President's Message - January 2014
Happy New Year!
It’s hard to
believe we are already well into 2014. I remember my
parents saying that time flies by faster the older you
get. I’m now ready to attest to that! Not only because
I’m “older” but work is a real challenge as we prepare
for ICD-10 implementation and also work to meet Stage 2
meaningful use standards. We are also being hit with
more audits from both the government and from private
health insurance companies. I am also anxious to hear
what changes may be in store for us as Maryland revamps
healthcare delivery to control costs.
this seems to be happening everywhere. Change was the
major topic of our Annual Meeting in Atlanta in October.
Changes in technology are driving changes in how and
where we store our records. It’s changing the structure
of our departments and the role of the HIM director
within the departments. I’ve started to see these
changes occurring already. Although it is scary, change
is opening doors for us so we can use our knowledge in
other areas. It is up to us to recognize these
opportunities, make sure we have the education needed to
move in the new directions, and take the plunge and move
into these unknown waters.
As we move into these
uncharted waters, we need guidance, knowledge, and
support. At the national level AHIMA is actively
marketing our skills and knowledge to others. AHIMA
staff is participating in committees and groups that are
reshaping healthcare. They are redefining and providing
the education and skills we need as we move into these
new career paths.
MdHIMA is also trying to
provide you with knowledge, skills, and tools. We try to
include these topics in our Quarterly Business Meetings.
Also be sure to attend our MdHIMA Annual Meeting in
April. We will be providing you with sessions that
address how to manage change, what knowledge and skills
are needed to pursue these new ventures, and what kinds
of jobs are available for you to pursue as you “Navigate
the Changing Waters of HIM.” Change is scary but it can
also be an exciting adventure for you to make that move
into a new and challenging HIM career path.
Monna Nabers, MBA, RHIA
President, MdHIMA 2013-2014