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Issue 55 – July/Aug 2016
Inside this Issue:

President's Message

Dear Members,

mdhima In this issue, our MdHIMA committee members report back on all they did on their “summer vacations”. I think you will find they have been quite busy!
The 2016 CSA Leadership Symposium was held July 15th and 16th in Chicago, and our Delegates bring back a report of the two day event which follows.

MdHIMA committee members have also been working hard to provide two excellent educational opportunities. The Quarterly Education Session and Business Meeting will be held on a Saturday (due to popular demand), and some of the topics include cybersecurity, coding HAC’s, National Registry and much more. In addition, we have two 2017 ICD-10 Update Sessions planned for September 21st and 28th. These sessions have been created to provide guidance on the 1st revision to the ICD-10 code set; the first session for ICD10-CM, the second for PCS. Conveniently offered in the early evening and we are offering call-in participation, too!

The AHIMA16 Convention and Exhibit will soon be approaching, and early registration closes on September 14th. The Pre-Conference Meetings are on October 15-16th, and the Convention is held on October 16–19th. We are still looking for volunteers to help with this event. Click this link to visit the MdHIMA website and sign up to volunteer.

These events are detailed in the newsletter but another way to stay informed is to join our Maryland Engage Community; this issue also gives detailed instructions to help you get connected.

I am excited to begin my tenure as your new President and encourage you to visit the MdHIMA website, the Engage Community, attend a meeting or join us at the Convention… remember, when we work together we can “Inspire Big Thinking to Launch Our Future”.
Moses Asiedu, MS, RHIA
2016-2017 MdHIMA President


MdHIMA Board Members
and Delegates Report

2016 CSA Leadership Symposium, Chicago, IL, Friday, July 15 & Saturday, July 16, 2016
Report to the Membership

This year’s Leadership Symposium tag line was “Inspire Big Thinking to Launch Our Future”. Lynne Thomas Gordon, AHIMA CEO presented AHIMA’S National Strategy and achievements over the past year here are few of Lynne’s hi-lights from her presentation:
  • Leadership: Develop HIM leaders across all healthcare sectors
  • Public Good: Empower consumers to optimize their health through management of their personal health information.
  • Information Governance: Be recognized as the experts in health information governance
  • Innovation: Increase through leadership and evidence-based HIM research
  • Informatics: Transform data into health intelligence

    Coming Soon: Applied Informatics: Data, Health Intelligence, Expanding Roles.

    New Credentials: Informatics credential, IG credential development, and developing certificate programs in ROI, HCC and Auditing. 

    AHIMA Supporting Students and Professionals: Scholarship program, Veterans scholarship, John Kloss Memorial Veteran Scholarship, Global curriculum, and drafted curriculum competencies for master’s level health informatics. 

    Innovation: AHIMA developed 26 new titles this year. Along with new virtual exam prep meetings:  CCS, CCS-P, CDIP and CHDA.  Developed a new version of the Coding Basics and updated the Virtual Lab. 

    Global Initiatives: AHIMA advanced standards, building the international workforce.
    • Department of Commerce project
    • Global curricula: HIM, health informatics, and health information communications technology.
    Public Good: 2016 myHealthID campaign achievements were:
    • Talking about a patient identification solution
    • Raised awareness of an important issue
    • Established AHIMA as a leader in this national effort
    To read more about the accomplishments of AHIMA over the past year go to the AHIMA Engage website and look for Leadership Symposium 2016.

    Melissa Martin, President/Chair welcomed in the AHIMA new board of directors and introduced the candidates for President/Chair elect and the 2016 AHIMA Ballot Candidates. Melissa also announced the 2016 Triumph Awards To apply for the NEW Triumph Award Category for the 2017 year Emerging Leader log onto

    Breakout Sessions: Board Members and Delegates attended various break sessions throughout the weekend with discussion focused around the following areas: AHIMA Leader in Informatics and Analytics, Champions of Information Governance, Connecting Consumers to their Health Information, Creating Pathways for Health Information Professionals into Emerging Roles, Leadership Skills, Financial Planning 101, Architectural Designs to Build and Improve CSA Meetings, and How to Track State Legislation, Multi-State Collaboration, HIM Awareness Campaign, HIM Central Office Coordinator & Executive Director and Member Benefits. 
    Delegates also participated in a discussion moderated by Laura Taylor- Kale, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing, and the US Department of Commerce International Trade Administration on The Global

    Economy and Trade, HIM, & AHIMA
    . Delegates will share more during the Quarterly Business meeting on specific topics.

    Wrapping it up:
    On the final day of the Leadership Symposium Ann Chenoweth, President/Chair –elect highlighted key take a ways for attendees:
    • Join us in Baltimore to “Inspire Big Thinking to launch Our Future”
    • 2016-2017 Key Meeting Dates:
    • HOD Annual MeetingOctober 16, 8am-5pm
    • Advocacy Leadership Symposium, March 27-28, 2017; Washington, DC, Holiday Inn Capitol Hill
    • CSA Leadership Symposium, July14-15, 2017;Chicago, IL, Fairmont Hotel
    • AHIMA Convention & Exhibit: October 7-11, 2017: Los Angeles , CA

    Moses Y. Asiedu, MS, RHIA
    Linda Metro, RHIA
    Tasha Green, MS, RHIA, CHTS-TR, AHIMA Certified ICD-10 Traine
    Tiffany Edwards, RHIA
    Vicki Reynolds, RHIT

MdHIMA Quarterly Education Session Business & Meeting

Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital
(Main number: 410-578-8600)
1708 West Rogers Avenue,

Meeting Location:
Boardroom on 3rd floor
Baltimore, Maryland, 21209  
September 17, 2016
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Join us on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland as we learn about some new industry relevant topics such as upcoming Cybersecurity Initiatives, MHAC coding, and Release of Information Best Practices. Continental Breakfast and lunch provided. Casual dress and Earn 5 CEU's!


8:00 - 8:30 AM - Check-In, Registration and Continental Breakfast 8:30 - 9:30 AM - Release of Information Best Practices
Ms. Su-Linn Zywiol, MS, RHIA
V.P. Client Relationships & Special Projects
StarMed LLC,
Domain: Performance Improvement, 1 CEU

9:30 - 10:30 AM - Cybersecurity Initiatives
Dr. Emma Garrison, PhD.
Vice-Dean of Cybersecurity
University of Maryland University College
Domain: Privacy & Security, 1 CEU

10:30 - 10:45 AM - Break

10:45 - 11:45 AM - Pediatric Lead Clinic Healthcare Services
Tamara L. Aviles, LCSW-C
Outpatient Clinical Social Worker
Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital
Domain: Clinical Foundations: 1 CEU

11:45 - 12:45 - Business Meeting and Lunch 12:45 - 1:45 - National Cancer Registry
Brian R. Benninghoff, RHIA, CTR
Domain: External Forces: 1 CEU

1:45 - 2:00 - Break

2:00 - 3:00 - Coding Maryland Hospital Acquired Conditions (MHAC)
Tien Langlee, RHIT, CCS, CDIP
MDHIMA Data Quality Committee Member
Domain: Clinical Data Management, 1 CEU

Registration is limited to 40 attendees so don't delay.

Online registration will close at midnight EST on September 9, 2016. Onsite registration will not be available.

Click here to register.

 Update Sessions for 2017 ICD-10 CM
& ICD-10-PCS

Did you know that?
  • There are over 7,000 changes across the ICD-10 code set for fiscal year 2017, including:
  • ICD-10-CM -1,974 new codes, 425 revised codes, 311 deleted codes
  • ICD-10-PCS - 3,827 new codes, 491 revised codes, 12 deleted codes
MdHIMA is offering the following ICD-10 Update Sessions to prepare you for the FY2017 ICD-10-CM & ICD-10-PCS Revision:

2017 ICD-10-CM Update Session 1
Wednesday, September 21, from 6:00pm-8:00pm

2017 ICD-10-PCS Update Session 2
Wednesday, September 28, from 6:00pm-8:00pm

Presented by Karla Lovaasen, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P
Location - Lifebridge Sinai Hospital in the Zamoiski Auditorium.
  • Registration is from 5:30-6:00 and the session will start promptly at 6:00 pm.
  • Attendees should bring ICD-10-CM to 9/21 and ICD-10 PCS to 9/28
  • Each 6-8pm session = 2 CE’s
  • Early Registration closes September 6th - $20 a session or $30 for both sessions
  • Regular Registration (if not sold-out) $25.00 per session or $40.00 for both sessions.
  • Parking lot available (approximately $10), click here for more info on parking.
  • Food will not be provided for this event, (there is a Subway restaurant on the Sinai campus).
  • Online registration only. Call-in available (audio only) for same pricing. Click here to register.
Arlene R. Gioia, CCS, RHIT

AHIMA Foundation Veterans Scholarship

The Walter Reed Society has provided funding to the American Health Information Management Association Foundation to assist in providing scholarships for Veterans and Spouses to develop the next generation of Health Informatics and Health Information Management (HIM) professionals for:
  • Veteran Military Service Members from the U.S. Armed Forces: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Reserves and National Guard,
  • Spouses of Veteran Service Members, including active duty military, retirees, veterans, wounded warriors and surviving spouses,
  • The HIM career field is well suited for individuals with physical disabilities such as Wounded Warriors.
Selection Preference will be given to:
  • Physically wounded or disabled veterans,
  • Surviving spouses,
  • Those who served in a combat tour of duty.
For information on eligibility, application award timelines, submission requirements and required documents please see the AHIMA Foundation website or click here.

Submitted by Sarah Allinson

Free CEU’s

The College of St. Scholastica offers free MOOCs (Mass Open Online Courses) every couple of months that are worth 12 AHIMA CEUs. Recent course offerings have included Anatomy and Physiology, Health Data Analytics, Health Data Analytics with Excel and SNOMED-CT. Each course takes about 8 weeks and you can complete it at your own pace. You must complete the assessments for each week by the end of the closing date of the course to receive the 12 free CEUs.  There is no passing score, so completing the exams is all you need to receive credit.  All work is done through Blackboard. For more information visit the College of St. Scholastica website or click here.

Christine Donahue-Taylor, RHIT, CCS

ICD-10 Coding Clinic Update: Coding Clinic Guidance for ICD-10

August 6, 2016 | Libman Education

Barry Libman's latest FREE webinar, titled "ICD-10 Coding Clinic Update," offers an in-depth discussion of selected coding advice and clarifications from recent issues of Coding Clinic for ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS. In the latest available presentation in the series (part 5 of 9 new videos), Barry Libman discusses "Coding Clinic Guidance for ICD-10." Listen to the presentation here. To view the entire series, click here.
Coding Clinic, published by AHA Central Office, is the official publication endorsed by CMS for coding guidelines and advice. 
Barry Libman, MS, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, CCS-P, CIC, is founder and president of Barry Libman Inc. and Libman Education. Barry Libman is nationally recognized for his in-depth knowledge of coding and reimbursement issues.

Christine Donahue-Taylor, RHIT, CCS

Who else sees your Fitbit data and should you care? 

Report to Congress: Examining Oversight of the Privacy & Security of Health Data Collected by Entities Not Regulated by HIPAA

ONC’s Office of the Chief Privacy Officer, in collaboration with the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), recently released an important report to Congress. It addresses the lack of clear guidance around the privacy and security of health information used by entities not currently covered by HIPAA.

The wearable fitness trackers and social media sites where individuals currently share health information did not exist when Congress enacted the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996. This Report addresses these new security gaps in a way that protects consumers while leveling the playing field for innovators inside and outside of HIPAA.

Please click here to download the report. (Reprinted from ONC Health IT 8/10/16) 

Christina Donahue-Taylor, RHIT, CCS

Join the AHIMA Engage Maryland Community!

Follow these instructions to join the Maryland Community on the AHIMA Engage website where Maryland HIM professionals share ideas, disseminate information and learn about the most current changes in the ever-changing world of HIM. We look forward to meeting you!


Arlene R. Gioia, RHIT, CCS

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