July 17, 2019
Support CHIA and Vote in the AHIMA Election
The 2019 AHIMA Election is underway. Currently 2.22% of the membership has cast their vote. We encourage you to vote on or before the Monday, July 22 at 5 pm (CT) deadline, and contact your colleagues to cast their vote. Let’s increase the voter turnout this year and make history.  

Don't miss your chance to vote for the next leaders of the AHIMA Board of Directors, the Commission on Certification for Health Informatics and Information Management (CCHIIM), and the Council for Excellence in Education (CEE). Cast your vote today!

CHIA member Debra L. Hamada, MA, RHIA is on the ballot for CEE Council Member. Support Debra Hamada, as well as the other candidates by voting.

Go to AHIMA Membership and Business Community in Engage, AHIMA Election – 2019 for more information on the candidates, check out candidate videos at AHIMAonDEMAND, or read about the candidates in the July/August Issue of Journal of AHIMA, pages 28-35.
Call for CHIACON20 Presentations
Become one of CHIA’s content leaders at the 2020 CHIA Convention & Exhibit. Share your knowledge and expertise as we explore Expanding HIM Horizons: Excellence in Health Information Integrity.

CHIA is currently accepting presentation proposals for the upcoming 2020 CHIA Convention & Exhibit in Riverside, California on June 13 - June 17. With hundreds of HIM professionals in attendance, don’t miss this exciting opportunity to present at the most popular HIM event on the West Coast.

  • General & Keynote Sessions: Engaging presentations for a wider base of interest and application.
  • Track Sessions: Programs on specific topics, applications, and learning track themes.
  • Tutorials: Half/full day sessions on specific topics and/or exam preps in small-group settings .
  • Industry Innovations: Presented by CHIA Corporate Partners and highlighting HIM best practices and vendor solutions.

Convention proposals due October 7 for consideration.
Health IT Summit in September - Discount for CHIA Members
September 19-20, 2019
Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills
Fuel your Passion. Transform Healthcare.

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 Los Angeles, CA for a two-day executive Health IT Summit. We've 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, 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 health care leaders and colleagues.
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 HIM-related material is a qualifying activity and authors may earn two (2) continuing education credits.
Emerging Professionals Column
HIM students can contribute their work and recent research on HIM-related topics. 
Corporate Corner Column
Devoted exclusively to business developments of CHIA Corporate Partners; company’s products, services, personnel, and changes. 
RN Link's CDI Specialist Training - Discount for CHIA Members
October 19-20, 2019 in Glendale
Last day to register is September 18

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 HIM News Updates
Data Breach Exposes Information of Thousands of Patients in L.A. County
Soumya Karlamangla for Los Angeles Times; Jul 9, 2019

The personal information of thousands of patients who have received medical care through Los Angeles County’s hospitals and clinics was exposed in a data breach, officials said Tuesday. The Nemadji Research Corp., which contracts with the L.A. County Department of Health Services, fell victim to a phishing attack earlier this year that allowed outside access to medical information for 14,591 patients.

The data that was exposed includes patient names, addresses, dates of birth, medical record numbers and Medi-Cal identification numbers. Two patients’ Social Security numbers were also revealed, officials said. Read More .
CMS Rules Put Patients First Updating Requirements for Arbitration Agreements and New Regulations That Put Patients Over Paperwork
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; Jul 16, 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced two rules – one proposed and one final – that emphasize the agency’s commitment to ensuring safety and quality in nursing homes. These rules are components of the agency’s five-part approach to ensuring a high-quality long term care (LTC) facility system, which Administrator Seema Verma announced in April. Administrator Verma’s approach includes strengthening requirements for LTC facilities, also known as nursing homes, working with states to enforce statutory and regulatory requirements, increasing transparency of nursing home performance, improving quality, and putting patient safety first by removing unnecessary burdens on providers. In addition to protecting patients and reducing burdens, the rule helps nursing homes focus their resources on their residents by saving them $616 million in administrative costs annually that can be reinvested in patient care. Read More
Get the Latest News With the July OSHPD Update Video
Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development; Jul 2, 2019

Our July 2019 OSHPD Update video offers information on public meetings, loan repayment programs and more.
CHIA Events Calendar
The Patient-Driven Payment Model and ICD-10
Thursday, August 29 - Live Webinar

FY2020 ICD-10-CM/PCS Update
Tuesday, September 24 - Ontario
Thursday, September 26 - Dublin

The Next Generation in Quality Improvement: eCQMs
Thursday, September 26 - Live Webinar

Diaries of a Professional Fee Coding Compliance Auditor
Tuesday, October 8 - Live Webinar

CHIA Student Chat
Thursday, October 8 - Live Webinar

Confidentiality and the ROI in California
Wednesday, November 13 - Garden Grove
Thursday, November 14 - Pleasanton