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

Maria Caban Alizondo, MOL, RHIA, FAHIMA

President 2018-2019
CHIA Board of Directors

10 June

11 June

11 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

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

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

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

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

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.

11 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

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.

10 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

11 June

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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

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

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Molly Neal, CCS

Regional Hospital Coding Operations Manager
Kaiser Permanente, Southern California

12 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

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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