THIMA Presidentâ€™s Message
I hope that everyone is enjoying the hot summer weather as well as making wonderful vacation memories. Hope everyone had a happy and safe 4th of July Holiday.
2015 has been a productive and successful year. In March, we had great 65th Annual meeting in Gatlinburg and, believe it or not, in just a few weeks the Program Committee will begin the work on the 66th annual meeting scheduled for March 9-11, 2016 in Franklin. Mark your calendars now! Hopefully, you had an opportunity to participate in one of the various on-demand webinars or ICD-10 boot camps made available to you by THIMA.
While we anxiously await finally moving to the long awaited implementation of ICD-10 on October 1, 2015, as a profession we must stay diligent in our advocacy with our members of Congress for no more ICD-10 delays, or expansion of the â€œsafe harborâ€ or â€œgrace periodâ€.
The THIMA Delegates just returned from Chicago and the AHIMA Leadership Symposium. ICD-10 adoption, Information Governance, and Data Analytics are just a few reasons why it is such a pinnacle time to be actively involved our professional association.
I look forward to serving you this year as THIMA President and I am very fortunate to be working with a great THIMA Board. THIMA is recognized as a strong and effective state professional association and that is because we have amazing volunteerism. So as I close this message, I want to encourage you to volunteer at your local, state or national level. You make the difference!