Hello fellow GHIMA members. Even though it seems as if spring just started, we are full steam ahead and approaching summer. On a personal note, for those who are parents, the countdown is under way for the last day of school. For those like me who are parents of seniors, I’m sure your world has been just as crazy as mine as we try to prepare them for the transition to adulthood. I know there are big dreams and bigger decisions facing them as they start thinking about college and their future. I know you all will encourage them to continue their education so that they can follow their dreams and aspirations. To the parents with graduating seniors, my hat is off to each of you for a job well done guiding these young ladies and gentlemen to this milestone. I wish them all the best as they enter the next phase of life because these individuals will be our future leaders. With that being said, we will jump right in to some updates about what is happening in GHIMA.
I am happy to report a very successful Hill Day in Washington, DC last month. Our group was able to meet with someone from each representative’s office and by all reports, the meetings were very successful. We were able to share information about the importance of patient matching and our need to work toward more advanced methods for patient matching. In addition to patient matching we addressed the growth and advances in telemedicine that have occurred without requirements for consistent, accurate and timely documentation of these visits. It is our hope that HIM professionals will be involved in any future discussions of expansion in the telehealth arena. It is crucial that we continue to have our voices heard on these and other important topics.
In addition to our hill day activities, there has been continuous work on the strategic initiatives outlined at the beginning of the year. Plans are under way for another IG workshop in the spring as we continue to educate on this important topic. The leadership team continues to meet monthly with some excellent participation, lively communication and great opportunities to learn from each other. My involvement with this group of outstanding leaders has been an absolutely wonderful experience. And finally, the plan to reduce the existing six regions down to three is finally coming to fruition.
On May 13th, a called business meeting was hosted virtually with all 6 regions present at various locations across the state. The sole purpose for the meeting was to vote on the bylaws change necessary to move forward with this initiative. With a greater than 2/3 majority, the bylaws change was approved. On behalf of the Board, thank you all for your participation in this important process.
For those of you who are mothers, I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day and were able to spend some treasured time with your family!
Kathy Alberson, RHIA
2015 – 2016 President