Greetings members of NCHIMA,
We hope each of you are enjoying some warmer weather and gearing up for spring. We wanted to take a moment to update you on the exciting work happening with AHIMA and NCHIMA.
NCHIMA’s very own President Elect, Sallie Bissette, and Legal Advocacy Delegate, Natalie Raper, attended AHIMA’s Hill Day and Advocacy Summit last week in Washington, DC. Sallie and Natalie attended Monday’s Advocacy Summit along with CSA leadership from across the nation and received briefings on many important topics surrounding the HIM field. Folks from the Office for Civil Rights, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention all provided updates on topics that we deal with every day; HIPAA, Interoperability, ICD 10/11, and OpenNotes.
On Tuesday, Sallie and Natalie walked to Capitol Hill for four congressional appointments on behalf of NCHIMA. They had successful discussions with representatives from Senator Richard Burr’s office, House Representatives George Holding and Mark Meadows’ office, and Senator Thom Tillis’ office. There were several topics on the docket for their meetings.
These topics are a daily challenge for the HIM profession but are certainly not beyond our reach to solve:
- Patient matching
- Encouraging note sharing in real time
- Extending HIPAA right of access to non-covered entities
- Aligning HIPAA right of access with ONC Health IT certification
By meeting with their North Carolina representatives on the Hill, Sallie and Natalie worked to shed light on these important issues. All representatives were receptive to these issues and AHIMA’s proposed solutions. It is so important as HIM professionals to continuously exercise our voices to state and federal leadership to ensure our future stays bright and promising.
In our world of growing technology platforms, interoperability needs, and more, we must always make room for ourselves at the table. It’s a great time to be a HIM professional!
Submitted By: Sallie Bissette, MHA, MBA, RHIA, CHC & Natalie Raper, MHS