar Health

Data Quality Manager
Union Hospital of Cecil County

Coding Specialist I
Frederick Memorial Hospital

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