June 6, 2018
ACT NOW: Tell Your U.S. Representative to Co-sponsor and Support H.R. 5795, the Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act!
42 CFR Part 2 (Part 2) is a law that regulates the sharing of substance use disorder (SUD) records. Protecting patients’ confidentiality is of the utmost importance but the outdated nature of Part 2 has created barriers for providing the best care possible to individuals with SUD. H.R. 5795, the Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act (OPPS) Act will align Part 2 with HIPAA for purposes of treatment, payment and operations. H.R. 5795 will be considered on the House floor the week of June 11th when many other bills addressing the opioid crisis will also be brought up for a vote.
 
We need you to call Congress this week and urge your U.S. Representative to cosponsor H.R. 5795 and vote yes when it comes to the House floor for a vote. Head to AHIMA’s Action Center where you can take action and find additional details.
The CHIA Board Thanks All Convention Participants
The CHIA Board of Directors wants to thank all attendees, exhibitors, and presenters for joining CHIA at the 2018 Convention & Exhibit as we uncovered "HIM: The New Frontier; Build - Transform - Lead." We hope to see you again at #CHIACON19 in Indian Wells to celebrate "Empowering Patients, Breaking Boundaries, and Bridging Gaps."  
Watch the #CHIACON18 Slideshow and share what you enjoyed most, what "Ah-ha" learning moment you had, who you enjoyed seeing again, or who you met.
Celebrate CHIA Award Recipients
Call for Presenters - CHIA Fall 2018 Cybersecurity Event
2017 smashed the world's record for the most data breaches and exposed protected health information. CHIA is preparing a response by offering a one-day educational symposium in Fall 2018. This symposium is intended to prepare and equip hospital staff involved with health information management and EHR governance.   Submit a presentation proposal here
Latest HIM News Updates
AHA Coding News: Z55-Z65 Social Determinants
American Hospital Association

The AHA has worked to change this requirement to promote widespread use of these ICD-10-CM codes. As a result of these efforts, in early 2018, the AHA Coding Clinic published advice that allows the reporting of codes from categories Z55-Z65, based on information documented by all clinicians involved in the care of the patient. This advice was approved by the ICD-10-CM Cooperating Parties and will be incorporated into the next revision of the Official Coding Guidelines. This change is effective beginning Feb. 18, 2018.

Social determinants include societal and environmental conditions such as food, housing, transportation, education, violence, social support, health behaviors and employment. Numerous studies have demonstrated a link between economic status, social factors and physical environment as key influencers in health outcomes.
CMS NEWS: Declines in Hospital-Acquired Conditions Save 8,000 Lives and $2.9 Billion in Costs
U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; Jun 5, 2018

Data released today by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) show continued progress in improving patient safety, a signal that initiatives led by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are helping to make care safer. National efforts to reduce hospital-acquired conditions, such as adverse drug events and injuries from falls helped prevent an estimated 8,000 deaths and save $2.9 billion between 2014 and 2016, according to the report.

The AHRQ National Scorecard on Hospital-Acquired Conditions estimates that 350,000 hospital-acquired conditions were avoided and the rate was reduced by 8 percent from 2014 to 2016. Federal experts note that the gains in safety among hospital patients echoed earlier successes, including 2.1 million hospital-acquired conditions avoided between 2010 and 2014.
CHIA Events Calendar
OIG Work Plan & Special Reports: Learning the Risks, Targets & Actions To Take
Tuesday, July 17 - Live Webinar

IG Web Series Part 4: Strategic Alignment – Linking IG to Organization Performance
and Managing the Initiative Through Projects
Friday, July 27 - Live Webinar

Medicare Provider Audits and Probes: Purpose, Action & Response
Thursday , August 2 - Live Webinar

Basics and Fundamentals of ICD-10-CM Coding
Tuesday, August 21 - Garden Grove
Thursday, August 23 - Dublin

IG Web Series Part 5: Return on Investment
Friday, August 24 - Live Webinar