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Issue 29 E-News

Inside this Issue: ∙President’s Message

∙Message from President-Elect ∙AzHIMA 2016 Fal l Meeting

∙Call for Board Nominations ∙AzHIMA Annual Awards

∙AzHIMA Board and Committee Chair Transition Meeting

∙Life After ICD-10 Implementation ∙News and Resources from the 2016 FDI/AOE Symposium

∙2016 Annual Meeting Recap AND MORE!


President’s Message byPam Hess, MA, RHIA, CCS, CDIP, CPC

Well, it’s almost that time of year for the AHIMA Annual convention that will be held in Baltimore this year (October 13 -16 (Pre-Convention) and the main convention October 17 – 19). For those of you who cannot attend, we will be bringing back some information from the conference in our next

Newsletter! From the Agenda, I see there are sessions on Data Analytics and Informatics, Coding, EHR Technology and Interoperability, Privacy and Security and of course Information Governance. It appears there is something for everyone!

Earlier in the year, your AzHIMA leaders attended a Leadership Symposium July 15 and 16th in Chicago. It was a wonderful conference with much thought leadership and sharing related to this pivotal time in the HIM profession. The theme of the conference was HIM Reimagined “HIMR.” A Whitepaper on this topic is available at: reimagined/himr?tabid=whitepaper. I encourage everyone to read it. The research for the whitepaper was done to determine new strategies for educators and professionals to transition HIM knowledge, skills and competencies into practice. A comment period was opened July 1 and closed on August 31. During that time, many professional and organizations responded to the proposals presented. Over the next months the HIMR taskforce will be summarizing and responding to the comments. There will be a discussion at the AHIMA annual conference. We will bring back a summary of this discussion for our next newsletter! A final white paper will be presented at the end of the year, followed by implementation planning in 2017. To whet your appetite and encourage you to read the document, some of the highlighted information and proposals are:


 Future focused initiative to ensure the “relevance of the HIM progression in this rapidly changing healthcare environment”

 How “preventative, predictive, participatory, and personalized approaches to medicine, increased automation, and aging of the population will all have significant impact on HIM operations and what employers will need of HIM professionals in the future”

 Changes in the academic curriculum to expand opportunities in technology roles

 RHIT program curriculum that focuses on “a specific area of HIM practice (for example, privacy, auditing, coding, data analysis, etc.).”

 RHIA and master’s programs offering a broader level of practice, “assimilating data from multiple sources, creating knowledge, and leading healthcare organizations to use their health data assets to their best advantage for the benefit of the organization, patient, and population.”

This is all very exciting and offers expanded professional growth and job opportunities in our field. Stay tuned for updates on this initiative!

I would encourage each of you to keep up with what is happening in our profession by visiting AHIMA Engage! It is a website that offers discussions on various topics by clicking on specific communities of practice. For example, you can participate in discussions on professional exams such as CCS, CDIP and CHDA. There is an upcoming event page and a volunteer page. You can even sign up to be a mentor or mentee using “Mentor Match.” I hope you find this site enjoyable and informative.

Look for us next time with a report on the 2016 AHIMA Annual Convention!

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