Smith to lay out plans and vision for 2018 during next edition of weekly Internet radio broadcast.

Describing her vision this year for the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) on the next edition of Talk Ten Tuesdays will be the recently elected president and chair of the AHIMA Board of Directors: Diann Smith, MS, RHIA, CHP, FAHIMA. The broadcast is scheduled to begin at 10 am. EST today.

Elected by Board members, Smith will serve a one-year term, which began Jan. 1. She is vice president of health information management services and clinical documentation improvement at Texas Health Resources in Arlington, Tex., an integrated health system with 29 hospital locations – including acute-care, short-stay, behavioral health, rehabilitation, and transitional care facilities – that are owned, operated, or joint-ventured with Texas Health.

Smith has served as chair of the AHIMA Professional Ethics Committee, a director on the AHIMA Board, president of the Texas Health Information Management Association (TXHIMA), and commissioner for the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).    

Smith earned a Master of Science in human relations and business from Amberton University, as well as a bachelor’s degree in health information management from Texas Woman’s University. She is a fellow of AHIMA.

Joining Smith on the long-running broadcast will be former AHIMA presidents, including Rose Dunn, Charlotte Smith Barrett, and Bonnie Cassidy, who will co-host the broadcast along with Chuck Buck.

“We’re celebrating President’s Day a week early with these distinguished past presidents of AHIMA,” said Buck, executive producer of the broadcast that launched in 2011. “We are also recognizing that February is American Heart Month, and we will focus on how cardiology diagnosis coding for myocardial infarction (MI) is being impacted in 2018. There are now five types of MI code categories. Joining the broadcast as our special guest will be Terry Fletcher, who will report on these new options and how they will impact your reimbursement.”

Talk Ten Tuesdays airs Tuesdays from 10 to 10:30 a.m. EST.

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