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Issue 25 E-News

Inside this Issue: President’s Message

Annual Meeting and Exhibition

2015-2016 AzHIMA Board of Directors Fundraising Success! AzHIMA Annual Awards

Advocacy: The Road Ahead Information Governance

Patient Portal Implementation ICD-10 Exam Notice

ICD-10 Implementation Tips Welcome New Members AND MORE!


President’s Message byManny Soto-Griego, RHIA

It’s been another fantastic year for AzHIMA and I am proud to be President of such a great organization. As I step into the new role, I am grateful for the opportunity to serve and represent you. I sincerely thank you for giving me this opportunity.

I want to recognize Christine Steigerwald, our Past President, the board and committee members for their dedication, hard work and accomplishments this past year. I look forward to working with our board and committee members to further the great work done to make AzHIMA a valuable resource for our members, healthcare partners and communities.

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce our new board and committee chairs, see Arizona CSA Organizational Chart. Without the hard work and dedication of these individuals, our membership would not be able to enjoy and benefit from all the activities and resources our association has to offer.

The new board will hold the transition and strategic planning meeting for the new year on July 25, 2015. The board will continue building on last year’s major goals and identify new goals for the coming year.

In my Incoming President’s message at our Annual meeting this past June, I outlined the following 3 goals for the coming year.

JULY 2015

1. Increase our Volunteer membership: We are living though exciting changes in our field. I ask that you step up along with me, the board and committee members and volunteer to mold our future and mentor the HIM students.”

I am happy to announce that we can mark this one as “done”! Every annual meeting we ask members to sign up or visit our website and complete the Volunteer form. The number of volunteers this year is amazing; we have over 80 members and students that have committed to one or more committee. Our committee chairs have started to reach out to their volunteers, have scheduled their recurring meetings and some have already started working. The Annual Meeting Planning and Vendor Committee Chairs have started their activities to assure we have an amazing 75th Annual Meeting next June – check out our website for information.

The Advocacy Director and Chair of the Advocacy Committee has been non-stop. She continues to meet with or write to State representatives in support and education regarding ICD-10. She has also written to various physician organizations offering assistance and education to their provider members for the transition to ICD-10. I am proud to announce that the Arizona Academy of Family Physicians reached out to AzHIMA for assistance. The Coding Round Table Committee Chair and Co-chair, along with other members have stepped up to assist with this presentation scheduled for July 27th.

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