Volume XXI

Fall 2020

In This Issue...

  1. From the President
  2. NYHIMA News
  3. CLA News
  4. AHIMA News
  5. NYHIMA Central Office Notes

NYHIMA Job Board

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From the President

Greeting NYHIMA Members,

It sure has been an interesting year so far and your board has been working hard to keep things moving along. We have attended some thought-provoking meetings with AHIMA where we learned about the new tools and programs available from AHIMA to enhance our skills. AHIMA provided guidance on crisis management and how to set realistic, achievable goals through a new professional training program.

The HOD has been very active and if you haven’t seen the discussions, I would encourage you to check out Engage. There are a few items up for vote this year and the most notable change was regarding a change in the dues rebate to CSAs. It was proposed that instead of a 5% rebate from AHIMA membership dues, that a $30 flat amount would be given. Ultimately due to response from delegates, leaders, and members our AHIMA board reconsidered and finally rescinded the proposal. Your voice does count!

As we persevere through these challenging times, I would like to share one perspective that really hit home for me. “"In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity." -- Albert Einstein”. While none of us asked or planned for the pandemic, some positives for our future have come out of it. Would you ever have thought telehealth could go live so quickly? Will this next normal allow us to address disparities in the provision of healthcare to underserved populations?

Technology has been pushed to the forefront of all of our lives. Gains in productivity and efficiency have been recognized. Thank goodness for technology which allows us to stay safe in a little bubble with our loved ones, at home. We will get through this and are all in this together!

Stay safe and well!


Submitted by: NYHIMA President, Meg DeVoe, CCS 



Happy HIP Week from NYHIMA! 

This is a great opportunity for us to celebrate our profession and each other.

Check out NYHIMA's Updated Job Board!

Did you know NYHIMA has a Job Board, a benefit for NYHIMA and AHIMA members.  The Job Board helps job seekers find jobs and employers find staff in the health information management field.  

Candidates can browse current vacancies on the NYHIMA website.

Submitted by: NYHIMA Central Office

Upcoming NYHIMA Programs & Events

Registration will be opening soon for our next webinar on the The Cures Act: What Healthcare Providers Need to Know About Information Blocking.  This will be on Tuesday, November 10th at 2pm.  Look for an email next week with registration information.

NYHIMA is also working on a series of webinars on topics related to Privacy, Security and Compliance, Coding and Revenue Cycle that will be offered before the end of the year.  Stay tuned for more information coming soon!

CLA News

On June 11, 2020, RRHIMA held their installation of officers. After the installation, which was done via webinar, Jane Conway, RHIA, CCS, CRC, CDIP, CPhT presented on “Social Determinants of Health, What’s the Risk”. This was offered to our membership for free. There were approximately 28 members in attendance.

Congratulations to the RRHIMA 2020-2021 Board of Directors:

  • President, Lynn-Marie Wozniak, MS, RHIT, CDIP, FAHIMA
  • President-Elect, Mary Pasciak, RHIT
  • Past President
  • Nicole Morthorst, RHIT, CRC 1 st Year Education Director
  • Paula Santiago, RHIT, CCS-P, CPMA, CDC 2 nd Year Education Director
  • Amanda Rice, RHIA Bylaws Director
  • Chelsea Ziefel, Communications Director
  • Darlene McKendrick, BS, RHIT, CCS
  • Finance Director, Steve Ortolaza, RHIT eligible

Although we were not able to meet in person for our annual meeting, RRHIMA held a “Week of Webinars” during the noon hour every day for the week of August 10-August 14, 2020. We were able to offer 5 CEU’s for a full week of participation. The theme was “Improving the Health and Healthcare of the Underserved Population”. Our speaker line-up was as follows:

  • Overview of New York State Department of Health LGBTQ Services - Kraig Pannell
  • Transgender Health: Patient Perspective - Patrick Pitoni
  • Rochester Regional Health Diversity, Equity & Inclusion -Nananamibia Duffy, MD
  • Public Health: What is it and What are the Emerging Issues? - Mary L. Beer, RN, MPH
  • LGBT Identification and Data Challenges in the MPI and EHR - Sally C. Deming, RHIT

There were 38 registrants. These sessions were recorded and available to the registrants on-demand if they were not able to join the live sessions.

RRHIMA would also like to congratulate Gail Woytek, RHIT on her retirement in July. Gail has served in multiple positions and on committees with both NYHIMA and RRHIMA over the years. Her passion for the profession and willingness to volunteer will be missed. We wish her well and hope to still see her at our events.


RRHIMA Member Spotlight: Diane E. Gray, RHIA

Rochester Regional Health Information Management Association is happy to spotlight Diane (Evans) Gray in this NYHIMA Perspectives Online. Diane has 32 years in the Health Information Management field. She completed her Associates degree in Applied Science, Medical Assistant, at Alfred State College in Alfred NY. Diane wanted to further her career in the health field and went on to earn a Bachelor of Professional Studies degree in Health Information Management at SUNY College of Technology, Utica, NY. She sat for the RHIA exam after completing the program.  Click here to read more.

Submitted by:  RRHIMA

I would like to officially welcome the 2020-2021 CNYHIMA Board! We have some returning faces as well some new ones joining us this year. While we had to regretfully cancel the 2020 CNYHIMA Annual Meeting this year, we are working hard to ensure our members will have opportunities for continuing education. Our Education Director and new President-Elect will be spearheading those efforts with the assistance of the board.

Additionally, CNYHIMA is looking to actively engage their membership this year by forming sub-committees to serve the membership in various ways. Be on the lookout, CNY members, for your opportunity to bring your thoughts, ideas, and special touch to our social media platforms, social functions, education, and more!

Hugh R. Brown, RHIA – President, CNYHIMA

Submitted by: Cindy A. Alsheimer, RHIT
CNYHIMA Correspondence Director

 The CNYHIMA Board of Directors met recently for our end of the year meeting.

Jeffery Youngs, RHIT installed the new board which is:
Hugh Brown, RHIT – CNYHIMA President
Susan Brush, RHIT – CNYHIMA Past President
Dolores Larue, RHIA – CNYHIMA President Elect
Nannette Backus, RHIA, CCS – CNYHIMA Finance Director
Cindy A. Alsheimer, RHIT – CNYHIMA Correspondence Director
Jeffery Youngs, RHIT – CNYHIMA 2nd Year Education Director

Susan Brush thanked Virginia Neumann our past Correspondence Director and Cindy A. Alsheimer our past President for their commitment to the CNYHIMA Board and members. Susan also welcomed our new board.

The Board discussed options for having a future annual meeting via zoom and will be sending out a monkey survey to membership to get ideas on what they are interested in as far as education and speakers.

Stay tuned and have a fabulous summer! Stay safe and healthy all!

Submitted by: Cindy A. Alsheimer, RHIT
CNYHIMA Correspondence Director

Submitted by  CNYHIMA 

AHIMA News: 

What is AHIMA's Professional Enhancement Campaign?

Over the next few weeks, we are going to introduce you to AHIMA’s Professional Enhancement Campaign also known as the PEC. It was unveiled at the AHIMA’s Leadership Conference and President-elect Stephanie Donovan introduced it in the Leadership Conference recap.  The PEC is a research-founded approach designed to clearly articulate the value of health information professionals within the contemporary healthcare landscape, and the role of AHIMA throughout it. The decision to embark on this campaign is to elevate the health information profession and skills to the broader healthcare ecosystem. Think of it as a branding tool with new elevator pitches and talking points, covering topics from what is health information and who are health information professionals to what is health care. 

Click here to read more.

AHIMA's 74th House of Delegates Meeting

The 74th House of Delegates (HOD) meeting will occur virtually on October 17, 2020. The HOD meeting objective is to ensure an opportunity for Delegates in all Component State Associations to:

  • Converse: Through purposeful dialogue, Delegates will identify future opportunities for the profession aligned with AHIMA's Strategic Plan.
  • Catalyze: Delegates will learn how to spread the value of the health information profession and clarify the role of health information professionals among their communities.
  • Conduct Business: Delegates will act on items submitted to the House for deliberation.

One of the sessions that Delegates will participate in is a Strategic Pathfinders session. Click here to read more.

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NYHIMA Central Office Notes

NYHIMA Membership Profiles – Please remember to log into your NYHIMA profile and ensure that all of your information is up to date and correct: https://www.nyhima.org/ Your username is your email address.  This will ensure that you receive information from the NYHIMA office as well as post webinar information.

Volunteer Opportunities - We are kicking off NYHIMA Committees for 2020-21 so if you would like to get involved or learn more about the committees please email the NYHIMA Central Office at [email protected] Committee opportunities include  2021 Annual Conference (TZHIMA and HIMANYC are co-hosting), Advocacy Committee, Communications Committee, Education Committee, and Membership Committee.

NYHIMA 2020-21 Annual Conference Save the Date - June 6-9, 2021 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Tarrytown, Tarrytown, NY.

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