April 24, 2019
CHIA is Seeking Volunteers for 2019-2020
CHIA is still seeking members to fill volunteer roles for the upcoming term, July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020. Member involvement is essential in building a strong association, one that provides optimal educational, networking, resources, and leadership opportunities for members.

Whether you are a new or seasoned volunteer, we need you! Your knowledge and support can help guide this important association functions.  

Share Thoughts and Perspectives with CLA Delegates
Elected delegates from each Component Local Association (CLA) will convene at the House of Delegates (HOD) on Sunday June 9, 2019 at the CHIA Convention & Exhibit in Indian Wells. The HOD provides the opportunity for elected delegates to express the desires of its members and provide direction and support of the CHIA association and HIM profession. In addition to routine association business, the 2019 delegates will provide input into CHIA’s 2020-2022 strategic initiatives.

All CHIA members have the opportunity to express their opinions and suggestions. If you have an idea or perspective, contact your CLA President and share your thoughts. Feedback received by CLA Delegates will be shared during the HOD deliberations and taken into consideration.

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 HIM-related material is a qualifying activity and authors may earn two (2) continuing education credits.
Emerging Professionals Column
HIM students can contribute their work and recent research on HIM-related topics. 
Corporate Corner Column
Devoted exclusively to business developments of CHIA Corporate Partners; such as discussion of the company’s products, services, personnel, and changes. 
Discover Innovation Presentations at the CHIA Convention
June 8 - 12, 2019 • Hyatt Indian Wells, Indian Wells, CA

Discover innovative ideas and strategies for tackling day-to-day issues as leading industry experts discuss challenges facing today’s HIM professionals in beautiful Indian Wells for the 2019 CHIA Convention & Exhibit - Empowering Patients, Breaking Boundaries, and Bridging Gaps.  

Full registration fees start at $445. Register by May 8 and Save!
Learn more and register at Californiahia.org/convention-exhibit  
For full program schedule and descriptions, presenter details, and exhibitor listing,
visit the CHIA Convention Program webpage . For a quick view, check out the
Monday Keynote 
The Power of We: The Rise of 
Collaborative Leadership
Ken Rutkowski
Tech and Business Futurist, Innovator, 
Entrepreneur and Super Connector

Ken will define the traits of leaders of tomorrow, and how we all play a part. Leaders acting as role models make the difference, as it’s all about the power of the “We” not “I”.

Wednesday Leadership Luncheon
Find the Joy and Purpose at Work
Tracy Miller
Motivational Speaker

Tracy will teach her audience how to find happiness every day at work and in their personal lives. Audience members will leave the presentation empowered to make positive changes in their lives.
Monday General Session
Reshaping Health Care: 
Patients as the HIE of One
Deven McGraw, JD, MPH, LLM
Ciitizen Corporation

Tuesday General Session
Driving Workforce Readiness to Include a Consumer Focus
Angela Kennedy, EdD, MBA, RHIA
Commission on Accreditation for Health 
Informatics and Information Management
Wednesday General Session
Consumerism: A Revolution of Going Around in Circles?
Naveen Rao, MHS
Patchwise Labs
Monday & Tuesday
Industry Innovations
Presented by CHIA Corporate Partners 
Innovative tracks that focus on HIM best practices and vendor solutions.
AHIMA News Updates
RHIT to RHIA Proviso: New Eligibility Criteria for the RHIA Exam

The Commission on Certification for Health Informatics and Information Management (CCHIIM) has amended the eligibility criteria to sit for the RHIA certification exam for individuals who hold the RHIT. Individuals who have the RHIT will be eligible for the RHIA exam starting July 1, 2017, through December 31, 2021, if they have received a baccalaureate degree or higher from a regionally-accredited institution or nationally-recognized accreditor (official sealed transcripts must be sent to AHIMA for verification); and received their RHIT credential on or before December 31, 2018; and have complied with the Standards for Maintenance of the RHIT credential.

These time-limited criteria are a provision of the HIM Reimagined initiative, which aims to prepare HIM professionals for the jobs of the future. Learn more here.
Latest HIM News Updates
HHS To Deliver Value-Based Transformation in Primary Care
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; Apr 22, 2019 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma are announcing the CMS Primary Cares Initiative, a new set of payment models that will transform primary care to deliver better value for patients throughout the healthcare system. Building on the lessons learned from and experiences of the previous models, the CMS Primary Cares Initiative will reduce administrative burdens and empower primary care providers to spend more time caring for patients while reducing overall health care costs. The models were developed by the Innovation Center under the leadership of Adam Boehler and are part of Secretary Azar’s value-based transformation initiative. Read More. 
Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Medicare Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and Long Term Acute Care Hospital (LTCH) Prospective Payment System Proposed Rule and Request for Information
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; Apr 23, 2019 

On April 23, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed a rule that focuses the agency’s efforts on a singular objective: transforming the healthcare delivery system through competition and innovation to provide patients with better value and results. The proposed rule would update Medicare payment policies for hospitals under the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and the Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Prospective Payment System (PPS) for fiscal year 2020. 

The proposed policies in the IPPS and LTCH PPS proposed rule would represent historic changes to the way rural hospitals are paid. These policies would support the agency’s priority of “Rethinking Rural Health” and help guarantee people living in rural America have access to high quality, affordable healthcare. The proposals would also help ensure that America continues to have access to a world-class healthcare system with access to potentially life-saving diagnostics and therapies by unleashing innovation in medical technology and removing barriers to competition. Read More
Telehealth, EHR Optimization & More: See the Breakdown of Most-important Trends in Healthcare
Mackenzie Garrity; April 22, 2019

Definitive Healthcare released its 2019 Annual Healthcare Trends Survey, which asked healthcare leaders across biotech, financial services, staffing, life sciences, information technology and consulting sectors to determine the most-important trends in the industry.

Most leaders (25.2 percent) indicated industry consolidation is the most important trend. In 2018, there were 803 mergers and acquisitions and 585 affiliation and partnership announcements. This is only expected to increase in 2019, Definitive Healthcare reports. Read More
CHIA Events Calendar
NCHIA Student Night
Thursday, April 25 - Live Webinar

Cardiology Diagnoses for Coding Professionals
Tuesday, April 30 - Live Webinar

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

NCCI Edits: Are You Bypassing the Road to Compliance?
Tuesday, May 14 - Live Webinar

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