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AAPC Meeting: June 14

aapcStudents and graduates: there will be a meeting of the local chapter of the American Association of Professional Coders (AAPC) on Wednesday, June 14 at 6 p.m. at 2018 Western Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37921.

The speaker will be Elaine Rector, RN, and the topic will be "Navigation Through Stomach Cancer Treatments (Coding)."

If you have not joined a professional organization, I encourage you to do so while you are a student. There are a multitude of benefits, including reduced membership fees for students, discounts on shopping, entertainment, travel, etc., journals with valuable articles pertaining to your chosen career, and one of the greatest benefits - the opportunity to network with those in your career field, which can lead to jobs.

There are several organizations that you should consider joining as a student, including the AAPC ( and also the American Health Information Management Association (


HIT exams to bring jobs

AHIMA touts HIT Pro exams as way to increase workforce

June 06, 2011 | Diana Manos, Senior Editor

CHICAGO – Leaders of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) are working with the federal government on ways to increase the much needed healthcare IT workforce.


AHIMA President Bonnie Cassidy said Monday that the organization is working proactively to grow jobs for members while helping to fill the estimated 50,000 new positions that will be needed to implement the U.S. health system's transition to electronic health records (EHR).


Electronic Health Data

Proposed Rule Would Let Patients See Who Accessed Their Electronic Health Data

OutpatientHHS soliciting comments from "small and mid-sized providers" on how disclosure rule would impact their practices.

Patients would have the right to request and receive a record of who accessed and viewed their electronic protected health information in a proposed change to the Health Insurance Portability and Affordability Act's Privacy Rule.


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