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Message from the President

If you are like me, you are wondering where the year has gone! Here we are in the midst of the holiday season, and 2015 will soon be history.
As you prepare for a new year, please note the following important events on your calendar:

March 1, 2016
TNACS is having TN Hill Day in conjunction with TMA. In addition to issues advocated by TMA, we will share information about the TN Surgical Quality Collaborative and its impact of quality improvement for patients in TN hospitals. Join your physician colleagues in Nashville on Tuesday, March 1 to talk with state lawmakers about the biggest issues facing your practice and your patients. It's a free event. Sign up at

July 22-24, 2016
2016 TNACS Annual Meeting, Westin Beale Street, Memphis. ACS President David Richardson has been invited to join us for the meeting. Come learn the latest in surgical practice and socioeconomic issues such as payment reform. As always, fun will be part of the agenda, and a Redbirds game is on tap!

I look forward to seeing you there!

Norma Edwards, MD, FACS
TNACS President

Share Your Experience Regarding Transition to ICD-10 

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) is seeking input from practices or hospitals that have encountered issues with the October 1 transition to the 10th revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10) code set. It appears that the transition to ICD-10 has been a success with few technical glitches. However, it is still early and denials may become more prevalent throughout December and the first quarter of 2016. Your input will assist the College’s advocacy efforts to further ensure a smooth transition. Fellows who are experiencing denials or other issues are asked to e-mail the ACS Division of Advocacy and Health Policy at

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) website includes ICD-10 coding and claims resources to help with the transition. If you encounter issues, CMS advises providers to contact the ICD-10 Ombudsman,  ICD10, the ICD-10 Coordination Center, and/or the Medicare Administration Contractor.​

Data Analytics

As new payment models are adopted both at the State and Federal levels and the sheer amount of clinical data contained in electronic health records is made available, more and more physicians and other providers are looking to analytics solutions to interpret and transform data into accurate, consistent, and timely information.

Healthcare continues to become more data-driven, making Health Data Analysts more valuable than ever. A Certified Healthcare Data Analyst has achieved mastery in Data Management, Data Analytics, and Data Reporting.   

Here is an opportunity you may want to consider for a staff member in your practice. Attendees at this 2-day session will learn to:
  • Apply knowledge of how to interpret analytical findings for clinical, financial, and operational recommendations,
  • Validate results through qualitative and quantitative analysis,
  • Demonstrate the expertise needed to generate routine and ad-hoc reports using internal and external data sources,
  • Review the development and maintenance of data architecture and data structures to support business needs.
AHIMA Certified Healthcare Data Analyst (CHDA) Exam Prep Workshop
January 27-28, 2016
Nashville, TN​

Patient Compensation System

Legislation was proposed during the 109th Tennessee General Assembly that would dramatically impact the medical liability environment in Tennessee and eliminate the improvements achieved during the last decade that made Tennessee a favorable environment for physicians to practice and deliver quality healthcare.

The bill proponents (SB 507 and HB 546 sponsored by Sen. Jack Johnson and Rep. Glen Casada, respectively) seek to eliminate Tennessee's current medical liability system and replace it with an untested and significantly flawed administrative process referred to as the Patient Compensation System. Similar legislation has failed to pass in every other state where it has been introduced. 

TMA opposes the PCS model and offers this page as a resource for physicians to understand why it would be bad for doctors and bad for Tennessee.​
Learn more and take action!
View Legislative Contacts

Helpful ICD-10 Resources

(referenced by Sarah Bowman, RHIA, speaker at the 2015 TNACS Annual Meeting)

CMS ICD-10 Guidance
CMS Mitigation Provisions
Status of H.R. Bills

WEDI Feb 2015 Survey Results
ICD-10 Future LCD and Articles - Cahaba
Other ICD-10 Resources

ICD-10 For Physicians & Clinicians
ICD-10 Coding Camps by Specialty

Save the Date!

2016 TNACS Annual Meeting
July 22-24, 2016
Memphis, TN

The Tennessee Chapter represents the interests of surgeons with:
  • American College Of Surgeons, including the DC Office
  • Tennessee Medical Association
  • Tennessee Hospital Association
  • Board Of Medical Examiners
  • Elected Federal And State Senators And Representatives

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