Top Stories from AHIMA’s 83rd Convention and Exhibit
AHIMA’s 83rd Convention and Exhibit is under way in Salt Lake City, UT. In addition to coding and privacy and security pre-convention workshops (and parties), the House of Delegates met in strategic work and business sessions, passing revisions to the AHIMA bylaws.
Delegates Revise Bylaws
During Sunday’s House of Delegates business meeting, delegates voted on several action items, including adopting a revision of the AHIMA Bylaws. A revision had been recommended in 2010 by the House Operations Team to modernize the bylaws and remedy some inconsistencies. The new bylaws:
- Provide that the business and affairs of AHIMA shall be managed by the Board of Directors and state that the House of Delegates exists to govern the profession of HIM
- Create a new role of Speaker of the House of Delegates as principal spokesperson and board liaison for the House, as well as a new role of a Speaker-elect
- Establish new roles of Secretary and Treasurer of the Board of Directors (these were previously held by the executive director)
- Address the right of AHIMA to establish affiliates (such as the AHIMA Foundation or CAHIIM) that have separate legal status from the association. It also addresses AHIMA’s right to establish bodies that do not have separate legal status, such as commissions, advisory bodies, and non-board committees
A revision of the Code of Ethics was also adopted, as were resolutions on diversity and inclusion and on HIM professionals managing the quality of health data. For the complete story, see page 1 in AHIMA Today.