In This Issue
The Power of Health Information 
The 68th Annual CHIA Convention & Exhibit
Message from CHIA President Deborah Collier, RHIA

Don't miss out! Another great CHIA Convention & Exhibit is planned for Saturday, June 10 - Wednesday, 14, 2017. Pre-convention tutorials are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, and will include presentations on: exam preparation for RHIT/RHIA, CDIP, CHPS, CCS and CCA credentials; revenue cycle integrity; data analytics; complex ICD-10-PCS coding; and the first CHIA Student Academy. 

Members are invited to participate in the CHIA House of Delegates meeting on Sunday at 1:00 - 5:00 pm. At this annual business meeting delegates, representing HIM professionals throughout California, discuss issues and advise the CHIA Board on matters of importance to the CHIA membership and health information community at large. 

The Power of Health Information will be further revealed in concurrent and general sessions that will empower you to create, manage, and use health information for all roles in HIM and health care settings. Of course, there will be time for recognition awards of CHIA members, networking, vendor exhibits, and celebration at the CHIA Celebration Party where attendees will ignite the HIM superhero within. 

On behalf of the CHIA Board of Directors, we look forward to seeing you there!
CHIA Convention: Advanced Rates End Today
Join us in beautiful downtown Sacramento for #CHIACON17, California's premier HIM event. Check out the Convention Preliminary Program and full event details to start planning your HIM journey today. 

Advanced registration closes today, May 10. For best rates, submit your registration today and connect with fellow HIM colleagues as we unmask how HIM professionals Create, Manage, and Use "The Power of Health Information". 

Have you booked your room yet? CHIA has negotiated a group rate with the Hyatt Regency Sacramento, conveniently located next to the Convention Center. Single/double room $159 +tax. CHIA room rate ends May 10, so book your stay today.

Discover Sacramento While Empowering Your HIM Career
The May/June CHIA Journal is on newsstands now! Grab your copy or read the online version here

Discover Sacramento: 
While Empowering Your HIM Career
by: Victoria M. Hernandez, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, CCS-P Founder, Integrity Coding Solutions; 
Chair, CHIA Convention Committee

Sacramento is often referred to as the "Napa Valley of 30 years ago." Whether attendees would like to paint the town, make it a family affair, a business function, or a fun-packed tour with friends, rest assured there are a variety of options available. 

The Convention Committee challenges you to master your category Y93 activity codes with all the sightseeing and adventure that attendees can find. After all, it's still a way to stay involved in promoting "The Power of Health Information". Have a great time and on behalf of the CHIA Convention Committee, we look forward to seeing you in Sacramento!
CHIA Webinars on Demand
Are you a busy HIM professional looking for a convenient solution that allows you to stay connected to health information education and earn continuing education? CHIA has your solution with Webinars on Demand

This e-learning resource is tailored to meet your needs and is available on your time. Hot topics include Ethical Coding Standards, PEPPER, POLST, IG, OSHPD Updates, P4P Initatives, CDI, and more.  Recent additions include:
  • Medicare Advantage HCCs and RADV Audits 
  • Why Patient Matching Is a Challenge
  • The 60-Day Rule: Reporting and Returning Overpayments
What's Happening in HIM This Week
CMS Announces Extension for States under Medicaid Home and Community-Based Settings Criteria
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; May 9, 2017
CMS announced a three-year extension for state Medicaid programs to meet the Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) settings requirements for settings operating before March 17, 2014. This extension is in response to states' request for more time to demonstrate compliance with the regulatory requirements and ensure compliance activities are collaborative, transparent, and timely. Read full press release.
Texas Health System Settles Potential HIPAA Disclosure Violations
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services; May 10, 2017
Memorial Hermann Health System (MHHS) has agreed to pay $2.4 million to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and adopt a comprehensive corrective action plan to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule. MHHS is a not-for-profit health system located in Southeast Texas, comprised of 16 hospitals and specialty services in the Greater Houston area. 

The HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) initiated a compliance review of MHHS based on multiple media reports suggesting that MHHS disclosed a patient's protected health information (PHI) without an authorization. In September 2015, a patient at one of MHHS's clinics presented an allegedly fraudulent identification card to office staff. The staff immediately alerted appropriate authorities of the incident, and the patient was arrested. Read full report.
NCHIA Student Night
Thursday, May 11 - LIVE Webinar & Face-to-Face Meeting
Part B Professional Services: Physician Documentation 
and Coding Essentials
Thursday, May 25 - LIVE Webinar
Pre-convention Tutorials
Saturday, June 10 - Sunday, June 11 - Sacramento
CHIA Convention & Exhibit
Sunday, June 11 - Wednesday, June 14 - Sacramento