November 29, 2018
Opportunity to Attend AHIMA Advocacy Summit
The CHIA Board of Directors would like to extend the opportunity to join the 2019 California delegation at the 2019 AHIMA Advocacy Summit to three (3) CHIA members. The annual AHIMA Advocacy Summit scheduled for March 25-26, 2019 in Washington DC is a two-day event consisting of one day of seminar type presentations on current health care issues, and a second day visiting Capitol Hill for meetings with members of Congress and/or their staffs. 

The AHIMA Advocacy Summit is a great way to learn about Washington and to have your voice heard on issues of importance to the HIM profession. CHIA members interested in participating in the 2019 AHIMA Advocacy Summit are invited to submit their name by completing the AHIMA Advocacy Summit Questionnaire by Friday, December 7 .

The opportunity to join the 2019 California delegation will be on a first-come first-serve basis. There is no registration fee to attend this AHIMA-sponsored event; travel expenses to attend are estimated to be between $1,000 and $1,500 and are the attendee’s responsibility.

Participate in the CHIA HIM Industry Trends Survey
The CHIA Board of Directors asks for your help. We are updating CHIA’s strategic plan and your input is critical in planning for 2020-2022. It will just take 10 minutes to help CHIA invest in your professional future.  

The HIM Industry Trends Survey consists of 15 statements about important trends you may be observing in health information management (HIM), health care and how you advance in your career. For each of the statements you will be asked to rate the importance of the trend to you in your professional role now and the potential impact of the trend in the years ahead. The survey also allows you to share important trends that we did not cover in the survey.  

Your insights will be invaluable as CHIA sets priorities for the coming years. Thank you in advance for helping us meet your needs and advance HIM in California.  
Become a CHIA Volunteer Today
CHIA is currently seeking volunteers to join these CHIA committees. Whether you are a new or seasoned volunteer, we need you! Your knowledge and support can help guide this important association functions. Consider becoming a CHIA Volunteer today
Editorial Advisory Board
Term: Present - June 2019
Serve as an advisory and peer-review body concerned with the content of the CHIA Journal , inform CHIA membership of activities of the Association and educate its readers in matters pertaining to health information administration and technology.
Legislation and Advocacy Committee
Term: January 2019 - December 2021
Monitor proposed legislation and regulations with potential impacts on the HIM profession. Make recommendations to the CHIA Board to watch, support, support with amendment, or oppose proposed legislation and regulatory changes. Inform CHIA members about relevant legislative and regulatory actions and involve the members in advocating for or against proposals as appropriate. Advocate for HIM issues identified by CHIA/AHIMA as priorities.
Coding Workplace Opinion Survey
University of Texas at Tyler student David Conley has asked CHIA members to participate in a workplace opinion survey, as he is interested in studying medical coding professionals.

This 10-minute survey is completely voluntary, confidential, and anonymous. None of the information collected will be identifiable and will only be used for scholarly purposes. After the survey information is compiled, the study's results will be shared with CHIA members. 

Please take the time to complete this Coding Workplace Opinion Survey .

If you have any questions or concerns, contact David directly at (28) 210-7760, or dconley3@patriots.uttyler.edu or Dr. Gloria Duke, the Director of UT Tyler Center for Ethics at (903) 566-7023, or gduke@uttyler.edu.
CHIA Awards and Scholarship Program Opportunities
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
  • Certification Exam Fee Reimbursement Program - New Exams Offered 
  • Foundation for Active Member Education (FAME) Scholarship
  • HIIM Program Grants  
  • Research Support Awards - New Opportunity 

RN Link's CDI Specialist Training Course in December
December 8-9, 2018 | 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 !
Latest AHIMA News Updates
AHIMA Health Information Relief Operation (HIRO) Fund: Helping HIM Professionals Affected by CA Fires

AHIMA and the AHIMA Foundation express support for the victims of the recent wave of wildfires across California. HIM professionals in areas affected by disasters face a unique challenge as they struggle to piece back together their own lives while working to recover as much of their community’s patient information as possible.

That is why AHIMA, through the AHIMA Foundation, has established the Health Information Relief Operation (HIRO) Fund to assist communities of health information professionals whose personal or professional lives have been severely disrupted by a natural or man-made disaster.

If you’re an HIM professional affected by the California wildfires, find out how the HIRO Fund can help .
Revised Implementation Dates for Recertification Cycle and CEU Reporting Domains
Nov 1, 2018
 
Changes to the recertification timeline and the new CEU domains that were previously announced would be effective on November 1, 2018, have been delayed by the Commission on Certification of Health Informatics and Information Management (CCHIIM) to ensure strategic alignment and an effective, error-free implementation.
 
The previously published information was approved by the CCHIIM and allowed for an individual to report in the CEU Center (starting on November 1) using either the new domains or the existing domains until December 31, 2019. The revised plan will be to use only the new domains starting on January 1, 2020. 
Latest HIM News Updates
Patient Data Reporting (MIRCal): Quick Notes Issue #52
Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development; Nov 29, 2018

OSHPD Patient Data Section (PDS) has published the latest version of Quick Notes as part of our series of technical bulletins and updates on reporting requirements for patient level data to MIRCal. The latest edition, Issue #52, can be viewed here.
New Online Tool Displays Cost Differences for Certain Surgical Procedures
U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; Nov 27, 2018

CMS launched a new online tool that allows consumers to compare Medicare payments and copayments for certain procedures that are performed in both hospital outpatient departments and ambulatory surgical centers. The Procedure Price Lookup tool displays national averages for the amount Medicare pays the hospital or ambulatory surgical center and the national average copayment amount a beneficiary with no Medicare supplemental insurance would pay the provider.

“Price transparency in health care is a priority for the Trump Administration. Working with their clinicians, the Procedure Price Lookup will help patients with Medicare consider potential cost differences when choosing where to have a medical procedure that best meets their needs,” said CMS Administrator Seema Verma. Read More
Securing Telehealth Remote Patient Monitoring Ecosystem - Seeking Public Comment
National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence

We are currently seeking feedback on a draft project description, Securing Telehealth Remote Patient Monitoring Ecosystem. The public comment period is now open and will close on December 21, 2018. Please submit your feedback.

The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence is proposing a project to provide a reference architecture that will address the security and privacy risks for healthcare delivery organizations (HDOs) leveraging telehealth capabilities such as remote patient monitoring (RPM). Learn More. 
CHIA Events Calendar
CPT Update, Risk Adjustment, and Outpatient CDI: What's the Connection?
Tuesday, December 11 - Concord
Wednesday, December 12 - Glendale

Federal & State Telehealth Policy Updates
Wednesday, December 12 - Live Webinar

ICD-10-CM Basics & Fundamentals - Part 2
Tuesday, January 15 - Garden Grove
Thursday, January 17 - Dublin

Governance: The Key to Unlocking the Power of Information
Friday, January 18 - Live Webinar

Best Practices for Implementing the IG Adoption Model
Wednesday, January 23 - Live Webinar

EHR User Symposium
Tuesday, January 29 - San Diego
Thursday, January 31 - Sacramento

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