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Inside this issue - March 26, 2015:

Congratulations to THIMA Award Winners!

L – R:  Laritha Boone, Rising Star; Amanda King, Distinguished Member; Gail Winkler, Mentor/Educator; Melissa Koehler, Rising Star; Jennifer VanOver, Volunteer; Sandra Clark, Volunteer; Rhonda Crabtree, Champion.

THIMA’S finest!!

THIMA Election Results - Congratulations!

  • Alisha Smith, RHIA, CHPS
Nominating Committee:
  • Connie Maddux, RHIT, CCS
  • Tonia Poteet, RHIA
  • Kim Roberts, RHIA
  • Melissa Koehler, CDIP, CCS, CCS-P
Many thanks to all who agreed to run for a THIMA office!
Kyle McElroy and Lela McFerrin
Past President Kyle McElroy presents the President’s Plaque to Lela McFerrin and congratulated her on a great year!

Important Message from Knoxville Area HIMA

Join us for the March Coding Roundtable

Friday, March 27th
3:00 pm-5:00 pm

Rescheduled from February 20 due to inclement weather


Parkwest Medical Center
Classroom 4
9352 Parkwest Blvd.
Knoxville, TN 37923


Dr. Elaine Bunick
Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism


"Diabetes and its Relationships with Chronic Disease"
Attendees please note:
Please do not use valet parking. See Campus Map and park in parking lot "D" and catch the shuttle to door "5"

Thanks for your cooperation.

ICD-10 Update

L – R :   Lela McFerrin, Elizabeth Delahoussaye, Donna Coomes, Wanda McKnight, Kyle McElroy
THIMA Delegates, Speaker-Elect, and Executive Director visited the offices of Senators Alexander and Corker as well as Representatives DesJarlais, Blackburn, Cooper, Fleischmann, Roe, and Duncan advocating for ICD-10 implementation October 1, 2015.  Things look good for ICD-10 !
From AHIMA eAlert 3/26/15:

The House of Representatives is expected to vote today on HR 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, which, if passed, would permanently replace Medicare's Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR). The bill does not include any language related to ICD-10. Yesterday the House Rules Committee unanimously voted to close HR 2 and not allow any amendments to the bill. An amendment was proposed by Rep. Gary Palmer (R-AL) calling for a delay of ICD-10 implementation, but was not added to HR 2. In March of last year, an ICD-10 delay was slipped into legislation creating a temporary fix to the SGR. But unlike last year's SGR patch, which was the 17th of its kind Congress has passed in 12 years, the current bill would repeal and replace the SGR formula for good. Read more at the Journal of AHIMA website or the full text of the bill.

If the bill passes the House, it will go immediately to the Senate. Let your senators know you oppose any amendments to delay ICD-10, and that you oppose dual coding—there are better approaches, such as advance payments, to address physicians' concerns about financial risks. Call or tweet your state senators (both links open Excel files), as well as the following key Senate members:
  • Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY): 
    (202) 224-2541
  • Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX): 
    (202) 224-2934
  • Ted Cruz (R-TX): 
    (202) 224-5922
  • Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV): 
    (202) 224-3542

Announcing New Webinar Series:
CDI for ICD-10 by Body System

This program follows the general format of ICD-10-CM chapters for each body system are designed to provide each participant with information needed to facilitate proper assignment of the appropriate ICD-10-CM code. The program will also cover the anatomy of the different body systems, general ICD-10-CM coding conventions and guidelines as well as chapter specific coding rules. Upon completion of the webinar series, each participant should be able to identify issues and documentation needed to allow for correct ICD-10-CM coding.  

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WTHIMA Meeting
March 26, 2015
Jackson, TN

KAHIMA Meeting
March 27, 2015
Knoxville, TN

THIMA/THA 2015 ICD-10 Boot Camp
April 2015
Knoxville, TN

THIMA/THA 2015 ICD-10 Boot Camp
May/June 2015
Nashville, TN


CDI for ICD-10 by Body System
March - August 2015

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