October 16, 2019
2019 AHIMA House of Delegates Meeting Summary
The CHIA Delegates to AHIMA attended the recent 2019 AHIMA House of Delegates held in Chicago and discussed four specific issues of importance to the HIM profession. Each delegate was assigned primary responsibility for one House issue. The four topics presented for discussion and feedback during breakout sessions at the AHIMA HOD were:

  1. Thought Leadership, Professional Development and Environmental Scanning
  2. Health Information Professional Champions 
  3. House Action Items (Bylaw Amendment, Regional Delegate Proposal)
  4. Best Practices for Engagement, Communication and Process.

The CHIA Delegates voted to change the AHIMA bylaws to ensure that no position on the ballot is uncontested. AHIMA has provided the 2019 House Meeting Summary to share with CSA leaders and membership.
Thank you to the 2019-2020 CHIA Delegates to AHIMA for representing California's HIM professionals at national. (Pictured left to right)

Marie Conde,

Melany Merryman,
MSL, RHIA, CRCR; Second Delegate

Kamar Braish,
MS, RHIA; Second Year

Nancy Andersen,
MS, RHIA, CCS; Chief Delegate

Shirley Lewis,
CHIA’s HIM Leaders Share Insights at
Healthcare Innovation HIT Summit
Renowned leaders gathered on September 19 – 20, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California to present important information and share insights at the Healthcare Innovation Health IT Summit. As an educational partner for the event, CHIA was pleased to provide two educational sessions for the program. HIM leaders from CHIA shared their insights on two important topics:

  1. Health Information Integrity – A Patient Safety/Revenue Cycle Imperative; and
  2. EHR Optimization in the Orange County Children’s Hospital Network.
Individuals represented on the Health Information Integrity panel included: Maria Caban Alizondo, MOL, MLC, RHIT, FAHIMA; Diana McWaid, MS, Med, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, CPC, CRC; Melany Merryman, MSL, RHIA, CRCR; and Esther Tolentino, RHIT, CPHI, CHTS-IS, CHTS-PW.  

Kamar Braish, MS, RHIA and Linda Rader, RHIT, shared the importance of HIM/health IT collaboration where they described their experience with implementation of an electronic health record system in the physician clinic setting.

A special thanks all of CHIA’s representatives who served as champions for the HIM profession.
Share Your Knowledge as a CHIACON20 Presenter
Proposals Still Accepted
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.

Latest HIM News Updates
CSA Opioid Video Available: Patient Education Resource
California Society of Anesthesiologists; Oct 2019
Opioid dependence is a public health epidemic in the United States, and prescription opioids are involved in more than 35% of all opioid overdose deaths. While substance use disorders are complex and multifaceted long-term opioid use often begins with treatment of acute pain, including patients who are recovering from surgical care.

The California Society of Anesthesiologists’ (CSA) new patient education video is available, “ How to Manage Your Pain After Surgery ,” which is designed to educate patients and caregivers about different pain management options, the importance of following prescription medication guidelines, risks to watch for when taking opioids, and tips for safe management and disposal of opioid drugs.

The CSA believes that with education before and after surgery, we can empower patients to heal safely and effectively, reduce opioid misuse, and prevent adverse events. The video content was developed based on research and policies from nationally recognized medical organizations including the American College of Physicians, American College of Surgeons, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records Proposed Rule Comment Period Ends October 25

This notice of proposed rulemaking proposes changes to the Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records regulations. These proposals were prompted by the need to continue aligning the regulations with advances in the U.S. health care delivery system, while retaining important privacy protections for individuals seeking treatment for substance use disorders (SUDs). SAMHSA strives to facilitate information exchange for safe and effective substance use disorder care, while addressing the legitimate privacy concerns of patients seeking treatment for a substance use disorder. Within the constraints of the statute, these proposals are also an effort to make the regulations more understandable and less burdensome.

To be assured consideration, comments must be received at one of the addresses provided below, no later than 5 p.m. on October 25, 2019. Learn More.
Attorney General Seeks Comments for Proposed CCPA Regulations
Office of the Attorney General; Oct 2019

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), enacted in 2018, creates new consumer rights relating to the access to, deletion of, and sharing of personal information that is collected by businesses. It also requires the Attorney General to solicit broad public participation and adopt regulations to further the CCPA’s purposes. The proposed regulations would establish procedures to facilitate consumers’ new rights under the CCPA and provide guidance to businesses for how to comply.

Deadline to Submit Written Comments: December 6, 2019 at 5:00 pm
Any interested party, or their duly authorized representative, may submit written comments regarding the proposed CCPA regulations at the public hearings, by mail, or by email. The Attorney General will only consider comments received by that time. All comments received by the deadline will be posted on our website and are subject to the Public Records Act. Learn More

Public Hearings
The Attorney General will hold four public hearings to provide all interested persons with an opportunity to present statements or comments, either orally or in writing, with respect to the proposed regulations, as follows:

Sacramento - December 2, 2019
Los Angeles - December 3, 2019
San Francisco - December 4, 2019
Fresno - December 5, 2019
CHIA Events Calendar
CHIA Student Chat
Friday, October 25 - Live Webinar

Surgical Complication, or Not, That is the Question
Tuesday, November 5 - Live Webinar

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

Managing the Legal Record Through Data Integrity, Management and Provenance
Thursday, November 21 - Live Webinar

Time to Clear the Confusion: Attorney Misuse of
Patient-Directed Record Requests and How to Cope
Tuesday, December 10 - Live Webinar

2020 CPT Update
Wednesday, December 11 - Live Webinar