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Two Amazing Key Note Speakers Scheduled for Annual Meeting

Two great speakers – two inspiring and incredible stories of strength and overcoming adversity.    THIMA welcomes Inky Johnson and Ridley Barron as keynote speakers for the 2015 Annual Meeting.   The program is rich with content you need for success now and in the future.    Educational tracks are built around the six HIM Competency Domains:    Information Governance; Information Protection; Informatics, Analytics, and Data Use; Revenue Management; Compliance; and Leadership.    Learn more about the HIM Competencies here.

If you haven’t registered for the THIMA Annual Meeting, do so today!

ICD-10 Boot Camps Scheduled

Based on your feedback, THIMA has scheduled ICD-10 Boot Camps in Knoxville and Nashville.   These sessions are designed so that you can choose one or all of the sessions, depending upon your educational needs—diagnosis coding only, procedural coding only, or a day of exercises putting it all together.  

Speaking of ICD-10

The THIMA Delegates will be attending the AHIMA Leadership/Advocacy Summit in March where we will be advocating for the ICD-10 implementation date of October 1, 2015.  

If you have not done so, we urge you to contact your elected officials and ask them to support the implementation date.   The entire healthcare community in Tennessee has been working hard to be prepared for successful implementation of ICD-10. 
Several ICD-10 Coalition Members, including Sue Bowman, MJ, RHIA, CCS, FAHIMA, senior director of coding policy and compliance for AHIMA, testified about ICD-10 Readiness at the U.S. House Subcommittee Hearing.  The testimony and the recorded hearing area available online.

Opportunities in Memphis

MHIMA is hosting 2 upcoming AHIMA audio seminars. Free to all MHIMA members.

Date: March 3rd
Time:  12:00-1:00 CST

Topic:  The Top 25 ICD-10 Documentation Issues that Cause DRG changes

Location:  Methodist University Hospital, Medical Staff Auditorium
Date: March 26th
Time:  12:00-1:00 CST

Topic:  How to Recognize and Combat Medicare Billing Fraud

Location:  Baptist Corporate Building, CC-HR Training Room
An overview, objectives and speaker details about each of these can be found at
Please RSVP to so we can have enough handouts.

HIE News

DIRECT Technology is a secure messaging technique that transports Health Information Exchange (HIE) by directed, or point-to-point transactions.  This type of technology exchange relies on The DIRECT Project secure messaging protocol.  The DIRECT Project, launched in March 2010 as a part of the Nationwide Health Information Network, was created to specify a simple, secure, scalable, standards-based way for participants to send authenticated, encrypted health information directly to known, trusted recipients over the Internet.
Any private healthcare provider in the State of Tennessee interested in DIRECT Technology can visit the Tennessee Health eShare DIRECT Project website to find out basic information about DIRECT Technology and a list of vendors that can provide DIRECT technology for secure message exchange.  All vendors listed on this website are certified in the Trust Bundle with (DTO).
Hear one of the thousands of medical professionals and groups across the State who use DIRECT technology share their experience at the Annual Meeting.  Qsource Health IT Consulting maintains the DIRECT Directory -- see who is using the technology.
The National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has released a draft of its interoperability roadmap, "Connecting Health and Care for the Nation: A Shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap Version 1.0," which sets goals for the next three, six, and 10 years, and targets 2017 as the deadline for the majority of providers and individuals to be able "to send, receive, find and use a common set of electronic clinical information." In addition, the 2015 Interoperability Standards Advisory draft contains an initial version of standards and implementation specifications for interoperability. Comments on the draft roadmap may be submitted through April 3 and on the standards advisory through May 1.

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THIMA Annual Meeting
March 18-20, 2015
Gatlinburg, TN

CAHIMA Meeting
March 19, 2015
Chattanooga, TN

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

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


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