March 18, 2020
CHIA Responds to COVID-19
As the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation progresses, CHIA learns more and more each day. In the spirit of collaboration and transparency during this unprecedented time, CHIA is monitoring both California and Federal mandates regarding requirements and best practices for safe public gatherings. The CHIA Board of Directors is committed to the health and wellbeing of CHIA’s staff and the HIM community. Although CHIA’s upcoming face-to-face events have not been canceled, CHIA will reevaluate these events and provide communication to CHIA’s HIM community by April 15, 2020.

In the meantime, here are some of our top priorities for the near future:

  • April 28/29 Health Record Confidentiality & Release of Information Seminar; CHIACON20 and Pre-convention Tutorials: CHIA is offering a “hold my place” option for upcoming events. Registration for these events will not require payment at the time of registration. An invoice will be created for the applicable amount and posted to the user profile within 1-5 business days. Payment will be due once the event is confirmed.

  • Connecting the HIM Community Remotely: CHIA supports connecting the HIM community remotely with the use of webinars, video conferencing and social media for our members and volunteers. Take advantage of upcoming events by visiting the CHIA Events Calendar. The CHIA Connectivity/Transformation Task Force will be participating in a technology assessment as we proactively transition CHIA into the virtual environment to develop health information professionals and advocate for practice excellence.

CHIA will continue to send updates, but beyond that, we recognize that California’s health information management professionals are agile. Ensuring trusted health with trusted information is our vision and each one of us plays a vital role in ensuring our consumers have access to health information; always ready to have the right information on hand when and where it is needed.

Thank you for all you do,
Nancy Andersen , MS, RHIA, CCS; CHIA President and Sharon Lewis , MBA, RHIA, CHPS, CHPQ, FAHIMA, CAE; CHIA Executive Director/CEO
Catalyze, Connect and Partner
with the HIM Community at CHIACON20
June 14 - 17, 2020 | Riverside, California
Join the California Health Information Association’s (CHIA) leadership and membership in historic and vibrant downtown Riverside for CHIACON20. Health information management (HIM) professionals from across the state will be coming together to experience learning in innovative ways that will translate into real-world solutions and be embraced long after they leave. Broaden your knowledge in this dynamic educational environment by participating in Expanding HIM Horizons: Excellence in Health Information Integrity .  

Discover innovative leading practices from industry experts who will provide solutions tackling today’s HIM challenges including electronic health record workflows, health information access/release of information, compliance, organizational leadership and management, data literacy/health information integrity, clinical documentation improvement, consumer/patient engagement, coding, and more.  

Full registration fees start at $445. Register by May 14 and Save!
For program schedule and descriptions, presenters and exhibitors visit the CHIACON20 Program webpage or view the CHIACON Schedule At-a-Glance
CHIA is offering a “ hold my place ” option for upcoming events . Registration for these events will not require payment at the time of registration. An invoice will be created for the applicable amount and posted to the user profile within 1-5 business days. Payment will be due once the event is confirmed.
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RN Link's CDI Specialist Training - Discount for CHIA Members
March 28-29, 2020 - Online Training
May 16-17, 2020 - in 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. 

  • 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!
AHIMA Postpones HIP Week in Wake of COVID-19 Pandemic

With many HIM professionals focused on work involving COVID-19, AHIMA has made the difficult decision to postpone HIP Week, which was scheduled for March 22-28.

Recognizing HIM professionals for their dedication and contributions is more important than ever. AHIMA will reschedule HIP Week for a time in 2020 when it is reasonable to do so. Because of our confidence in the health care community, including HIM professionals, we know that we will make it through this difficult period. Read more in the Journal of AHIMA .
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Register Now for AHIMA's Virtual Hill Day Webinar
Join AHIMA's Policy & Government Affairs team for our 2020 Virtual Hill Day webinar on March 19 at 10 am (PT) / 12 pm (CT) . Attendees will learn how they can advocate on behalf of the HIM profession, gain an understanding of the public policy issues AHIMA is focusing on before Congress, and learn how to contact their elected officials via phone, email, or social media with a comprehensive walkthrough of AHIMA's Advocacy Action Center. Register for the free webinar now
Take Action: Financial Relief for Tax-exempt Entities Affected by COVID-19

The continued spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), including its official classification as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO), is now a global crisis, devastating countries around the world with the total impact yet unfolding. 

The fast-spreading COVID-19 pandemic has also prompted the cancellation of major meetings and events in the US and forced other event sponsors to consider cancelling or postponing other events that are dependent on in-person attendance at convention centers, hotels, and other event facilities. Many CSAs have been directly affected by the spread of COVID-19 while in the process of planning and preparing for their CSA annual meetings. 

A third federal financial relief package is moving quickly through Congress and we encourage you to reach out to your elected officials to encourage them to include tax-exempt entities affected by COVID-19.

AHIMA's message is clear: include associations and other nonprofit 501(c) event sponsors suffering from event cancellations and reduced meetings attendance in any federal aid package designed to stem the economic fallout resulting from COVID-19.

To take action, head over to AHIMA’s Advocacy Action Center . Tell Congress to include tax-exempt entities in its next COVID-19 financial relief package.
Latest HIM News Updates & Resources
President Trump Expands Telehealth Benefits for Medicare Beneficiaries During COVID-19 Outbreak
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; Mar 17, 2020 

The Trump Administration today announced expanded Medicare telehealth coverage that will enable beneficiaries to receive a wider range of healthcare services from their doctors without having to travel to a healthcare facility. Beginning on March 6, 2020, Medicare—administered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)—will temporarily pay clinicians to provide telehealth services for beneficiaries residing across the entire country.

“The Trump Administration is taking swift and bold action to give patients greater access to care through telehealth during the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Administrator Seema Verma. “These changes allow seniors to communicate with their doctors without having to travel to a healthcare facility so that they can limit risk of exposure and spread of this virus. Clinicians on the frontlines will now have greater flexibility to safely treat our beneficiaries.” Read more
HI-Pitch: Special Episode! Lauren Riplinger on Information Blocking

The long-awaited rules on information blocking have dropped. These rules affect most every healthcare organization with access to electronic health information (EHI) and empower patients and caregivers with greater access to and control over their health information. But what else will happen? Lauren Riplinger, vice president of policy and government affairs at AHIMA and subject matter expert shares her thoughts and AHIMA's position. Listen here
Notification of Enforcement Discretion for Telehealth Remote Communications During the COVID-19 Nationwide Public Health Emergency
Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the Department of Health and Human Services; Mar 17, 2020 

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is responsible for enforcing certain regulations issued under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), as amended by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, to protect the privacy and security of protected health information, namely the HIPAA Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Rules (the HIPAA Rules). 

During the COVID-19 national emergency, which also constitutes a nationwide public health emergency, covered health care providers subject to the HIPAA Rules may seek to communicate with patients, and provide telehealth services, through remote communications technologies. Some of these technologies, and the manner in which they are used by HIPAA covered health care providers, may not fully comply with the requirements of the HIPAA Rules. Read more
HHS Finalizes Historic Rules to Provide Patients More Control of Their Health Data
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services; Mar 9, 2020

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today finalized two transformative rules that will give patients unprecedented safe, secure access to their health data. Interoperability has been pursued by multiple administrations and numerous laws, and today, these rules finally deliver on giving patients true access to their healthcare data to make informed healthcare decisions and better manage their care. Putting patients in charge of their health records is a key piece of giving patients more control in healthcare, and patient control is at the center of the Trump administration’s work toward a value-based healthcare system.

The two rules, issued by the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), implement interoperability and patient access provisions of the bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act (Cures Act) and support President Trump’s MyHealthEData initiative. MyHealthEData is designed to empower patients around a common aim - giving every American access to their medical information so they can make better healthcare decisions. Read more
CHIA Events Calendar
Managing RAC Responses in the Physician Practice
Wednesday, March 18 - Live Webinar

CHIA Student Chat
Friday, March 20 - Live Webinar

Celebrate HIP Week: CHIA Professionals Share Their Experiences
Thursday, March 26 - Live Webinar Complimentary

HIM and the Golden Wave: Non-Traditional Roles for HIM Professionals
Tuesday, March 31 - Live Webinar

Clearing the Confusion: Court Ruling on the Misuse of Patient-Directed Record Requests
Monday, April 13 - Live Webinar

The Shifting Landscape of Digital Technology to Reduce EHR Burnout
Tuesday, April 21 - Live Webinar

CDI: The CMO's View
Thursday, April 23 - Live Webinar

Compliance with PACT - Discharge Disposition
Tuesday, April 28 - Live Webinar

Health Record Confidentiality & Release of Information
Tuesday, April 28 - Sacramento
Wednesday, April 29 - Ontario

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