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CtHIMA Annual Conference

September 16 @ 8:00 am - September 17 @ 5:00 pm

CTHIMA Members and Non-Members
Join us forJon
CTHIMA’s Annual Meeting
September 16th and 17th
Hilton Mystic, Mystic CT (Directions)

Join us for 2 days of great educational General Sessions and Coding Sessions. The Coding Sessions will include an Outpatient Clinical Documentation Improvement workshop as well as updates to ICD-10
CM/PCS. You will be able to earn up to 13 CEU’s for the 2 day event. In addition, a continental breakfast and lunch will be served each day with opportunities to win door prizes and other great giveaways.

We have assembled a variety of speakers and topics that are relevant to today’s HIM professionals. There will be several vendors to visit as well as networking opportunities with HIM professionals.

We would advise you to book your room early at the Hilton Mystic. To book your room, please call 1-800-774-1500 and use the code word CTHIMA to get the special discounted rate.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Tara Katynski at  or 203-812-9783.

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Show Pricing

CTHIMA Annual Meeting Pricing
Sept. 16th and 17th.
Please check correct box for pricing and make sure you check before submitting payment.
This helps us prepare seating and meals for all attendees. Please sign up early as space may
be limited.

Member Non-member Student
General Session Sunday 9/16 $135 $150 ** $50
General Session Monday 9/17 $135 $150 ** $50
2 Day General Sessions 9/16 & 9/17 $225 $255 ** $100
Coding Workshop Sunday 9/16
ICD-10 CM/PCS updates
$135 $150 ** $50
Coding Workshop Monday 9/17
Outpt CDI
$135 $150 ** $50
2 Day Coding Workshops $225 $255 ** $100
2 Day Sunday General Session
Monday Coding
$225 $255 ** $100
2 Day Monday General Session
Sunday Coding
$225 $255 ** $100

** Students must be in approved HIM Course, and show some form of ID that states you
are a student of that school for student pricing.

Cancellation Policy: you will receive a full refund if you notify CtHIMA 7 days in
advance. You must notify the Office Coordinator (Tara) at tjennine74@att.net. All
other cancellations (less than 7 days in advance) the registrant will be charged $50.00
a day to cover administrative costs . If you do not notify CtHIMA of your cancellation
you will forfeit the full registration fee

 

Show Coding Session - Sunday, September 16th, 2018
Sunday, September 16th, 2018
Coding Session

8:00 – 9:00 Registration and Breakfast Sponsored by Baker Newman Noyes and Saince
Vendor area Open All Day from 8:00 – 4:30
9:00 – 9:15 Opening Remarks Karen Lawler
CTHIMA Past President
Jim Donaher
CTHIMA President
9:15 – 10:00 Inspiring Leadership, Influencing Change: AHIMA’s 2018 Report to the CSAs Tim Keough, MPA, RHIA, FAHIMA,
Director, AHIMA Board of Directors
AHIMA
10:00 – 11:00 ICD10 Coding Clinic Update Barry Libman, MS, RHIA, CDIP, CCS
President of Barry Libman Inc. & Libman Education
11:00 – 12:00 Take Control of your HIM Career: Learn the New Rules about Managing your HIM Career Tania Hazley, RHIA
Cigna Healthcare
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch and Door Prizes
1:00 – 1:30 Vendor Time
1:30 – 4:30 ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS Updates and Guidelines Janice Tarlecki, MBA, RHIA, CCS
CIOX Health

6.5 CE Credits

 

Show Coding Session - Monday, September 17th, 2018
Monday, September 17th, 2018
Coding Session

8:00 – 8:45 Registration and Breakfast Sponsored by Baker Newman Noyes and Saince
Vendor area Open All Day from 8:00 – 4:30
8:45 – 9:00 Opening Remarks Martin Cohen, RHIT
President-Elect
CtHIMA
9:00 – 10:00 Spinal Surgery Robin Ingalls-Fitzgerald, CCS, CPC, CEDC, CEMC
Medical Management and Reimbursement Specialists
10:00 – 12:00 Outpatient Clinical Documentation Improvement Gina Hobert, MBA, CHC, CPC-I, CEMC, CRC, CPMA, Sr. Manager
Jan Hodgdon,
Director
Baker Newman Noyes
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch and Door Prizes
1:00 – 1:30 Vendor Time
1:30 – 4:30 Outpatient Clinical Documentation Improvement, Continued Gina Hobert, MBA, CHC, CPC-I, CEMC, CRC, CPMA, Sr. Manager
Jan Hodgdon,
Director
Baker Newman Noyes

6.5 CE Credits

 

Show General Session - Sunday, September 16th, 2018
Sunday, September 16th, 2018
General Session

8:00 – 9:00 Registration and Breakfast Sponsored by Baker Newman Noyes and Saince
Vendor area Open All Day from 8:00 – 4:30
9:00 – 9:15 Opening Remarks Karen Lawler
CTHIMA Past President
Jim Donaher
CTHIMA President
9:15 – 10:00 Inspiring Leadership, Influencing Change: AHIMA’s 2018 Report to the CSAs Tim Keough, MPA, RHIA, FAHIMA
Director, AHIMA Board of Directors
AHIMA
10:00 – 11:00 Health Information Management, Innovation and Leadership in the Modern Era Jon Elion, MD, FACC
Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, Brown University
11:00 – 12:00 Far Beyond Hospital Walls: Making the Case for HIM Professionals in Home Health, Hospice, and Long-Term Care Regina Alexander, MBA, FACHE, CHC, HCS-H
Cheryl Krusch, LPN, CPC, CPMA, COC, ICDCT-CM
VantagePoint Healthcare Advisors
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch and Door Prizes
1:00 – 1:30 Vendor Time
1:30 – 2:30 Consumer Engagement Tim Keough, MPA, RHIA, FAHIMA
Director, AHIMA Board of Directors
AHIMA
2:30 – 3:30 NLP and Documentation Improvement Kathy Harkness, RN, BSN, CCDS
Client Engagement Executive
M*Modal
3:30 – 4:30 Non-Traditional HIM Job Trends – Think Outside the Box Cindy Edgerton, MHA, MEd, RHIA
Professor HIM Program
Charter Oak State College

6.5 CE Credits

 

Show General Session - Monday, September 17th, 2018
Monday, September 17th, 2018
General Session

8:00 – 8:45 Registration and Breakfast Sponsored by Baker Newman Noyes and Saince
Vendor area Open All Day from 8:00 – 4:30
8:45 – 9:00 Opening Remarks Karen Lawler
CTHIMA Past President
Jim Donaher
CTHIMA President
9:00 – 10:00 Cybersecurity: Cyber Attacks, Data Breaches, and HIPAA Compliance Dena Castricone,
Partner, Murtha Cullina, LLP
10:00 – 11:00 Regs and Rules: Latest Privacy Updates impacting HIM Rita Bowen, MA, RHIA, CHPS, CHPC, SSGB, Vice President MRO Corp
11:00 – 12:00 CMS Updates Renee Richard, Health Insurance Specialist
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch and Door Prizes
1:00 – 1:30 Vendor Time
1:30 – 2:30 Leveraging Artificial Intelligence for CDI, Coding and Quality Matt Turner
National Account Manager
Dolbey
2:30 – 3:30 Connecticut in Transition Carl Schiessl, JD, Director, Regulatory Advocacy, Ct. Hospital Association
3:30 – 4:30 Desktop Apps, Tools and Tips Tom Scholomiti, RHIT
Sr. Director Optimization and Analytics Services
Record One

6.5 CE Credits

 

Show Presentation Handouts
Session Topic Presenter Handout
(Click below to Download All Presentations)
2018 CTHIMA Annual Conference Presentations
General Non Traditional HIM Job Trends Cindy Edgerton CTHIMA-Presentation-Cindy-Edgerton-Sept-16-2018
General Regulations and Rules: Privacy Updates Impacting HIM Rita Bowen CtHIMA-Presentation-Rita-Bowen
General CTHIMA Apps, Tools, Tips Tom Scholmotti Tom-Scholmotti-Apps-Tools-Tips
General Leveraging Artificial Intelligence for CDI, Coding & Quality Matt Turner Leveraging-Artificial-Intelligence-for-CDI-Coding-and-Quality
General Cybersecurity: cyber attacks, Data Breaches, and HIPAA Compliance Dena Castricone Dena-Castricone-Cyber-(In)Security
General Inspiring Leadership, Influencing Change – AHIMA’s 2018 Report Tim Keough 2018-Inspirin- Ldrshp-Influence-Change-Aug-2018
General Consumer Engagement Tim Keough 2018-Consumer-Engagement
General NLP and Document Improvement Kathy Harkness KHarkness-CTAHIMA
General Health Information Management, Innovation and Leadership in the Modern Era Jon Elion CT-HIMA-2018-HIM-Innovation-and-Leadership-Handout
General Far Beyond Hospital Walls Regina Alexander CTHIMA-Sept-2018-Beyond-Hospital-Walls-Handout
General Connecticut in Transition (updated 9/19/2018) Carl Schiessl CSchiessl-Presentation-2018-CtHIMA-Annual-Meeting
General CMS Updates Renee Richard CT-HIMA-CMS-Updates-2018-PUB
Coding Spinal Surgery Robin Ingalls-Fitzgerald CTHIMA-2018-Annual-conference
Coding Take Control of your Career: New Rules about Managing Your HIM Career Tania Hazley TaniaHazley-2018-CTHIMA-Annual-Meeting
Coding ICD-10 Coding Clinic Updates Barry Libman CTHIMA-sep 16-2018
Coding 2019 ICD-10-CM/PCS Changes Janice Tarlecki FY 2019_PCS_Presentation_CtHIMA
FY 2019_Other IPPS_Presentation _CtHIMA
FY 2019_CM_Presentation_CtHIMA

 

Show Vendor List

Vendors Attending

Middlesex Community College Baker Newman Noyes
3M Saince
Barry Libman Education Visioneer
Kiwi-Tek Charter Oak College
MRO Corp Dolbey
MModal Chartwise
Fisher College Vantage Point Healthcare
Medical Management and Reimbursement Specialists

 

Show Speaker Biographies
Speaker Biographies


Regina Alexander, MBA, FACHE, CHC, HCS-H
VantagePoint Healthcare Advisors
Ms. Alexander serves as a Senior Consultant at VantagePoint. Prior to joining the firm, she served in hospital-based Health Information Management (HIM) leadership roles. Ms. Alexander also has experience on the health plan side of the industry, including deep knowledge of Medicare payment policies obtained during her tenure as Senior Manager over a Medicare Advantage plan.

Ms. Alexander’s credentials include certification in healthcare compliance (CHC) through the Health Care Compliance Association and certification as a Home Care Coding Specialist- Hospice (HCS-H) through the Association of Home Care Coding and Compliance (AHCC). She is a board-certified fellow (FACHE) in healthcare management through the American College of Healthcare Executives and holds an MBA from The George Washington University. She also serves as an associate faculty member for the University of Phoenix in the College of Health Professions.


Riata Bowen, MA, RHIA, CHPS, CHPC, SSG B
Vice President MRO Corp.
In her role as Vice President of Privacy, Compliance and HIM Policy for MRO, Bowen serves as the company’s Privacy and Compliance Officer (PCO), overseeing the company’s compliance with HIPAA and chairing the organization’s Data Protection Steering Committee. In addition, she ensures new and existing client HIM policies and procedures are to code. She has more than 40 years of experience in Health Information Management (HIM), holding a variety of HIM director and consulting roles. Prior to joining MRO, she was Senior Vice President and Privacy Officer for HealthPort, Inc., now known as CIOX Health. Bowen is an active member of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), having served as its President and Board Chair, as a member of the Board of Directors, of the Council on Certification, and various focus and specialty groups, such as privacy. Additionally, Bowen 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 and the Tennessee Health Information Management Association (THIMA). Bowen has served as President for both the Arizona Health Information Management Association (AzHIMA) and THIMA, and served in AHIMA’s House of Delegates. 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.

Dena Castricone
Partner, Murtha Cullina, LLP
Dena M. Castricone is a Partner at the law firm of Murtha Cullina LLP. She is the Chair of the Privacy and Cybersecurity group and is a member of the Health Care and Long Term Care groups. Prior to joining Murtha Cullina, Dena served as a law clerk to the Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court, Frank J. Williams. Dena handles a broad range of regulatory compliance issues for health care providers. With an extensive background in HIPAA, she also assists health care providers with HIPAA privacy and security compliance, policy development and implementation, training and service as a privacy officer. Additionally, Dena is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) and assists businesses and health care organizations with privacy and information security matters.

Cindy Edgerton, MHA, MEd, RHIA
Professor HIM Program
Charter Oak State College
Cindy Edgerton, MHA, MEd, RHIA, has 23 years of experience as an educator and Program Director in Health Information Management degree programs. She was very involved in the early days of online education, developing one of the first online HIM associate degree programs. Currently, she is the HIM Program Director at Charter Oak State College. She enjoys mentoring new faculty.

She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Health Information Administration with a minor in Management from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN. In 2007, she obtained her Master of Education degree with a specialization in Leadership in Higher Education from Capella University. She earned a second master’s degree, in Healthcare Administration, from Kaplan University in 2015. She has been a Registered Health Information Administrator since 1987.


Jon Elion, MD, FACC
Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, Brown University
Dr. Jon Elion is the founder and CEO of ChartWise Medical Systems. ChartWise was recently honored by KLAS Research as the “Category Leader” in CDI software for the third year in a row. He is a graduate of Brown University (undergraduate and medical school), trained in Internal Medicine at the University of Wisconsin, and in Cardiology at Duke University.

He is currently a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Brown University, and still practices Cardiology part-time at The Miriam Hospital in Providence. He has served on hospital Finance and Quality Committees as well as hospital Boards and has chaired several committees to create and demonstrate standards for healthcare information exchange.

With over 45 years of experience in computing and more than 30 years of experience in medical computing and information standards, Dr. Elion has committed his career to innovations in high value services and healthcare delivery.


Kathy Harkness, RN, BSN, CCDS
Client Engagement Executive
M*Modal
Kathy Harkness is a graduate of Walden University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Ms. Harkness has over 28 years of professional experience in critical care, emergency medicine, cardiac surgery, nursing management, as well as, CDI and Revenue Integrity. Prior to starting with M*Modal as a Client Engagement Executive, she was a Clinical Director with The Advisory Board Company’s Revenue Cycle Solutions Consulting and Management division. In this capacity, Ms. Harkness provided clinical documentation improvement expertise to the physician documentation data analysis process, as well as, leading over 200 one-
on-one physician engagement meetings. She served as a subject matter expert for CDI assessments, education and implementation of new CDI programs across the country.

Tania Hazley, RHIA
Cigna Healthcare
Tania is a proven EMR project strategist and a dedicated nurse. Using her nursing and HIM background, she has helped lead HIT initiatives, namely EMR implementations in a variety of settings. Tania has always forged her own career path. After nursing, she choose HIM as her second career and has been an RHIA for over 13 years. She is a self-proclaimed EMR nerd who can talk your ear off about industry happenings or her two favorite shows, Fixer Upper and Game of Thrones.

Gina Hobert, MBA, CHC, CPC-1, CEMC, CRC
Sr. Manager
Baker Newman Noyes
Gina is a senior manager in the healthcare consulting practice at Baker Newman Noyes specializing in medical billing and coding education, provider education, chart auditing, billing and coding compliance, provider-to –provider practices and billing, chargemaster reviews, and risk adjustment documentation and coding. Gina has been with the firm since 2013, having previously managed the billing compliance and medical audit functions, and conducted education sessions, for a major New England hospital system. She was also previously employed as the director of coding center, which provided chart auditing services, on-site coding education programs, and coding certification courses.
Richard Hoover
Provider Relations Specialist
CMS
Rick works for CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) in the Boston Regional Office. He is a Provider Relations Specialist in the Division of Financial Management Operations. Rick is responsible for the development and implementation of comprehensive educational programs and initiatives in the New England Region by ensuring that providers and beneficiaries are informed of Medicare program benefits and policies. His current duties also include contractor oversight, and serving as the Regional Rural Health Coordinator and Quality Payment Program Lead for New England

Robyn Ingalls-Fitzgerald, CCS, CPC, CEDC, CEMC
Medical Management and Reimbursement Specialist
Robin, Company Founder, CEO and President, has been in the health care industry for over 30 years. She has been a coder for 20 years and holds certifications with the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) www.ahima.org and the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) www.aapc.com. She has expertise in E & M coding in both the Emergency Department and practice settings. Robin’s knowledge of Medicare coding and billing guidelines, NCD’s, LCD’s and NCCI edits is an invaluable resource to facility and practice billing departments, facilitating accurate claims submission, reducing claims rejections, and eliminating costly rework. Robin is activity involved in her community, serving on the NH Economic Development Task force, the historic district committee and the downtown re-vitalization committee. She is engaged in philanthropic activities, including The Go Gray in May 5K benefitting The National Brain Tumor Society.

Tim Keough, MPA, FHIA, FAHIMA
Director, AHIMA Board of DirectorsAHIMA
Tim Keough is vice president at the New Jersey Hospital Association, Healthcare Business Solutions where he leads the health information services consulting division. He has been chair of AHIMA’s Nominating Committee, co-chair of the HOD’s Environmental Scan Team, and a member of the Program Committee. Within NJHIMA, Tim served two terms as president, chaired the Membership and Industry Recognition Task group, served as CoP facilitator and received the 2002 Distinguished Member award. Over the past three years, he has been workgroup co-chair of the NJ Division of Banking and Insurance – NJHA Task Group on ICD-10 Implementation. Tim is an advocate for education and has supported the educational programs around the state by acting as an advisory member as well as professional practice site.

Barry Libman, MS, RHIA, CDIP, CCS
President of Barry Libman Inc. & Libman Education
Barry Libman is President of Barry Libman Inc., a 40-person firm providing medical record coding and audit services to hospitals through-out New England and the Mid-Atlantic States. Barry is also President of Libman Education, a provider of training and education for HIM professionals nationwide.

Barry is recognized for his in-depth knowledge of coding and reimbursement issues and is often called upon to provide education and training on code updates and coding issues.


Tom Scholomiti, RHIT
Sr. Director Optimization and Analytics Services., Record One
Tom Scholomiti, RHIT, works with a talented team to help clients achieve continuous revenue integrity using the RecordsOne digital information platform.

Carl Schiessl, JD
Director, Regulatory AdvocacyCHA
An accomplished attorney, advocate and author, with rich and diverse experience as legal and compliance counselor to healthcare, insurance, financial services, and manufacturing companies, a former elected state official, a volunteer in public service, and an instructor in legislative process.

At the Connecticut Hospital Association, Carl advises hospitals and other healthcare institutions on all legislative, judicial, and regulatory matters, with special emphasis on patient care regulation, emergency medicine, children’s health, and mental health and substance use issues. He has been a principal spokesperson for the hospital industry with state and federal agencies and other oversight entities on an array of healthcare issues.

Carl was elected to the Connecticut House of Representatives six times, serving as chairman of the Finance, Revenue & Bonding Committee, as Deputy Majority Leader, and Vice Chairman of the Public Health Committee. He also worked in the Connecticut State Senate for six years. Carl is presently a member of the adjunct faculty at the University of Connecticut School of Law, teaching legislative process and instructing a legislative field placement program.

Carl is a chair of the Connecticut Children’s Behavioral Health Plan Implementation Advisory Board. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness, and a Founding Volunteer of the Pro Bono Partnership. In 2017, Carl became a James W. Cooper Fellow, recognizing outstanding Connecticut lawyers, judges, and teachers of law.


Janice Tarlecki, MBA, RHIA, CCS
CIOX Health
Janice Tarlecki is the director of advance education at Ciox Health. Janice has more than 15 years of HIM experience, concentrating on acute care coding, CDI, recovery audit appeals, coder development, and coder performance improvement. Janice’s interests also include risk adjustment and HCC coding, data analytics, and clinical medicine. Janice has held various roles throughout her career, including director of auditing, coding operations manager, senior coding advisor, and lead auditor/coder for many institutions including level 1 academic trauma centers. Janice’s education experience includes content development and delivery on both a large and small scale to both clients and Ciox staff.

Matt Turner
National Account Manager
Dolbey
Matt Turner is a National Account Manager with Dolbey Systems Inc., developer of the Fusion Suite of products for dictation, transcription, speech recognition and 2-time KLAS Category Leader Fusion CAC and Fusion CDI. Matt has over 15 years of experience working within the Medical Records/HIM community. Matt has previously presented at State AHIMA shows in MO, IL, IN, CO, PA as well many local AHIMA and ACDIS meetings. In addition, Matt presented at the 2014 Wisconsin MGMA ICD-10 Summit.

Details

Start:
September 16 @ 8:00 am
End:
September 17 @ 5:00 pm

Venue

Hilton Mystic
20 Coogan Boulevard
Mystic, 06355-1900 United States
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