Volume XXX Issue II

Fall 2019

In This Issue...

  1. From the President
  2. NYHIMA News/Notes
  3. Professional Offerings
  4. Awards and Scholarships
  5. Local Highlights
  6. Corporate Sponsor Corner
  7. AHIMA News & Notes
  8. Industry News


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From the President

Can you believe it is already November?  NYHIMA has been keeping busy over the last few months.  In September, Jeffrey Youngs, Mari St. Pierre, Tracy D’Errico and I went to the House of Delegates meeting in Chicago, IL for the 2019 AHIMA Conference.  All state associations were present and much of the conversation was centered around AHIMA’s Strategic Plan, clearing up the national election process, and focusing on advocating for the profession with our employers and legislators.

During September we had the privilege of meeting with the CLA Leaders for a Strategic Planning retreat in Schenectady, NY.  During our time together we spoke about partnering for events, addressed how NYHIMA can support our CLA’s and membership as well as aligning our strategic plan with AHIMA’s.  Together we identified three major themes, one for each year of the plan, to incorporate with our mission, vision, and planning:


This year’s theme will focus NYHIMA’s efforts at reaching out to and connecting with ALL HIMs across NYS. We want to show our colleagues the value and power of membership!

  • Develop annual messaging and outreach plan.
  • Target all on AHIMA list.
  • Tie all programs to call to join.


We will focus on promoting greater understanding and appreciation of technology in our profession & marketplace.

  • We will use technology as both the subject and mode in the delivery of services.
  • Target offerings to the needs of specific generations.

In the third year of the plan, we will focus on NYHIMA as the “go-to” and trusted source on legislative and regulatory affairs in NYS. These efforts will include building greater connections and rapport with government agencies and officials.  

  • Create an online resource for members in relating to state government.
  • Bring state officials to present at NYHIMA and CLA functions.
  • Be “at the table” in terms of potential legislation.

NYHIMA is on task with our goal of providing our membership with as much valuable education as we can! In the spring we look forward to partnering with some of our CLA's on in-person education in your local area - if you're interested in a topic that you feel would be valuable, please contact your CLA President or the NYHIMA Central Office. We look forward to a great spring line-up and hope that you will attend them and find great value in the education. day sessions.

As the 2019 calendar year comes to an end, rest assured, NYHIMA is moving forward with intention and planful ideas. We want you to be on the lookout for Early Bird Registration for the 2020 Conference in Buffalo, NY! “Wings of Change: Reimagining HIM” is our theme and the committee is hard at work completing the line-up of speakers.  Also - Look for the Election Notice coming to your inbox as our wonderful volunteers come forward to “give back” to their profession by serving on the Board for 2020-21.

Thank you for your membership and support.  I hope you are able to celebrate with you loved ones this Holiday Season.


Sue Clarke-Kendrick, MHA, RHIA

Submitted by: NYHIMA President, Sue Clarke-Kendrick, MHA, RHIA

 NYHIMA News and Notes

Please Welcome Your 2020 Annual Conference Logo! 
The committee is working really hard to develop a lineup that is beneficial to all our members.  The theme is Wings of Change - Revitalizing HIM.  Be on the lookout for Early Bird Registration.  Sponsorship prospectus is available through this link.  Consider Sponsoring NYHIMA's 85th Annual Conference in Buffalo this year.


Upcoming NYHIMA Programs & Events

Don't miss out on NYHIMA's upcoming educational offerings.  Click Here to find out more about our upcoming events and to register.

Submitted by: NYHIMA Central Office

Award and Scholarship Opportunities
Each year NYHIMA presents 9 awards and 3 scholarships to members of our profession to recognize the hard work, passion and dedication or our members to the Health Information Management profession.  

I want to encourage every NYHIMA member to look at the award and scholarship categories and consider who you can nominate to receive an award or scholarship.  There are so many dedicated professionals, mentors, educators and students that deserve to be recognized for their contributions and achievements.  As a past winner of the Distinguished Member Award and the Peter Micallef Volunteer Award, I can honestly say each of these awards were a highlight to my career both personally and professionally.  So often we point out the negative, let’s change that and recognize and celebrate the positive! 

Below are the 9 Award opportunities and 3 Scholarship opportunities with a brief description of each.  Please visit the NYHIMA website at NYHIMA.org, look at the eligibility requirements for the various categories and instructions on how to submit a nomination of a deserving individual.  On behalf of the committee, I thank you and look forward to multiple nominations for every category! 

Distinguished Member: honors an individual who has made significant contributions at the local, state, and national level in support of the HIM profession.
Educators Award:  honors an individual for excellence in training new HIM professionals.
Joel Schwartz Rising Star Award: one award of up to $500 give to a HIM professional who has made great strides and contributions to the HIM field.
Literary Award: honors an individual who has published an HIM article, within the past two calendar years, that instructs or guides members with new theoretical concepts or further develops concepts previously presented in another publication.
Mentor Award: honors an individual with a record of fostering enthusiasm for the HIM profession, encouraging people to enter the field, and providing ongoing career guidance to new professionals.
Peter Micallef Volunteer Award:  honors an individual who has served a a consistent and exemplary volunteer supporting the mission of NYHIMA.
HIM Industry Champion Award:  recognizes those individuals who have worked tirelessly to support the HIM profession by advancing NYHIMA’s leadership position.
Outstanding Senior Student Award:  presented to a student in a CAHIM Accredited Associate or Baccalaureate HIM Program.
Clinical Preceptor Award:  This award is presented in recognition of the efforts of outstanding clinical preceptors.

Mary M. Zannis Scholarship - one award of $1,000 annually to a student enrolled part-time or full-time in a New York State CAHIIM Accredited Associate or Baccalaureate Program.
Book Fund Scholarship - two awards of $300 annually to part-time or full-time students enrolled in a New York State CAHIIM Accredited Associate or Baccalaureate Program.
Returning Student Scholarship - one award of $1,000 annually to a student returning to school to advance or transition their career to a new path within the Health Information Management field and enrolled part-time or full-time in a New York State CAHIIM Accredited Associate or Baccalaureate Program. 

Membership with NYHIMA

NYHIMA membership provides you with access to a broad collection of tools, content, professional development opportunities in many topics and formats, and a smart and vibrant community of peers-all to help you advance in the HIM profession.

NYHIMA membership dues are offered at a low rate of $50.00 annually for HIM professionals, $25.00 annually for emeritus members (65 years or older), $10.00 annually for new graduates, or complimentary for student members.

As a NYHIMA Dues Paying member, you will enjoy an array of benefits:

  • Assignment to a Component Local Association (CLA), based on the county in which you reside, providing you with local networking and educational offerings.
  • An interactive CLA community with the NYHIMA Board of Directors and Central Office that provides consultation services via leadership retreats and consultation calls.
  • Discounted registration fees for NYHIMA's continuing education programs and events (to include the NYHIMA Annual Conference)
  • The capability to hold a NYHIMA office
  • Eligibility to vote in the NYHIMA election
  • Eligibility to serve on a NYHIMA committee
  • Eligibility to apply for NYHIMA scholarships
  • Access to the members-only portal of the NYHIMA website with access to HIM professionals through a membership directory
  • The opportunity to participate on the many state & federal legislative initiatives that will have a direct impact on HIM professionals
  • Ability to submit open positions to the NYHIMA Job Board at No Charge!
  • Subscription to the digital edition of the quarterly NYHIMA newsletter, Perspectives Online
  • E-mails regarding upcoming education programs, events and industry news
  • Automatic access to your User Profile on NYHIMA Website
  • NYHIMA Communications via LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter

If you are interested in signing up please complete the online membership application found at the below links.  The New York Health Information Association (NYHIMA) is a Component State Association (CSA) of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).  
Membership to NYHIMA is contingent upon your membership status with AHIMA; to qualify for membership in NYHIMA you must first be a member of AHIMA.  

Membership Renewal Links: 

NYHIMA Membership Application

NYHIMA Emeritus Membership Application

NYHIMA New Graduate Membership Application

NYHIMA Student Membership Application (if you are an educator, please share this information with your students!  NYHIMA Student Membership is offered complimentary).                                                              Submitted by: NYHIMA Central Office

Local Association News

The fall HIMANNY meeting was held on November  1st, at Adirondack Health in Saranac Lake, NY.  There were 4 approved AHIMA and AAPC CEU’s for the education on that date, which consisted of presentations on the following topics:

  • New PDPM Payment Model for SNF’s:  Presented by Andrew James, RN RAC-CT
  • Outpatient Physician CDI: Presented by Kim Charland, RHIT CCS
  • 3D Mammography & Genetic Testing for Cancer:  Presented by Emily Szczech, MD and Sara Ames, NP
  • Coding Changes for 2020: Presented by Sandy Macica, MS RHIA CCS

Submitted by:  Erin O’Connor, RHIT, HIMANNY

On Tuesday, October 15th, 2019 RRHIMA held an educational session themed “Painting a Professional Picture” for 3 CEU’s.  Our session was at Total Sports Experience in East Rochester with 49 total attendees.  We had 21 students present from both MCC and Alfred. 

Karen Linder, BS, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CHDA and Diana Adam-Podgornik, RHIT spoke on Management Perspective of Hiring in HIM.  Medscribe sponsored this educational session and presented on “How to Make your Resume’ Stand Out”.  Donna Rugg, RHIT, CDIP, CCS-P CICA, CCS, Patti Phalen and Diane Gray, RHIA spoke on “Transitioning Positions Within HIM. 

On October 19th, the RRHIMA BOD met for an all day Saturday meeting and reviewed our Strategic Plan, Policy and Procedure Manual and our Bylaws.

On October 29th, 2019 RRHIMA Coding Special Interest Group met to review 3rd and 4th Quarter 2019 AHA Coding Clinic.  There were 17 attendees and 1 CEU was offered.

RRHIMA’s next educational session is on November 21st at the Total Sports Experience in Gates and our theme is ROI Compliance and Cybersecurity. Three CEU’s will be offered.  RRHIMA will be accepting donations for Willow Domestic Violence Center for their Purple Box Campaign.  RRHIMA is also supporting the Hat and Mitten Drive for Monroe Community College.  

RRHIMA Member Hightlight: Tara Dixon, RHIT

Tara was working as a waitress but desired to do something more with her life, so she decided to go to college.  It was while thumbing through MCC's catalogue that she came upon Health Information Management.  It covered her check list -- organization, coding and management -- just a few of the jobs that HIM includes. She knew that she wanted to be involved in patient care, but like many who find their way to HIM, she did not want to be hands on.  Tara graduated from the Monroe Community College (MCC) Health Information program In 2013, and soon after earned her RHIT credential. She says that the friendships she created at school have continued and have provided networking possibilities for jobs.   Click Here to Read More

Corporate Sponsor Corner

Thank You to all NYHIMA's Corporate and Conference Sponsors!  

Platinum Sponsor 2019 Annual Conference

Ciox Health Representative:
Steve Whitehurst, Vice President, Client Success, 
(813) 545-2021,  [email protected]

Corporate Sponsor and Supporter 2019 Conference

HANYS Solutions Representative: 
Eric Niehaus, Vice President, 518-431-7747, [email protected]

Corporate Sponsor and Entertainment Sponsor 2019 Conference

RSM Coding Solutions Representative: 
Becky MonDore, President, RSM Coding Solutions, LLC, 
315-569-8739, [email protected]

Gold Sponsor 2019 Conference

Verisma Representative:
Tim Geraghty, National Vice President of Sales, 908.907.7666  [email protected]


Silver Sponsor 2019 Conference

Himagine Representative:
Ann Bailin, Sales Director, 314.627.5150,  [email protected]

Silver Sponsor 2019 Conference

SIRS Representative:
Deborah Gardner-Brown, 732-371-3834  [email protected]

Bronze Sponsor 2019 Conference

Medaille College Representative:
Phone: (716) 880-2558      Email: [email protected]


Keynote Sponsor 2019

Click on logo for link to site

Become a Corporate Sponsor Today! 

There are many benefits of a corporate partnership: 

  • Discount booth and priority placement at NYHIMA's Annual Conference.
  • 25% discount on advertising rates in NYHIMA's Annual Conference Program.
  • Corporate Sponsor to be featured on NYHIMA's website with a company logo and link to company website.
  • A member listing on the Corporate Sponsor Page to include company name, contact name, email, and phone number.
  • Corporate Partner will be featured in NYHIMA's quarterly online newsletter.  Information to be provided by Corporate Partner, otherwise, only logo will be listed.
  • One representative on the NYHIMA mailing list for notification of all educational programs. Company representative could take advantage of our educational opportunities at the special member price!
  • Ability to submit open positions to the NYHIMA Job Board at No Charge!


Any corporation interested in the purposes of the New York Information Management Association (NYHIMA) is eligible for corporate partnership.  Each corporate partner shall designate one (1) individual who receives the rights and privileges of corporate partnership for one (1) year.  Subsidiaries, affiliates, and divisional companies are not included under the corporate partnership of the parent corporation but are eligible for corporate partnership in their own right.

Annual Dues for Corporate Partners are $500.00.

Interested? Click Here: NYHIMA Corporate Partner Application

AHIMA News and Notes

Planning for future budgeting? The 2020 AHIMA Advocacy Summit will require individual registration fees and will no longer be an invitation-only event. CEU's will continue to be offered based as part of the Summit. Watch for additional information, including registration details in future communications.

HIM Awareness Campaign materials can be found on Engage, including a presentation that can be used for high school students, monthly communication strategies, flyers, and more. Use these resources to help widen and deepen the HIM footprint within the healthcare industry. There is also a CSA Excellence PPT on HIM Awareness Building that CSA Leaders may present to their members.

Industry News

Hackers encrypt data on some servers of Brooklyn Hospital Center

Hackers used malware this past summer to encrypt data on some servers at Brooklyn Hospital Center in New York, according to a recent notification letter from the hospital.
In late July, the facility became aware of unusual activity with some of its servers. An examination by a data forensics firm determined that malware from one or more hackers had encrypted certain information systems. Investigators say they did not find evidence that data was actually accessed or acquired by unauthorized persons.
On September 4, investigators confirmed that despite efforts to recover the data, certain amounts and types of data were unrecoverable, the organization told affected patients. Read More

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