April 8, 2020
#HIMTogether: Connecting the HIM Community
with Virtual Events and Community Chats
As the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation progresses, the CHIA Board of Directors and CHIA staff continues to reflect upon how to best support the health information management (HIM) community during this uncertain time.

One of CHIA's top priorities is to support you in staying connected and providing practical HIM resources. CHIA has launched a series of virtual events and a CHIA COVID-19 Resources webpage to connect the HIM community as we navigate this changing landscape.
Coding for COVID-19 Webinars

COVID-19 has brought an influx of patients being admitted to the health care system. While diagnoses and treat of these patients is important, the ability to accurately capture this data by health information professionals is also vital.

Part I: Guidelines, New Codes and Resources
Thursday, April 9 at 11:30 AM (PT)

Part II: Practical Strategies for Coding Professionals 
Thursday, April 16 at 11:30 AM (PT)
HIM Community Chats
Fridays at 11:00 AM (PT)

CHIA invites HIM professionals to share operational challenges and best practices that have worked for your department and/or organization with the COVID-19 crisis. The first four community chats are scheduled every Friday at 11:00 am. This complimentary event is open to CHIA and AHIMA Members.

Chat Recordings
Resources and News Alerts

Discover resources and news alerts to help guide you and your HIM department through this journey

  • California Resources
  • Industry Resources
  • Mental Health Resources
  • Human Resources
Submit an Article for the CHIA Journal
Do you love writing? Have a paper or idea for an HIM topic that you want to share? Any COVID-19 experiences and strategies you want to pass along?

Share your article for publication in the CHIA Journal . CHIA is looking for articles on a variety of timely educational topics that represent the depth and breadth of HIM roles and interests, and can include tips, strategies, techniques, case-studies, opinions and commentary to be included in the peer-reviewed CHIA Journal.

All CHIA members, Corporate Partners, educators, and HIM professionals are encouraged to submit articles and share their knowledge with CHIA Journal readers.
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Catalyze, Connect and Partner
with the HIM Community at CHIACON20
June 14 - 17, 2020 | Riverside, California
Join CHIA in historic and vibrant downtown Riverside for CHIACON20. HIM professionals from across the state will be coming together to experience learning in innovative ways that will translate into real-world solutions and be embraced long after they leave. Broaden your knowledge in this dynamic educational environment by participating in Expanding HIM Horizons: Excellence in Health Information Integrity .  

Enjoy an array of conference highlights:

  • Over 40 educational sessions – earn up to 19.5 CEU’s 
  • 45-minute Industry Innovation presentations 
  • Four roundtable sessions promoting thought-leading discussion addressing today’s HIM challenges and prospective solutions
  • Nine hours of Exhibit Hall access featuring state-of-the-art solutions and services 
  • Engagement with HIM professionals from across California
  • And More!

Full registration fees start at $445. Register by May 14 and Save!
For program schedule and descriptions, presenters and exhibitors visit the CHIACON20 Program webpage or view the CHIACON Schedule At-a-Glance
CHIA is offering a “ hold my place ” option for upcoming events . Registration for these events will not require payment at the time of registration. An invoice will be created for the applicable amount and posted to the user profile within 1-5 business days. Payment will be due once the event is confirmed.
RN Link's CDI Specialist Training - Discount for CHIA Members
April 18-19 - Online Training | April 25-26 - Online Training
May 16-17, 2020 - in Glendale, CA

Interested in learning about clinical documentation improvement (CDI)? Are you a retired nurse or a nurse who wants to explore other career options? There are enormous needs in the health care industry to become a CDI Specialist where you will assist physicians to accurately document how truly ill patients are with severity ratings. The trend nowadays is quality documentation and this course will teach you how to achieve this.

  • Day 1: Overview of CDI lingo, coding guidelines, PRE-MDC, MDC 1 through MDC 7 with case studies.
  • Day 2: Completion of MDC 8 through 25 and "The Mall." Case studies, major disease topics, clinical indicators discussed for the most common query opportunities.  

RN Link is offering a 10% discount to CHIA Members. ​ Learn more and register today!
Latest HIM News Updates & Resources
HHS Statements on Authorizing Licensed Pharmacists to Order and Administer COVID-19 Tests
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services; Apr 8, 2020

Earlier today, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health issued new guidance under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act authorizing licensed pharmacists to order and administer COVID-19 tests that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized.

HHS Secretary Alex Azar issued the following statement: "Giving pharmacists the authorization to order and administer COVID-19 tests to their patients means easier access to testing for Americans who need it. Pharmacists play a vital role in delivering convenient access to important public health services and information. The Trump Administration is pleased to give pharmacists the chance to play a bigger role in the COVID-19 response, alongside all of America's heroic healthcare workers. Learn More
Coronavirus and COVID-19 related Source of Admission (Point of Origin) and Disposition OSHPD Reporting Guidance
Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development

The Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development has received some inquiries regarding how to report the Source of Admission and/or Disposition of patients who are coming from or being discharged to sites that have been created due to the Coronavirus and COVID-19 pandemic. We are providing the following FAQs to assist with determining the appropriate assignment for Source of Admission and Patient Disposition for those sites. Learn More
U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; Apr 7, 2020

Here is a summary of recent Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) actions taken in response to the COVID-19 virus, as part of the ongoing White House Task Force efforts. To keep up with the important work the Task Force is doing in response to COVID-19, click here www.coronavirus.gov. For information specific to CMS, please visit the CMS News Room and Current Emergencies Website. CMS updates these resources on an ongoing basis throughout the day; the information below is current as of April 7, 2020 at 4:30 PM. Learn More .
Leading Edge Acceleration Projects (LEAP) in Health Information Technology (Health IT) Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)
Health IT.gov; Apr 6, 2020

The Leading Edge Acceleration Projects (LEAP) in Health IT funding opportunity will address well-documented and fast emerging challenges that inhibit the development, use, and/or advancement of well-designed, interoperable health IT. It is expected to further a new generation of health IT development and inform the innovative implementation and refinement of standards, methods, and techniques for overcoming major barriers and challenges as they are identified.

An informational session will be held on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 2-3 EST. A video recording of the informational session will be made available following the Webinar. Learn More.  
CHIA Events Calendar
In the spirit of collaboration and transparency during this unprecedented time, CHIA is offering “HOLD MY PLACE” registration for CHIACON20. Register now and pay later; payment due once event is confirmed.   
Coding For COVID-19 Part I: Guidelines, New Codes and Resources
Thursday, April 9 - Live Webinar
Clearing the Confusion: Court Ruling on the Misuse of Patient-Directed Record Requests
Monday, April 13 - Live Webinar

Coding For COVID-19 Part II: Practical Strategies for Coding Professionals 
Thursday, April 16 - Live Webinar
The Shifting Landscape of Digital Technology to Reduce EHR Burnout
Tuesday, April 21 - Live Webinar

Remote Workforce Management: Operationalizing Change in a New Normal
Thursday, April 23 - Live Webinar
Compliance with PACT: Discharge Disposition Transfer
Tuesday, April 28 - Live Webinar
Health Record Confidentiality & Release of Information
Wednesday, April 29 - Virtual Meeting

Servant Leadership in the HIM Spectrum
Wednesday, May 06 - Live Webinar
Find Out What’s New in the World of Physician Queries
Wednesday, May 13 - Live Webinar

CHIA Convention & Exhibit
Sunday, June 14 thru Wednesday, June 17 - Riverside