January 27, 2021
Continue the COVID Conversation this Friday
You're invited to continue the conversation on Friday, January 29 at 11:00am (PT) and join health information professionals to discuss operational challenges and best practices with COVID vaccine distribution and clinical coding.

Vivian Thomas, RHIA, CHDA, CPHQ, CHPS, CDIP, CPHIMS and Gloryanne Bryant, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, CCDS will provide an open forum to discuss compliance, consent and documentation requirements, information governance, clinical coding and clinical documentation improvement initiatives. This session will touch on what is essential and connect the health information community by sharing best practices amongst one another.

Complimentary event open to CHIA and AHIMA Members.
Community Chat 

Friday, January 29
at 11:00 am (PT)

Registration is required
Understanding Information Blocking
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
Understanding the Requirements and Regulations
by Rita Bowen, MA, RHIA, CHPS, CHPC, SSGB

The 21st Century Cures Act, specifically the Information Blocking Rule and Interoperability, is a complex ruling that organizations must take seriously. Understanding the rule, as well as the technical requirements and the impacts on HIPAA, are vital to reaching and then maintaining compliance, which is required by April 2021.

In order to understand where the rule originated, we must first look at the history of information blocking according to the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC). Complaints received by health IT developers included fees for sending, receiving or exporting electronic health information (EHI), charging for common interfaces and pricing designed to deter connectivity, to name a few. On the other side, complaints against providers included instances of controlling referrals to enhance market dominance and the reference of HIPAA to deny the exchange of EHI. Due to these unsolicited complaints, the ONC decided to release key recommendations in April 2015. Some of these recommendations included constraining standards and implementing specifications, ensuring greater transparency in certified health IT products and services and providing governance rules that deter information blocking. As a result, the 21st Century Cures Act was created. The key objectives include accelerating drug and medical device development, addressing the opioid crisis, improving mental health service delivery and enhancing nationwide interoperability of electronic health records (EHR).
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Join the CHIA Volunteer Team for 2021-22
Volunteer involvement is essential to building a strong association that provides education, networking and leadership opportunities to California's health information professionals.

Volunteering with CHIA will connect you with peers and colleagues, expose you to innovative ideas and provide you with meaningful ways to support the health information community. CHIA offers a wide variety of volunteer opportunities to choose from based on the interests, the type of involvement and time commitment you are looking for.

Learn more about CHIA volunteer opportunities and complete the CHIA Volunteer Questionnaire to let us know of your interest.  

* Committee appointments are July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022
Apply for a CHIA Awards and Scholarship Opportunity
The purpose of the CHIA Awards and Scholarship Fund is to promote the importance of HIM professional credentials, strengthen the HIM profession, promote the value of AHIMA and CHIA membership, identify and engage future leaders, and support HIM-related research. 

  • Student Scholarships - Deadline March 1
  • Certification Exam Fee Reimbursement Program - Deadline February 28
  • Foundation for Active Member Education (FAME) Scholarship
  • HIIM Program Grants - Deadline March 1  
  • Research Support Awards
RN Link's CDI Specialist Training - Discount for CHIA Members
2-Day CDI Online Training: January 16-17, 2021 | February 6-7, 2021
4-Hour Clinical Indicator Guidelines & Coding Review: February 20, 2021
Full-day Basic Training: March 4, 2021 | March 5, 2021

There are enormous needs in the healthcare industry to become a CDI Specialist and assist physicians to accurately document patient encounters 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!
Take the AHIMA Naming Policy Pledge
As health information professionals, we are committed to excellence in the management of health information for the benefit of patients and providers. Patient misidentification continues to jeopardize patient safety, limit and delay data sharing and interoperability, and has an adverse effect on data quality. Today, as a health information professional, I pledge to advocate and educate members and other key stakeholders on the importance of naming policies in our healthcare organizations. I will support, encourage, and educate my fellow health information professionals to implement the following data policies
Latest News & Resources
ONC's Information Blocking FAQs

ONC has issued new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on information blocking, which address certified health IT, electronic health information, interferences, and the “Preventing Harm” exception.

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United States Core Data for Interoperability (USCDI)

ONC released the Draft United States Core Data for Interoperability Version 2 (Draft USCDI v2), the result of wide-ranging public input into the elements that should be included to enhance the interoperability of health data.

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Experts share 2021 digital health predictions

With millions back in stringent lockdowns due to the new rampant coronavirus variant, and the roll-out of a monumental global vaccination programme - it's likely that 2021 will be another seismic year for digital health. Healthcare IT News speaks ...

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Meet our New Director in the January OSHPD Update Video...

Happy New Year, and welcome to the January 2021 news update for the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development. In this episode, we welcome our new Director, Elizabeth Landsberg. She was appointed Director of OSHPD in December 2020 by...

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Health Insurer Pays $5.1 Million to Settle Data Breach...

Excellus Health Plan, Inc. has agreed to pay $5.1 million to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and to implement a corrective action plan to settle potential violations of the Health...

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COVID-19 ICD-10-CM Coding Timeline for Outpatient...

By Mary H. Stanfill, MBI, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, FAHIMA; Pat Maccariella-Hafey, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, CCS-P, CIRCC; Christi LeBlanc, MBA, RHIA; and Janice Noller, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, CICA When COVID-19 emerged in early 2020, new ICD-10-CM codes to identify...

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CHIA Events Calendar
CHIA CONNECT: Community Chat
Friday, January 29 - Complimentary Chat

eHIM Symposium: The Journey Continues: Part 2
Tuesday, February 2 - eLearning Program

PIVOT Tables 101: From Data to Information for Beginners
Tuesday, February 25 - Webinar

CHIA CONNECT: Community Chat
Friday, February 26 - Complimentary Chat

Advanced Coding Workshop: Part 1 CM
Thursday, March 4 - eLearning Program

Advanced Coding Workshop: Part 2 PCS
Thursday, March 11 - eLearning Program

Advanced Coding Workshop: Part 3 Operative Reports
Thursday, March 18 - eLearning Program

Advanced Coding Workshop: Part 4 Case Review
Thursday, March 25 - eLearning Program

Documentation Challenges in the Post-Acute Landscape
Thursday, March 25 - Webinar

CHIA CONNECT: Community Chat
Friday, March 26 - Complimentary Chat

National Denial Trends and Key Strategies for 2021
Tuesday, April 06 - Webinar

PEPPER for the Health Information Professional
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - Webinar