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Issue 42 - January 2014

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President's Message

Happy New Year!

It’s hard to believe we are already well into 2014. I remember my parents saying that time flies by faster the older you get. I’m now ready to attest to that!  Not only because I’m “older” but work is a real challenge as we prepare for ICD-10 implementation and also work to meet Stage 2 meaningful use standards. We are also being hit with more audits from both the government and from private health insurance companies. I am also anxious to hear what changes may be in store for us as Maryland revamps healthcare delivery to control costs.

Change – this seems to be happening everywhere. Change was the major topic of our Annual Meeting in Atlanta in October. Changes in technology are driving changes in how and where we store our records. It’s changing the structure of our departments and the role of the HIM director within the departments. I’ve started to see these changes occurring already. Although it is scary, change is opening doors for us so we can use our knowledge in other areas. It is up to us to recognize these opportunities, make sure we have the education needed to move in the new directions, and take the plunge and move into these unknown waters.

As we move into these uncharted waters, we need guidance, knowledge, and support. At the national level AHIMA is actively marketing our skills and knowledge to others. AHIMA staff is participating in committees and groups that are reshaping healthcare. They are redefining and providing the education and skills we need as we move into these new career paths. 

MdHIMA is also trying to provide you with knowledge, skills, and tools. We try to include these topics in our Quarterly Business Meetings. Also be sure to attend our MdHIMA Annual Meeting in April. We will be providing you with sessions that address how to manage change, what knowledge and skills are needed to pursue these new ventures, and what kinds of jobs are available for you to pursue as you “Navigate the Changing Waters of HIM.”  Change is scary but it can also be an exciting adventure for you to make that move into a new and challenging HIM career path.

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

2013 House of Delegates Meeting 

Omni CNN Hotel 
Atlanta GA
Sunday, October 27, 2013 

The morning session consisted of the CEO’s Annual Report and a general session entitled “Healthcare in 2020.  In the Annual Report we learned of AHIMA initiatives and activities as they align with the House. In Healthcare 2020, we learned of key emerging areas for HIM professionals in the next 5-10 years. 
There were 2 breakout sessions.

My first breakout session was Political/Social Value Trends. In that session we discussed the need to be at the table in the beginning when legislative decisions are made. Ways to do that are: 
  1. Create a Hill Day in your state. 
  2. Collaborate with other organizations such as the hospital association and/or HIMSS when we have Hill Day 
We also need to be able to manage technology (i.e. CDI, CAC, etc.). This requires a higher level of education. Other initiatives we need to address are: 
  1. Ability to educate people on PHR 
  2. Standardization of HIE’s across the nation 
  3. Guardians of information should be HIM 
  4. Interactions with insurance companies 
  5. More member engagement in AHIMA and ways to achieve that 
My second breakout session was Clinical Terminology and Classification.  In that session we discovered the following issues we need to address to be in alignment with AHIMA’s objectives for 2014: 
  1. Define informatics 
  2. Member guidance and education-how do we accomplish this? - via Engage? - call for SME’s? 
  3. Define data integrity and our role 
  4. Public reporting of data 
The other general sessions in the afternoon discussed Advocacy and 3 states were showcased, Professional Advocacy, Environmental Scanning, and our successes for the year. 

Submitted by: 
Norma Y Stockton, CCS- 1st year Delegate MdHIMA

Call for Nominations
for Open Board Positions

The Nominating Committee wants you to suggest fellow members and/or yourself as possible candidates for the MdHIMA Executive Board positions for the next fiscal year, July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015.
Nominations will be open until February 28, 2014 for the following seats:
  • President-Elect
  • Secretary
  • Director
  • Delegate
Learn more about the qualifications and responsibilities of these positions.

Please nominate by clicking here.

Requesting Donations for the Silent Auction

Currently we are requesting participation from businesses and entertainment groups to donate:
  • Free admission tickets for theatres, entertainment tours, plays, museums, sports events, etc.
  • Complimentary free dinners, promotional certificates, and services from hotels, airlines, recreational facilities, etc.
  • Gift certificates, gift baskets, pictures, home decorations, etc.
Donations may be made at

Leadership Advocacy Symposium and Hill Day

March 17th is the Leadership and Advocacy Symposium in Washington, DC. All HIM members are welcome to join this free, one day conference where AHIMA leaders work with HIM professionals to help set the strategic direction and advocacy efforts needed for our profession.

March 18th is Hill Day. HIM members have the opportunity to interact and advocate for HIM with their Congressmen. You will receive information and training from AHIMA prior to going on the Hill to speak with your state’s representatives in Congress.

Contact President Monna Nabers or President-elect Sarah Allison for MdHIMA’s participation plans. To attend, you must register on the AHIMA website by Feb. 10th at

Two New Proposals for AHIMA By-Law changes will be voted on in February by your MdHIMA delegates

  • Proposal By-Law Amendment:  the global membership proposal will make it possible for members to participate in communities, exchange knowledge, and contribute to the profession no matter where they live.
  • Proposed By-Law Amendment:  Resignation and Removal of the Board of Directors and Officers. Illinois law requires that if directors and officers are elected by members, then they can only be removed from office by members. Our by-laws need to be updated to reflect this.

ICD-10 Coding Classes 

Carroll Community College Continuing Education ICD-10 CM/PCS class starting Feb 26-March 19, 6-9 pm on Wednesday evenings with additional online presentations, practice cases, and assessments to equal 21 hours of AHIMA approved CE training.
  • The course is for current coders and health care personnel with experience in ICD-9. The class will have access to the 3M encoder and requires a text book available at the college bookstore. We plan to repeat the class in mid-July-mid August if there is interest. Register at
Anne Arundel Community College 3M Software Certification Training class starting February 17-May 5, 2014. This course provides laboratory practice in medical coding. 

Annual Meeting Reminders!

  • Check the calendar and website for current information on the Annual Meeting such as agenda, registration, etc. Items will be posted as they are available.
  • Annual Meeting Registration for vendors is open, and that it will open for members during the first week of FEBRUARY
  • You can now keep up with events by following MdHIMA (@Mdhima1) on Twitter!  What a great way to stay connected!

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!

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Upcoming Events

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Data Quality Meeting
February 6, 2014

QBM Meeting
March 14, 2014

Leadership Advocacy Symposium and Hill Day
March 17-18, 2014

MdHIMA Annual Meeting
April 24-25, 2014
Baltimore, MD

On the Job Board

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Inpatient Remote Coder
United Audit Systems, Inc.

Inpatient Coding Specialist
Mercy Medical Center

Remote Inpatient Coder
Peak Health Solutions

Coding Manager
Calvert Memorial Hospital

Director, Data Quality
Greater Baltimore Medical Center

Remote Coding Specialist- Inpatient

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

Director, Health Information Management (HIM)     
University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center

Manager - Health Information Management and Compliance   
Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital

Education Manager, Consulting Services

Certified Coding Analyst II
Western Maryland Health System

Coding and Compliance Support Specialist
Erickson Living

Coding Specialist
MedStar Health

Manager - Health Information Management Coding
Sinai Hospital of Baltimore

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