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Inside this issue - May 22, 2015:

Bills filed regarding ICD-10

As expected, Rep. Poe (TX) reintroduced HR 2126, the Cutting Costly Codes Act. This is the same bill he introduced in the 113th Congress which would stop ICD-10 implementation.  To-date it has 6 co-sponsors (one of whom is Rep. Roe, MD, Johnson City TN).    There is obviously little support for this bill.
TN Rep. Diane Black, R.N. introduced HR 2247, the ICD-TEN Act. This bill would not delay ICD-10 implementation. It would require comprehensive CMS end to end testing, and an 18 month “safe harbor” period where claims could not be denied due to improper coding.  JAHIMA has posted a great article here.  CMS is already providing testing.  The safe harbor provision may encourage fraud, so we are not supporting that as a contingency plan.  Rather, we remain firm in asking CMS to commit to advance payments for small physician practices.
It is likely that other bills will be introduced.
That said, there is widespread support in Congress for ICD-10 implementation on October 1, 2015.    THIMA members should be diligent and continue our efforts to help our legislators understand the importance of a modern-day classification system for diseases/procedures.  
Please contact your Congressmen and do this:   
1.    Share the results of the January Medicare end-to-end testing with TN legislators:  These results show that Medicare was able to accommodate all volunteers who wanted to participate and also shows that only 3% of rejected claims were related to ICD-10 errors – thereby negating the need for a “transition period.”  These results also showed that Medicare’s systems are able to successfully process ICD-10 claims.
2.    Ask your legislators to contact us (THIMA) for physician training rather than seek any legislative “fixes.”
3.    Encourage full implementation of ICD-10 on October 1, 2015.
Here is another great article to share:
Nemour Children's CEO Dr. David Bailey: ICD-10 delays detrimental to patients' health

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 Twitter Rally

An #ICD10Matters Twitter Rally will be held on May 28th for one hour beginning at Noon CT
Please set aside time to tweet your US Representatives and Senators’ using the twitter handles below and tweet about the value of the code sets.
May the Twitter force be with you! 

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.

IT-related Patient Safety / Information Governance

Do you have an example or an experience with an IT-related Patient Safety issue, i.e., copy and paste, etc.   Are you involved in Information Governance in your organization?  If so, please contact   
THIMA is starting to build Information Governance educational tools – we need your help!

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!

IG Takes Center Stage at Conference

Much of the two-day National Conference on Managing Electronic Records in Chicago, IL focused on information governance (IG). The Journal of AHIMA website reports from the keynote presentation, "Making the Moonshot: Launching Your Information Governance Program," that panelists emphasized, while only a handful of stakeholders within any organization often sees the need for IG, successful implementation requires interdisciplinary collaboration. Read the full article.
During the conference's second day, a steering committee simulation prepared attendees for managing the debates and culture change organizations are likely to face when entering into the IG process. Read the full article.

Memphis HIMA Conference – June 11

MHIMA meeting will be held June 11th on the UTHSC campus.  

800 Madison Avenue
Humphreys General Education Building (GEB room A202)
The cost for the meeting will be $100 and cover 6 CEUs and lunch.

Topics on the agenda include:
  • Technologies affecting Information Governance (1.5 hours)—Seth Johnson, MBA, RHIA
  • THIMA update (.5 hours)—Donna Coomes, RHIA, THIMA president (invited)
  • Building Data Driven Workflows in HIM:  More than just an EHR (2 hours)—Steve Bonney, EVP
  • Revenue Cycle Management (1 hour) speaker TDA
  • Physician Quality Reporting Measures (1 hour) Stacy Dorris, MBA, RHIA, CPHQ
Registration information will be emailed soon!

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