HEALTHCON Regional: Charleston

October 4-6, 2021 | 15 CEUs | $795 $645
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About AAPC Regional Conference

This year, AAPC is bringing an all-star cast of the brightest minds in the business to share their most recent insights and learnings about revenue cycle management.

Register for HEALTHCON REGIONAL 2021 to experience an outstanding array of speakers, industry-relevant sessions, and countless opportunities to chat with exhibitors and colleagues, in person or virtually.

Educational Events

Join in on enlightening sessions designed to enrich your career and keep you up to date on the latest industry changes, like:

  • Audit track dedicated to the 2021 E/M Guidelines
  • Telemedicine and telehealth updates
  • Revenue cycle information

Expert Guidance
Learn from the best in the industry! Our panel of experts will be there to explore 2021’s best practices and answer your most challenging and pressing questions.

Meet, Greet, and Grow
Connect with like-minded individuals and grow your professional network.

Earn CEUs
HEALTHCON REGIONAL 2021 is the most fun way to earn up to 15 CEUs.

Employer Sponsorship
Over 80% of conference attendees have it paid for by their employers. Visit our Planning section for tips on how to ask for financial assistance.

Share with Friends
Help your colleagues network and stay up to date in their careers by coming as a group! It makes the experience even more fun.

Sunday, October 3, 2021

Pre-Conference

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8:00 AM - 4:00 PM, EDT | 8.00 CEUs COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPPM

Pre: Teach the Teacher

This workshop provides certified instructors with tools to improve their teaching and communication skills. This is also a great opportunity to network with other instructors. Earn 8 CTUs or 8 CEUs for participation in this workshop.

Monday, October 4, 2021

Pre-Conference

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9:00 AM - 9:45 AM, EDT

Pre: HEALTHCON Regional Rookies - Learn the Ropes

General Session

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10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, EDT | 1.00 CEUs COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPPM

GS1: Conference Welcome

Bevan Erickson, AAPC CEO

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM, EDT | 1.25 CEUs COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPPM

GS2: 2021 E/M Lessons Learned

Raemarie Jimenez, CPC, CDEO, CIC, CPB, CPMA, CPPM, CPC-I, CANPC, CRHC

In preparation for the implementation of the new 2021 E/M guidelines for office visits, AAPC conducted many provider and coder trainings. In this session we will discuss comments questions and lessons learned along the way.

Exhibit Hall

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12:15 PM - 1:30 PM, EDT

EH1: Networking Lunch with Exhibitors

Breakout Session 1

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1:30 PM - 2:45 PM, EDT | 1.25 CEUs COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPPM

1A: Healthcare Business Analytics - Why it Matters?

MariaRita Genovese, CPC; Jordan Goldberger

The importance of analytics for decision support in market share, RVU allocation, yearly budgeting, quality scoring as well measuring revenue. It increases the visibility of daily or monthly operations. Analytics provides a snapshot in real time to gauge industry performance.

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM, EDT | 1.25 CEUs COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPPM

1B: CPT Coding and Identifying the Anatomy When Coding Cardiology Procedures

Sharon Jane Oliver, CPC, CDEO, CPMA, CRC, Approved-Instructor

Knowing the anatomy and the function of the body is critical when using the correct CPT codes to describe the procedure(s) performed. If you don't know where you are in the body, how can you code it? This presentation will take an in-depth look at CPT code description, and apply the anatomical area involved in that respective code. This will help ensure all services performed are captured for accurate billing and proper reimbursement.

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM, EDT | 1.25 CEUs COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPPM

1C: DRG Tips for Clinical Validation

Leonta Williams, CPC, CPCO, CRC, CEMC, CHONC

This session will encompass review of those typical conditions (e.g. sepsis, AMI, encephalopathy, AKI, etc.) that trigger a DRG or clinical validation audit. We will discuss what your CDI teams should be looking for to validate those conditions and how to effectively draft physician queries in a manner that is non-leading and supports clinical indicators found in the medical record.

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM, EDT | 1.25 CEUs COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPPM

1D: Steps for a Successful Facility Internal Audit - A-Z

Marianne Durling MHA, RHIA, CCS, CDIP, CPC, CPCO, CIC, Approved-Instructor

This session will review the new OIG compliance program requirements as well as steps for the planning, implementation and conducting of a facility based internal audit through corrective action plan.

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM, EDT | 1.25 CEUs COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPPM

1E: 2021 E/M Guidelines - Compliance for Medically Relevant History and Exam

Jaci J. Kipreos, COC, CPC, CDEO, CPMA, CPC-I, CEMC

The 2021 E/M guidelines for office and outpatient services no longer require quantifiable elements for history and exam. The new guidelines require a medically appropriate history and exam. In this session we will discuss best practices for compliant documentation to support the new guidelines.

Breakout Session 2

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3:05 PM - 4:20 PM, EDT | 1.25 CEUs COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPPM

2A: Strategic Recruitment: Planning, Hiring, and Onboarding

Catherine L Keegan, CPC

According to Glassdoor, the average company spends approx $4k and can take up to 52 days to fill a position, not to mention the costs associated with disruption to workflow and onboarding costs. To keep turnover rates at a minimum, it is imperative to take the time to strategically recruit, hire and onboard new employees. This process will ensure you an action plan that will allow you to select and hire the best candidates for your environment that will be able to grow and develop within your company, thereby providing you with a streamlined succession plan that will keep your business flowing smoothly.

3:05 PM - 4:20 PM, EDT | 1.25 CEUs COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPPM

2B: Orthopedic Surgery Coding - The Present and Future

Lynn M Anderanin, CPC, CPMA, CPPM, CPC-I, COSC

Orthopedic surgery coding is always going through constant changes from a CPT perspective as well as commercial insurance carriers. Medical necessity, site of service, and prior authorization continue to affect reimbursement in orthopedics. This session will look at current trends and guidelines changes as well as look into the future with 2022 coding changes that are long overdue.

3:05 PM - 4:20 PM, EDT | 1.25 CEUs COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPPM

2C: Infusion, Hydration, and Injection Coding

Michele M Stevens, CPC, CPMA

Understanding the hierarchy of infusion, hydration, and injection coding while following coding guidelines that appear to point you in another direction as you've just read an NCCI edit for a specific drug that required hydration pre/post a chemo infusion that you thought you didn't code hydration. Let's dig into this together, but remember each MAC has their own specific guidance that must be researched well before you determine how to write a policy for your department and this is as one of those areas that every organization should have one on file.

3:05 PM - 4:20 PM, EDT | 1.25 CEUs CPMA, COC, CPC, CPC-P, CANPC, CASCC, CCC, CCPC, CCVTC, CDEI, CDEO, CEDC, CEMC, CENTC, CFPC, CGIC, CGSC, CHONC, CIC, CIMC, COBGC, COPC, COSC, CPB, CPCD, CPCO, CPEDC, CPMS, CPPM, CPRC, CRC, CRHC, CSFAC, CUC

2D: Developing, Implementing, and Delivering an Audit Program for Physician Services

Kimberly Garner Huey, COC, CPC, CPCO; Sandra Kay Giangreco Brown, RHIT, COC, CPC, CPC-I, COBGCDirector of Coding & Revenue Integrity

We will cover the elements that a physician practice needs to consider when designing and implementing an audit plan for their practice. Being aware of the deciding factors in the creation of the audit program and considerations to make prior can eliminate headaches down the road. When to consult an attorney to potentially perform the audit under Attorney Client Privilege will be reviewed and the guidelines to consider will be discussed. This session will cover valuable information for new or seasoned auditors or practice managers and coders.

3:05 PM - 4:20 PM, EDT | 1.25 CEUs COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPPM

2E: Double Dip, Its OK This Time, Capitalizing on the New E/M Guidelines to Maximize the Assessment and Plan

Jacob Swartzwelder, CPC, CRC, CEMC

Attendees will walk through how to combine 2021 E/M guideline changes and Risk Adjustment Initiatives within the Assessment and Plan. We will explore a high-level overview of 2021 Evaluation and Management Office and Other Outpatient Services guideline changes, ways to positively integrate Risk Adjustment information into the Assessment and Plan, and tips for educating providers on maximizing the impact of their documentation.

Exhibit Hall

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4:30 PM - 6:00 PM, EDT

EH2: Welcome Reception with Exhibitors

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Exhibit Hall

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7:00 AM - 8:00 AM, EDT

EH3: Networking Breakfast with Exhibitors

General Session

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8:00 AM - 9:15 AM, EDT | 1.25 CEUs COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPPM

GS3: E/M Panel

During this session, an expert panel made up of a physician, coder, auditor, payer and representative from the AMA will answer audience questions regarding the 2021 E/M guidelines for office visits.

9:30 AM - 10:45 AM, EDT | 1.25 CEUs COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPPM

GS4: Telemedicine Panel

During this session a panel of experts representing the provider, facility, and payer perspectives will be discussing best practices for navigating the ongoing changes with telemedicine and telehealth regulations. There are so many changes occurring it is difficult to keep up. The panel will answer questions from the audience.

Breakout Session 3

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11:00 AM - 12:15 PM, EDT | 1.25 CEUs COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPPM

3A: Understanding Principal Care Management and Changes to the Care Management Code Family

Samuel Le Church MD, MPH, CPC, CRC, CPC-I

This session will introduce you to the newest code set to the Care Management code family. PCM facilitates non-face-to-face care by the health care team for patients with at least one high risk condition. While PCM will typically be provided by subspecialists, the new codes may be used by any specialty. In addition to review of program requirements, we will review several case examples along with best practices for documentation and coding.

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM, EDT | 1.25 CEUs COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPPM

3B: General Surgery Coding - Head to Toe

Kimberly Garner Huey, COC, CPC, CPCO; Sandra Kay Giangreco Brown, RHIT, COC, CPC, CPC-I, COBGCDirector of Coding & Revenue Integrity

In this session, we will begin with the CPT codes in the Integumentary section in CPT and work our way through the surgery chapter codes. We will discuss a variety of codes and the definitions and guidelines both found in the front of the chapters and those within the applicable chapters. We will review codes and their instructions so the attendees can have a better understanding of CPT General Surgery procedure coding. The sections that will be covered include but are not limited to: Integumentary biopsies, mastectomy coding, Gastrointestinal procedures, Thyroid procedures and some neurology procedures.

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM, EDT | 1.25 CEUs COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPPM

3C: Sepsis 2, 3 What?

Heather Greene, CPC, CIC, CPMA

In this presentation, we will review and discuss the clinical indicators support the diagnosis of Sepsis 2 or Sepsis 3. We will evaluate documentation and discuss query options for clarification.

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM, EDT | 1.25 CEUs COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPPM

3D: Conducting a Charge Audit To Boost Your Revenue

Dorothy D Steed, COC, CPCO, CPMA, CPC-I, CEMC, CFPC

Discover missing revenue opportunities by conducting a charge capture audit. Departmental charge entry through the hospital's charge master requires understanding the reportable services, timely data entry, correct number of units and matching of services rendered. Although financial success is heavily dependent upon accurate and timely charge capture, providers may not fully realize the risks involved in not implementing charging controls. This session will focus on the risks and consequences of missed charges.

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM, EDT | 1.25 CEUs COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPPM

3E: 2021 E/M Guidelines – Risk Associated With Coding for Time

Raemarie Jimenez, CPC, CDEO, CIC, CPB, CPMA, CPPM, CPC-I, CANPC, CRHC

In this session we will discuss compliance risks associated with the new 2021 E/M time guidelines for office and outpatient services. We will discuss best practices to implement time based coding.

Exhibit Hall

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12:15 PM - 1:30 PM, EDT

EH4: Networking Lunch with Exhibitors

Breakout Session 4

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1:30 PM - 2:45 PM, EDT | 1.25 CEUs COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPPM

4A: What Makes a Successful Medical Practice Manager?

Judy A Wilson, COC, CPC, CPCO, CPC-P, CDEO, CPB, CPPM, CANPC, Approved-Instructor

The skills needed to be a successful Practice Manager, the responsibility of a Practice Manager, how to get the most from your employees and how to standout as an effective manager.

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM, EDT | 1.25 CEUs COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPPM

4B: Gynecology in the Office

Peggy A Stilley, CPC, CPB, CPMA, CPC-I, COBGC

This session will include services and procedures performed in the office. We will look at payer policies and authorizations that may be needed. We will discuss colposcopy, preventive services, contraception management, and office visits.

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM, EDT | 1.25 CEUs COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPPM

4C: Anesthesia Coding, Billing, and Documentation Nuances

Kristen R Taylor, CPC

This session will differentiate anesthesia procedures including modifiers, concurrency, and medical direction based on who is performing the service. Provide knowledge of interaction between anesthesologist and CRNA throughout anesthesia procedure. Clarification of different anesthesia modifiers and how to determine the correct one. Discussion of chart documentation relation to billing.

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM, EDT | 1.25 CEUs COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPPM

4D: Emergency: Audit Risk Areas in the ED

Marianne Durling MHA, RHIA, CCS, CDIP, CPC, CPCO, CIC, Approved-Instructor

This session will focus on audit risk areas for Emergency Depts. Learn the most common areas of compliance concern for emergency departments. We will review the risks and things you should be doing ahead of any audit.

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM, EDT | 1.25 CEUs COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPPM

4E: Documentation Deficiencies

Jaci J. Kipreos, COC, CPC, CDEO, CPMA, CPC-I, CEMC

The 2021 E/M guidelines for office and other outpatient services have been in use for almost a year. There have been some struggles and confusion along the way. This session will highlight areas that have created documentation confusion and questions. We will look at the documentation struggles in each of the three categories that define medical decision making and we will touch on time documentation.

Exhibit Hall

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2:45 PM - 3:05 PM, EDT

EH5: Networking Break with Exhibitors

Breakout Session 5

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3:05 PM - 4:20 PM, EDT | 1.25 CEUs COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPPM

5A: Health Conditions of the American Trucker

Jake Ragan; Sarah Ragan, CPC, CPMA, CRC, CFPC

The trucking industry moves America, but who moves the trucking industry? This is the health story of the backbone of America; truck drivers! Please join us as semi truck driver instructor Jake Ragan, and his wife Sarah Ragan, CPC, CPMA, CRC, CFPC discuss the health conditions that drivers face during their careers. We will touch base on smoking, hypertension, diabetes, hernias, and depression, among other issues.

Breakout Session 7

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3:05 PM - 4:20 PM, EDT | 1.25 CEUs COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPPM

5B: Sight Seeing in Charleston

Shannon O'Tyson DeConda, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CEMC

Teaching a session on the Ophthalmologic Services Codes (the eye codes) would pale in comparison to an E&M session- although they are essentially the bread and butter of an eye practice. Teaching when to use eye vs. E&M is a trickier and more gray area topic to approach. There are variations and disagreements amongst the payors- so what do you do? This session, we will explore best practice and how to create an optimum compliance path for your practice.

Breakout Session 5

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3:05 PM - 4:20 PM, EDT | 1.25 CEUs COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPPM

5C: COVID-19 Pulmonary Complications and Ventilator Management

Louis Jimenez, RRT, CHT

In this session we will cover the pulmonary complications associated with COVID 19. A review of normal pulmonary physiology followed by restrictive pulmonary pathologies associated with COVID 19, including pneumonitis, pneumonias, ventilator acquired pneumonia, and Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome. A review of basic ventilator functions as they relate to ventilator modes, ventilator settings, positive pressure, and enhanced oxygenation modalities, followed by the challenges posed by restrictive disease and how those challenges are met through management of the airway and the ventilator.

3:05 PM - 4:20 PM, EDT | 1.25 CEUs COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPPM

5D: Revenue Cycle Audit Tips for Home Health and Hospice

Amy Lee Smith, COC, CPC, CPMA

Home Health and Hospice billing and coding is complex and very different from other settings. This session will present a high-level overview of the revenue cycle process along with tips for auditing the high risk areas of documentation, coding, and billing for these services.

3:05 PM - 4:20 PM, EDT | 1.25 CEUs COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPPM

5E: Counting of Data

Leonta Williams, CPC, CPCO, CRC, CEMC, CHONC

This session will address some of the more pressing questions and remaining ambiguity around assigning data points for MDM. We will discuss the definitions of review of a test vs. interpretation of a test. We will explore the rationale of why credit is given at the time of order and not the review by the same provider, regardless of what day the review happened. Come get clear direction on what is an independent test and what really happens when both time and MDM is documented. It is important that you fully understand all the definitions around “Data” and how to communicate those definitions to providers.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Exhibit Hall

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8:00 AM - 9:00 AM, EDT | 1.00 CEUs COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPPM

EH6: Networking Breakfast

General Session

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9:00 AM - 10:15 AM, EDT | 1.25 CEUs COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPPM

GS5: Diagnosis Coding Insights from the Expert

Breakout Session 6

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10:30 AM - 11:45 AM, EDT | 1.25 CEUs COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPPM

6A: Start With Empathy: How Practicing Empathy Can Elevate and Improve Organizational Productivity

Rhonda Buckholtz, CPC, CDEO, CPMA, CRC, CENTC, CGSC, COBGC, COPC, CPEDC, Approved-Instructor

Collaboration is essential to any successful organization – but unfortunately how we individually perceive the world can sometimes cause miscommunication and conflicts that hinder effective teamwork. Learning how empathy can help influence teams and build productivity will help you take your organization to higher levels. Empathy must be the driving force and catalyst in todays business models. This presentation will show you how to leverage those skills.

10:30 AM - 11:45 AM, EDT | 1.25 CEUs COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPPM

6B: Case Based Complex Vascular Coding

Eva P Alexander, CPC; Dr. Carmen Piccolo III, DO

We will be going over the indications, the procedural steps, evaluating and interpreting the intraoperative images and the billing for complex vascular and endovascular surgical procedures. These will include cases for May-Thurner syndrome, covered endovascular repair of aortic bifurcation and complex endovascular peripheral reconstruction.

10:30 AM - 11:45 AM, EDT | 1.25 CEUs COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPPM

6C: CDI in the Outpatient World

Jennifer R Swindle, CPC, CIC, CPMA, CEMC, CFPC

CDI and concurrent review is common in the inpatient arena, but as healthcare continues to evolve, more work is done in the outpatient setting, with shorter stays, less time to query providers and significant higher volume; this presentation will focus on how to have an effective clinical documentation improvement program in the outpatient setting which focuses on quality and accurate capture of the acuity of the patient and the services provided. The patient is at the heart of healthcare and the documentation must support all aspects, which impacts reimbursement as well.

10:30 AM - 11:45 AM, EDT | 1.25 CEUs COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPPM

6D: Critical Care - Compliant Coding and Documentation Require More Than an Admission to ICU!

Nancy L Reading RN, BS, CPC, CPC-P, CPC-I

This session will cover inpatient critical care documentation and coding nuances required to bill compliantly. The attendee will gain an understanding of the evolution of diagnosis coding as the patient’s condition changes. Documentation of the patient’s critical clinical picture, or the lack there of, will drive medical necessity and code assignment. We will compare and contrast the criteria for coding Critical Care by the American College of Critical Care Medicine versus Medicare’s criteria.

10:30 AM - 11:45 AM, EDT | 1.25 CEUs COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPPM

6E: Determining Condition Complexity

Samuel Le Church MD, MPH, CPC, CRC, CPC-I

The 2021 outpatient E/M code changes have made everything simpler, right? The changes are easier in many ways, but there are new areas of confusions, both for providers and coders (and auditors). In this session we will focus on the first column of the Medical Decision Making (MDM) table, shedding light on the secrets of medical complexity. Examples from multiple specialties will be reviewed for each MDM complexity level.

Breakout Session 7

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12:05 PM - 1:20 PM, EDT | 1.25 CEUs COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPPM

7A: When Your Patient Has Both Medical and Behavioral Health Concerns

Dorothy D Steed, COC, CPCO, CPMA, CPC-I, CEMC, CFPC

Many providers have seen an increase in behavioral health problems that influence the medical management or require additional mental health management. The pandemic has increased these concerns and requirements for additional documentation, reporting of additional codes as well as reporting of applicable social determinants of health. This session will cover the reporting requirements to avoid medical necessity denials.

Breakout Session 5

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12:05 PM - 1:20 PM, EDT | 1.25 CEUs COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPPM

7B: Understanding Radiology NCCI, LCD, and NCD

Ruby Woodward, CPC, CPB, CPMA, CPC-I, COSC, CSFAC

In this presentation we will review the various NCCI guidelines and edits, NCDs, and LCDs that relate to diagnostic radiology services. When are modifiers allowed, what documentation is required, what policies exist and how to apply them.

Breakout Session 7

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12:05 PM - 1:20 PM, EDT | 1.25 CEUs COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPPM

7C: Mental Health and the Opioid Crisis – What Do We Code?

Heather Greene, CPC, CIC, CPMA

In this course we will look at Chapter five, concentrating specifically at the substance abuse categories. We will delve into documentation requirements of top diagnoses and how the coding guideline “with” can affect the Principal/first listed diagnosis. This class is for all levels of coders.

12:05 PM - 1:20 PM, EDT | 1.25 CEUs COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPPM

7D: Figuring Out Benchmarking

Shannon O'Tyson DeConda, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CEMC

Not all of us are statisticians by any stretch, but most of us, once trained on a way to work through data sets we understand how to approach a report, how to break it down, and how to use the data. During this session, we will review what data is valuable for benchmarking for your providers individually, collectively, and why. We will also have sample reports and review the data as we consider the outcomes at the impacts on the audit plan and overall compliance process of the organization.

12:05 PM - 1:20 PM, EDT | 1.25 CEUs COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPPM

7E: Stay Compliant During Physician Vacancies

Maryann C Palmeter, CPC, CPCO, CPMA, CENTC

This presentation will address various arrangements that may be entered into when a physician vacancy arises. Audience members will learn about locum tenens and reciprocal billing requirements and differences, proper billing, time and provider limitations, and patient notifications. This presentation will assist attendees stay in compliance with Medicare reassignment rules.


Dedication to Quality: AAPC is dedicated to the delivery of top-level education to our members and attendees. To accomplish this, AAPC reserves the right to make any necessary program adjustments/changes (for example, industry updates, speaker changes, schedule adjustments, etc.) that we feel may provide you with the very best event/educational experience. CEUs are one-time use only.

Conference Venue

Charleston Marriott
170 Lockwood Boulevard, Charleston, South Carolina 29403

Host Hotel
Charleston Marriott

Charleston Marriott

Pricing is Inclusive of Tax and Resort Fees

  • $240 per night (single / double occupancy)
  • $15.00 per each additional occupant.
  • Check in time: 4:00 PM | Checkout 11:00 AM

Joining in-person? Charleston Area Points of Interest.

Location Map
Charleston Marriott | 170 Lockwood Boulevard, Charleston, South Carolina 29403

Airport Information

Charleston International Airport (CHS)

Airport Phone: +1 843-767-1100

Hotel direction: 12 miles SE

Delta Air Lines is pleased to offer special discounts for HEALTHCON REGIONAL.

Please click here to book your flights!

You may also call Delta Meeting Network® at +1 800-328-1111 Monday–Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. (CT) and refer to Meeting Event Code NMUSE

*Please note there is not a service fee for reservations booked and ticketed via our reservation 800 number.

This hotel does not provide shuttle service

  • Estimated taxi fare $30 (one way)
  • Alternate transportation: Julian's Transportation Service $35 (one way)(reservation required)

Driving Directions

*** Update*** Hotel shuttle service currently suspended. Exit airport onto International Blvd. Take International Blvd to Montague Ave. Turn Left on Montague Ave to I-26 East. Take I-26 East to exit 221A (Hwy 17 South) Toward Savannah. Hwy 17 becomes Spring Street Take Spring Street to Lockwood Blvd. Take right unto Lockwood Blvd. Hotel is on right, 4 blocks ahead.

COVID-19 INFORMATION

AAPC's official COVID-19 Statement

As we move ahead with planning and implementing the programming of HEALTHCON Regional, AAPC will continue to place high importance on facilitating measures that will ensure optimal health and sanitary conditions for everyone onsite during the event.

For those who don’t feel comfortable traveling onsite or have state travel restrictions in place we are providing a virtual experience for HEALTHCON Regional.

If you are planning to attend in-person and this is your first big gathering since the onset of the Coronavirus, the first hour will probably be exciting but also, a bit awkward. You may also feel a little distant from fellow attendees. You may want to give a colleague you haven’t seen in years a big hug or sit closer together during the sessions. These are instincts we all have, but you will be encouraged to refrain from any close contact throughout the conference.

Event organizers will adhere to local mandates as well as Events Industry Council and U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention recommendations. Our precautions will stay in effect until it is no longer recommended to be a necessity for large gathering. Here are the precautions we are taking for your health and safety:

Limited On-Site Seating Capacity

In order to maintain social distance in our meeting space, we will need to limit the capacity of members able to attend in person. We have limited attendance to 50% of the meeting rooms normal seating limits. A waitlist will be available once registration is sold out. If you are on the waitlist, you will be contacted if a seat becomes available.

On-site temperature monitoring

Mandatory temperature checks will happen each day before entering the event. You will be given a different color wrist band for each day as clearance. If a temperature is indicated, you will kindly be asked to quarantine in your room and log onto our virtual online experience.

No Onsite Registration

Conference bags with registration information will be mailed ahead of arrival to limit on-site queuing. Please be sure to pack these items with you as there will NOT be onsite registration. Your bag will include:

  • Conference Program Booklet: Listing out details of the event.
  • Name badge and lanyard (For onsite registrants only)
  • Mask: AAPC will provide you with face mask, the CDC recommends you change your mask daily. You are welcome to bring your own mask or face shield, as they will be required during sessions.
  • Personal-sized hand sanitizer will be provided by AAPC. Hand sanitizer stations will be positioned throughout the meeting space.

In partnership with Charleston Marriott, we will be providing:

  • Responsibly handled seating to accommodate social distancing, food and beverage service by attendant only to avoid contact, and continuous sanitation of meeting spaces.
  • Appropriate signage and floor decals to reinforce social distancing and other safety reminders.

Personal Accountability Commitment

By attending HEALTHCON Regional in Charleston, SC, you agree to abide by and engage in certain health-and-safety-beneficial conduct while attending the event. This includes, but is not limited to, submitting to daily temperature checks, wearing a mask at all times in public areas, engaging in appropriate physical distancing and not attending the event if you are ill or have been recently exposed to COVID-19.

See how the Charleston Marriott is ensuring attendee and guest safety in the Commitment to Clean guide which provides in-depth details on how they facilitate a safe, secure and healthy environment onsite for all participants.

GENERAL INFORMATION

October 4-6, 2021 Charleston, South Carolina

Registration Until June 30th: $595
Standard Registration starting Aug 1st: $695

Registration Until June 30th: $495
Standard Registration starting Aug 1st: $595

Access to the latest updates in the industry, latest announcements from our CEO Bevan Erickson, general sessions and selected breakout sessions, up to 12 CEUs, and conference bag.

Please note: Conference bag, face mask, hand sanitizer, name badges and lanyards will be mailed ahead of arrival to limit on-site queuing. Please be sure to pack these items with you as there will NOT be onsite registration.

Please check your SPAM mailbox. If you are still unable to locate your access link email conferences@aapc.com and we will be able to get your personalized access link.

YES! HEALTHCON Regional will be a hybrid event in which we will have live, on-site attendees, as well as attendees via a virtual platform. You can register for the virtual experience from the Registration landing page on the AAPC website.

Risk-Free Cancellation Policy:
In-person registrants who are not able to attend the live event will be given the option to transfer to the online event and receive a refund for the difference in cost, transfer to a future in-person event, or cancel entirely for a full refund. Virtual registrants can change to in-person and pay the difference in cost, transfer to another event, or receive a full refund. NO REFUNDS or CREDITS will be issued for no-shows.

COVID-19 Restriction Policy:
In the event that the conference has to go fully virtual due to Charleston, South Carolina COVID-19 restrictions OR you are unable to travel due to your state being shut down because of effects of the virus, onsite registrants you will receive a refund for the difference in cost and will be transferred to our virtual event and the above cancellation policy will apply. AAPC will not be responsible for reimbursement of any participant’s expenses related to the cancellation or postponement of an event.

Hotel Refund Policy:
All hotel cancellations must be made 5 days prior to arrival date to receive a refund. Cancellations made less than 5 days prior to arrival will be charged a fee. No-shows will not receive a refund.

You have until two weeks prior to the event to switch your conference registration to a future event or transfer your registration to another member.

All local and federal taxes as well as resort fees are included with your reservation. You will be responsible for your meals and any incidentals.

You will only need a computer with a web browser (Google Chrome, Apple Safari), an Internet connection and speakers. There will be no software to purchase. Stay tuned for instructions from us on connecting to the conference event app and webpage.

The hours of the event can change. Check agenda on the event website for the most up to date schedule

At the end of each session the speaker will provide you with a CEU code that you will put into your CEU tracker on aapc.com. You can also input this CEU code directly into AAPC’s app.

You will receive an email a week prior to conference with instructions on how to download and access the app.

Aapc.com : Once session selection is open, login to your member area and access the event portal under purchases and items. This is where you will select sessions ahead of time.

Conference App: Once you receive instructions on how to access the conference app, you will make any adjustments to your schedule in the app. You can also access all of the session slides on the conference app once available.

Yes, two weeks prior to the event. If you do not register for sessions by this time you will have to register in the conference app and capacity limitations for onsite will affect scheduling of sessions.

Two weeks prior to the event if made available by speaker.

If a session slide is not available this is because we have not yet received it from a speaker.

We have many great locations booked for the future! Check out all of our upcoming conference dates.

HEALTHCON 2022 Washington D.C.: March 27-30, 2022
HEALTHCON Regional 2022 Denver, CO: August 1-3, 2022
HEALTHCON 2023 Nashville, TN: May 21-24, 2023

We look forward to HEALTHCON Regional 2021 in Charleston, South Carolina as an opportunity to gather the AAPC community in-person and virtually to be able to reconnect! Thank you for your understanding and ongoing enthusiasm for AAPC and our community.

Interested in getting your products and services in front of AAPC members? AAPC Regional Conferences offer the perfect venue for meeting, showing, and demonstrating what your company offers. This event offers both in-person table-top exhibits, as well as new opportunities within our virtual platform. Space is limited.

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For more information or to reserve your spot, contact:
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1. Talk to Your Employer - Over 80% of attendee's costs are paid by their employers. Don't be afraid to ask! Educate your boss on the benefits for both you and your company. Review the employer justification steps below to help you be prepared to talk to your boss.

2. Tell Your Friends - Conference is a blast, but it's even more fun with friends and colleagues. Be a good friend and inform them of the educational benefits.

3. Personalize Your Schedule - Look over the education and build the schedule that best fits your needs.

4. Make Your Travel Plans - Flight booked, check; hotel confirmed, check; Other activities, check!

How to Convince Your Boss

Anyone who's been to conference will tell you it's an incredible, career enhancing experience. But when you ask your employer to pick up the tab, we know you have to make a bold case for attending.

So here's a bit of advice on getting your manager or business decision maker to send you to AAPC Conference: It's not about you. It's about how you AND the entire team - in fact, your company - will benefit from the information and insights you'll gain.

By leveraging the steps below, we feel confident you can make a game plan, create your story and leverage your communication skills.

STEP 1

Be Prepared

  • Review the full conference agenda with over 40 sessions and map out your customized conference agenda. AAPC offers tracks across a variety of topics and disciplines, so you can choose a mix of sessions that benefit you personally and some that benefit your organization. You might even plan to show your manager the sessions and let them choose a few sessions they would like you to attend.
  • Prepare a persuasive letter for your boss. Include a few of the sessions you'd like to attend and name-drop some speakers.
  • Ready your argument that attending conference will make you a bigger asset to your company.

STEP 2

Pick the Right Time to Talk About It

  • Lay the groundwork with your letter, then schedule a brief meeting to state your case in person.
  • Explain the ROI on sending you to the event.
  • Tell your manager you'll bring back best practices from leading experts, thought leaders and organizations.
  • Talk about why you are choosing the sessions you want to attend and how the skills will complement your capabilities and those of the organization.
  • Tell your manager conference packs a full year's worth of value into just 3 days.
  • Walk through the conference website to review the agenda and speaker lineup, adding credibility and transparency to your request.
  • Explain that you will take accountability and return ready to present your findings to the team and how they can be implemented into your current work processes.

STEP 3

Respond to Objections and Questions with Confidence and Detail

  • You probably already know the questions or objections your boss will have, impress your boss with your communication skills by being prepared to answer the expected AND unexpected.
  • Objection: "It's too expensive." Your response: "This isn't just a three-day conference; I see it as an investment. The learnings can have real impact on our organization's bottom line. I'll capture detailed notes from every session, so our whole team can learn along with me. And conference offers group and corporate discounts and discounted lodging."
  • Objection: "You can't be away from the office for several days." Your response: "I might be away from the office, but I will still be working when I can. WiFi will be available, and the schedule allows me to move between tracks and sessions. I'll be able to stay connected at the same time I’m gathering information and best practices that will take our team’s work to the next level."
  • Objection: "How do I know this a credible conference and a good use of your time?" Your response: AAPC is the world's largest training and credentialing organization for the business of healthcare, at over 200,000 members.

Amy Lee Smith, CPC, COC, CPMA, CIA, CRMA, CHIAP, CHFP, MBA

Amy Lee Smith, CPC, COC, CPMA, CIA, CRMA, CHIAP, CHFP, MBA, is Director of Internal Audit for Bon Secours Mercy Health, leading a team of coding/billing/revenue cycle auditors. Smith has over 25 years of experience in healthcare finance and auditing and is an author and frequent speaker for AAPC and AHIA. Smith earned her Bachelors and Master’s degrees in Business Administration/Finance from the College of William & Mary in Virginia.

Carmen Piccolo III, DO, FACS, FACOS, FSVS, RPVI

Dr. Carmen Piccolo III, DO, FACS, FACOS, FSVS, RPVI is a board-certified general, vascular, and endovascular surgeon with McLeod Health. He is a fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, and the Society of Vascular Surgery. Dr. Piccolo completed his general surgery residency and his vascular surgery fellowship in Pennsylvania.

Catherine Keegan, BSBM, CCS, CCS-P, CPC

Catherine Keegan, BSBM, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, has over 30 years of progressive, results-driven experience in private and academic healthcare operations, revenue cycle management, medical coding, and process improvement. She presented at the AMA CPT® Editorial Panel, resulting in the addition of two new CPT® codes. Keegan also volunteers on the Mira Costa College Coding Advisory Committee Board and is a previous online coding instructor for the AAPC coding curriculum.

Dorothy Steed, CCS, CDIP, COC, CPCO, CPMA, CPC-I, CEMC, CFPC, CPUM, CPUR, CPHM, CPM

Dorothy Steed, CCS, CDIP, COC, CPCO, CPMA, CPC-I, CEMC, CFPC, CPUM, CPUR, CPHM, CPM, has 44 years of experience in healthcare and has served as a Medicare specialist and physician audit supervisor for hospital systems. Steed is currently an independent healthcare consultant and educator in Atlanta and an instructor at a state technical college. She provides auditing and training in both facility and physician services.

Eva Alexander, CPC

Eva Alexander, CPC, is Compliance Auditor with McLeod Health. In addition to her CPC®, she is AHIMA-certified as a Registered Health Information Technician and has an Associate of Science in health information management. Alexander has over 11 years of experience in the healthcare industry, focusing on physician specialty coding.

Heather Greene, RHIA, CPC, CPMA, CIC, CDIP

Heather Greene, RHIA, CPC, CPMA, CIC, CDIP, has 20 years of experience in a variety of health information management roles, including coding instructor and HIM manager. She is Coding and Documentation Consultant for First Call Consulting Group and performs coding and documentation audits and physician and HIM education for clients nationally. Greene is a frequent speaker/author on HIM topics for organizations such as AAPC, AHIMA, and AHLA and has a Bachelor of Science in health information management, as well as an MBA.

Jaci Kipreos, CPC, CPMA, CDEO, CEMC, COC, CPC-I

Jaci Kipreos, CPC, CPMA, CDEO, CEMC, COC, CPC-I, has been in the field of medical coding and auditing for 29 years. She has worked in a variety of practice settings and has expertise in coding for family practice, urgent care, ob-gyn, general surgery, and Medicare’s Teaching Physician Guidelines with emphasis on compliance with E/M guidelines. Kipreos has been with Practice Integrity since 2003, where she leads a group of AAPC-certified instructors in teaching the Professional Medical Coding Curriculum, and manages a national client list in monitoring provider documentation and performing audits for physician practices. Kipreos assists clients in chart documentation, Medicare’s Teaching Physician Guidelines, surgical coding, modifier usage, and basic coding skills. Kipreos has been an AAPC workshop instructor for five years and is a certified ICD-10 instructor. She has spoken at HEALTHCON over the past seven years, as well as AAPC’s regional conferences. Kipreos has also presented at the American Association of Nurse Practitioners state event in Virginia and at the national event for the American Association of Medical Assistants.

Jake Ragan

Jake Ragan obtained his Class A Commercial Driver's License (CDL-A) in 2001. He then began his career as a truck driver, both as a local driver and over-the-road (OTR), which lasted seventeen years. During that time, he traveled the entire lower 48 states, owned two semi-trucks, and successfully drove two million accident-free miles. In 2018, he decided that he was ready for a slower pace of life and came off the road to become a truck driver instructor. He has spent the last three years teaching hundreds (if not thousands) of people the art of commercial driving. Jake was raised in the Carolinas and met his wife Sarah in high school in Orlando, Fla. They have been married for 27 years and have three children together.

Jacob Swartzwelder, CPC, CRC, CEMC

Jacob Swartzwelder, CPC, CRC, CEMC, got an unexpected start in medical coding when his office manager identified him as their newest coder! Having worked both for well-known hospitals and international coding companies, Swartzwelder specializes in E/M auditing, risk adjustment, operational risk reduction, and leadership development.

Jennifer Swindle, CPC, CIC, CPMA, CEMC, CFPC, AAPC Fellow

Jennifer Swindle, CPC, CIC, CPMA, CEMC, CFPC, AAPC Fellow, has more than 30 years of experience educating and training staff and providers on compliance initiatives, as well as coding and compliance needs. Swindle is an approved ICD-10-CM/PCS trainer through AHIMA, frequently writes articles for the Revenue Cycle Strategist for HFMA, and is actively engaged with the AAPC Speakers Bureau.

Jordan Goldberger, MBA

Jordan Goldberger, MBA, has worked in healthcare for more than 10 years in various roles. He is Director of Financial Operations for MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper in Camden, New Jersey. As a member of the executive leadership team, he oversees the operating and capital budget and physician compensation and contracting. Goldberger is an integral member of the strategic planning and business development team, as well as the marketing strategy team. He received his master’s degree in business administration from the Fox School of Business at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Judy Wilson, COC, CPC, CPCO, CPC-P, CDEO, CPB, CPPM, CANPC, AAPC Approved Instructor

Judy Wilson, COC, CPC, CPCO, CPC-P, CDEO, CPB, CPPM, CANPC, AAPC Approved Instructor, has worked in medical coding and billing for over 38 years. She was Business Administrator for Anesthesia Specialists, a group of 11 cardiac anesthesiologists who practice at Sentara Heart Hospital, for over 26 years, and is now self-employed as an educational trainer, including teaching online courses for AAPC. Wilson served on the AAPCCA Board of Directors from 2010 to 2014 and again from 2015 to 2017. She was Chair of the Hardship Fund and is Chair of the AAPC CPPM Advisory Committee. Wilson has presented at several AAPC regional and national conferences, the Decision Health Symposium, and the AMBA conference, as well as at local chapter meetings across the country. She has also written for HCPRO/Just Coding and Healthcare Business Monthly, and given several webinars.

Kimberly Huey, COC, CPC, CPCO

Kimberly Huey, COC, CPC, CPCO, completed three years of premedical education before she decided that she preferred the business side of medicine. She went on to obtain a Bachelor of Science in healthcare management and a Master of Jurisprudence in health law. Her passion is in helping physician practices deal with the myriad of regulations so that they can focus on patient care.

Kristen Taylor, CPC, CHC, CHIAP

Kristen Taylor, CPC, CHC, CHIAP, brings almost 30 years of experience in coding, revenue cycle processes, and compliance to physician and hospital reimbursement models. Taylor conducts operational assessments, attorney/client privileged investigations, coding reviews, and provider/coder education. Her coding expertise includes diagnostic and interventional radiology, pathology, primary care, radiation oncology, and anesthesia.

Leonta Williams, MBA, RHIA, CCS, CCDS, CPC, CPCO, CRC, CEMC, CHONC

Leonta (Lee) Williams, MBA, RHIA, CCS, CCDS, CPC, CPCO, CRC, CEMC, CHONC, is director of education, AAPC, and healthcare management consultant, Karna, LLC. She has more than 18 years of health information management experience as a coding director, auditor, educator, trainer, practice manager, and mentor. She has provided coding leadership and oversight of programs sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, the U.S. Consumer and Product Safety Commission, and Industrial Economics, Inc. Williams has extensive experience in regulatory compliance, CDI, and risk management. She is founder and past president of the Covington, Ga., local chapter and currently serves as secretary on the National Advisory Board.

Louis Jimenez, RRT, CHT

Louis Jimenez, RRT, CHT has experience that spans adult, pediatric, and neonatal critical care. In addition, Jimenez has experience in cardiopulmonary invasive and noninvasive diagnostics, as well as in the field of hyperbaric medicine. Jimenez was also a professor teaching cardiopulmonary physiology, diagnostics, advanced life support, and critical care medicine.

Lynn Anderanin, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CPPM, COSC

Lynn Anderanin, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CPPM, COSC, is Sr. Coding Educator for Healthcare Information Services. She has over 35 years of experience in all areas of the physician practice. Currently a workshop and audio presenter, Anderanin is a former member of the AAPC National Advisory Board and founder of her local chapter.

Marianne Durling, MHA, RHIA, CPC, CCS, CIC, CDIP, CDEI, CPCO, AAPC Approved Instructor

Marianne Durling, MHA, RHIA, CPC, CCS, CIC, CDIP, CDEI, CPCO, AAPC Approved Instructor, has a diverse background stemming from 38 years of experience in almost every aspect of healthcare. Durling has served on the AAPC National Advisory Board, as well as several terms as an officer in her local chapter and on the Healthcon Education Committee.

Mariarita Genovese, CPC

Mariarita Genovese, CPC, serves as president of the Greater Philadelphia local AAPC chapter, previously serving as chapter president and vice president. She is a former member of the National Advisory Board and AAPCCA Board of Directors (2015-2018). Genovese served on the Executive Board for AAPCCA in 2016. She has contributed articles to Healthcare Business Monthly, as well as the AAPC blog, and is a frequent speaker at AAPC’s national and regional conferences.

Maryann Palmeter, CPC, CPCO, CPMA, CENTC, CHC, AAPC Fellow

Maryann Palmeter, CPC, CPCO, CPMA, CENTC, CHC, AAPC Fellow, works at the University of Florida Jacksonville Physicians, Inc. as director of physician billing compliance, where she provides professional direction and oversight to the Billing Compliance Program of the University of Florida College of Medicine–Jacksonville.

Michele Stevens, CPC, CPMA, AAPC Fellow

Michele Stevens, CPC, CPMA, AAPC Fellow, has over 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry, progressing from receptionist to office manager. During that time, while responsible for coding and billing all office claims, she discovered her love of ICD, CPT®, and HCPCS Level II codes. Stevens has worked as a coder, auditor/physician educator, and practice manager, and is currently a clinical coding manager at MaineHealth.

Nancy Reading, RN, BS, CPC, CPC-P, CPC-I

Nancy Reading, RN, BS, CPC, CPC-P, CPC-I, has 42 years of experience in healthcare as a nurse and coder. She has worked in the professional, hospital outpatient, and hospital inpatient settings. Her career includes having her own consulting business, working for a large University Medical Center, Medicaid, and as a Medicare specialist for the country’s largest private third-party payer. She is a two-time past local chapter president, National Advisory Board member, and previously worked for AAPC as VP of Education.

Peggy Stilley, CPC, CPB, CPMA, CPC-I, COBGC

Peggy Stilley, CPC, CPB, CPMA, CPC-I, COBGC, is Director of Education at AAPC and manages virtual instructor-led training. She previously worked for the AAPC ICD-10 development and training team and was Director of Audit Services. Before returning to AAPC, Stilley was employed by Oklahoma Sports and Orthopedic Institute as Revenue Integrity Auditor and Billing Manager. Stilley has more than 35 years in the healthcare industry, starting as a medical assistant, and is experienced in multiple specialties including obstetrics and gynecology, maternal fetal medicine, general practice, and general surgery.

Raemarie Jimenez, CPC, CDEO, CIC, CPB, CPMA, CPPM, CPC-I, CANPC, CRHC

Raemarie Jimenez, CPC, CDEO, CIC, CPB, CPMA, CPPM, CPC-I, CANPC, CRHC, has over 26 years of experience in the healthcare industry. She is a nationally recognized speaker and thought leader in the business of healthcare. She serves as a coding liaison to the AMA CPT® Editorial Panel. Over the past 12 years at AAPC, Jimenez has held a variety of responsibilities, including leading the development of certification exams and exam preparation materials; overseeing the operations for the exam; distance learning; and education licensing program departments. As Senior Vice President of Products, she oversees all AAPC product lines. Prior to joining AAPC, Jimenez spent many years running billing and coding departments, audit services, provider education programs, and client services. At ConCorde Career Institute, Jimenez served as assistant academic dean, program director for the coding and medical assistant programs, and director of graduate services.

Rhonda Buckholtz, CPC, CDEO, CPMA, CRC, CENTC, CGSC, COBGC, COPC, CPEDC, AAPC Approved Instructor

Rhonda Buckholtz, CPC, CDEO, CPMA, CRC, CENTC, CGSC, COBGC, COPC, CPEDC, AAPC Approved Instructor, has more than 25 years of experience in healthcare, working in the management, reimbursement, billing, and coding sectors, in addition to being an instructor. She was responsible for all ICD-10 training and curriculum at AAPC. Buckholtz has authored numerous articles for healthcare publications and has spoken at numerous national conferences for AAPC, AMA, HIMSS, AAO-HNS, AGA and ASOA.

Ruby Woodward, CPC, CDEO, CPB, CPMA, CPC-I, COSC, CSFAC, RCC

Ruby Woodward, CPC, CDEO, CPB, CPMA, CPC-I, COSC, CSFAC, RCC, is a 45-year healthcare veteran who began her career as an orthopedic nurse. She served a dual role in nursing and coding for nearly 30 years and then transitioned to the business side of medicine in early 2000. Woodward has spoken nationally on various coding and reimbursement issues and has contributed her expert knowledge to numerous articles, as well. Her areas of expertise include coding, documentation, policy interpretation, education, data quality, appeals, and denials. Woodward is currently the coding supervisor at Consulting Radiologies in Minnesota.

Samuel Le Church, MD, MPH, CPC, CRC, CPC-I

Samuel Le Church, MD, MPH, CPC, CRC, CPC-I, is a solo private practice rural family physician, providing both inpatient and outpatient services. His practice is a recognized NCQA Patient Centered Medical Home. Dr. Church teaches medical students for the Medical College of Georgia and is on the faculty for the Northeast Georgia Medical Center Family Medicine residency program, where he is responsible for the coding and practice management curriculum, as well as being a coding instructor for the local community college. In addition to speaking and teaching on various coding topics at regional and national conferences, Dr. Church consults for both small practices and health systems on HCC coding, practice workflow, and chronic care management implementation and coding. Dr. Church serves as advisor to the AMA CPT® Editorial Panel for the AAFP and also serves on numerous quality and compliance advisory groups.

Sandy Giangreco Brown, RHIT, COC, CPC, CPC-I, COBGC, AAPC Approved Instructor

Sandy Giangreco Brown, RHIT, COC, CPC, CPC-I, COBGC, AAPC Approved Instructor, has over 30 years of experience in healthcare and medical records management, coding, auditing, and compliance in the hospital, outpatient, and physician settings. Brown was previously an EMT/firefighter and CNA performing patient care and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Health, applying her vast experience in both clinical and coding.

Sarah Ragan, CPC, CPMA, CRC, CFPC

Sarah Ragan, CPC, CPMA, CRC, CFPC, currently serves as president of the Daytona Beach local AAPC chapter, after serving as secretary in previous years. She is currently a vascular surgery coder at Orlando Health and a medical coding and billing instructor at Daytona College in Ormond Beach. Ragan has also been a guest on the Alpha Coding Podcast as a speaker on family practice coding. She started her career as a medical assistant, then moved into patient financial services for 14 years before taking the leap into coding.

Shannon O'Tyson DeConda, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CEMC

Shannon O’Tyson DeConda, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CEMC, is the president and founder of the National Alliance of Medical Auditing Specialists (NAMAS), a division of DoctorsManagement. She is also a partner in NAMAS and has been with the organization for 16 of her 20+ years in healthcare. NAMAS provides training, education, and resources for coders, auditors, and compliance professionals. DoctorsManagement is a full-service physician consulting firm that has been providing support services in coding, auditing, OSHA, CLIA, HIPAA, accounting, HR, credentialing, and power buying since 1956.

Sharon Oliver, CPC, CDEO, CRC, CPMA, AAPC Approved Instructor

Sharon Oliver, CPC, CDEO, CRC, CPMA, AAPC Approved Instructor, is the owner of Medical Coding and Consultants and a 35+ year medical professional. She was an ICD-10-CM/PCS instructor for AAPC, as well as a PMCC instructor for 16 years. Oliver served on the AAPCCA Board of Directors (2013-2016) and is an AAPC Ambassador. She travels across the United States performing teaching assignments for AAPC and loves speaking at local chapter events. Oliver has been a practice manager and worked in the specialties of cardiology, ob-gyn, internal medicine, and infectious disease. She is a co-contributor for Elsevier publications on ICD-10-CM and Step-By-Step Medical Coding by Carol J. Buck.

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