In This Issue
CHIA Series: Information Governance At-a-Glance
Blog series describes the "scalable framework" AHIMA has developed, called the Information Governance Adoption Model (IGAM), as described in AHIMA's Information Governance Toolkit 2.0. This model consists of ten organizational competencies which assist HIM professionals in focusing in on all areas of IG within an organization to implement an IG program.  Read the full CHIA series.

Competency: Analytics

Data can bring about motivation as well as ensure continuous performance improvement. First, define the goal to be accomplished and communicate the desired result so it is easily understood. Next, determine how to collect the data by including subject matter expert opinions. Accurately measure the analytic tool by confirming results with those who carry out the work. These details will help the organization understand the efforts and resources needed to move progress forward. Finally, remember to regularly share the business intelligence data to open up communication lines and drive decision-making.
Documenting End of Life Decisions: The California Landscape
Are you interested in learning more about Physician Order for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) forms and guidelines and missed the informative CHIA webinar last month with health care attorney Allan Jergesen? Watch the Webinar on Demand "Documenting End of Life Decisions: The California Landscape" and learn about this important regulation. This Webinar on Demand covers: 
  • Advance Directives documentation requirements 
  • POLST requirements and guidelines
  • Prehospital Do Not Resusitate
  • The five (5) End of Life Options Act forms and CDPH reporting requirements
CHIA Awards & Scholarships - Deadlines Approaching
Honoring the excellence, dedication, and service of HIM professionals is an important annual tradition. CHIA recognizes those who make a world of difference in HIM, and encourages all members, students and HIIM Program Directors to submit nominations and/or apply for these opportunities.
  • Exam Fee Reimbursement - Applications Due Feb 28. Provides partial reimbursement ($100) of AHIMA's RHIT or RHIA exam fee
  • Recognition Awards - Nominations Due Mar 1. Awards and honors exemplary HIM professionals, encourages new talent, and leadership.
  • Student Scholarships - Applications Due Mar 1. Awarded to students enrolled in HIA/HIT programs, or members pursuing a specialty or additional credential. 
  • HIIM Program Grant - Applications Due Mar 1.  Supports improvements in teaching and learning and help meet special needs of HIM programs.
What's Happening in HIM This Week
California Tests Electronic Database For End-Of-Life Wishes
By Anna Gorman; CaliforniaHealthline, Dec 2016

Mary De Freze, who has heart problems, chronic lung disease and a history of falling, knows she may not have too many years left. And she's clear about what she wants - and doesn't want - at the end of her life. 

Prompted by a state law that took effect this year, a coalition of emergency and social service providers is working to create an electronic registry for POLST forms so they will be available to first responders and medical providers when they are needed. The group is starting with a three-year pilot project in San Diego and Contra Costa counties that could serve as a model for a single, statewide registry. Paper-based POLST forms are used across the nation, but electronic registries exist only in a few states, including Oregon, New York and West Virginia. 
CMS Hosting: Understanding and Promoting the Value of Chronic Care Management Services Call - Tuesday, February 21 from 1:30-3:00 pm ET
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
During this call, CMS experts discuss the benefits of providing Chronic Care Management (CCM) services and changes for CCM in the Physician Fee Schedule final rule. A new outreach and education campaign from the CMS Office of Minority Health increases awareness about the value of CCM, encourages adoption, and provides an opportunity for health care professionals to ask questions. 

To register or for more information, visit MLN Connects Event Registration
Delay of Final Rule on the Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Treatment Information
Legal Action Center, January 25, 2017
The administration of President Donald Trump has issued a memorandum delaying implementation of all new and pending federal regulations. This regulatory "freeze" impacts the recently-released Final Rule modernizing federal regulations that govern the confidentiality of substance use disorder patient records, and the Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SNPRM) seeking comment on additional proposed changes to those regulations. The Final Rule and SNPRM, which were released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and formally published in the Federal Register on Jan. 18, 2017, update and propose additional changes to the confidentiality regulations found at 42 C.F.R. Part 2, which are often referred to as "Part 2." 
Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Prospective Payment System Fact Sheet - Revised
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, January 2017
A revised Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Prospective Payment System Fact Sheet is available. It provides an update to the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Quality Reporting Program section.  Learn about background, elements of the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) Prospective Payment System, payment updates, and IRF Quality Reporting Program.
CHIA Volunteers Make a World of Difference
Tuesday, Feb 21 - LIVE Webinar
PEPPER for the HIM Professional
Wednesday, Feb 22 - LIVE Webinar
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