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CHIMA Membership & Continuing Education (CPE) Credits. Coding Quality Task Force Workshop Friday, September 22, 2006 London, Ontario Tamara Stefanits, CCHRA (C) Director, Corporate Services. Mission -Vision -Values Strategic Directions 3 Domains of Practice

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chima membership continuing education cpe credits

CHIMA Membership & Continuing Education (CPE) Credits

Coding Quality Task Force Workshop

Friday, September 22, 2006

London, Ontario

Tamara Stefanits, CCHRA (C)

Director, Corporate Services

presentation outline
Mission -Vision -Values

Strategic Directions

3 Domains of Practice

Name Change (College/Profession)



Academic Changes & Standards


Mandatory CPE Credits


Other Initiatives


Presentation Outline
chima mission vision values

Professionals contributing to health and wellness by leading, promoting and ensuring excellence in information and knowledge management.

CHIMA - “Mission Vision Values”
chima mission vision values cont d

Innovative leaders in health information management.




Ethical conduct


CHIMA- Mission Vision Values cont’d
chima strategic directions
Provide Education Standards and Certification

Increase Provision of Membership Programs and Services

Promote Health Information Management Expertise

Maintain Viability of the Association

CHIMA-Strategic Directions
chima 3 domains of practice

The transition to the electronic health record – the paper, hybrid record, E.H.R.


Data & Data Quality

Data collection; coding and quality assurance

Interpretation and analysis of health data


Patient access to health information

Security and confidentiality

CHIMA – 3 Domains of Practice
association college name
Canadian Health Information Management Association (CHIMA) - 2003

College currently undergoing a name change to become the “ Canadian College of Health Information Management” (CCHIM) -AGM June 2006

The Canadian Health Information Management Association (CHIMA) and the Canadian College of Health Record Administrators (CCHRA)/[“Canadian College of Health Information Management”(CCHIM)] operate as one organization, under the acronym “CHIMA”.

Association & College Name
individual professional name

Health Record Administrator (HRA)

Health Record Technician (HRT)


Health Information Management Professional (HIM Professional)

Individual Professional Name
certification credentialing
Both credentials ( C ) and ( A ) are valid and continue to be recognized

Credential can only be used if:

Member in good standing with CHIMA (Annual dues paid)

Mandatory Credentialing in place

Members not in good standing will be struck from the Register and notified in writing

Certification / Credentialing
national occupational code noc
Our profession categorized in a clerical code #1413 - Records Management /Filing Clerks

CHIMA met with HRSDC in September 05

All reference to coding classification functions and CHIMA have been removed

Temporarily reassigned to #1122 – Professional Occupations in Business Services to Management

National Occupational Code (NOC)
statistics canada census 2006
Census Day - May 16, 2006

Critical to complete the census questions appropriately

Final determination of the HIM professional NOC will be made based on census findings

Statistics Canada Census 2006
academic changes
Diploma and Degree Profession

2 year College (diploma)

4 year degree or 2 + 2

Upon successful completion from a CHIMA-recognized academic institution, qualify to challenge the CHIMA National Certification Exam.

Academic Changes
academic standards
CHIMA & the College through the Council on Education (COE) set the learning outcomes for our profession

Diploma (College) curriculum: LOHIM – Learning Outcomes for Health Information Management

Degree curriculum: Guide to Baccalaureate

Recognition and Re-recognition of Academic Centre’s.

Academic Standards
why be a member
Now more than any other time, HIM Professionals need an organized body to ensure that the interests and concerns of the profession are effectively addressed.   As a member of CHIMA, you:

Support professional advocacy initiatives;

Stay informed on current national issues related to HIM practice;

Access professional development and employment opportunities;

Network with other HIM Professionals either in the same domain of practice or in one of the other domains of practice;

Get a members-only price on continuing education workshops and conferences;

Get advice on workplace issues;

Can use your professional credentials;

Can assure your employer that you are a professional and hold true to the CHIMA Code of Ethics:

Support the national professional college which not only certifies HIM programs across Canada; it also ensures these recognized programs teach to set entry-level HIM practice standards.

Why Be A Member?
membership consequences of resignation
  • Membership in CHIMA has always been mandatory from a College and Association perspective.
  • Not a current member of CHIMA …Not eligible to use the professional credential or designation.
  • To date, non-members have not been removed from the College register, however with the implementation of mandatory continuing professional education (CPE) credits; we will be enforcing long-standing bylaws. Your name will be removed from the college register for 2007 and until reinstatement occurs.
> 3,000 Members and Growing

Membership Categories:


Inactive (under review)



mandatory cpe credits
Confirmed by the Board June 2005

Process developed by COE

Mandatory CPE is a relevant way to demonstrate continuing competence within a profession – professional self-regulation by college (like other allied healthcare professionals)

Start date September 2006 (but can go retroactive to September 2005)

Mandatory CPE Credits
mandatory cpe credit sessions
HIM professional association education programs and activities

Formal HIM-related education programs of study

Other association/vendor educational sessions/workshops/user groups on topics relevant to HIM

Informal (including facility-specific) education programs related to HIM

Professional and Association promotional activities specific to HIM

Activities related to CHIMA recognized HIM programs

Publication/Presentation of material relevant to HIM

Association or related committees relevant to HIM

Other non-HIM related activities (max. 20% content- 7 credits - in 3 year cycle)

Mandatory CPE Credit Sessions
cpe information

Education & CPE

CPE Seminars & Workshops

Mandatory CPE Credits Policy

FAQ section

Core HIM areas

or contact:

Kelly Abrams, Director Education & Prof.

CPE Information

Partnership with Ontario MOHLTC & OHIMA in the development of nine online coding education modules and a Communities of Practice (CoP)

Initial implementation in Ontario then role out across Canada

Other Initiatives…

Long Range Planning

White Paper on “Capacity”

North American Strategy

International (IFHRO) Strategy

in closing academics membership cpe
Leaders in the management of Health Information

Valuable & Recognized Partner (professional resource) in the delivery of Quality Healthcare

Advocate for Health Policy

Innovator in HIM Education

Experts in Health Information Management

In closing…Academics-Membership-CPE
We have Moved….

1404-148 Fullarton Street

London, Ontario

N6A 5P3

Tel: 519-438-6700 or


Fax: 519-438-7001



Thank you for your time!