The wind is in the pines, the leaves are falling in the many hues of autumn, and it’s time for our fall GHIMA e-newsletter. Your Georgia delegation to the AHIMA House of Delegates, worked hard in Los Angeles on October 8 to represent your interests. We divided up to take part in five break-out sessions on topics that Jennifer McCollum, lead delegate, will detail in her article in this newsletter.
On a personal note, I was impressed that Chrisann Lemery, Speaker of the HOD, communicated so well throughout the year, preparing us for the House. The experience has been gratifying, and definitely worth the time and commitment. Do you see yourself serving in such a role in the future? Be sure to get involved in your region and watch for opportunities to serve at the state level. GHIMA needs future leaders.
Please watch for details on a state-wide GHIMA Member Update webinar to share current happenings in GHIMA, AHIMA, and our HIM profession.
The 2017 AHIMA Convention & Exhibit was invigorating, highly educational, and a great opportunity to meet and greet HIM professionals from around the world. Val Watzlaf, our new AHIMA President, was speaker at our Jekyll Island GHIMA Annual Meeting & Exhibit in 2015. Val was anchor for “Create Your Own Future” on Tuesday in Los Angeles, which highlighted HIM professionals sharing their career paths. Kathy Downing shared Abraham Lincoln’s quote “The best way to predict your future is to create it,” which beautifully crystalized this general session.
I had the privilege of presiding at three sessions. “Share Your Expertise, Volunteer for AHIMA” was presented by Carolyn Guyton-Ringbloom and Melanie Endicott. We plan to present their PowerPoint for your education and encouragement to aim high in your volunteerism and networking through GHIMA and AHIMA roles.
The second session was “The Eyes of Uncle Sam Are Upon You: The Dementia Care Focused Audit” by Mary Ann Leonard, RHIA. It was fascinating to hear the developments in this arena and especially the Hand-in-Hand Dementia Care training program, and the Eden Alternative, a project to treat SNF patients like they were people who mattered and to include pets and plants in their environs for them to tend. It was also a pleasure to meet Mary Ann, a Temple U. graduate from Philadelphia, who remembered my dear mother in her heyday.
The third session was “MACRA-How 50 Years of Medicare Reporting Changes on January 1, 2018” by Bonnie Cassidy, RHIA, and Michael Stearns, MD, CPC, CFPC. The presentation was very informative and helpful. Please contact me for more information on this timely topic.
At the CSA (Component State Associations) Presidents’ Breakfast I had an opportunity to share a little of what’s happening in our state. We have outstanding online offerings from Data Analytics (Big Data was a BIG Topic at AHIMA) to Information Governance, the reorganization of our six regions into three, including the review and updating of those lovely Bylaws and Policies and Procedures, our annual Leadership Symposium with AAHIM, to be held in Birmingham in February 2018, our involvement with the Southeast Health Information Management Association Alliance (SEHIMAA), coordinated by Seth Johnson of TN, and our combined annual meetings with NC and SC in 2019 and potentially 2020.
As you can see, there is lots happening in Georgia. Please stay in touch and let me know your concerns and your ideas. We are actively recruiting new folks for involvement at the regional and state levels.
Thank you for the privilege of serving as your president this year.
Jan House, MS, RHIA
GHIMA President, 2017-2018