In This Issue
CHIA Leaders Participate in AHIMA's Advocacy Summit
This year, four CHIA leaders and one student joined 49 other states at the 2017 AHIMA Advocacy Summit in Washington DC. The CHIA representatives included CHIA President Deborah Collier, RHIA; CHIA Director Maria Alizondo, MA, RHIA, FAHIMA; SDHIA President Joanne Hewitt, RHIT; CHIA Proud Past President & Chair, AHIMA Advocacy & Policy Council Tracy Elmer, RHIA; and AHIMA Student Advisor and Loma Linda University Student Gina Martinez. 

While in DC, the CHIA delegates had an opportunity to meet with both California Senators and their own respective Representatives. During the meetings, they thanked the California legislators for supporting the 21st Century Cures Act and discussed the importance of developing a Patient Matching strategy. With regard to the latter topic, special emphasis was given regarding the need for solution collaboration between ONC/HHS and the private sector. 

The conversations also offered an opportunity to remind the nation's legislators about the specific health care leadership and expertise HIM professionals bring to the table.  The CHIA representatives specifically asked that the HIM profession be directly represented in any discussion centered around key health care initiatives. 

Despite the unusually warm but rainy weather, the CHIA delegates reported it to be a productive visit. The HIM power players appreciated the opportunity to stay connected at a national level and grateful to attend the summit to carry forward key messages, strengthen existing relationships, and develop new connections. 

Stay tuned for more details in the upcoming May/June CHIA Journal to learn more about the AHIMA Advocacy Summit visit and the important role these CHIA representatives played in advocating The Power of Health Information  
Empower Your HIM Career with the CHIA Convention
Join us for the 2017 CHIA Convention & Exhibit, California's premier HIM event, in downtown Sacramento. The Power of Health Information recognizes health information professionals as stewards of health care's greatest asset, health information

As an attendee, you will have the power to choose from more than 30 educational sessions, providing the ability to tailor the convention to your own professional and educational needs. CHIA's pre-convention tutorials, general sessions, and concurrent track sessions will provide ample opportunity to inspire, empower and ignite health information professionals. All professionals who create, manage, and use health information, from entry-level to middle to senior management, in a variety of roles and settings will benefit and be empowered by this event. 

Three educational track sessions have been centered around different themes that reflect The Power of Health Information.
  • Create Health Information: Coding, CDI, Transcription 
  • Manage Health Information: EMRs, HIEs, IG, Privacy and Security, ROI
  • Use Health Information: Informatics, Population Health, Revenue Cycle, Business Intelligence, Research, Personal Health Management

 Advanced Registration closes May 10, register early for best rates.

Celebrate HIP Week
AHIMA invites all health information professionals to join the celebration and be recognized during the 28th annual Health Information Professionals (HIP) Week, March 26-April 1, 2017. 

Follow AHIMA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to celebrate HIP Week with us! Use #HIPWeek17 to show how your organization promotes and plays during HIP Week, and share your pride with health information professionals across the country! 

Download the Official 2017 HIP Week Planning Toolkit, complete with suggested activities, articles, a selection of official HIP Week products, and more! Other resources available at
Looking For More In-depth HIPAA Training? CHIA Has Your Solution!
Explore the Events Calendar and register for one of CHIA's upcoming events.

Developing Best Practices from OCR Audit Protocols
and Issue Resolutions

Tuesday, May 2 - Garden Grove
Wednesday, May 3 - Pleasanton

Increasing enforcement of health information privacy laws by federal and state government entities requires health care organizations to scrutinize and improve their privacy and compliance programs. In this interactive 6-hour seminar, privacy and legal experts will walk through the latest industry trends and updates on initiatives by OCR, including patient access guidance, resolution agreements, and the HIPAA Audit Program. Additionally, the experts will offer guidance in proactively developing best practices based on lessons learned from the enforcement activities, and discuss what's on the horizon for HIM and how to prepare for the future.
What's Happening in HIM This Week
Advance Beneficiary Notice of Noncoverage (ABN), Form CMS-R-131, Issued
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; March, 2017
The ABN, Form CMS-R-131, and form instructions have been approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for renewal. While there are no changes to the form itself, providers should take note of the newly incorporated expiration date on the form. With the 2016 PRA submission, a non-substantive change has been made to the ABN. In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), the form has been revised to include language informing beneficiaries of their rights to CMS nondiscrimination practices and how to request the ABN in an alternative format if needed. The effective date for use of this ABN form is 6/21/2017.
Student Chat with CHIA President
Thursday Apr 6 - LIVE Webinar
Why Patient Matching Is a Challenge
Thursday, Apr 13 - LIVE Webinar
Medicare Advantage HCCs and RADV Audits
Thursday, Apr 20 - LIVE Webinar
Developing Best Practices from OCR Audit Protocols & Issue Resolutions
Tuesday, May 2 - Garden Grove
Wednesday, May 3 - Pleasanton
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