MeHIMA President’s Letter August 2020

Greetings MeHIMA Members,

To say this has been an unusual year is an understatement. I’m sure all of us have had similar situations that we have gone through and may still be going through. We are adjusting our work lives and our home lives to meet the ever-changing world that we all live in. The one constant that we can all rely on right now is that we are all still dedicated to our professions, that, I am confident of. With that being said, let me tell you about a few things that our current MeHIMA Board wants you to know about.

We had the unfortunate need to cancel both of our MeHIMA Conferences this year due to COVID-19. We made this decision because of the restrictions placed on the State of Maine and the limited number of people that could gather in one place. Most importantly, we needed to keep your safety in mind. These decisions were not taken lightly. We know that education is a top priority to our membership. We all value the quality of the speakers that come to these conferences and we all desire to obtain our CEUs in order to continue to maintain our credentials. Your MeHIMA Board realizes both of these things and we are working hard at trying to provide you with some type of education before our next conference. Other CSAs are also struggling with this same issue. We are going to have conversations with them to see if perhaps we could join together and have a combined virtual conference. We will definitely keep you posted on this. In the meantime, I encourage you to go to the AHIMA website and look at some of their learning opportunities. There are some options that they have that are free and still give you a CEU. Others are less than $50 and offer you CEUs. Please take a moment to explore those options.

On July 31, 2020, your new MeHIMA Board was virtually installed. This normally would have happened in person at the annual conference and in front of all of the members that attended the conference. However, we had to make the necessary adjustments. The MeHIMA Board roster is available to you on the MeHIMA website. I encourage you to take a look at the new list. When you do, you will see that there are two positions that are currently vacant. We need a Secretary and a Chair of the Data and Reimbursement Committee. I recently sent out this notification to all MeHIMA members. I would again ask you to consider the opportunity to fill one of these positions and serve as an active member on the MeHIMA Board. You would be doing a great service to your members. That being said, one of the things we normally do when we install the MeHIMA Board in person is to ask all of the members present to stand and pledge their support to the newly installed MeHIMA Board of Directors. I know that we can’t do that here. However, I would just ask all of you who are reading this letter to help support your MeHIMA Board this year as we move ahead. As with everything we are all doing, it is a moving target. We, as your MeHIMA Board, promise to do our very best to make the mark.

I hope you all have a wonderful remainder of your August. I pray that you are all safe and healthy and that your families are as well.

Take care and be well.
Elizabeth L. Sheridan, RHIT
MeHIMA President

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