CHIA Journal

The CHIA Journal is the official publication of the California Health Information Association. The bi-monthly, peer-reviewed publication informs readers of the activities of the Association and serves as a wealth of information and professional development tool for the health information management (HIM) community. The CHIA Journal and the content it provides is a valuable member resource and keeps readers current on best practices, issues and topics impacting California’s HIM community.

The CHIA Journal is transforming to an all digital format. Beginning with the July/August 2020 issue, the CHIA Journal will be printed once a year with the January/February edition and mailed to CHIA members. All issues will be available digitally.

CHIA and AHIMA members can readily access the CHIA Journal by logging into their CHIA User Profile.


A subscription to the CHIA Journal is included with CHIA membership. Non-members may receive the CHIA Journal through a paid subscription.

Coding Articles & Tips Available Online

The CHIA Journal articles provided by the CHIA Coding Data Quality (CDQ) Committee are available online to access by any HIM professional. These articles address coding classification official guidelines, medical record documentation topics, payer guidelines, and data reporting. These resources can be used as a means to more fully understand and improve the quality of medical coding, clinical documentation, and to help educate staff and other health care colleagues on these issues. View CDQ Coding Articles & Tips here

Submit an Article to the CHIA Journal

CHIA encourages members and other individuals to submit original, unpublished articles for publication regarding current issues and best practices in HIM. 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. Articles should contain information of use to HIM professionals, HIM students or vendors who provide HIM products and services.

Publishing original material relevant to HIM in the CHIA Journal is a qualifying activity and authors may earn 2 continuing education credits. Refer to the AHIMA Recertification webpage for full details.

View the CHIA Journal Publication Guidelines for more information on articles, style guidelines, and the peer review process.

To submit a article for consideration:

  • Send only original articles. Please do not submit articles 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 title, including workplace, address, phone number, and email 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 article
  • Author’s photograph may be included in publication if provided. All photos should be an original, hi-resolution format.

Articles undergo blind review by the CHIA Journal Editorial Advisory Board.

For more information or to submit a article, contact the CHIA Coordinating Editor at


CHIA accepts articles throughout the year and reserves the right to publish any accepted article in what CHIA determines to be the most appropriate CHIA Journal issue. Articles that are targeted for a specific issue must be received by the deadline date for that issue, which is 60 days in advance of the published issue.

Journal Issue Submission Deadline
January/February November 1
March/April January 1
May/June March 1
July/August May 1
September/October July 1
November/December September 1

Corporate Corner Articles

CHIA’s Corporate Partners are invited to submit articles to the CHIA Journal column devoted exclusively to business developments of our Corporate Partner companies. These articles may include discussion of the company’s products, services and personnel. The length for these articles should be 300-400 words. Send articles to


The CHIA Journal is the perfect platform for HIM companies to advertise products and services. More information is available on the Advertise with CHIA page.

Change of Address

Members and subscribers may change their mailing address online at the My Profile, or can call (559) 251-5038 or email to submit a change request.

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.