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President’s Message

AlishaAs my term as President comes to a close at the end of this month, I want to say thank you all for allowing me the opportunity to serve the THIMA membership and lead this wonderful association. It has been a wonderful experience with many opportunities, challenges, and accomplishments.
At the beginning of a new year we often reflect on the events that happened within the past year and set new goals for the year ahead. Our association had a wonderful year! We updated the THIMA bylaws to align with AHIMA, and we are moving forward with updating the local bylaws to more directly align with the state in the very near future. The Legal Handbook is still in the process of being updated and will soon be reviewed by a legal student prior to releasing to our membership. A Contingency Plan Implementation Toolkit was established in conjunction with an inventory of all THIMA documents. We hosted virtual local meeting webinars with video capability and are striving to provide more virtual CEU opportunities to our members who cannot be present at the THIMA Annual Meeting each year. And let’s not forget about HIM Reimagined! The HIMR initiative is being implemented with the RHIA exam being available for anyone who has an RHIT with a bachelor’s degree (see below). We are thrilled with how many of our members have been a part of the HIMR dialogue and appreciate your passion and enthusiasm for the Health Information Management and Informatics industry.

Let’s close out the THIMA fiscal year with a bang! We have five complimentary telehealth webinars scheduled for the following dates, so be sure to mark your calendar to attend and register HERE: June 21 | July 12 | Aug. 16 | Sept. 20 | Oct. 18.
SethPresident Elect, Seth Johnson, hosted a retreat style Strategic Planning session with the board in Pigeon Forge and has a lot planned for the year ahead. As I transition into the THIMA Past President role on July 1st, I look forward to working with Seth and continuing to connect with our THIMA members. Be sure to take time to contribute to the profession by volunteering and reach out to anyone involved if you have questions!  Let’s make the next year even better than the last!

AHIMA Certification News: New Eligibility Criteria for the RHIA Exam

The Commission on Certification for Health Informatics and Information Management (CCHIIM) has amended the eligibility criteria to sit for the RHIA certification exam for individuals who hold the RHIT. Individuals who have the RHIT will be eligible for the RHIA exam starting July 1 through 2021 if they have received a baccalaureate degree or higher from a regionally-accredited institution or nationally-recognized accreditor (official sealed transcripts must be sent to AHIMA for verification); and received their RHIT credential on or before August 31, 2018; and have complied with the Standards for Maintenance of the RHIT credential.

These time-limited criteria are a provision of the HIM Reimagined initiative, which aims to prepare HIM professionals for the jobs of the future. (See the "HIM Reimagined Recommendations" box in this June's Journal of AHIMA article for more information.)
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New: AHIMA Query Toolkit 

To help streamline the process of querying, AHIMA introduces a new Query Toolkit, available on our website, free for members. Querying has become a common communication and educational tool for clinical documentation improvement (CDI) and coding departments. An effective query process aids the hospital's compliance with billing and coding rules and serves as an educational tool for providers, CDI professionals, and coding professionals. This toolkit provides numerous query templates that will guide organizations and professional through a step-by-step process for developing a compliant query.
Access the Toolkit

Governor Signs Amendment to Tennessee Data Breach Notification Law

During the recent 110th Regular Session of the Tennessee General Assembly, Governor Bill Haslam signed into law an amendment to the Tennessee Identity Theft Deterrence Act of 1999.  The law does "not apply to any information holder that is subject to:

(1) Title V of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act of 1999 (Pub. L. No. 106-102);


(2) The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (42

U.S.C. § 1320d et seq.), as expanded by the Health Information Technology for

- 5 – 002365 Clinical and Economic Health Act (42 U.S.C. § 300jj et seq., and 42 U.S.C. §
17921 et seq.)."

HIPAA covered entities should follow the HIPAA regulations rather than Tennessee law regarding data breach notification.
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