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THIMA eNews - President's Message, CAHIMA Meeting, Election Results, Copies of Medical Records for Patients - new guidance - March 17, 2016:

President’s Message

The THIMA 66th Annual Meeting was held March 9-11th in Nashville, Tennessee.  This year’s meeting theme was “THIMA - The Route to Your Future” and the approximately 226 attendees had the opportunity to earn up to 17 hours of continuing education credits. In addition, there were 27 vendors who exhibited at the annual meeting with 58 vendor representatives.

The THIMA program committee did an outstanding job planning the 66th Annual Meeting. The committee members are Seth Johnson, Chair, April Insco, Co-Chair, Dianne Bobrowski, Jamie Glenn, Amanda King, Diane Ward, and Penny Sherek. Thanks for an awesome 66th Annual Meeting!

Day 1 of the Annual Meeting kicked off with motivational humorist, Kay Frances, who had the group stress free and ready for an update on the national health IT/healthcare policy by Joel White, the Executive Director of Health IT Now Coalition. Karen Scott and Melinda Wilkins kicked off the afternoon with a presentation on the impact of Reality 2016. The afternoon tracks covered relevant education in the area of leadership, compliance, informatics, analytics, and data use. 

The THIMA Foundation hosted the Honoree Celebration during which seven of our Tennessee HIM professionals received well-deserved THIMA Awards.  Six Outstanding Students were recognized and three students were awarded Scholarships. The auction at the Honoree Celebration earned over $1,500 for the THIMA Foundation. Following tradition, day 1 concluded with the THIMA dance party.

Day 2 began with a presentation on healthcare delivery system reform by Dawn Fitzgerald, Qsource CEO, followed by data analytics presentation by Greg Strevig from Geisinger Health System, and Susan White, AHIMA Board of Directors, provided attendees with the AHIMA 2016 Report. The afternoon education tracks included topics on information governance, information protection/privacy and security, and revenue management.

Day 3 of THIMA meeting focused on coding and the impact to data analytics and hospital revenue by two great speakers! Diane Ward from Anthem discussed how coded data is used for analysis on quality of care, outcomes, and potential fraud and abuse. Rhonda Crabtree from Covenant Health shared the impact that coded data to hospital’s financial bottom line.
Wrapping up the THIMA 66th annual meeting Dianne Bobrowski, Diane Ward, Julia Appleton, and Shannon Swafford provided an excellent panel of experts, moderated by Kyle McElroy, who shared with attendees “Life after ICD-10”.

Visit THIMA on Facebook and enjoy all great photos from the meeting! There is still time to register for the CHDA workshop to be held in Nashville on March 23 and 24. Don’t miss this great educational opportunity hosted here in Tennessee!

In April your THIMA executive board will be heading to Washington, D.C. for AHIMA 2016 Advocacy Leadership Symposium and Hill Day. While in Washington we will be advocating for a national voluntary Patient safety identifier.   

Watch your email for information about the AHIMA grassroots advocacy campaign. The campaign will be seeking 100,000 petition signatures between March 20 – April 19, 2016 for a national discussion and development of a voluntary patient safety identifier. 

THIMA Award Winners - Congratulations!

  • Distinguished Member Award
    Lela McFerrin, RHIA
  • Achievement Award
    Dawn Scruggs, MA, RHIA, CDIP, CHDA
  • Rising Star Award
    Marcus Rickman, MHIIM, RHIA and
    Joanna Nowak, RHIT, CPC-A
  • Visionary Award
    Kyle McElroy, MS-HSA, RHIA
  • Volunteer Award
    April Insco, RHIA, CCS and
    Jamie Glenn, RHIA, CPEHR

THIMA 2016 Outstanding Students – Congratulations!

  • Ryanna Potts
    Chattanooga State Community College
  • Mary Savannah Sherrill
    Dyersburg State Community College
  • Jamie Zanoni
    Roane State Community College
  • Tiffany Jordan
    Tennessee State University
  • Mandy Pieri
    Volunteer State Community College
  • Brittany Shockley
    Walters State Community College

2016 Scholarship Award Winners – Congratulations!

Evelyn Freeman Memorial Scholarship funded by DocuVoice:           

Regina Chung, Tennessee State University

THIMA Foundation Scholarship funded by Foundation donors:
Tiffany Jordan, Tennessee State University

MRO Scholarship/THIMA Foundation Scholarship funded by MRO and Foundation donors:
Anne Emesibe, Tennessee State University

THIMA Election Results – Congratulations!

President-Elect: Seth Johnson, MBA, RHIA

Delegate: Jennifer VanOver, BS, RHIT, CHTS-TR

Nominating Committee:
  • Valerie Bowling, RHIA
  • April Insco, MHIIM, RHIA, CCS
  • Rebecca Reynolds, EdD, RHIA, FAHIMA
  • Phillip Viers, RHIT, CDIP, CCS

An Investment in Your Future!

March 23-24, 2016

Local HIMA Meetings & News


CAHIMA Monthly Meeting

March 17, 2016
5:30 pm -6:30 pm Eastern

  • Current Healthcare Trends Regarding:
  • Compliance
  • Leadership
  • Information Governance
1 CEU - Domain: External Forces
Chattanooga State Community College
Health Science Center
4501 Amnicola Hwy.,
Nursing and Allied Health Division
Chattanooga TN 37406

METHIMA Upcoming Meetings

Save These Dates For Future Meetings!
  • April 21, 2016
  • June 28, 2016
  • August 18, 2016
  • October 20, 2016
  • Questions and Answers about HIPAA's Access Right

Fees That Can Be Charged to Individuals for Copies of their PHI

May a covered entity charge individuals a fee for providing the individuals with a copy of their PHI?

Yes, but only within specific limits. The Privacy Rule permits a covered entity to impose a reasonable, cost-based fee to provide the individual (or the individual’s personal representative) with a copy of the individual’s PHI, or to direct the copy to a designated third party. The fee may include only the cost of certain labor, supplies, and postage.


Patient Safety Awareness Week March 13-19, 2016

AHRQ is United for Patient Safety. Let’s keep the momentum going. Hospital-acquired conditions declined 17 percent from 2010 to 2014 saving 87,000 lives and nearly $20 billion in unnecessary costs. Everyone in the health care process plays a role in delivering safe care. AHRQ has created tools to help your facility reduce readmissions, hospital-acquired conditions—including infections—and improve health literacy, patient/family engagement, and boost quality performance. All of our tools are evidence-based and available at no charge. Check them out!

Follow us on Twitter @AHRQNews for daily updates.

MyHealthID Petition Drive

AHIMA’s 2016 advocacy initiative, MyHealthID, aims to educate consumers about the need for a voluntary patient safety identifier as a solution to patient matching, and asking them to show support by signing a petition to the White House.

Look for a Call to Action coming next week!
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