February 5, 2020
CHIA 2020 Election Results Announced
The CHIA Nominating Committee and CHIA Board of Directors are pleased to announce the results of the 2020 CHIA Election. Please join us in congratulating CHIA’s 2020-21 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. 
CHIA President-elect
Larry Smith, MHA, RHIA (SCHIA)
CHIA Director
Kamar Braish, MS, RHIA (GOCHIA)
Daniel Castañon, RHIA (SDHIA)

CHIA Delegate to AHIMA
Roberta Baranda, MS, RHIA, CHP (SHIA)
Maria Caban Alizondo, MOL, MLC, RHIT, FAHIMA (SCHIA)

CHIA Alternate Delegate
Vilena Boussarova, MS, RHIA, CHDA, CCS (SDHIA)
Sandy Hames, RHIA, CHP (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!
19.9% of Members Voted!

A special thank you to each of the CHIA members who voted. 19.9% of eligible members voted in the 2020 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.
Congratulations to Amy Higuera (SCHIA) for being the recipient of the "Dinner and a Movie" CHIA drawing. Thank you to everyone who participated and voted. 
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Improve Coding Skills at the CHIA
Two-Day Advanced ICD-10 Coding Workshop
Day One: ICD-10-CM - Wednesday, February 19 - Irvine, CA
Day Two: ICD-10-PCS - Thursday, February 20 - Irvine, CA

This two-day advanced workshop is designed to improve coding skills and knowledge by assisting coding professionals with coding of advanced cases in ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS. Join us for one or two days of extensive training related to the complexities of ICD-10-CM and PCS coding.

This advanced workshop is intended for intermediate coding professionals. Attendees should have basic understanding of the ICD-10-CM and/or ICD-10-PCS definitions and guidelines before arriving to class.

Regular Registration Ends February 12

Traveling from out of town? Make a room reservation at the Hotel Irvine . Discounted room rates are available now.
Day One:
Are you one of many coding and CDI professionals who struggle with encounters of possible SIRS or Sepsis? Come and learn more ways to help with this challenge. This session will provide a wealth of great information and helpful take-a-ways.

Presenters: Gloryanne Bryant, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, CCDS; HIM Leader & Advocate and Victoria Hernandez, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, CCS-P; Founder, Integrity Coding Solutions
Day Two:
Advanced cases will be coded in the nervous system and skeletal system relating to intracranial and spinal procedures. Spinal fusion and complex intracranial tumor removal will be tackled. Case studies will be used to help attendees learn and understand advanced concepts of ICD-10-PCS.

Presenter: Lynn Kuehn, MS, RHIA, CCS-P, FAHIMA; President, Kuehn Consulting LLC
Apply for a CHIA Awards and Scholarship Opportunity
The purpose of the CHIA Awards and Scholarship Fund 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

RN Link's CDI Specialist Training - Discount for CHIA Members
March 28-29, 2020 in Orange County Location TBD
Registration closes on March 14

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. 

  • 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 AHIMA Updates
Changes to CCHIIM Domains - Effective Jan 2020
In 2019, CCHIIM’s (Commission for Certification of Health Informatics and Information Management) Recertification workgroup updated the HIIM domains to reflect current and future workforce competences and incorporate those changes in the 2020 Recertification Guidelines. The 2020 HIIM domains and descriptions are available on the AHIMA Recertification webpage and the AHIMA Recertification Guide (Fall 2019).

New Domains are effective as of January 1, 2020. A 2020 Domain Name Crosswalk is available to map the 2019 Domains to the 2020 Recertification Guide and aid members in selecting the correct domain category within the CEU Center.  
Take the Next Step in Leadership - Apply for an Elected Volunteer Position with AHIMA

AHIMA is looking for strategic, innovative, dedicated members to be considered for one of our five elected roles in 2021. Nominations are due March 31 .

View the opportunities for the AHIMA President/Chair-elect, Board of Directors, CEE members, CCHIIM Commissioners, and Speaker-elect of the House of Delegates on the AHIMA website . Select the Elected Positions tab from the top toolbar to review each description. The application for each position is posted on Engage’s Volunteer Center . Questions? Feel free to contact profession.governance@ahima.org .
Latest HIM News Updates & Resources
Important Notice Regarding Individuals’ Right of Access to Health Records
Office for Civil Rights; Jan 28, 2020 

On January 25, 2013, HHS published a final rule entitled “Modifications to the HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Enforcement Rules Under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act; Other Modifications to the HIPAA Rules.” (2013 Omnibus Rule). A portion of that rule was challenged in federal court, specifically provisions within 45 C.F.R. §164.524, that cover an individual’s access to protected health information. On January 23, 2020, a federal court vacated the “third-party directive” within the individual right of access “insofar as it expands the HITECH Act’s third-party directive beyond requests for a copy of an electronic health record with respect to [protected health information] of an individual . . . in an electronic format.” Additionally, the fee limitation set forth at 45 C.F.R. § 164.524(c)(4) will apply only to an individual’s request for access to their own records, and does not apply to an individual’s request to transmit records to a third party. Learn More
Update to the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) for Vaping Related Disorder
MLN Matters; Jan 31, 2020

In response to recent occurrences of vaping related disorders, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) is implementing a new diagnosis code into the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM), for reporting vaping-related disorder effective April 1, 2020.

The Grouper assigns each case into an MS-DRG based on the reported diagnosis and procedure codes and demographic information (age, sex, and discharge status). The new ICD10 MS-DRG Grouper software package to accommodate this new code, Version 37.1, is effective for discharges on or after April 1, 2020. Learn More .
HIPAA Privacy and Novel Coronavirus
Office for Civil Rights; Feb 3, 2020
In light of the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is providing this bulletin to ensure that HIPAA covered entities and their business associates are aware of the ways that patient information may be shared under the HIPAA Privacy Rule in an outbreak of infectious disease or other emergency situation, and to serve as a reminder that the protections of the Privacy Rule are not set aside during an emergency.
The HIPAA Privacy Rule protects the privacy of patients’ health information (protected health information) but is balanced to ensure that appropriate uses and disclosures of the information still may be made when necessary to treat a patient, to protect the nation’s public health, and for other critical purposes.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has advised: if you were in China within the past 14 days and feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, you should get medical care. Call the office of your health care provider before you go and tell them about your travel and your symptoms. They will give you instructions on how to get care without exposing other people to your illness. While sick, avoid contact with people, don’t go out and delay any travel to reduce the possibility of spreading illness to others. More information from the CDC available here .
CCHP Unveils Telehealth Reimbursement Guide for Providers
  Xtelligent Healthcare Media, LLC; Feb 4, 2020

The Center for Connected Health Policy has unveiled a telehealth billing guide, aimed at helping healthcare providers navigate the confusing waters of connected health reimbursement.

With roughly three-quarters of the nation’s hospitals and health systems now using telemedicine or mHealth technology, “it is not surprising then that the question of billing is the foremost question heard by telehealth resource centers, followed by ‘will I get paid?’” CCHP officials point out in their 21-page resource guide. And because reimbursement isn’t guaranteed for any specific service, it’s on the provider to navigate a path to payment. Read More
Free PEPPER Resources Available for HIM Professionals

The RELI Group, along with its partners TMF Health Quality Institute and CGS, is contracted with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to develop, produce and disseminate provider-specific comparative data reports, referred to as the P rogram for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Report, or PEPPER . PEPPER summarizes one provider’s Medicare claims data statistics and provides comparative data with the state, jurisdiction and nation. Providers can review the PEPPER to evaluate their statistics and determine whether they should take any actions, such as reviewing records to ensure the care provided was necessary, and that documentation supports the diagnosis codes and services billed. 

Discover more information on PEPPER , including sample reports, user’s guides, recorded training sessions and national-level comparative data. View the PEPPER distribution schedule and information on how to get your organization’s PEPPER. 
CHIA Events Calendar
Operationalizing Information Governance: Beyond the Definition
Tuesday, February 4 - Live Webinar

CHIA Volunteer's Make a Difference
Wednesday, February 19 - Live Webinar
Advanced ICD-10 Coding Workshop
Wednesday, February 19 Day 1: CM - Irvine
Thursday, February 20 Day 2: PCS - Irvine

Unique Situations Involving Disclosure of Minors' Mental Health Records
Wednesday, February 26 - Live Webinar

Interventional Radiology: Peripheral Revascularization of the Lower Extremity
Tuesday, March 10 - Live Webinar

Legal Health Records 2020 Update
Tuesday, March 17 - Live Webinar

CHIA Student Chat
Friday, March 20 - Live Webinar

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