LASER March 2006
Colorado Health Information Management Association
AFFILIATED WITH AHIMA
JOIN OUR CELEBRATION OF SPRING
AT THE ANNUAL CHIMA SPRING MEETING
MAY 4TH AND 5TH AT THE RADISSON
Presentations and Education Sessions will include:
Ethical Challenges in HIM
Coding Infusions and Injections
Managing in a Virtual Workforce
HIM In the World: An HIM Project in Ethiopia
Enabling a Secure, Digital Environment
Coding Compliance and Operations, Can the Marriage Survive?
During the meeting on Thursday and Friday we will also be
giving away “gift certificates” towards registration for the
AHIMA National Convention to be held in Denver in October.
You must be present to win!
Mark your calendar. Registration forms will be
coming soon! Come celebrate spring!!
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We all have our favorite Olympic sport – or if you are like me – any Olympic sport is worth watching. This evening I am
struck by the sheer beauty and grace of figure skating.
There are two components to the evaluation of skating – the performance or technical component and the
interpretation or artistry portion. While these names and the way the score are assigned have changed, the essence
of the evaluation has not. We can take these two components and apply them to the health information field and our
individual careers. I believe that the technical and artistry portions serve as a way to measure our performance as
The technical components include our training and education. Our credentials really serve as the measure of our
technical competency. Each of us picks a field or component that we enjoy performing – such as coding or project
management. We must continue to push ourselves to stay current with the new technical aspects of our profession.
The e-HIM movement is a prime example of this. There are some many technical components in HIM (legal, HIPAA,
information systems, coding, release of information, JCAHO) that we must constantly push ourselves – or practice – to
stay current and competitive.
The artistry is the portion that we learn with experience. How often have you heard the skating commentator say that
the skater must just gain some more experience? Compare this to your first supervisory experience or to the new
professional you are mentoring. The lessons learned are commonly the same; however, they must be experienced by
each individual. Another component of artistry in HIM is sometimes considered the grace or politics of our field.
Comparably leadership is often called an art.
Other similarities and lessons can be drawn from the Olympics. Timing and preparedness is often crucial to the
success of an athlete and a healthcare professional. While we all can appreciate the commitment Olympic athlete
exhibit, we too have commitment to the advancement of our profession and reforming healthcare.
The lessons we can learn and apply to our career and personal lives are every where. While the Olympics can inspire
us once each four years, we must personally aspire ourselves all the time. So I hope you enjoyed the Olympics and
are living your own dream as you continue to meet the challenges of the health information profession.
Thea Campbell, CHIMA President
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In This Issue…
1 CHIMA Annual Meeting Information 9 CHIMA Volunteers Needed
2 President’s Message 10 Service Award Nomination Form
3 CHIMA Electronic Ballot 12 PHR Presenter Training
4 AHIMA Annual Convention/Countdown to Denver 12 Newly Credentialed
5 CHIMA Web site 13 Corporate Members
5 LASER Goes Electronic 14 Coming Events and Deadlines
7 CHIMA Finance Report 15 Laser Advertising Rates
8 Service Award Information
CHIMA BALLOT GOES ELECTRONIC! PLEASE VOTE!!!!!
CHIMA will be using electronic balloting this year for the first time. The Nominating Committee has prepared a ballot
of incredible, enthusiastic candidates. The ballot, including the biographical forms for the candidates, will be posted
on the CHIMA web site by March 20, 2006. You will be sent a broadcast email informing you that the ballot is
available and providing a link to get to the ballot. Voting will conclude on April 19. If you would prefer to receive a
paper copy of the ballot, please contact our CHIMA Office Coordinator:
Email address: email@example.com
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AHIMA ANNUAL CONVENTION
COUNTDOWN TO DENVER CONVENTION
The national meeting of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) will be held at the Colorado Convention
Center from October 6 through 12, 2006. The last national meeting in Colorado was in 1986.
The Colorado Health Information Management Association (CHIMA) has dedicated monies from the reserve account for financing
activities sponsored by the state; so we will not have to do significant fund raising as the host state.
Diane Bauerle, Merlene Rodgers and I will be coordinating the activities of the volunteers. CHIMA will be providing approximately
150 volunteers to help at the convention. Volunteers will be needed prior to and during the early part of the convention to stuff
program bags that contain all the information about the meeting for each registrant. We will also help AHIMA and convention
center staff at the hotel registration sites, provide directions to meeting rooms at the convention center, and hand out AHIMA daily
newsletters prior to sessions. A majority of our volunteers will be assigned to CHIMA’s hospitality booth where we will have
information about restaurants, shopping and fun things to do in the Denver metro area as well as things to do throughout the state.
Unless you are volunteering on a date which is not part of the AHIMA meeting (weekend before the meeting or Thursday), you will
need to be registered for the conference to be a volunteer. We are asking every volunteer to provide your name, address, phone,
fax numbers, e-mail address and shirt size (we have to have a way for attendees to recognize us, so I am asking for shirt size, just
in case we do t-shirts). If you have not already done so, please send your information to Diane Bauerle at BauerleD@exempla.org
or Virginia Mullen at firstname.lastname@example.org. Diane has created an excel spreadsheet for volunteers; we will be getting back
to you in early summer about volunteer duties.
In addition, I will be contacting state presidents from surrounding states to provide volunteers from states that will not have the
opportunity to host a national meeting. I will also be sending a letter to all Colorado hospital CEO’s and marketing associates
encouraging them to send their HIM professionals to this meeting as it is a fantastic opportunity to hear national speakers and see
the latest technology impacting hospitals and HIM in this ever changing time. I will also be asking for them to donate something
(gift or cash) that we will use for door prizes at the Hospitality Booth. So, if they ask you about it, please let them know what a
great opportunity this is for Colorado to be recognized on a national basis.
Colorado also has the opportunity to provide tours to various sites during the convention. Volunteers from local facilities will be on
hand to showcase their facilities and how they are implementing innovative programs. This year, tours during the AHIMA meeting
will include: Denver Health and Hospitals, Exempla Good Samaritan Hospital, University Hospital Center at Fitzsimmons, Denver
Veteran’s Administration Hospital, Exempla Record Center and the Veterinary Hospital at Colorado State University.
I am also the Chair of the AHIMA 2006 Program Committee and can tell you that this is a fantastic meeting. We had more than 200
abstracts submitted for about 100 slots for speakers. It was difficult for the committee to select speakers from such an outstanding
group of abstracts. AHIMA does not have the final list of general session speakers; but you can be assured that we will see national
figures who are in the midst of the wave of change facing our association and our hospitals.
I encourage each and every one of you to make plans to attend the meeting. It is a fantastic professional opportunity!
Virginia Mullen, RHIA
October 7 —12, 2006
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On the CHIMA web site…check it out! www.chima.org
On the CHIMA web site you will find:
◘ Minutes of the 2005 Annual CHIMA Business Meeting
◘ Current Job Postings at http://www.chima.org/jobs/jobs.html
◘ Coming this Summer…………LASER, the CHIMA quarterly newsletter
CHIMA LASER GOES ELECTRONIC! WE ARE PAPERLESS!
As noted above, CHIMA is converting the LASER newsletter to an electronic version on the CHIMA website. The
March LASER will be the last paper version published. By eliminating paper, it will save in expenses for the
association, including printing and postage. Each quarter, you will be sent a broadcast email informing you that the
current version of the LASER is available and providing a link to get to the newsletter on CHIMA’s web site. If you
would prefer to receive a paper copy of the LASER, please contact our CHIMA Office Coordinator (Ann Nowlin) by
completing the form below:
I would like to receive the CHIMA Laser in paper format. Please send to the address
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CHIMA Finance Report
ASSETS 1st. Qtr. 2nd. Qtr. 3rd. Qtr. 4th. Qtr.
Checking $45,059.29 $62,769.16 $58,874.94 $54,386.52
Reserves $66,196.19 $66,196.19 $66,196.19 $66,196.19
Scholarship $4,221.73 $4,221.73 $4,221.73 $4,221.73
Receivables $295.00 $415.00 $335.00 $430
TOTAL ASSETS $115,772.21 $133,602.08 $129,627.86 $125,234.44
Opening Balance Open Bal. $72,250.14 $72,250.14 $72,250.14 $72,250.14
Retained Earnings Earnings $40,701.25 $40,701.25 $40,701.25 $52,958.28
Net Income Net Income $2,820.82 $20,650.69 $16,676.47 $26.02
LIABILITIES/EQUITY $115,772.21 $133,602.08 $129,627.86 $125,234.44
been submitted to
Taxes due May
CHIMA ASSETS 2005
1 2 3 4
CHIMA LIABILITIES & EQUITY
$40,000.00 Open Bal.
$30,000.00 Ret. Earnings
$20,000.00 Net Income
1 2 3 4
Kathy Flesher, CHIMA Treasurer
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CHIMA SERVICE AWARD
Do you know an Outstanding Volunteer?
This is your opportunity to nominate an inspirational member of CHIMA for either the Distinguished Member or
Outstanding Volunteer award.
These awards are given to a member of CHIMA that have distinguished themselves by exemplary service to CHIMA,
the community or the membership. There are so many individuals within CHIMA, throughout Colorado, who provide
meaningful service, however, we don’t always know who they are.
Please use the form on the next page to nominate anyone whom you feel should be recognized.
Below is a list of the previous recipients of the Distinguished Member and Outstanding Volunteer awards and
recipients of AHIMA awards:
Previous CHIMA Award Recipients
YEAR AWARD NAME
1985 Distinguished Member Joyce Brown
1985 Distinguished Member Viola Griffin
1986 Distinguished Member Penny Reed
1987 Distinguished Member Catherine Brookler
1988 Distinguished Member Virginia Mullen
1989 Distinguished Member Beth Haenke
1990 Distinguished Member Barbara Manor
1991 Distinguished Member Cathy Dodds
1992 Distinguished Member Kim Sutphin
1993 No Award
1994 No Award
1995 Distinguished Member Carol Sarché
1996 Distinguished Member Linda Clark
1997 Distinguished Member Beth Wolfson
1998 Distinguished Member Elaine Barnett
1998 Professional Lifetime Achievement Carolyn Samuels
1999 Outstanding Volunteer Virginia Mullen
1999 Distinguished Member Nancy Bruner
2000 Outstanding Volunteer Kathy Peeters
2000 Distinguished Member Deb Bennett-Woods
2000 Professional Lifetime Achievement Marjorie Weston
2001 No Award
2002 Lifetime Achievement Award Carol Sarche
2003 Lifetime Achievement Award Viola Griffin
2003 Distinguished Member Jill Callahan-Dennis
2004 Volunteer Award Anne Sinks
2004 Volunteer Award Sarah Branish
2005 Volunteer Award Deb Bennett-Woods
Previous CHIMA Members to win an AHIMA
YEAR AWARD NAME
1990 Outstanding New Professional Virginia Mullen
1991 Outstanding New Professional Kim Sutphin
1997 Motivator Award Susan Clark
2000 Volunteer Award Viola Griffin
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WANTED: VOLUNTEERS FOR CHIMA
Have you thought about getting more involved with your Colorado Health Information Management Association? Is
there a particular area of CHIMA that interests you? Would you like to develop your leadership skills? Would you like
to do more networking? Would you just like to get out of the office more? If you said yes to any of the above, please
consider volunteering to chair or to participate in any of the CHIMA projects or committees. It takes a lot of people to
keep our organization going and to meet the needs of our diverse membership. As the President-elect of CHIMA, I am
starting to look for volunteers for the upcoming year (July 2006-June 2007). Please let me know if you would be
interested in chairing or in serving on any of the following projects or committees by emailing me
(email@example.com) or mailing the form below to:
Director, Health Information Management
1835 Franklin St.
Denver, CO 80218
Project Interest in Chairing Interest in Participation
Data Quality □ □
Education (Spring Mtg) □ □
Education (Vendors) □ □
Laser □ □
Scholarship □ □
Legislative □ □
Long Term Care □ □
Technology □ □
Barb Manor, CHIMA President Elect
October 7 – 12, 2006
VOLUNTEER, YOUR STATE ASSOCIATION NEEDS YOU!
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CHIMA SERVICE AWARDS
(DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF NOMINATIONS IS APRIL 1, 2006)
Name of Nominee:___________________________________________________________________________
Have you notified this person of the nomination? Yes No
Work phone:___________________________________ Home phone:___________________________________
Please consider this nomination for the following award:
□Distinguished Member □Outstanding Volunteer
Candidate must be an active, or recently retired, Candidate must be an active, recently retired or student
member of CHIMA. member of CHIMA
□Professional Lifetime Achievement
Candidate must be an active, or recently retired, 1) Provide a narrative summary of 200 words or less
member of CHIMA. explaining why the nominee should be considered for
this award. Include mention of:
1) Provide a narrative summary of 300 words or less Professional employment;
explaining why the nominee should be considered for State volunteer activities (past and
this award. Include mention of: current);
Professional employment; National volunteer activities (if
State and national volunteer activities; applicable)
Specific contributions to the profession Other volunteer contributions
such as publishing or teaching;
Other personal and professional 2) Attach at least two letters of support
2) Attach a copy of the nominee’s resume.
Send all nomination materials to:
3) Attach at least two letters of support. Merlene Rodgers
10322 Alpine Dr “C”
Cupertino, CA (California) 95014
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PHR Presenter Training
Personal Health Record Community Presenter Training
A training session for those interested in being a Community Presenter for AHIMA’s education campaign on
Personal Health Records (PHR) will be Friday, April 28th at Lutheran Medical Center in the Coffee Shop
Conference Room from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm.
Community Presenters will attend the training session and be willing to deliver AHIMA’s presentation in your
community. This is a great opportunity for CHIMA members to share the advantages of a keeping a PHR as
well as give exposure to the HIM profession.
Please contact Diane Bauerle, Community Education Coordinator for CHIMA, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call
303-425-2612 for more information or to sign up for the training session.
Diane Bauerle, RHIA
Newly Credentialed CHIMA Members
Congratulations to the following CHIMA members who recently received their credentials:
Polly M. Holtsnider, RN, RHIT
Eric E. Rhyland, CCS, CPC, RHIT
Mary J. Staael, CCA, RN, BSN
Sylvia H. Jaeggi, CCA
Dianna K. Randel, RHIT
Krista K. Caliga, CCA
Arlis, Keller, RHIT
Stanley W. Abraham, RHIT
Shalini V. Fujimoto, RHIT, CCS
Julie Downey, CPC, CPC-H, CCS
James, A. Zyles, CCA
Nancy A. Gehring, RHIT
CHIMA would like to thank the following business for their interest and contribution to CHIMA:
MedQuist Just Associates, Inc.
Melinda Patten, RHIA Beth Just, MBA, RHIA
7330 S. Alton Way, Suite A Building 12 16366 E. Crestline Pl.
Englewood, CO 80112 Centennial CO 80015
303-779-1500 Phone 303-693-4727 Phone
303-779-8076 Fax Email: email@example.com
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web Site: www.justassociates.com
Web Site: www.medquist.com
Specializing in transcription Specializing in HIM consulting
Coming Events and Deadlines
Date Event For More Information
Thea Campbell at
3/24 CHIMA Board Meeting email@example.com or
Date Event More Information
4/1 Service Award Nominations due MRodgers@axolotl.com
Thea Campbell at
4/28 CHIMA Board Meeting firstname.lastname@example.org or
4/28 PHR Presenter Training email@example.com or call 303-
Date Event Information
Colleen Stalvey at
5/4 and 5/5 CHIMA Annual Spring Meeting
Contact Virginia Mullen at
October 7-12, 2006 AHIMA National Meeting, Denver, CO
firstname.lastname@example.org to learn
how you can help
Also refer to the Calendar of Events maintained on
“It’s Our Job To Make
Your Job Easier!”
*Release of Information Services
*Digital Storage Solutions
8371 SouthPark Lane Littleton, CO. 80120
303-761-7205 Fax 303-761-7776 Toll Free 888-761-7205
Laser Advertising Rates
The LASER is the official newsletter of the Colorado Health Information Management Association (CHIMA) and
has a distribution of 700-800 copies quarterly. Publication dates are: December, March, June, and September.
Submission dates are the 15th of the preceding months: November, February, May, and August. Submit ads to
the CHIMA Office Coordinator, Ann Nowlin, 301 S. Estates Drive, Salina, KS 67401 email@example.com, 785-825-
Commercial Advertising. Commercial advertisements must be submitted camera ready or in electronic format
using MSWord, WordPerfect or Quark. All ads will be printed in black and white. Color ad prices and color
paper prices need to be negotiated.
Advertisement of Job Vacancies. Organizations submit text of the job posting to the Office Coordinator.
Payment. CHIMA is a volunteer non-profit organization, and appreciates pre-payment at the time of
placement of the ad. Orders of $50 or less must be prepaid. For larger orders, CHIMA will invoice and bill the
advertiser, if requested. CHIMA accepts checks and credit cards.
COMMERCIAL ADVERTISING RATES
Single issue, please specify month. For any two issues, please specify months.
Business card $ 25.00 Business card $ 45.00
1/4 page $ 30.00 1/4 page $ 55.00
1/3 page $ 35.00 1/3 page $ 65.00
1/2 page $ 55.00 1/2 page $105.00
2/3 page $ 70.00 2/3 page $135.00
Full page $110.00 Full page $215.00
For any three issues, please specify months. Full year (ad may be changed during the year).
Business Card $ 65.00 Business Card $ 80.00
1/4 page $ 80.00 1/4 page $100.00
1/3 page $ 95.00 1/3 page $120.00
1/2 page $155.00 1/2 page $200.00
2/3 page $200.00 2/3 page $260.00
Full page $320.00 Full page $420.00
JOB POSTING RATES
Job postings are printed in text across the full width of the paper. Basic charge per ad per issue is $30 for up
to six lines of text. Add an additional $4 per line for each additional line over 6 lines. In the event the
advertiser prefers to buy a portion of a page and submit an ad with graphics or copy other than simple text,
then please refer to the commercial advertising rates above.
CHIMA Colorado Health Information Management Association, Inc., (CHIMA) is a professional
association chartered under the State of Colorado non-profit corporate law. The Laser is
7335 E. Orchard Rd, Suite 100 the official newsletter of the Association. The purpose of the newsletter is to inform the
CHIMA membership of activities of the Association and to educate its readers in matters
Greenwood Village, CO 80111-2512 pertaining to health information management and technology. It is a forum for open and
responsible discussion; consistent with this concept, all materials presented may not
Ann Nowlin, Office Coordinator reflect the official policy of CHIMA or the institution with which the author is affiliated
CHIMA Administrative Office unless otherwise specified. The use of a product name, service name, or business
301 S. Estates Drive, Salina, KS 67401 name is for descriptive purposes only, and the use of such a name is neither an implicit
785-825-7340 nor explicit endorsement of a product or system by CHIMA. Furthermore, CHIMA does
not endorse any of the products or services advertised in this newsletter. Letters and
comments addressed to the Editor are welcomed.
Frequency of issue: Quarterly. Number of issues published annually: Four
2005-2006 Writing for the Laser: Unsolicited manuscripts, illustrations, and graphics are accepted
for publication consideration. Publication dates: 3/15/06, 6/15/06, 9/15/06 and 12/15/06.
Thea Campbell, President Submission deadlines are one month prior to publication dates. Submit articles by
(720) 985-3353 contacting editor Patricia Chaloupka, RHIA firstname.lastname@example.org or (970)
Barb Manor, President-Elect 240-7368
Merlene Rodgers, Past President Annual subscription price: Payment of annual membership assessment
(303) 475-2427 includes distribution without an additional charge. Subscription for non-
Tedi Lojewski, Secretary AHIMA members is $30.00 annually.
(719) 776-8012 Number of copies distributed: 800
Kathy Flesher, Treasurer Members as of 2005 annual assessment: 792
Linda Schwab, 3nd Year Director Complimentary copies are distributed free to various affiliated health care organizations.
Nancy Prade, 2nd Year Director Change of address: Subscribers/members: If you need to make mailing address
(303) 372-7302 changes, go to the AHIMA website at www.ahima.org. This needs to be done six weeks
Jeaninne Wolf, 1 Year Director in advance of the effective date.
Kathy DeVault, Chief Delegate
Anissa Smith, Delegate
Kimberly Schondelmeyer, Delegate
Merlene Rodgers, Delegate
(see number above)
Thea Campbell, Delegate If you are interested in advertising in the Laser, please see the Laser Advertising
(see number above) information on the inside back page.
7335 East Orchard Road, Suite 100
Greenwood Village. CO 80111-2512