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President’s Message

I can’t believe it’s already September! We are only six months away from our annual meeting in Knoxville, TN, March 8-10, 2017. Be sure to mark your calendars and plan on attending. We have a wonderful program in store to help us all look to and prepare for the future of HIM.

Join in on the fun and submit a “Member Spotlight” video for our THIMA Facebook page. All you have to do is use your phone to record a video of yourself or another THIMA member answering the following questions: (1) What is your name and what do you do? (2) Why do you enjoy your local HIM association (3) What do you enjoy about the HIM profession? Next, text the video to Seth Johnson at (423)741-8299
On behalf of the board, I would like to say thank you to everyone who took the time to read HIM Reimagined and provided comments regarding the white paper. The THIMA Board has developed, shared, and submitted comments on the drafted whitepaper and will provide an update once we receive a response from the national level.
I hope everyone had a WONDERFUL Labor Day weekend and enjoyed time with loved ones.

TN HIMSS Summit of the Southeast


This year’s TN HIMSS Summit of the Southeast will be held in Nashville at the Music City Center, September 14-15, 2016.

THIMA members are being offered a discounted rate to attend this event. Use the promotional code Affiliate16 when registering, and you will receive the discounted rate of $125 – even lower than the early bird special! More information and registration details are here:

The Summit is an annual 2-day conference that draws more than 800 healthcare IT professionals from across the Southeast led by health IT professionals, clinicians and entrepreneurs.
  • Discuss emerging issues surrounding the evolution of care delivery.
  • Gain greater insight into the ever-changing field of healthcare.
  • Learn from leading HIT experts.
  • Enjoy keynote presentations, panel discussions, and breakout clinical sessions.
Featured Speakers Include:
  • PHILIP BREDESEN – Former Governor of Tennessee and Mayor of Nashville. Prior to his terms in elected office he was the CEO of a public health care company that he founded in 1980.
  • CHARLES N. MARTIN, JR – Chairman and Founder of Martin Ventures
  • GEORGE I. LAZENBY, IV – Senior Advisor to Martin Ventures
  • JOHN SOTOS MD – Worldwide Medical Director of Intel
  • LT. COL. MARK MELLOTT – Execution Branch Chief for the Innovation and Advanced Technology Development Division for Health IT, at the Defense Health Agency
  • JOHN BASS – CEO of InVivoLink
  • DR. MARK FRISSE – Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Join many of the HIT community’s prestigious thought leaders and influential healthcare executives – this is an event you won’t want to miss!​

CDI Seminar – this event is being rescheduled for January, 2017

Local HIMA Meetings & News

KAHIMA Meeting

Tuesday 9/20/16 from 4pm – 6pm EST
Location: Roane State Community College, 132 Hayfield Road, Knoxville, TN
Speaker: Julia Jorgensen, Territory Manager, EKOS Corporation
Topic: EKOS Clot Dissolving Technology
CEUs: 1
Registration: No registration required for this event

2016 Annual Coding Symposium
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Speakers:  Lynne Kuehn, RHIA, CCS-P, FAHIMA and Dr. Janetta Jamerson

For meeting brochure and registration, click here.
Rothchild Catering and Conference Center
8807 Kingston Pike | Knoxville TN 37923
Phone Number: (865) 690-0103

October 2016 Coding Round Table
Speaker: Nicholas Xenopoulos, MD
Topic: Cardiology - Mitra Clip, Percutaneous Valvuloplasty
Date: Tuesday, 10/18/16
Time: 4:00 - 6:00 pm EST
Location: Covenant Health's Town Hall located off Pellissippi Road at 1420 Centerpoint Boulevard, Building C *See attached map – for the CODING ROUND TABLE PARKING
CEUs: 2
No registration required for this meeting.
Snacks will be provided!


October 11, 2016 (rescheduled from October 20)
12:00 - 2:00 pm
Cookeville Regional Medical Center

Topic: October 1 ICD-10 Changes
April Insco, RHIA, CCS
AHIMA Approved ICD-10 Trainer
Save the date!!

MTHIMA Meetings

Friday, September 16
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Kyle McElroy
Information Governance
Vanderbilt One Hundred Oaks
First Floor Conference Room Entrance D (I confirmed Entrance D at last meeting)
Register Here

Thursday, November 10
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Alisha Smith
AHIMA House of Delegate/THIMA Update
Web Ex (information to be shared later)

UETHIMA Upcoming Meetings

Save these dates for future meetings!
October 27, 2016
January 19, 2017
April 27, 2017

All meetings are held at the Johnson City Medical Center, Auditorium 1, 7th floor – 2:00 - 4:30pm.  

WTHIMA ICD-10 Coding Update

September 23, 2016
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Jackson Madison-County General Hospital
Register Now!


MHIMA will be hosting the fall update meeting November 4th at St. Jude. If you are interested in serving on the planning committee please contact Rebecca Reynolds.

ONC Workforce Training for Health IT Professionals

New health information technology (health IT) training programs are now available to help health care workers and others stay current in the changing healthcare environment and deliver care more effectively. The new sessions include online and face-to-face formats, and are customized to address specific health IT skills needed by physicians, nurses, care coordinators, health IT specialists and other healthcare workers.

ONC will be hosting the final informational webinar on free workforce trainings. The webinar features speakers from ONC and workforce grantees. These presenters will provide an update on the Workforce Training Program and trainings being offered for Health IT Professionals.

To hear more about these free trainings, please register for the upcoming informational webinar on Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 1-2 p.m. EDT.
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