February 21, 2018
CHIA is pleased to announce that as of January 1, 2018, our new address is:
5055 E. McKinley Ave, Fresno, CA 93727

Email addresses and phone & fax numbers will remain the same.
Webinar: CHIA Volunteers Make a World of Difference
Join CHIA President-elect 2017-2018, Maria Alizondo, MOL, RHIT, FAHIMA, as she describes the variety of ways in which CHIA Active and Student members can participate as a volunteer for CHIA and/or our Component Local Associations (CLAs). As a professional association consisting of subject matter experts from a variety of different roles in health care, we have the expertise to:

  • Embrace the fundamental changes affecting the HIM profession;
  • Drive CHIA to be the resource that influences legislation and public policy, champions standards and facilitates best practices for information governance;
  • Grow HIM member knowledge and value; and
  • Engage customers, stakeholders, partners, professional peers, patients and the next generation of HIM professionals to market the relevance and value of the HIM profession.

We all have many gifts and talents. Why not consider sharing these talents as a CHIA/CLA volunteer? Giving back to your Association gives CHIA the EDGE and together, WE CAN Make a World of Difference!

During this presentation, Maria will review:

  • CHIA’s Mission, Vision, Values, organizational structure and strategic goals;
  • How you can get involved in CHIA and/or your CLA;
  • How volunteering is a great way to increase your professional network, stay current in HIM practice areas, and give back to your profession;
  • The variety of volunteer opportunities available.

Volunteer Today for a CHIA or CLA Role
For CHIA to maintain the EDGE, we rely on our valued members ( you) who make this happen for our Association. Without you, CHIA would not be the premier association of HIM professionals in California. As we establish CHIA’s Committees and Task Forces for the coming year, we are seeking members to team together with us to make a world of difference.

Visit the CHIA Committee and Task Force webpage for a brief description of each CHIA committee, and refer to the CHIA Committee Deliverables to learn more about each committee’s purpose, composition, roles and responsibilities, ongoing charges, and more. This information will assist you in determining your area of interest and expertise in serving. 

Let us know how you would like to participate by submitting the Volunteer Questionnaire Form. Volunteer requests and information will be shared with both CHIA and CLA leaders for their use in making appointments to volunteer roles.

Whether you are a new member or a seasoned volunteer we are interested in you! 
Cybersecurity; Risk Mitigation & Preparedness Strategies Symposium
Register by March 1 and Save!
Cyber-attacks are on the rise and health care organizations continue to be targeted. Criminal attacks have become a root cause of recent data breaches. Governing the security, integrity, privacy, and content of the electronic health record is the responsibility of HIM and HIT professionals. Establishing safeguards to protect the organization's greatest asset - protected health information - is imperative. Learn risk mitigation strategies and breach prevention best practices from industry experts. This symposium will provide an operational response to dealing with a cyber-attack and prepare HIM and HIT professionals with the tools necessary to respond.

For single/both day rates and full event details, including the program agenda and presenter line-up, visit: 

Advanced Registration Ends March 1 - Register Early & Save!
Latest HIM News Updates
Consequences for HIPAA Violations Don’t Stop When a Business Closes
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services; Feb 13, 2018

A receiver appointed to liquidate the assets of Filefax, Inc. has agreed to pay $ 100,000 out of the receivership estate to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in order to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule. Filefax, located in Northbrook, Illinois, advertised that it provided for the storage, maintenance, and delivery of medical records for covered entities. Although Filefax shut its doors during the course of OCR’s investigation into alleged HIPAA violations, it could not escape its obligations under the law.

On February 10, 2015, OCR received an anonymous complaint alleging that an individual transported medical records obtained from Filefax to a shredding and recycling facility to sell on February 6 and 9, 2015. OCR opened an investigation, which confirmed that an individual had left medical records of approximately 2,150 patients at the shredding and recycling facility, and that these medical records contained patients’ protected health information (PHI).
Digital Bridge collaboration with Cerner, Epic, CDC and Others Hope to Connect EHRs to Public Health
Bernie Monegain by Healthcare IT News; Feb 20, 2018

Digital Bridge, a collaboration among healthcare, public health and health information technology organizations, works on the premise that improving information sharing can improve the nation’s health. To that end, the collaborative has designed an approach to electronic case reporting, or eCR, that is being rolled out in states and cities across the country. The goal is for eCR to improve public health surveillance of infectious diseases, which in turn would lessen the burden on providers for meeting public health reporting requirements.

Digital Bridge is intended to promote partnerships that improve data for public health and clinical practices and also lower costs for information sharing. As such, the effort entails streamlining interoperability between EHR systems and the IT systems public health agencies use to monitor disease trends and respond to outbreaks, said Jim Jellison, Director of Practice Support at the Public Health Informatics Institute. “Our current focus is on automating the public health reporting process for infectious diseases.” 
Trump’s Proposed Budget Seeks to Eliminate AHRQ, Slash OCR and ONC Funding
Sarah Sheber for Journal of AHIMA; Feb 16, 2018

Major cuts to healthcare industry oversight agencies are suggested in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 budget proposal released by the Trump Administration this week. Included in the proposal is the total elimination of funding for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), as well as significant cuts to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) and the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR), according to Health Data Management. The overall Department of Health and Human Services funding would be slashed by $18 billion in the proposed budget.

Under the proposal, AHRQ’s patient safety and healthcare quality research activities would be moved to a new entity within the National Institutes of Health (NIH), called the National Institute for Research on Safety and Quality (NIRSQ). “Within NIH, the FY 2019 budget includes $256 million in budget authority for NIRSQ to continue selected unique, systemically important activities formerly funded by AHRQ that have demonstrated effectiveness in improving healthcare quality,” according to the proposal.
CHIA Events Calendar
Wednesday, February 28 - Live Webinar

EHR Governance Symposium
Wednesday, March 14 - Thursday, March 15 - Long Beach

Tuesday, April 10 - Sacramento
Wednesday, April 11 - Ontario

HIM Professionals Role in MACRA
Wednesday, March 7 - Live Webinar

CHIA CDQ Committee Coding Roundtable
Thursday, March 8 - Live Webinar