Volume XXX Issue IV

Spring 2020

In This Issue...

  1. From the President
  2. NYHIMA News/Notes
  3. AHIMA NewsNotes
  4. Industry News


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From the President

I hope everyone is off to great start for 2020. It is hard to believe that it is already March!

A major goal of this year's NYHIMA Board has been to advocate for our profession and implement the new three year strategic plan.

The strategic plan, approved in December 2019 for 2020-2023, outlines the 2020 goals. This year’s theme will focus NYHIMA’s efforts on reaching out to and connecting with ALL HIM professionals across NYS. We want to show our colleagues that we are here for you and value your partnership. In these efforts, some of the next steps include:  Developing annual messaging and outreach plan; approaching the over 4000 AHIMA members that may or may not be a member of NYHIMA or a CLA; and that our messaging is cohesive as to the many wonderful benefits of membership.

Our membership committee, led by past president Kim Charland, has been working hard on aligning messaging and recruitment of members showing the power of our collective professional voices. 

This will lead the association to a better position for advocating for our roles within the very complex and ever-changing healthcare system.

The Spring Local Leaders Retreat is right around the corner April 30th and the NYHIMA Board is looking forward to meeting with all the Component Local Associations (CLA's). Our meetings over the last few years have been very engaging and rewarding. This spring we will be addressing the role of advocacy for HIM Profession, crafting a white paper and talking points for our association and our local association.  We know how important our roles are to the overall health care system but need to express what we do to our employers and companies.  We will also touch on topics such as expanding and engaging members.

The AHIMA Advocacy Summit is March 23rd and 24th in Washington, DC. This year Meg Devoe (president elect), Darlene McKendrick (Legislative Director), and myself will be attending. AHIMA is starting to hold the pre-summit webcasts to prepare us so we'll be sure to report back to everyone what this year's focus will be.

Be sure to review the email that went out on this year's NYHIMA Awards opportunity.  Everyone knows someone who is deserving so please take a moment and nominate someone that you know.  And, don’t forget, Early Bird Registration is open for this year’s 85th Annual Conference in Buffalo, NY.

Finally, we always enjoy hearing from NYHIMA members so please let us know your thoughts on how we are doing, what you would like to see, or anything else that is on your mind.



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


NYHIMA News and Notes

NYHIMA Awards Nominations are Online!

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! 

Linked here 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!  

This year, the awards will be presented on Tuesday, June 9th at the 2020 Annual Conference Awards Banquet at the Hyatt Regency Downtown Buffalo. Award recipients are also recognized on NYHIMA's website and in the Annual Conference program.

Complete criteria for submission and selection of each award are listed on the linked nomination forms on the website. Please complete nominations by March 31, 2020.

If you have questions about the ballot, please contact the NYHIMA Central Office at 518-435-0422 or [email protected].                  Submitted by: Francis Scott, Awards Chair

New Year, New Job?

Did you know NYHIMA has a Job Bank, a benefit for NYHIMA and AHIMA members.  The Job Bank 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

Don't miss out on NYHIMA's upcoming educational offerings:

HIM Webinar Series: Auditing, Coding, CDI and Data Mining

Thursdays at noon beginning on March 12, 2020 through April 30, 2020

Sign up for one at $59 or get the complete set (8 CEU's) for just $249!

Webinar Presented By:  Lolita M. Jones, MSHS, RHIA, CCS

CLICK HERE to Register Today! 


CDI Workshop for Professionals

Full Day - In-Person - 6.5 CEU's - NYHIMA Office, Albany, NY
Remote participation through GoToMeeting

Cost: $99 for members, $59 for students, $129 for non-members
Click here to REGISTER

Monday, April 6, 2020 9:00 AM -5:00 PM

Presented By: Glenn Krauss, BBA, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPUR, FCS, PCS, CCDS, C-CDI, C-DAM, CEO and Founder of Core-CDI.com


ADVANCED ICD-10 PCS program with AdHIMA

Full Day - In-Person - 6.5 CEU's - NYHIMA Office, Albany, NY
Remote participation through GoToMeeting

Cost: $50 online or inperson
Click here to REGISTER

Thursday, April 23, 2020 9:00 AM -5:00 PM

Presented By: Lynn Kuehn, MS, RHIA, CCS-P, FAHIMA



CCA/CCS Exam Prep Course (6 CEU's)   - $99.00 

RHIT/RHIA Certification Exam Prep Session (6 CEU's) - $129.00


 Early Bird Registration for Annual Conference is OPEN.
Mobile App for your conference experience - choose your track
NEW track this year - Career Pathway

Submitted by: NYHIMA Central Office

Local Association News

RRHIMA Member Spotlight: Karen Linder, RHIA, CHDA, CCS, CCS-P, Coding Director for Rochester Regional Health

Karen Linder has been in the field of Health Information Technology (H.I.M.) for 18 ½ years.  She first worked at a local family owned drug store as a pharmacy tech which led her to take courses in college with the thought of pursuing a career in pharmaceuticals.  During the summers while in college she picked fruit for local farmers and worked at the pharmacy. However, working 60 hours a week along with the demands of college made her rethink her choice of profession.  She looked at the Monroe Community College (MCC) catalogue and found that the Health Information Management (HIM) program was right for her.  Going part time took her 4 years to complete but she said it was all worth it.  She was not giving up on her goals. Click here to read more

Submitted by:  RRHIMA

HIMANNY Member SpotlightDonna Bishop, RHIT HIMANNY
Donna was working in the Business Office (BO) at the Highland Nursing Home in Massena, New York as a Receptionist/Clerk, after attending college.  The Business Office was located next door to the Health Information Management Department (back then known as the Medical Record Department).  While working in the BO, she learned what the Medical Record Department was and it intrigued her.  In 1978 she was asked by the Medical Record Department Director, if she wanted to take the position as a Records Clerk and that started her career in Health Information Management (HIM). Click here to read more

Submitted by  HIMANNY 

AHIMA News: 

New ICD-10-CM code for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), October 1, 2020
Effective: February 20, 2020

ICD-10-CM Official Coding Guidelines - Supplement
Coding encounters related to COVID-19 Coronavirus Outbreak
Effective: February 20, 2020

February 2020 - The Board of Directors has unanimously decided to begin including the speaker-elect on the Board of Directors as a business guest for the year prior to the speaker term. The rationale for having the speaker-elect serve in this business guest role is to allow the person to observe, understand board operations, and gain a stronger comprehension of the Board/House of Delegates relationship before beginning the role as speaker on January 1.

The Board recognizes there is a steep learning curve, and allowing the speaker-elect to be a part of the Board helps the person be better prepared as a Board Director when ascending to the speaker position.

Though the AHIMA Bylaws are silent on this position, the Board of Directors Policy Manual delineates other roles on the Board including a Board guest. Broadly defined a guest is any person in attendance at a Board meeting or event who is not a legitimate Director of the AHIMA Board. The inclusion of a guest is a courtesy extended by the Board at the invitation of the president/chair. The person will be asked to complete a nondisclosure agreement and is briefed in advance on the expectations for their participation.

The speaker-elect's attendance at meetings attached to Board meetings has already been budgeted. The current speaker-elect is Aurae Beidler, MHA, RHIA, CHPS, CHC, and she will be begin attending the Board meetings in March in conjunction with the Advocacy Summit. If you have any questions about this new role for the speaker-elect, please contact [email protected]

Source: E-Alert Update

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