December 18, 2019
Patient ID Congressional Update
As Congress moves towards passing its spending package this week, AHIMA wanted to provide a brief update on their patient identification efforts in Congress. 
Unfortunately, the final spending package maintains the archaic unique patient identifier (UPI) ban. However, AHIMA leaders are pleased by the inclusion of report language that among other things, directs to Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) to issue a report within one year that evaluates the effectiveness of current patient matching methods and recommends actions that increase the likelihood of an accurate match of patients to their health data. The full report language can be viewed here

AHIMA believes the language will continue to help propel this issue forward. AHIMA also firmly believes that more progress on this issue has been made in the past year than in the last 20 years and that is in part to the health information community's continued grassroots efforts on this crucial issue. A couple of stats to think about as we head into the New Year:
  • Over 196 Hill visits were made by AHIMA members to discuss patient identification
  • Over 1,200 AHIMA members contacted their elected officials about patient ID
  • Approximately 3,500 emails and phone calls were made to Capitol Hill by AHIMA members on patient ID
Patient identification is about enhancing data integrity and improving patient safety — this is will continue to be a priority for AHIMA. 
PEPPER Resources Available
The RELI Group, along with its partners TMF Health Quality Institute and CGS, is contracted with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to develop, produce and disseminate provider-specific comparative data reports, referred to as the Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Report, or PEPPER. PEPPER summarizes one provider’s Medicare claims data statistics and provides comparative data with the state, jurisdiction and nation. Providers can review the PEPPER to evaluate their statistics and determine whether they should take any actions, such as reviewing records to ensure the care provided was necessary, and that documentation supports the diagnosis codes and services billed. 

PEPPER is available for the following provider types:
  • Short-term acute care hospitals (developed in 2002),
  • Long-term acute care hospitals (developed in 2005),
  • Critical access hospitals, inpatient psychiatric facilities and inpatient rehabilitation facilities (developed in 2011),  
  • Hospices and partial hospitalization programs (developed in 2012), 
  • Skilled nursing facilities (developed in 2013), and
  • Home health agencies (developed in 2015). 

Visit for more information on PEPPER, including sample reports, user’s guides, recorded training sessions and national-level comparative data. View the PEPPER distribution schedule and information on how to get your organization’s PEPPER. 
CHIA Webinars on Demand for the Busy HIM Professional
CHIA understands the busy demands of health information professionals today, and has the convenient solution for those who want to stay connected to HIM education and earn continuing education.  

CHIA Webinars on Demand is the complete package, consisting of the recorded webinar presentation, handout and CEUs. View all CHIA Webinars on Demand, including these latest additions:

  • Attorney Misuse of Patient-Directed Record Requests and How to Cope (1 CEU)
  • HIM and Risk Adjustment Methodologies (1)
  • Managing the Legal Health Record Through Data Integrity, Management and Provenance (1.5 CEUs)
  • ICD-11: What HIM Professionals Can Expect (1.5 CEUs)
  • Surgical Complication, or Not, That is the Question (1 CEU)
  • Diaries of a Professional Fee Coding Compliance Auditor (1 CEU)
  • The Next Generation in Quality Improvement: eCQMs (1 CEU)
  • Chargemaster Essentials 2019 (1 CEU)
  • The Patient-Driven Payment Model and ICD-10 (1 CEU)
Pay It Forward: Make It a Season of Giving
As the holiday season approaches and a new year is on the horizon, consider making this a season of giving and paying it forward. This time of year embodies thankfulness, kindness and community. Giving back is a vital component for any community and can have long-lasting benefits for all. 

Are you looking for ways to give back to the health information community this season? Consider paying it forward with these CHIA opportunities: 
Donate to the CHIA Awards and Scholarship Fund

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. This fund is made possible through the generous contributions of CHIA members, Corporate Partners, vendor contributions and other HIM professionals. Please consider making a contribution today .
Become a CHIA Volunteer

Volunteers are essential to build a strong HIM association that provides education, networking and leadership opportunities. Your knowledge and support can help guide this important association functions.  

Learn more about CHIA volunteer opportunities and complete the CHIA Volunteer Questionnaire to get involved today.  
Apply for a CHIA Awards and Scholarship Opportunity
The purpose of the CHIA Awards and Scholarship Fund 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

RN Link's CDI Specialist Training - Discount for CHIA Members
February 15-16, 2020 in Glendale, CA
Registration closes on February 1

March 28-29, 2020 in Orange County Location TBD
Registration closes on March 14

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!
 Southern California Healthcare Innovation Summit
February 4-5, 2020
Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine, San Diego, CA

Join top executives, physicians, practice management and health care decision makers from North America’s leading provider organizations and physician practices for a two-day executive Summit. Healthcare Innovation has developed a concise program where leading health care 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. In San Diego, a nationally leading market for managed care innovation, speakers and panelists will delve into a host of topics around payer-provider data-sharing, the most innovative approaches to care management across populations, and the lessons being learned around revenue cycle management and IT governance, as patient care organization leaders move their organizations into the emerging health care system. Learn more and see the full agenda.

CHIA members and vendors may be eligible for a complimentary or discounted registration . Use the discount codes when registering; Members: CHIACOMP / Vendors: CHIA50
Register Now: 2020 Advocacy Summit
March 23-24 | Washington DC
Registration is now open for AHIMA's Advocacy Summit , a two-day event focusing on advocacy and public policy issues linked to AHIMA's mission and vision in Washington, DC. Join us March 23-24 for AHIMA's Public Policy Institute and Capitol Hill visits. You'll hear from federal officials and other stakeholders in DC about ongoing public policy work impacting the HIM profession and have an opportunity to meet with your congressional representatives and advocate on behalf of the HIM profession. Register now
Latest HIM News Updates
New ICD-10-CM Code for Vaping-related Disorder to be Implemented April 1, 2020
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Dec 9, 2019

In response to the recent occurrences of vaping related disorders and in consultation with the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, the WHO Family of International Classifications (WHOFIC) Network Classification and Statistics Advisory Committee (CSAC) was convened to discuss a diagnosis code for vaping related illness for immediate use. As a result of this meeting, a new International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) emergency code has been established by WHO. The code became valid for immediate use as of September 24, 2019. U07.0, Vaping-related disorder
December OSHPD Update News Video is Now Available
Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development; Dec 10, 2019
Find out what’s new and exciting here at the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) with our OSHPD Update video for December 2019.

As we close out the year, we highlight our new Data & Reports overview video, let you know another loan repayment program is accepting applications for physicians and surgeons, and we welcome new members to one of our boards. Learn about these events and much more in our December OSHPD Update Video!
7 Healthcare Revenue Cycle “Unicorns” Disrupting the Market
Jacqueline LaPointe; Dec 13, 2019

Provider organizations have many options when it comes to selecting a healthcare revenue cycle management solution. The market for such technology is rapidly growing, but some vendors are standing out for their unique approach to tackling revenue cycle management challenges, KLAS recently reported.

In a new report, the research foundation used a different strategy for examining healthcare revenue cycle technologies, opting to look at solutions that don’t fit into the traditional healthcare revenue cycle management market segment. Read Article .
CHIA Events Calendar
Social Determinants of Health: Time to Initiate Data Capture with ICD-10-CM
Thursday, January 9 - Live Webinar  

Managing and Preventing Denials in a Clinically-Driven Revenue Cycle
Wednesday, January 15 - Live Webinar
eHIM Operational Best Practices: The Road to Health Information Integrity
Tuesday, January 28 - Los Angeles
Thursday, January 30 - Sacramento
Operationalizing Information Governance: Beyond the Definition
Tuesday, February 4 - Live Webinar

CHIA Volunteer's Make a Difference
Wednesday, February 19 - Live Webinar
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

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