In This Issue
CHIA Blog Series: Information Governance At-a-Glance
This CHIA blog series describes the "scalable framework" AHIMA has developed, called the Information Governance Adoption Model (IGAM), as described in their Information Governance Toolkit 2.0. This model consists of ten organizational competencies which assist HIM professionals in focusing in on all areas of IG within an organization to implement an IG program. Read the full CHIA blog series here

The first organizational competency is Strategic Alignment . It is important to evaluate whether or not the organization's strategy supports an information-driven, decision-making culture where information is used real time, appropriately and strategically. The first step is to assure that the enterprise manages information as an asset. All information throughout the organization, whether clinical, financial, and operational, must be valued and aligned with the business strategies of the organization. Starting an IG initiative in your organization might simply begin with a project on patient identity management. recognizing the importance that a single identifier directly impacts patient safety. Do you have a program in place to monitor duplicate numbers? What is your error rate? Is this creating issues with health information exchange? Ensuring that patient identity is monitored is a demonstration that patient safely is valued within your organization. Gathering key stakeholders to implement a project could be the start of a IG program within your organization.
Looking For More In-depth IG Training? CHIA Has Your Solution!
Explore the Events Calendar and register for one of CHIA's upcoming events. 

Leading the Information Governance Effort Webinar
Tuesday, November 1; 11am - 12pm FREE Webinar

Information governance has become a necessity in health care due to the implementation of electronic health records, meaningful use, accountable care organizations, and the numerous other industry challenges including ICD-10. This FREE webinar will teach you how to get started with an Information Governance program through lessons learned and best practices from the Information Governance Pilot sites. 

AHIMA Information Governance Bootcamp, Co-sponsored by CHIA 
Thursday, December 8 - San Diego 

Learn how many organizations are making significant progress in implementing Information Governance (IG) programs to use their information as a strategic asset at AHIMA's IG Boot Camp. Get hands-on training to develop an information governance plan to help your organization:
  • Reduce costs, increase quality, and support population health activities
  • Align with and support strategic goals and gain a competitive advantage
  • Increase regulatory compliance
  • Avoid costly data breaches
  • Advance analytics and business intelligence
AHIMA's IG Boot Camp is a virtual and one-day, in-person engagement that provides a deep dive into the application of IG tools and resources and understanding of the IG discipline. There are 13 CEUs available for this event.
CHIA Delegates to AHIMA at Work
Updates from the AHIMA House of Delegates at the 88th Convention in Baltimore, Maryland on October 16, 2016 are now available from CHIA Delegates to AHIMA. The theme for the convention was "Inspire Big Thinking to Launch Our Future". The AHIMA House of Delegates included five breakout sessions on the following topics: 
  1. The HIM Re-imagined initiative
  2. The Multigenerational Workforce
  3. Patient-Generated Health Data
  4. Communication in the HOD
  5. Regulatory Impact on the Profession. 

The CHIA Delegates to AHIMA participated in the sessions bringing forth any comments that the CHIA membership shared with them prior to convention. A summary of the key points from the breakout sessions by CHIA Delegates are available.

CHIA Blog Series: Advocate for MyHealthID
This CHIA blog series provides articles in support of the #MyHealthID initiative and patient matching solutions. Read the full article and series here.

Inform and Advocate for MyHealthID: It's About Patient Safety 
Contributed by: Maria Hewett, MBA, RHIA, CHIA Board 

Dear HIM friends and colleagues - We need your individual support to have the federal government unblock the budget preventing the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) spending funds on NPI as a solution for patient misidentification. 

At AHIMA 2016 Dr. Andrew Gettinger, chief medical officer in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) stated he prefers to use the term "individual safety identifier" instead of patient identifier.² Since the inception of the ONC, EHRs, HIEs and a few other quality improvement initiatives in the delivery of health care industry - it has become obvious the need to properly identify patients to provide the right care, at the right time, with the right information and to the right individual in a cost-effective fashion. 
AHIMA Announced New Health Informatics Certification
AHIMA released a press release on Monday, October 17, introducing its new informatics credential (launching in early 2017). The new informatics credential will provide eligible professionals in the health informatics field with the ability to identify themselves as people who possess the expertise to support and utilize health informatics.  Read the full press release here

The AHIMA health informatics credential is appropriate for a wide range of professionals in the field, such as informaticians; data scientists; health informatics directors, managers and specialists; application analysts; clinical informatics specialists; clinical systems analysts; HIM systems analysts or those individuals who meet the eligibility requirements and have competencies in certain domains. 

A beta test of the certification exam will launch in December. Individuals who meet the testing criteria may apply to take the certification exam at a reduced cost of $119 during the beta testing phase. Sign up for the beta exam here.

Learn more about the new informatics credential here.
CHIA is #Connected
Keep up with the latest news and announcements on  Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter View our profile on LinkedIn
What's Happening in HIM This Week
CMS to Host Call on New Requirements for SNFs

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will host Long-Term Care Facilities: Reform of Requirements conference call to address the provisions of the recently released final rule reforming the federal health and safety requirements for long-term care facilities, including skilled-nursing facilities. The call, scheduled for Thursday, October 27 at 10:30 am - 12:00 pm (PT), will include information about changes and additions to the requirements, the implementation and survey process, and provider training and resources. Registration is available online.
CMS Finalizes the New Medicare Quality Payment Program
MLN Connects® Provider eNews, October 14, 2016

On October 14, HHS finalized its policy implementing the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and the Advanced Alternative Payment Model (APM) incentive payment provisions in the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), collectively referred to as the Quality Payment Program. The new Quality Payment Program will gradually transform Medicare payments for more than 600,000 clinicians across the country, and is a major step in improving care across the entire health care system. The final rule with comment period offers a fresh start for Medicare by centering payments around the care that is best for the patients, providing more options to clinicians for innovative care and payment approaches, and reducing administrative burden to give clinicians more time to spend with their patients, instead of on paperwork.  For More Information: 
New Guidance on HIPAA and the FTC Act
HHS Office for Civil Rights, October 21, 2016

Does your organization collect and share consumer health information? When it comes to privacy, you've probably thought about the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). But did you know that you also need to comply with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Act? This means if you share health information, it's not enough to simply consider the HIPAA Privacy Rule. You also must make sure your disclosure statements are not deceptive under the FTC Act. Find the new guidance here.
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  Professional
Tues, December 6 - LIVE Webinar
AHIMA's Information Governance Boot Camp
Thu, December 8 - San Diego