May 8, 2019
CHIA is Forging a New Path Forward for 2020-2022
The CHIA Board of Directors, with input from the Component Local Associations and members, have established new Mission, Vision and Values statements and finalized the CHIA 2020-2022 Strategic Plan. The directional statements and strategic plan are emblematic of CHIA’s position within the health care landscape and accurately reflects our future path.  Learn more by reading the President's Message in the latest May/June CHIA Journal.

New Vision Statement:
Improved health through trusted information

New Mission Statement:
Develop health information professionals and advocate for practice excellence

New Values:
Collaboration, Diversity, Innovation, Leadership, Integrity, and Transparency  

2020-2022 Strategic Plan:
Catalyze Health Information Integrity,
Connect the Health Information Community,
and Partner to Accelerate Innovation
CHIA is Celebrating Seven Decades of Commitment
Provided are excerpts from the  May/June CHIA Journal. CHIA members receive a mailed hard copy, and all CHIA and AHIMA members can access the digital version online to view, read, and enjoy now!

Celebrating Seven Decades of Commitment
by: Marilyn R. Taylor, RHIT; Former CHIA Operations Manager and Coordinating Editor, CHIA Journal

CHIA is celebrating 70 years of service to the HIM profession. This two-part series will provide a look down memory lane as we reminisce on CHIA’s humble beginnings, its founding leaders, and seven decades of commitment to California's HIM professionals.

The Beginning
CHIA’s history traces back to its roots with AHIMA, when the American College of Surgeons established the Association of Record Librarians of the North America setting forth the standards of “clinical records in hospitals and other medical institutions” in 1928.

By 1949, the national association, then renamed to American Association of Medical Record Librarians (AAMRL), and several local chapters in California preceded inauguration of a California state organization. Size was in good part responsible for this development. California is 158,639 square miles in area; no wonder locals were regionally organized. The California Association of Medical Record Librarians (CAMRL) was founded in May 10, 1949 with 18 charter members at the Whitcomb Hotel in San Francisco; the locals constituting the founding membership were Central California, Northern California, San Francisco and Southern California. The first meeting established to create a strong state organization that would have a significant impact in health record administration on a national level. Discover More!
Share Your CHIA Memories
Do you have memories of your CHIA experience? We would like to display photo boards at the CHIA Celebration Party during the 2019 CHIA Convention & Exhibit. Share you photos and reminisce with CHIA Members today!

Upload photos to: CHIA Google Photo Album
Take Advantage & Register Now to Save!
Early Registration Rates End May 8
June 8 - 12, 2019 | Hyatt Regency Indian Wells, Indian Wells, CA

Discover innovative ideas and strategies for tackling day-to-day issues as leading industry experts discuss challenges facing today’s HIM professionals in electronic health record best practices, patient access/release of information, compliance, organizational leadership and management, data integrity, clinical documentation improvement, consumer/patient engagement, coding, compliance and more.

Reasons to Attend:
  • Full registration fee starting at $445
  • 40+ educational sessions organized into learning tracks
  • Pre-convention Tutorials
  • Industry Innovations Presentations
  • Exhibit Hall featuring state-of-the-art solutions
  • Breakfast with the Exhibitors
  • Collaborate and share ideas with HIM Professionals across California

For best prices, register by May 8
Learn more and register at  
For full program schedule and descriptions, presenter details, and exhibitor listing, visit the CHIA Convention Program webpage . For a quick view, see the Convention Preliminary Flyer or the Convention Schedule At-a-Glance .
Have you booked your stay yet? Take advantage of the CHIA room rate at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa .

  • Group Room Rate: $149 Single/Double
  • Daily Resort Fee: $10 (discounted from $30)

Rate ends May 10. Book your stay today
Share Thoughts and Perspectives with CLA Delegates
Elected delegates from each Component Local Association (CLA) will convene at the House of Delegates (HOD) on Sunday June 9, 2019 at the CHIA Convention & Exhibit in Indian Wells. The HOD provides the opportunity for elected delegates to express the desires of its members and provide direction and support of the CHIA association and HIM profession. In addition to routine association business, the 2019 delegates will provide input into CHIA’s 2020-2022 strategic initiatives.

All CHIA members have the opportunity to express their opinions and suggestions. If you have an idea or perspective, contact your CLA President and share your thoughts. Feedback received by CLA Delegates will be shared during the HOD deliberations and taken into consideration.

Submit an Article for the CHIA Journal
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 to be included in the peer-reviewed CHIA Journal .

CHIA encourages members, Corporate Partners, educators, and HIM professionals to submit articles and share their knowledge with CHIA readers. Learn more or submit a article here
Love to Write?
Publishing original HIM-related material is a qualifying activity and authors may earn two (2) continuing education credits.
Emerging Professionals Column
HIM students can contribute their work and recent research on HIM-related topics. 
Corporate Corner Column
Devoted exclusively to business developments of CHIA Corporate Partners; such as discussion of the company’s products, services, personnel, and changes. 
Latest HIM News Updates
American Students Have Changed Their Majors
Justin Fox; May 6, 2019

Some of the biggest shifts happened in the 1970s, driven in large part, as University of British Columbia historian Heidi Tworeck described a few years ago, by women entering college in large numbers (they received the majority of bachelor’s degrees for the first time in the early 1980s) and then busting out of the narrow range of majors such as education and English to which they had initially been confined. The business category, which includes such majors such as accounting, human resources and marketing, seized the No. 1 spot in the late 1970s and has held it since, although it reached peak popularity during the era of Ronald Reagan and Alex Keaton, which is a nice touch. The most significant development of this century, meanwhile, has been the rise of the health professions. Read More
CMS Proposes to further strengthen oversight of Accrediting Organizations
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; Apr 30, 2019 

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced a proposed rule that would assure continued quality and safety in healthcare facilities by requiring greater transparency when ownership changes occur at Accrediting Organizations (AOs). The proposed rule establishes a specific process AOs with Medicare-approved accreditation programs must follow if there is a sale, transfer, and/or purchase of assets related to the ownership of an AO, in order to ensure the ongoing effectiveness of approved accreditation programs. Today’s proposal builds on recent work by the agency to strengthen the oversight of AOs and enhance transparency of AO performance. Read More.
CHIA Events Calendar
NCCI Edits: Are You Bypassing the Road to Compliance?
Tuesday, May 14 - Live Webinar

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