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Issue 34 - October 2012
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President’s Message

Fall is in full swing, and with it brings a lot of excitement. The Orioles finally got back in the playoffs after 15 years, the Ravens are first in our division, and a Presidential election is on the horizon. MdHIMA kicked off the season with an extremely successful Quarterly Business Meeting (QBM), held on 9/21/12 at Snyders Willow Grove in Linthicum, Maryland. Topics included an update from CRISP on the Maryland HIE, a presentation from Robin Smith on Anne Arundel Medical Center’s progress and success with its patient portal, a delightful presentation from Mark Inge on the CHDA credential, and an excellent overview of Anatomy and Physiology presented by Greg Schrader. Our next QBM will be held on Friday December 7th, the location and topics to be determined.

October began with AHIMA’s 84th Annual Convention in Chicago, which was attended by over 6,000 HIM Professionals! Energy was flowing at the House of Delegates meeting, and your delegates were hard at work “governing the profession” as is our role. As previously communicated, during the past year the HOD has undergone restructure, and has embarked heavily on strategic planning. “AIM FREE” embodies the seven strategic initiatives of our organization, and “BIG GOALS” are being set to move us successfully into the future. Our state association will embark on strategic planning to better align ourselves with AHIMA, and help us to remain relevant in this ever-changing healthcare landscape. Before we begin, however, we need to obtain your input as to what external (political, environmental, social or technological) forces are impacting our profession. A survey will be sent out during October to gather your feedback, and help focus the board on creating our roadmap.

Lastly, I urge you to raise your voice. Make yourself heard by voting for the candidate of your choice in the November elections; contacting your Delegates with any suggestions you have; answering any and all surveys sent to you from MdHIMA and AHIMA; nominating yourself or your peers for open positions on our Executive Board, and by striving to attend more of our educational sessions. While we were excited to have 75 members and students attend our last QBM, this is only a fraction of our overall membership. Help us meet your needs by providing input into what topics you desire.

Remember, the “M” in “AIM FREE” means the Member is #1.

Kristen Denney, MA, RHIA
President, MdHIMA

AHIMA Advocacy - Working to Promote our Profession

In this era of rapid change impacting health care and our profession, AHIMA has formed an advocacy group. The group will work to promote our profession and the knowledge that our members bring to the table, to create working relationships with other groups, and to find ways to influence positive outcomes for our members as healthcare jobs evolve and change. Don Asmonga heads this group at the national level. His team is working to put together tools and resources that the state CSAs can use to put together their own advocacy team. Don stressed that it’s the states that are the incubators for national policies level and we need to start advocacy at this level. If we don’t promote our HIM knowledge and profession, then we are going to lose these areas to other professions.

To accomplish the advocacy of our profession, it’s imperative that each state become involved and engaged in advocacy. How do we do this? Don recommends that each state appoint a “State Advocacy Coordinator.” This should be someone who enjoys meeting people and has an interest in doing this kind of work. The person who takes this position should be able to review and analyze material that comes up before the state, is a people person, has good oral and written skills, and will be able to dedicate the time to attend meetings/events and to work with others to promote our profession. Don suggests this should be a three year term since it takes at least one year to get to know the ropes, figure out what you want to do (put together your strategy), and put  together an advocacy group. The second year you actively pursuing your goals, and by year 3 you are becoming good at what you are doing.

Don Asmonga’s team is working to provide tools and resources for the states and the State Advocacy Coordinator. AHIMA has developed a job description, has lists and info on state legislators so we know who to talk to, have developed scripts and letters for our use, has set up a database to hold state information on potential laws and their status, and developed a tracking system for our state legislation. They have created talking points that are available for our use, have ideas for things we can do to start our advocacy, and are available to speak at our meetings on this topic.

Advocacy is an important component of our national level strategy of promoting our profession. If we are going to survive as a profession then we need to add advocacy at the state level as well as the national level. It will be up to us to work on this goal in order to keep our name and knowledge in front of those who are making changes that affect health care as a profession.

Monna Nabers, MBA, RHIA
MdHIMA President Elect

Envisioning Collaborative: Delegates Identify, Validate and Prioritize Trends to Guide AHIMA & CSA Strategy

MDHIMA Delegates participated in the AHIMA House of Delegates 66th meeting on Sunday, September 30.  This meeting was a change from the past.  We did not participate in voting on changes and resolutions. We identified, validated and prioritized trends to guide AHIMA’s strategy.

During this session we listened to, David Westfall, MBA, AHIMA vice president of business innovation and Susan Parker, MED, RHIA speaker of the house.  They talked to us about environmental scanning.  According to Business environmental scanning is careful monitoring of an organization's internal and external environments to detect early signs of opportunities and threats that may influence its current and future plans.

As you all know the healthcare environment is rapidly changing. Through environmental scans we can detect an “inflection point” where an event significantly changes the progress or a company or industry, often overnight. Examples of these events are: increased technology, customer participation in the healthcare and the importance of advocacy. (AHIMA Today 10/1/12). 

Westfall demonstrated how we are often too busy to see outside of our own area of concentration and have selective attention spans.  It is important for our membership to think beyond our scope! Think about what you need to do to prepare yourself and our profession for the future!  See beyond next year! “Think Big”!  Where will you be?  What will you do?  How will you make a difference in the future of healthcare?

Tasha Green, MS, RHIA

The Year 2012: MdHIMA Distinguished Student Award Presentations 

The Maryland Health Information Management Association (MdHIMA) believes in honoring students for their academic excellence. The Distinguished Student Award is presented to recent graduates (HIT or HIM) who have been recognized for their outstanding academic performance and professionalism demonstrated during their enrollment in a health information program. 

During the September 21, 2012 MdHIMA quarterly meeting the students listed below were presented with plaques and given praises for their outstanding achievements. We wish these students all the best in their health information careers!

Prince Georges County Community College Graduate

Pictured with Kristen Denney, President MdHIMA

Montgomery College Graduate

Pictured with Kristen Denney, President MdHIMA

The Community College of Baltimore County Graduate

Pictured with Jacqueline Stanfield, left

Anne Arundel Community College Graduate

Pictured with Kristen Denney, President MdHIMA

Call for Nominations

It’s that time of year again when we start thinking about Nominations for upcoming Executive Board positions for 2013 – 2014.  Won’t you consider getting more involved in MdHIMA in the coming year?

Volunteerism is fun and is key to the success of our organization!

The open positions are the following: (Click here to view job descriptions of the open positions)

  • President Elect
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Delegates (2)
  • Director (1)

There will be future e-mail blasts for the Call for Nominations in the next few weeks, please consider running if you are interested for a position or you can also nominate a colleague.  Nomination forms will be available on the website soon.

The Nominating Committee

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!

Angie L Mullins, CCS Kristina King
Abraham Hiluf Krystal Johns
Adline Cruze Kwame O Dixon
Anthony W Harris Sr. Latanya Striggles
Ariele L Lee-Jones Laurie Campanelli, CPC
Barbara Wales, MBA, MSHCA Lisa Lauer
Beili Li Lisa Rohan
Benjamin Kabaker Liudmila Hires
Brenda R Stevens Loletha M Simmons
Brenda Willett Lorelle Wade
Carrie Weiksner Lorena De Leon, BS, RDMS,RVT
Charlotte E Todd Marcey Newsome
Deborah I Ayers Mary McKesson
Della Johnson Mayra A Guzman
Denia L Chapple Melonise Battle
Denise Prowant Michelle Coleman
Dinah T Groves, RN, CCM, CCDS Monica Butler
Elisabeth Ohan Muriel Stepney
Erica A Diaz Nancy Edwards, CPC, MAT
Ethiopia Mekonnen Nerlange Nicolas
Evelyne J Muganda Norah George, MPA
Froilan Cruz, CST Paktkateefma Chatpharot, DVM
Georgeta M Georgescu, RN Qamar Ansari
Gisele Bryk Rochelle Toney
Grace Gourdine Ronni D Cannady, RDH
Heather Maloney Rosemary T Silva
Jan M Thomasseau, L.P.N. Shannon Wolf
Jane E Howard Sharon Freedman
Janet Nicholas, CCA Sihin Abbay
Jeanette Lagman Stephanie S Poe, DNP, RN-BC
Jeanne McCurdy, CCS, CCS-P Stephanie Wallis
Jennifer Brown Susan Coffey
Jill A Devrick, MPA T. Benee Edwards, DBA, CPC
Joseph Travagline Tarvis G Newsome
Judith Osbourne Tawana Curtis
Kai Williams Teresa Hamilton
Karen M Reid Weifen Mao
Karen Washington-Malone Yangqiu Chen
Katherine Marconi Yessica Contreras
Katia Munya Yimao Zhang
Kimberly Feeney  

Dates to Remember 

Saturday November 17, 2012 - CCS Prep Class, 8:30 AM -5:00 PM Greater Baltimore Medical Center A and B in the Civeletti Conference Center

Thursday December 6, 2012 - CPT Updates, 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM, Harbor Hospital in the Baum Auditorium

Friday December 7, 2012 - Quarterly Business Meeting, 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM (Registration beginning at 8:00 AM), Hilton Garden Inn Owings Mill, MD

Thursday & Friday June 13th & 14th 2013 - 83rd Annual MdHIMA Convention, Baltimore Convention Center, further details to come

Also see the MdHIMA Calendar of Events for further details or future events.

We have recently had an opening for our Senior Director Federal Relations position for AHIMA

Our Senior Director, Federal Relations for AHIMA has resigned to take another position.  We have a posting in our job bank for any experienced HIM professional who might be interested. 

Senior Director, Federal Relations Job Requirements

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