July 22, 2020
Don't Forget to VOTE in the 2020 AHIMA Election
Voting closes Monday, July 27, 5:00 pm (CT)
The 2020 AHIMA Election is underway.  Currently 2.17% of the California membership has cast their vote (121 voted out of 5,586 eligible to vote). CHIA encourages you to vote and contact your colleagues to cast their vote.  Don't miss this opportunity to pick your leaders. Learn more at :
Learn more about the leaders running in this year's election, including the t wo (2) candidates that are active CHIA members and have contributed to California's HIM community through their CHIA leadership and service.
AHIMA Board Director
Maria A. Caban Alizondo

to learn more about her.
CCHIIM Commissioner
Braden Michael Tabisula

to learn more about him. 
CHIA CONNECT: Health Information Community Chats
CHIA invites you to continue the conversation and join health information professionals to share operational challenges and best practices during monthly community chats, recurring the last Friday at 11:00 AM (PT).

As health information professionals pivot into a virtual environment, brainstorm with colleagues on ways to navigate this new normal. The first fifteen minutes we will meet as a large group and then plan to divide participants into four break-out group sessions.

This complimentary event is open to CHIA and AHIMA Members. Register today
Focus on Education: Expanding Opportunities
The latest issue of the  CHIA Journal  is available now ! The peer-reviewed CHIA Journal provides a wealth of information for California’s health information community. All CHIA and AHIMA members can access the digital version online to view, read and enjoy now!

Cover Story
Focus on Education
Expanding Opportunities for California’s Emerging Professionals

California’s health information management (HIM) and health information technology (HIT) programs continue to meet the demands of the health care industry and evolving environment by offering accessible and affordable degreed programs and certificates in health information, health informatics, coding, cancer registry and other related fields.

For the annual Focus on Education issue of the CHIA Journal, CHIA asked California-based Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM)-accredited colleges and universities to share what’s new and exciting, how they pivoted to provide distance education, and what opportunities lay ahead for the HIM community’s emerging professionals.

Discover more information about California’s programs here
Love writing? Have a paper or idea for an HIM topic that you want to share?
Share your article for publication in the  CHIA Journal  All CHIA members, Corporate Partners, educators, and HIM professionals are encouraged to submit articles and share their knowledge with  CHIA Journal  readers.
CHIACON20 Offers an Innovative Learning Experience
CHIACON20 pivoted into a virtual event that provided California's HIM community a first-class learning experience with over 40 hours of continuing education. HIM professionals from across the state are invited to experience learning in innovative ways that will translate into real-world solutions and be embraced long after the virtual event.

Multiple CEU packages and pricing options available to fit any need an budget. Expand your HIM knowledge in this dynamic educational opportunity.

Registrations accepted through August 31, 2020
CHIACON20 Highlights
Health Record Confidentiality & ROI eLearning Program
Discover a new flexible approach to learning. Ensure your knowledge is up-to-date with this flexible learning offering. This innovative learning methodology consists of:

  • Five ROI-related eLearning modules
  • Webinar on Demand: Confidentiality and ROI: COVID-19 and Other Hot Topics 
  • Confidentiality: Protecting and Releasing Health Information in California manual (optional) 
  • 7.5 continuing education units

Available for purchase until August 31, 2020
RN Link's CDI Specialist Training - Discount for CHIA Members
Online Training August 8-9 | August 15-16

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.

RN Link is offering a 10% discount to CHIA Members. ​ Learn more and register today!
Latest HIM News Updates & Resources
General Acute Care Hospitals Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Daily Reporting
California Department of Public Health; Jul 17, 2020

On July 10, 2020, DHHS updated the COVID-19 Guidance for Hospital Reporting and FAQs (PDF) to reflect new reporting methods and data metrics. Beginning July 15, 2020, hospitals were required to submit COVID-19 data to DHHS using one of several methods, including the TeleTracking portal, HHS Protect or through the state. The NHSN system will no longer be used for COVID-19 hospital reporting. CDPH will submit data on behalf of hospitals through TeleTracking, beginning July 22, 2020. Hospitals will continue to report to CDPH via the COVID-19 Tracking Tool no later than 12:00 P.M. Pacific Time daily.

To facilitate the data transfer to TeleTracking, the California Hospital Association (CHA) worked with CDPH to update the COVID-19 Tracking Tool. This update incorporates data elements requested by DHHS, including information on COVID-19 confirmed and suspected patients, availability of personal protective equipment, medication shortages, remdesivir data and staffing shortages. The new COVID-19 Tracking Tool will go live on July 22, 2020. To ensure consistent reporting across the state, CDPH is providing a data dictionary (PDF) that incorporates the DHHS definitions. GACHs are encouraged to review the data dictionary (PDF) in its entirety before inputting data into the COVID-19 Tracking Tool. Learn more.  
HHS Protect: Frequently Asked Questions
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services; Jul 20, 2020

At the beginning of the pandemic, it became clear that HHS needed a central way to make data collected by various operating divisions, including Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and others, visible to first responders at federal, state, and local levels and we needed to collect this data as fast as possible. To fulfill this need, HHS built HHS Protect, a secure data ecosystem powered by eight commercial technologies for sharing, parsing, housing, and accessing COVID-19 data and driven by four principles: transparency, sharing, privacy, and security.

What is HHS Protect?
The HHS Protect ecosystem is a secure platform for authentication, amalgamation, and sharing of healthcare information, so that the U.S. government can harness the full power of data for the COVID-19 response. U.S. healthcare data has often been fractured and inaccessible. With Protect, more than 200 disparate data sources are brought together into one ecosystem that integrates data across federal, state, and local governments and the healthcare industry. It provides a holistic view of the U.S. healthcare system so decision makers informed by Protect have near-real-time information to guide action and save lives with a data-driven COVID-19 response. Learn more .
CHIA Events Calendar
Data Analytics: Why It Is Important in Health Care
Wednesday, July 29 - Webinar

CHIA Connect: Health Information Community Chat
Friday, July 31 - Complimentary Chat

Clinical Documentation Improvement: The CMO’s View
Thursday, August 6 - Webinar

Problems with the Problem List
Tuesday, August 11 - Webinar

The INs and OUTs of Clinical Documentation Improvement
Tuesday, August 25 - eLearning Program

CHIA Connect: Health Information Community Chat
Friday, August 28 - Complimentary Chat

ICD-10-CM Coding Updates
Tuesday, September 22 - eLearning Program

CHIA Connect: Health Information Community Chat
Friday, September 25 - Complimentary Chat

ICD-10-PCS Coding Updates
Tuesday, September 29 - eLearning Program

IPPS-DRG Updates
Tuesday, October 6 - eLearning Program