February 6, 2019
CHIA 2018 Election Results Announced
The CHIA Nominating Committee and CHIA Board of Directors are pleased to announce the results of the 2019 CHIA Election. Please join us in congratulating CHIA’s 2019-20 Incoming Board Members, and thanking each of the members who graciously stepped forward and permitted their name to be placed on this year's ballot. 

Melany Merryman, MSL, RHIA, CRCR (IAHIA)

Sally Gibbs, RHIA, CCS (SVHIA)
AHIMA Delegate
Shirley Lewis, DPA, RHIA, CCS, CHC (SCHIA) 

AHIMA Alternate Delegate
Liz Duggan Graham, RHIT, CCS (NCHIA)

Each HIM professional who steps forward to seek a leadership role within a CLA, CHIA, or AHIMA contributes to the strength and success of CHIA. Learn more about  CHIA volunteer opportunities   and consider becoming a valued CHIA volunteer today!
18% of Members Voted!

A special thank you to each of the CHIA members who voted. Almost 18% of eligible members voted in the 2019 election. 

By participating and voting, you took part in influencing the strategic direction and leadership of this Association. CHIA powers forward with the engagement of our membership. Every voice counts as we come together in building and shaping the HIM community.
CHIA is Seeking Volunteers for 2019-2020
Whether you are a new or seasoned volunteer, we need you! Your involvement is essential to build a strong HIM association that provides educational, networking, and leadership opportunities. Your knowledge and support can help guide this important association functions.  

Nominate a Colleague for a CHIA Recognition Award
The CHIA Recognition Awards recognize those who make a difference in the HIM profession, and honor exemplary service, reward contributions that build the HIM knowledge base, recognize excellence in preparing future HIM professionals, and encourage new talent and leadership. For more information about this award, categories, and the process, visit CaliforniaHIA.org/chia-recognition-awards

Deadline for submitting nominations is March 1 .

Learn more about each award category and nominate a colleague for one of these awards:

  • Distinguished Member Award
  • Educator Award
  • HIM Industry Champion Award
  • Literary Award
  • Mentor Award
  • Rising Star Award
  • Volunteer Award
CHIA Awards and Scholarship Program Opportunities
The CHIA Awards and Scholarship Fund offers CHIA Student and Active members, and California’s CAHIIM-accredited programs a variety of scholarships, awards, and grants. The purpose of these programs is to promote the importance of HIM professional credentials, strengthen the HIM profession, promote the value of AHIMA and CHIA membership, identify and engage future leaders, and support HIM-related research. 

  • Student Scholarships - Deadline March 1
  • Certification Exam Fee Reimbursement Program - Deadline February 28
  • Foundation for Active Member Education (FAME) Scholarship
  • HIIM Program Grants  - Deadline March 1
  • Research Support Awards

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 material relevant to HIM is a qualifying activity and authors may earn two (2) continuing education credits.
The Emerging Professionals column highlights emerging professionals across California who have completed recent research on HIM-related topics.
The Corporate Corner column is devoted exclusively to business developments of CHIA Corporate Partners; such as discussion of the company’s products, services, personnel, and changes. 
San Diego Health IT Summit April 23-24, 2019
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 San Diego, CA for a two-day executive Health IT Summit. We've developed a concise program where leading healthcare 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 healthcare leaders and colleagues.

RN Link's CDI Specialist Training Course in February
February 16-17, 2019 | Glendale, CA

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 !
AHIMA News Updates
Planned Outages for CEU Center and AHIMA Sites
Feb 4, 2019

We want to let you know that beginning Friday, February 15, at 7 p.m. CT, there will be planned outages affecting accessibility to MyAHIMA, the AHIMA Store, the CEU Center, AHIMA Academy, the Body of Knowledge (BoK), Code-Check®, and Engage Communities.

AHIMA is committed to continuously improving our customers' experience. We are using this time for necessary upgrades to our system to greatly improve processes and performance, and better serve our customers' needs.

Access is expected to be restored on Sunday, February 17, by 6 p.m. CT. 
CEE Approves 2018 AHIMA HIM Curricula Competencies 
Jan 24, 2019

In response to the HIM Reimagined (HIMR) initiative to build a framework for health information management (HIM) transformation and position professionals for the future, the Council for Excellence in Education (CEE) Curricula Workgroup developed the 2018 AHIMA Health Information Management Curricula Competencies. The new curricula competencies address HIMR recommendation #3: "Increase the opportunities for specialization across all levels of the HIM academic spectrum through curricula revision, while retaining a broad foundation in HIM and analytics." 
The draft competencies were released in June 2018 with an open comment period that closed on September 14. The CEE Curricula Workgroup analyzed the feedback to revise and finalize the draft competencies. The CEE approved the final 2018 HIM Curricula Competencies in December and they were shared with CAHIIM and CCHIIM to pursue next steps under the recommendation. Review the curricula competencies and related resources.
Latest HIM News Updates
Aetna Reaches Settlement with California Over 2017 Privacy Breach
Xtelligent Healthcare Media, LLC; Jan 31, 2019

Aetna will pay California $935,000 for its 2017 privacy breach, stemming from a mailing error that inadvertently revealed the HIV-related information of 1,991 Californians and 12,000 total patients by the envelope’s clear window.

The settlement resolves the allegations that Aetna violated the state’s privacy laws concerning patient confidentiality. On July, 28, 2017, the insurer’s mailing vendor sent patients instructions for their HIV medications in an envelope with oversized clear windows. The contents could be clearly seen from the outside. Read Article.
Alcohol-Related Emergency Department (ED) Encounters in California, 2008-2017
Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development; Jan 28, 2019

Data Pulse - Alcohol-Related Emergency Department (ED) Encounters in California, 2008-2017 presents information on alcohol-related visits to emergency departments and whether a increased trend is occurring in California. OSHPD has found a 66.7 percent increase in alcohol-related ED visits from 2008 to 2017. 

OSHPD examined both types of ED encounters: (a) “ED visits,” where a patient was treated for an alcohol-related episode and then released; and (b) “ED admissions,” where a patient was seen in the ED and directly admitted to that hospital for inpatient treatment of an alcohol-related episode. Learn More. 
Attorney General Becerra to Hold Public Forums on California Consumer Privacy Act as Part of Rulemaking Process
Office of the Attorney General

On June 28, 2018, Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 375, now known as the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018. The CCPA grants consumers new rights with respect to the collection of their personal information: a consumer can request that a business disclose what information it collects about the consumer, where it collected the information from, and with whom it has shared the information. Consumers may also request that their personal information be deleted and can opt-out of the sale of their personal information. Businesses are prohibited from discriminating against consumers for exercising their rights under the CCPA.
Participate in Public Forums
The California Attorney General’s Office will hold public forums as part of the CCPA rulemaking process. All members of the public are invited to participate and can RSVP to any of the forums on the RSVP form. Interested persons can also submit comments via email or by mail to the California Department of Justice, ATTN: Privacy Regulations Coordinator, 300 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013. Please note that any information provided is subject to the Public Records Act.

  • Fresno: Wednesday, February 13, 2019
  • Stanford; March 5, 2019 - Newly Added Location

CHIA Events Calendar
CHIA Volunteers Make a World of Difference
Wednesday, February 6 - Live Webinar

Health Care Compliance and Fraud Updates
Thursday, February 7 - Live Webinar

Two-Day Advanced ICD-10 Coding Workshop
Friday, February 22 - Saturday, February 23 - Irvine

Curiosity Killed the Career - Consequences for Failing to Safeguard PHI
Wednesday, February 27 - Live Webinar

CHIA Convention & Exhibit
June 8 - 12, 2019 - Indian Wells