In This Issue

Join fellow students for the first CHIA Student Academy and l earn about health information career opportunities from HIM professionals. This complimentary session is open to all interested health information students.  

This interactive session provides an opportunity to learn more about careers in HIM and will assist students in building their personal brand to give a competitive edge in job hunting. This is a great opportunity to network with HIM leaders, mentors, and peers. Panel of HIM Professionals to include:
  • Steve Kim, RHIA; Program Director of Consumnes River College
  • Amy Henderson, RHIT, CCA; Director of HIM, HIPAA Privacy Officer, Compliance Officer Coordinator of Ridgecrest Regional Hospital
  • EricDan Jose, RHIA; Director, Health Information Services of Kaiser Permanente
  • Steven Cordero-Wade, CCS; HIM Coding Supervisor or Southwest Healthcare System
  • Penny Koff, MHA, RHIA; Associate Director, Information Governance or Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
  • Connie Renda, MA, RHIA, CHDA; Assistant Professor and Program Director, Health Information Technology of San Diego Mesa College
  • Kim Onasch-Raymond; Senior Account Executive of Miramed On Call

Panel discussion will highlight: 

  • Building personal brand
  • Electronic application process: "key words"
  • Resume preparation
  • Interview preparation tips
  • Highlights/pitfalls
  • What type of jobs to apply for
  • Current job market
Join us in beautiful downtown Sacramento for #CHIACON17 . We'll unmask how HIM professionals Create, Manage, and Use "The Power of Health Information" in all roles of HIM and health care settings. See the Convention Preliminary Program and full event details to start planning your program today. Regular registration closes May 31. 

Have you booked your room yet? Take advantage of the CHIA group rate at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento, conveniently located next to the Convention Center. Single/double room $159 +tax. Reserve online or call (916) 443-1234. CHIA room rate ends May 26.
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
AHIMA helps you study by providing the
Certified Health Data Analyst (CHDA) Workshop
July 27-28 | Anaheim, CA 

As health care evolves into a data-driven world, organizations will be seeking health data analysts who understand how to interpret and provide value to data and analytics. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the number of jobs in this field with grow 22 percent by 2022, twice as fast as employment overall. 

The prestigious CHDA certification provides health care professionals with the knowledge to acquire, manage, analyze, interpret, and transform data into meaningful information. Learn more about the two-day, in-person workshop and register now!
What's Happening in HIM This Week
HHS Update: International Cyber Threat to Healthcare Organizations
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services; May 13, 2017
Ransomware can infect computers multiple ways and may or may not require user interaction. This message outlines several vectors of attack and what users can do to help protect themselves Ransomware can be delivered via email by attachments or links within the email. Attachments in emails can include documents, zip files, and executable applications. Malicious links in emails can link directly to a malicious website the attacker uses to place malware on a system. To help protect yourself, be aware of the following: 
  • Only open up emails from people you know and that you are expecting. The attacker can impersonate the sender, or the computer belonging to someone you know may be infected without his or her knowledge.
  • Don't click on links in emails if you weren't expecting them - the attacker could camouflage a malicious link to make it look like it is for your bank, for example.
  • Keep your computer and antivirus up to date - this adds another layer of defense that could stop the malware.
Average Health Insurance Premiums Doubled Since 2013
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services; May 23, 2017
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a new analysis today that shows premiums have doubled for individual health insurance plans since 2013, the year before many of Obamacare's regulations and mandates took effect. The analysis is based on data compiled by the previous Administration, and the report was produced by the Office of The Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE).

 "With data that shows average premiums doubling nationwide and Americans paying nearly $3,000 more for health insurance per year, this report is a sobering reminder of why reforming our healthcare system remains a top priority of the Trump Administration. The status quo is unsustainable." - HHS National Spokesperson, Alleigh Marr√©
Careless Handling' of Private Patient Information Leads to 
$387,000 HIPAA Fine
Beth Jones Sanborn for Healthcare IT News; May 24, 2017
St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, part of New York's Mount Sinai Health System, has paid the Department of Health and Human Services $387,200 to settle potential HIPAA violations stemming from a complaint that alleged the organization had mishandled sensitive patient information, HHS announced Tuesday. 

The complaint was lodged with the HHS Office for Civil Rights in September 2014 against the Spencer Cox Center for Health. The Center is now known as the Institute for Advanced Medicine, which is part of the Mount Sinai system, and provides comprehensive health services to persons living with HIV or AIDS and other chronic disease.
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
Leadership as Practice: A Personal Coaching Approach
Wednesday, July 12 - LIVE Webinar
Pediatric and Neonatal Quality Indicators
Tuesday, July 18 - LIVE Webinar
AHIMA AOE Symposium
Saturday, July 29 - Wednesday, Aug 2 - Anaheim
The New Healthcare Consumer's Impact on Hospitals
Wednesday, Aug 23 - LIVE Webinar
HIPAA Hot Topics and Current Events
Tuesday, Aug 29 - LIVE Webinar
Obamacare (ACA) Risk Adjustment Audits
Wednesday, Sep 13 - LIVE Webinar
Annual ICD-10 Updates
Tuesday, Sept 26 - South Site TBD
Wednesday, Sept  27 - North Site TBD