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President's Message

thimaAs my term as THIMA President comes to an end, I want to thank all THIMA members for allowing me the opportunity to serve as your THIMA President. Serving our professional association has been such an amazing experience.

What an amazing year our association has had. We finally moved to the long awaited ICD-10! Our profession continues to transition with industry changes like the implementation of electronic physician documentation, patient portals, health information exchanges, and meaningful use objectives. During the year, THIMA continued to offer education to our members to aid you in staying at the “top of your game”, such as, ICD-10 webinars, an Information Governance boot camp, Certified Health Data Analytics exam prep workshop, and HIM Leadership Development webinars.

HHS/OCR continues to focus on the patient’s right of access. Just released are three videos with the intended audience being the consumers. Access the video’s at

During the last year, I like many other THIMA members have experienced the loss of a family member, friend, and fellow THIMA members. I personally experienced the much too soon loss of my mother but I was very fortunate to be surrounded by support, not only from my biological family, but also my THIMA, and my work family. While there has been so much I have learned this past year the one most important thing I learned is how valuable our time is and how important it is to continue to grow my list of friends and family.

As I transition into the THIMA Past President role on July 1st I look forward to working Alisha Smith, MS, RHIA, CHPS as the incoming THIMA President and continuing to network with our THIMA members. I encourage you to volunteer at the local, state, or national level. As Winston Church said, “We make a living by what we get. But we make a life by what we give”


Local HIMA Meetings & News


June 28, 2016
12 - 2 pm
Cookeville Regional Medical Center

Elizabeth Delahoussaye, RHIA, CHPS
Senior VP of Privacy and Compliance of Provider Solutions, CIOX Health
Topic: Patient Identity

Kyle McElroy, RHIA
Assistant Vice President, Health Information Management, IASIS Healthcare
Topic: Information Governance from the Front Lines

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 Aug. 6th

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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