CHIA Journal

The CHIA Journal is the official publication of the California Health Information Association is presented bi-monthly, in full color beginning with the July/August 2015 issue. The CHIA Journal is mailed to 2,500 members and subscribers. The CHIA Journal is also available online to all AHIMA members in California. Click here to login and access the online version.

The CHIA Journal informs readers of the activities of the Association and serves as a resource and professional development tool for health information management (HIM) professionals. It keeps readers current on issues that affect the HIM practice and it contributes to the field by publishing best practices and new knowledge.


The CHIA Journal accepts display and classified advertising. Online Web banner advertising and advertising around the CHIA Convention & Exhibit are also available. More information is available on the Advertise with CHIA page.

Publication Guidelines and Deadlines

CHIA accepts original, unpublished manuscripts about current issues and best practices in health information management. CHIA encourages members and other individuals to submit manuscripts for publication. Materials may be submitted at any time. Manuscripts that are targeted for a specific CHIA Journal issue must be received by the deadline date for that issue. Due date is 60 days in advance of the published issue. For example, July 1 is the deadline for the September/October issue.

To submit a manuscript for consideration:

  • Send only original manuscripts. Please do not submit manuscripts that have been published previously or are being considered for publication elsewhere.
  • Remain product and vendor neutral. The CHIA Journal does not reference products, services, or vendors by name within articles. (Exception is Corporate Corner articles).
  • Generally, articles should be no more than 1,200 words, however, longer articles will be considered.
  • Include all contact information, name, degrees/credentials, job tilte, including workplace, address, phone number, and e-mail address. If the article has multiple authors, please indicate the primary contact.
  • Include complete citations for all referenced work.
  • You may include color photos, charts or other desired graphics that enhance the manuscript.
  • Author’s photograph may be included in publication if provided. All photos should be an original, hi-resolution format.

Manuscripts undergo blind review by the CHIA Journal Editorial Advisory Board. The authors will be notified of the outcome.

CHIA Publication Guidelines is a resource for CHIA Journal authors who seek information on the journal’s peer review process and style guidelines.

Publishing/presenting original material relevant to health information management in the CHIA Journal is a qualifying activity and authors may earn 2 CEUs.

For more information on manuscript submission, contact:
Coordinating Editor
CHIA Journal
1915 N. Fine Ave., Suite 104
Fresno, CA 93727-1565
(559) 251-5038

Insights to Coding Data Quality - Featured Articles

CHIA posts coding and data quality articles featured in the CHIA Journal that address coding classification official guidelines, medical record documentation topics, payer guidelines, and data reporting. Use these resources as a means to more fully understand and improve the quality of medical coding, clinical documentation, and to help educate your medical staff and other health care colleagues on these issues.

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Copyright Permissions and Reprints

Permission to reprint or post material appearing in the CHIA Journal and on this site may be requested. Submit your request to Include your name, contact information, a description of the article or specific material to be reprinted (title, author, date of publication, URL if a Web site article), and specific purpose of the use.


CHIA members receive the CHIA Journal as part of their membership dues. Non-members may receive the CHIA Journal through subscription.