“You, the member, are the No. 1 priority at AHIMA,” says
AHIMA President Bonnie Cassidy.
had more than 1,500 attendees. And she noted that
AHIMA has greatly enhanced its programming for
students this year. “We look for new leaders among
our youngest members,” she said.
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The Faces of
LEADERSHIP in all its forms was on the agenda during Monday’s General Session at the Annual
Convention and Exhibit in Salt Lake City.
AHIMA Day to Day
AHIMA Interim CEO Rose Dunn, MBA, CPA,
RHIA, FACHE, FAHIMA, described her 16 weeks
on the job as “four months of amazement.” She highlighted the association’s accomplishments this year,
including the recent membership growth to 63,000
members (including 545 international members).
She also hailed the 10th anniversary of the creation
of the Fellowship program, now with 107 fellows.
Dunn also announced that the weekend’s clinical
coding meeting, jointly held by AHIMA and the
American College of Medical Coding Specialists,
Leading by Example
AHIMA President Bonnie Cassidy, MA, RHIA, FA-
HIMA, FHIMSS, in her remarks, described how the
AHIMA Board of Directors adheres to the principle
of “leadership by example.”
“Working together, with a spirit of collaboration,
with mutual respect for one another and complete
respect for the HIM profession, was the magic that
we needed and we had this year,” Cassidy said.
Cassidy thanked Dunn for her service and introduced new CEO Lynne ; omas Gordon, MB A,
RHIA, FACHE, who took o; ceSeptember 29. Cassidy described how the AHIMA board established
strategic priorities for AHIMA this year, focusing on
governance, education, research, recognition marketing and branding, and agility as an organization.
While focusing on initiatives such as the adoption
of new bylaws and a revision of the Code of Ethics,
the board also considered questions of the future for
HIM and the profession. “We attempted, in every
initiative we embarked on, to thread in an equal balance of agility and rock-solid best practice standards,” Cassidy said.
Cassidy highlighted changes in AHIMA’s educa-
tion strategy as another accomplishment. ; e for -
mer Education Strategy Committee, now known as
the Council for Excellence in Education (CEE), will
set strategy for the academic community and serve
as a liaison to the AHIMA board, functioning as a
coordinating and guiding body for academic work-
groups. Cassidy said the CEE serves three purposes:
;;Responsibility for associate, baccalaureate, and
master’s degree curricula
;; Development of strategic marketing plans to fur-
ther act on opportunities
;;Promotion of HIM education, best practices,
standards, and research
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Gail Collins will be signing copies
of her book When Everything
Changed following her talk at
today’s general session. Collins
will be beside the AHIMA
Member Connect booth (#338)
shortly a;er 12 p.m.
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