Volume XXI

Winter 2021

In This Issue...

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

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From the President

Hola my fellow NYHIMA Members,

We have been busy in the past few months with some new and exciting projects. We miss seeing everyone and have had our first NYHIMA Virtual Happy Hour! The hope with these is that we can connect directly with all members who would like to join in. Happy hour will be from 6-7 the last Friday of each month. No agenda, just fun! Bring your favorite cocktail and join in. Mark your calendar for the next one; Friday, March 26th from 6pm to 7pm. I was so excited to see new graduates and seasoned members share their experience and connect with each other. Honestly, I was wondering if I would be the only one on the call and was very pleasantly surprised at the turnout. Since we can’t connect in person, let’s go virtual.

Secondly, in trying to answer a question we get from AHIMA members frequently, "Why should I pay extra to join NYHIMA ?", we have come up with some value adds for our members. Here is a teaser… the NYHIMA Central Office has been working with Google for Non-Profits and the IRS to utilize our 5013-C designation to share features and functionality of the program with CLAs. More to come on this as we wait for our application with Google to be approved.

Lastly, I would like to congratulate member Adam Pilzer on achieving his RHIA.  Well done Adam, it was nice to virtually meet you. We wish you a long and prosperous career!

Stay well and keep an eye out for upcoming communications.  We have some great things coming to you soon.


Submitted by: NYHIMA President, Meg DeVoe, CCS 



Save the dates for the 2021 NYHIMA Annual Conference!


  • The Conference will be virtual
  • All educational sessions will be recorded and available for all attendees for 30 days after the conference
  • This means you can attend and earn CEs for every session!

Stay tuned for the program and registration information!

John William Ruth 1951-2021 

All of us here at NYHIMA mourn the passing of proud past president, John William Ruth, and unite in honoring the exemplary life of a great volunteer and leader.

We fully appreciate the fact that John's inspiring leadership and pursuit of excellence earned him the respect of many Health Information Professionals here in NY and nationwide. As we reflect upon the high standards he espoused, we are reminded of the many contributions John has made to our field and community.

We unite in offering our condolences to the Ruth family, John's friends, and colleagues in their time of mourning. May you find comfort during this time remembering how John enriched your lives and those around you.

Submitted by: NYHIMA Central Office

NYHIMA 2021 Advocacy

Tracy D’Errico, MS, RHIA and Brenda Embrey, MPA, RHIA, CHP (your NYHIMA Advocacy Director and Committee Member, respectively) prepared a presentation detailing legislation we are following and our Advocacy goals for 2021.

Review their presentation here

Upcoming NYHIMA Online Education Sessions

Everything You Didn’t Want to know about Human Trafficking A Regulatory Overview

Thursday, March 18, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Presented by Renee Olmsted, RHIA, Director, Corporate Compliance, Risk Mgt, Privacy at Oneida Healthcare


Risk Adjustment and HCC Coding 2021

Wednesday, March 24, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Presented by Lisa Stana, CPC, CMC, CPMA, COSC

NYHIMA 2021-2022 Election Results

President-Elect/Chair – Jeffery Youngs, RHIT

Finance Director – Sandra Macica, RHIA, CCS

Education Director – Sue Clarke-Kendrick, MHA, RHIA, FAHIMA

AHIMA Delegate at Large – Darlene McKendrick, RHIT, CCS

Awards Committee – Cindy A. Alsheimer, RHIT; Donna Bishop, RHIT; Shea Coleman, RHIT; Brenda Embrey, MPA, RHIA, CHP; Leslie Mills, RHIA

Congratulations everyone!  We look forward to you sharing your experience, guidance and expertise with our members and serving our association.

CLA News.

RRHIMA Member Spotlight: Sally Deming, RHIT

Rochester Regional Health Information Management Association is happy to spotlight Sally Deming, RHIT, Associate Director, HIM Operations, University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC). Sally has been a Health Information Management (HIM) professional for over 30 years. Her education began at Monroe Community College (MCC) in Business Management where she received her degree in 1991. While working for Newark Wayne Community hospital (now part of Rochester Regional Health), she enrolled in the online program for Health Information Technology (HIT) at Alfred State College at the SUNY College of Technology in Alfred, NY. 

Click here to read more

Submitted by:  RRHIMA

AHIMA News: 

Save the Date: Virtual Advocacy Summit

This year's Advocacy Summit, an opportunity for members to advocate to lawmakers for federal legislative issues important to patients and health care, is scheduled to be held virtually May 17-18. Members will be able to speak with members of Congress and their staffs and earn up to 12 CEUs.


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. Go to https://www.nyhima.org/ to log in.

Your username is 

Go to https://nyhima.memberclicks.net/login#/reset-password to reset your password.

This will ensure that you receive information from the NYHIMA office as well as post webinar information.

If you believe you have more than one profile with NYHIMA, please email [email protected].

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