February 27, 2019
Participate in the Annual CHIA Member Survey
The opinions and perceptions of CHIA members are important! The results of the annual CHIA Member Survey will help the CHIA Board of Directors identify the programs and services that are the most important to members. The survey will take only a few minutes of your time and your valuable input is greatly appreciated. 

Participants who provide their name and email address will be entered into a drawing to win a complimentary registration to a CHIA seminar of your choice. 

Survey will close Friday, March 1, 2019

CHIA Student Scholarships & Grants - March 1 Deadline
The CHIA Awards and Scholarship Fund offers CHIA Student and Active members, and California’s CAHIIM-accredited programs a variety of scholarships, awards, and grants. The purpose of these programs 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  
Awards students seeking to become a HIM professional and currently enrolled in a CAHIIM-accredited HIT/HIM program; and members seeking to advance their HIM careers by pursuing a specialty HIM credential or postgraduate degree in a HIM-related field.

Eligibility Criteria:
  • CHIA Student or Active member,
  • Enrolled in CAHIIM-accredited HIA, HIT or HIM Master’s Degree program and completed a minimum 50% of program curriculum, and
  • Must not have received a Student Scholarship at any time previously.

HIIM Program Grants - Deadline March 1 
Awarded to Health Information, Health Informatics, and Health Information Technology programs to support improvements in teaching and learning to help meet special needs of these programs in California.

Eligibility Criteria:
  • Any CAHIIM-accredited program within the state of California is eligible.

Nominate a Colleague for a CHIA Recognition Award
The CHIA Recognition Awards recognize those who make a difference in the HIM profession, and honor exemplary service, reward contributions that build the HIM knowledge base, recognize excellence in preparing future HIM professionals, and encourage new talent and leadership. For more information about this award, categories, and the process, visit CaliforniaHIA.org/chia-recognition-awards

Deadline for submitting nominations is March 1 .

Learn more about each award category and nominate a colleague for one of these awards:

  • Distinguished Member Award
  • Educator Award
  • HIM Industry Champion Award
  • Literary Award
  • Mentor Award
  • Rising Star Award
  • Volunteer Award
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 material relevant to HIM is a qualifying activity and authors may earn two (2) continuing education credits.
The Emerging Professionals column highlights emerging professionals across California who have completed recent research on HIM-related topics.
The Corporate Corner column is devoted to developments of CHIA Corporate Partners; such as discussion of the company’s products, services, personnel, and changes. 
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.  

San Diego Health IT Summit April 23-24, 2019
CHIA is partnering with the Health IT Summit to offer complimentary passes to CHIA members . Use code CHIACOMP when registering.

Join top executives, physicians, practice management and IT decision makers from North America’s leading provider organizations and physician practices in San Diego, CA for a two-day executive Health IT Summit. We've developed a concise program where leading healthcare thought leaders interact with their fellow executives and solution providers to discuss the latest strategies and tactics to address a wide range of issues and topics, including: data security, population health, data analytics, accountable care, telemedicine, and more. This exclusive, high-level program is a great opportunity to stay ahead of the challenges we all face and to network with other healthcare leaders and colleagues.

RN Link's CDI Specialist Training Course in May
May 4-5, 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 !
AHIMA News Updates
Celebrate the 30th Annual HIP Week, March 24-30, 2019!

You’re invited to join the celebration and be recognized for your contributions to the HIM profession during the 30th annual Health Information Professionals Week (HIP) Week, which coincides with AHIMA’s Hill Day, where AHIMA members come together on Capitol Hill to advance the health information profession. HIP Week is a great opportunity for professionals to showcase the benefits of their profession, and collectively work to lead the way in health information. Help spread our message with pride by participating in HIP Week and using #HIPWeek19 in your social posts!

CEE Approves 2018 AHIMA HIM Curricula Competencies 
Jan 24, 2019

In response to the HIM Reimagined (HIMR) initiative to build a framework for health information management (HIM) transformation and position professionals for the future, the Council for Excellence in Education (CEE) Curricula Workgroup developed the 2018 AHIMA Health Information Management Curricula Competencies. The new curricula competencies address HIMR recommendation #3: "Increase the opportunities for specialization across all levels of the HIM academic spectrum through curricula revision, while retaining a broad foundation in HIM and analytics." 
The draft competencies were released in June 2018 with an open comment period that closed on September 14. The CEE Curricula Workgroup analyzed the feedback to revise and finalize the draft competencies. The CEE approved the final 2018 HIM Curricula Competencies in December and they were shared with CAHIIM and CCHIIM to pursue next steps under the recommendation. Review the curricula competencies and related resources.
Latest HIM News Updates
ONC Happenings in Health IT

In July 2017, the Office of the National Health Coordinator (ONC) found that while more health information is available to patients electronically, patients and caregivers are burdened by non-interoperable systems and face hurdles obtaining the health information they need electronically, seamlessly, and conveniently. To learn more about the challenges patients face in the records request process, check out ONC’s report Improving the Health Records Request Process for Patients: Insights from User Experience Research

In April 2018, ONC launched a new consumer-facing interactive online resource, the Guide to Getting & Using Your Health Records, to improve patients’ access to their electronic health information. According to recent data, almost half of individuals nationwide were not offered access to their health information by a health care provider or insurer. The guide was developed in partnership with the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and shows patients, parents, and caregivers how obtain a copy of their or a loved one’s health record, check it for accuracy, and use it to better manage their health and their care.
Register for First Webinar on ONC Proposed Rule

ONC will host its first informational webinar to provide further details on the recently proposed rule and to answer general questions. The proposed rule is designed to increase innovation and competition by giving patients and their healthcare providers secure access to health information and to new tools, allowing for more choice in care and treatment.

The webinar will be held on February 28, 2019 at 2pm ET. Learn more and register.
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.

  • Stanford; March 5, 2019 - Newly Added Location

Consumer Health Information is Increasingly at Risk, Groups Tell Congress
Greg Slabodkin; Feb 27 2019

Americans are facing a growing threat to their privacy as their online activities are closely monitored and used to reveal increasingly personal information, including potential details about their state of health.

Sensitive information and changes in daily habits are tracked and sold to third party data mining companies and marketers, according to Brandi Collins-Dexter, a senior campaign director at the Color of Change, the nation’s largest online civil rights organization.

“Internet Service Providers and third party analytics partners can track the times when someone goes online, the sites visited and the physical location,” testified Collins-Dexter on Tuesday before a House subcommittee hearing. “Visits to a doctor’s website or to a prescription refill page could allow the ISP, platform or a data broker partner to infer someone in the household has a specific medical condition.” Read Article
CHIA Events Calendar
Curiosity Killed the Career - Consequences for Failing to Safeguard PHI
Wednesday, February 27 - Live Webinar

Student Open Forum with CHIA President
Wednesday, March 20 - Live Webinar

Getting Up to Speed with Social Media
Thursday, March 21 - Live Webinar

Celebrate HIP Week: CHIA Professionals Share Their Experiences
Thursday, March 28 - Live Webinar

Health Record Confidentiality & ROI
Wednesday, April 3 - Sacramento
Thursday, April 4 - Ontario

Overcoming the Hurdles in Patient Access to Medical Records
Wednesday, April 10 - Live Webinar

Ins and Outs of Diabetic ICD-10-CM Coding
Tuesday, April 16 - Live Webinar

E-Commerce: The Effects on ROI & Audit Requests
Tuesday, April 23 - Live Webinar

National CC/MCC Capture Rate & Case Mix Index Trend Study
Wednesday, May 8 - Live Webinar

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