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Issue 35 - December 2012
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President’s Message

The Holiday Season is a time of worship, celebration and reflection. Regardless of religion, it’s a time to be with family and friends to say goodbye to 2012, and hello to 2013. The recent events in Connecticut remind us how precious life is. My prayers, as do yours, go out to those who lost loved ones, as well as the survivors of this tragedy.

For me this brings to mind the topic of safety within society at large, as well as safety within the healthcare environment. Safety within healthcare includes protecting those who visit and work within our facilities, as well as ensuring patients are not harmed.   The former is something to be discussed within your organizations and everyone should have a plan to identify and prevent harmful situations. The latter is the expectation for all healthcare organizations and is tied to TJC and CMS regulations, as well as reimbursement. Simple practices such as proper hand hygiene, use of two identifiers when treating patients, and mandatory flu shots are commonplace in healthcare, all proven to help prevent patient harm. The onset of the electronic health record is another large endeavor organizations are undertaking in the name of quality and safety.
HIM professionals assist patient safety initiatives in many ways such as ensuring proper code assignment, quality of transcribed reports, maintenance of the master patient index (MPI), proper scanning and indexing documents into a patient record, and quality checking records prior to release. Many of us have helped identify errors or discrepancies that, if not caught and fixed, could have resulted in patient harm. Our organizations engage in creating a “JUST Culture “designed to move from a culture of “blame” to one in which breakdowns in processes are assessed and fixed to avoid future occurrences. This also includes empowering everyone within the organization to speak up if they encounter situations that are not safe. Do you part, pause for a cause, and know the safety practices within your organizations.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and have a safe and happy New Year!!!

Kristen Denney, MA, RHIA
President, MdHIMA

The Minute Mentor

By Laura Hoot, RHIT

Today we’ll continue where we left off last time, discussing ways other CSA’s include students in their organizations. I sent out a request to several CSA’s to see what they do or would like to do for their students and the response was pretty positive. Pamela J. Lail RHIA, CHDA, CPHM from NCHIMA shared how they provide breakout sessions geared specifically for students at their annual conferences. Topics included Professional Standards and Behavior and Non-traditional Roles in HIM. Other ways NCHIMA encourages students is through their own state mentorship program with over 30 active mentors and a dedicated website just for students.  They are also looking into creating a student liaison position and hope to have one of the duties of this position to set up and maintain a social networking site for the organization.

Student Liaison, Almaz Alemu from TxHIMA directed me to their Student Academy held during one of the days of their annual meeting.  Sessions on networking, what employers are looking for in new grads, and a best student practices panel are set up for students only allowing them to take part in informative presentations without the overwhelming side effect of information overload that I remember all to well at my first annual meeting. Barbara Bermudez, RHIT from FHIMA let me know about the Bridging the Gap Committee Florida has dedicated specifically to mentoring. They even go beyond, or should I say before, college by including middle and high schools in their rounds. She was very kind to share some materials they use and I will be happy to pass them along for anyone who is interested in possibly doing something similar here.

Well, I left you some food for thought and hopefully some encouragement, as well. I wish all you a very happy holiday season and prosperous new year.

Until next time,

Season's Greetings from MdHIMA!

We would like to thank you for making 2012 a time of incredible achievements for HIM.

Please join us in celebration by viewing this holiday e-card, highlighting the success of MdHIMA and AHIMA.

CEU Deadline

As a reminder to all credentialed AHIMA members whose RHIA, RHTI, CCS, etc, are up for renewal you have until December 31 to earn for your CEU’s for this two year cycle.

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!

Charmain Edwards Gwen Farmer, RDH
Troy D Wildberger Jasmine A Jackson, CPC
Darlene Heber Melanie Bela-Mickens
Lisa Walker, CCS Scholastica W Ndugo
Dana Ordia Sundra Akinfe
Kandice Brandt Courtney Briggs
Taneka Torain Katrina McCain
Babatunde Fakiyesi Yatenzoba Lenguendayen
Lori Bivins Khadijat Kadiri
Nicole Cunningham Kassandra Wells
Wendy M DiBastiani, RN Olumayowa Dada
Patricia J MacTaggart, MBA, MMA

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