April 1, 2020
On National Walking Day, Walk Through COVID-19
with the HIM Community
Message From CHIA Executive Director/CEO

This morning an email came across my desk from CHIA member Gloryanne Bryant, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, CCDS, reminding me that today is National Walking Day. For those of you (like me) who may not have been aware of this annual event, I learned that National Walking Day is observed on the first Wednesday in April. It is a day to celebrate the easiest way to be the healthiest version of yourself – take a walk! Abiding by shelter-in-place and social distancing restrictions, early this morning, I walked my dog within the boundaries of my community.

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation progresses, the CHIA Board of Directors and CHIA staff continues to reflect upon how to best support the health information management (HIM) community during this uncertain time. In the spirit of “walking” we continue to take one-step-at-a-time and follow the advice and guidelines offered by AHIMA, the California Department of Public Health, the California Society of Association Executives and the CA Governor’s Office. One of our top priorities is to support you in staying connected and providing practical resources. Visit CHIA’s website for COVID-19 resources related to HIM professionals.

CHIA has launched a series of virtual events to connect the HIM community. CHIA invites HIM professionals to a weekly HIM Community Chat to share operational challenges and best practices that are working for you as you walk through navigating new approaches to delivering HIM services during the COVID-19 crises. Also scheduled is a webinar on Coding for COVID-19: Guidelines, New Codes and Resources. Visit the CHIA Events Calendar to register and learn more. 
CHIA HIM Community Chat:
COVID-19 Operational Challenges & Best Practices
Fridays, thru April 12 | 11:00 AM (PT)

Share operational challenges and best practices that have worked for your department and/or organization with the COVID-19 crisis. This complimentary event is open to CHIA and AHIMA Members.
Coding For COVID-19: Guidelines, New Codes and Resources
Thursday, April 9, 2020 | 11:30 AM (PT)

2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has brought an influx of patients being admitted to the health care system. While diagnoses and treat of these patients is important, the ability to accurately capture this data by health information professionals is also vital.
Catalyze, Connect and Partner
with the HIM Community at CHIACON20
June 14 - 17, 2020 | Riverside, California
Join CHIA in historic and vibrant downtown Riverside for CHIACON20. HIM professionals from across the state will be coming together to experience learning in innovative ways that will translate into real-world solutions and be embraced long after they leave. Broaden your knowledge in this dynamic educational environment by participating in Expanding HIM Horizons: Excellence in Health Information Integrity .  

Enjoy an array of conference highlights:

  • Over 40 educational sessions – earn up to 19.5 CEU’s 
  • 45-minute Industry Innovation presentations 
  • Four roundtable sessions promoting thought-leading discussion addressing today’s HIM challenges and prospective solutions
  • Nine hours of Exhibit Hall access featuring state-of-the-art solutions and services 
  • Engagement with HIM professionals from across California
  • And More!

Full registration fees start at $445. Register by May 14 and Save!
For program schedule and descriptions, presenters and exhibitors visit the CHIACON20 Program webpage or view the CHIACON Schedule At-a-Glance
CHIA is offering a “ hold my place ” option for upcoming events . Registration for these events will not require payment at the time of registration. An invoice will be created for the applicable amount and posted to the user profile within 1-5 business days. Payment will be due once the event is confirmed.
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RN Link's CDI Specialist Training - Discount for CHIA Members
April 18-19 - Online Training | April 25-26 - Online Training
May 16-17, 2020 - in Glendale, CA

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. 

  • Day 1: Overview of CDI lingo, coding guidelines, PRE-MDC, MDC 1 through MDC 7 with case studies.
  • Day 2: Completion of MDC 8 through 25 and "The Mall." Case studies, major disease topics, clinical indicators discussed for the most common query opportunities.  

RN Link is offering a 10% discount to CHIA Members. ​ Learn more and register today!
Latest HIM News Updates & Resources
Point of Origin and Discharge Status Codes for Designated Disaster Alternate Care Sites
American Hospital Association: National Uniform Billing Committee; Mar 30, 2020 

For claims involving patients transferred to or originating from designated disaster alternate care sites, the following codes are applicable:

  • Point of Origin Code 6 --Transfer from another Health Care Facility (not defined elsewhere in this code list)
  • Patient Status Code 69 - Discharged/transferred to a Designated Disaster Alternative Care Site.  

2020 ICD-10-CM - Coding Guidelines for COVID-19
U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; Mar 31, 2020

The 2020 ICD-10-CM files below contain information on the ICD-10-CM updates for FY 2020. These 2020 ICD-10-CM codes are to be used for discharges occurring from October 1, 2019 through September 30, 2020 and for patient encounters occurring from October 1, 2019 through September 30, 2020.

Calling all COVID-19 Health IT Projects
Steven Posnack, M.S., M.H.S. Deputy National Coordinator for Health Information Technology; Mar 30, 2020

Just over four years ago, I announced the launch of the Interoperability Proving Ground (IPG), an open, community platform where you can share, learn, and be inspired by interoperability projects taking place across the nation.

If you’re working on a COVID-19 interoperability project, you will have the ability to share it with your colleagues through the IPG and tag it “COVID-19.” You can also quickly get to COVID-19 tagged projects by clicking this link. Learn More .
CHIA Events Calendar
In the spirit of collaboration and transparency during this unprecedented time, CHIA is offering “HOLD MY PLACE” registration for CHIACON20. Register now and pay later; payment due once event is confirmed.    
Coding For COVID-19: Guidelines, New Codes and Resources
Thursday, April 9, 2020 - Live Webinar
Clearing the Confusion: Court Ruling on the Misuse of Patient-Directed Record Requests
Monday, April 13 - Live Webinar
The Shifting Landscape of Digital Technology to Reduce EHR Burnout
Tuesday, April 21 - Live Webinar
Compliance with PACT: Discharge Disposition Transfer
Tuesday, April 28 - Live Webinar
Health Record Confidentiality & Release of Information
Tuesday, April 28 - Sacramento
Wednesday, April 29 - Ontario

Servant Leadership in the HIM Spectrum
Wednesday, May 06 - Live Webinar
Find Out What’s New in the World of Physician Queries
Wednesday, May 13 - Live Webinar

CHIA Convention & Exhibit
Sunday, June 14 thru Wednesday, June 17 - Riverside