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E-NEWS


Issue 27 E-News


Inside this Issue: ∙ President’s Message


∙ Ongoing ICD-10 Education


∙ Out with the Old, In with the New, Here We Come 2016


∙ Challenge and Resolution ∙ AHIMA Triumph Awards ∙ Servant Leadership


∙ Welcome New Members


∙ Newly Credentialed Members AND MORE!


Newsletter Editor: Christine Austin, RHIA, CHP, FACHE ARIZONA HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION President’s


Message byManny Soto-Griego, RHIA


Welcome 2016! The holidays are behind us now, we are all back to our regularly scheduled exciting life. The transition to ICD-10 has also come and gone, it was a quiet


transition. Everyone I’ve spoken to is back to their pre-go live metrics, however some organization’s staffing levels within the coding units have increased from 25% to 33%.


As I said in June, at our annual meeting, 12 months goes by very fast. Your board and committee members have been incredibly active; I am humble to witness the great work everyone is doing in support of not only me but the members. I could not be more grateful to be a part of this team.


The Board members continue to meet with the Arizona Healthcare, IT & Revenue Cycle Collaborative. As you may recall, this is the joint collaboration between HFMA, HIMSS, Health-e Connect, MGMA and AzHIMA. The collaborative has decided to change the date for the Super Conference from the Fall 2016 to the Fall in 2017. We are estimating an attendance of 500 members and over 65


vendors participating in a two and a half day convention type meeting. This is an exciting opportunity to attend and participate in educational tracks and events where HIM, IT and Revenue Cycle professionals will be sharing in the knowledge and networking.


The Board is also pleased to announce the introduction of the RHIA or RHIT Exam Reimbursement program. This program will provide $ 100.00 reimbursement of the exam fee for the RHIA or RHIT exam, for detail and application this and other opportunities, visit the AzHIMA website.


The Annual Meeting Committee is gearing up and making plans for the June 2016, 75th Anniversary Annual Meeting. We are preparing a dynamic agenda of various topics and speakers in order to provide valuable education. In addition, the Vendor Committee is reaching out to various vendors to participate and sponsor special events. The Call for Speakers & Exhibitors link is on the AzHIMA website. If you or someone you know is interested in speaking or joining us as a vendor, please visit this link. http://www.azhima.org/continuing- education/annual-meeting/


The Nominating Committee is currently calling for Board Nominations; deadline is February 15, for the following positions: President Elect; Delegate; Director of Education; Secretary / Treasurer. I encourage you to participate and run for an office position. It has been a rewarding experience for me, not only professionally, but on a


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personal level where I have met and become friends with great people.


The Coding Round Table has been non-stop organizing and delivering top notch education, speakers and resources for our Coding and CDI members and guests. The educational meetings continue to grow and surpass our expectations.


As always, we welcome your suggestions and feedback, you can reach us via the Contact Us link from our AzHIMA website.


SAVE THE DATE


Arizona Health Information Management Association


75th Annual AzHIMA Convention and Exhibition


June 23-25, 2016


Hyatt Regency Phoenix Phoenix, AZ


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