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Call for Presentations - 2017 CHIA Convention & Exhibit
CHIA is currently accepting presentation proposals for the 2017 CHIA Convention & Exhibit being held in Sacramento, California on Saturday, June 10 through Wednesday, June 14, 2017. 

If you have ideas for speakers or topics let us know now! Topics should focus on issues if interest to health information management (HIM) professionals, health information policy-makers and health information technology professionals. The program will include multiple general sessions as well as a variety of educational tracks and tutorials. Program topics should be timely, relevant and innovative. We are looking for speakers to provide the audience with program content that offers practical approaches and solutions while stimulating new ideas, greater understanding of new systems and applications, current issues and best practices. 

Submit a completed CHIA Convention Speaker Proposal by October 1, 2016 for consideration.
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CHIA President's Message 
H.I.M. Professionals on the Move4Better Health
Message from CHIA President Deborah Collier, RHIA 

I was personally inspired to get moving while watching the amazing Olympian athletes. "H.I.M. Professionals on the Move4Better Health" is the community activity group I established on for all Health Information Management (HIM) professionals. We can get so busy that we may not set aside time to exercise, and we need group support and motivation. This group will also present opportunities to network, engage, increase visibility about our profession, and connect with HIM professionals as well as other health care professionals. 

If you use a Fitbit fitness tracker, please consider joining this special group. Search for the group under the Community tab on If you don't use a FitBit or other type of fitness tracker, be encouraged to continue and seize the benefits of exercise. One fact for sure is the consistent affirmation about the health benefits from regular exercise and physical activity. The Mayo Clinic staff advise that regular exercise and physical activity is ours to take advantage of regardless of age, sex or physical ability. Let's connect to motivate each other and Move4Better health and wellness.
CHIA Board Update
Aligning Charges with Strategic Goals and Tactics
The first CHIA Board meeting for the new fiscal year is scheduled for August 26-27, 2016 in San Diego. This meeting will focus on the feedback received from the House of Delegates regarding strategic tasks. CHIA Delegates met during the House of Delegates at the CHIA Convention and Exhibit this June, and provided valuable input, feedback, and suggestions for how to accomplish CHIA's strategic goals. CHIA President-elect Brian Faust, MLS, RHIA compiled the results into the top five idea or suggestion for operational tactics for each strategic goal

The tactics were then evaluated and incorporated into proposed charges for CHIA's Committees, CLA Leaders and the CHIA Board of Directors for further integration into CHIA's strategic direction. The CHIA Board will review the proposed committee charges and feedback from committee members to identify any revisions needed to align the charges with the strategic goals and tactics. If you have any further thoughts or suggestions for our efforts to finalize the tactics for our Strategic Plan 2017-2019, send them to The goal at the next CHIA Board meeting is approve a final version of the strategic plan and tactics. This will help identify next steps for planning and implementation. Stay tuned for further exciting updates.
In Memoriam: Etta Beatrice Vernon, B.S., RHIT
Etta Beatrice Vernon passed away on Friday, August 12, 2016. Etta, a dedicated HIM professional, earned her Accredited Record Technician (ART) certification in April 1979 after graduating from East Los Angeles College where she earned her Associates of Science degree in Medical Records Science and Sociology. 

In 1990, Etta began her lifelong career as a Health Information Management (HIM) educator at Charles R. Drew University College of Allied Health. As an instructor in the Medical Records Technology Program under the leadership of Barbara Penn and Dr. Harry Douglas, she soon advanced in the profession she dearly loved and became the Director of Health Information Technology (HIT) Program at Charles Drew in 1998. Etta served on many committees, on and off campus, and contributed both as an educator and leader in her profession. 

In recognition of her devotion to HIM students and the profession, the Health Information Technology Program at East Los Angeles College has initiated the "Etta Vernon Scholarship". This scholarship will assist selected HIT graduates with funds to take their RHIT certification exam.  Learn more about the Etta Vernon Scholarship and how you can donate in her memory.
AHIMA Initiative HIM Reimagined White Paper Released for Comment
HIM Reimagined (HIMR) is an AHIMA initiative to build a framework to transform HIM and position professionals for the future. The result of almost a year of work by a team of HIM professionals to articulate a new vision and framework for HIM practice and education, HIMR is now being unveiled. The HMIR white paper provides future-focused strategies for educators and professionals to transition HIM knowledge, skills, and competencies into practice. 

The first draft of the white paper has received comments from AHIMA leadership. The second draft is now available for wider comment. Before the final draft is published in the fourth quarter of this year, an additional round of revisions is anticipated. 

Learn more about HIMR and read the white paper to submit your comments by August 31 to AHIMA.
AHIMA Call for Convention Volunteers
Will you be attending the upcoming AHIMA Convention & Exhibit in Baltimore, MD on October 15-19, 2016? The Maryland Health Information Management Association (MDHIMA), the host state association for this year's AHIMA Convention, needs volunteers. Consider signing up to help at the registration desk, ribbon counter, workshops, and other points along the way during attendees' visit. 

Clinical Validation: The Next Level of CDI
AHIMA has published a new Practice Brief, Clinical Validation: The Next Level of CDI, which addresses the important coding and CDI challenge of clinical validation of documentation. Clinical validation of documentation has increasingly become a CDI and coding responsibility as these programs have matured in recent years. This Practice Brief outlines physician query issues related to the clinical information or clinical picture not appearing to support the documentation of a condition or procedure. Per CMS, clinical validation involves a clinical review of the case to see whether or not the patient truly possesses the conditions that were documented in the medical record. "As with all codes, clinical evidence should be present in the medical record to support code assignment."
What's Happening in HIM This Week
ICD-10-CM Official Coding and Reporting Guidelines; Noteworthy Changes and Revisions for 2017 
Gloryanne Bryant, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, CCDS, AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer, Posted on, August 8, 2016 

Well, the long-anticipated ICD-10-CM Official Coding and Reporting Guidelines for the 2017 fiscal year have been released, and there are definitely some key areas on which to focus. The Guidelines still are to be organized into sections. Section I includes the structure and conventions of the classification and general guidelines that apply to the entire classification, as well as chapter-specific guidelines that correspond to the chapters as they are arranged in the classification. Section II includes guidelines for selection of principal diagnoses for non-outpatient settings. Section III includes guidelines for reporting additional diagnoses in non-outpatient settings. Section IV is for outpatient coding and reporting.  

At the beginning of the guidelines there are instructions to help you identify the changes and revisions: 
  • Narrative changes appear in bold text 
  • Items underlined have been moved within the guidelines since the FY 2016 version 
  • Italics are used to indicate revisions to heading changes 

To help the reader, this article highlights some of these important changes and revisions. Read the full article.

2015 Nonpublic Patient Data Now Available
OSHPD Healthcare Information Division, August 4, 2016

The 2015 NonPublic Patient Discharge, Emergency Department, and Ambulatory Surgery Encounter Data and documentation are now available for request by eligible university researchers, California State agencies, licensed hospitals, and local health departments. Data collected for these inpatient discharges and outpatient encounters include demographic, clinical, payer, and facility information. California-licensed hospitals include general acute care, acute psychiatric, chemical dependency recovery, and psychiatric health facilities. 

OSHPD will evaluate all requests for nonpublic patient-level healthcare data and information to ensure that all disclosures comply with applicable laws and regulations. Additional information is available for research purposes including custom data analyses. 

2016 ICD-10 Updates
Tue, August 30 - Newport Beach
Wed, August 31 - Pleasanton
Evolution of CDI - The Next Phase
Tue, September 13 - Sacramento
Wed, September 14 - San Diego
CDI: Its Role in Quality and Value
Thu, September 15 - LIVE Webinar
Everyday Information Governance
Thu, September 22 - LIVE Webinar
ICD-10 Troubleshooting Tips
Wed, September 28 - LIVE Webinar
IPPS FY2017 Update
Wed, October 12 - LIVE Webinar
Government Audits and Denials Management:
Who, What, Where: Road Map to the Future
Tue, October 25 - Burbank
Wed, October 26 - Walnut Creek
Leading the Information Governance Effort
Tue, November 1 - FREE Webinar
Confidentiality and the ROI in California
Wed, November 16 - Garden Grove
Thu, November 17 - Pleasanton
AHIMA's Information Governance Boot Camp
Thu, December 8 - San Diego