CHIA Convention & Exhibit 2018

Saturday, June 2 - Wednesday, June 6 ~ San Diego
Join us for fun in the sun in San Diego at the 2018 CHIA Convention & Exhibit. With more than 30 educational sessions, learn from top industry experts who will explore innovations that drive success in HIM best practices. Topics include: information governance, EHR challenges and opportunities, health informatics, coding, audit/review, compliance, cybersecurity, privacy, workforce development and more. The Exhibit Hall will feature state-of-the-art solutions to help health care organizations gain a competitive advantage. Invest in your professional career and register today.
EVENT DETAILS & REGISTRATION

Schedule

  • 02 June
  • 03 June
  • 04 June
  • 05 June
  • 06 June

Saturday Tutorial Registration

07:00 AM 09:00 AM

Continental Breakfast

07:00 AM 08:00 AM

RHIT / RHIA Exam Prep

08:00 AM 04:30 PM

Diane Premeau, MBA, MCIS, RHIA, CHP, CHC

Wanda Ziemba, EJD, MFA, RHIT, CCS, CHC, CHCO/CHCC, CPC

CCS Exam Prep

08:30 AM 04:00 PM

Kathryn DeVault, MSL, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, FAHIMA

Sunday Tutorial Registration

07:00 AM 10:00 AM

Continental Breakfast

07:00 AM 08:00 AM

CHPS Exam Prep

08:00 AM 12:00 PM

Kelly McLendon, RHIA, CHPS

Leadership Academy: Tools for Everyday Leadership

08:30 AM 11:30 AM

Maria Alizondo, MOL, RHIT, FAHIMA

Building Skills for Data Analytics in Health Care

08:30 AM 11:30 AM

Susan Fenton, PhD, RHIA, CPHI, FAHIMA

CDIP Exam Prep

09:00 AM 12:00 PM

Victoria Hernandez, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, CCS-P

Jill Olmstead, MSN, ANP-BC, CDIP, CCS-P, FAANP

CHIA Student Academy

09:00 AM 12:00 PM

RG Rebecca Gomez, RHIA

Pre-Registration Pickup

12:00 PM 02:00 PM

Tutorial Registration

12:30 PM 01:30 PM

CHIA House of Delegates

12:45 PM 05:30 PM

CCA Exam Prep

01:00 PM 05:00 PM

Kathryn DeVault, MSL, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, FAHIMA

Convention Registration

05:00 PM 07:00 PM

Welcome Reception

05:30 PM 07:00 PM

Exhibits

05:30 PM 07:00 PM

Silent Auction

05:30 PM 07:00 PM

Monday Registration

07:00 AM 06:00 PM

Continental Breakfast

07:00 AM 08:00 AM

Welcome & CHIA Recognition Awards Ceremony

08:15 AM 09:00 AM

Brian Faust, MLS, RHIA

Conquering Raiders of the Lost Spark: Your Spark Determines Your Success

09:00 AM 10:00 AM

Connie Merrit, RN, BSN, PHN

Be Your Own Advocate: Surviving Cancer

10:00 AM 11:00 AM

Dana Dinerman

First Timer Orientation

11:00 AM 11:30 AM

Marie Conde, MPA, RHIA, CCS, FAHIMA

Exhibits & Exhibit Hall Cafe

11:00 AM 01:00 PM

Silent Auction

11:00 AM 01:00 PM

CLA Leadership Luncheon

11:30 AM 01:00 PM

Implementing a Sepsis Definition in a Multi- Hospital System

01:00 PM 02:00 PM

Suzanne Forrest, MS, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CHC

James Kennedy, MD, CDIP, CCS, CCDS

Basics of Augmented Intelligence and Machine Learning

01:00 PM 02:00 PM

Susan Fenton, PhD, RHIA, CPHI, FAHIMA

HIM Ransomware Readiness and Response

01:00 PM 02:00 PM

Gloria Ruiz, MBA, RHIA, CPHQ

Tiffany Williams, RHIT

Coding Edits: Are You Bypassing the Road to Compliance?

02:10 PM 03:10 PM

Jacquelyn Craver, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P

Release of Information: EHR Challenges

02:10 PM 03:10 PM

Guadalupe Avila, BS

Marisol Davis, BS, RHIA

Leopoldo Marquez, BS, RHIT

Adriana Preciado, BS, RHIA

Turning Medical Coding Audit Data into Education

02:10 PM 03:10 PM

Melissa McLeod-Seyfert, CDIP, CCS, CCDS, CPC, CPC-I

Transform Data into Quality Improvement Initiatives

03:20 PM 04:20 PM

Vilena Boussarova, MS, RHIA, CCS

Patty Hartman-Chua, RHIT, CCS, CCDS

James Kennedy, MD, CDIP, CCS, CCDS

Caryn Nowak, RHIA, CDIP

Lidiya Ter-Markarova, RHIT, CCS

Lessons Learned from OCR Enforcement

03:20 PM 04:20 PM

Rita Bowen, MA, RHIA, CHPS, CHPC, SSGB

The Modern-Day Health Information Student

03:20 PM 04:20 PM

HC Henry Cunningham, RHIT

EE Elvia Esquer, RHIT, CCS

MG Michelle Gurrola, RHIT

Holly Jagielinski, MPH, RHIA

SK Sharada Karnam, RHIT

EP Elizabeth Peacy, RHIT

Exhibits

04:00 PM 06:00 PM

Silent Auction

04:00 PM 06:00 PM

Job Fair in the Exhibit Hall

05:00 PM 06:00 PM

College Alumni & Student Receptions

05:30 PM 07:30 PM

Tuesday Registration

07:00 AM 04:00 PM

Continental Breakfast

07:00 AM 08:00 AM

Welcome & Annoucements

08:00 AM 08:10 AM

Brian Faust, MLS, RHIA

Utilizing the EHR to Facilitate Research

08:10 AM 09:10 AM

Ruth Bush, PhD, MPH

Workforce Ready: Educating the Future

09:10 AM 09:50 AM

Charlotte Barrett, MBA, RHIA, FACHE

Angela Kennedy, EdD, MBA, RHIA

AHIMA Update: Inspiring Leadership - Influencing Change

09:50 AM 10:30 AM

Seth Katz, MPH, RHIA, FAHIMA

CHIA Academic Awards Ceremony and President’s Message

10:30 AM 11:00 AM

Maria Alizondo, MOL, RHIT, FAHIMA

Brian Faust, MLS, RHIA

Silent Auction

11:00 AM 12:30 PM

Exhibits & Exhibit Hall Cafe

11:00 AM 01:00 PM

One Path to Improving Population Health

01:00 PM 02:00 PM

Cassi Birnbaum, MS, RHIA, CPHQ, FAHIMA

Make an Impact with Data: Reporting 101

01:00 PM 02:00 PM

Diane Premeau, MBA, MCIS, RHIA, CHP, CHC

OSHPD Data: Making Connections

01:00 PM 02:00 PM

Phil Morris

Anthony Tapney,

Improving Patient Satisfaction Throughout the Revenue Cycle

02:10 PM 03:10 PM

Jessica Ahlert, RHIA

Terminologies: A New Frontier for HIM Professionals

02:10 PM 03:10 PM

Kathy Giannangelo, MA, RHIA, CCS, CPHIMS, FHIMA

MACRA and HIM Doing the Impossible

02:10 PM 03:10 PM

MS Moshe Starkman

What These Codes Are Telling Me About Your Life

03:20 PM 04:30 PM

Kristen Borth, MS, RHIA

Tina Canupp

Enabling the Right Data, to the Right People, at the Right Time

03:20 PM 04:20 PM

April Morris, RHIT, CHDA

Quality: The New Revenue

03:20 PM 04:20 PM

Nena Scott, MSEd, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CCDS

CHIA Celebration Party

07:00 PM 10:00 PM

Wednesday Registration

07:00 AM 11:00 AM

Continental Breakfast

07:00 AM 08:00 AM

Coding Roundtable: Jeopardy-Style

08:15 AM 09:15 AM

Nancy Andersen, MS, RHIA, CCS

Caleb Jesudasson, RHIA, CHPC

Cybersecurity in Health Care: What HIM Professionals Must Know

08:15 AM 09:15 AM

Debi Primeau, RHIA, FAHIMA

IG: The New Journey for HIM Organizations

08:15 AM 09:15 AM

Cassi Birnbaum, MS, RHIA, CPHQ, FAHIMA

Melany Merryman, MSL, RHIA, CRCR

Dorothy O'Hagan, MNLM, RHIA, CCS

ICD-10-CM Cardiology Codes: Challenges and Opportunities

09:20 AM 10:20 AM

MA Mayra Ayala, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, CCS-P

Marty Beckman, MA, RHIT, CCS

Quality Information: A Technical Journey to the Land of Speech Recognition

09:20 AM 10:20 AM

Maria Alizondo, MOL, RHIT, FAHIMA

SH Steven Haruta, PMP

Leveraging HIE for Release of Information

09:20 AM 10:20 AM

Cassi Birnbaum, MS, RHIA, CPHQ, FAHIMA

Dan Chavez

Dorothy O'Hagan, MNLM, RHIA, CCS

Coding Compliance Effectiveness

10:25 AM 11:25 AM

Gloryanne Bryant, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, CCDS

Decommissioning Legacy Systems

10:25 AM 11:25 AM

Mary Beth Haugen, MS, RHIS

The Benefit of Public Health Reporting Through a Local HIE

10:25 AM 11:25 AM

Jeffrey Johnson, MPH

Danelle  Wallace, MPH

Leading from Within: 8 Steps to Lift Your Organization

11:30 AM 01:00 PM

Scott Greer, MBA

Transforming Health Care with Connected Health Technology: An Update on Telehealth Policy Trends and Issues

01:00 PM 02:00 PM

Mei Wa  Kwong, JD

A Proposed National Solution for Patient Matching

02:00 PM 03:00 PM

Joaquim Neto

Closing Remarks

03:00 PM 03:10 PM

Maria Alizondo, MOL, RHIT, FAHIMA

Sponsors

Exhibitors

Presenters

Jessica Ahlert, RHIA

Marketing Product Manager
Quanum Enterprise Content Solutions
Jessica Ahlert joined Quest Diagnostics in 2005 and has extensive experience with software technology implementation and marketing promotional planning. In her current role leading the Product Marketing program, Jessica is responsible for evaluations of the Enterprise Content Solutions program relative to the vision for enterprise content management. Jessica combines her background of customer communications and implementation planning with forward views of the market to identify business development opportunities for the program.

Jessica has served on the Ohio Health Information Management Association board. She is a thought leader in the health care industry and has presented at national and regional forums on topics relative to health data exchanges and Legal Health Record compliance.

05 June

Maria Alizondo, MOL, RHIT, FAHIMA

President 2018-2019 / Director, HIMS
CHIA Board of Directors / UCLA Health System
Maria Caban Alizondo is the Director of HIMS at UCLA Health System, and CHIA President-elect. She is a passionate proponent for leadership and change and has presented on this and other topics related to HIM over her 25+ year career in health care.

03 June

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06 June

Nancy Andersen, MS, RHIA, CCS

Director, Coding Compliance
Kaiser Permanente, National Compliance, Ethics & Integrity Office
Ms. Andersen has over 30 years of experience in the HIM profession. In her current role as Director of Coding Compliance, Nancy has responsibility for enterprise-wide coding and HIM compliance. Ms. Andersen has conducted numerous ICD-9-CM, CPT and DRG workshops for hospital based coders. She serves as a volunteer leader on many levels for CHIA, and NCHIA, including current Co-Chair of the CHIA Coding & Data Quality Committee.

06 June

Guadalupe Avila, BS

Manager, Release of Information
Maxim Health Information Services
Guadalupe “Lupe” Avila has been an integral member of the HIMS department for over fourteen years, having worked in various positions including data integrity, release of information and most recently as Manager of Operations where she addressed eMPI, patient amendment requests and record storage and management functions. Lupe has a bachelor’s degree in sociology and is completing her information management course work in order to sit for the RHIT certification in 2018. Lupe brings a broad scope of experience and intuitive leadership skills to her group, currently managing the Release of Information department at UCLA Health.

04 June

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Mayra Ayala, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, CCS-P

Manager, Enterprise Medical Coding
UCLA Health System

06 June

Charlotte Barrett, MBA, RHIA, FACHE

Chair, Board of Directors
Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management
Charlotte Barrett is the current Chair of CAHIIM Board of Directors. In her role, Mrs. Barrett works with the board and the CEO to provide strategic direction and fiduciary oversight to CAHIIM. Ms. Barrett has also served as the Assistant Vice President of Health Information Integrity at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida. With more than 30 years of hospital, practice management and education experience in the Miami community, Charlotte has served on numerous health care and university committees and boards and has served as an invited speaker for HIMSS and AHIMA. National leadership positions include Past President and Distinguished Member, AHIMA; and Commissioner and Accreditation Council Member, Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education.

05 June

Marty Beckman, MA, RHIT, CCS

Inpatient Medical Coding Auditor and Educator
UCLA Health System
Marty Beckman has been in the coding field for 20 years, serving in various capacities as a coder, auditor, educator, and coding support center nosologist. He has presented webinars on such topics as respiratory, cardiology, and digestive system diagnosis codes; fracture coding in ICD-10-CM, and spinal fusion coding in ICD-10-PCS.

06 June

Cassi Birnbaum, MS, RHIA, CPHQ, FAHIMA

System-wide Senior Director, HIM and Revenue Integrity
UC San Diego Health
Ms. Birnbaum provides enterprise-wide leadership and strategic direction for all activities related to HIM and revenue integrity for the UC San Diego Healthcare system, which provides outstanding care and breakthroughs in medical research as one of “America’s Best Hospitals”. As the Immediate Past Board Chair/President of AHIMA, Cassi was able to successfully lead the industry, profession and its members to realizing its vision with a successful transition to ICD-10, Information Governance, and adoption of its Global Curriculum. She was appointed as a 2015 San Diego Health Connect Board Member and Officer for the regional HIE. Ms. Birnbaum was appointed in January of 2015 to the State of California’s Policy Steering Committee for the California Office of Health Integrity, comprised of a diverse and distinguished stakeholder group. She is also the Past President for CHIA from 2006 -2008, and received its prestigious Distinguished Member Award in 2009.

05 June

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06 June

Kristen Borth, MS, RHIA

Consultant
Public Consulting Group
Kristen Borth is a consultant at Public Consulting Group. She fell in love with the HIM profession at Loma Linda University and continues to participate in unique ways. She lives in Lodi, CA with her husband and son.

05 June

Vilena Boussarova, MS, RHIA, CCS

Regional HIM Coder
Kaiser Permanente, Southern California
Vilena has over 10 years’ experience in the HIM field with inpatient, ambulatory surgery, psychiatric, and ED coding, medical record analysis, and coding quality assurance. She has been a very active member at SDHIA, CHIA, and AHIMA levels since 2004. She started as a Newsletter Editor and continued serving on the SDHIA Board as a Secretary, Educational Program Chair, Coding Roundtable Coordinator, and President. She has been a member of CHIA Candidates and Data and Quality Committees. Currently, Vilena is Co-chair of the CHIA Candidates Committee and a member of the CHIA Convention Committee. As a lifelong learner, Vilena is continuing her education through the University of Cincinnati HIM online program where she is acquiring new skills and knowledge for the future roles in our ever changing HIM industry.

04 June

Rita Bowen, MA, RHIA, CHPS, CHPC, SSGB

Vice President, Privacy, Compliance and HIM Policy
MRO Corporation
MS. Bowen serves as the Privacy and Compliance Officer (PCO) for MRO, oversees the company’s compliance with HIPAA, and ensures new and existing client HIM policies and procedures are to code. She has more than 40 years of experience in HIM, holding a variety of HIM director and consulting roles. Prior to joining MRO, she was Senior Vice President and Privacy Officer for HealthPort, Inc., now known as CIOX Health. Bowen is an active member of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), having served as its President and Board Chair, as a member of the Board of Directors, and of the Council on Certification. Additionally, Bowen is the chair for the AHIMA Foundation. She has been honored with AHIMA’s Triumph Award in the mentor category; she is also the recipient of the Distinguished Member Award from the Tennessee Health Information Management Association (THIMA). Bowen is an established author and speaker on HIM topics and has taught HIM studies at Chattanooga State and the University of Tennessee Memphis.

04 June

Gloryanne Bryant, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, CCDS

HIM Coding Professional & Advocate
Gloryanne is a HIM professional and leader with over 35 years of experience. In her last role, she was the National Director of Coding Quality, Education, Systems and Support for a integrated health care delivery system across more than 8 states. Gloryanne managed and was responsible for the coding quality, accuracy and integrity, monitoring programs, education, coding related systems and advisory for clinical documentation improvement. Gloryanne is a sought-after advisor, mentor, national speaker and author on health care compliance, reimbursement, clinical documentation improvement, physician querying, coding regulations (ICD-10 and CPT), as well as coding compliance and ethics.

06 June

Ruth Bush, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor
University of San Diego
Dr. Bush has extensive clinical research experience spanning multiple health care settings, including academic hospitals, specialty and community-based clinics, and pediatric programs. She has led the development and initiation of clinical research studies as well as providing statistical consultations for projects in research areas as varied as patient-centered outcomes, women’s health, traumatic brain injury, and birth defects. Her current AHRQ (R00 HS022404) funding exams the use of the electronic health record on patient engagement. Dr. Bush teaches statistics and data management courses in the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science PhD program at the University of San Diego.

05 June

Tina Canupp

Senior Consultant
Public Consulting Group
Tina Canupp is a senior consultant at public consulting group. Her knowledge of Social Determinants of Health have influenced and guided the advancement of SDOH.

05 June

Dan Chavez

Executive Director
San Diego Health Connect
Dan Chavez has more than 30 years of health care information technology experience. He has an extensive track record of cultivating startups, business development and product marketing. Previously, he served as Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for Independa, a San Diego-based innovator that provides solutions to help the elderly remain independent. He holds a BA from San Jose State University and an MBA from Stanford University.

06 June

Marie Conde, MPA, RHIA, CCS, FAHIMA

Past President 2004-2005
CHIA Board of Directors
Marie Conde has over 25 years experience as a HIM professional and educator. She was previously the Program Director and Instructor of the Health Information Technology Program at City College of San Francisco. Ms. Conde is an independent consultant involved in providing coding services remotely and at various hospitals. Marie Conde has served on the CHIA Board of Directors and is a proud Past President of CHIA. Marie continues to serve as a volunteer leader for CHIA on various committees.

04 June

Jacquelyn Craver, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P

Senior Compliance Auditor
Healthcare Cost Solutions, Inc.
Ms. Craver has 19 years of experience as a health care consultant with a focus on auditing, education and compliance for coding and billing. She has developed a proficiency in the facility outpatient and physician professional fee services focusing on multi-specialty surgery, clinics, observation, emergency room, inpatient physician services, infusion centers and interventional radiology/cardiology. Ms. Craver has extensive experience in auditing large physician groups with teaching physician programs, outpatient APC reimbursement claims, infusion centers and interventional radiology/cardiology, as well as experience in multi-specialty surgical coding compliance including orthopedics, trauma, plastic/reconstructive surgery, general surgery, cardiology, gastrointestinal, transplant, and genitourinary. In addition to auditing and coding, she has also provided education and training programs for interventional radiology/cardiology, surgical coding and professional fee evaluation and management coding.

04 June

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Henry Cunningham, RHIT

HIM Operations Analyst
UC San Diego Health

04 June

Marisol Davis, BS, RHIA

Assistant Manager, Release of Information
UCLA Health System
Marisol Davis oversees the release of information department. She brings a wealth of knowledge with 20 years of health care industry experience. Her health care career started as Certified Nursing Assistant and she realized her passion in health information and later obtained a Medical Billing Certificate. In 2007, she pursued her Bachelors in Science in Health Information Administration and obtained her certification as a RHIA in 2015. Working with great mentors and in different health care settings has helped strengthen her expertise. Marisol is a volunteer in the CHIA Professional Education Committee.

04 June

Kathryn DeVault, MSL, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, FAHIMA

Manager, HIM Consulting Services
United Audit Solutions, Inc.
Kathryn has more than 20 years of experience within the HIM arena, most recently serving as the Senior Director, HIM Practice Excellence, Coding and Reimbursement for AHIMA from 2008 to 2014 prior to joining UASI in March of 2014. Kathryn has been one of the primary ICD-10-CM/PCS content developers and instructors for the AHIMA ICD-10-CM/PCS Academy since 2009. She has authored and provided support for AHIMA online coding education, including the AHIMA Coding Basics program. Ms. DeVault also served as a technical advisor for the Association on ICD-9-CM, ICD-10, and CPT coding publications. Kathryn is an AHIMA-approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer/Ambassador and has presented numerous seminars and educational sessions on coding and HIM-related topics.

02 June

03 June

Dana Dinerman

Cancer Survivor and Advocate
Dana Dinerman is an advocate for young breast cancer survivors. She was diagnosed at the age of 34 with Stage III Intraductal Breast Cancer. At the time she stayed home to care for her then 1 year old son. She underwent a single mastectomy without reconstruction, and due to the amount of lymph node involvement had to endure six months of chemotherapy. She was re-diagnosed with a regional recurrent one year to the day of her cancer anniversary. She endured another three months of chemotherapy and radiation to her neck/clavicle. She was deemed NED with her scans and was able to live life for another four years. During this time Dana decided to start up a brand called Hulabelle to help give women who were post mastectomy options for swimwear. Dana continued to write articles, be interviewed in local news, and personally reach out to newly diagnosed cancer patients. She does this so she can encourage those who may need to hear a story with hope. In August of 2016 the cancer returned once again and Dana went into treatment for another four months. Currently Dana is being monitored for new activity every three months. She is mostly wanting to stay home and care for her now six year old son, but in her free time she likes to meet other survivors and talk about how we can make a difference in helping new cancer patients.

04 June

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Elvia Esquer, RHIT, CCS

Coding Compliance Coordinator
Rady Children's Hospital
Elvia Esquer has 22 years of experience in the HIM field.

04 June

Brian Faust, MLS, RHIA

President 2017-2018
CHIA Board of Directors

04 June

05 June

05 June

Susan Fenton, PhD, RHIA, CPHI, FAHIMA

Associate Dean, Academic Affairs
University of Texas, School of Biomedical Informatics
Dr. Fenton has been awarded more than $7 Million in grants during her career and has worked in the HIM field for 30 years, as a researcher, practice leader, and academician. Among other honors, Fenton has received the 2012 AHIMA Triumph Award for Research. She holds a PhD in Health Services Research from the Texas A&M School of Rural Public Health, an MBA from the University of Houston, and a BS in Health Information Management from UTMB Galveston.

03 June

04 June

Suzanne Forrest, MS, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CHC

System-Wide Director, Coding
Sharp Health System
Suzanne Forrest is an accomplished coding and compliance professional. Her experience includes service as the systemwide director of coding for Sharp Health System, the manager of coding compliance with UCSD Health System, and various positions with Scripps Clinic.

04 June

Kathy Giannangelo, MA, RHIA, CCS, CPHIMS, FHIMA

CEO
Kathy Giannangelo Consulting, LLC
Kathy Giannangelo has a comprehensive clinical terminologies, classification, and data standards background with more than forty years of experience in the HIM and informatics field. In addition to her consulting business, she is an IHTSDO map lead. Consulting clients include AHIMA, the American Medical Association and RKL Consulting LTD. For six years, she taught a graduate level course on clinical vocabularies and classification systems. Previous positions also include coding specialist for the National Committee for Quality Assurance, director of content management for Apelon, Inc., and medical informaticist with Language and Computing (L&C). Prior to L&C, she was director, practice leadership, with AHIMA. Kathy has also served as senior nosologist for a health information services company and worked in various HIM roles, including vice president of product development, education specialist, director of medical records, quality assurance coordinator, and research team manager for the CDC.

05 June

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Rebecca Gomez, RHIA

Facilitator
CHIA Academics Committee

03 June

Scott Greer, MBA

Partner / Associate Dean
Vivere Leadership Consulting / The School of Business at California College San Diego, San Marcos Campus
Scott has been an entrepreneur, built an online business, worked as a project manager in real estate and the construction industries, and worked as a consultant for business development. Scott has led many teams and enjoys helping others build cohesive working environments that allow for innovation and efficiency to thrive. Scott is a creative leader that believes in empowering his teams and allowing others to feel ownership in their daily work. His educational journey is culminating in finishing his PhD in Leadership. He loves to engage with others and enjoys watching other teams as they begin on their journey to being highly effective.

06 June

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Michelle Gurrola, RHIT

Document Imaging Specialist
Scripps Mercy Hospital
Michelle has worked in HIM for 10 years.

04 June

Patty Hartman-Chua, RHIT, CCS, CCDS

Director, HIM and CDI Consulting Services
Xtend Healthcare, LLC
Patty is an expert coding professional with over 15 year’s experience working in the HIM, CDI, and coding industry. Patty has implemented an acute care clinical documentation improvement program that consisted of hospital wide physician and employee training on ICD-10. She has demonstrated the ability to lead and educate coding professionals, clinical documentation specialist and clinicians. Patty is a member of AHIMA and the ACDIS. Patty Hartman has also co-taught at UCSD’s Inpatient Hospital Coding program.

04 June

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Steven Haruta, PMP

Senior Project Manager
UCLA Health System

06 June

Mary Beth Haugen, MS, RHIS

Founder and CEO
Haugen Consulting Group, Inc.
Mary Beth Haugen has over 25 years of experience in HIM. Prior to launching Haugen Consulting Group, Mary Beth held leadership roles in Information Services and HIM in a variety of health care settings. Mary Beth has served on the Board of Directors for the AHIMA and the AHIMA Foundation, and is currently a member of the Council on Education and Excellence and Regis University Advisory Board. Mary Beth is the proud recipient of the 2017 AHIMA Triumph Award for Leadership. Haugen Consulting Group is also the proud recipient of the 2015 Colorado HIMA President’s Award and a 2015 Colorado Company to Watch.

06 June

Victoria Hernandez, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, CCS-P

Founder
Integrity Coding Solutions
Victoria M. Hernandez has over 21 years of experience in the healthcare field. Victoria is the Founder of an auditing, coding and CDI company called Integrity Coding Solutions. Prior to starting her company, she was the Regional Director of Coding Audit and Education for Northern California Kaiser Permanente covering 21 facilities. She provided initial and on-going coding, audit and CDI education, specialty-specific training, department presentations and one-on-one feedback to coding, CDI staff, physicians and local, regional and national leadership. She is Past-President for Sacramento Valley Health Information Association (SVHIA) and is the recipient of the 2016 CHIA Volunteer Award. She is also a valuable member and volunteer on CHIA committees.

03 June

Holly Jagielinski, MPH, RHIA

Assistant Professor
San Diego Mesa College
Holly Jagielinski holds a bachelor’s degree from Loma Linda University in Health Information Administration and a master’s degree of Public Health from San Diego State University. Holly has worked as a health information supervisor for both outpatient and acute care facilities and has been working in education for the last seven years. Her current role is a full-time tenure track faculty member at San Diego Mesa College in both the Health Information Technology associates program as well as the Health Information Management bachelor’s program. Holly is currently a member of the CHIA Academics Committee.

04 June

Caleb Jesudasson, RHIA, CHPC

Regional Coding Review Manager
Kaiser Permanente

06 June

Jeffrey Johnson, MPH

Senior Epidemiologist
San Diego County, Public Health Services
Jeff has been working in public health for over 20 years. He directs a team responsible for public health surveillance, biosurveillance and public health informatics including: oversight of the communicable disease surveillance registry, influenza surveillance, electronic lab reporting, syndromic surveillance, meaningful use and strategic planning. He is also currently actively involved with a local Health Information Exchange. In recent years, he was responsible for surveillance response activities for local high profile special events and in response to several natural disasters. He currently helps coordinate and integrate surveillance activities between local, state and federal agencies and is a member of several local, state and federal surveillance committees and workgroups.

06 June

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Sharada Karnam, RHIT

Health Information Coder
UCSD Health System
Sharada has over ten years experience in the HIM field.

04 June

Seth Katz, MPH, RHIA, FAHIMA

First-Year Director
AHIMA Board of Directors
Seth is the associate administrator of information management at Truman Medical Centers in Kansas City, MO. In addition to responsibility for HIM, Katz focuses on strategic projects including referral management and improved patient access. For more than 10 years he has directed the transformation of Truman’s HIM department to a fully electronic system; the department was awarded the 2013 Grace Award in recognition for these changes. Outside of Truman, he was the 2015-2016 president of MoHIMA, (Missouri), is the current co-chair for the House Leadership team and has served on various AHIMA committees. Additionally, Katz is consulting faculty for the HIM program at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

05 June

Angela Kennedy, EdD, MBA, RHIA

CEO
Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management
Dr. Kennedy is a former AHIMA President and Distinguished Member. Angela has a passion for education and health information where and when you need it. She is a former member of the ONCs Health Information Technology Standards Committee and has worked with the US Senate HELP Committee as well as provided congressional testimony.

05 June

James Kennedy, MD, CDIP, CCS, CCDS

President
CDIMD
Dr. Kennedy is the founder and President of CDIMD, a Nashville-based physician and facility advisory and consulting firm that advocates ICD-10-pertinent clinical documentation and coding integrity essential to healthcare revenue cycles and quality measurement. As a coding and CDI expert with over 17 years of experience and as a frequent speaker to medical staff, HIM and CDI associations, Dr. Kennedy is nationally recognized for his subject matter expertise, communication skills, and problem-solving approach. Dr. Kennedy authored AHIMA's book on MS-DRGs in 2006-2007 (now out of print), contributed significantly to the American Medical Association's text on HCC risk adjustment, has previously on the advisory board of the American Clinical Documentation Improvement Society (ACDIS).

04 June

04 June

Mei Wa Kwong, JD

Executive Director
Center for Connected Health Policy
Mei Wa is a national expert on telehealth policy managing CCHP projects, providing policy technical assistance to state and federal lawmakers, industry members, providers, consumers and others, and oversees the CCHP policy staff. She has also authored several articles published in peer review journals and has presented at national conferences. Prior to joining CCHP, Ms. Kwong was a public policy analyst for Children’s Home Society of California, working on child care and early education issues on the state and federal levels. She also worked extensively with the Child Development Policy Institute, a statewide public policy organization, and was recognized by them in 2004 for her work in the early care and education field. She was also at the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts in Washington, DC working on federal tax issues, and administered the association's political action committee. Ms. Kwong holds a BA in International Affairs from George Washington University, and a JD from George Washington University Law School.

06 June

Leopoldo Marquez, BS, RHIT

Systems and Quality Analyst
UCLA Health System
Leo is a proud United States Navy Combat Veteran, having worked as a Hospital Corpsman in San Diego, served a tour providing medical support to the U.S. Marine Corps, and an Emergency Room Corpsman at the Naval Hospital Guam. Leo began his work at UCLA Health in 2015 as a contractor managing the ROI area, where he effectively addressed a backlog working collaboratively with the HIMS team and UCLA Health stakeholders in privacy, and the Office of Patient Experience. On November 2016, he began his current role as the Systems and Quality Analyst for HIMS, where he is responsible for managing intra-departmental projects, training external UCLA Health users on iCAP (UCLA’s homegrown DMS), Forms Committee and ROI processes and supporting HIMS initiatives.

04 June

Kelly McLendon, RHIA, CHPS

Managing Director
CompliancePro Solutions
Kelly McLendon has been a HIM practitioner for over 38 years and was awarded the AHIMA 2015 ‘Innovator’ Triumph award. Kelly is a founder of CompliancePro Solutions; a company where he helped create a product called PrivacyPro, which manages HIPAA compliance to the health care marketplace. He has authored countless articles about HIM, received numerous other awards, has published a book about legal health records and has created privacy and security curriculums for colleges and universities.

03 June

Melissa McLeod-Seyfert, CDIP, CCS, CCDS, CPC, CPC-I

Senior Director, Consulting
Peak Health Solutions
Melissa has over 15 years of management, coding, auditing and education experience in all disciplines of medical coding and auditing. Her extensive experience in the field has led her to understand the need for strong collaborative relationships between coders, CDI and physicians. She is proficient with both MS and APR DRG grouping systems and holds credentials as an IP/OP Coder, Coding Instructor and is certified in CDI through both ACDIS and AHIMA. Melissa also holds the approved ICD-10 CM/PCS trainer through AHIMA and has served as an AHIMA PCAP reviewer, a Clinical Terminology Classification Practice Council Member and was the 2010 President – American Academy Professional Coders (AAPC) – Salisbury Chapter. Melissa has performed multiple speaking engagements for AHIMA and ACDIS and has taught medical coding for 3 years at a local community college.

04 June

Connie Merrit, RN, BSN, PHN

Keynote Specialist to Business and Health Care Industries
A seasoned professional with more than 25 years experience of speaking nationally with leading companies, organizations and associations, Connie Merritt, BSN, RN, PHN, is a compelling storyteller and award-winning author with an established reputation of connecting with audiences in a humorous and energetic manner to help move them to action. A business owner and registered nurse with a passion for research, writing and communicating to professionals, Connie understands people, processes and the dynamic influences of today’s diverse, hi-tech, multi-generational, mobile world. She has a gift for providing essential content with step-by-step tactical teachings to help people breakthrough to “next” – while motivating them by spinning unforgettable teachable moments.

04 June

Melany Merryman, MSL, RHIA, CRCR

Director, HIM and Clinical Documentation & Coding Improvement
Torrance Memorial Medical Center

06 June

April Morris, RHIT, CHDA

Director
Kaiser Permanente
April Morris is an HIM professional focused on quality and finance performance improvement, data consultation and reporting services to healthcare delivery clients, partners and external agencies. Recent leadership roles include Enterprise Metrics Governance, people, process and technology needed to Mature Data Quality, regulatory and compliance tracking for a large Health Plan in the California, implementation of National ICD-10 Project. She is a past Newsletter Editor, Delegate, Secretary and President of SCHIA, nominating and convention committee member for CHIA and hopes to continue volunteering where possible in the future.

05 June

Phil Morris

Research Scientist, Administrative Data Group
Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development
Phil Morris has been with OSHPD for almost four years. His primary role is to improve the quality of the MIRCal Data. In addition, he produces a variety of products for public consumption, including OSHPD Data Bytes and OSHPD Data Pulses. Prior to OSHPD, he spent five years as an Informatics Specialist with the California Office of AIDS. He earned a Master of Arts in Quantitative Psychology at the University of California, Davis.

05 June

Joaquim Neto

Vice President of Healthcare
Verato, Inc.
Joaquim Neto is Vice President of Healthcare at Verato. He has decades of experience in information management and master data management technologies across industries with a particular expertise in healthcare and in Master Patient Index (MPI) and Health Information Exchange (HIE) solutions. He has consulted and delivered solutions for healthcare providers and payers of all types—from Fortune 500 health systems to community hospitals. Prior to Verato, Joaquim worked at Initiate Systems and IBM.

06 June

Caryn Nowak, RHIA, CDIP

Clinical Documentation Specialist, Documentation Excellence
Rady Children's Hospital
Caryn is responsible for working with physicians to ensure the clinical documentation accurately reflect the care provided to patients. Her previous experience includes overseeing inpatient and outpatient coding record reviews and education, CDI and ICD-10 transition projects. Ms. Nowak has also served on the board of SDHIA and currently serves on the CHIA Candidates Committee.

04 June

Dorothy O'Hagan, MNLM, RHIA, CCS

Director, Health Information, CDI and Interoperability
Rady Children's Hospital

06 June

06 June

Jill Olmstead, MSN, ANP-BC, CDIP, CCS-P, FAANP

Specialty Nurse Practitioner
St. Joseph Heritage Health
Jill Olmstead has practiced as an Nurse Practitioner for over 15 years, specializing in gastroenterology. She recently became inducted as a Fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She graduated from California State University in Long Beach with a master’s degree in Nursing and Nurse Practitioner Certificate, and from Alfred University in New York with her BSN. She has been published in Gastroenterology Nursing, the Journal for the American Academy for Nurse Practitioners and the Journal for Nurse Practitioners. She is a member of the Board of Director’s for the California Colorectal Cancer Coalition and is a member of the Nurse’s Service Organization advisory board. Jill is a Past President of the California Association for Nurse Practitioners and the Past President for the American College of Nurse Practitioners and Past President of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners Scholarships and Grant Foundation.

03 June

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Elizabeth Peacy, RHIT

ROI Specialist
Scripps Health
Elizabeth works at Scripps Health's centralized ROI department. She served 20 years in the US Navy as a cryptologic technician.

04 June

Adriana Preciado, BS, RHIA

Assistant Director, HIMS
UCLA Health System
Adriana has 20 years of experience and is currently responsible for department operations, special projects, and EPIC system implementation and applications support. She has extensive knowledge and experience in implementing the electronic record, HIMS education and systems training. Adriana has a passion for mentoring new HIM graduates and is part of the Professional Practicum Experience Program offered at UCLA. In her spare time, she serves her community on mission trips to Mexico and spending time with her family.

04 June

Diane Premeau, MBA, MCIS, RHIA, CHP, CHC

Director, HIMS
San Francisco General Hospital
Diane is an HIM professional for the past 20+ years, a Proud Past President of the CHIA, recipient of the CHIA Professional Achievement Award and has served on the AHIMA House of Delegates as a representative from CHIA. Diane has worked in a variety of health care industries including acute, long term, and mental health. She has been a consultant in some interesting environments including prisons, jails, rehabilitation hospitals, multi-campus systems, and continues as a federal court appointed medical record expert. Diane has an MBA from Stephens College in Columbia Missouri; Bachelors Degrees in Psychology and Sociology from University of California, Santa Barbara and received her certification in health information administration from Stephen’s College, Columbia Missouri, with credentials as an RHIT and RHIA.

02 June

05 June

Debi Primeau, RHIA, FAHIMA

President
Primeau Consulting Group, Inc.
Debi Primeau has over 35 years of experience in HIM as an Executive Consultant, IS Director, and HIM Director. As Primeau Consulting Group’s Founder and President, Debi collaborates with experienced health information professionals to bring superior consulting services to the health care industry.

06 June

Gloria Ruiz, MBA, RHIA, CPHQ

Former Executive Director, Quality Professional Services
Pacific Alliance Medical Center

04 June

Nena Scott, MSEd, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CCDS

Director, Coding Quality and Professional Development
TrustHCS
Nena has served as an educator in the health care industry across numerous organizations over the past two decades. Her experience includes the creation and successful implementation of a RHIT program at a community college in Northern Mississippi where she served as the program director and lead instructor for over a decade. As a professional educator, Nena’s experience spans the wide range of health information topics including quality improvement, health care law, ethics and billing. She has trained coding staff and served in a management capacity within the HIM department. She is also an active member of the Research and Periodicals Workgroup of the Council for Excellence in Education with AHIMA and is on the CAHIIM Panel of Accreditation Reviewers.

05 June

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Moshe Starkman

Senior Value-Based Reimbursements Consultant
nThrive
Moshe Starkman is an accomplished small business owner and educator, and has served as senior advisor to two presidential campaigns. Moshe is a leading value-based, quality-driven health care consultant; an executive leader in Philadelphia area community organizations; a nationally recognized political consultant; and software architect. He has developed solutions for the United States Postal Service, a team of former FBI investigators, two leading presidential campaigns, and several medical societies. He currently serves as a member of the HIMSS Health Business Technology Task Force and serves on the board of directors of a couple regional organizations. These experiences have made Moshe an invaluable resource to physician practices, medical associations and health networks at every stage of implementation throughout the United States.

05 June

Anthony Tapney,

Manager I, Patient Data Section
Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development
Anthony Tapney has been with OSHPD for four years. He has also served as the Regulations Analyst and the Expected Source of Payment Specialist. Mr. Tapney graduated with his MBA from California State University, Sacramento.

05 June

Lidiya Ter-Markarova, RHIT, CCS

Manager, Coding Operations
Palomar Pomerado Health
Lidiya has over 20 years of robust health care experience leading organizational transformation and revenue cycle optimization, HIM, coding and charge services, clinical documentation integrity, cancer registry, and information technology architecture. Her expertise includes streamlining and continuous improvement of health care operations with the focus on compliance, implementing Cerner Systems, improving all aspects of revenue cycle, as well as working on numerous successful initiatives to improve the bottom line and contain cost. Throughout the years, Lidiya has enjoyed teaching and developing a coding program at UC San Diego and is an active member and participant of AHIMA and HFMA.

04 June

Danelle Wallace, MPH

Manager, Epidemiologist/Immunization Registry
County of San Diego

06 June

Tiffany Williams, RHIT

Former Supervisor, EHR Data Integrity
Pacific Alliance Medical Center

04 June

Wanda Ziemba, EJD, MFA, RHIT, CCS, CHC, CHCO/CHCC, CPC

HIT Program Director / Adjunct Faculty
City College of San Francisco / Santa Barbara City College
Wanda, a Health Information and Compliance Specialist, has been involved in the Healthcare Coding Compliance arena for over 30 years. In addition to teaching at CCSF, she also teaches Corporate Compliance at The College of St. Scholastica, Legal Aspects of Health Information and Pharmacology at Santa Barbara City College and is drafting coding curriculum for a Canadian College. She is an AHIMA Certified ICD-10-CM/ICD-10-PCS Instructor and certified in Project Management. She was a Director on the CHIA Board of Directors and was the NCHIA President. She serves on the CHIA Academic Committee and is a familiar educator to all and a professional speaker.

02 June

Wipfli LLP / HFS Consultants, Inc.

Diamond

Healthcare Cost Solutions, Inc.

Gold

Diversified Medical Records Services

Gold

Optum360

Gold

SourceHOV, LLC

Silver

Primeau Consulting Group

Silver
Primeau Consulting Group’ s skilled subject matter experts provide scalable high-quality consulting services including Management, Information Governance Consulting, Privacy and Security Risk Analysis, Coding and Documentation Audits, and Education. Powered by AHIMA’s Information Governance IGHealthRate™ assessment tool, PCG Consultants assess the IG maturity of an organization to support our clients in successfully navigating today’s evolving health care environment.

Integrity Document Solutions, Inc.

Bronze

Ciox Health

Bronze

QuadraMed

Bronze

3M Health Information Systems

Working with providers, payers and government agencies, 3M Health Information Systems provides healthcare data aggregation, analysis and strategic services to clients moving from volume to value-based care. We focus on innovative computer-assisted coding, clinical documentation improvement, performance monitoring, quality outcomes reporting and terminology.

Chris Eggert
Client Relationship Executive
(801) 592-4123

AE & Associates, LLC

AE & Associates, LLC is a premier health care servicing firm helping hospitals, health plans and health care providers increase their revenue and maximize their bottom line by providing Inpatient and Outpatient coding, DRG/APC Validation audits, HCC coding, Remote Medical Coding, Interventional Radiology and Cardiovascular Coding and Auditing, HIM consulting, Clinical Documentation Improvement, ICD-10 physician education, and more.

Arnold Ardevela, MBA, CCS, CPC, CPC-I, COC, CHCC, C-CDI, CCDS, CIC
President
(951) 278-3477
arnold.a@aeaallc.com

Arctrieval, Inc.

Arctrieval makes it easy and safe for healthcare providers and facilities to manage the release of information for protected health information. Arctrieval eliminates paper-based, error prone processes, saves time and money and assists in complying with laws and regulations governing the release of protected health information.

Aviacode, Inc.

Aviacode is an industry leader in medical coding and coding audit services for health systems, hospitals, physician groups, and payers over the past 20 years. Our certified coders are experienced in facility, pro-fee, and HCC/risk adjustment coding for 60+ specialties. At Aviacode, our goal is to find a better way to optimize reimbursements, reduce risk, and maximize revenue efficiency.

Jordan Stannard
Regional Account Executive
(801) 858-3811
jordan.stannard@aviacode.com

Caban Resources

Caban specializes in Coding, Auditing and CDI. Founded by HIM professionals for HIM professionals, our leading-edge solutions help boost productivity, reduce costs, transform operations and improve reimbursement.
• Coding and Auditing Services: Facility and Pro Fee
• Remote/On-site
• CDI Consultants
• 17 years in business

Robert Caban, MA, RHIT, President
(877) 880-1600
info@cabanresources.com

California Cancer Registry

he California Cancer Registry (CCR) is a program of California Department of Public Health. It is a statewide population-based cancer surveillance system that collects information about almost all cancers diagnosed in California. The mission of CCR is to provide the foundation for the evolution of cancer control and care, ultimately improving the quality of life for everyone touched by cancer.

Cardone Record Services, Inc.

Cardone Record Services, Inc. (CRS) has been providing healthcare facilities with cost-effective solutions for managing health records for over 30 years. CRS combines its expertise in HIM and document imaging to create customer-centric solutions. Utilizing MRVIEW document imaging technology or your organizations EHR software, CRS skillfully completes on-site and off-site projects with quality assurance practices proven over 99.9% accurate.

Larry Koerner, Vice President of Sales
(847) 806-0240
lkoerner@mrview.com

Career Step, LLC

Convention Sponsor
Panacea, a Career Step company is the premier provider of career-focused healthcare education, training solutions and software. We deliver innovative, engaging programs and services leading to employment, advancement and professional development for both organizations and individuals. Career Step focuses oncoder development, continuing education, assessment, and auditing services.

Maureen Matthews, Senior Business Development Representative
(510) 579-0021
maureen.matthews@careerstep.com

Change Healthcare

Change Healthcare is inspiring a better healthcare system. Working alongside our customers and partners, we leverage our software and analytics, network solutions and technology-enabled services to help them improve efficiency, reduce costs, increase cash flow and more effectively manage complex workflows. Together, we are accelerating the journey toward improved lives and healthier communities.

Gina Jones, Executive Director of Sales
(949) 637-5018
Gina.Jones@changehealthcare.com


ChartFast

ChartFast is dedicated to bringing the power of cloud based Release of Information services to the healthcare industry. Our powerful platform simplifies and automates the Release of Information (ROI) and audit response processes for healthcare providers of all sizes.

Nickole Workman, CPC
SVP - Sales
(727) 798-8181
nickole.workman@chartfast.com

Ciox Health

Convention Sponsor
Ciox Health facilitates and manages the movement of health information with the industry’s broadest provider network. Through our expertise in release of information, record retrieval, and HIM we improve the management and exchange of health information by modernizing workflows, facilitating access to clinical data, and improving the accuracy and flow of information.

Diversified Medical Records Services, Inc.

Convention Sponsor
Diversified Medical Records Services is a leading provider of medical records copying services and compliance solutions since 1992. We offer cost-free, full service, medical record release services and a profit-sharing service where we
can greatly help increase your medical record revenue.

Chris Hallman, CEO
(800) 359-8520 x212
Chris_Hallman@dmrs.net
dmrs.net

Dolbey

Eclat Health Solutions

ECLAT Health Solutions is a growing domestic and international RCM provider of medical coding, billing, auditing, CTR, CDI, and Staffing (Temp-to-Perm placement) services. We are SOC 2 Compliant and ISO 27001: 2013 Certified and our AHIMA and AAPC-accredited coders ensure our clients optimize their revenue. ECLAT works with various healthcare providers, from large hospital facilities to small independent practices, nationwide.

Shane Plantz, Senior Director, Business Development
(813) 919-7935
shane.plantz@eclathealth.com

EDCO Health Information Solutions

EDCO® Health Information Solutions’ patented medical record scanning and indexing software, Solarity®, maximizes efficiency, improves quality in pre/post-discharge document capture and delivers complete EMR charts to clinicians for comprehensive patient care in less than one hour.

Josh Nail
Account Executive650
(650) 796-3621
jnail2@edcohis.com

Excite Health Partners

Excite Health Partners has been providing healthcare organizations across the country with top-notch HIT and HIM consultants for over 8 years. Our specialty is to manage, streamline and staff HIT and HIM projects of all shapes and sizes.

FormFast

FormFast develops software that empowers hospitals by automating documents and workflow, capturing data and streamlining operations. This allows hospitals to concentrate on their core mission – delivering quality care.

GeBBS Healthcare Solutions

GeBBS Healthcare Solutions is a leading national provider of revenue cycle management (RCM) solutions (including coding, audit, A/R follow-up, and patient contact) to healthcare providers. With a staff of over 5,000 professionals, GeBBS was recognized by Modern Healthcare as a Top 15 largest revenue cycle management firm and a nine-time Inc. 5000 fastest growing companies.

Gabe Stein, Executive Vice President
(310) 953-4444
gabe.stein@gebbs.com

GRM Document Management

For over thirty years, GRM is a leading provider of healthcare information management systems, legacy EMR data archiving solutions, workflow management systems, and state of the art medical records storage solutions. Learn more about us through our website. Healthcare Information Management Systems

Ken Ackermann, Sales Manager -West Coast
(562) 373-9011
kackermann@grmdocument.com

Harmony Healthcare

Harmony Healthcare, an Inc. 500 Company with over 500 employees, is a leading Revenue Cycle and Health Information Management solutions partner to healthcare organizations nationwide, providing strategic solutions that improve clinical and financial outcomes. Harmony provides support to over 300 clients; including 11 of the top 15 largest health systems nationwide, major academic health centers, payers, and the Federal Government.

Phillip Myers, Manager, Client Solutions
(813) 321-6426
pmyers@harmony.solutions

HCPro & DecisionHealth

HCPro and DecisionHealth have served as the industry’s leading providers of integrated information, education, training, and consulting products and services in the vital areas of healthcare regulation, compliance, and all issues impacting the revenue cycle.

Maureen Croce
(978) 624-4578
mcroce@hcpro.com

Healthcare Coding & Consulting Services

HCCSiscommittedtodeliveringhospitalsintheUStheindustry’shighestcodingaccuracystandards, rigorousQ.A.,&optimalclientreimbursement.

Addison Brewster, CPC-H, Account Executive
(239) 443-3912
info@hccscoding.com

Healthcare Cost Solutions, Inc.

Convention Sponsor
HCS developed HART©, Healthcare Audit Resource Technology, software to bring your coding reviews and data to a new level in the ever-changing environment of the external audit and increased governmental scrutiny. Services include: ICD-10 Audits, APR-DRG/MS-DRG/APC/HCC Audits; RAC Reviews/Appeals; CVIR/IVR, LTAC, ProFee, Charge/Billing Audits; Remote Coding; Complimentary Online ICD-10 Tutorials; Interim Management and Outsourcing.

Bridget Gallagher, CEO
(949) 721-2795
bgallagher@hcsstat.com

Healthcare Resource Group, Inc.

Expertly crafted revenue cycle management services provide customized solutions for your unique needs. Our client-centric service suite optimizes any part of your Patient Financial Services (PFS) or Health Information Management (HIM) department.

Kelly Ryan, Business Development Director
(206) 295-7101
kryan@hrgpros.com

Health Information Associates

HIA provides the highest-quality coding review and support services in the industry. Our goal is to set a standard of excellence in our field, built on a foundation of experience, expertise, and education.

Jared Petersen, RN
Sales Manager -West Coast
(866) 442-2633
jpetersen@hiacode.com

himagine Solutions, Inc.

himagine solutions provides the solution you need to manage coders and ensure quality scores. We are leaders in the field of healthcare outsourcing solutions with a focus on Health Information Management (HIM) and related services for good reason.

Brad Justus
Director of Sales
(813) 331-0713
bjustus@himaginesolutions.com

Infinx

Infinx provides accurate coding services and full-scale revenue cycle management (RCM) solutions for healthcare hospitals and practices in multiple specialties, including radiology, pathology, and plastic surgery. Combining cloud-based AI-enhanced software with an expert team of AAPC- and AHIMA-certified coders, Infinx delivers solutions that increase revenue and improve cash flow.

Sameer Sheth, Vice President, Business Development & Head of Sales
(510) 579-8565
sameer.sheth@infinxinc.com

Integrity Document Solutions, Inc.

Convention Sponsor
Integrity Document Solutions, Inc. (IDS) is your trusted partner for customized release of information services, innovative ROI technology, qualified HIM staffing, and document management solutions. IDS services are designed to decrease organizational costs, create workflow efficiencies, increase compliance standards, and positively impact patient satisfaction. IDS is dedicated to providing quality care to our customers and employees.

John Barbara, Vice President, Business Development
(619) 254-2338
johnb@integritydocument.com

Iron Mountain

Iron Mountain Incorporated (NYSE: IRM), is a leading provider of storage and information management services. Iron Mountain has over 60 years of information management experience and more than 2,000 hospitals and thousands of healthcare customers nationwide; we have proven workflows, infrastructure, and solutions that can address the issues you face today while preparing you to overcome the challenges of tomorrow.

Stephan Weiler, Senior Client Development Executive
(323) 229-4219
stephan.weiler@ironmountain.com

Kaiser Permanante

Kaiser Permanente, America's largest non-profit health plan, is driven by the needs of our patients and our responsibility to the communities we serve. Experience the opportunities that come with being part of an organization that is an established health care leader. Practice what you believe, practice at Kaiser Permanente.

Kiwi-Tek

KIWI-TEK provides partnership coding solutions for hospitals, health systems and physician practices. We are one of the nation’s largest independently-owned coding companies with proven HIM experience to manage denials, ensure DRG accuracy and meet discharged-not-final-coded goals. Certified, domestic coders guarantee the highest levels of quality and compliance in the industry.

Ross Donewald, Account Manager
(847) 946-8477
rdonewald@kiwi-tek.com

Loma Linda University

LLU is a private health-sciences university located in Southern California, approximately 60 miles east of Los Angeles. Health Informatics and Information Management is located in the School of Allied Health Professions. Programs include the BS in Health Information Administration (HIA), the post-baccalaureate certificate in HIA, the MS in Health Informatics, and the coding specialist certificate.

Kathleen Franck, Administrative Assistant
(909) 558-4976
kfranck@llu.edu

M*Modal

Our cloud-based clinical documentation solutions connect workflows for efficient and accurate medical speech recognition, medical transcription, CDI, and coding. We facilitate physician-patient relationships by making it easy for doctors to capture the patient story, and by delivering information when it is needed most – at the point of care.

Maxim Healthcare Services

Maxim Healthcare Services is a leader in providing quality HIM & Revenue Cycle Staffing services to healthcare organizations across the country. Maxim has jobs for experienced healthcare professionals to support its offerings to customers, including coding and auditing services and non-clinical staffing. We support Facilities, Physician Offices and Payer programs with short-term, long-term, and permanent placement staffing solutions nationally.

MedPartners

MedPartners Total Revenue Integrity Solutions (TRIS) help healthcare facilities maximize revenue throughout every stage of care. We offer proven talent consisting of experienced, credentialed staff eager to be a part of your success. Our specially tailored solutions can meet your facility’s unique needs throughout the revenue cycle.

Mike Behringer, Vice President
mbehringer@medpartners.com

MiraMed On Call

MiraMed On Call is a leading provider of credentialed HIM staff for healthcare organizations. MiraMed On Call has the knowledge, proven staff and the resources to assist its healthcare clients with: Medical Record Coding, Cancer Tumor Registry, Auditing and Interim Management.

Kim Onasch-Raymond, Senior Account Executive
(805) 277-1017
Kim.Onasch-Raymond@MiraMedOnCall.com

MRO

MRO empowers healthcare organizations with proven, enterprise-wide solutions for the secure, compliant and efficient exchange of Protected Health Information (PHI). These solutions include a suite of PHI disclosure management services comprised of release of information, government and commercial payer audit management and accounting of disclosures.

Ryan Abbott, Regional Sales Director West
(720) 244-7517
rabbott@mrocorp.com

Neopost

Neopost solutions enable companies to expertly send and receive release of information requests.

David Goodale, Director of Enterprise Solutions
(760) 415-1217
d.goodale@neopost.com

OnPoint Healthcare Solutions

San Diego based OnPoint Healthcare Solutions is a healthcare staffing and consulting firm. We provide temporary, permanent, and project related staffing solutions for HIM, Revenue Cycle, CDI and Risk Adjustment. We strongly believe in surpassing customer expectations by hiring the most qualified talent combined with the best customer service.

Nathaniel Haros, Business Development
(858) 699-8822
nathaniel.haros@onpoint-healthcare.com

Optum360

Oxford HIM

As a leading staffing and consulting company across North America and Europe, Oxford delivers HIM expertise in key areas of revenue cycle management, including coding and auditing. Through our network of skilled professionals, we connect you with the qualified HIM consultants your business needs. Let us connect you with The Right Talent. Right Now.®

Marty Hancock, Director, Strategic Accounts
(619) 624-0129
marty_hancock@oxfordcorp.com

Past Presidents Information Hub

Peak Health Solutions, LLC

Peak provides innovative solutions & expertise in coding & auditing, CDI consultation, & education, clinical content redesign, analytics & transitional consultation performed by experienced & credentialed coding professionals, Physicians, CDI Clinicians, & AHIMA Approved ICD-10 Trainers.

Peder Christensen, Vice President,Sales
(813) 802-9203
peder.christensen@peakhs.com

Perry Johnson & Associates, Inc

Perry Johnson & Associates, Inc. is a privately owned and U.S. operated company specializing in health information technology solutions. PJ&A services has experienced and qualified employees who utilize state of the art technology, along with the software technologies to provide end-to-end solutions that deliver above 98.7 % QA scores to some of the largest health systems in the country. PJ&A is committed to saving our clients time and money while providing superior customer service and IT support 24/7/365.

Jeffrey Hubbard, President
(800) 803-6330
JHubbard@pjats.com

Pickerson Solutions, LLC

Are you tired of conducting your coding audits using spreadsheets and notepads and then trying to generate your accuracy rates, summaries, and education? Then stop by and see ReviewMate by Pickerson Solutions. We’ve built a simple, easy to use auditing tool just for you.

Greg Thompson, CEO
(951) 232-0111
greg@Pickerson.com

Primeau Consulting Group, Inc.

Convention Sponsor
Primeau Consulting Group’ s skilled subject matter experts provide scalable high-quality consulting services including Management, Information Governance Consulting, Privacy and Security Risk Analysis, Coding and Documentation Audits, and Education. Powered by AHIMA’s Information Governance IGHealthRate™ assessment tool, PCG Consultants assess the IG maturity of an organization to support our clients in successfully navigating today’s evolving health care environment.

Debi Primeau, MA, RHIA, FAHIMA, President
(424) 203-3203
dprimeau@primeauconsultinggroup.com

QuadraMed

Convention Sponsor
QuadraMed's Enterprise Master Patient Index software and clean-up solutions make it easy for healthcare organizations to select the right patient record and treat every patient based on a comprehensive medical history, regardless of location. QuadraMed's patient identity management solutions merge fragmented patient records and eliminate duplicates, establishing one enterprise master person index to facilitate a single record system.

Mackenzi Sweet
Sales Executive
(512) 297-1399
msweet@quadramed.com

RCM Health Care Services

RCM offers temporary and direct hire staffing solutions. Our customizable services include medical coding, CDI, coding audits, physician education, and interim HIM staffing. We help clients thrive by leveraging our in-depth industry knowledge, client-centric customer service, a partnership approach and a proven track record of success spanning 40+ years.

Ryan C. Slominsky, Director of Sales & Operations
(855) 726-0888
ryan.slominsky@rcmt.com

Reimbursement Management Consultants, Inc.

RMC provides excellence in reimbursement services including: coding support, compliance reviews, comprehensive training and education. Our highly-qualified, credentialed staff average over 17 years' experience. In partnering with RMC, many hospitals and physician offices across the country have benefited from the services we provide. Our client's satisfaction is always guaranteed.

Camille Walker, RHIT, Business Development Coordinator
(503) 658-7274
cwalker@rmcinc.org

RevCycle+

RevCycle+ provides charge capture and coding services to outpatient settings including emergency departments, urgent care centers and clinics. The company combines intelligent coding technology with expert services for a solution designed to provide more accurate coding and improved financial outcomes for healthcare organizations.

Janice Hale, Sales Executive
(816) 863-5032
jhale@revcplus.com

Sharecare Health Data Services

Sharecare Health Data Services provides secure electronic exchange, delivery and integration of protected health information, with the latest compliance standards and unmatched multi-step quality control processes. Sharecare Health Data Services delivers a variety release of information, electronic health record, disability and FMLA form processing, and billing office workflow services.


Michael Thompson, Sr. Director of Sales & Client Success Western Region
(925) 787-9357
Michael.Thompson@sharecare.com

SourceHOV, LLC

Convention Sponsor
SourceHOV, part of Exela Technologies, delivers intelligent, customized solutions for coding, revenue cycle, compliance and data management. We are your partner for ICD-10 coding, training, auditing and staffing; CDI; revenue integrity, denials management, and underpayment recovery; and complete life cycle record management, including digitization/conversion of records/film, secure storage and confidential destruction.

Liz Allan
Director of Client Programs
(408) 326-1084
liz.allan@exelaonline.com

The College of St. Scholastica

The College of St. Scholastica is a renowned leader in Healthcare Informatics and Health Information Management education. We offer flexible 100% Online Graduate programs in Health Information Management, Health Informatics, HIM/IT Leadership Duel degree and Healthcare Informatics Certificates. We also offer a baccalaureate in Health Information Management as well as a Post Bacc HIM Certificate . Visit us online at www.css.edu/him.xml.

Jay Parsons, Assistant Director of Online Undergraduate Admissions
(651) 403-8625
jparsons@css.edu

The University of Texas School of Biomedical Informatics at Houston

Trust HCS

TrustHCS provides advisory and staffing services to ambulatory, acute and post-acute care organizations. TrustHCS’ focus on coding, coding compliance and clinical documentation needs enables operating cost reduction, revenue cycle acceleration, and revenue integrity improvement. Credentialed staff, clinicians, and strategic partners deliver these services in a cost-effective, accountable way with measurable and sustainable results. 

United Audit Systems, Inc.

UASI is a leading national provider of revenue cycle solutions designed to help healthcare facilities achieve correct reimbursement in the quickest possible time. Our services include: Remote Coding, Coding Compliance Review, ICD-10 Solutions, and CDI and Revenue Integrity.

Tyler Moore, Senior Account Manager
(800) 526-0594
tyler.moore@uasisolutions.com

Universal Coding Solutions

Universal Coding Solutions provides a comprehensive suite of HIM services that includes ICD-10 Coding/Auditing Support, CDI, Interim Management, Case Management and Cancer/Tumor Registry. As your strategic partner, we understand that we must earn your trust and demonstrate our ability to meet and exceed your Revenue Cycle goals.

Andrew Norrie, Owner/Partner
(813) 925-3609
anorrie@universalcodngsolutions.com

University of San Diego

University of San Diego’s online M.S. in Health Care Informatics program is specifically designed to create industry leaders. The 20-month, 31-unit program is ideal for working HIM professionals, with a curriculum that provides a valuable blend of health care administration and programmatic/technical skills. Classes start year-round.

Casey Murphy, Senior Marketing Manager
(888) 832-0239
hcinformatics@sandiego.edu

Wipfli LLP / HFS Consultants, Inc.

Convention Sponsor
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Saturday Tutorial Registration

07:00 AM 09:00 AM Royal Palm Terrace

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Continental Breakfast

07:00 AM 08:00 AM Royal Palm Terrace

Pre-Convention Tutorial

RHIT / RHIA Exam Prep

08:00 AM 04:30 PM Royal Palm Terrace

Strengthen and reinforce the competencies necessary to prepare for the RHIT or RHIA certification examination. Review domain competencies: Data Content, Structure & Standards, Information Governance, Information Protection; Access, Disclosure, Archival, Privacy & Security; Informatics, Analytics & Data Use; Revenue Cycle Management; Compliance; and Leadership. (7 CEUs)

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CCS Exam Prep

08:30 AM 04:00 PM Royal Palm Terrace

Continue your professional growth and enhance your career with a Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) credential. This interactive examination prep course will review the test components and requirements. Plenty of hands-on practice in coding exam-related questions will help you validate your coding skills and prepare you for successful completion of the CCS examination. Codebooks or other electronic coding tool is required. (6 CEUs)

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Sunday Tutorial Registration

07:00 AM 10:00 AM Royal Palm Terrace

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Continental Breakfast

07:00 AM 08:00 AM Royal Palm Terrace

Pre-Convention Tutorial

CHPS Exam Prep

08:00 AM 12:00 PM Royal Palm Terrace

Designed to prepare you to take the Certified in Healthcare Privacy and Security (CHPS) examination, this tutorial will benefit those wishing to increase their understanding of HIPAA. Privacy and Breach topics include: the purpose of HIPAA, an understanding the Privacy and Breach rules, disclosure, patient rights, investigation, enforcement, necessary policy and procedures, training, breach reporting and other administrative requirements. Learn the security rule administrative, physical, and technical safeguards and discuss the latest OCR audit activities, findings and hot topics in privacy and security. (4 CEUs)

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Leadership Academy: Tools for Everyday Leadership

08:30 AM 11:30 AM Royal Palm Terrace

HIM education and training prepares professionals to meet the technical needs of health care organizations; such as implementing systems, clinical coding, data analytics and information governance. Build your professional practice by developing the leadership acumen necessary to drive successful teams. Learn how to navigate the complex political, personal and adaptive systems within an organization by engaging in Everyday Leadership. Identify tools to increase leadership knowledge, networking, coaching, and mentoring. This interactive session includes takeaways on how to apply lessons learned and enhance the skills necessary for Everyday Leadership. (3 CEUs)

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Building Skills for Data Analytics in Health Care

08:30 AM 11:30 AM Royal Palm Terrace

Practice “hands-on” skills and learn methods and tools for cultivating effective health care data analysis. Topics include: structured vs. unstructured data, structured data types, the data dictionary, Baysian logic, basic biostatistics, and data visualization. Laptop/Tablet with Excel with preloaded presentation materials is required. (3 CEUs)

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CDIP Exam Prep

09:00 AM 12:00 PM Royal Palm Terrace

Prepare to take the Clinical Documentation Improvement Practitioner (CDIP) examination. This session includes test taking strategies, a review of the six domains, and tools to achieve success. Learn CDIP practices and apply the didactic content during this interactive group setting. Explore CDIP principles and write a compliant provider query, apply data collection methodologies, and demonstrate effective provider/coding professional communication techniques. (3 CEUs)

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CHIA Student Academy

09:00 AM 12:00 PM Royal Palm Terrace

This complimentary interactive session provides an opportunity to learn more about careers in health information. Network and build long-lasting professional connections with student members, peers and mentors. A special focus will be on the Professional Practice Experience (PPE) process and how students can achieve a meaningful PPE. Panel discussion will highlight:

  • Evolving Professional Practice Experience (PPE): Project-based, Specialty-based
  • Alternative PPE sites
  • From Student to Site Supervisor: A Story Told
  • Practicum shared experience - Student/Site Supervisor
  • Recruiting PPE sites
  • Learn from HIM Industry Leaders during closing networking session

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Pre-Registration Pickup

12:00 PM 02:00 PM Atlas Foyer

If you have pre-registered, you can pickup materials.
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Tutorial Registration

12:30 PM 01:30 PM Royal Palm Terrace

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CHIA House of Delegates

12:45 PM 05:30 PM California Room

CHIA members are invited to participate in this annual business meeting where delegates, representing HIM professionals throughout the state, provide strategic input into governing the HIM profession for CHIA and the health information community at large.
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CCA Exam Prep

01:00 PM 05:00 PM Royal Palm Terrace

The Certified Coding Associate (CCA) credential is your opportunity to validate your coding knowledge and skills necessary to continue your professional growth. This interactive examination prep course will review the test components, structure, and requirements. Test your knowledge with plenty of practice in coding examination-related questions. Join your colleagues and prepare to complete the CCA examination. Codebooks or other electronic coding tool is required. (4 CEUs)

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Convention Registration

05:00 PM 07:00 PM Atlas Foyer

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Welcome Reception

05:30 PM 07:00 PM Grand Hall

Welcome to the 69th CHIA Convention & Exhibit. Mingle, make new friends, and network with industry peers in a casual atmosphere. Light appetizers and beverages will be served. No host bar. Participate in the Exhibit Hall Scavenger Hunt and enter to win valuable prizes.

**Badge and ticket required for admittance. Ticket included with full registration.
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Exhibits

05:30 PM 07:00 PM Grand Hall

Event

Silent Auction

05:30 PM 07:00 PM Grand Hall

Join in on the fun and excitement of this annual event that can be anything but silent. All proceeds will benefit the CHIA Scholarship Program. Auction open during Exhibit Hall hours; closes on Tuesday at 12:30pm.
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Monday Registration

07:00 AM 06:00 PM Atlas Foyer

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Continental Breakfast

07:00 AM 08:00 AM Atlas Foyer

General Session

Welcome & CHIA Recognition Awards Ceremony

08:15 AM 09:00 AM Golden West/ California Rooms

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Keynote

Conquering Raiders of the Lost Spark: Your Spark Determines Your Success

09:00 AM 10:00 AM Golden West/ California Rooms

Is multitasking and busyness scrambling your priorities and leading you into stress? Too often it can mean you are slowly burning out your special spark for accomplishing your purpose.We need to make mid-course corrections to manage the multiple demands being placed in all areas of life – work, home, community. When you learn the steps for capturing the balance needed to be fully charged for the joys and demands in your life, you will keep your spark alive in all you do. This program offers essential skills to maintain your balance in life and steps to take to re-ignite your focus, courage, goals, passion and purpose.

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Be Your Own Advocate: Surviving Cancer

10:00 AM 11:00 AM Golden West/ California Rooms

Surviving a breast cancer diagnosis at the age of 34, being a new mom of a one-year-old boy, and enduring recurrences of cancer within six years of being diagnosed has been tough. Cancer is not just a medical mystery or something to be talked about amongst doctors and researchers. Ms. Dinerman will share her personal story and describe how her motto of being her own advocate helps her during difficult times. Learn how she gains tenacity and courage as she listens to her body, deals with PTSD, and copes with fear of recurrence while surviving cancer.

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First Timer Orientation

11:00 AM 11:30 AM Golden West/ California Rooms

The CHIA Convention & Exhibit can be an overwhelming experience for first time attendees and students. Learn how to navigate through educational sessions, the Exhibit Hall, network with others, earn continuing education units, attend social activities, and everything in between.

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Exhibits & Exhibit Hall Cafe

11:00 AM 01:00 PM Grand Hall

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Silent Auction

11:00 AM 01:00 PM Grand Hall

Join in on the fun and excitement of this annual event that can be anything but silent. All proceeds will benefit the CHIA Scholarship Program. Auction open during Exhibit Hall hours; closes on Tuesday at 12:30pm.
General Leadership Meeting

CLA Leadership Luncheon

11:30 AM 01:00 PM Royal Palm Salon 1

By invitation only. This important orientation is for all incoming CLA Board members.
Track 1 Build

Implementing a Sepsis Definition in a Multi- Hospital System

01:00 PM 02:00 PM San Diego Room

Coding Clinic, 4th Quarter, 2017, advises facilities and payers to establish clinical indicators assuring the validity of ICD-10-CM codes based on provider documentation. Given the evolution of the definition of sepsis, witness how a multi-hospital system engaged the medical staff, quality improvement, coding, and compliance in the development of a systemwide definition of septic shock, severe sepsis, and sepsis and its role in CDI, pre-bill review and coding compliance.

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Basics of Augmented Intelligence and Machine Learning

01:00 PM 02:00 PM Golden West Room

Artificial, or augmented, intelligence (AI) and machine learning have the potential to revolutionize our jobs. Learn definitions, as well as major approaches for AI and machine learning. Explore how AI and machine learning could and are expected to be used to augment humans performing HIM functions. The speaker will conclude with an overview of the specific skills and knowledge that HIM professionals can acquire to "future-proof" their careers.

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HIM Ransomware Readiness and Response

01:00 PM 02:00 PM California Room

Recently, there has been upsurge in discussions around how to protect and prevent cybersecurity threats, but what do you do when it happens to your organization? This session provides a unique opportunity to hear from HIM professionals who have lived through one of the biggest reported health care cyberattack of 2017. We will analyze the decisive actions the department and facility took in preparation of, during, and post a significant unscheduled downtime. Outcomes, best practices and lessons learned will be discussed.

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Coding Edits: Are You Bypassing the Road to Compliance?

02:10 PM 03:10 PM San Diego Room

Review the importance of coding edits, including the National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) policy manual, NCCI edits, and CMS Medically Unlikely Edits (MUE) with a focus on coding compliance. Understand compliance risks for over-using modifiers to bypass edits. Learn about updates on the latest edits, NCCI policy manual changes, and the Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) focused review findings on modifier over-use.

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Track 2 Transform

Release of Information: EHR Challenges

02:10 PM 03:10 PM Golden West Room

Once the implementation of an electronic health record (EHR) system is complete, not much is discussed about the post implementation challenges that face release of information functions and processes. Panelists will review: maintaining the integrity of the medical record, using secured portals, implementing specific inbox emails, streamlining workflow for legacy systems, and provide real-time challenges and solutions in managing the EHR release of information workflow.

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Turning Medical Coding Audit Data into Education

02:10 PM 03:10 PM California Room

In the ever-changing world of HM, the focus on auditing and education is increasingly critical. Auditors are evolving into educators, requiring the development of new skills. Gain insight into the changing roles of auditors and understand how to get more from audited data to promote focused education. Learn key tips on PowerPoint (PPT) construction, presentation skills, and review adult learning modalities to avoid death by PPT.

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Transform Data into Quality Improvement Initiatives

03:20 PM 04:20 PM San Diego Room

In support of organizational goals to improve quality and reduce costs, health care facilities are forced to be creative in acquiring the necessary data to lead quality improvement initiatives. Health care providers are held accountable for quality outcomes derived from original clinical documentation, diagnostic and procedural code assignment and associated data abstraction. Industry experts will describe tools, techniques, challenges, and successes in obtaining raw data; such as the CMS MedPAR, California All-Payer, Pediatric Health Information System (PHIS), OSHPD, PEPPER, and transforming these data sets into meaningful information.

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Track 2 Transform

Lessons Learned from OCR Enforcement

03:20 PM 04:20 PM Golden West Room

Explore recent activities from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR), including patient access guidance and resolution agreements. Review recommended best practices that health care organizations can adopt to lower their likelihood of a breach of protected health information.

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The Modern-Day Health Information Student

03:20 PM 04:20 PM California Room

HIM roles are changing in the industry and so are academic programs. Meet the historic first graduating class from San Diego Mesa College’s HIM Baccalaureate program. Listen to their stories and learn why they chose to make the commitment to go back to school after their RHIT program and meet the goal of a four-year degree. Understand the evolving health information curriculum and what you can expect from the future workforce.

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Exhibits

Exhibits

04:00 PM 06:00 PM Grand Hall

Event

Silent Auction

04:00 PM 06:00 PM Grand Hall

Join in on the fun and excitement of this annual event that can be anything but silent. All proceeds will benefit the CHIA Scholarship Program. Auction open during Exhibit Hall hours; closes on Tuesday at 12:30pm.
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Job Fair in the Exhibit Hall

05:00 PM 06:00 PM Grand Hall

Your future is calling. Dust off your resume, prepare your cover letter, and meet with organizations looking for you! With the variety of HIM roles to be filled, you don’t want to miss this unique opportunity to meet with potential employers. Respond by visiting with participating Exhibitors in the Exhibit Hall.
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College Alumni & Student Receptions

05:30 PM 07:30 PM Varies by School

Alumni, students, and faculty are invited to participate in California HIIM program receptions. To attend a college reception, please RSVP directly to the school contact.
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Tuesday Registration

07:00 AM 04:00 PM Atlas Foyer

Event

Continental Breakfast

07:00 AM 08:00 AM Atlas Foyer

General Session

Welcome & Annoucements

08:00 AM 08:10 AM Golden West/ California Rooms

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General Session

Utilizing the EHR to Facilitate Research

08:10 AM 09:10 AM Golden West/ California Rooms

Learn how the electronic health record can be used to address comparative effectiveness research questions. Discuss the needed data element types, programming, data management support, and multi-center collaborations. The presenter will provide illustrative examples of successfully completed pediatric projects as well as recommendations for future approaches.

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Workforce Ready: Educating the Future

09:10 AM 09:50 AM Golden West/ California Rooms

The rapid evolution of HIM requires new competencies to meet the needs of the health care industry. Practitioners, industry leaders, and consumers will drive the workforce transformation. Will we be ready?

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AHIMA Update: Inspiring Leadership - Influencing Change

09:50 AM 10:30 AM Golden West/ California Rooms

Learn how AHIMA is helping you lead and influence change in your career as well as in the healthcare environment of the future.

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CHIA Academic Awards Ceremony and President’s Message

10:30 AM 11:00 AM Golden West/ California Rooms

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Event

Silent Auction

11:00 AM 12:30 PM Grand Hall

Join in on the fun and excitement of this annual event that can be anything but silent. All proceeds will benefit the CHIA Scholarship Program. Auction open during Exhibit Hall hours; closes on Tuesday at 12:30pm.
Exhibits

Exhibits & Exhibit Hall Cafe

11:00 AM 01:00 PM Grand Hall

Track 1 Build

One Path to Improving Population Health

01:00 PM 02:00 PM San Diego Room

Breaking down the silos that exist between facility and professional coding, CDI and charge capture, will be showcased. Learn how the same advanced tools are needed, enterprise-wide, to facilitate all reimbursement systems, claim and coding edits, computer assisted coding, and documentation. Walk through tangible examples of the methodology and approach used to positively influence provider behavior and ultimately drive superior outcomes to improve population health.

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Track 2 Transform

Make an Impact with Data: Reporting 101

01:00 PM 02:00 PM Golden West Room

Understanding basic database concepts and the ability to identify data elements or analytics within current e-systems is the foundation to providing meaningful information. Each e-system template has hidden data opportunities for compare, contrast, and reporting of information that may not be fully actualized in existing reports. Learn about database structure, reporting and analytics, and understand how to identify the key data points to compile a report. Attendees will leave with a template that can be used to guide individuals when requesting a compiled report.

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OSHPD Data: Making Connections

01:00 PM 02:00 PM California Room

Join OSHPD staff and learn about critical changes in MIRCal reporting requirements for 2019 that include: race, total charges, ZIP codes, and more. Discuss the most recent uses of MIRCal data by researchers, media, and government, and review the potential challenges of MIRCal data use.

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