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INTERIM AHIMA CEO Pamela Lane, MS, RHIA
EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Anne Zender, MA
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Chris Dimick
ASSISTANT EDITOR/WEB EDITOR Sarah Sheber
ASSOCIATE EDITOR Mary Butler
CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Sue Bowman, MJ, RHIA, CCS, FAHIMA
Patricia Buttner, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, CHDA, CPHI
Tammy Combs, RN, MSN, CCS, CCDS, CDIP
Angie Comfort, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, CCS-P
Katherine Downing, MA, RHIA, CHPS, CPHI, PMP
Melanie Endicott, MBA/HCM, RHIA, CHDA, CCS, CCS-P,
Kristi Fahy, RHIA
Lesley Kadlec, MA, RHIA
Ann Meehan, RHIA
Anna Orlova, PhD
Donna Rugg, RHIT, CCS, CDIP
Gina Sanvik, MS, RHIA
Maria Ward, MEd, RHIT, CCS, CCS-P
Diana Warner, MS, RHIA, CHPS, FAHIMA
Lou Ann Wiedemann, MS, RHIA, CHDA, CDIP, CPEHR,
ART DIRECTOR Graham Simpson
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD Linda Belli, RHIA
Gerry Berenholz, MPH, RHIA
Carol A. Campbell, DBA, RHIA, FAHIMA
Rose T. Dunn, MBA, RHIA, CPA, CHPS, FACHE, FAHIMA
Diane A. Kriewall, RHIA
Glenda Lyle, RHIA
Daniel J. Pothen, MS, RHIA
Tricia Truscott, MBA, RHIA, CHP
Carolyn R. Valo, MS, RHIT, FAHIMA
Valerie Watzlaf, PhD, RHIA, FAHIMA