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THIMA eNews - New Year's Resolutions, Changes to HIPAA and ICD-10 CEU Reporting - January 8, 2016:

New Year’s Resolutions

As the HIM Profession evolves rapidly, resolve this year to expand your knowledge and create your future!  THIMA and AHIMA are working hard to provide professional development designed to prepare you for present and future career opportunities. Here’s a listing of upcoming events:

January 13 – Webinar:  HIM LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT -- LEARNING FROM EACH OTHER, 1 CEU, Free for THIMA Members and Students

January 19 – KAHIMA January Meeting, “The history of medical records. The past, present and future - Information Governance; KAHIMA Business Meeting” Walters’ State Community College 2nd Year HIM Students, Location: Roane State Community College – 132 Hayfield Road, Knoxville TN, Time: 4pm-6pm EST, CEUs: 1

January 20 – Webinar:  ICD-10 -- Challenges and Lessons Learned Along the Way, 1 CEU, Sponsored by Healthcare Resource Group – Registration opens soon!

January 29 – MTHIMA January Meeting, CPT Updates, 2 CEUs

February 12 - Information Governance Boot Camp, THA Headquarters, Brentwood, TN

March 9-11 – THIMA Annual Meeting

March 23-24 - (changed from January 27-28, 2016)
AHIMA Certified Healthcare Data Analyst (CHDA) Exam Prep Workshop, THA Headquarters, Brentwood, TN


It Is That Time Of Year -- Honor A Colleague

We have all been inspired, mentored, and educated by other HIM professionals.   Here is your chance to say thank-you.

Nominate a friend/colleague for a THIMA Award.  

Deadline is February 10, 2016

Call for Nominations

The Tennessee Health Information Management Association (THIMA) Nominating Committee wants you to suggest fellow members and/or yourself as possible candidates for the THIMA Board of Director and Nominating Committee positions.

Click here to complete the online nomination form and to learn more about the responsibilities of the positions.

HIPAA Modification Regarding Background Checks for Guns

(As reported at
A modification to the HIPAA Privacy Rule designed to help identify those who are prohibited, for specific mental health reasons, from having a firearm will have little impact on most healthcare providers because it's so narrow in scope.
The change, which is slated to take effect next month, permits only a small subset of HIPAA covered entities to disclose to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System the identities of individuals who are already prohibited by federal law from having a firearm.  

Read more . . .

CCHIIM approves an extension of the deadline to earn and record ICD-10 CEUs

CCHIIM re-evaluated the ICD-10 CEU Requirement and approved an extension of the deadline to earn and record ICD-10 CEUs.  Prior to this extension, policy deadlines were both the last day an individual could earn ICD-10 CEUs in addition to having their credential(s) placed into inactive status.  The new deadline to earn and record the required number of ICD-10 CEUs for RHIT, RHIA, CCS, CCA, CCS-P, and CHPS holders is March 31, 2016.  As required by the current policy, holders of these credentials will be placed in an inactive status on their original deadline date of either December 31, 2015 or January 31, 2016, but will still be able to earn and report CEUs until March 31, 2016 in order to avoid the credentials being moved to a revoked status.
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