Dear PHIMA Member / Credential Holder:
I hope this letter finds you well. As current President of PHIMA, I am writing to you as a concerned member of the HI community. As you may be aware, the recent decision by the Commission on Certification for Health Informatics and Information Management (CCHIIM) to require 40% of Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to be obtained through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) has raised significant concerns among professionals in our field.
While I understand the importance of promoting education and professional development within our organization, the 40% requirement has sparked a considerable amount of apprehension and dissatisfaction within our community. Many members believe that this requirement may limit their ability to explore a diverse range of educational opportunities and may place an undue financial burden on them.
It is crucial for us to acknowledge the value of a well-rounded and diverse educational experience for healthcare information management professionals. Restricting the sources of CEUs may inadvertently limit the breadth of knowledge and perspectives available to individuals seeking to enhance their skills and stay current in this rapidly evolving field.
With that said, several CAs have developed a petition to give our members the opportunity to oppose the new CCHIIM requirement that 40% of continuing education credit must be obtained from AHIMA. Your participation in signing the petition is crucial in expressing our collective concerns and advocating for a more inclusive approach to continuing education within our profession.
We appreciate your ongoing commitment to the field of Health Informatics and Information Management.
Lauren Blough, PHIMA President
Sign the Petition or Scan the QR Code.
Credentialed HI professionals will have through March 31, 2024, to complete the petition. This deadline was chosen so that we would have ample time to have follow-up discussions with AHIMA and CCHIIM before the changes go into effect.