February 19, 2020
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. 

Survey will close Friday, March 6, 2020
Participants who provide their name and email address at the end of the survey will be entered in a drawing to win "Dinner and a Movie" on CHIA.
CHIA Launches New My Account Dashboard
CHIA is excited to announce changes to the CHIA User Login. In an effort to enhance the member experience, CHIA has launched the new My Account Dashboard. This new dashboard provides users with access to their user profile, events, transactions, committees and more.

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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
  • Certification Exam Fee Reimbursement Program - Deadline February 28
  • Foundation for Active Member Education (FAME) Scholarship
  • HIIM Program Grants - Deadline March 1  
  • Research Support Awards

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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 each award category and nominate a colleague today. Deadline March 1
IFHIMA’S Latest Whitepaper Avaiable Now
Provided by Lorraine Fernandes; IFHIMA President, 2019-2022

The International Federation of Health Information Management Associations, IFHIMA, recently released a seminal white paper addressing privacy of health information. The whitepaper, “Privacy of Health Information, an IFHIMA Global Perspective”, discusses historical regulations addressing data privacy, as well as the new General Data Protection Regulation, GDPR. Concepts, challenges, and key priorities for HIM professionals are outlined, as well as five case studies from around the globe. Register here to receive the whitepaper and receive updates from IFHIMA.  
RN Link's CDI Specialist Training - Discount for CHIA Members
March 28-29, 2020 - Online Training  | May 16-17, 2020 - in 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. 

  • 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 AHIMA Updates
AHIMA Publishes Updated Disaster Planning and Recovery Toolkit ; Feb 6, 2020
AHIMA has published an updated Disaster Planning and Recovery Toolkit that contains information on planning, operations, and recovery from various types of disasters.
Changes to CCHIIM Domains - Effective Jan 2020
In 2019, CCHIIM’s (Commission for Certification of Health Informatics and Information Management) Recertification workgroup updated the HIIM domains to reflect current and future workforce competences and incorporate those changes in the 2020 Recertification Guidelines. The 2020 HIIM domains and descriptions are available on the AHIMA Recertification webpage and the AHIMA Recertification Guide (Fall 2019).

New Domains are effective as of January 1, 2020. A 2020 Domain Name Crosswalk is available to map the 2019 Domains to the 2020 Recertification Guide and aid members in selecting the correct domain category within the CEU Center.  
Latest HIM News Updates & Resources
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Summary
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services; Feb 16, 2020

CDC is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and which continues to expand. On February 11, 2020, the World Health Organization named the disease coronavirus disease 2019 (abbreviated “COVID-19”).

Chinese health officials have reported tens of thousands of cases of COVID-19 in China, with the virus reportedly spreading from person-to-person in parts of that country. COVID-19 illnesses, most of them associated with travel from Wuhan, also are being reported in a growing number of international locations, including the United States. Some person-to-person spread of this virus outside China has been detected. The United States reported the first confirmed instance of person-to-person spread with this virus on January 30, 2020. Read More .
How Much Are Health Systems Spending on Social Determinants?
Jacqueline LaPointe; Feb 13, 2020

Health systems are making significant investments in programs that address social determinants of health, such as housing, employment, and food security, according to a new study published in Health Affairs.

In analysis of public announcements of new social determinants of health programs operated by US health systems from Jan. 1, 2017, to Nov. 30, 2019, researchers from New York University uncovered at least a $2.5 billion in investments from 57 health systems that collectively included 917 hospitals. The health system funds were allocated to 78 unique programs launched during that time. Read More .
Largest Study of Sepsis Cases among Medicare Beneficiaries Finds Significant Burden
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services; Feb 14, 2020

U.S. hospitals saw a 40 percent increase in the rate of Medicare beneficiaries hospitalized with sepsis over the past seven years, and in just 2018 had an estimated cost to Medicare of more than $41.5 billion according to an unprecedented study by researchers from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Sepsis is a life-threatening condition caused by the body’s extreme response to an infection. The research team analyzed data from all Medicare beneficiaries from 2012 through 2018. The study included more than 9.5 million inpatient hospital admissions, making this the largest sepsis study based on contemporary Medicare data to be published in the United States. Research team members included the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and collaborators from Acumen LLC of Burlingame, California. The study appears in the journal Critical Care Medicine. Read More
CHIA Events Calendar
Advanced ICD-10 Coding Workshop
Wednesday, February 19 Day 1: CM - Irvine
Thursday, February 20 Day 2: PCS - Irvine

Unique Situations Involving Disclosure of Minors' Mental Health Records
Wednesday, February 26 - Live Webinar

Interventional Radiology: Peripheral Revascularization of the Lower Extremity
Tuesday, March 10 - Live Webinar

Legal Health Records 2020 Update
Tuesday, March 17 - Live Webinar

CHIA Student Chat
Friday, March 20 - Live Webinar

The Shifting Landscape of Digital Technology to Reduce EHR Burnout
Tuesday, April 21 - Live Webinar

Health Record Confidentiality & Release of Information
Tuesday, April 28 - Sacramento
Wednesday, April 29 - Ontario

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