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Here’s a great article published by RevCycleIntelligence. . . .

Using Revenue Cycle Analytics for Effective Value-Based Care
The transition to value-based care requires a familiarity with revenue cycle analytics and population health management techniques.


Joint Commission Ends Text Messaging Ban for Clinicians

As reported by mHealth Intelligence

In its May newsletter, the commission says it's seen enough safe and secure mHealth communications platforms to give docs and nurses the green light to text.   

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Proposed MACRA Rule Released; AHIMA Prepares to Comment

Last week, federal officials announced in a notice of proposed rulemaking details of an initiative to replace the "meaningful use" Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program as part of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). In January, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it would be phasing meaningful use out by the end of the 2016, and adopt a program that instead incentivizes physicians participating in alternative payment models.
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AHIMA is developing comments on the proposed rule. Two online WebEx meetings will be held on Wednesday, May 25, 1–2 p.m. CT and Friday, June 3, 11 a.m.–noon CT. To participate, e-mail AHIMA's Senior Director of Federal Relations Lauren Riplinger, JD.

Local HIMA Meetings & News

West TN HIMA May Meeting

May 16, 2016
Speaker:  Alyssa Chase, QIO TN State Director
Topic:  The 11th Scope of Work and quality improvement activities in hospitals, providers, nursing homes, and home health agencies in TN.
Time:  11 am – 12:30 pm CDT
CEUs:  Earn one free CEU
Lunch Provided!
No registration required.

KAHIMA Meetings

May 17, 2016
Speaker: Jacqueline R. Woeppel, ScD, MBA, RHIA, CCS Healthcare Innovations Consultant Tennessee Medical Association
Topic: Healthcare reform - Episodes of Care
Time: 4pm-6pm EST
Location: Roane State Community College, 132 Hayfield Road, Knoxville, TN
CEUs: 1
No registration required

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 May Meeting

Thursday, May 26, 2016
11:00 am – 1:00 pm (CST)


11 AM – 12 PM
Business Meeting and THIMA/AHIMA Update

12 PM – 1 PM
Data Analytics and the Value of CHDA
Chuck Czarnik, V.P., HIT Strategy and Support
Field Ops: Clinical Insights and Analytics (CIA)

CEU: 1.0 – Clinical Data Management


Vanderbilt 100 Oaks
719 Thompson Lane
Nashville, TN 37204

The meeting and lunch are free, but please register here!

METHIMA Upcoming Meetings

Save these dates for future meetings!
  • June 28
  • August 18
  • October 20
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