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Issue 26 E-News Inside this Issue:

•President’s Message •ICD-10 is Live!!

•ICD-10 is Here – Four CDI Initiatives to Consider?

•Nominations for 2016-2017 Board of Directors

•Local AzHIMA Member Speaks at 2015 AHIMA National Convention •Welcome New Members AND MORE!


President’s Message byManny Soto-Griego, RHIA

October 1st has come and gone. It is hard to believe that we just lived though and survived a historic moment in Healthcare. The greatly anticipated and controversial implementation of ICD-10 did go through on October 1, 2015. How many years in preparation, anticipation, delays, political noise and advocacy for it, did we endure,

and when the day comes, it passed by so quietly, well it did for us and many of the Arizona Health Care Systems in Arizona. If you participate in the Az ICD-10 Collaborative Conference calls, you heard that the participating facilities had minor system issues, some payers had already adjudicated pro fee claims, one payer (CMDP) was not able to process electronic claims, some facilities had shut down the go-live command center as there were no issues, and productivity and DNFB is being monitored closely. If you or your facility does not participate, I would encourage you to reach out to Linda Campbell at and ask to be included in the meeting invitations. This is a great forum to share lessons learned, learn what other facilities in the state are experiencing, network and provide support.

The AzHIMADelegates participated in AHIMA’s House of Delegate leadership meetings held along with the 87th Annual AHIMA Convention and Exhibit. It was clear that we, as Component State Associations (CSAs) are asking AHIMA for support in various areas, from how to involve and recruit the younger generation of millennials in our field and association, providing function specific tool kits for members to implement and drive change within their organizations, and think to the


future to secure and enhance our career paths for the future of HIM professionals. The buzz around the annual meeting was Information Governance (IG), Population Health, Global HIM, oh yeah and ICD-10. AHIMA is kicking off IG pilots with participating organizations, putting theory to practice. The AzHIMA board is excited to announce that we will be partnering with AHIMA to bring an Information Governance Boot Camp to our State, more information to come on this. I found it interesting that other parts of the globe do not have HIM professionals managing the typical functions we are used to. It is customary for physicians or nurses to have these responsibilities. AHIMA is partnering with the US Labor Department to reach out to other countries to provide education, standards and opportunities. This is very exciting for our profession, not to mention global opportunities for us.

We are very proud to announce that during the Awards and Recognition portion of Monday’s General Session, one of our very own AzHIMA board member, Ashley Hendry, our Advocacy Director, was one of two that were awarded the AHIMA Foundation’s Veteran Academic Scholarship Award. This award supports those who have served our country or their spouses who can move on to bright new careers in healthcare thanks to donations from AHIMA members, supporters and corporate partners. Ashley is a veteran of the Air Force and is currently pursuing a dual master’s in Business Administration and Leadership.

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