In This Issue
CHIA President's Message
Carry On With The Power of Profession 
Deborah Collier, RHIA; CHIA President 2015-17 

During the empowering CHIA Convention & Exhibit in Sacramento, it was my pleasure to pass the gavel onto Brian Faust, MLS, RHIA our next CHIA President. 

As the outgoing CHIA President, I respectfully thank the CHIA Board for their hard work and commitment to their various roles and responsibilities over the past year and a half. I also thank all of you --- our supportive members and volunteers. It has been my pleasure to work with a group of talented individuals who are dedicated and engaged in promoting the health information management profession and growth of our Association. Looking back to move forward, I c onclude what a tremendously rewarding journey, honor, and privilege it was to serve as CHIA President. 

I look forward to supporting Brian and the CHIA Board this coming year, to carry on with the activities and initiatives for our association, profession, and member services.

Congratulations Brian, and enjoy the journey serving as President for CHIA.
CHIA Convention Presentation Materials Updated
Several presentation materials have been updated. If you were a CHIA Convention registrant, you can access the materials online. Use the link provided in pre-convention emails or in the final onsite convention program (page 4). You can also access the updated materials through the convention app. Attendees may access and download materials until July 15, 2017.
CHIA Scholarship & Grant Programs
The purpose of the CHIA Scholarship Program is to promote the importance of the HIM professional credentials, strengthen the HIM profession, promote the value of AHIMA and CHIA membership, and to identify and engage future leaders. CHIA encourages all members, students and HIIM Program Directors to apply for and learn more about CHIA scholarship opportunities
  • Exam Fee Reimbursement - Deadline Aug 31. Provides partial reimbursement ($100) for AHIMA's RHIT or RHIA exam fee. 
  • Student Scholarships - Deadline Mar 1. Awarded to students enrolled in HIA/HIT programs, or members pursuing a specialty or additional credential.
  • HIIM Program Grant - Deadline Mar 1. Supports improvements in teaching and learning and help meet special needs of HIM programs.
  • FAME Program - Provides financial assistance to CHIA members who wish to attend a CHIA-sponsored educational program and who, without this assistance, would be unable to do so due to financial limitations.
AHIMA Assembly on Education / 
Faculty Development Institute (AOE/FDI)
Each year, the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) presents the Assembly on Education Symposium/Faculty Development Institute (AOE/FDI). More than 400 health information educators come together to network, learn, and share best practices. 

Key topics such as curriculum competencies, academic leadership, and instructional tools and technology are presented through engaging sessions and exhibits. AOE/FDI is your opportunity to earn CEUs and learn strategies to help you improve your teaching techniques. 

Learn more and register at
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!
Legislation & Advocacy Update
Earlier today the FDA issued draft guidance Use of Electronic Records andElectronic Signatures in Clinical Investigations Under 21 CFR Part 11 - Questions and Answers Guidance for Industry. This draft guidance focused on the use of electronic records and electronic signatures in clinical trials. Comments on the draft guidance are due August 18. 

The 2018 MACRA proposed rule was released today as well. Comments on the proposed MACRA rule are due August 21.
What's Happening in HIM This Week
CMS Proposes Quality Payment Program Updates to Increase Flexibility and Reduce Burdens
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; June 20, 2017
Proposed rule aims to simplify reporting requirements and offer support for doctors and clinicians in 2018. CMS issued a proposed rule that would make changes in the second year of the Quality Payment Program as required by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). CMS's goal is to simplify the program, especially for small, independent, and rural practices, while ensuring fiscal sustainability and high-quality care within Medicare. Moreover, CMS is making it easier for rural and small providers to participate. 
CMS Releases 1991-2014 Health Care Spending by State
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; June 14, 2017
CMS Office of the Actuary (OACT) released state-level health care spending data for the period 1991-2014. The data shows that while most states experienced faster growth in 2014 due to Medicaid expansion and enrollment in Exchange plans, per capita health spending in Medicaid expansion and non-expansion states grew at similar rates. The report also found that the most recent economic recession, which ended in 2009, and modest recovery since then, had a sustained impact on health spending and health insurance coverage. 
Secretary Price Meets with Opioid Addiction Specialists, Providers, and Treatment Facilities Stakeholders
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services; June 19, 2017
Combating the opioid crisis is one of the top priorities President Trump and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, M.D. have identified for the Department. Earlier today, Secretary Price hosted two listening sessions with stakeholders to gather recommendations for ways to address the opioid epidemic. The Secretary recently visited Michigan, West Virginia, Maine, and New Hampshire-part of an HHS listening tour on America's opioid crisis-where he has talked face-to-face with people who are on the front lines of this crisis. In a recent blog post he wrote about the listening tour:

 "... we're looking up and down the federal government and asking ourselves what we can do - and what we can do better - to amplify and support the work of the men and women on the front lines of this battle. The only way the federal government can be an effective and capable partner to state and local officials is by first listening to and learning from them. That's why our listening tour is so important..." 
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