CHIA Convention & Exhibit 2019

June 8 - 12, 2019 • Indian Wells, CA
California Health Information Association (CHIA) is celebrating 70 years of service to the health information management (HIM) profession. Join HIM professionals in beautiful Indian Wells for the 2019 CHIA Convention & Exhibit - Empowering Patients, Breaking Boundaries, and Bridging Gaps. Celebrate CHIA’s 70 years of success while shaping its future! Discover innovative ideas and strategies for tackling day-to-day issues as leading industry experts discuss challenges facing today’s HIM professionals in electronic health record best practices, patient access/release of information, compliance, organizational leadership and management, data integrity, clinical documentation improvement, consumer/patient engagement, coding, compliance and more. Invest in your professional career and register today!

Schedule

  • 08 June
  • 09 June
  • 10 June
  • 11 June
  • 12 June

Tutorial Registration

07:30 AM 09:00 AM

Continental Breakfast

07:30 AM 09:00 AM

RHIA/RHIT Exam Prep

08:00 AM 04:30 PM

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

SQL for the Absolute Beginner

08:30 AM 04:00 PM

Susan Fenton, PhD, RHIA, CPHI, FAHIMA

Kimberly Smith, PhD, MT(ASCP)

CCS Exam Prep

08:30 AM 04:00 PM

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

Tutorial Registration

07:30 AM 09:30 AM

Continental Breakfast

07:30 AM 09:00 AM

Vascular and Non-Vascular Interventional Radiology Coding Hot Topics

08:30 AM 11:30 AM

Cathy Huyghe, CPC

Coding Audits: Old and New Targets and Processes

08:30 AM 11:30 AM

Gloryanne Bryant, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, CCDS

CHIA Student Academy

09:00 AM 12:00 PM

Pre-Registration Pickup

12:00 PM 02:00 PM

Exhibitor Registration

12:00 PM 07:00 PM

Exhibit Setup

12:00 PM 05:00 PM

CHIA House of Delegates

01:00 PM 05:30 PM

Pre-show Exhibitor Meeting

05:00 PM 05:45 PM

Convention Registration

05:30 PM 07:00 PM

Welcome Reception

06:00 PM 07:30 PM

Exhibit Hall Open

06:00 PM 07:30 PM

Silent Auction

06:00 PM 07:30 PM

Convention & Exhibitor Registration

08:00 AM 04:30 PM

Exhibit Hall Open

08:00 AM 09:00 AM

Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall

08:00 AM 09:00 AM

Welcome & CHIA Recognition Awards Ceremony

09:00 AM 09:45 AM

Maria Caban Alizondo, MOL, RHIA, FAHIMA

Keynote: How to Speak Anyone's Language

09:45 AM 10:45 AM

Ken Rutkowski

Break

10:45 AM 11:00 AM

Reshaping Health Care: Patients as the HIE of One

11:00 AM 12:00 PM

Deven McGraw, JD, MPH, LLM

First Timers Orientation

12:00 PM 12:30 PM

Leah Beck, RHIA

Exhibit Hall Open

12:00 PM 02:00 PM

Silent Auction

12:00 PM 02:00 PM

Cash Lunch in Exhibit Hall

12:00 PM 02:00 PM

CLA Leadership Luncheon

12:15 PM 01:45 PM

Best Practices to Leverage Technology to Improve ROI

02:00 PM 02:30 PM

Arctrieval, Inc. 

Health Information Exchange: Industry Trends and Best Practices

02:00 PM 02:30 PM

LANES 

Minimize Risk on a Shoestring Budget

02:00 PM 02:30 PM

Primeau Consulting Group, Inc. 

Digitizing Records Requests: Health Record Request Wizard

02:35 PM 03:05 PM

Swellbox 

MPI Integrity and Data Clean-up

02:35 PM 03:05 PM

Medarcus 

Health Care and the Digital Consumer

02:35 PM 03:05 PM

Integrity Document Solutions, Inc. 

Dealing with the Challenges of Patient Amendment Requests

03:10 PM 04:05 PM

Adriana Preciado, RHIA

California Telehealth: Are We There Yet?

03:10 PM 04:05 PM

John  Folger, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P

Judy Holloway, MPH, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P

What HIM Professionals Do in Correctional Facilities

03:10 PM 04:05 PM

Mengistu Hika, MHIS, RHIA, CDIP, CHP

CMS Internet, the RAC, and Coding Manuals

03:10 PM 04:05 PM

Patricia Small, RHIT, CCS

ROI Experiences for Minors, Deceased Patients and Incapacitated Adults

04:10 PM 05:05 PM

Guadalupe Avila

Marisol Davis, RHIA

Adriana Preciado, RHIA

What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger

04:10 PM 05:05 PM

Kamar Braish, MS, RHIA

LR Linda Rader, RHIT

HIM Workforce Issues and Apprenticeship Solutions

04:10 PM 05:05 PM

Bonnie Aguda, MM

Creating a Coding Compliance Plan: What's the Risk?

04:10 PM 05:10 PM

Nancy Andersen, MS, RHIA, CCS

Convention & Exhibitor Registration

08:00 AM 04:30 PM

Exhibit Hall Open

08:00 AM 09:00 AM

Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall

08:00 AM 09:00 AM

Job Fair in the Exhibit Hall

08:00 AM 09:00 AM

Welcome & Announcements

09:00 AM 09:05 AM

Maria Caban Alizondo, MOL, RHIA, FAHIMA

Driving Workforce Readiness to Include a Consumer Focus

09:05 AM 10:05 AM

Angela Kennedy, EdD, MBA, RHIA

Post-show Exhibitor Meeting

10:00 AM 10:45 AM

AHIMA Update: Bridging to Our Future

10:05 AM 11:00 AM

Seth Jeremy  Katz, MPH, RHIA, FAHIMA

Break

11:00 AM 11:15 AM

CHIA Academic Awards Ceremony and President’s Message

11:15 AM 12:00 PM

Nancy Andersen, MS, RHIA, CCS

Maria Caban Alizondo, MOL, RHIA, FAHIMA

Silent Auction

12:00 PM 01:30 PM

Exhibit Hall Open

12:00 PM 02:00 PM

Cash Lunch in Exhibit Hall

12:00 PM 02:00 PM

Exhibits Strike

02:00 PM 06:00 PM

CDI Across the Continuum of Care

02:00 PM 02:30 PM

3M Health Information Systems 

Provider-Vendor Relations in a Global Market

02:00 PM 02:30 PM

Aviacode, Inc. 

Revenue Integrity in Today's Environment

02:00 PM 02:30 PM

Navigant Consulting, Inc. 

Why Payers Are Asking You for More Charts

02:35 PM 03:05 PM

Moxe Health 

Translating CDI into Compliant Reimbursement Codes

02:35 PM 03:05 PM

Healthcare Cost Solutions, Inc. 

Driving Focused Physician Audits and Education Using Predicative Analytics

02:35 PM 03:05 PM

Panacea Healthcare Solutions, Inc. 

It’s Time for Transformation: Risk Adjustment and its Impacts to CDI and Coding Operations

03:10 PM 04:05 PM

Anne Robertucci, MS, RHIA

Expanding to an All-Payer CDI Program Reaps Significant Rewards: The Journey of One Health System

03:10 PM 04:05 PM

Autumn Reiter, BSN, RN, CCDS, CDIP, CCS

Steps to Avoid Penalties and Ensure Proper Reimbursement with Quality Documentation

03:10 PM 04:05 PM

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

OSHPD: California’s Health Data Wellspring

03:10 PM 04:05 PM

Christopher Krawczyk, PhD

Starla Ledbetter, MHSA, RHIA, PMP

HCC Nuts and Bolts: Building the Coding Toolkit

04:10 PM 05:05 PM

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

The Re-booting (and Re-vamping) of a CDI Program

04:10 PM 05:05 PM

Madhulika Subherwal, MHA, MBBS, CCDS

Forensic Medical Coding and Billing

04:10 PM 05:05 PM

Jacqueline Bloink, MBA, RHIA, CFE, CHC, CPC

Consumer Engagement Toolkit: Training for the HIM Professional

04:10 PM 05:05 PM

Roberta Baranda, MS, RHIA, CHP

Giovanna Stahl

CHIA Celebration Party

06:30 PM 09:30 PM

Convention Registration

07:00 AM 11:30 AM

Continental Breakfast

07:00 AM 08:00 AM

Best Practices in Privacy Incident Response

08:00 AM 08:55 AM

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

Inpatient Coder Cautions: Digging Deep and Denials

08:00 AM 08:55 AM

Dana Brown, MBA, RHIA, CHC

HIM Leadership in Times of Ethical Challenge and Change

08:00 AM 08:55 AM

Gloryanne Bryant, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, CCDS

Population Health Management and How it is Changing Health Informatics

08:00 AM 08:55 AM

Melanie Meyer, MHA, RHIA, CCS, CPHQ

Lessons from California Disasters: HIM Emergency Preparedness

09:00 AM 09:55 AM

Freida Smith, RHIA

Vivian Thomas, RHIA, CHPS, CHDA, CDIP, CPHQ

Esther Tolentino, RHIT, CPHI, CHTS-IS, CHTS-PW

A Team Approach: The Chaos of Proper Documentation

09:00 AM 09:55 AM

Louis Grujanac, DO

Lead the Way to Cultural Competence

09:00 AM 09:55 AM

Holly Jagielinski, MPH, RHIA

Connie Renda, MA, RHIA, CHDA

Improving Health Care: Getting Data off the Couch

09:00 AM 09:55 AM

John Rekart, PhD

Cyber Threat Trends

10:00 AM 10:55 AM

NL Nhan Ly

Review of Acute Strokes for Coding Folks

10:00 AM 10:55 AM

Marty Beckman, MA, RHIT, CCS

MN Molly Neal, CCS

Staying Connected with a Remote Workforce

10:00 AM 10:55 AM

Cathy Brownfield, MSHI, RHIA, CCS

How Technologies and Millennials are Changing our Future

10:00 AM 10:55 AM

Debi Primeau, MA, RHIA, FAHIMA

GDPR: How the European Union Privacy Regulations Will Affect HIM

11:00 AM 11:55 AM

Rebekah Rushton, RHIT, CHC, CHPC

ICD-10 Coding Survivor: Who’s Getting Voted Off the Island?

11:00 AM 11:55 AM

Caleb Jesudasson, RHIA

Deanna Klure, RHIT, CDIP, CCS

CANCELED: Leading Anytime, Anywhere: Your Leadership Edge

11:00 AM 11:55 AM

Patty Sheridan, MBA, RHIA, FAHIMA

Bridging Gaps in Disease Classification: ICD-11 Compared to ICD-10

11:00 AM 11:55 AM

Kathy Giannangelo, MA, RHIA, CCS, CPHIMS, FAHIMA

Leadership Luncheon: Find the Joy and Purpose at Work

12:00 PM 01:30 PM

Tracy Miller

Break

01:30 PM 01:40 PM

Consumerism: A Revolution, or Going Around in Circles?

01:40 PM 02:40 PM

Naveen Rao, MHS

Closing, Announce 2020 Convention

02:40 PM 02:55 PM

Nancy Andersen, MS, RHIA, CCS

Sponsors

Exhibitors

Presenters

3M Health Information Systems

Best known for our market-leading coding system and ICD-10 expertise, 3M Health Information Systems delivers innovative software and consulting services designed to raise the bar for clinical documentation improvement, computer-assisted coding, mobile physician applications, case mix and quality outcomes reporting, and document management. Our robust healthcare data dictionary and terminology services also support the expansion and accuracy of your electronic health record (EHR) system. With nearly 30 years of healthcare industry experience and the know-how of more than 100 credentialed 3M coding experts, 3M is the go-to choice for 5,000+ hospitals worldwide that want to improve quality and financial performance.

11 June

Bonnie Aguda, MM

Senior Manager, Grants and Sponsored Programs
AHIMA Foundation
Bonnie Aguda has an extensive background within the health care environment, particularly at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. She has received recognition for her efforts within operations and the community. Her focus in recent years has been research administration, both pre- and post- award services. Her volunteer work includes a range of activities, such as working with boards for fundraising, assisting a charter school with the public relations efforts, and developing grants for non-profits. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University and a Master of Management degree from Northwestern University’s Executive Program.

10 June

Nancy Andersen, MS, RHIA, CCS

Director, Coding Compliance
Kaiser Permanente, National Compliance, Ethics & Integrity Office
Nancy 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 regional and state levels and is the CHIA President-elect.

10 June

Nancy Andersen, MS, RHIA, CCS

President 2019-2020
CHIA Board of Directors

11 June

12 June

Arctrieval, Inc.

Arctrieval’s web-based correspondence management system improves a facility’s financial performance and patient experience by providing patients, healthcare providers and hospital staff with an easy, secure, step-by-step process to request and release protected health information. Arctrieval eliminates paper based, error prone processes. It improves service delivery with user interfaces that support multiple languages, an integrated billing module to collect legal allowable fees, secure delivery of password protected files and a complete information audit trail. Since Arctrieval is a web-based solution implementation and training, only minimal support is needed from an IT department.

10 June

Aviacode, Inc.

Aviacode has delivered superior medical coding and compliance services to large-scale healthcare systems, individual hospitals, physician groups, surgery centers, and imaging centers, as well as payers for 20 years. Our AHIMA or AAPC certified coders are experienced in facility, pro-fee, and risk adjustment coding and consulting for a wide range of specialties. Using skilled and experienced professionals that are supported with a strong culture of urgency, transparency and accountability, we have grown to be one of the top medical coding companies in the United States. Aviacode’s people, processes, and technology all come together to improve coding quality and optimize reimbursements.

11 June

Guadalupe Avila

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 in degree Sociology and is completing her information management course work in order to sit for the RHIT certification. Lupe brings a broad scope of experience and intuitive leadership skills to her group, currently managing the ROI department at UCLA Health.

10 June

Roberta Baranda, MS, RHIA, CHP

Co-Chair
CHIA Consumer Engagement Task Force
Roberta Baranda is a leader in the HIM community and a passionate volunteer. She has championed many HIM efforts through her participation on several CHIA committees and task forces throughout the years. She served on the CHIA Governance Structure Task Force last year and was a valuable member in researching and determining proposed structures to lead CHIA into the future. Currently, Roberta is the President of Sierra Health Information Association and Co-Chair of the CHIA Consumer Engagement Task Force, which is developed methods for CHIA to empower consumers to use health information resources to optimize their health.

11 June

Leah Beck, RHIA

Member
CHIA Convention Committee
Leah is the HIM Supervisor at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton, CA. She earned her bachelor’s degree in another field but has found her passion in health informatics and information management. She completed the health information administration program from Loma Linda University and obtained her RHIA thereafter. As a professional practice experience site supervisor and AHIMA mentor, she encourages students to volunteer and be not afraid to go outside of their comfort zone. She believes that education is the best investment to oneself, and that experience is the best teacher and is currently pursuing the master’s in health informatics. She lives with her husband, Greg, and husky-mix, Ginger.

10 June

Marty Beckman, MA, RHIT, CCS

Inpatient Coding Auditor
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.

12 June

Jacqueline Bloink, MBA, RHIA, CFE, CHC, CPC

CEO
Jacqueline Bloink, LLC
Jacqueline Bloink has been in health care since the mid 1990's. She is passionate about assisting providers to understand coding to increase revenue and enhance patient care. She is a published author and national speaker, and has collaborated with CMS and OIG on physician compliance webinars. Ms. Bloink is currently an adjunct Professor for the University of Arizona and a consultant that specializes in assisting businesses, organizations and legal teams with various projects that involve provider education, health care coding, compliance or fraud.

11 June

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

Vice President, Privacy, Compliance and HIM Policy
MRO Corporation
Rita 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. Bowen is an active member of AHIMA and is a former 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 AHIMA’s Quality Specialty Group. Bowen is an established author and speaker on HIM topics and has taught HIM studies at Chattanooga State and the University of Tennessee Memphis. Bowen holds a Bachelor of Medical Science degree with a focus in medical record administration and a master’s degree in health information/informatics management technology.

12 June

Kamar Braish, MS, RHIA

Director, HIM
Children's Hospital Of Orange County
Kamar Braish serves as volunteer at the regional and state levels. She is a 2018-2019 CHIA Delegate to AHIMA and 2018-2019 GOCHIA President. She has severed on multiple CHIA committees including Convention Committee, Mentorship Committee, and Nominating Committee, and in multiple roles in Northern California Health Information Association.

10 June

Dana Brown, MBA, RHIA, CHC

President
Reimbursement Management Consultants, Inc.
Dana Brown founded Reimbursement Management Consultants in 1994, with the desire to assist health care facilities in obtaining correct reimbursement and minimizing lost revenue through complete and accurate coding, documentation improvement, and education. Prior to founding RMC, Ms. Brown performed DRG validation, admission, and utilization reviews for the Oregon PRO/QIO and held positions as HIM Director and Assistant Director. Ms. Brown has extensive management, education and coding experience spanning her 30+ years in HIM. Ms. Brown’s expertise in compliance, inpatient coding, DRG’s/MSDRG’s, risk adjustment, OIG and RAC targets, as well as CDI round out her areas of focus at RMC.

12 June

Cathy Brownfield, MSHI, RHIA, CCS

Chief Operating Officer
TrustHCS
Cathy Brownfield is a founder and Chief Operating Officer for TrustHCS. She brings over 15 years of coding operations, auditing and education experience to the organization. Cathy leads a team of consultants and operations directors maintaining the daily coding, auditing, education and clinical documentation improvement projects for TrustHCS clients. She holds her Master of Arts in Health Informatics from Arkansas Tech University and has received her Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management from the same university. She is also a member of both AHIMA and the Arkansas Health Information Management Association.

12 June

Gloryanne Bryant, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, CCDS

HIM Coding Professional and Consultant
Gloryanne Bryant is a HIM coding professional and leader with over 40 years of experience. In her last role, she was the National Director of Coding Quality and Education for a national health care system. Gloryanne is a sought-after adviser, 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.

09 June

12 June

Maria Caban Alizondo, MOL, RHIA, FAHIMA

President 2018-2019
CHIA Board of Directors

10 June

11 June

11 June

Marisol Davis, RHIA

Assistant Manager, Release of Information
Maxim Health Information Services
Marisol Davis 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 HIM 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 an active volunteer with CHIA in the Professional Education Committee.

10 June

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

Manager, HIM Consulting Services
United Audit Solutions, Inc.
Kathryn DeVault 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 adviser 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.

08 June

Susan Fenton, PhD, RHIA, CPHI, FAHIMA

Associate Dean & Associate Professor, Academic Affairs
University of Texas, School of Biomedical Informatics
Susan Fenton is an Associate Professor and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Texas School of Biomedical Informatics in Houston, TX. She is responsible for their graduate certificates, master’s and doctoral degree programs. She recently led the development of the nation’s first practice doctorate in health informatics. Dr. Fenton has received more than $7 million in grant funding and also serves on a variety of regional and national professional association committees and boards. Dr. Fenton has more than 30 years experience in health informatics and health information management. Dr. Fenton holds a bachelors in health information management from UTMB in Galveston, an MBA from the University of Houston and a PhD in health services research from Texas A&M.

08 June

John Folger, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P

Senior Consultant
Wipfli LLP
John Folger received his certificate in HIM from Regis University in 2013, after a previous bachelor’s in 1998. He has worked as a consultant for Wipfli for the past five years. He primarily audits in both inpatient and outpatient settings and has co-presented at AHIMA and CHIA conventions.

10 June

Kathy Giannangelo, MA, RHIA, CCS, CPHIMS, FAHIMA

President
Kathy Giannangelo Consulting, LLC
Kathy Giannangelo has a comprehensive clinical terminologies, classification, and data standards background with extensive experience in the HIM and informatics field. Her company has worked with a number of clients including RKL Health Informatics and the American Medical Association. She is editor of AHIMA’s Healthcare Code Sets, Clinical Terminologies, and Classification Systems. She has worked in various HIM roles, including director, practice leadership with AHIMA, senior nosologist, vice president of product development, education specialist, director of medical records, quality assurance coordinator, and CDC research team manager.

12 June

Louis Grujanac, DO

Chief Medical Director
Accuity Delivery Systems, LLC
Dr. Louis Grujanac is an innovative and dynamic physician leader. His expertise compasses over 25 years in CDI education and training, revenue cycle management, APC implementation, DRG validation, compliance and regulatory preparedness, case management and patient quality. He is an expert in health care compliance and excels at educating both hospital staff and practitioners in documentation and coding practices and serves as a client liaison and team leader. He has designed, developed, and implemented many CDI program training courses and he specializes in physician engagement and accountability. In addition to his vast consulting and training background, Dr. Grujanac also has extensive operational experience with former leadership roles and was also a former course director and instructor for various Chicago Medical Schools.

12 June

Healthcare Cost Solutions, Inc.

Healthcare Cost Solutions, Inc. (HCS) provides comprehensive Health Information Management consulting services to hospitals, health systems, physician groups and clinics nationwide. In operations since, 1994, HCS specializes in compliance audits, backlog coding and interim management. These services are offered on-site and remotely.
Headquartered in California, HCS professionals provide the service and knowledge that you require in this ever-changing environment of Health Information Management.

11 June

Mengistu Hika, MHIS, RHIA, CDIP, CHP

Chief Health Information Officer
San Diego County Sheriff's Department
Mengistu Hika, better known as Hika, has extensive experiences in health care systems in the United States as well as cross-cultural experience in the United Arab Emirates under John Hopkins Medicine International Management. He held several positions in HIM leadership while finding time to continue as a university professor for the last twelve years. He has diverse academic background with a Masters degree in HIM from Loma Linda University, Management Information Systems, Nursing and Pharmacy degrees. He is also engaged in missionary work and is currently rebuilding schools and clinics in his hometown of Ale Uwa, in Ethiopia.

10 June

Judy Holloway, MPH, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P

Quality Director, HIMS
Wipfli LLP
Judy Holloway has over 35 years experience in the health care industry, primarily in the areas of clinical and administrative operations and systems. She has extensive experience in various clinical coding systems including ICD-10-CM/PCS and CPT.

10 June

Cathy Huyghe, CPC

Senior Healthcare Consultant
Panacea Healthcare Solutions, Inc.
Cathy Huyghe has over 30 years of experience. In her role as consultant, Cathy performs cardiology, interventional radiology, image guided invasive procedures, electrophysiology, and radiology procedure-based CPT procedure and ICD-10-CM diagnosis coding audits, chargemaster assessments, reviews for regulatory agency compliance, evaluates administrative policies and procedures, and assists in the development of compliance programs. In addition, she conducts interventional radiology, cardiology and electrophysiology educational training seminars to physicians, technicians and coders.

09 June

Integrity Document Solutions, Inc.

Integrity Document Solutions, Inc., offers health information management outsource solutions that integrate cutting-edge technology and expert, on-site personnel. The end result for our customers: saving of time and money; safe efficient storage of documents, data and information; decreased stacks of paper; and improved information flow and customer satisfaction. At Integrity Document Solutions, we offer more than just good IDeaS.

10 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.

12 June

Caleb Jesudasson, RHIA

Coding Manager
Kaiser Permanente
Caleb Jesudasson is a coding manager and specializes in surgery coding. Caleb educates on key CPT components. As the Co-Chair of the CHIA Coding Data Quality Committee, he is dedicated to accurate and compliant coding.

12 June

Seth Jeremy Katz, MPH, RHIA, FAHIMA

Second-Year Director
AHIMA Board of Directors
Seth Jeremy Katz 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 Missouri HIMA, 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.

11 June

Angela Kennedy, EdD, MBA, RHIA

CEO
Commission on Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management
Dr. Angela Kennedy is a strong advocate for “Health Information Where & When You Need It." She is recognized nationally and internationally for her work in the area of consumer health advocacy and health literacy, and is the former Director of the Center for Health Data Analytics and Department Head/ Professor for Health Informatics & Information Management at Louisiana Tech University. In addition, Kennedy is a former President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of AHIMA. In 2015, Kennedy testified before the US Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and was appointed by the US Secretary of Health Human Services to the Office of the National Coordinator’s (ONC) Health Information Standards Federal Advisory Committee and ONC Consumer Task Force. In 2016, Dr. Kennedy was recognized as one of the Top 20 Professors and Minds in Health Informatics in the United States. Kennedy has received the Vantage Health Visionary Educator Award, both the Louisiana Health Information Management Association’s distinguished member and Career Achievement Awards, and is a past AHIMA Triumph Award winner. She is the 2017 AHIMA Distinguished Member.

11 June

Deanna Klure, RHIT, CDIP, CCS

Director, Coding Education, Nosology, CAC & CDI Business System Applications
Kaiser Permanente
Deanna Klure has over 22 years combined experience in inpatient and outpatient coding, auditing and coding compliance. In addition to her role at Kaiser Permanente, she also is a coding instructor for Loma Linda University School of Allied health. Deanna has dedicated her career to mentoring coding professionals in accurately applying ICD-10, ICD-9 and CPT codes. As the Co-Chair of the CHIA Coding Data Quality committee, she enjoys working with others

12 June

Christopher Krawczyk, PhD

Chief Analytics Officer
Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development
Dr. Christopher Krawczyk provides overall strategic direction for analyses of health care quality, outcomes, and utilization; for data services that facilitate stakeholder access to using data in their own analyses and work; and engagement of stakeholders to increase the usefulness and impact of OSHPD data and analytic products.

11 June

LANES

LANES is an independent, non-profit organization developing a health information exchange (HIE) for all hospitals, clinics, and health plans that provide care to L.A. County residents. LANES seeks to make patients health information available safely and securely, when and where it is needed to enable better clinical care and care coordination.

10 June

Starla Ledbetter, MHSA, RHIA, PMP

Chief Data Officer
Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development
Starla Ledbetter has over 30 years of health care experience, and is an active member of both CHIA and AHIMA. Ms. Ledbetter also serves on the National Association of Health Data Organizations’ (NAHDO) board of directors and as the co-chair of the Payer Typology Committee of the AHIMA’s Public Health Data Standards Committee. Ms. Ledbetter has a bachelor’s degree in HIM from Ohio State University and holds a master’s in Health Services Administration from St. Mary’s College.

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Nhan Ly

Special Agent
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Special Agent Nhan Ly has worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation for over 15 years. He spent four years in the Kansas City Division working on a white collar squad, specifically health care fraud. Thereafter he was transferred to LA Division to continue working white collar matters. SA Ly was promoted to Supervisory Special Agent in 2011 and worked at FBI headquarters in Washington DC. Upon completing his assignment, SA Ly returned to LA Division to work white collar crime.

12 June

Deven McGraw, JD, MPH, LLM

General Counsel and Chief Regulatory Officer
Ciitizen Corporation
Deven McGraw previously directed U.S. health privacy and security as Deputy Director, Health Information Privacy at the HHS Office for Civil Rights and Chief Privacy Officer of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. Widely recognized for her expertise in health privacy, she directed the Health Privacy Project at the Center for Democracy & Technology for six years and led the privacy and security policy work for the HITECH Health IT Policy Committee. She also served as the Chief Operating Officer of the National Partnership for Women and Families. She advised health industry clients on HIPAA compliance and data governance while a partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP. Deven graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center and has a Masters of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University.

10 June

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

Senior Director, Consulting
Peak Health Solutions, LLC
Melissa McLeod-Seyfert has over 16 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. Melissa holds credentials as an IP/OP Coder, Risk Coder, Coding Instructor and is certified in CDI through both ACDIS and AHIMA. Melissa has served as an AHIMA PCAP reviewer, a Clinical Terminology Classification Practice Council Member and was the 2010 President of the American Academy Professional Coders – Salisbury Chapter. Melissa has performed multiple speaking engagements for AHIMA and ACDIS at both the state and national level and has taught medical coding for 3 years at a local community college.

11 June

Medarcus

Medarcus is a healthcare IT product and services company based in Chino Hills, CA and Washington DC. We offer a variety of services to our healthcare customers as well as a state-of-the-art software solution for health information management departments, SurePatient is intended to help Medical Records Departments streamline the management of their duplicate medical records management, Coding Management support with productivity report tracking. On the services side, our experience makes us uniquely qualified to assist our customers with the most challenging projects within the healthcare enterprise. We offer quality consultants at fair rates to our clients by way of services for EMR Implementations and Interoperability, MRN Duplicate and Overlay Handling and Legacy Data Migration.

10 June

Melanie Meyer, MHA, RHIA, CCS, CPHQ

Performance Improvement Leader
EVOSCALE Health
Melanie Meyer helps health care organizations better utilize technology and data to deliver higher quality care at a lower cost. For more than 15 years, she has worked in a wide variety of health care settings for organizations seeking to streamline operations, address value-based care, and improve patient experience. Melanie co-chairs the AHIMA HIE Practice Council, previously chaired the CHIA Editorial Advisory Board, and currently participates on the CHIA Information Governance Committee. Melanie has a Masters of Science in Healthcare Administration from the University of Maryland, University College. She also teaches as an adjunct faculty member in health informatics and information management.

12 June

Tracy Miller

Executive Coach, Motivational Speaker
Tracy Miller is one of the most passionate, interactive, and engaging speakers of our time and her workshops leave audiences feeling extremely connected and excited about their careers and lives. Tracy’s presentations are unusually motivating because she has the unique ability to connect with all types of people and by being authentic and vulnerable about her own journey and life lessons. Through her high energy and interactive trainings, she inspires others to find and choose joy and to become more persuasive communicators.

Tracy Miller is also a prosecutor with over 23 years of legal experience and she is currently the highest-ranking woman in her law firm. Tracy also initiated and leads the Orange County Gang Prevention Partnership (OC GRIP), the largest gang prevention program in the United States. Tracy began her career as a law clerk for prosecutors Marcia Clark and Christopher Darden on one of the most visible cases in our nation’s history - the OJ Simpson case. Tracy received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Loyola Marymount University and her Juris Doctorate from Southwestern University School of Law.

Tracy inspires her audiences to connect deeper with themselves, with each other, and with their clients in new ways that ensures success. She has successfully guided hundreds of people to get the careers and promotions of their dreams. 

12 June

Moxe Health

Moxe Health solves communication for clinicians and payers so they can collaborate in real time. We automatically send the clinical data needed for risk adjustment, HEDIS and Star ratings, claims denial management, and HCC reconciliation. Our Chart Retrieval Solutions automatically processes Request for Information while enforcing your release restrictions saving you time and money. Other solutions dodge interoperability or multiply human error, putting the problem off for the future; Moxe solves it. Keep digital data digital!

11 June

Navigant Consulting, Inc.

Navigant Consulting, Inc. is a specialized, global professional services firm that helps clients take control of their future. Navigant’s professionals apply industry knowledge, technical expertise, and an enterprising approach to help clients build, manage and/or protect their business interests. With a focus on markets and clients facing transformational change and significant regulatory or legal pressures, Navigant primarily serves clients in the healthcare, energy and financial services industries. Across a range of advisory, consulting, outsourcing, and technology/analytics services, Navigant’s practitioners bring sharp insight that pinpoints opportunities and delivers powerful results.

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Molly Neal, CCS

Regional Hospital Coding Operations Manager
Kaiser Permanente, Southern California

12 June

Panacea Healthcare Solutions, Inc.

At Panacea, we help healthcare organizations like yours improve your bottom line and strategic market position with front-line expertise in mid-revenue cycle management, software, and enterprise-level educational solutions. We are consultants, educators, and IT specialists with decades of real-world clinical coding, financial, and software development experience. Our clients include some of the most recognized names in the industry from all across the country.

11 June

Adriana Preciado, RHIA

Assistant Director, HIMS
UCLA Health System
Adriana Preciado 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.

10 June

10 June

Debi Primeau, MA, RHIA, FAHIMA

President
Primeau Consulting Group, Inc.
Debi Primeau has led her consulting practice in providing information governance, HIM staffing and auditing services for over 7 years. Debi has held positions in ambulatory care, acute care, and has worked with large consulting companies overseeing clients in Health Information, CDI, Audit and Education, and Privacy and Security. Debi has a degree in business management, in addition to a graduate degree in organizational management. She is a CHIA Past-President, serves on several committees, and received the CHIA Distinguished Member award in June 2013 and the Industry Champion Award in June 2018. Debi received the distinction of Fellow from AHIMA, continues to serve as an AHIMA Delegate, serves on the AHIMA Advocacy Council and is known as a national thought leader through her presentations and articles.

12 June

Primeau Consulting Group, Inc.

Primeau Consulting Group, Inc. is a health information management consulting company established to provide high quality health information services to its clients through the deployment of HIM best practices developed through extensive experience and knowledge of the health information industry. Primeau Consulting Group offers a variety of customizable and scalable solutions with unparalleled customer service by delivering the highest quality professionals available with the best results.

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Linda Rader, RHIT

HIM Operations Manager
Children's Hospital Of Orange County
Linda is currently Operations Manager for CHOC Children’s Hospital in Orange, CA. Prior to this she managed HIM for a large physician network. Understanding both the physician and hospital environment gives her a unique perspective when blending both worlds. After many years in HIM and hearing an AHIMA convention call to “up our education”, she returned to school obtaining her bachelors from WGU in Health Informatics and Information Management. She is excited to be here today and share her experiences.

10 June

Naveen Rao, MHS

Managing Partner
Patchwise Labs
Naveen Rao is a writer, a storyteller, an analyst, and an advocate. He’s been a patient but prefers to be an empowered consumer. In his current role at a creative strategy firm, he advises startups addressing the social determinants of health and building patient-centered innovations. He's a recovering health IT analyst who oversaw market research on consumer and patient engagement tech at Chilmark Research. Mr. Rao also worked as a patient advocate at the Livestrong Foundation, where he led health IT strategy focused on the needs of post-treatment cancer survivors. Before that he got his start in health care as a policy analyst in Washington DC during the passage and implementation of the HITECH Act and the ACA.

12 June

Autumn Reiter, BSN, RN, CCDS, CDIP, CCS

Director, CDI Staffing Services
TrustHCS
Autumn Reiter began her nursing career in the ICU. Additional bedside experience was gathered in Labor and Delivery, as well as school nursing. She transitioned into Clinical Documentation over six years ago. She served as a Clinical Documentation Specialist and eventually as the Clinical Coordinator for a CDI program in Chesapeake, Virginia. She served as the Virginia State ACDIS Association leader from 2015-2016 and presented at the 2013 ACDIS Annual Conference. Autumn is now the Director of CDI Services for TrustHCS, where she works with clients from multiple facilities to serve in their staffing and auditing needs.

11 June

John Rekart, PhD

Chief Psychologist, Quality Management and Informatics
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Dr. John Rekart is the statewide Chief of Quality Management and Informatics for the Mental Health Program of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. He has worked in mental health for over 25 years and had has spoken about EHRs and analytics at health conferences nationally, including HIMMS and Cerner.

12 June

Connie Renda, MA, RHIA, CHDA

Associate Professor
San Diego Mesa College
Connie Renda has been in the health information field since 1996. Professor Renda has been a member of AHIMA and CHIA since 2000, and serves on the CHIA Board of Directors as a second-year director. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts degree from Santa Clara University in Psychology, a Master of Arts degree from San Diego State University in Psychology and Statistics, and a Master of Arts degree from the College of St. Scholastica in Health Information Management and Healthcare Informatics.

12 June

Anne Robertucci, MS, RHIA

Director, Strategic Product Management
Optum360, LLC
Anne Robertucci currently holds the position of Director, Strategic Product Management for the HIM Portfolio suite of products, which includes coding and CDI technology. Prior to joining Optum360 she held the position of Senior Director of Corporate Coding at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Her previous roles included overseeing the corporate coding division, which included both hospital-based coding and professional-fee coding and employed 375+ staff consisting of coders, auditors, CDI Specialists and coding educators. Anne received her bachelor’s degree in HIM and her master’s degree in Health Information Systems from the University of Pittsburgh and has worked in the HIM and IT field for over 19 years. Her prior work experiences included leadership roles within the HIM field as well as information systems, including oversight of the electronic physician documentation team which included implementation of voice recognition technology.

11 June

Rebekah Rushton, RHIT, CHC, CHPC

Facility Compliance Professional
Dignity Health
Rebekah Rushton has dedicated her career to protecting the privacy rights of patients and working to assist the workforce in avoiding common compliance pitfalls through education. Rebekah served as the former Secretary for the Southern California Health Information Association, she has presented at the CHIA Convention and HCCA Compliance Institute, as well as presenting webinars and other professional educational events. Rebekah believes that the field of privacy has become more so intertwined with data security and regulatory compliance, and this once limited focus is quickly becoming a pivotal aspect of any organization.

12 June

Ken Rutkowski

Tech and Business Futurist, Innovator, Entrepreneur and Super Connector
Ken Rutkowski is a well-known talk radio personality, an innovative leader, a tireless strategist who networks strategic business partnerships that are remaking the digital economy, a social and new media marketing guru, and a business technology futurist. Ken works with entrepreneurs, governments, and founders all over the world, discovering and revealing new trends and ideas, how to implement the, and how to capture the minds and hearts of investors, clients, and consumers. He has interviewed thousands of CEOs and Founders of companies in the past decade and expertly shares the most relevant and impactful business trends of now and the future. Ken is the creator and co-founder of the #1 Business radio talk show in America, “Business Rockstars”. He is also the host and creator of a new 2018 nationally syndicated radio show starting in 88 U.S. markets, called “Voice of Disruption” – the insider’s guide to global disruptive leaders. As a thought leader, networker, super connector, serial entrepreneur and influencer across multiple industries, Ken has been profiled in The Wall Street Journal, Fox News, BBC, Wired, Business Week, and many more.

10 June

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

Director, Coding Quality and Professional Development
TrustHCS
Nena Scott 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.

11 June

Patty Sheridan, MBA, RHIA, FAHIMA

Senior Vice President, Life Sciences
Ciox Health
Patty Sheridan is a trailblazer who is passionate about HIM and leadership. Patty has a track record of leveraging HIM, business and leadership experiences to create innovative solutions and develop successful leaders. She has spent her career immersed in the advancement of the HIM profession and in the study of leadership. In her current role, Patty leads strategic and business priorities for Ciox's Life Sciences business. Before to joining Ciox, she was the president of Care Communications, Inc., and has also held senior roles at AHIMA, including chief operating officer and acting chief executive officer. Patty has also held HIM roles in acute care academic health systems.

12 June

Patricia Small, RHIT, CCS

Instructor, Health Informatics and Information Management
Loma Linda University Allied Health Professions
Patricia Small has more than 35 years of experience in HIM as a director, coding manager, coding auditor and educator. She has provided education in DRGS both MS-DRGs and APR-DRG assignments. She has also provided education from the time of implementation of APCs both as part of her consulting duties and as an employed coding manager to the contracting and information governance departments of her hospitals.

10 June

Kimberly Smith, PhD, MT(ASCP)

Assistant Professor
University of Texas, School of Biomedical Informatics
Dr. Kimberly Smith holds a PhD in health informatics and is also a medical technologist (medical laboratory scientist). She teaches introductory courses in biomedical informatics and has earned the prestigious John P. McGovern Outstanding Teacher Award. She also taught at The University of Texas at Austin’s Health IT professional education certificate program, covering topics such as electronic health records, standards and vocabularies, HL7, and databases and basic SQL queries. Before entering academia, she obtained over 15 years of hands-on experience implementing, supporting, and managing laboratory and anatomic pathology information systems, including for MD Anderson Cancer Center. She also worked for five health information system vendors, implementing and supporting clinical laboratory and anatomic pathology systems for over fifty hospitals.

08 June

Freida Smith, RHIA

Regional Director, HIM
Cerner Corporation Reworks/Adventist Health
Freida Smith has over thirty years of experience and has been the consummate HIM professional as a professional, dedicated educator and avid supporter of HIM emerging professionals. Freida holds a bachelors from the University of Cincinnati and continues her educational journey pursuing a master’s in Strategic Leadership. Volunteerism and giving back are very important to Freida. She is currently the 2018-2019 Program Chair and President-elect for NCHIA, and has also served as a member of the CHIA Professional Education Committee for the last 3 years.

12 June

Giovanna Stahl

Corporate Communications Specialist
ECLAT Health Solutions
Giovanna Stahl is a recent graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago’s HIM post-baccalaureate certificate program and is currently preparing to receive her RHIA credential. During her final semester at UIC, Giovanna had the opportunity of working with CHIA leaders Sharon Lewis and Roberta Baranda in developing the CHIA Consumer Engagement Toolkit presentation. Giovanna has over 8 years of experience in marketing and communications and is thrilled to spread awareness about health care information and the critical role that HIM professionals play in today’s dynamic health care environment. She currently works as a Corporate Communications Specialist at ECLAT Health Solutions where she facilitates expert-led initiatives like ECLAT’s webinar series, Experience the Brilliance, a free educational resource for HIM professionals nationwide. Giovanna Stahl holds a bachelor’s degree in Political and Persuasive Communications from George Mason University.

11 June

Madhulika Subherwal, MHA, MBBS, CCDS

Manager, CDI
Torrance Memorial Medical Center
Madhu Subherwal is a physician, completing her medical education from Dayanand Medical College in India and has been CDI Manager at Torrance Memorial Medical Center for the past three years. Madhu began her journey in CDI in 2010, while completing her master’s degree in Health Administration from the University of La Verne. Her master’s thesis was titled: The Importance of Clinical Documentation Improvement Programs and Physician Documentation Practices in the Hospital Setting. This research also extended into the areas of hospital payment methodologies, and their continual changes in the current U.S. health services environment.Due to her research and thesis, she was approached by Southern California Kaiser Permanente in 2012 to help create their CDI program for 13 regional hospitals, after which she supervised the successful roll out of the program across the Southern California region.

11 June

Swellbox

Swellbox provides health data and engagement solutions to hospital systems and college health centers. Its Record Request Wizard enables patients to submit online records requests with photo ID capture, 2-factor authentication, medical term definitions, and automated request guidance. Since its unveiling at the Biden Cancer Summit in 2018, the Wizard has earned the endorsement of AHIMA, ROI vendors, hospital systems, and policymakers. 

10 June

Vivian Thomas, RHIA, CHPS, CHDA, CDIP, CPHQ

Medical Record Consultant
California Department of Public Health
Vivian Thomas travels the state to validate state and federal regulation compliance of licensed health facilities. A UCLA School of Public Health graduate, Vivian has worked as: HIM director in hospitals, quality assurance expert, consultant to health networks, and HIT program instructor. She also took career turns as a customer service manager for a major airline and as a mortgage lending manager for a national credit union.

She was chosen California Department of Public Health P.H.A.M.E. awardee in leadership in 2018 and is thrilled to serve as a CHIA Board of Direction in 2019-2021.

12 June

Esther Tolentino, RHIT, CPHI, CHTS-IS, CHTS-PW

HIM Director, Technology
Esther is an experienced HIM professional with over 20 years in the health care business and revenue cycle processes, with advanced knowledge of information governance and technology applications. She was involved in the EHR build across 19 acute hospitals and multiple clinics, and her unique expertise enabled her to hold various corporate, regional and facility roles to advance usage of EHRs. Esther is actively pursuing a doctorate degree in Health Law.

12 June

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

HIT Faculty and Program Director
City College of San Francisco
Wanda Ziemba has been involved in the health care arena for over 30 years. She currently is the HIT Program Director at City College of San Francisco and Adjunct Faculty at Santa Barbara City College. Wanda graduated from Concord Law School in December 2010, receiving the Executive Juris Doctor in Health Law and the prestigious Sue Lane Award for pursuit of academic excellence. Extensive legal training in healthcare issues, including Health Law, Bioethics, Malpractice, Health Policy, Auditing and Monitoring, and Risk Assessment as well as experience serving as liaison between all management levels, across multiple organizational functions and between healthcare organizations and regulatory bodies provide her a sound foundation for negotiating complex healthcare delivery and reimbursement issues. She received her MFA from California College of the Arts and BA from Vassar College. 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.

08 June

Wipfli LLP

Platinum
As is a longtime supporter of CHIA, Wipfli's team of health care specialists provides coding and reimbursement, systems evaluation and conversion. Wipfli's services include revenue cycle management, licensing and program development, interim management, executive search, compliance auditing, cost report preparation and financial statement preparation.

Gwynn Smith; Partner

Diversified Medical Records Services

Gold

Healthcare Cost Solutions

Gold

Iron Mountain, Inc.

Silver

Navigant Consulting, Inc.

Silver

Integrity Document Solutions, Inc.

Bronze

TrustHCS

Bronze
TrustHCS partners with health care organizations to provide staffing and advisory services that improve financial strength. Our middle-revenue cycle management solution advances the reliability, integrity and performance of our clients’ financial health. Our purpose is to help HIM, revenue cycle and CDI leaders strengthen the economic outcome of every patient encounter.

HCTec

Bronze
HCTec is a KLAS-rated leading provider of revenue cycle workforce solutions including specialized skills staffing, consulting, and managed services. Our solutions help hospitals reduce operating costs, improve quality, and optimize labor forces. HCTec has a nationwide network of excellent CDI, coding and case management professionals ready to be deployed.

Barry Matthews; Vice President of HIM

3M | M*Modal

Working with providers, payers and government agencies, 3M Health Information Systems provides health care 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.

3M Health Information Systems

Working with providers, payers and government agencies, 3M Health Information Systems provides health care 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.

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 inpatient 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

AQuity Solutions, LLC

Aquity delivers measurable healthcare business improvements through industry leading technology. Our virtual scribe, coding, interim management, and transcription services accurately capture the complete patient story. Seamlessly integrating with your EHR and workflow, we serve over 3,000 hospitals nationwide with better data and better services for better clinical and financial results. Dale Kivi, MBA; Senior Director, Communications

Arctrieval, Inc.

Arctrieval provides patients, health care providers and hospital staff with an easy secure, step-by-step process to request and release protected health information. Arctrieval enables ROI staff to exceed industry productivity benchmarks by 36%. Arctrieval replaces error prone, manual, labor intensive, paper-based processes with a reliable, easy to use, state of the art, secure web-based service.

Artifact Health

Artifact Health’s query management platform with a mobile app makes it simpler and faster for physicians to respond compliantly to queries. Artifact works alongside existing CDI and coding software and integrates with any EMR. All query activity is tracked and displayed in real-time dashboards and reports. Query responses support proper reimbursement and accurate quality reporting for the hospital and physician. Peter Hammond; Director of Sales

Aviacode, Inc.

Aviacode has delivered superior medical coding and compliance services to health systems, hospitals, physician groups, surgery centers, and imaging centers, as well as payers for 20 years. Our 700+ AHIMA or AAPC certified coders are experienced in facility, pro-fee, and HCC coding, coding audits, and CDI for over 60 medical specialties.

Mike Enger; Strategic Account Executive

Besler

BESLER combines best-in-class health care finance expertise with proprietary technology to help hospitals recover more revenue. Our reimbursement and recovery solutions have delivered more than $2 billion of additional revenue to hundreds of hospitals across the United States. We serve as advocates for hospitals so that they, in turn, can better advance the health and well-being of their patients. Laura Legg, RHIA, RHIT, CCS, CDIP; Director of Revenue Integrity Solutions

BMI Imaging System

BMI Imaging is a leading, California-based provider of HIPAA-compliant medical record scanning and data entry services. With decades of experience in the secure processing of EOBs, UBs, HCFA 1500 forms and patient records/charts to the EMR system of your choice, we've established an exceptional record for quality and service. Jim Detrick; Vice President

Caban Resources, LLC

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; 18 years in business. Robert Caban, MA, RHIT; President

Cardone Record Services, Inc.

Cardone Record Services, Inc. (CRS) has been providing health care 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

Change Healthcare

Change Healthcare is inspiring a better health care 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

ChartFast

ChartFast is dedicated to bringing the power of cloud-based release of information services (ROI) to the health care industry. Our powerful platform simplifies and automates the ROI and audit response processes for health care providers of all sizes. Nickole Workman, CPC; Senior Vice President of Sales

Columbia Southern University

One of the nation's top online universities, Columbia Southern University was established in 1993 to provide an alternative to the traditional university experience. CSU offers online associate, bachelor and master degree programs in fields such as healthcare administration, occupational safety and health, fire administration, business administration, and many more.

DecisionHealth

DecisionHealth provides news, guidance, education and tools to maximize the revenue cycle and financial health of health care organizations. We are the country's leading provider of news and solutions for health care organizations. We serve the business and regulatory needs of health care practitioners, providers and their administrative staff. Brad Watt; Product Manager, Medical Practice eSolutions

Diversified Medical Records Services, Inc.

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

Dolbey

Dolbey is the 2017, 2018 & 2019 KLAS Category Leader for Computer-Assisted Coding and the 2018 & 2019 KLAS Category Leader for Front-End Speech Recognition - Imaging. Dolbey’s award-winning health care suite of solutions improve productivity while delivering better documentation which improve patient care. Our suite of products includes speech recognition, CAPD, CDI, CAC, transcription and dictation. Matt Turner; National Account Manager

ECLAT Health Solutions

ECLAT Health Solutions is a domestic and international RCM provider of medical coding, billing, auditing, and CDI services. SOC 2 compliant and ISO 27001: 2013 certified, with a talented team of AHIMA and AAPC-accredited coders, ECLAT is trained to complement your teams for increased optimization. ECLAT works with health care providers ranging from large health systems to small independent practices, nationwide. Giovanna Stahl; Corporate Communications Specialist

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 Executive

Excite Health Partners

Excite Health Partners has been providing health care organizations across the country with top-notch HIT and HIM consultants since 2010. Our specialty is to manage, streamline and staff HIT and HIM projects of all shapes and sizes.

Exela Technologies

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. Eric Patterson; Director of Business Development

Find-A-Code

Find-A-Code offers cutting-edge coding and reimbursement tools for anyone who deals with professional, facility, and/or risk adjustment (HCC). Our intuitive and customizable interface puts your most important tools and reference materials at your fingertips, increasing productivity and efficiency at every level of revenue cycle. Cloud-based so no installation/updates necessary, everything is always up to date and accessible from anywhere. Alan Crop; Vice President of Sales

GeBBS Healthcare Solutions

GeBBS Healthcare Solutions is a leading national provider of revenue cycle management solutions (including coding, audit, A/R follow-up, and patient contact) to health care providers. With a staff of over 6,000 professionals, GeBBS was recognized by Modern Healthcare as a Top 15 largest revenue cycle management firm and a ten-time Inc. 5000 fastest growing companies. Gabe Stein; Executive Vice President

GRM Document Management

For over thirty years, GRM is a leading provider of information management solutions. GRM’s robust, cloud-based, Enterprise Content Management Platform is the centerpiece of the digital solutions that GRM provides. Serving industries such as health care, government, and more, GRM delivers services such as digital document management, workflow automation, legacy data archiving, and a full suite of physical records management services. Ken Ackermann; Sales Manager - West Coast

HCTec

HCTec is a KLAS-rated leading provider of revenue cycle workforce solutions including specialized skills staffing, consulting, and managed services. Our solutions help hospitals reduce operating costs, improve quality, and optimize labor forces. HCTec has a nationwide network of excellent CDI, coding and case management professionals ready to be deployed. Barry Matthews; Vice President of HIM

Healthcare Cost Solutions, Inc.

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, pro-fee, charge/billing audits; remote coding; complimentary online ICD-10 tutorials; interim management and outsourcing. Bridget Gallagher; CEO

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 or health information management department.

Kelly Ryan

Health Information Associates, Inc

HIA provides the highest-quality coding, review and support services. We set a standard of excellence in our field, built on a foundation of Experience, Expertise and Education. HIA provides peace of mind so that hospitals and practices can run efficiently and focus on what really matters – keeping patients safe and employees happy. Jens Lundeen; Sales and Client Development Representative

HIM Academic Programs

Explore educational opportunities in HIM and related professions. Discover a variety of academic programs offered here in California. Gain valuable program information, learn about the benefits of being a Professional Practice Experience (PPE) mentor, and connect with HIM educators. Invest in your academic career and stop by now!

himagine solutions, inc

himagine solutions provides the solution you need to manage coders and ensure quality scores. We are leaders in the field of health care outsourcing solutions with a focus on health information management (HIM) and related services for good reason. Brad Justus; Vice President of Sales

Integrity Document Solutions, Inc.

Integrity Document Solutions, Inc. offers HIM department outsource solutions that integrate cutting-edge technology and expert, on-site personnel. The result for our customers: savings of time and money; safe, efficient storage of data and documents; and, improved ROI flow and customer satisfaction. At Integrity Document Solutions, our customers and employees always come first. Victor Rivera; President

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 health care 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

Just Associates, Inc.

Just Associates is a health care data integrity consulting firm that delivers superior value through improved patient matching. Through our MPI clean-ups, IDManage® on-going MPI support, IDOptimize® patient matching algorithm optimization, and IDSentryTM duplicate detecting software, we deliver improved financial outcomes and improve the quality of patient care. Robin Gates, RHIA; Vice President of Sales

KIWI-TEK, LLC

KIWI-TEK provides partnership coding solutions for hospitals, health systems and physician practices. Founded in 2002, KIWI-TEK is one of the nation’s largest, independently owned coding companies with proven HIM experience to manage denials, ensure DRG accuracy and meet DNFB goals. Our certified, domestic coders will ensure the highest levels of quality and compliance to support both facility and professional.

Ross Donewald; Account Manager

LANES

Los Angeles Network for Enhanced Services (LANES) is an independent, non-profit community-based health information exchange which enables and supports health care providers in our region through securely sharing patient medical records and turning data into actionable insight which allows clinicians to make quicker and better decisions, while optimizing revenue and improving quality of care. Vince Silvaer; Senior Vice President, Business Development

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

Maxim Health Information Services

Maxim Health Information Services is a leader in quality HIM and revenue cycle staffing services to health care organizations across the country. Maxim's services include coding, auditing, CDI, and non-clinical staffing. We support facilities, physician offices and payer programs with short-term, long-term, and permanent placement staffing solutions nationally. Adam Zawicki; Account Executive

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Medarcus LLC

MEDARCUS is a pioneering health care product and services company changing the way health information problems are solved. By leveraging technology and process, MEDARCUS can dramatically lower the time and cost to clean MPI data through our affordable fixed fee monthly service model. Varna Kadambari; CEO

MiraMed Global Services

MiraMed Global Services is the premier global provider of business process outsourcing solutions to health care organizations nationwide. MiraMed partners with hospitals, health networks, physician practices and related industry service organizations to provide customizable solutions, uncover and capitalize on hidden financial opportunities, improve productivity and ultimately increase profits. Joe Miserendino; Senior Vice President of Sales

Moxe Health

Moxe Health solves communication for clinicians and payers so they can collaborate in real time. We automatically send the clinical information needed for risk adjustment, HEDIS and star ratings, claims denial management, HCC reconciliation, and care gap management. Other solutions dodge interoperability or multiply human error, putting the problem off for the future; Moxe solves it. Keep digital data digital. Neil Patterson; Vice President of Sales

MRO

MRO empowers health care 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. David Reynolds; Director of Sales – National Accounts

MTBC

MTBC is a health care information technology solution provider that offers hospitals and physician practices a comprehensive product portfolio of fully integrated clinical, revenue cycle and practice management solutions and other related business services including transcription and data management. Our entire product portfolio functions as a cohesive, single-database platform to help healthcare providers improve their financial performance. Alfonso Nardi, JD, MBA, CIPP; Vice President of Strategic Initiatives

Office of Statewide Health Planning & Development

California’s Office of Statewide Health and Planning Development (OSHPD) collects data and disseminates information about California’s health care infrastructure. OSHPD produces datasets, data products, and publishes healthcare outcomes from a variety of sources, including reports submitted to OSHPD by nearly 6,000 licensed health care facilities. OSHPD also monitors health care facility construction, promotes health care workforce, and provides loan insurance to eligible facilities.

OnPoint Healthcare Solutions

San Diego based OnPoint Healthcare Solutions is a health care consulting firm providing temporary, permanent and project related staffing solutions for HIM, CDI, revenue integrity, revenue cycle and denials management. We strongly believe in surpassing customer expectations by hiring the most qualified talent while providing the best customer experience. Nathaniel Haros; Vice President

Optum360

Panacea, A Career Step Company, LLC

Panacea, a Career Step Company is the premier provider of career-focused health care 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 on coder development, continuing education, assessment, and auditing services. Maureen Matthews; Director, Business Development

Past Presidents Information Hub

Visit the Information Hub and visit with CHIA Proud Past Presidents. These seasoned professionals can answer your questions about CHIA membership, benefits, scholarships, volunteer opportunities, and HIM professional career opportunities. Donate to the CHIA Scholarship Fund and enter to win a fabulous prize. Those who make a minimum $50 donation will receive a CHIA Scholarship Donor pin.

Peak Health Solutions, LLC

Peak provides innovative solutions and expertise in coding and auditing, CDI consultation, and education, clinical content redesign, analytics and transitional consultation performed by experienced and credentialed coding professionals, physicians, CDI clinicians, and AHIMA-approved ICD-10 trainers. Peder Christensen; Vice President of Sales

Perry Johnson & Associates, Inc

U.S. based PJ&A offers a suite of solutions for health care networks, hospitals, and physician practices. PJ&A’s active portfolio of service lines such as transcription, coding, auditing and professional IT solutions not only reduce overhead at your facility but can also improve patient care and satisfaction. Jeffrey Hubbard; President and CEO

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

Primeau Consulting Group, Inc.

Primeau Consulting Group supports organizations in establishing creative, innovative solutions in all facets of health information, improving the quality of patient care while managing privacy and security, mitigating risk and positively managing any impact to cost of patient care. We provide high-quality consulting services including management, information governance consulting, privacy and security risk analysis, coding and documentation audits, and education.

Debi Primeau; MA, RHIA, FAHIMA; President

QuadraMed Corporation

Quality care starts with correctly identifying every patient. Our award-winning enterprise master patient index software and clean-up  solutions make it easy for health care organizations to select the right patient record and treat every patient based on a comprehensive medical history, regardless of location.

Chris Andersen; Regional Sales Representative

Reimbursement Management Consultants, Inc.

Reimbursement Management Consultants, Inc. (RMC) has taken pride in offering the highest quality coding, consulting and compliance services to our clients, nationwide, since 1994. Our passion for superior customer service, paired with our coding compliance expertise, enables RMC to assist our clients in meeting and exceeding their goals. Camille Walker, RHIT; Business Development Coordinator