February 20, 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

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
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.

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 exclusively to business 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.

AHIMA News Updates
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’s Proposed Rule will Connect People to their Care
Don Rucker MD for The Office of the national Coordinator of HIT; February 11, 2019

Today, I am pleased to announce the release of ONC’s proposed rule to implement provisions in Title IV of the 21st Century Cures Act (Cures Act). We also released a series of educational resources that focus on areas of the rule—including patient access, information blocking, the new conditions of certification, and the role application programming interfaces (API) will play in the new health information technology (health IT) landscape created by the Cures Act. Over the next few weeks, we will hold several public webinars that share more about the proposed rule.

Let’s talk a bit about that API world and what it means for the people of this nation. The American public is awash in software apps. During my subway commute, at least half of my fellow riders are engrossed in their smartphones. I’m guessing only a few of them have apps that allow them to engage in their healthcare. What will it take to get patient-focused apps that help us manage health and care on our smartphones? Read Notice.
Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Create Public-Private Cyberworkforce Exchange
Sarah Sheber for Journal of AHIMA; Feb 15, 2019

Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) introduced the “Cyber Security Exchange Act” on Monday, aimed at bringing more cybersecurity experts to the federal workforce, according to The Hill. The bipartisan legislation would create an exchange program that would allow cybersecurity experts at private firms or in academic roles to work for federal agencies for up to two years, while federal workers in turn would have the opportunity to work in the private sector as a way to brush up on the latest in cybersecurity practices.

While the recent government shutdown further spread cybersecurity resources thin, the struggle to address the cybersecurity worker shortage in the federal government is not new. With this bill, Klobuchar and Thune seek to address the need for an improved approach to cybersecurity at the federal level. “Our country’s cybersecurity should be a top priority, but currently, our government needs additional cyber security experts to ensure we are not vulnerable to attacks from adversaries and cybercriminals,” Klobuchar said in a statement. Read Article.
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

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

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