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2020 Virtual Convention Educational Sessions
Power of the Past: Force of the Future
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Geoff New - VP Provider Solutions, Revenue Cycle, Ciox Health
Geoff New is a skilled leader with more than 28 years of professional experience in the healthcare industry. As Vice President of Provider Solutions, he is responsible for designing, implementing and operationalizing revenue cycle
solutions. Prior to joining Ciox, Geoff led a team across 130 locations and focused on Revenue Cycle, HIM operations, process re-engineering, regulatory compliance, and performance improvement.
Denial management and prevention in the value-based world is one area that clearly illustrates the need for a Clinically Integrated Revenue Cycle (CIRC). Denials are fiscally painful, which is why processing denials quickly is so critical
for healthcare organizations. However, doing so is a complicated endeavor under traditional revenue cycle models.
CEU credit = 1.0
Bill Wagner - Chief Operating Officer, KIWI-TEK, LLC
Bill Wagner is the chief operating and security officer for KIWI-TEK, LLC. In his role, Bill oversees all coding operations for the company’s outsourced domestic coding services for hospitals, health systems, and physician practices.
In addition, he serves as security officer to ensure all protected health information (PHI) managed by KIWI-TEK on behalf of its client sites is protected and secure.
HIM directors and coding managers are experiencing new challenges and changing priorities, creating pressure to assess existing coding solutions. Every organization is unique. There is no one-size-fits-all solution. Therefore, it is
important for coding departments to take time and examine current processes. To reach the best solution for your organization, you must think outside the box and cast away the traditional mentality of coding process and strategy.
CEU credit = 1.0
Justin Satterfield - Founder, Norwood Staffing Solutions
Justin Satterfield is the Founder & President of Norwood Staffing Solutions, a company solely dedicated to serving HIM professionals. Justin and his team have placed hundreds of HIM professionals in both project based and permanent opportunities across the nation ranging from small, community based hospitals to the largest healthcare systems in the nation. Speaking one-on-one with HIM leadership on a daily basis for 6+ years has provided an in-depth understanding of the successes, failures and challenges faced by a vast discrepancy of HIM programs in this ever-evolving industry. After launching his own company in 2016 as a solo entrepreneur, Justin became heavily involved with boots-on-the-ground recruiting for HIM professionals broadening his recent experience to understanding both client needs and the current state of the candidate market place. Justin stays abreast of the latest industry progressions through a plethora of online resources, attending sessions at conferences, and maintaining a large network of HIM thought leaders he considers both friends and mentors.
Healthcare will evolve more in the next decade than it has in the past 50 years, and HIM professionals need to be prepared for the future of this industry. This presentation will provide you with the tools you need to navigate your
personal career, and industry trends for a better understanding of where we are going.
CEU credit = 1.0
Mary Hodges - Market Director of Health Information Management, Post Acute Medical
Mary Hodges is an HIM professional who, like many others, didn’t choose the profession but instead fell into it. After earning a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice, Mary quickly realized that being a Probation Officer wasn’t the right fit for her. She started a position at a local hospital not really knowing what it was and quickly fell in love with Health Information Management. It was this realization that led her to go back to school full time and obtain a second Bachelor’s degree in Health Information Management from Texas State University (while continuing to work full time). Mary earned her RHIA credential and immediately sought out a Management position to fulfill the calling she has always had to be a leader. Mary is the Market Director of Health Information Management in the Dallas region for Post Acute Medical. In her free time, she enjoys crafting to balance out the analytical side of her brain she uses at work. Mary enjoys meeting other HIM professionals and is happy to mentor and lend a helping hand in the HIM industry.
This presentation is designed to give leaders a different perspective on how they are managing their departments. Management is a daily balance of teaching, overseeing, and filtering information. It is good to take a step back and do a self re-evaluation on how effective you’re being as a leader every now and then. Employee satisfaction is the crux of any successful business and it is up to the professionals in management roles to facilitate this. Additionally, those aspiring to go into Management will get insight as to what it really entails as well as learn tips and tricks on how to be successful in that role.
CEU credit = 1.0
Barbara Hewitt - Assistant Professor, Health Information Management, Texas State University
Barbara Hewitt received her Ph.D. in Information Technology (IT) and her BS in Computer Science from the University of Texas at San Antonio along with a Master in Business Administration from Texas State University. She teaches Data Privacy and Security, Project Management, Health Information Security, and Computer Technology courses in the Department of Health Information Management in the College of Health Professions at Texas State University. Previously, she taught security and project management at Texas A&M University-San Antonio (TAMUSA). She brings over 15 years of software development experience with her to the classroom. Dr. Hewitt’s research interests include computer security, gamification, and health and wellness. Dr. Hewitt founded the San Antonio Women in Technology to support women considering a computing career through their education, careers, and beyond. She coordinates the San Antonio Aspiration Award, which recognizes female high school students who aspire to be computer professionals as well as the San Antonio University Women in Technology Symposium to help technology majors to transition from the classroom to the profession.
Jackie Moczygemba - Associate Professor and Program Director, Health Information Management, Texas State University
Jackie Moczygemba is an associate professor and BSHIM Program Director in the Department of Health Information Management at Texas State University. She has been in the HIM profession since 1982. Prior to teaching, Ms. Moczygemba spent twelve years as a director of HIM services in an acute care hospital. She also has several years of experience in HIM consulting in the long-term care setting. She received her Bachelor of Science in Medical Records Administration and Master of Business Administration from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University). Ms. Moczygemba holds certification as a registered health information administrator (RHIA) and coding specialist (CCS). She was named a Fellow of the American Health Information Management Association in 2012. She was appointed to the Health Information Management Accreditation Council (HIMAC) in by the board of the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). She is currently serving a second term on HIMAC.
Kim Hernandez - Graduate Student, Texas State University
Kimberly Hernandez will graduate with her Master's in Health Information Management at Texas State University in May 2020. She also received her BBA in Computer Information Systems from Texas State. She plans to obtain her RHIA credentials after graduation. She currently works in the billing department for a family owned durable medical equipment company. Previously, Kimberly worked as a Reimbursement Specialist.
Kyndria Martin - Graduate Student, Texas State University
Kyndria Martin will graduate with her Master's in Health Information Management at Texas State University in May 2020 with a 3.67 gpa. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Community Health from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2017. She also plans to earn her RHIA. Currently she works at a third-party medical billing firm that caters to small-to-large hospitals around the country. Previously she worked various customer service jobs.
Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the US with 59% of those errors or 195,000 deaths attributed to identity errors (“wrong patient” errors). Healthcare fraud amounts to roughly $272 billion and another $80 billion on unnecessary duplicated procedures or roughly 10% of the $3.77 trillion spent annually on healthcare in the United States (US). The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is charged with improving the health, safety, and well-being of all citizens using interoperable electronic health record systems (EHR). However, a significant contributing factor to medical errors, healthcare fraud, duplicate procedures, and slow progress with interoperability is the lack of a standardized method of authenticating a patient’s identity at the point of care. Accurate patient identity is at the heart of healthcare service delivery. Both providers and consumers desire a comprehensive method for authentication to improve interoperability and accuracy of data. Equally important are new initiatives in analytics, telemedicine, precision medicine, and social determinants of health, which rely on accurate patient identity. The researchers conducted a systematic review to identify current practices in patient identity management using the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) method.
CEU credit = 1.0
Rita Bowen - Vice President of Privacy, Compliance, and HIM Policy, MRO
In her role as Vice President of Privacy, Compliance and HIM Policy, Bowen ensures new and existing client HIM policies and procedures are to code. Bowen also serves as the company’s Privacy and Compliance Officer (PCO), assuring timely reporting of any disclosure incident. She is also responsible for reviewing legislation to assure industry response and compliance within MRO. Bowen has more than 40 years of experience in Health Information Management (HIM), holding a variety of HIM director and consulting roles. Bowen is an active member of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), having served as its President and Board Chair, as a member of the Board of Directors for six years, and of the Council on Certification for three years. Bowen has also served on the AHIMA Foundation Board of Directors, serving as its Board Chair. She has been honored with AHIMA’s Triumph Award in the mentor category; she is also the recipient of the Distinguished Member Award from the Tennessee Health Information Management Association (THIMA). Bowen is an established author and speaker on HIM topics and has taught HIM studies at Chattanooga State and the University of Tennessee Memphis. Bowen holds a Bachelor of Medical Science degree from Emory University in Atlanta, GA with a focus in medical record administration and a Master’s degree in Health Information/ Informatics Management Technology from the College of Saint Scholastic in Duluth, MN.
Danielle Wesley - Vice President and General Counsel, MRO
As Vice President and General Counsel for MRO, Wesley oversees all legal and legislative initiatives. Before joining MRO, Wesley practiced law at Philadelphia-based Bennett, Bricklin and Saltzburg for 13 years. Prior to that, she worked at a healthcare law firm in Harrisburg and a regional insurance defense firm. Wesley received her B.A. from Franklin and Marshall College and her J.D. from The Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law. She has been a member of the bars of Pennsylvania and New Jersey since 2000.
This presentation engages attendees in an essential conversation regarding nefarious attorney behavior and the misuse of patient-directed record requests. The presenters will share recent national efforts, attorney tactics, and HIM trends surrounding patient-directed requests. Attendees will take home new strategies to combat plaintiff attorney misuse of patient-directed requests, including top-down awareness and education for compliance, risk management, finance, and legal teams.
CEU credit = 1.0
Amanda Stefan - Quality Analyst, CAHIIM
Digitally literate consumers expect practitioners to understand the importance of information needs to support continuity of care. The healthcare workforce must be ready to meet the needs of a new generation of consumers. Innovative education and professional development will be needed for building workforce readiness across the healthcare ecosystem.
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CEU credit = 1.0
Katherine Lusk - Chief Health Information Management and Exchange Officer, Children’s Health System of Texas
Katherine Lusk, MHSM, RHIA, FAHIMA is the Chief Health Information Management and Exchange Officer for Children’s Health System of Texas. She is an active AHIMA Member focusing her attention on patient identity, health information exchange, standard development and information governance. She received AHIMA’s Pioneer Triumph Award in 2012 for her innovative approach to the use of technology. She has served as the President of TxHIMA and as a member of AHIMA’s House of Delegates. Children’s has received the following awards: HIMSS Level 7 Analytics, HIMSS Davies and AHIMA Grace under her leadership. She speaks on national and state levels on health information management opportunities, clinical documentation improvement, patient identity and promoting the role of the HIM profession.
AHIMA is building the House of Health Information, in three impact areas. We are leading the charge in access, connection, and integrity. This presentation will provide you with tools to help you build your career, as well as help
AHIMA build the House of Information.
CEU credit = 1.0
Nora Belcher - Executive Director, Texas e-Health Alliance
Nora Belcher is the Executive Director of the Texas e-Health Alliance, a non-profit advocacy group that she started in 2009 to give health information technology stakeholders a voice in public policy. TeHA serves as the state's leading advocate, from local communities to the national level, for the use of information technology to improve the health care system for patients. Ms. Belcher had previously worked in the private sector as a consultant advising health information technology companies on how to do business with government. She also served in Governor Perry's office for five years as deputy director in the Governor’s Office of Budget, Planning and Policy, where she was responsible for managing the policy and budget issues for the Texas health and human services system. Ms. Belcher holds a bachelor’s degree in government from the University of Texas at Austin and owns a hardcover first edition of Game of Thrones.
The national and state level responses to the coronavirus have brought heightened attention to the topics of telemedicine and telehealth. Due to the need to maintain social distancing policies and “bend the curve” to control the spread of the virus, virtual health models are experiencing an unprecedented policy evolution that is changing on a daily basis. While many providers may have started telemedicine programs to address specific needs- like tele-ER or stroke, the rapid conversion to virtual care is creating enormous strain as systems adapt to the policy and regulatory frameworks. There will be no turning back from the integration of digital health, and particularly telemedicine and telehealth, into the overall healthcare landscape. This presentation will cover the following:
CEU credit = 1.0