Welcome to Academic Advisor
The summer of 2009 will go down in the record books as one busy summer for HIM educators! This summer you need to get yourself up to speed on all things ICD-10 to prepare for the necessary changes to your curriculum. And the new Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) means an added emphasis on the electronic health record (EHR) and how to integrate new topics in project management, process improvement, implementation concerns, and vendor selection into your existing EHR lectures. Included in this issue is a preliminary version of the HIM academic timeline with the HITECH initiatives in healthcare that will have an impact on new HIM graduates.
Planning for a leisurely vacation? Better make it next year.
Using Social Networking Tools to Connect with Students and Graduates
by Rebecca B. Reynolds, EdD, RHIA
One of the challenges facing the HIM profession is recognition of our profession as a career option for students. In the past, programs visited university career fairs, visited classrooms to talk about the HIM profession, mailed brochures to prospective students, and built Web sites to provide program information. These methods are useful and provide value to meeting students in traditional environments, however, the students today are more likely to check their Facebook or MySpace pages between their classes than visit with friends in the student center on campus. Read more.
Clinical Practice Sites/Professional Practice Experience Guide Available
The Clinical Practice Sites/Professional Practice Experience (PPE) Guide was developed by the HIM Higher Education and Workforce House of Delegates Team and specifically refers to the internship or affiliation students undertake throughout their HIM academic program. The guide is divided into specific areas to provide information and best practices to students, academic faculty or programs, and HIM practitioners on the expectations for the clinical practice sites/PPEs. The underlying goal is for clinical practice sites, educational institutions, and students to partner together to create a meaningful experience for all involved.
Nursing Programs: Inventive Solutions to PPE Challenges
A few years ago, the Lewis and Clark Community College of Illinois received a federal grant to operate a nurse-managed center that provides healthcare to local residents and gives nursing students the opportunities to complete their clinical service requirements. "Finding clinical sites for students had been an issue, so we built our own," says Donna Meyer, dean of allied health and director of nursing at Lewis and Clark. Read more.
Assembly on Education
It’s that time of year! After the end of the spring term, and the mandatory attendance at the graduation ceremony in the non-air conditioned arena, and the 101 obligations you need to fulfill to wrap up the school year, it’s time to do something just for you. Pack your bags. We’re going to Las Vegas!
Making a Case for ePortfolios
A March 18 article in the Chronicle of Higher Education’s “The Wired Campus” blog titled “Electronic Portfolios: A Path to the Future of Learning” provides insights into the use of ePortfolios at a variety of academic institutions and the role that electronic portfolios play in student retention, demonstrations of learning, and program accountability.
First Student Poster Competition on Ethics
Calling all HIM students! You're invited to participate in the first annual Undergraduate and Graduate Student Poster Competition on Ethics.
In the Age of ARRA
Given the recent Obama administration release of the stimulus package and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), an AHIMA internal task force has been meeting weekly to craft a number of papers on aspects of HIM work force, HIM education, faculty training, and new training programs for all healthcare workers who will use the electronic health record (EHR) in their daily work. Much of these efforts stem from the 2008 published report, “Joint Work Force Task Force: Health Information Management and Informatics Core Competencies for Individuals Working with Electronic Health Records”, and the companion matrix tool found on the AHIMA Web site. Read more.
ACCP 2008 Best Practice Award Winner Announced
Gwynedd Mercy College of Gwyned, PA, wins the 2008 Approval Committee for Certificate Programs Best Practice Award for approved coding certificate programs.“We hope that recognizing coding certificate programs demonstrating high standards in the curriculum, outcomes reporting, and faculty selection will serve as a template for new programs wishing to emulate best practices in setting up coding certificate programs,” says ACCP 2008 chair Sarah Serling, CCS, CCS-P, CPC-I. Read more.
Northern Exposure: Canada’s Transition to ICD-10
As US schools begin to eye the changes needed to successfully move from teaching ICD-9-CM to teaching ICD-10-CM/PCS we asked ourselves, who else has already done this and what can we learn from them?
The Consortium of Baccalaureate and Graduate Programs in Health Informatics and HIM held its annual meeting on March 5-7, hosted by the University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB). Educators from 12 states came together to discuss issues of mutual concern on topics such as:
Student Open House Goes Virtual
Twice a year AHIMA opens its doors for local area HIM college students to tour the office and hear presentations by various staff on topics such as the certification exam application process, maintaining credentials, AHIMA Foundation scholarships and grants, AHIMA membership, Communities of Practice, Body of Knowledge, and the EHR Virtual Lab. Linda Kloss, MA, RHIA, CAE, FAHIMA, AHIMA executive vice president and CEO or Sandy Fuller, RHIA, MA, FAHIMA, AHIMA senior vice president and COO welcomes the students and provides an overview of the current year’s strategic plan.
Everyone enjoys this opportunity to see AHIMA staff in action and students have the opportunity to network with each other. In March, the spring term open house was videotaped and a project was established to build a learning packet within CourseShare for use by programs wishing to provide their students with a “virtual” tour of AHIMA. The project is anticipated to be available by the fall of 2009 for faculty use. A future issue of the Academic Advisor will announce when the project is completed.
Academic Advisor Q&A
Q: The University has become very concerned with determining the identity of distance education students. For example, how do we as an online program identify the students who are taking these courses? Does CAHIIM have any language specifically addressing how to deal with the issue of identifying students enrolled in distance education courses? Read more.
AHIMA Staff: Patt Peterson, MA, RHIA; Ann Janis; Sue Fiorio
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Convention & Exhibit Dates and Locations
October 1–6, 2011
See a complete listing of all AHIMA events.
Speakers at the AOE summer symposium receive a speaker’s stipend. True or False?
True: Individuals selected to speak at the AOE or FDI conferences receive a $50 credit toward the cost of the conference, and qualify for 1 CEU for each 15 minutes of podium time; panel participants get 1 CEU for each 60 minutes of podium time.
“Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.”
- Carl Sandburg
HIM Program Receives Recognition at ECU
East Carolina University’s HIM Program was recently featured in The Alliance, ECU’s College of Health Sciences’ annual publication. Graduate and HIM faculty member Dr. Susie Toler Harris, PhD, RHIA, CCS, is featured, as well as graduate Emmanual Yennyemb. View the issue online at www.ecu.edu/ah.
Connect and Network with Your Peers
AHIMA offers many opportunities for you to network with others online, ask questions and learn from your peers, and hear about the latest news from AHIMA.
Communities of Practice
The Communities of Practice is a benefit of AHIMA membership. If you are already a member, go to http://cop.ahima.org. Your user name is your AHIMA member ID including the initial zero(s). For information on becoming a member, click here.
Become a Fan of AHIMA
Check out AHIMA’s Official Facebook page. There is also an AHIMA Careers page dedicated to students and recent graduates pursuing a career in the health information field. Become a fan of one (or both) of these pages and join in the discussions.
Follow AHIMA Resources on Twitter
Become a follower of the AHIMA Resources Twitter page.
AMA's Health Care Careers Directory Reorganizes
The new 2009-2010 edition of the Health Care Careers Directory from the American Medical Association (AMA) has been reorganized to make it easier for students, career counselors, and program directors to quickly find the information they’re seeking.
Look for the next issue of Academic Advisor on August 12.