Important Information about this Year’s AHIMA Ballot

AHIMA Election – Guidance for
NHIMA Members

As you may have seen on June 21st, AHIMA sent a Special E-Alert email discussing the concerns that have been revealed regarding the AHIMA Ballot for 2019. The NHIMA Board, as always, would like to encourage all NHIMA members to actively participate in the AHIMA national election, which will be taking place in the next several weeks.

We want to hear from you! What questions and concerns do you have about the AHIMA election? We have created a discussion post on our Nebraska Engage page that will reference information provided from AHIMA. This information will hopefully answer questions that have not been addressed.

Lastly, we want to briefly explain the process of how voting works, and the importance of each member’s role in the process. AHIMA’s primary goal is to provide the knowledge, resources and tools to advance health information professional practice and standards. Voting, or choosing not to vote, is an opportunity for NHIMA members to influence which HIM leaders will represent their interests on our national board.

Ballot Positions

  • AHIMA Board President/Chair-elect – (1 position – only one candidate on the ballot for this position)
  • AHIMA Board Directors – (3 positions)
  • CCHIIM Commissioner – (1 position; members with an RHIT or RHIA and a CCA, CCS-P, CHDA or CPHI credential)
  • Speaker-elect of the House of Delegates – (1 position – only one candidate on the ballot for this position)
  • Council for Excellence in Education Member – (3 positions)

AHIMA bylaws require a 3% voter response from members for a valid election. There are three ways a member can respond:

  • Voting: Voting for one or more positions counts toward the 3% requirement.
  • Partial Vote / Abstain: You can vote for some candidates, but not all candidates, which is considered a partial vote or abstaining. A partial or abstaining vote counts towards the 3% requirement.
  • No Vote: A no vote means you do not complete any part of the AHIMA ballot. This is the only option that removes you from the percentage of members placing a vote and does not count towards the 3% requirement.

Election Timeline

  • Mid-June – The 2019 Ballot Candidate bios and photos are posted on the AHIMA website and in the AHIMA Membership and State Leaders and House of Delegates Engage Communities. CSA Leaders will also feature candidates on their websites.
  • June 24, 2019 – July 5, 2019 – AHIMA National Candidate Discussions in Engage.
  • July 1 – AHIMA ballot candidates are featured in the July/August Journal of AHIMA
  • July 8, 2019 8:00 am CDT through July 22, 2019 5:00 pm CDT – AHIMA Polls open
  • Late July – Announcement of the 2019 AHIMA Election Results

In closing, the NHIMA Board of Directors, ask that you consider all of the information, options, and impact of those options and make an informed choice when deciding on the action you will take.

As always, please do reach out to your Board members and delegates with questions and concerns.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve!

The NHIMA Board of Directors

FAQs 2019 AHIMA Ballot

Special E-Alert Ballot

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