May 24, 2018
Get the FAQs on CHIA Government Structure Proposal
In follow-up to CHIA’s first ever Town Hall meeting on Thursday, May 17, 2017, an expanded CHIA Governance Structure Proposal FAQs document has been prepared incorporating responses to questions raised by CHIA members during the very lively Q&A portion of last week’s Town Hall webinar.

The Town Hall handout, recording, and FAQs is available on the CHIA House of Delegates webpage here.
California Members Took Action on HR 5795
On Thursday, May 17, the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed HR 5795, the Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act. This bill aligns the 42 CFR Part 2 regulation with HIPAA penalties to the Part 2 program to ensure that patients can seek treatment without fear of their information being inappropriately shared.

We want to express our sincere thanks to all those members in California who helped make this happen. We believe the California member participation was extremely helpful as we move into the critical stage of consideration of HR 5795 on the House floor the week of June 11. Stay tuned for additional details.
Faculty Lobby Day for Medical Coding Online College - May 30
Who: Community college faculty opposed to the online college and funding formula
When: May 30 at 9:00am in Sacramento. Lobbying will conclude by 4:00pm.
Where: 1107 Ninth Street, Suite 460, Sacramento CA 95814
Judy A. Bielby clinical assistant professor at the University of Kansas Medical Center School of Health Professions, Health Information Management Program, and a consultant with Durst and Associates stated “the demand for trustworthy data has never been more apparent than it is today, and the coding process plays a critical role in meeting the need for complete, accurate, and reliable healthcare data.” As HIM professionals, we know without a doubt or any hesitation that the background and training, among other factors, will greatly influence the way codes are assigned. 

Our AHIMA Code of Ethics serves seven purposes and one of the most important one is to “Be an advocate for the profession in all settings and participate in activities that promote and explain the mission, values, and principles of the profession to the public.” With this said, it is important for all HIM professionals to stand up and voice the lack of concern for training future coding professionals. While online learning has been beneficial for many who are currently working in the field, it is important for outsiders to understand the stability and in depth learning it requires to maintain a skill such as medical coding - which is not clerical! Content specific knowledge and the ability to comprehend the scientific, pathological, and being detail-oriented, assertive, analytical and technical training which requires more than just a simple plan.

The current HIM and HIT programs that exist in the State of California are already producing medical coding professionals. If the State is seeking support for individuals to enter the profession, why not provide financial support to existing colleges to increase faculty and student resources. Voice your opinion and opposition of the “Online Medical Coding College” and support existing colleges who are adamantly against this creation in the state of California.

Below is the draft agenda:
Meet at CFT’s Big conference room at 9:30 AM on Wednesday, May 30. We will brief and train the participants from 9:30-10:30 AM. Light breakfast and coffee provided. Legislative visits from 10:30-12:00 pm. Lunch on your own from 12-1 pm. Continue legislative visits from 1:30 to 3:30 pm. Check in and debrief back at CFT conference room from 3:30 to 4:00 pm. Adjourn. 
Call for Presenters - CHIA Fall 2018 Cybersecurity Event
2017 smashed the world's record for the most data breaches and exposed protected health information. CHIA is preparing a response by offering a one-day educational symposium in Fall 2018. This symposium is intended to prepare and equip hospital staff involved with health information management and EHR governance.   Submit a presentation proposal here
Latest HIM News Updates
CMS Releases ICD-10-PCS Changes for FY2019
Gloryanne Bryant, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, CCDS, AHIMA-Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer for; May 24, 2018

There will be 392 new PCS codes; eight revision titles; and 216 deleted codes.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released and posted the fiscal year (FY) 2019 ICD-10-PCS (procedural coding system) changes. The files contain information on the ICD-10-PCS updates for FY 2019 that all hospital inpatient coding professionals are to use for discharges occurring from Oct. 1, 2018 through Sept. 30, 2019.

The total number of ICD-10-PCS codes for this current year is 78,705 and for 2019 the total will be 78,881. There will be 392 new codes; eight revision titles; and 216 deleted codes for FY2019.
New Requirements: Mandatory Use of CURES
Medical Board of California; May 13, 2018

The Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES) was certified for statewide use by the Department of Justice (DOJ) on April 2, 2018. Therefore, the mandate to consult CURES prior to prescribing, ordering, administering, or furnishing a Schedule II–IV controlled substance becomes effective on October 2, 2018. Everything you need to know to prepare for October is available in the CURES 2.0 Mandatory Use Flyer

For additional information and frequently asked questions regarding the CURES system, visit the Medical Board's website
ONC and SAMHSA Release Fact Sheets on 42 CFR Part 2: Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Records
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA); May 2, 2018

The US Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) in collaboration with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released two new fact sheets on 42 CFR Part 2: Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records (Part 2) to assist with the application of the Part 2 provisions across different environments, including through electronic health information exchange (HIE) mechanisms and in provider office settings.

“SAMHSA works to connect people who have treatment needs to appropriate resources, and the opioid crisis has only increased the urgency with which we view this topic,” said Dr. Elinore F. McCance-Katz, Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use. “We want to familiarize stakeholders with scenarios pertaining to Part 2 to help eradicate any barrier someone might encounter to either choosing or providing appropriate treatment.”
2019 Regulatory Changes: Get IT Staff Involved Today!
Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, Patient Data Section; May 21, 2018

The Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) Patient Data Section (PDS) has published the latest version of Quick Notes as part of our series of technical bulletins and updates on reporting requirements for patient level data to MIRCal.  
CHIA Events Calendar
CHIA Pre-convention Tutorials
Saturday, June 2 - Sunday June 3 - San Diego

CHIA Convention & Exhibit
Sunday, June 2 - Wednesday, June 6, San Diego

OIG Work Plan & Special Reports: Learning the Risks, Targets & Actions To Take
Tuesday, July 17 - Live Webinar

IG Web Series Part 4: Strategic Alignment – Linking IG to Organization Performance
and Managing the Initiative Through Projects
Friday, July 27 - Live Webinar

Medicare Provider Audits and Probes: Purpose, Action & Response
Thursday , August 2 - Live Webinar

Basics and Fundamentals of ICD-10-CM Coding
Tuesday, August 21 - Garden Grove
Thursday, August 23 - Dublin

IG Web Series Part 5: Return on Investment
Friday, August 24 - Live Webinar