November 20, 2019
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

Whether you are a new or seasoned volunteer, we need you! 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

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.

Learn more about each award category and submit a nomination for one of these awards:

  • Distinguished Member Award
  • Educator Award
  • HIM Industry Champion Award
  • Literary Award
  • Mentor Award
  • Rising Star Award
  • Volunteer Award

Learn more about the CHIA Recognition Awards, categories, process and previous recipients. Deadline for submitting nominations is March 1 .
CHIA Nominating Committee Announces 2020 Ballot
The CHIA Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the 2020 CHIA Ballot. The CHIA election and online voting will begin on January 13, 2020 and close January 27, 2020. Check out the January-February CHIA Journal and upcoming email bulletins for complete election details. Learn more about the CHIA Leadership Opportunities and consider submitting your name next year for the 2021 CHIA Ballot. 

Congratulations to all of these ballot candidates, and a sincere thank you to those who volunteered and offered their name for consideration.

CHIA President-elect Candidates
Roy Shurtliff, RHIT (NCHIA)
Larry Smith, MHA, RHIA (SCHIA)

CHIA Director Candidates
Kamar Braish, MS, RHIA (GOCHIA)
Daniel Castanon, RHIA (SDHIA)
Monica Thurston, MBA, RHIA (SCHIA)
Victoria Hernandez, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, CCS-P (SVHIA)

CHIA Delegate to AHIMA Candidates
Maria Caban Alizondo, MOL, MLC, RHIT, FAHIMA (SCHIA)
Roberta Baranda, MS, RHIA, CHP (SHIA)
Vilena Bousssarova, MS, RHIA, CCS, CHDA (SDHIA)
Sandy Hames, RHIA, CHP (NCHIA)
Promote High-Quality Documentation across the Continuum of Care at the AHIMA CDI Academy
December 2–4 | Long Beach, CA

AHIMA's CDI Academy is a comprehensive and in-depth program. It covers both inpatient and outpatient documentation best practices to ensure professionals implement industry best practices within their organization and accurately tell every patient's story throughout the continuum of care. In two-and-a-half days, attendees walk through real-life examples and exercises and participate in interactive discussions to drive home essential CDI knowledge and skills. 

Attendees receive lunch, the Clinical Documentation Improvement: Principles and Practices publication, and the on-demand webinar CDI Academy Lesson 1—Introduction to CDI included with registration.  
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.
Latest HIM News Updates
Trump Administration Announces Historic Price Transparency Requirements to Increase Competition and Lower Healthcare Costs for All Americans
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; Nov 15, 2019

As directed by President Trump’s Executive Order on Improving Price and Quality Transparency in American Healthcare, today the Department of Health and Human Services is announcing that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is issuing two rules that take historic steps to increase price transparency to empower patients and increase competition among all hospitals, group health plans and health insurance issuers in the individual and group markets. One of the rules is the Calendar Year (CY) 2020 Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) & Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Price Transparency Requirements for Hospitals to Make Standard Charges Public Final Rule. The second rule is the Transparency in Coverage Proposed Rule. Both the final and proposed rules require that pricing information be made publicly available. Read More
3 Global Health IT Takeaways You Need to Know – Reflections from ONC 3rd Interoperability Forum
Aisha Hasan for The Office of the National Coordinator for Heath Information Technology; Nov 12, 2019

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) engages in several global health IT projects from a United States government perspective. ONC works with global counterparts to share experiences, and ensure alignment between global interoperability efforts and the United States’ approaches to interoperability. This includes working through worldwide partnerships, bi-lateral and multi-lateral engagements, global networks, and memoranda of understanding. Through these engagements, we focus on advancing common health data standards for global interoperability, enhancing individuals’ access to their data, progressing healthcare providers’ experiences, and improving factors associated with transparency and competition.

This past summer, ONC hosted the 3rd Interoperability Forum in Washington DC, where we heard from several global health IT leaders who are working on similar health IT issues in their own countries. This post highlights the insights and resources these leaders provided during the Forum, and is not inclusive of ONC’s complete global health IT efforts. Read More
November OSHPD Update Video Now Available
Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development; Nov 8, 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 November 2019.
Google's Health Care Ambitions Now Involve Thousands of Patient Records
Rachel Lerman for Time; Nov 12, 2019

Google announced a partnership with a large U.S. health care system aimed at modernizing its information system and providing new tools for doctors, in the tech giant’s latest foray into the health industry. Announcement of its arrangement with the Catholic health care system Ascension followed a Wall Street Journal report on Monday that Google had access to thousands of patient health records without doctors’ knowledge.

Both companies stressed that their deal is compliant with federal health-privacy law. Unlike most of the data Google collects on individuals, health data is strictly regulated by the federal government. Read More
Attorney General Seeks Comments for Proposed CCPA Regulations
Office of the Attorney General; Oct 2019

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), enacted in 2018, creates new consumer rights relating to the access to, deletion of, and sharing of personal information that is collected by businesses. It also requires the Attorney General to solicit broad public participation and adopt regulations to further the CCPA’s purposes. The proposed regulations would establish procedures to facilitate consumers’ new rights under the CCPA and provide guidance to businesses for how to comply.

Deadline to Submit Written Comments: December 6, 2019 at 5:00 pm
Any interested party, or their duly authorized representative, may submit written comments regarding the proposed CCPA regulations at the public hearings, by mail, or by email. The Attorney General will only consider comments received by that time. All comments received by the deadline will be posted on our website and are subject to the Public Records Act. Learn More

Public Hearings
The Attorney General will hold four public hearings to provide all interested persons with an opportunity to present statements or comments, either orally or in writing, with respect to the proposed regulations, as follows:

Sacramento - December 2, 2019
Los Angeles - December 3, 2019
San Francisco - December 4, 2019
Fresno - December 5, 2019
CHIA Events Calendar
Managing the Legal Health Record Through Data Integrity,
Management and Provenance
Thursday, November 21 - Live Webinar
HIM and Risk Adjustment Methodologies
Wednesday, December 4 - Live Webinar
  Time to Clear the Confusion: Attorney Misuse of
Patient-Directed Record Requests and How to Cope
Tuesday, December 10 - Live Webinar
2020 CPT Code Set Update
Tuesday, December 17 - Live Webinar
Managing and Preventing Denials in a Clinically-Driven Revenue Cycle
Wednesday, January 15 - Live Webinar
eHIM User Symposium - Operational Best Practices
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