November 6, 2019
CHIA Nominating Committee Announces 2020 Ballot
The CHIA Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the 2020 CHIA Ballot. The CHIA election and online voting will begin on January 13, 2020 and close January 27, 2020. Check out the January-February CHIA Journal and upcoming email bulletins for complete election details. Learn more about the CHIA Leadership Opportunities and consider submitting your name next year for the 2021 CHIA Ballot. 

Congratulations to all of these ballot candidates, and a sincere thank you to those who volunteered and offered their name for consideration.

CHIA President-elect Candidates
Roy Shurtliff, RHIT (NCHIA)
Larry Smith, MHA, RHIA (SCHIA)

CHIA Director Candidates
Kamar Braish, MS, RHIA (GOCHIA)
Daniel Castanon, RHIA (SDHIA)
Monica Thurston, MBA, RHIA (SCHIA)
Victoria Hernandez, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, CCS-P (SVHIA)

CHIA Delegate to AHIMA Candidates
Maria Caban Alizondo, MOL, MLC, RHIT, FAHIMA (SCHIA)
Roberta Baranda, MS, RHIA, CHP (SHIA)
Vilena Bousssarova, MS, RHIA, CCS, CHDA (SDHIA)
Sandy Hames, RHIA, CHP (NCHIA)
Thank you also to the CHIA Nominating Committee for your work preparing the CHIA ballot. 
Brian Faust, MLS, RHIA

Mary "Kit" Leong, RHIT, CPHQ
Debra Primeau, RHIA, FAHIMA

Board Liaison
Melany Merryman, MSL, RHIA (IAHIA)
CLA Representatives
Kathleen Witte, RHIA, CCS (GOCHIA)
Daniel May, RHIT, CCS-P (IAHIA)
Debra Darden, RHIT, CCS (NCHIA)
Djuanique Slaughter, MPA, RHIT, CPC, COC (SCHIA)
Ashley Baker (SDHIA)
Brooke Morgan, RHIT, CCS (SHIA)
Sara Bickle, RHIT, CCA (SVHIA)
Participate in CHIA's Convention Survey and Enter to Win
The CHIA Board of Directors is planning for the 2021 CHIA Convention & Exhibit and would like to hear from you. As CHIA continues to seek ways to improve the attendee experience, your responses and comments will greatly contribute to the Board’s future initiatives. 

Please take a few moments to complete the brief CHIA Convention Survey and share your thoughts. This survey will be open until November 8.  

Eligible survey participants will be entered in a drawing to win "Dinner and a Movie" on CHIA. To enter, provide your name and email address on the survey.
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.

Learn more about each award category and submit a nomination for one of these awards:

  • Distinguished Member Award
  • Educator Award
  • HIM Industry Champion Award
  • Literary Award
  • Mentor Award
  • Rising Star Award
  • Volunteer Award

Learn more about the CHIA Recognition Awards, categories, process and previous recipients. Deadline for submitting nominations is March 1 .
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

CHIA is Seeking Volunteers for 2020-2021
Whether you are a new or seasoned volunteer, we need you! Volunteers are essential to build a strong HIM association that provides education, networking and leadership opportunities. Your knowledge and support can help guide this important association functions.  

Learn more about CHIA volunteer opportunities and complete the CHIA Volunteer Questionnaire to get involved today.  
Inpatient and Outpatient CDI Academy
December 2 - 4, 2019 | Long Beach, CA

The AHIMA CDI Academy is a comprehensive program designed for CDI professionals to implement best practices at their organizations. Whether you are new to CDI or an experienced CDI professional ready to take your program to the next level, the Academy offers unique content you can apply to your situation. During this three-day in-person meeting, you will learn about CDI best practices through real-life examples and exercises. The presenter covers both inpatient and outpatient settings, creating a larger return on investment for participants. As an attendee, you choose between various breakout sessions on specific clinical and coding topics. This program suggests paths for those looking for a career change or enhancement (including coders, transcriptionists, nurses, physicians, and others). From day one, this interactive meeting encourages discussion and active learning to drive home essential CDI knowledge and skills. Prepare yourself to return to your organization with new insights and energy.

Includes an introductory webinar and the Clinical Documentation: Principles and Practice book. Register today for this high-impact event.
Latest HIM News Updates
CY 2020 Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment System Final Rule (CMS-1717-FC)
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; Nov 01, 2019 

On November 1, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized policies that are consistent with the directives in President Trump’s Executive Order, entitled “Protecting and Improving Medicare for Our Nation’s Seniors,” that aims to increase choices, encourage medical innovation, empower patients, and eliminate waste, fraud and abuse to protect seniors and taxpayers.

The changes build on existing efforts to increase patient choice by making Medicare payment available for more services in different sites of services and adopting policy changes under the Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System. Read more
CMS Announces Approval of Groundbreaking Demonstration to Expand Access to Behavioral Health Treatment
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; Nov 06, 2019

Today the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the approval of a first-of-its-kind Medicaid demonstration project that broadens treatment services available to Medicaid beneficiaries living in the District of Columbia (“the District”) diagnosed with serious mental illness (SMI) and/or serious emotional disturbance (SED). At the same time, CMS is approving the District’s request to begin providing new services for its beneficiaries diagnosed with substance use disorder (SUD). 

“For too long, our system has failed to provide Americans with serious mental illness and their families the treatment and assistance that they need,” said HHS Secretary Alex Azar. “Americans with serious mental illness too often end up homeless or in our prisons, when access to treatment could help them lead healthy lives. President Trump has made it a priority for HHS to expand access to evidence-based treatment for serious mental illness and substance use disorders, and this waiver is a significant step in that broader agenda.” Read more.  
4 Ways Using the HHS Security Risk Assessment Tool Can Help Your Organization
Kathryn Marchesini, J.D. and Ali Massihi for The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology; Oct 30, 2019

As ONC works to advance the development and use of health IT, we know that you play an important and equal role in maintaining the public’s confidence and trust. The privacy and security of health information is always at the forefront of our work and your organization’s business practices. In the spirit of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), we want to highlight the HHS Security Risk Assessment (SRA) Tool, which you can use to assess your organization’s security risks. If you are responsible for the privacy or security of electronic protected health information (ePHI), you may be particularly interested in the SRA Tool.

In the health care sector, security is the way your organization implements administrative, technical, and physical safeguards to provide for the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of health information. Conducting a security risk assessment is one way to identify and assess risks to ePHI within your organization, check if your organization has appropriate safeguards in place, and reveal any areas where ePHI may be at risk. You can then take action to mitigate any risks that are found. For example, assessing security risks can help your organization reduce the chance of being impacted by a variety of cyber-attacks, malware, ransomware, and other online scams. Read 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
Confidentiality and the ROI in California
Wednesday, November 13 - Garden Grove
Thursday, November 14 - Pleasanton
ICD-11: What HIM Professionals Can Expect
Wednesday, November 20 - Live Webinar

Managing the Legal Health Record Through Data Integrity,
Management and Provenance
Thursday, November 21 - Live Webinar
HIM and Risk Adjustment Methodologies
Wednesday, December 4 - 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 Code Set Update
Tuesday, December 17 - Live Webinar
Managing and Preventing Denials in a Clinically-Driven Revenue Cycle
Wednesday, January 15 - Live Webinar
eHIM User Symposium - Operational Best Practices
Tuesday, January 28 - Los Angeles
Thursday, January 30 - Oakland
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