CHP, CHS, and CHPS Handbook and Online Registration Now Available from AHIMA and HIMSS

Vol. 12 •Issue 19 • Page 14
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CHP, CHS, and CHPS Handbook and Online Registration Now Available from AHIMA and HIMSS

Your link to AHIMA

The Candidate Handbook for the American Health Information Management Association’s (AHIMA) privacy and security credentials, in conjunction with the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), is now available for downloading at: The handbook includes valuable content and eligibility information for the Certified in Healthcare Privacy (CHP), Certified in Healthcare Security (CHS) and Certified in Healthcare Privacy and Security credentials (CHPS). Applicants may register either by U.S. mail or electronically via the Web site at Eligible candidates may sit for the CHP beginning Oct. 15, 2002, and the CHS and CHPS beginning March 2003.

National HI&T Week Planning Kit Available Now

Take time to celebrate your contributions to the health care industry during National Health Information and Technology (HI&T) Week, November 3-9, 2002. This year’s theme is “Unlocking the Power of Professionalism.” HI&T week is an opportunity for you to spread the word about all the beneficial things those of us who work in this field do, and have some fun at the same time. To help you get started with your efforts, visit AHIMA’s Web site at to access your free HI&T Week Planning Kit. AHIMA’s free HI&T Week planning kit includes: a fact sheet; event ideas; information about commemorative merchandise; a press release; a logo sheet; and a presentation on timely topics HIM professionals can adapt and use. Use the kit to make 2002’s HI&T week the most memorable ever.

AHIMA Posts Analysis of FY 2003 DRG Revisions for Hospital Inpatient PPS

An analysis of the final rule regarding FY 2003 revisions to the Medicare hospital inpatient prospective payment system (PPS) has been posted on the AHIMA Web site. This analysis was prepared by AHIMA’s Policy and Government Relations team and covers changes to DRG classifications, add-on payments for new services and technologies, and CMS’ response to AHIMA’s comments. The final rule was published in the Aug. 1, 2002, issue of the Federal Register and takes effect on Oct. 1, 2002. Both the analysis and AHIMA’s comments to CMS in response to the proposed rule can be accessed at:

Credentialed Volunteers Wanted for Exam Construction Committees

AHIMA’s Council on Certification is looking for credentialed volunteers to serve on the following exam construction committees:

RHIA Exam Construction Committee: RHIA Practitioners and HIA Educators from the HIM community are encouraged to apply.

RHIT Exam Construction Committee: RHIT Practitioners and HIA Educators from the HIM community are encouraged to apply.

CCS Exam Construction Committee: CCS practitioners and educators, as well as members of Communities of Practice (CoPs) relevant to coding and coding representatives of the American Medical Association (AMA) are encouraged to apply.

CCS-P Exam Construction Committee: CCS-P practitioners and educators as well as members of CoPs relevant to coding and coding representatives of AMA are encouraged to apply.

For all positions, previous item writing experience is desired although not required. Please send resumes/CVs before Oct. 1, 2002 to: Ron Hanchar, Director of Certification, AHIMA, 233 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 2150, Chicago, IL 60601-5800; or e-mail

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