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February 12, 2016:

THIMA President’s Message

It is Information Governance (IG) month and hope you celebrated by attending the February 12th IG Boot Camp held in Brentwood! Join AHIMA in the celebration by taking advantage of special offers, discounts, and more!
Mark your calendar as the THIMA election opens on February 22 and will close on March 11, 2016. The THIMA Nominating Committee which consist of Amanda King, Connie Maddux, Tonia Poteet, and Kim Roberts, have been hard at work finalizing the ballot of candidates. In 2015 only 14% of the THIMA voting members executed their membership right to vote. That was down significantly from the 21% that voted in 2014. I encourage all voting members to please take a few minutes to vote. If you do not receive the email invitation to vote please reach out to Wanda McKnight in our Central Office. Your vote matters!

I was fortunate to be in attendance at the Upper East Health Information Management Association meeting this month when Brittany Shockley, Lisa Brockwell, Kelly Flowers, Megan Barnes, Stephen Yarbrough who are all in the HIT program at Walter States gave a presentation on Promising Occupations in Health Information Management. Terminology Asset Management, Scribes, Record Manager, VP of Coding and E-MPI Manager were the five occupations that the students discussed. Miranda Coffey, Azlin Hitchcock, Jayde Hitchcock, Jenny Stanton, Grant Wykoff are also HIT students at Walter States and they provided education at a recent Knoxville Health Information Management Association meeting. It is always great to see the students participating at our association meetings!

The 2016 Annual THIMA Meeting and 66th Anniversary Celebration is March 9 – 11, 2016 at the Embassy Suites Nashville South-Cool Springs. The meeting will packed full of education on Leadership, Information Governance, Revenue Management, Compliance and lots more. Lots of opportunities to network, learn about using social media such as Twitter, Linked-In, and visit with the Vendors. We will being share some exciting AHIMA updates at the Annual Meeting! 

Don’t Delay! Register now for the Certified Health Data Analyst (CHDA) exam prep workshop scheduled for March 23 & 24 that will be held at the THA Headquarters in Brentwood. 

I hope to see you in March. If we have not had the opportunity to meet in the past please take a moment to introduce yourself to me at the THIMA Annual Meeting or at the CHDA workshop!

ONC Launches New Blog Series to Explain the Permitted Uses of Health Information Under HIPAA

The first blog article is entitled The Real HIPAA Supports Interoperability. The series emphasizes that HIPAA not only protects personal health information from misuse, it also enables personal health information to be accessed, used or disclosed interoperably, when and where it is needed for patient care. A new blog will be posted every Thursday, with the final blog in the series released on February 25, 2016.

The fact sheets and blog posts detail specific common circumstances where health care providers or payers are permitted to share PHI without prior patient authorization, such as an inpatient facility to prospective long-term care facilities, or between unaffiliated hospitals in the same community who treat the same patient.

Download the fact sheets

Health IT Bill Clears Senate HELP Committee

as reported by AHIMA DC Office

On February 9, the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) approved the Improving Health Information Technology Act. The legislation creates a star-rating system for electronic health records (EHRs) based on security, usability and interoperability. The bill also provides the Office of the Inspector General with the authority to investigate and deter information blocking practices and directs the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to conduct a study to review methods for securely matching patient records to the correct patient. The bill is part of a larger package concerning biomedical innovation that the committee hopes to advance this Congress.

Substance Abuse Records Rule Gets an Update

as reported by AHIMA DC Office

On February 9, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released its first major update since 1987 to how patients’ substance abuse and addiction treatment records are shared. The proposed rule issued by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) authorizes a “general description” patient consent form, which permits the sharing of such information by research institutions, data repositories, health information exchanges, accountable care organizations (ACOs), and health homes. AHIMA will be organizing a series of calls for member feedback. Stay tuned for more details.

Patients' Records Access Rights Under HIPAA Clarified

Note the "Security Issues" section of this document regarding the requirement to provide a brief "warning to the individual that there is some level of risk that the individual's [unencrypted] PHI could be read or otherwise accessed by a third party while in transit" and additional requirements for patient engagement.
HHS has also issued guidance on this which can be found at the following website

Other Great Learning Opportunities

March 9-11 -  THIMA Annual Meeting

March 23-24 - (changed from January 27-28, 2016)

Local HIMA Meetings & News

CAHIMA Meeting

February 18, 2016
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm EST


HIPAA Webinar from GHIMA:
Preparing Your Organization for Round Two: Tips for Surviving Privacy & Security Desk Audits, Rita Bowen, Presenter.
CEUs: 1 – Privacy and Security
Chattanooga State Community College
Health Sciences Center
Nursing and Allied Health Divisions
4501 Amnicola Highway
Chattanooga, TN 37406
Phone: 423-697-2582

Click here for registration and more information.

METHIMA February Meeting

February 25, 2016
12:00 - 2:00 pm
Cookeville Regional Medical Center


Data Analytics and the CHDA Credential
Dawn Scruggs, MA, RHIA, CDIP, CHDA

Save These Dates For Future Meetings!

  • April 21, 2016
  • June 28, 2016
  • August 18, 2016
  • October 20, 2016
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