In This Issue
CHIA President's Message
By: Deborah Collier, RHIA, CHIA President 

The CHIA Board is making great progress integrating of the contribution from the CHIA House of Delegates (HOD) into the 2017-2019 CHIA Strategic Plan framework. The CHIA committee charges are also being updated for alignment with the strategic goals and tactics. The Board is excited about gearing up for the "how to" move forward with action items in the 2016-2017 Operating Plan. 

Other updates include: final amendments and revisions to the CHIA Communications/Email policy are in progress; webinar partnership agreements between CHIA and Component Local Associations (CLAs) are gaining recognition as a benefit from the joint effort to offer continuing education to California's HIM professionals; options were explored on how to support members who have experienced a disaster; task forces will be established to address specific focus areas for short term and long term planning. 

The tentative topics for the AHIMA House of Delegates include: Different Generations in the Workforce; HIM Re-imagined (HIMR), Personal Generated Health Data, Regulatory Impact on the Profession, and Communication in the HOD. Contact your AHIMA delegate representative to share your thoughts on any of these topics. 

More detailed information will be provided in an Open Forum Webinar scheduled for 4:00 p.m. on October 5, 2016. You can register here. The CHIA website includes more information on upcoming events to help educate, and empower HIM professionals.
Call for CHIA Leadership Nominations for the 2017 CHIA Ballot
Nominations for CHIA Board of Directors and AHIMA Delegates for the 2017 CHIA Ballot are now being accepted through October 3, 2016. Each term of office will begin July 1, 2017. 

We are interested in you! We all have many gifts and talents. Why not consider sharing these talents as a CHIA Officer or Delegate? With your help, we can continue the tradition of nominating highly qualified and experienced members for leadership positions. 

Learn more about the nomination process, the CHIA Board and AHIMA Delegate positions, and submit a nomination today.
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, or are interested in speaking, let us know now! We are seeking presentations that offer practical approaches and solutions of interest to health information management professionals,  health information policy-makers and health information technology professionals. We're looking for topics that will stimulate new ideas and a greater understanding of new systems and applications. Presentations on current issues and best practices are welcomes as well.

Submit a completed online CHIA Convention Program Proposal  by October 7, 2016 for consideration.
Patient Matching: Advocate for Change
By: Maria Hewett, MBA, RHIA, CHIA Board

Our elected officials from the House and the Senate are at their home districts for the end of September and October and this is a unique opportunity for all CHIA HIM professionals to pay a face to face visit at their office in support of HHS to continue to examine issues around patient matching by encouraging the HHS Secretary, through the ONC and CMS to provide technical assistance to private-sector lead initiatives to develop a coordinated national strategy to promote patient safety by accurately identifying patients to their health information. We are asking the inclusion of report language relating to patient matching in the final congressional appropriations product for FY2017. 

AHIMA's State Advocacy Council summarized a set of Talking Points concerning the patient matching report language to assist you. This is the beginning of AHIMA through the CSAs to advocate for a reasonable solution to patient safety by addressing matching issues. Be involved, participate and report your activities and recommendations in this effort to CHIA by emailing Surveys indicate the continued need to develop process to measure monitor the quality of data collection at the point of registration as a preventive intervention. Patient identification errors, such as duplicate health records, overlay errors, are common with the inception of EHRs, slow to identify, resolve, are costly through denials of claims.² and have the potential to be fatal. 
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What's Happening in HIM This Week
ECRI: Patient Identification Errors Common, Potentially Fatal
By Paige Minemyer, Posted on FierceHealthcare, Sep 26, 2016

"Wrong-patient" errors are not uncommon and such mistakes may have deadly consequence, according to a new report. 

Researchers from ECRI Institute, a nonprofit group focused on patient safety, examined more than 7,600 cases of wrong patient errors recorded between January 2013 and June 2015 at more than 181 facilities. They concluded that these instances, which were reported voluntarily without fear of malpractice repercussions, represent just a small portion of such errors. More than 90 percent of the mistakes were detected before patient harm occurred, according to the report, but two were fatal and others may have had similar consequences had they not been caught. 

Examples included a patient who was given another's hypertension medication at 10 times the normal dose; a patient who was not supposed to eat but was brought the wrong meal tray and nearly choked; and an infant that was infected by hepatitis after being given breast milk from the wrong mother, according to the report. One patient was not resuscitated in the operating room because doctors pulled up the wrong health record, which included a do-not-resuscitate order, according to the report.
National Health IT Week #NHITWeek
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

Welcome to National Health IT Week 2016! This annual celebration is a time for all of us to reflect on the progress we have made and recommit ourselves to advancing the promise of health information technology. We are looking forward to a busy week where we'll be highlighting that progress, as well as unveiling some new health IT tools and resources. 

Join or follow the conversation via Twitter: #NHITWeek 

For more information on events happening throughout National Health IT Week (NHIT Week) or for ideas to highlight NHIT in your organization, visit
New FAQ on Availability of PHI Maintained by a Business Associate
Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in the US Department of Health and Human Services, Sep 28, 2016

OCR has released a new FAQ addressing whether a business associate of a HIPAA covered entity may block or terminate access by the covered entity to the protected health information maintained by the business associate for or on behalf of the covered entity, clarifying that business associates may not use such information in a manner or to accomplish a purpose or a result that would violate the HIPAA Rules. You may find the new FAQ here.
Updates ICD-10 Flexibility FAQs and 2017 Codes
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Sep 21, 2016

The CMS website offers official resources to help providers with ICD-10, including the Updates to the Clarifying Questions and Answers Related to the July 6, 2015, CMS/AMA Joint Announcement and Guidance Regarding ICD-10 Flexibilities. Other helpful resources include: 

 Remember the 2017 ICD-10 codes become effective October 1, 2016.

CAC: Lessons Learned from Early Adopters and Core Measures Overview
Tues, October 4 - LIVE Webinar
CHIA Open Forum - Chat with the CHIA Board of Directors
Wed, October 5 - LIVE Webinar
IPPS FY2017 Update
Wed, October 12 - LIVE Webinar
ICD-10-CM and Documentation for FY2017
Thu, October 20 - LIVE Webinar
Government Audits and Denials Management:
Who, What, Where: Road Map to the Future
Tue, October 25 - LIVE Webinar
Leading the Information Governance Effort
Tue, November 1 - FREE Webinar
AHIMA Foundation Registered Apprenticeship Program: 
Managing the HIM Talent Pipeline
Thu, November 3 - FREE Webinar
OSHPD Update: What's New, What's Here, and What's Coming
Wed, November 9 - LIVE Webinar
Student Chat with CHIA President
Thu, November 10 - FREE Webinar
ICD-10-PCS Key Learnings for FY2017
Tues, November 15 - LIVE Webinar
Confidentiality and the ROI in California
Wed, November 16 - Garden Grove
Thu, November 17 - Pleasanton
HCCs - What Are They and How Do They Affect the HIM Profeesional
Tues, December 6 - LIVE Webinar
AHIMA's Information Governance Boot Camp
Thu, December 8 - San Diego