In This Issue
State Health Information Guidance (SHIG) 
on Sharing Sensitive Health Information
The California Office of Health Information Integrity (CalOHII), with support from the California Health Care Foundation, has created the State Health Information Guidance (SHIG). The SHIG is an authoritative but non-binding guidance from the State of California written in plain language for a general audience. It explains when, where, and why mental health and substance use disorder information can be exchanged and also provides clarification of state and federal laws.  

The SHIG grew out of comprehensive research, drawing from a broad group of stakeholders that reflect cross-industry insights and experience, to get a clear understanding of the problems different groups were facing in the field. The result of the research is the SHIG, a guidance containing 22 scenarios derived from real user stories, which clarify how laws apply to actual situations that arise for care providers.  

The SHIG is applicable to Physical Health Care Providers, Mental Health Care Providers, Substance Use Disorder Providers, Emergency Service Providers, Caregivers and Care Coordinators, Social Services, Law Enforcement, and Payers.  Learn more and view available SHIG resources here.
CHIACon17 Event Slideshow Available
Thank you to all who attended CHIACon17 and helped make this year's event a huge success. We hope to see you again at #CHIACon18 in San Diego to celebrate "HIM: The New Frontier; Build, Transform, Lead".  

Watch the CHIACon17 slideshow and share what you enjoyed most, what "Ah-ha" learning moment you had, or who you met.
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!
What's Happening in HIM This Week
CMS Proposed Updates to Policies and Payment Rates for End-Stage Renal Disease Prospective Payment System, Quality Incentive Program, and Payment for Renal Dialysis Services Furnished to Individuals with Acute Kidney Injury (CMS 1674-P)
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; June 29, 2017
CMS issued a proposed rule that would update payment policies and rates under the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Prospective Payment System (PPS) for renal dialysis services furnished to beneficiaries on or after January 1, 2018. In addition, this rule also proposes updates to the acute kidney injury (AKI) dialysis payment rate for renal dialysis services furnished by ESRD facilities to individuals with AKI.
Changes to the Payment Error Rate Measurement and Medicaid Eligibility Quality Control Programs (CMS-6068-F)
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; June 29, 2017
CMS posted a final rule that will publish on July 5, 2017 to implement changes to the Payment Error Rate Measurement (PERM) and Medicaid Eligibility Quality Control (MEQC) programs to reflect changes to the way states adjudicate eligibility for Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) required by law, as well as to implement other changes to the PERM and MEQC programs.
Pediatric and Neonatal Quality Indicators
Tuesday, July 18 - LIVE Webinar
Transforming Health Care with Connected Health Technology
Wednesday, July 26 - LIVE Webinar
Leadership as Practice: A Personal Coaching Approach
Tuesday, Aug 1 - LIVE Webinar
What Should be on the Radar for Acute Care Hospital Audits
Thursday, Aug 17 - LIVE Webinar
Governing Health Information for Better Health
Wednesday, Aug 23 - LIVE Webinar
HIPAA Hot Topics and Current Events
Tuesday, Aug 29 - LIVE Webinar
Affordable Care Act (ACA) Risk Adjustment Audits
Wednesday, Sep 13 - LIVE Webinar
Fiscal Year 2018 ICD-10-CM/PCS Updates
Tuesday, Sept 26 - South Site TBD
Wednesday, Sept  27 - North Site TBD