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April 2013 E-News

Inside this Issue: President’s Message

2013 THIMA Award Winners THIMA Election Results Legislative Update

CMS Proposes Important Changes to CoPs

THIMA Delegates Participate in AHIMA Advocacy Symposium

Update on HITECH at Walters State Community Col lege

ICD-10 Continuing Education Events Scheduled for May

THIMA/THA 2013 ICD 10 Educational Plans for May

THIMA Annual Meeting 2013 Highl ights

Education Update AND MORE!


Message By Kyle McElroy, MS-HSA, RHIA

Spring is quickly approaching and outdoor activities will soon fill the afternoon schedules. Hard to believe we are already

in April. Basketball and hockey playoffs are around the corner, while baseball has officially started.

THIMA leaders have been busy with several important events over the first quarter. Our 63rd Tennessee Health Information Management Association’s Annual meeting and celebration in Memphis was a smashing success. Our Program Committee and Wanda McKnight organized an outstanding conference that included 21 exhibitors, 7 corporate sponsors, and over 170 THIMA members.

We were encouraged to “Dream Big” by our AHIMA’s immediate Past President, Patty Sheridan during our opening key note presentation. Congratulations to Elizabeth

Delahoussaye, this year’s THIMA Distinguished Member. At the conclusion of our awards reception, we celebrated another significant THIMA achievement. Wanda McKnight’s 25th anniversary of serving THIMA as Executive Director!

On Tuesday, February 26th several THIMAleaders joined Tennessee Hospital Association’s annual Legislative Day on the Hill. The state Hill Day is a wonderful opportunity for all THIMA members to connect with local leaders. Medicaid expansion lead the discussion as lawmakers and healthcare executives debate our state needs.

Several THIMA leaders then participated in the National Hill Day on Tuesday, March 19th in Washington D.C. Uniform patient identifier and Recovery Audit Contractor reform highlighted the top priorities of AHIMA. Our collective advocacy efforts paid off with the release of CMS-1455-R and CMS-1455 Proposed Rule. The articles provide adjustments to CMS’s longstanding Part B rebilling policies in light of inpatient medical necessity denials under the Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) program.

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Although many healthcare leaders feel this ruling and proposed rule fall short of Part B rebilling expectations, we can certainly agree it’s one step in the right direction.

The association continues to offer excellent educational sessions designed to keep members informed through this rapid healthcare change. ICD-10 Root Operations, Clinical Documentation in ICD-10-CM, and Changes in Omnibus Privacy Rule Breach Determination highlight a few of these opportunities.

Looking ahead, our 7 local associations will soon be transitioning officers and seeking new leaders to fill key positions. The Health Information Management profession continues to diversify with advancements in technology and electronic medical records, more stringent privacy standards, adjustments to reimbursement methodologies, and of course improvements in patient outcomes.

THIMA is well positioned with your support, volunteerism, and leadership to continue to drive our profession in the right direction.

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