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President's Message

Alisha R. Smith, MS, RHIA, CHPS

AlishaJuly is a month of warm weather, vacations, and celebrations! I’ve been anxiously awaiting  the time to transition and begin my journey as your President for the 2016-2017 THIMA fiscal year. We have already kicked off the new year in a sprint and have a busy year planned for the association with new and exciting opportunities for our members.
In a few short weeks, the THIMA Executive Board will be attending the AHIMA Advocacy & Leadership Symposium on July 14th and 15th in Chicago, IL. This symposium engages AHIMA and CSA leaders in strategic direction, envisioning the future, and HIM focus—specifically focusing on a strategic plan for 2017 and beyond. 

 Go ahead and mark your calendar for AHIMA's Crack the Code: Advanced Coding Workshops in Nashville, TN August 15th-18th.  This four-day workshop is customizable, as it is designed to assist healthcare professionals with coding advanced cases in CPT, ICD-10-CM, and ICD-10-PCS coding systems. All you need to do is choose the classification system meeting your training needs and create your own one- to four-day coding training schedule. Each workshop is facilitated by two expert coding faculty members, who walk participants through the decision process of identifying correct codes with actual patient health records. Go to for more information.

I appreciate the guidance of all my predecessors and look forward to leading the membership in collaboration with the THIMA board. It is an honor to be working with you all to better the HIM profession.

Vote for Karen Scott – Candidate for AHIMA Board of Directors!

KarenTHIMA members are so fortunate that our own Karen Scott is a candidate for the AHIMA Board of Directors!  We have the unique opportunity to support a THIMA member who can help shape the future of our professional association. Please help spread the word and encourage your colleagues to vote when the polls open on August 1. 

In the meantime, you can post questions to Karen and other AHIMA Election Candidates in Engage. Now through July 29, AHIMA members can meet and ask questions of the candidates running in the 2016 AHIMA Election for AHIMA Board of Directors president/chair-elect, AHIMA Board members, and Commission on Certification for Health Informatics and Information Management and Council for Excellence in Education members, in the Engage AHIMA Membership and Business Community.

You can also access brief bios for each candidate in the Community library. Voting will take place online at August 1–15. All active, new graduate, and emeritus AHIMA members are eligible to vote.

Local HIMA Meetings & News


Save these dates for future meetings!
August 18
October 20

KAHIMA Meeting

July 19, 2016
Speaker: Dawn Scruggs, MA, RHIA, CDIP, CHDA
Director of Health Information Management/Utilization Management Sweetwater Hospital Association
Topic: My Path to the CHDA Credential
Time: 4pm-6pm EST
Location: Roane State Community College, 132 Hayfield Road, Knoxville, TN
CEUs: 1
No registration required

MTHIMA Meeting

July 21, 2016
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.  
Vanderbilt One Hundred Oaks
Conference Room 1.  Enter at D Entrance.
Jennifer Ride, MHIIM, B.A., CPHIT, CPEHR
Director, QSource Practice Solution Division
Topic: Progress of Physician Practices and Medicare Shared Savings Program

UETHIMA Upcoming Meetings

Save these dates for future meetings!
  • July 21, 2016
  • 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. 


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.

Crack the Codes

Need help coding advanced cases? AHIMA can help! Join us August 15-18 in Nashville, TN for a Crack the Codes Advanced Workshop. These meetings are designed to help you become confident in coding advanced cases in CPT, ICD-10-CM, and ICD-10-PCS coding systems. You can select the workshop(s) and day(s) that meets your training needs and earn up to 26 CEUs!

Click here for more information and to register!

NOTICE Act Effective August 6

The NOTICE Act requires that starting Aug. 6, Medicare patients receive a form written in “plain language” after 24 hours of observation care but no later than 36 hours. Under the law, it must explain the reason they have not been admitted and how that decision will affect Medicare’s payment for services and patients’ share of the costs. The information must also be provided verbally.  
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