My apologies for being late on this update! February being a “short month” as well as a flurry of activity, I got behind. I started this month off in Chicago as a member of the AHIMA Convention Planning Committee for Los Angeles. That is an amazing experience to be part, and understand what all goes into selecting speakers, tracks, and other educational opportunities. It makes me appreciate all the hard work that our own convention committee does at a state level even more.

Speaking of Convention, you have received e-blasts for registration and hotel accommodations. Early Bird Registration and Hotel Block Rooms due dates will be approaching soon. There is an amazing array of speaker topics being arranged, and of course plenty of networking opportunities including our opening 5K Walk/Jog Race! Topics ranging from compliance, information governance, data analytics, compliance, student topics, audits, and more! I am excited for our vendors reception with special entertainment, past president recognition luncheon, reunion lunch event, and awards banquet! Megan McDougal is preparing her incoming address as she is installed as President, and preparing her committee assignments, so please let her know if you are willing to volunteer. I am sure she would love to hear from you! I am looking forward to seeing everyone, and hope you are planning to attend.

The Board is seeking nominations for the WVHIMA Ballot as well. You can nominate someone, or self-nominate yourself for one of our elected offices. The ballot will be finalized soon, so please go to the website and complete the online nomination form.

It is WVHIMA’s year to submit nominations for the AHIMA Election Ballot as well. If you are interested in submitting your name or someone else for AHIMA Ballot, please let us know or nominate them on AHIMA Volunteer site at AHIMA.org.

The Board is seeking nominations for this year’s WVHIMA Distinguished Member, and the online form is available at our website for nominations. We are continuing to launch our #WVHIMA #BeAHIMHero campaign on social media, and ask that you start practicing it’s use. Ashley Simmons, RHIA, CCS is leading this charge and plans to have a flurry of social media activity with these and other hashtags.

End of March, the Executive Board Members: myself, Nelson, Jamie, and Megan will be attending AHIMA Advocacy and Hill Day in Washington, DC. This is always an exciting time for WVHIMA as we get to meet and talk to WV State senators and congressman about HIM initiatives. The staff in these offices are always very gracious and appreciative to meet with us and become more aware of our needs in HIM with regard to ICD-10 Adoption, Unique Patient Identifiers, and Privacy to name a few. You can help too by reaching out to your local state representatives. More information is available on AHIMA Engage and AHIMA.org.

To close this month, I just want to reiterate that WVHIMA is a very active association, and the board depends of you and your support. Continue to reach out to us via the website wvhima.org, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We appreciate your feedback in how we can best serve you!

And we look forward to seeing you at Oglebay, April 19-21, 2017.

Christine Metheny, RHIA, CHPS, CHTS-IM
WVHIMA President 2016-2017