October 28, 2020
Meeting Highlights from the AHIMA20 House of Delegates
The CHIA Delegates to AHIMA participated in the virtual AHIMA20 House of Delegates on October 17, 2020. Review the AHIMA20 HoD Meeting Summary to learn about the discussions and outcomes. 


AHIMA Chief Executive Officer’s Annual Report
Wylecia Wiggs Harris, Ph.D, CAE, AHIMA Chief Executive Officer, provided an update on the activities of AHIMA based on the association’s purpose “to commit to the excellence in the management of health information for the benefits of patients and providers.” Dr Harris also discussed AHIMA’s new platform for online communities, ACCESS, launching in early 2021, as well as updates on the AHIMA Foundation and AHIMA International activities.

Financial Report
The AHIMA Board Treasurer, Jennifer Mueller, MBA, RHIA, FACHE, FAHIMA and AHIMA Vice President of Finance, Breian Meakens, presented a year-to-date report of the financial status of AHIMA.
AHIMA President/Chair Report AHIMA President/Chair Ginna Evans, MBA, RHIA, CPC, CRC, FAHIMA, reviewed the role of the House in strengthening the profession, and the importance of business
intelligence, as well as the activities AHIMA has accomplished related to the AHIMA Strategic Plan.

Strategic Pathfinders Sessions
Six breakout sessions were held for Delegates to attend and react to assumptions on the future of health information topics and help inform AHIMA’s future through management of health information.

Call to Action Sessions
Two Call to Actions Sessions were held:
  1. Professional Enhancement Campaign and Advocating for the Profession: Delegates furthered their understanding of the professional enhancement campaign and the tools available and learned how they can be champions of and spokespeople for the campaign in their communities so that they are equipped to train members. Delegates shared their personal brand narrative on the State Leaders and House of Delegates Community.
  2. Patient Matching Naming Policy: Delegates gained knowledge on the recommended naming policy, why it is important, and how to champion it within their CSAs for education and organizational adoption. Delegates took the AHIMA Naming Policy Pledge.

Read the full AHIMA20 HoD Meeting Summary to learn more.
Call for CHIACON21 Proposals
CHIACON21 is going virtual! With the success of the virtual CHIACON20 and uncertainty surrounding in-person events, the CHIA Board has decided to hold CHIACON21 virtually on June 14 - 16, 2021. 

CHIA is seeking dynamic CHIACON21 presenters to develop health information professionals and advocate for practice excellence with timely and innovative presentations that share CHIA’s vision “Improved Health Through Trusted Information.” Proposals should offer practical approaches and solutions while stimulating new ideas, greater understanding of new systems and applications, current issues and best practices.

Consider joining us for this innovative opportunity and submit a CHIACON21 Proposal today. 

CHIACON21 Proposals are being accepted thru November 13, 2020
CHIA CONNECT: Community Chat on Fri, Oct 30
Compliance with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) Information Blocking rule begins November 2, 2020. The ONC final rule has several operational challenges for health information professionals and how they protect, change, and collect health information. Health Information professionals have an important role to play in ensuring healthcare organizations meet these new regulations and requirements. 

Join us on Friday, October 30 for a conversation with Debi Primeau, CHIA Past President, and President, Primeau Consulting Group, who will provide a brief overview of the 21st Century Cures Act and guide us in a discussion on how to prepare your organization to ensure compliance.
Community Chat

Monthly chats on the last Friday at 11 am (PT)

This complimentary event is open to CHIA and AHIMA Members.

Registration is required
Purchase a CHIACON20 Package & Save 30%
Did you miss CHIACON20 or want to receive more education from this first-class learning experience?

Use discount code SAVE30-CON20 and save 30% on any CHIACON20 package purchased now thru November 15, 2020. Limited 1 per person. Not applicable to previous purchases.

With multiple CEU packages and pricing rates available, there is a CHIACON20 option to fit any budget and need.
It's Not Too Late! Join the Confidentiality eLearning Program
The Confidentiality seminar traditionally held every November has pivoted to a LIVE virtual program, offering live and on-demand access for 60-days. Divided into four (4) parts, this eLearning Program is designed to inform and update health information professionals and interested others about the legal rules governing the protection and disclosure of health information in California.

Healthcare providers in California are subject to broad and complex requirements ranging from the HIPAA privacy rules and CMIA, to special laws governing psychiatric, substance use disorder and HIV information. Legal experts will assist attendees in identifying and understanding the various rules and appreciating how they work together.

Join this innovative learning opportunity and gain a framework for dealing with issues concerning the maintenance, retention and release of patient information. 

Approved for 6 CEUs

To attend the live program, registrations must be received two (2) business days prior to event date
Part 1:
General Information
Held live October 28

Part 2:
Patient Rights
Wednesday, November 4

Part 3:
Special Health Information, Access to Minors, Disclosure of Security Breaches
**Thursday, November 12

Part 4:
Current Trends, Challenges, Hot Topics and Q/A Forum
Wednesday, November 18

**Date adjusted due to holiday
Group Registration Discount - NEW!

Groups of five (5) or more employees are eligible for a discount
when registering at the same time, for the same eLearning Program.
For group registrations, complete the eLearning Program Order Form
CHIA Recognition Award Nominations - Due March 1
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.

Learn more about the CHIA Recognition Awards, categories, process and previous CHIA Recognition Award recipients. Deadline for submitting nominations is March 1.

  • Distinguished Member Award
  • Educator Award
  • HIM Industry Champion Award
  • Literary Award
  • Mentor Award
  • Rising Star Award
  • Volunteer Award
RN Link's CDI Specialist Training - Discount for CHIA Members
Basic CDI Training | November 7-8, 2020 - 8am to 4:30pm
Seasoned CDI Training with CMS 2021 updates | November 14, 2020 - 8:30am-12:30pm OR 1:00pm-5:00pm; two sessions being offered 

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!
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CHIA Events Calendar
Confidentiality: Releasing and Protecting Health Information – Part 1 of 4
Wednesday, October 28 - eLearning Program

CHIA CONNECT: Community Chat
Friday, October 30 - Complimentary Chat

Confidentiality: Releasing and Protecting Health Information – Part 2 of 4
Wednesday, November 4 - eLearning Program

Confidentiality: Releasing and Protecting Health Information – Part 3 of 4
Thursday, November 12 * - eLearning Program

Telehealth Coding, Billing and Reimbursement: CMS Rules During PHE
Tuesday, November 17 - Webinar

Confidentiality: Releasing and Protecting Health Information – Part 4 of 4
Wednesday, November 18 - eLearning Program

CHIA CONNECT: Community Chat
Friday, November 20 * - Complimentary Chat

A Study of the January 1 CPT Updates
Thursday, December 10 - Webinar

Evaluating and Managing the Learning Curve for 2021: Changes to E/M Codes
Thursday, December 17 - Webinar

CHIA CONNECT: Community Chat
Friday, December 18 * - Complimentary Chat

*Adjusted due to holiday schedule