Letter from the Board

Summer 2024

Greetings members!

The long hot days of summer are upon us! Good time to take a little break and relax after an active spring filled with HIM learning activities here at CtHIMA.

During HIP Week we enjoyed a Meet ‘n’ Greet with the HIM students at the CT State College in Middletown. Jan Dombek, Elizabeth Taylor, Jill Flanigan, and I were available to the students to answer questions on the profession, our personal backgrounds in the field, and their future careers in HIM.

Then Jill Flanigan provided a virtual lunch ‘n’ learn on the educational opportunities available at the college both live and virtually. The event was well attended, not only by those newly seeking education in the field, but by many already working in the field to better guide not only their own careers in HIM, but to better steer those seeking to enter the field.

Jennifer Cox gave an eye-opening presentation on the oversight of artificial intelligence in healthcare, making us all too aware that now is the time to start to plan as there is already Connecticut legislation impacting providers. There will certainly be much more to follow, so stay tuned, and please reach out to CtHIMA with anything specific you might like to learn on this topic or if there are any other legal/regulatory topics you would like to have presented as a lunch ‘n’ learn.

On May 7th, Michelle Badore gave us an update on ICD-11, titled ICD-11: Evaluating Change, which was well attended and well received. Michelle, who is a Manager, Global & Clinical Nosology Content at Solventum, had previously discussed:

• Describe the who, what, where, why, and how of the latest update to the International Classification of Diseases
• Distinguish code mechanics, code types and clinical workflow impacts across the patient care continuum
• Develop focused education and awareness strategies for your organization
• Identify critical concerns and risks integrating the new patient classification
• Improve your organization’s readiness for the conversion to ICD-11

In her latest, Michelle covered:

• List the steps for evaluating change in an organization
• Describe the summarized differences between the ICD-10 and the ICD-11 patient classification systems
• Identify the latest updates from the World Health Organization’s 2024 release
• Assess the need for country-specific localizations
• Discover implementation stages across the globe
• Describe the current state and next steps for US implementation

Taking us all right to where we need to be with ICD-11 now!

On June 12th we enjoyed an informative presentation by Attorney Dena Castricone of the DMC Law that thoroughly reviewed the changes to the law that governs Connie and what these mean for healthcare providers. For those of you who may not know, Connie is a health information exchange (HIE) allows doctors, pharmacists, other health care providers and patients to appropriately access and securely share a patient’s vital medical information electronically—improving the speed, quality, safety and cost of patient care.

Then on June 18th Attorney Dena Castricone of the DMC Law presented Implementing HIPAA’s New Reproductive Health Information Protections during which attendees could:

• Review the new requirements under the Final Rule
• Examine key considerations for compliance
• Offer a decision-tree model for walking through the new requirements

Both events were well attended and offered our members the chance to earn a free CEU for each!

Coming on June 27th qt noon, we have: The Power of Dual Certification, presented by Dr. Kengia Sabree, who is known as “The HIM Certification Coach” holds a B.S. degree in Health Information Management from DeVry University, an M.S. degree in Instructional Design and Technology from Walden University. In addition, Kengia completed her doctoral coursework in Higher Education Leadership and Management at Capella University.

This webinar is designed to help you better understand the power of and to better embrace the idea of earning dual certifications. We will discuss the benefits of dual certifications, review the most recent salary surveys, and then Dr. Kengia will share multiple recipes to help you create your own alphabet soup.

The Board at CtHIMA



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