January 23, 2019
Emerging Professionals Featured in CHIA Journal
Provided are excerpts from the  January/February 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!

Patient Identity and Matching Challenges
National Data Standards and Integrity Offer Solutions
by Susanne Kuleck, RHIT; Student at San Diego
Mesa College

Patient identification and matching are the starting points to establishing the best quality patient care, but accuracy depends on data integrity. Inconsistent handling of demographics has created a lower quality due to incorrect data, information swapping, and missing fields. Because of a lack of standards, the creation of duplicate records is common and increases as more data is collected. Use of the electronic health record (EHR) and the need for information have accelerated growth of health information exchanges (HIE). Identity integrity is a critical issue for maximizing health care delivery and quality. “In order to share electronic health information across disparate systems, the health care industry must reduce, if not eliminate, data integrity issues with patient identity,” (Dooling, 2016). Without universal data standards, identity issues are magnified.

Identity integrity issues lead to duplicate record creation when a patient encounter is not found easily. Estimated rates for duplication vary widely with estimates ranging from 8% up to 25% (HFM, 2016
& Chavis, 2018). To underscore the complexity and scope of the issue further, the Harris County health system in Texas found that “nearly 2,500 patients share the name ‘Maria Garcia.’ More than 230 of those
people also have the same birthdate.” Read full article.
Submit an Article for the Emerging Professionals Column
The new Emerging Professionals column in the CHIA Journal highlights emerging professionals across California who have completed recent research on HIM-related topics. These emerging professionals have much to share with the HIM profession as they embark on an exciting time of learning and teaching while on their health information journey.

If you would like to submit an article for consideration, learn more here.
Last Chance to Vote - Ballot Closes Friday, Jan 25 at 4pm
When you participate and vote, you take part in influencing the strategic direction and leadership by electing the CHIA leaders who will guide the association over the next few years. Submit your vote today!  

Read each candidate's position statement in the January/February CHIA Journal , or view candidate's responses and HIM backgrounds online at CaliforniaHIA.org/ballot19  

CHIA Active, Emeritus, Graduate, and Honorary members are eligible to vote.
15% of Members Have Voted
The CHIA Nominating Committee set a 30% voter goal for the 2019 CHIA Election. As of today, 15% of members have voted - we're halfway there!

Thank you to all the Members who voted. The CHIA Board appreciates your time and voice. Please encourage fellow CHIA Members to vote today.

If you have not voted, please take 2 minutes to vote now! CHIA wants all member voices to be heard and counted.
Join the eHIM User Symposium - Discounted Rates Extended
Discounted early registration fees offered for on-site registrants. *

Join this vital CHIA symposium and hear from a lineup of esteemed professionals. Learn about the optimization of EHR use in health care organizations, with a focus on operational best practices.

As a real-time patient-centered digital record, an electronic health record (EHR) system must work effectively in a stable non-disruptive environment. EHRs are built to share information with other health care providers and organizations such as laboratories, health information exchanges, pharmacies, and medical imaging facilities. Additionally, electronic health information is transmitted to patient portals, mobile devices, the cloud and between systems via interfaces. Health care organizations must ensure that measures are in place to protect the confidentiality, availability, and integrity of this important health care asset. 

* Must register on-site; online registrations have closed.
CHIA is Seeking Volunteers for 2019-2020
Whether you are a new or seasoned volunteer, we need you! Your involvement is essential to build a strong HIM association that provides educational, networking, and leadership opportunities. Your knowledge and support can help guide this important association functions.  

Love to Write? Earn CEUs with an Article in 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.

Publishing original material relevant to HIM in the CHIA Journal is a qualifying activity and authors may earn two continuing education credits. Learn more or submit a article here
RN Link's CDI Specialist Training Course in February
February 16-17, 2019 | 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. 

RN Link is offering a 10% discount to CHIA Members. ​ Learn more and register today !
Latest HIM News Updates
GAO's Latest Report on Patient Matching: It's Still Not Easy
Healthcare IT News; Jan 18, 2019

The whole point of electronic health records is to facilitate the sharing of patient data, but that is still difficult, not just because interoperability hasn't been fully achieved, but also because matching patient records is still not easy to achieve – putting patients at risk for incorrect care and also posing privacy concerns, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office.

The report, titled, "Approaches and Challenges to Electronically Matching Patients' Records across Providers," says there two ways that records are failed to be matched accurately. Read Article.
Electronic Health Records as a GPS for Healthcare
Visual Capitalist; Jan 22, 2019

As patients are bombarded with more choice and information than ever, the burdened health system seems to lack the appropriate support to manage increasing demands for personalized and convenient care.

Today’s infographic comes to us from Publicis Health, and it demonstrates how electronic health records are an important piece in the puzzle to improve experiences for patients and providers alike. See Infographic.
ONC Report to Congress Shows Flawed Health Data Sharing
EHR Intelligence; Jan 9, 2019

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT recently filed a 22-page report to Congress on EHR adoption across the healthcare sector, finding health data sharing and availability is flawed.

The annual progress report to Congress highlights nationwide health IT infrastructure progress around electronic access and the use of health data to improve U.S. healthcare delivery. The latest report released late December covers the timeline between November 2016 and October 2018.

“As of 2015, 96 percent of non-federal acute care hospitals and 78 percent of office-based physicians adopted certified health IT,” the report authors wrote. “The increase in adoption of health IT means most Americans receiving health care services now have their health data recorded electronically.” Read Article.
Attorney General Becerra to Hold Public Forums on California Consumer Privacy Act as Part of Rulemaking Process
Office of the Attorney General

On June 28, 2018, Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 375, now known as the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018. The CCPA grants consumers new rights with respect to the collection of their personal information: a consumer can request that a business disclose what information it collects about the consumer, where it collected the information from, and with whom it has shared the information. Consumers may also request that their personal information be deleted and can opt-out of the sale of their personal information. Businesses are prohibited from discriminating against consumers for exercising their rights under the CCPA.
Participate in Public Forums
The California Attorney General’s Office will hold public forums as part of the CCPA rulemaking process. All members of the public are invited to participate and can RSVP to any of the forums on the RSVP form. Interested persons can also submit comments via email or by mail to the California Department of Justice, ATTN: Privacy Regulations Coordinator, 300 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013. Please note that any information provided is subject to the Public Records Act.

  • Inland Empire/Riverside: Thursday, January 24, 2019
  • Los Angeles: Friday, January 25, 2019
  • Sacramento: Tuesday, February 5, 2019
  • Fresno: Wednesday, February 13, 2019

CHIA Events Calendar
eHIM User Symposium - Operational Best Practices
Tuesday, January 29 - San Diego
Thursday, January 31 - Sacramento

CHIA Volunteers Make a World of Difference
Wednesday, February 6 - Live Webinar

Health Care Compliance and Fraud Updates
Thursday, February 7 - Live Webinar

Two-Day Advanced ICD-10 Coding Workshop
Friday, February 22 - Saturday, February 23 - Irvine

Curiosity Killed the Career - Consequences for Failing to Safeguard PHI
Wednesday, February 27 - Live Webinar

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