July 31, 2019
2019 AHIMA Triumph Awards Recipients Announced
The 2019 AHIMA Triumph Awards Committee has selected the award recipients for the 2019 AHIMA Triumph Awards. The recipients will be presented with their awards in September at the AHIMA19 Conference in Chicago, IL. Congratulations to all the recipients!
AHIMA Distinguished Member Award
Cassi L. Birnbaum, MS, RHIA, CPHQ, FAHIMA
CHIA would like to congratulate Cassi L. Birnbaum, MS, RHIA, CPHQ, FAHIMA as the recipient of the 2019 AHIMA Distinguished Member Award. This award is AHIMA’s highest honor and celebrates an individual with a long, exceptional history of HIM contributions and is awarded to an outstanding individual in the field.
The 2019 AHIMA Election Results
The results are in for the 2019 AHIMA Election. The CHIA Board of Directors would like congratulate CHIA member Debra L. Hamada, MA, RHIA as a newly elected member on the CEE Council. Thank you to each CHIA member who voted for Debra Hamada and other candidates in this election. A total of 3,349 votes were tallied this year, with a voter turnout association-wide of 4.6 percent, down slightly from 5.2 percent last year.

The 2019 AHIMA Ballot results are
Katherine G. Lusk, MHSM, RHIA, FAHIMA

Brenda K. Beckham, RHIA
Theresa A. Eichelmann, MBA, RHIA
Jami R. Woebkenberg, MHIM, RHIA, CPHI, FAHIMA

CCHIIM Commissioners
Lynette M. Williamson, EdD, MBA, RHIA, CCS, CPC, FAHIMA

CEE Council Member
Jeanne M. (Donnelly) Freeman, PhD, RHIA
Debra L. Hamada, MA, RHIA
Lynn I. Ward, EdD, MS-HA, RHIA, CP-EHR
Call for CHIACON20 Presentations
Become one of CHIA’s content leaders at the 2020 CHIA Convention & Exhibit. Share your knowledge and expertise as we explore Expanding HIM Horizons: Excellence in Health Information Integrity.

CHIA is currently accepting presentation proposals for the upcoming 2020 CHIA Convention & Exhibit in Riverside, California on June 13 - June 17. With hundreds of HIM professionals in attendance, don’t miss this exciting opportunity to present at the most popular HIM event on the West Coast.

  • General & Keynote Sessions: Engaging presentations for a wider base of interest and application.
  • Track Sessions: Programs on specific topics, applications, and learning track themes.
  • Tutorials: Half/full day sessions on specific topics and/or exam preps in small-group settings .
  • Industry Innovations: Presented by CHIA Corporate Partners and highlighting HIM best practices and vendor solutions.

Convention proposals due October 7 for consideration.
RN Link's CDI Specialist Training - Discount for CHIA Members
October 19-20, 2019 in Glendale
Last day to register is September 18

Are you a coding professional 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. 

RN Link is offering a 10% discount to CHIA Members. ​Learn more and register today!
RN Link wants your feedback. Participate in this short RN Link poll to let them know your interest in onsite seminar for CDI refresher course.
Health IT Summit in September - Discount for CHIA Members
September 19-20, 2019
Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills
Fuel your Passion. Transform Healthcare.

CHIA is partnering with the Health IT Summit to offer complimentary passes to CHIA members. Use code CHIACOMP when registering.

Join top executives, physicians, practice management and IT decision makers from North America’s leading provider organizations and physician practices in Los Angeles, CA for a two-day executive Health IT Summit. We've developed a concise program where leading health care thought leaders interact with their fellow executives and solution providers to discuss the latest strategies and tactics to address a wide range of issues and topics, including: data security, population health, data analytics, accountable care, telemedicine, and more. This exclusive, high-level program is a great opportunity to stay ahead of the challenges we all face and to network with other health care leaders and colleagues.
Submit an Article for 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 .

CHIA encourages members, Corporate Partners, educators, and HIM professionals to submit articles and share their knowledge with CHIA readers. Learn more or submit a article here
Love to Write?
Publishing original HIM-related material is a qualifying activity and authors may earn two (2) continuing education credits.
Emerging Professionals Column
HIM students can contribute their work and recent research on HIM-related topics. 
Corporate Corner Column
Devoted exclusively to business developments of CHIA Corporate Partners; company’s products, services, personnel, and changes. 
Latest HIM News Updates
A Resource Guide for Using Diagnosis Codes in Health Insurance Claims To Help Identify Unreported Abuse or Neglect
HHS Office of Inspector General; Jul 23, 2019

This resource guide explains our approach to using claims data to identify incidents of potential abuse or neglect of vulnerable populations. The guide synthesized the methodologies that OIG developed in our extensive work on identifying unreported critical incidents, particularly those involving potential abuse or neglect. These methodologies were used in work examining a variety of care settings, including nursing facilities and group homes. The guide includes a flow chart showing key decision points in the process and the detailed lessons that the OIG has learned using this approach. We encourage our public and private sector partners to use this guide to develop a process tailored to their specific circumstances and apply it to any vulnerable population they deem appropriate. The source of the data could include Medicaid Management Information Systems claims data, private payor insurance claims data, or similar data sets. Analyzing the data to target which medical records should be reviewed can help identify individual incidents of unreported abuse or neglect, patterns and trends of abuse or neglect involving specific providers, beneficiaries, or patients who may require immediate intervention to protect their health, safety and rights. The guide also provides technical information, such as examples of medical diagnosis codes, to support our public and private sector partners with analyzing their own claims data to help combat abuse and neglect. Resource Guide
CMS Advances MyHealthEData with New Pilot to Support Clinicians 
U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; Jul 30, 2019

Today, at the White House Blue Button Developers Conference (BBDC), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced changes that further protect and strengthen Medicare by unleashing the power of data and placing it firmly where it belongs, in the hands of patients and the clinicians who treat them.

This week, as the agency celebrates the anniversary of Medicare, CMS is accelerating the transformation of the nation’s healthcare system to one that is based on value by increasing patient and provider access to the data needed through a new pilot program for clinicians called “Data at the Point of Care” (DPC). DPC is based on an industry-standard application programming interface (API), and is part of the MyHealthEData Administration-wide initiative led by the White House Office of American Innovation. MyHealthEData is designed to empower patients around a common aim - giving every American access to their medical information so they can make better medical decisions. Learn More
Provider Minute Video: The Importance of Proper Documentation
U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; May 2019

Why is proper documentation important to you and your patients? Find out how it affects items/services, claim payment, and medical review in the Provider Minute: The Importance of Proper Documentation video . Learn about:

  • Top five documentation errors
  • How to submit documentation for a Comprehensive Error Rate Testing review
  • How your Medicare Administrative Contractor can help
CHIA Events Calendar
Chargemaster Essentials 2019
Tuesday, August 27 - Live Webinar

The Patient-Driven Payment Model and ICD-10
Thursday, August 29 - Live Webinar

FY2020 ICD-10-CM/PCS Update
Tuesday, September 24 - Ontario
Thursday, September 26 - Dublin

The Next Generation in Quality Improvement: eCQMs
Thursday, September 26 - Live Webinar

Diaries of a Professional Fee Coding Compliance Auditor
Tuesday, October 8 - Live Webinar

CHIA Student Chat
Thursday, October 8 - Live Webinar

Confidentiality and the ROI in California
Wednesday, November 13 - Garden Grove
Thursday, November 14 - Pleasanton