I hope you are all had a great summer and have settled into a time for meetings, seminars, and participation in your local chapters and with NYSSMA. This issue will be lengthily as it includes information from the AAMA Conference.
Happy Medical Assistants Recognition Week October 19-23
In September, I was honored to serve as the 1st delegate to the AAMA House of Delegates to represent NYSSMA in Oregon for the 59th Annual AAMA Conference. Joann Fisher & Cindy Ryder also served as 2nd and 3rd delegates. We also had the pleasure of having NYSSMA secretary Kim Battaglini, EBI Medical Assistant Program Chair & Finger Lakes Officer, Jennifer Spencer; the NYSSMA Parliamentary Advisor Lynn Augenstern, and past AAMA, & NYSSMA President Lee Damon.
We had the pleasure of seeing Janice Caplan, (who is now a member of the Florida State Society).
AAMA reported that there were 716 attendees registered for the conference. There were some excellent speakers including a neurosurgeon that played the piano throughout his presentation to make points on some issues of the brain and music.
The HOD (House of Delegates) went quickly. NYSSMA was once again the only state that submited a resolution.
(Our resolution-Reducing Youth Exposure to Tobacco). Although we heard many favorable comments, the HOD attendees voted to refer this back to NYSSMA with the option of bringing it back next year to the AAMA HOD with clarification. Joann Fisher will share resolution details. Even though AAMA referred it back, that doesn’t mean that members of NYSSMA have to ignore this issue. As a chapter or individual member, you can still contact your legislators asking for support in this issue. If you’d like to take action, please contact Joann Fisher, and she can assist you.
There was a proposed Bylaw change that was referred back to the AAMA Bylaws committee, so we will not have any changes at this time. You may be hearing from the NYSSMA Bylaws Chair asking to review your chapter Bylaws. Please be sure to respond to her. The committee will review your chapter bylaws to be sure you are in compliance with recent changes.
The Bylaws & Resolutions Committee presented the following proposed amendment:
- Officers and Trustees shall be elected by ballot and a majority vote of the total voting power of the HOD shall immediately elect….
- If a position is not filled after two ballots, the candidates receiving the lowest number of votes on the second ballot will not be included on the third and any subsequent ballots.. For all subsequent ballots, the candidate receiving the lowest number of votes on the previous ballot will not be included on the next ballot and any subsequent ballots
The HOD voted to refer the proposed amendment back to the Bylaws & Resolutions Committee for clarification.
Last year we ran into a situation that had us voting several times over and over. This was intended to avoid that situation again.
AAMA is partnering with the University Of Nevada, Reno (UNR) to prevent Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. Our Executive Director, Donald Balsa & member Kathy Flores both shared information in the AAMA HOD. Their presentations will be on the AAMA web site. Your participation is encouraged.
Our most recent AAMA representative (Julie Flatten) has been elected as the AAMA Vice President. We wish her the best.
Paula Purdy, CMA (AAMA) from Oregon will serve as the AAMA President.
Another AAMA representative that has been to our convention, K. Minchella has been elected to the Board of Trustees (BOT).
Secretary-Treasurer is Freda Miller, CMA (AAMA).
Other elected Trustees include:
Mary Gambrell CMA (AAMA)
Patricia Licurs, CMA (AAMA)
Virginia Thomas, CMA (AAMA)
Several of us attended the session for state/chapter leaders presented by the Leadership Development Strategy Team. It is different then it was for many years. In the past AAMA staff and leaders brought AAMA info to us along with great dialogue with state and local leaders. This year there was a panel of chapter/state leaders that shared their experiences, and the presentation focused on doing things “green, featuring online meetings, state meetings a few times per year, online ways & means and more.+
I attended the BOT (board of trustees) meeting. Don Balasa had several things to report on: Center for Education-Substance Abuse; CMS ruling; a bill for nurse practitioners to delegate; the legislation from Ohio that was defeated; and the partnership with the University of Nevada. Don shared a press release for that program. In a related spin off, The Virginia Society had another AHRC (age health care research). There was discussion about “smiles for life” a national initiative. This has been referred to the CEB (Continuing Education Board). There was also discussion about CCMA, (Certified Clinical Medical Assistant) and other credentials. Washington State has levels of the CMA.
The 60 month ruling for taking the CMA exam for initialed testing has been waived. Candidates are encouraged to take the exam within 30 days of completion of their program. Candidates are still allowed to take & pass the exam three times. If a candidate does not pass the exam after three attempts, they are not longer eligible for the CMA (AAMA) credential.
The ABR-OP (Assessment Based Recognition- Order Entry) will have its first renewal in January
2016 and the last renewal in 2018 with the program being done in 2020. Vice President, Joann Fisher sent correspondence to all of those listed on our first list, along with info to chapter presidents, so that you can reach out to them and get them involved.
I also attended a portion of the MAERB Forum with Jennifer Spencer (EBI Program Director).
The MAERB (Medical Assisting Education Review Board) leaders gave an overview of who they are and what they do. Although MAERB is housed within the AAMA, they are autonomous
The MAERB web site will be your friend. An email will go out when it’s ready. Jennifer will share additional info about the meeting.
I attended the LEAP (Leaders in Education and Practice) Roundtable with Jennifer.
This was open to educators and practice managers along with anyone that was looking into being an educator or practice manager. The majority of the program focused on educators. We were treated to “Power Point Karaoke” in which participants were asked to give a 5 minute presentation without having seen their presentation materials. Once again, the Certifying Board (CB) presented the very successful Knowledge Bowl.
On Sunday, there was a publisher’s showcase for educators and on Monday, we attended the Presidents’ Luncheon with the new officers.
BOT members attend many of the events held by MGMA (Medical Group Management Association) and PACHOM (Professional Association of Health Care Office Management).
Video on Demand- features facts from previous presentations of Don Balasa and AAMA YouTube Channel is the place to go. Videos outlining professional issues are available 24-7. Some of the topics include How Medical Assistants Can Meet the CMS Meaningful Use Requirement; Medicare & Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs and Opportunities Increase as CMAs(AAMA) Answer PCMH needs. Links to all videos can also be found on the AAMA website under News/Videos or at www.youtube.com/user/AAMAchannel
Look for the latest HOD presentation on FASD’s (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders) coming soon.
Don’t forget to look into the NYSSMA Awards (Professional Leadership & Professional Achievement) You can find the applications on the NYSSMA website.
Bylaws –reminder that Lee Damon will be asking for a copy of your bylaws. Lee and her committee can help with any questions.
DRS (Dorothy Ross Scholarship Award) Chairperson Lee Damon has sent the necessary information, applications etc to all CAAHEP & ABHES program directors & educators. Students you can also go to the DRS info on our website. Previous DRS Winners—we’d love to hear from you. Contact Lee Damon to let her know how your career is going
The Education Committee would love to help with a seminar in your area, or a student seminar. Please let me know if there is any interest. Broome & Monroe Chapters have seminars planned for Saturday, November 7 & 14. Info is on the web. Erie Chapter held a mini seminar on October 17th.
The Historian (Lee Damon) always welcomes your old photos, articles, etc. So, when you are “winter cleaning”, and come across things you don’t mind parting with—send them to Lee.
The Marketing & Membership Committee continues its work welcoming new members. If you know someone who isn’t a member, send them to the AAMA website to join online. If you want to share brochures with a whole office or classroom or at an exhibit, you can order these complementary AAMA membership brochures from the AAMA online store under “Complementary Market Materials” and contact Yvonne Thorne for NYSSMA Membership Brochures.
Sue Vetter and the Nominating Committee will be searching for candidates to run for NYSSMA offices in April. If you’re ready to take the plunge and become a state leader, contact Sue.
David Sylvia has prepared our current issue of NYSSMA Today. It should be arriving in your mail very soon. We will have online newsletters in between the issues of our publication. David will be looking for articles from our members, students, educators and leaders.
It’s taken me longer than I planned to get the updated Policy & Procedure Manual out to our officers, committee chairs, and chapter presidents—but its coming.
The Public Affairs Committee has received a copy of a bill that was introduced by another organization (for medical assistants). There needed to be a few additional things changed and/ or included. I will keep you posted. Don’t forget to let me know if things change in your officers.
The 2015 Resolution that was submitted to the AAMA HOD was already discussed. Joann Fisher is now chairing that committee and will have information on the web site about this committee.
The Strategic Plan will be discussed at our upcoming board meeting. If you have any ideas, please send them to me. A couple of important things include membership recruitment but more importantly getting our new or younger members involved to take on leadership roles.
The Ways & Means Committee is looking at some great items. We have a new pen and we’re looking at several items. If you know of something that might be of interest, please let Valerie Richards know. We’re also looking into an online store, the square and pay pal.
The web site is coming along. Please look around, and share your thoughts with me. We hope to use this as our major source of communication. Our thanks to Bill Arnold, our webmaster and to those members in attendance at the AAMA Conference for your comments.
NYSSMA Convention 2016 will be April 14-17 at the Embassy Suites. By popular demand, we are resuming continuing education on Thursday, along with sessions on Friday & all day Saturday. We will have the Welcome / Icebreaker Party and we’re thinking about a painting night, (Painting with A Twist, Painting for a Cause, Painting & Wine—there are a lot of names for it). There would be an additional fee (outside of the registration fee). Please let know if you’re interested.
The hotel is offering a 2 room suite (bring the family); a nightly manger’s reception with beer, wine, mixed drinks and snacks at no cost, a cooked to order breakfast for overnight guests, pool, hot tub, and more. You can earn 12 CEUs at this meeting, so plan ahead so that you can come. Mark those calendars.
Watch your mail for journal information—we hope our chapters will place an ad, and perhaps you can ask your employer and your local medical society.
The NYSSMA Board meeting originally scheduled for October 3 had to be postponed due to a health issue (Thanks for the cards, calls, emails etc—You’re awesome). The new date is Saturday, November 21st. Details will be sent out in the next few days. Invited to attend are the NYSSMA Officers, Some of the NYSSMA Committee Chairs and Chapter Presidents. This meeting is open to all members and you can attend at your expense.
It’s with a heavy heart that I share that longtime member & past NYSSMA President, Jean Geissler, CUA has passed away. Jean was from the downstate region, belonging to chapters in that region and then as a member at large.
Our dear David Knight from the AAMA office has been out ill for some time. During the AAMA conference we got a Get Well card for him. If you’d like to send David your well wishes or a card, please send it to the AAMA Office (20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 1575, Chicago, IL 60606.
Chapter Treasurers- watch your mail or email for correspondence from Susan Schilling regarding the filing of taxes.)
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and there is a CEU article in the most recent CMA Today.
Please note on your list of committees that Lee Damon is longer the chair of the Resolutions Committee (Thank you Lee) and Rebekah Olechnowicz has also resigned from that committee and the education committee because she has moved to Pennsylvania. Joann Fisher will chair the Resolutions Committee, Kim Battaglini will serve on this committee and Lynn Augenstern will be the ex-offico.
Chapter Presidents –let me know what’s going on in your area. I’d love to share it with the others.
Thank you for all you do—I hope that you were recognized during MARW (Medical Assistants Recognition Week).
Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions, concerns or comments.
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