Good day, Fellow THIMA Members!
As my first formal communication as your new THIMA President, I want to say that it is an honor to serve you! We have started July off with a bang, and it has been a busy month so far. I’m excited about what the next year will bring for our membership and want all of you to know that I will do everything I can to promote our profession and ensure our ideas, thoughts, and concerns are heard at the national level.
My ask of you all today is to take less than one minute of your time, to read the AHIMA call to action below, click the link that will generate scripted emails to your local TN representatives, and support the patient matching initiative to remove language from the appropriations bill and allow for the research of patient matching solutions! We need your voice!
Tennessee is currently being recognized at the national level for the HIGHEST participation rate in reaching out to our representatives on this initiative! Let’s keep up the momentum and ensure that THIMA continues to make a mark everywhere we go!!
Thank you for all that you do for our profession!
Jamie Glenn, RHIA
Message from Lauren Riplinger, JD, Vice President, Policy & Government Affairs | Policy & Government Affairs, AHIMA
As you will recall in June the House adopted an amendment that would strike language in the FY20 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education (Labor-HHS) Appropriations bill that prohibits the US Department of Health and Human Services from using federal funds to promulgate or adopt a unique patient identifier. Striking this language will provide the US Department of Health and Human Services the ability to evaluate a full range of patient matching solutions and enable it to work with the private sector to identify a solution that is cost-effective, scalable, secure and one that protects patient privacy.
Now that a budget deal has materialized, when the Senate returns in September, we expect them to quickly take up the Senate FY20 Labor-HHS appropriations bill. Along these lines, we are trying to build grassroots support for the Senate to reject inclusion of this outdated language as the House did in June.
Along these lines, we’ve created a new engagement at AHIMA’s Advocacy Action Center and we have two favors to ask—
- Head to the Advocacy Action center to contact your US Senator about this critical issue.
- Encourage others, whether that is within your CSA or in your role as a Regional Advocacy Team Leader, to take action as well.
Our goal between now and September is to garner as much grassroots support as possible to continue to move this issue forward.!