MERRY CHRISTMAS to All HIM Professionals!

Tis’ the season for being a super holiday hero! Many of us are super busy preparing for our Christmas Holiday festivities as well as year-end projects. And WVHIMA Board of Directors is no exception to that super busy schedule and activity!

The Board met at United Hospital Center on November 18th, and held a very informative and productive meeting. We had a WebEx presentation from our webmaster Andrea Koppelman, Knowledge Connex of some super new features that we are planning to roll out to you over the next year.

The Annual Convention Super Team is continuing preparations for the April 19-21, 2017 convention in Oglebay. Early Registration is open for both members and vendors! There are lots of super speakers and super topics, along with some super surprises all themed around the SUPER HIM Hero Theme! And we anticipate you joining us for the SUPER Hero Event! Stay tuned to WVHIMA.org for more information!

I am serving on the AHIMA 2017 Convention Program Committee this year. The dates for the AHIMA Convention are October 7-11, 2017 in Los Angeles, CA. The Call for Abstracts is available now and the deadline date for submission is 1/2/2017. Submit your presentation entry at this website: https://ahima.confex.com/ahima/89am/cfp.cgi Share your Super Hero Story! Submission formats include Educational Tracks, Clinical Coding Meeting, Pre-Meeting Workshops, and E-Poster Showcase. WVHIMA had representation last year as speakers and poster presentations, and all were very well received. So submit your abstract for consideration! The committee will review all submissions in end of January do design the Convention Program.

Some of you have expressed an interest in becoming more involved at the AHIMA level. I strongly encourage your participation at both the AHIMA and WVHIMA level of volunteering. Check out the website http://engage.ahima.org/volunteeropportunities/opportunities-list-public for the many volunteer opportunities and complete the self-assessment to determine where you’re best fit to volunteer. There are focus groups, task forces, committees, and many other mentoring opportunities to participate. You just need to reach out annually!

As this 2016 comes to an end, I encourage you to do some reflection on all the accomplishments you have made this past year, and look forward to setting new goals for 2017 and I hope that you are able to incorporate an act or two of HIM Heroism into your goals!

Merry Christmas to each of you!