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Inside this issue - May 29, 2015:

Patient advocate fights for access to digital records through her art

(USA Today © 05/25/2015 )

Despite her grief and background, Holliday has emerged as a colorful patient advocate with a command of electronic health record rules to rival any button-downed lobbyist. The color comes in the form of more than 330 pictures she's painted on jackets to tell the stories of patients, doctors and others involved in health care.  
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Really great article about the future of HIM!

The HIM 2.0 Effect

By John H. Dickey, MSHI, RHIA
For The Record
Vol. 27 No. 5 P. 8

Comments by ICD-10 Coalition on Rep. Diane Black's bill H.R. 2247

The Coalition for ICD-10 is strongly united in our support for the October 1, 2015 adoption of ICD-10. While we oppose any delays to this adoption date, we have been working with those who have expressed concerns to try to help them prepare for this transition. We remain committed to this outreach effort and encourage the Medicare program to have contingency plans in place for those who, despite best efforts, are still in need of transitional help on October 1, 2015. 

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ICD-10 Readiness Survey

THA, in conjunction with DocuVoice LLC, Lattimore, Black, Morgan and Cain, PC (LBMC) and Tennessee Health Information Management Association (THIMA), have put together a brief and very simple survey that will identify areas where we may provide assistance / training for the successful implementation of ICD-10.
Please complete the survey, which can be found in the following link:
ICD-10 Readiness Survey

ICD-10: Preparing for implementation and New ICD-10- PCS Section X- Register Now

Thursday, June 18; 1:30-3pm ET

To Register: Visit MLN Connects® Upcoming Calls. Space may be limited, register early.
It’s not too late to get ready for ICD-10 implementation on October 1, 2015. During this MLN Connects National Provider Call, CMS subject matter experts will present strategies and resources to help you prepare. Also, learn about ICD-10-PCS Section X for new technologies, which will be used by hospitals. A question and answer session will follow the presentations.
  • National implementation update and preparation strategies
  • ICD-10-PCS Section X for new technologies
  • Testing update
  • Provider resources
Target Audience: Medical coders, physicians, physician office staff, nurses and other non-physician practitioners, provider billing staff, health records staff, vendors, educators, system maintainers, laboratories, and all Medicare providers.
Continuing education credit may be awarded for participation in certain MLN Connects Calls. Visit the Continuing Education Credit Information web page to learn more.

Safe Use of Health Information Technology Webinar

 Wednesday, June 10, 2015; 11:30 am CT
THA and the Tennessee Health Information Management Association will host a webinar in response to the recently published Sentinel Event Alert on safe use of health information technology. Please contact Wanda McKnight (  for more information.
Registration Coming Soon!

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June 11, 2015
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March 9-11, 2016
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