Petition to CCHIIM for Reconsideration of AHIMA 40% Requirement for CEU’s

Dear SDHIMA Member,

I hope this letter finds you well.  As current President of SDHIMA, 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 health 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.

This requirement was lifted from 2024 CEU reporting requirements, but it is currently set to go into place starting in 2025.

With that said, several CAs (Component Associations) 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.

The petition ends 3/31/24.

We appreciate your ongoing commitment to the field of Health Information.

Best regards,
DeAnne Kribell, RHIT, CCS, CCS-P
SDHIMA President