I hope everyone had a good summer. Fall
is here and it is my favorite time of year. I love the crisp air,
pumpkins, spices and changing colors of the trees. Also this time of year it is
Medical Assistants Recognition week October 19 - 23, 2015. Don't forget
to get your fliers up so that you get the recognition that you well deserve.
Four delegates attended the AAMA National Conference
in Portland, Oregon September 18 - 21, 2015. Sharon Strutzenberg, CMA (AAMA),
MA, Donna Radzun, CMA (AAMA), Becky Cruse, CMA (AAMA), Kathy Schoonhoven, CMA
At the Annual Conference the following
officers were elected:
President - Paula Purdy, CMA (AAMA)
Vice-President - Julie Flatten, CMA (AAMA),
Secretary-Treasurer - Freda Miller, CMA
Newly elected Board of Trustees:
Karen Minchella, CMA (AAMA), PHD
Virginia Thomas, CMA, (AAMA)
Patty Licours, CMA (AAMA)
Mary Gambrell, CMA (AAMA)
There were several good educational sessions
held, one on ICD 10 - Finally that took effect October 1, 2015.
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) was
discussed and was presented as completely preventable if a woman does not drink
alcohol during her pregnancy. The Mountain Plains FASD Practice &
Implementation Center is working closely with the American Association of
Medical Assistants to create products and materials to educate medical
assistants about preventing alcohol-exposed pregnancies and intervening with
patients who drink alcohol at risky levels, including online and in-person
continuing education training's, systems and practice change toolkits, and a
resource library. Don Balasa spoke on this topic and the medical risks of
babies that have been exposed to alcohol from their mother during pregnancy.
There was no old business or new business
brought before the House of Delegates.
If you need to recertify check out the AAMA
website and recertify online. Quick and easy.
If you are looking for employment check out
the ISMA website at www.ilsocmedasst.org we
have added an employment section and when we receive notification of a job they
are posted for 30 days. ?
CONTINUE TO SEND DONNA THE COKE CODES.
IF YOU CAN'T READ THE NUMBER ON A CAP HOLD IT UP TO A LIGHT OR USE A LITTLE
FLASH LIGHT AND SHINE IT THROUGH THE BACK, INSTANT NUMBERS. You can email the
numbers to Donna Radzun, CMA (AAMA). Every little bit counts and is used
for raffle items. firstname.lastname@example.org.
ISMA IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:
November 6 – 8, 2015 Symposium, O’Fallon, IL
February 19-21, 2016 Winter Meeting and
Education, Normal, IL
ISMA 60TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE
CERTIFIED MEDICAL ASSISTANTS
THE CROWN JEWELS OF HEALTHCARE. APRIL 22-23, 2016
BELVEDERE BANQUET AND
ELK GROVE VILLAGE, IL
Sharon Strutzenberg, CMA (AAMA), MA
ISMA President 2014-2016