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President’s Message


This has been a month full of information! The Tennessee delegates attended the AHIMA House of Delegates meeting in Baltimore, the MACRA Final Rule was published, and AHIMA’s new membership model and Health Informatics certification were released.
 
AHIMA’s new membership model is designed to empower the member to select a membership based on content, services, and products they most value. Although you will not change your membership type until you are due to renew your annual dues, you can learn more about the membership types, costs, and benefits HERE.

The HOD also discussed HIM Reimagined in Baltimore. Nothing is finalized yet, but it appears the committee has decided to NOT sunset the RHIT credential and will have an RHIT+ credential instead. Stay tuned for more details as this project moves forward.
 
If you haven’t already done so, please take time to watch and share the THIMA Volunteerism Presentation. The presentation was developed to help members learn about volunteerism opportunities within our state association and the time commitments/responsibilities that come along with it. 
 
In a few weeks we will be gathering with friends and family to celebrate Thanksgiving. I hope you find your bellies, hearts, and homes full of food, memories and loved ones. Wishing you all a wonderful Holiday Season!

Free Webinar -  Engaging Patients through Access to their Medical Records


Please mark your calendar to join with AHIMA and American Hospital Association members for a free webinar discussing the operational impacts and opportunities surrounding the engagement of patients as active partners in their care through the access of their medical records.  The webinar will be Tuesday, November 15 at 2:00 ET, and is hosted by our AHA colleagues; registration is exclusively through the following link. Please click here to register.

Moderated by Lawrence Hughes, AHA’s Assistant General Counsel, the webinar will include a question and answer portion and will highlight experiences with patient access from AHIMA members:

Maribeth B. Hernan, MA, RHIA, CHP
Director of Operations Medical Information Management,
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Maria Brancazio, MS, RHIA
Manager of Health System Informatics, Information Technology Department
The Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center
 
Barb Beckett, RHIT, CHPS
System Privacy Officer
Saint Luke’s Health System
Kansas City, MO

New Resources to Help Providers Maintain Access to Protected Health Information


https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/privacy-and-security-of-ehrs/resources-providers-maintain-access-protected-health-information/

The first resource is a new FAQ released by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR).

The second resource is a guide on EHR contracting—EHR Contracts Untangled: Selecting Wisely, Negotiating Terms, and Understanding the Fine Print—that helps providers ask the right questions and better communicate their requirements when selecting an EHR.

Announcing New Health Informatics Certification

A credential based on health information professionals' real-world experience
 
AHIMA released a press release on Monday, October 17, introducing its new informatics credential (launching in early 2017). The new informatics credential will provide eligible professionals in the health informatics field with the ability to identify themselves as people who possess the expertise to support and utilize health informatics. To read the full press release, click here.
 
The AHIMA health informatics credential is appropriate for a wide range of professionals in the field, such as informaticians; data scientists; health informatics directors, managers and specialists; application analysts; clinical informatics specialists; clinical systems analysts; HIM systems analysts or those individuals who meet the  eligibility requirements  and have competencies in certain domains.

"AHIMA's certification is the culmination of a long-term initiative to research and develop a credential that measures competency and expertise across the broad range of content domains required to apply health informatics in diverse settings," said AHIMA CEO Lynne Thomas Gordon, MBA, RHIA, CAE, FACHE, FAHIMA. "With the demand for health informatics professionals growing, this credential is a valuable designation for identifying individuals who have demonstrated competency in the field and sets a standard for the health informatics profession." 
 
A beta test of the certification exam will launch in December. Individuals who meet the testing criteria may apply to take the certification exam at a reduced cost of $119 during the beta testing phase. To sign up for the beta exam, visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/LKBG8XM.
 
For more information on the new informatics credential, visit ahima.org/certification/informatics-credential.

Local HIMA Meetings & News


KAHIMA Coding Round Table


November 11, 2016 
4:00 p.m. -  6:00 p.m. (Eastern)

4:00 pm - 5: 00 pm
Nicholas Xenopolous, MD 
Dr. Xenopolous is an Interventional Cardiologist. He will be discussing Cardiology- Mitra Clip, Percutaneous Valvuloplasty. 

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Arthur Moore, MD 
Dr. Moore is a Neurohospitalist and Medical Director of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease at Fort Sanders Regional. 

Location
Corporate Financial Services "KBOS" 
1420 Centerpoint Blvd., Bldg. C 
Knoxville, TN 37932 

CEUs: 2


November CAHIMA Meeting


November 17th, 2016
Time: 5:30 pm Eastern (Start)

Duration: 1 hour 
Topic: Current Trends in Compliance
Location: Chattanooga State Community College,
Health Science Ctr, Room 2106 
CEUs: 1
Domain: External Forces 
Speaker: Joann Miller


WTHIMA CPT Update


December 5, 2016
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM CST

CEUs: 5.0 – Clinical Data Management/ICD-10

Presented by: Karen Scott, MEd, RHIA, CCS-P, CPC, FAHIMA
Location Jackson Madison County General Hospital
J. Walter Barnes Auditorium
620 Skyline Drive
Jackson, TN 38301

Register here.


KAHIMA Annual Outpatient Coding & CPT Workshop


December 16, 2016 
8:30 am -  4:30 pm (Eastern)

Registration from 7:45 am - 8:30 am 

Register here.


UETHIMA Upcoming Meetings


Save these dates for future meetings!

January 19, 2017
April 27, 2017

All meetings are held at the Johnson City Medical Center, Auditorium 1, 7th floor – 2 – 4:30pm.
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