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AHIMA Needs You! Write Your Member of Congress to Support
the Updating of the HIM Standard Occupational Classifications
AHIMA is working with Congressman David Wu (D-OR) to urge the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics to update their Standard Occupational Classifications (SOC) for health information management (HIM) professionals. How can you help update the SOCs? You can visit the AHIMA Advocacy Assistant and send a letter to your member of Congress to encourage them to contact Congressman Wu’s office to sign onto the letter to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Helping AHIMA is simple. All you need to do is go to the Advocacy Assistant, enter your zip code, review the letter, enter your contact information, and press “send.” AHIMA has been working on this issue for several years and it has been an integral part of our Hill Day advocacy effort. The SOCs are outdated and need revised to accurately describe the HIM profession and to insure the BLS has accurate statistics to identify the HIM workforce needs for the future.
AHIMA Community Outreach Triumph Award Recipient
Christine Staropoli, MS, RHIA, CCS
Congratulations to LVHIMA member Christine Staropoli, MS, RHIA, CCS, recipient of the AHIMA Community Outreach Triumph Award. The Community Outreach Award honors those HIM professionals or groups who have embraced the need for public outreach and encouraged the overall management of health information. The nominee should have provided information on HIM topics to the public (e.g., medical identity theft, HIPAA, and privacy/confidentiality. Activities should include presentations, development of toolkits, innovative programs, and other forms of outreach focused on empowering consumers to be proactive participants in their healthcare using health information.
Chris will receive her award at the 82nd AHIMA Convention and Exhibit this September in Orlando, Florida.