In This Issue
FHIR: The Building Blocks to Beat Data Silos
Article excerpts are from the latest May/June CHIA Journal. Read the full articles and more in the online version here

Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources 
by Chris Hobson, MD, MBA 

Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) is a breakthrough tool that will significantly improve health information management professionals' ability to break down data silos and communication barriers with clinicians. Value-based care models demand better collaboration across the continuum of care, including data sharing from varied care locations, and in disparate formats. FHIR is a bridge that has the power to improve uptake by clinicians and in turn improve outcomes that are currently hindered by a lack of complete patient information at points of care delivery. 

EHRs are just one piece of an increasingly complex patient data profile that includes many sources and formats. FHIR enhances the value of all these sources, bringing them together so clinicians can flag potential drug interactions, identify gaps in care, and deploy analytics to guide future decision making. FHIR improves access and visibility for the health information professional, for the clinician, and for the consumer. FHIR's focus on simplicity, extensibility, and interoperability promises to revolutionize the sharing of health care information - and improve the experience and outcomes across the health care continuum. 

Is Your EHR "Social"? 
by Melanie Meyer, MHA, RHIT, CCS, CPHQ 

HIM professionals can play a significant role in working with social determinants of health (SDOH) as they understand not only the best way to capture data, but also to account for how that data will be used, whether at the individual level or for a population. It will be important to monitor industry trends for changes and other potential impacts to coding, workflows, quality measures, and billing as SDOH may be used to adjust payments in the future. In response to the need to improve quality outcomes and lower costs, capturing and using SDOH data will be required. Now is the time to make sure your EHR is "social" and consider how your systems might be used to support these efforts.
Empower Your HIM Career with the CHIA Convention
Join us for the 2017 CHIA Convention & Exhibit, California's premier HIM event. The Power of Health Information recognizes health information professionals as stewards of health care's greatest asset, health information  Advanced Registration closes May 10 , register early for best rates.

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
Learn Twitter with the CHIA Social Media Committee
New to Twitter? The CHIA Social Media Committee and member Rebecca Teleszky, RHIA want to help HIM professionals learn how to setup a profile and start using Twitter to connect with peers and the association. CHIA's Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn offer a great platform to stay connected to HIM news and peers.

Learn Twitter with the CHIA Social Media Committee

What's Happening in HIM This Week
We Asked People How to Fix EHRs, and Boy Did They Have Answers
Healthcare IT News; April 24, 2017
Health systems have invested billions on electronic health records, and EHR vendors have kept pace in improving and enhancing their platforms. Yet, with all that, many in the healthcare field still hate them, especially physicians. So the question we placed to readers was simple: How can they be fixed? 

Healthcare IT News received nearly 100 answers from insiders at provider organizations, technology vendors and consulting shops and many of them came back to one word: usability. As part of our survey, we asked readers to pick their top EHR concerns and the results were mixed. About 21 percent said confusing user interface was the top EHR issue, 21 percent cited "too many clicks," 20 percent pointed to interoperability issues and 18 percent picked workflow clashes with other clinical tasks. 

The following gallery highlights some of the more detailed responses we got.
Final Rule to Increase Choices and Encourage Stability in Health Insurance Market for 2018
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; April 13, 2017
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the final Market Stabilization rule, to help lower premiums and stabilize individual and small group markets and increase choices for Americans. Individuals obtaining coverage in the Marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act have faced double-digit premium increases, fewer plans to choose from, and a market that continues to be threatened by insurance issuer exits. The CMS rule is designed to provide some relief for patients and issuers now.
CMS Proposes 2018 Payment and Policy Updates for Medicare Hospital Admissions, and Releases a Request for Information
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; April 14, 2017
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule that would update 2018 Medicare payment and policies when patients are admitted into hospitals. The proposed rule aims to relieve regulatory burdens for providers; supports the patient-doctor relationship in health care; and promotes transparency, flexibility, and innovation in the delivery of care.
$2.5 Million Settlement Shows That Not Understanding HIPAA Requirements Creates Risk
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services; April 24, 2017
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), has announced a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) settlement based on the impermissible disclosure of unsecured electronic protected health information (ePHI). CardioNet has agreed to settle potential noncompliance with the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules by paying $2.5 million and implementing a corrective action plan. This settlement is the first involving a wireless health services provider, as CardioNet provides remote mobile monitoring of and rapid response to patients at risk for cardiac arrhythmias.
Developing Best Practices from OCR Audit Protocols & Issue Resolutions
Tuesday, May 2 - Garden Grove
Wednesday, May 3 - Pleasanton
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NCHIA Student Night
Thursday, May 11 - LIVE Webinar & Face-to-Face Meeting
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