In This Issue
CHIA Board Update 
Keeping our Mission Statement Front and Center 
to Achieve Our True North
Authored By: Deborah Collier, RHIA; CHIA President 2015-17 

CHIA Mission Statement 
The mission of the California Health Information Association is to advance the management of health information through networking, education, shared knowledge, and advocacy. 

True North is defined as evidence that every decision of an organization is completely aligned with its mission. This is precisely what the CHIA Board of Directors has been busy focusing on. Each decision point or proposed plan is aligned with CHIA's mission as well as CHIA's strategic plan and goals. Each CHIA Board meeting begins with review of CHIA's mission, vision, and core values and a report out of any event or activity that a board member was involved in that supports the mission of CHIA. This helps CHIA's leadership continue to direct CHIA for the current and desired goal of meeting the needs of CHIA's members and professional growth. 

On behalf of the CHIA Board of Directors, an overview on the status of several of CHIA's mission and strategic plan related-decisions can be reviewed online here. The CHIA Board will continue to provide updates to CHIA Members - Stay Tuned.
Participate in the Annual CHIA Member Survey
Survey The opinions and perceptions of CHIA members are important! The results of the annual CHIA Member Survey will help the CHIA Board of Directors identify the programs and services that are the most important to members. The survey will take only a few minutes of your time and your valuable input is greatly appreciated. 

Participants who provide their name and email address will be entered into a drawing to win a complimentary registration to a CHIA seminar of your choice. 

Survey will close Tuesday, March 7, 2017. Please take the survey now!
CHIA Recognition Awards - Nominations Due Mar 1
Awards Nominate a colleague for a CHIA Recognition Award, which recognizes those who make a difference in the HIM profession. The awards honor exemplary service, reward contributions that build the HIM knowledge base, recognize excellence in preparing future HIM professionals, and encourage new talent and leadership. Recognition Award categories include: 

  • Distinguished Member
  • Educator
  • HIM Industry Champion
  • Literary 
  • Mentor
  • Rising Star
  • Volunteer
CHIA Awards & Scholarships - Deadlines Approaching
CHIA recognizes those who make a world of difference in HIM, and encourages all members, students and HIIM Program Directors to apply for these opportunities.
  • ScholarshipsExam Fee Reimbursement - Deadline Feb 28. Provides partial reimbursement ($100) of AHIMA's RHIT or RHIA exam fee
  • Student Scholarships - Deadline Mar 1. Awarded to students enrolled in HIA/HIT programs, or members pursuing a specialty or additional credential. 
  • HIIM Program Grant - Deadline Mar 1.  Supports improvements in teaching and learning and help meet special needs of HIM programs.
What's Happening in HIM This Week
Implementation of New Influenza Virus Vaccine Code
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; Feb 3, 2017
Effective for dates of service on and after July 1, 2017, influenza virus code 90682 will be payable by Medicare. Annual Part B deductible and coinsurance amounts do not apply to this code. 

In addition, effective for claims with dates of service on or after October 1 2016, MACs will pay vaccines (Influenza, PPV, and HepB) to hospices based on the lower of the actual charge or 95%of AWP. Coinsurance and deductibles do not apply. Further, MACs will adjust previously processed hospice claims (TOB 81x or 82x) for these vaccines with dates of service on or after October 1, 2016.
Aspects of 21st Century Cures Act Require Cooperation from New HHS Secretary
By Mary Butler, Journal of AHIMA; Feb 22, 2017

Some elements of the 21st Century Cures Act are considered by some in the health IT community to be hard to implement, while other provisions face uncertainty with a new administration. Acting National Coordinator for Health IT Jon White, MD addressed both issues recently at joint meeting of the Health IT Policy and Standards Committees, over a week ago, and the at an Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) town hall meeting this week on Monday at the Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference. 

One sticking point for members of the Health IT Policy and Standards Committees relates to the information blocking parts of the law. Sections 4002 and 4004 levels penalties as high as $1 million to vendors or entities that engage in information blocking, which can include activities such as: "preventing or materially discouraging access, exchanging or using of electronic health information."
EHRs are Everywhere: Now What?
By: Bill Siwicki; Feb 6, 2017

Since meaningful use incentivized what has become near-ubiquity of electronic health records, hospitals and providers are looking at what they can do on top of the digitized platform. 

"The EHR market has commoditized now and the healthcare domain is coming into an era where most other domains, like the financial domain, have been for a long time - understanding risk, identifying and mitigating risk, and finding tools to do so," said Fred Rahmanian, chief technology officer at Geneia, a vendor of population health, remote patient monitoring and analytics systems. "One reason people will see a lot of activity here is because of the ability to ingest a lot of data and extract insights from that data. Healthcare analytics is front and center now." 

Healthcare organizations must understand the massive troves of data they're sitting on to best function in the burgeoning value-based care market.
A Second Look at Revenue Recovery; 
Understanding the Medicare PACT Rule
Tuesday, Feb 28 - LIVE Webinar
Ethical Coding Standards for the Healthcare Coding Professional
Wednesday, Mar 8 - LIVE Webinar
Health Record Confidentiality & Release of Information
Wednesday, Mar 15 -  Ontario
Thursday, Mar 16 - Sacramento 
The 60-Day Rule: Reporting and Returning Overpayments  
Wednesday, Mar 29 - LIVE Webinar
Student Chat with CHIA President
Thursday Apr 6 - LIVE Webinar
HIPAA Hot Topics and Current Events
Tues, Apr 11 - LIVE Webinar
Why Patient Matching Is a Challenge
Thurs, Apr 13 - LIVE Webinar
Developing Best Practices from OCR Audit Protocols & Issue Resolutions
Tuesday, May 2 - Southern TBD
Wednesday, May 3 - Northern TBD
Pre-convention Tutorials
Saturday, June 10 - Sunday, June 11 - Sacramento
CHIA Convention & Exhibit
Sunday, June 11 - Wednesday, June 14 - Sacramento