Members Only! Special HIP Week Celebration - Registration now open!

New! March 2020 Quarterly Meeting - Registration now open

New! NGHIMA's Kamara V. Jenkins Scholarship Fund

New! NGHIMA's Kamara V. Jenkins Scholarship Application Form

Welcome to NGHIMA

Welcome to the North Georgia Health Information Management Association (NGHIMA). NGHIMA is a non-profit organization whose membership consists of health information management professionals employed in hospitals and other healthcare settings throughout the North Georgia region.

NGHIMA is a regional component of the Georgia Health Information Management Association (GHIMA). NGHIMA is the largest of the three regions within GHIMA. Read more about NGHIMA.

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Education Corner

Happy New Year Everyone!

 Read the exciting article By Mary Butler on The HIM View for 2020

Impact areas that will be the focus of 2020 are:

  • Integrity - Advancing the knowledgeable, contextual, secure, and appropriate creation and use of health data, leading industry conversations on innovative ways to ensure integrity
  • Connection - Facilitating optimal sharing of data between providers, consumers, health information networks, and health plans through technology-enabled, secure access to electronic health information
  • Access - Guiding the industry toward the most effective policies and practices to balance the ever-evolving need for appropriate access to protected health information with ensuring the confidentiality, integrity, and security of protected health information
To read more Click Here.


AHIMA Advocates for Streamlined Audits and Coding Review Processes in CMS RFI on Program Integrity

Posted by AHIMA Staff on 12/4/2019 By Sue Bowman, MJ, RHIA, CCS, FAHIMA

Read AHIMA 's comments, responses and recommendations on CMS' RFI on Program Integrity as they strive to "pay it right".

AHIMA's responses include:

  1. Improper payment reduction through simplification, standardization, and greater transparency regarding payment and coverage policies, rules and requirements. 
  2. Allowing the use of more than one generally accepted and widespread clinical definition for a medical condition when there is one.
  3. Consider requiring that coding reviews be conducted by certified health information management professionals.

The above list contains just a few comments, responses, recommendations and suggestions by AHIMA. To read more Click Here.

Close Doesn't Count: Patient Matching Challenges in HIEs

Experts agree that challenges related to data quality and completeness as well as a lack of data standardization make patient matching in HIEs more difficult today than ever before.  Before organizations decide to join an HIE, emerging best practices and how HIEs can help discussed in this article should be considered. 

Emerging best practices for patient matching include: 

1.  Make identity management a priority within            the organization

2.  Standardize data collection

3.  Collect the right type of data

4.  Educate registration personnel

5.  Engage patients

How HIEs can help to improve identity management include constantly scrubbing the data, provide provider education, look beyond data query and retrieval. To read more Click Here.

"It is not enough to share information. It needs to be good quality data."

Collaboration is Key to Leading Through Transformation

AHIMA's new Mission, Vision, and Strategies for 2020-2023. To read more Click Here.

Mission: "Empowering  People to impact Health."

Vision: "A world where trusted information transforms health and healthcare by connecting people, systems, and ideas."

Under the Dome

The World Health Assembly adopted ICD-11 on May 25, 2019. January 1, 2022 is the earliest date any country can implement ICD-11. To read more Click Here.

What's in the News

Speaker Needed

We need one more speaker for our March 20 meeting. Just fill out our Speakers Bureau form as soon as possible and we will contact you.

Nominations now open!

The nominating period for Board of Director officers and Special Awards is now open!

To review Board of Director officer responsibilities click here. To open the Board of Director nominating form click here.

To review descriptions of the Special Awards click here. To open the Special Awards nominating form click here.

 Highlights from 12/13/2019 NGHIMA Quarterly Meeting

Job Announcements


HIP Week, March 2020

To celebrate HIP Week the members in attendance at the meeting voted, from a list of three activities, on holding a Comedy Murder Mystery Dinner.

The show is an interactive, comedic, murder mystery. This activity is approximately 4-hours to include arrival, mystery dinner (3-hours), and departure. The meal is 3-courses (salad, entrée, dessert, and complimentary glass of wine.) The dress code is dinner casual. This registration fee will be announced as we get more details. NGHIMA will donate $5 per registration fee to the Kamara V. Jenkins scholarship fund.

NGHIMA's Kamara V. Jenkins Scholarship Fund

The Kamara V, Jenkins Scholarship Fund was officially announced to the membership. See the article below for more details.

NGHIMA's Kamara V. Jenkins Scholarship Fund

NGHIMA is starting the NGHIMA Kamara V. Jenkins Scholarship Fund to honor the memory of Dr. Neisa Jenkins daughter, Kamara Jenkins. For those of you that don't know, Kamara was taken from Neisa and Charles at the age of 24. Initially, at least, any donations made to the scholarship fund will not be tax deductible. Your donation will honor both our beloved Past President, Dr. Neisa Jenkins, and her daughter, Kamara. Please go to the Kamara V. Jenkins Scholarship Fund donation form and donate whatever you can. Your donation will build on NGHIMA's standing commitment to award two $500 scholarships per year, and enable NGHIMA to provide scholarships to more than one student per year. And it goes to deserving HIM students attending a Georgia based HIM program, whether it be on the Associates, Bachelors, or Masters degree level.Thank you.


Alan Soskel, RHIA
Past President, NGHIMA
Member Chair, NGHIMA

Website and Newsletter Chair, NGHIMA