September 6, 2017
Call for Consumer Engagement Task Force Volunteers
As part of CHIA’s three-year strategic initiatives, CHIA is forming a Consumer Engagement Task Force. “Empower consumers to use health information resources to optimize their health” is the goal of CHIA’s consumer engagement strategy. Recommended by the June 2017 CHIA House of Delegates, the CHIA Board of Directors approved formation of a Consumer Engagement Task Force. The purpose of this task force is to develop CHIA’s consumer engagement program which includes recommending a “core curriculum” for topics that consumers need to know about such as POLST, access to medical records, advance directives, authorizations, personal health records, and more.

CHIA is looking for volunteers to join this task force. Learn more about the CHIA Consumer Engagement Task Force purpose and goals

If you are interested in serving on the CHIA Consumer Engagement Task Force, please complete the online Volunteer Questionnaire. Submissions must be received by September 22, 2017. 
September is National Preparedness Month - Let's Plan Ahead
This September, National Preparedness Month (NPM) will focus on planning, with an overarching theme “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.” Check out tips and ideas to promote preparedness in your home, community, and business at Ready.gov/september.

CHIA wants health information professionals to be prepared too. On November 17, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is expecting that health care providers comply and implement a Final Rule establishing new emergency preparedness requirements for Medicare and Medicaid participating providers and suppliers. These new regulations expand the CMS Conditions of Participation (CoP) and apply to all 17 provider and supplier types, with each provider having its own set of Emergency Preparedness regulations.

Plan ahead and register to attend the September 13 CHIA Webinar CMS Emergency Preparedness Requirements: Impact on IT Security, Medical Documentation & Access to EHRs.
Call for CHIA Leadership Nominations
Nominations for CHIA Board of Directors and AHIMA Delegates for the 2018 CHIA Ballot are now being accepted through Friday, September 15, 2017. Each term of office will begin July 1, 2018. 

CHIA is seeking nominations for next year’s leaders and we are interested in you! We all have many gifts and talents, why not consider sharing these talents as a CHIA Officer or Delegate?

Upon the recommendation of last year’s CHIA Nominating Committee, the CHIA Board of Directors approved a revised nomination process. The criteria for each position was standardized and the online CHIA Leadership Application Form was developed to capture the same information for each candidate. 

Learn more about the CHIA nomination process and the CHIA Board and AHIMA Delegate positions.
Call for Presentations - 2018 CHIA Convention & Exhibit
CHIA is currently accepting presentation proposals for #CHIACon18 being held in San Diego, California on June 2 - June 6. This the most popular HIM event on the West Coast and includes more than 30 educational sessions and several pre-convention tutorials. With hundreds of HIM professionals in attendance, this is a presenting opportunity you don’t want to miss.

Submit a online CHIA Convention Program Proposal. Proposals due October 7 for consideration.
Latest HIM News Updates
OSHPD Proposed Regulations - Public Comment Period Open
Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development; August 25, 2017

The Official 45 Day Public Comment Period for the Proposed Amendments to Patient Data Reporting Requirements is now open and documents are available for review. The material will be available for a minimum of 45 calendar days. The Public Comment Period begins Friday, August 25, 2017 and will end at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, October 9, 2017.

OSHPD is proposing the following regulatory changes:
  • Update the Emergency Department and Ambulatory Surgery ZIP Code requirements to match the Inpatient ZIP Code values, which distinguish between homeless, persons not residing in the U.S., and unknown.
  • Update the Inpatient Race values to match the Emergency Department and Ambulatory Surgery Race values.
  • Allow up to five Race choices to be reported per patient record.
  • Eliminate acceptance of “1” or “E” for Present on Admission Indicators on exempt Diagnoses or exempt External Causes of Morbidity codes on Inpatient data.

New CCHP Report on Telehealth Private Payer Laws – Impact and Issues 
Center for Connected Health Policy; August 29, 2017

The Public Funded by the Milbank Memorial Fund (Milbank), and authored by the Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP), a new report examines and assesses the impact of telehealth private payer laws on utilization and commercial payers in states with such statutes in place as of September 2016. 

While the federal government has been slow to expand Medicare coverage for telehealth beyond their strictly limited requirements, there has been a flurry of activities among states to address policy challenges to telehealth. One of the most common forms of telehealth-related state legislation has been “private payer parity” laws. Since 2013, states with private payer laws have doubled, with new legislation being introduced each session in multiple states. These laws range in scope and features, adding complexity to a state telehealth policy environment where no two states are alike. Many contain limiting factors within the language such as the type of telehealth modality used; location of service; and type of provider who can offer the service. Additionally, most laws only provide for parity of services between telehealth-delivered and in-person services, while few require payment parity. 
Protecting Yourself From Potential Scammers While Being Charitable
US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR); August 31, 2017

The states of Texas and Louisiana are reeling from the devastating impact of Hurricane Harvey, and members of the public are eager to do whatever they can to try to help. But as is too often the case when tragedy strikes, the public needs to be alert for charity relief scams that prey on public sympathies in order to steal private information and ultimately, funds intended for Harvey relief. Scammers are fraudulently collecting sensitive information and stealing donations by creating and using fake social media platforms (e.g., Facebook, charity websites, phishing email, and twitter) to ask for donations to the Hurricane Harvey Relief funds. These fake websites will usually do one of two things: 1) ask for a credit card number to steal the donations or 2) infect your electronic device with malicious software that can extract sensitive information (passwords, usernames, or account numbers) that is subsequently used to commit fraud.
CHIA Events Calendar
CMS Emergency Preparedness Requirements:
Impact on IT Security, Medical Documentation & Access to EHRs
Wednesday, Sep 13 - LIVE Webinar

State Health Information Guidance: Sharing Behavioral Health Information in California
Tuesday, Sep 19 - LIVE Webinar

Fiscal Year 2018 ICD-10-CM/PCS Updates
Tuesday, Sept 26 - Ontario & Wednesday, Sept 27 - Oakland

Affordable Care Act (ACA) Risk Adjustment Audits
Wednesday, Sep 28 - LIVE Webinar

Confidentiality: Protecting & Releasing Health Information in California
Wednesday, Nov 15 - Garden Grove & T hursday, Nov 16 - Dublin