September 5, 2018
CHIA Seeks Proposals for Strategic Planning Consultant
The CHIA Board of Directors is seeking proposals from qualified consultants to guide and assist CHIA with developing a 2020-2022 Strategic Plan. Access the Request for Proposal: Strategic Planning Consultant and specifications here to learn more. Proposals must be submitted to CHIA CEO Sharon Lewis at by September 24, 2018 .

CHIA is in the final year of its current 2017-2019 Strategic Plan, which was the association’s first ever three-year strategic plan. In 2015, CHIA worked with a consultant to develop a three-year strategic plan. The association’s first multi-year strategic plan has resulted in many positive outcomes. The plan has provided an ongoing framework for organizing, prioritizing, and coordinating the work of association committees, task forces, individual volunteers and executive office operations. 

With its 2020-2022 Strategic Planning initiative, CHIA is currently seeking to further refine its strategic plan and planning process, to improve its articulation and execution of strategy, and to identify realistic, high value and measurable desired outcomes for 2022.
CHIA Town Hall Webinar: AHIMA House of Delegate Topics Discussion on Thursday, Sep 13 at 4pm
The CHIA Board of Directors have scheduled an open Town Hall webinar to discuss the topics that will be addressed at the 2018 AHIMA House of Delegates (HOD) in Miami on September 23, 2018. CHIA supports and promotes broader communications and increased CHIA member participation in the issues, concerns and goals of CHIA and AHIMA. The elected 2018-19 CHIA Delegates to AHIMA represent CHIA and want member feedback to share at the AHIMA HOD.

Plan to join us as we discuss the important issues facing our association.  Add the Town Hall to your Calendar or view the Town Hall email announcement for access details
Call for CHIA Leadership Nominations
Nominations for CHIA Board of Directors and AHIMA Delegates for the 2019 CHIA Ballot are now being accepted. Each term of office will begin July 1, 2019.  

CHIA is seeking nominations for next year’s leaders and we are interested in you! We all have many gifts and talents, why not consider sharing these talents as a CHIA Officer or Delegate? With your help, we can continue the tradition of nominating highly qualified and experienced members for leadership positions. 

Learn more about the CHIA nomination process and leadership roles , and submit a CHIA Leadership Application by Monday, October 8, 2018
Submit an Article for Publication in the CHIA Journal 
The peer-reviewed CHIA Journal serves as a resource and professional development tool for HIM professionals, keeps readers current on issues that affect the HIM practice and contributes to the field by publishing best practices and new knowledge. 

CHIA encourages members and other individuals to submit original, unpublished articles for publication regarding current issues and best practices in HIM. 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. Articles should contain information of use to HIM professionals, HIM students, or vendors who provide HIM products and services.

Publishing original material relevant to HIM in the CHIA Journal is a qualifying activity and authors may earn two continuing education credits.

Call for Presentations - 2019 CHIA Convention & Exhibit
CHIA is currently accepting presentation proposals for the upcoming 2019 CHIA Convention & Exhibit in Indian Wells, California on June 8 - June 12. This the most popular HIM event on the West Coast and includes more than 30 educational sessions and several pre-convention tutorials. With hundreds of HIM professionals in attendance, this is a presenting opportunity you don’t want to miss. The #CHIACON19 theme is Empowering Patients, Breaking Boundaries, and Bridging Gaps

Submit a CHIA Convention Program Proposal . Proposals due October 12 for consideration.
AHIMA Draft 2018 HIM Curricula Competencies
Released for Public Comment
In response to AHIMA’s HIM Reimagined (HIMR) initiative and its call to update the skills of health information management professionals, the Council for Excellence in Education (CEE) Curricula Workgroup and two HIMR workgroups have developed the draft 2018 HIM Curricula Competencies, AHIMA-revised Bloom’s Taxonomy levels, and related resources. AHIMA is asking HIM practitioners to review the draft curricula competencies and comment through an official survey.

All HIM professionals have a vested interest in the draft competencies. To learn more and comment on the draft competencies, view the AHIMA Draft 2018 HIM Curricula Competencies webpage .

The public comment period will be open until September 14 . After further refinement following the public comment period, the final competencies are planned to be handed-off to CAHIIM in December.
Latest HIM News Updates
Disaster Planning Your Health IT
Andrew Gettinger & Justin Cross for; Sep 4, 2018

September is National Preparedness Month, which makes it the perfect time for clinicians and healthcare entities to consider what would happen if their health information technology (health IT) systems are unavailable or in some way compromised. This issue has become more important over time as healthcare is increasingly dependent on technology and a growing percentage of the workforce have never practiced without health IT and may not know what to do if their systems or information are unavailable.

Unfortunately, the reality that an organization’s health IT systems will become unavailable or compromised is a matter of when, not if. In some cases this may be due to natural disasters that extend the loss of electrical power, or massive flooding that takes essential servers offline. (In some cases a natural disaster will simultaneously cause patient admissions to spike.) In other cases the downtime may be due to a bad actor such as a malicious attacks. Sometimes it’s simply a hardware failure that causes a chain reaction of failures. Regardless of the reason, the needs of patient care must continue.
Cost Transparency Healthcare Payments Program – Phase 1 Implementation Plan Now Available
Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development; Aug 31, 2018

The 2018 Budget Act included a one-time appropriation for OSHPD to develop and administer a statewide Healthcare Cost Transparency Database, often referred to as an All Payer Claims Database or APCD. The database is intended to support greater transparency regarding healthcare costs. The information will be used to inform policy decisions regarding the provision of quality health care, and to reduce disparities and healthcare costs.

OSHPD is responsible for convening a review committee composed of healthcare stakeholders and experts to advise OSHPD on the establishment, implementation, sustainability, and ongoing administration of the database. OSHPD must submit a report to the Legislature by July 1, 2020 with recommendations of the review committee.

The Phase 1 Implementation Plan includes project activities from July 2018 until the report to the Legislature is due by July 1, 2020. View Implementation Plan.
The Future of Healthcare Data Exchange
A. Andrews Dean for Journal of AHIMA; Sep 1, 2018

The healthcare industry is buzzing with terms like “machine learning,” “APIs,” “blockchain,” and more—each one supposedly promising to solve the ever-growing challenge of maintaining and facilitating the exchange and sharing of healthcare information. At the heart of our healthcare system, the data—when inaccurate—drives inefficiency, errors, and avoidable administrative strain as well as costs. More importantly, inaccurate data can interfere with the care that patients receive.

The promise that these and related healthcare technologies hold relates to solving one of the industry’s greatest challenges: provider data management. Leveraged correctly, these technologies can help automate efforts, increase transparency, and reduce miscommunication between health plans and providers. This is where health informatics comes into play as a distinct health information management (HIM) discipline.
CHIA Events Calendar
Outpatient CDI: It's All About Communicating Patient Care
Thursday, September 13 - Live Webinar

CHIA Town Hall: AHIMA House of Delegate Topics
Thursday, September 13 - Live Webinar

FY2019 ICD-10-CM/PCS Update
Tuesday, September 18 - Ontario
Thursday, September 20 - Fairfield

IG Web Series Part 6: Driving IG - Data Governance within the IG Framework
Friday, September 28 - Live Webinar

The New Horizon: Physician Querying for the Outpatient Setting
Wednesday, October 10 - Live Webinar

CHIA Student Chat
Wednesday, October 17 - Live Webinar

IG Web Series Part 7: Compliance, Security, and Privacy as a Path to IG
Friday, October 26 - Live Webinar

Confidentiality and the ROI in California
Wednesday, November 14 - Garden Grove
Thursday, November 15 - North Location TBD

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