5.0 CEsMonday, April 25, 2022
5.0 CEsTuesday, April 26, 2022
0.5 CEsw/ Workshop
2.0 CEsExhibits
12.5 CEsTotal

April 24, 2022

6:00pm – 8:00pm


April 25, 2022

7:00am – 5:00pm


8:00am – 1:00pm

Vendor Registration

9:00am – 9:15am

Welcome and President’s Message

9:15am – 11:00am

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Transform Your Workplace from Good to Great: 13 Keys to Building Emotionally Intelligent Employees and Emotionally Reconnecting After Social Distancing

Click here to view a short promo video on this session.

The more we get connected electronically, the less we become connected emotionally. The unique intersection of the heart and the mind is the essence of emotional intelligence-based leadership. Anger in the workplace is becoming common. Knowing how to tactfully handle angry situations, angry people and angry e-mails is a mark of a good leader today. Many people-related problems could be avoided and prevented from escalating into crisis mode if leaders effectively practice healthy emotional intelligence.  Goodwill, empathy, and relating to another person’s brokenness, will set you apart as a leader in the workplace, at home, and in the community. Making an emotional connection with a customer, staff, and with ourselves, goes far deeper than a Facebook ad, Amazon PPC ad and consultants charging thousands of dollars.

People don’t quit jobs. They quit toxic work environments. How many of you have left a job because of the way you were made to feel and not because of a dollar amount? Employees, CEOs, managers, and volunteers are crying to be heard. Let’s listen to their needs.

It is time to get re-connected with the basics.

2.0 hrs   Organizational Management and Leadership   

11:00am – 12:00pm

2022 AHIMA Report to the CSAs – We’re on a Mission: Empowering People to Impact Health™

Join AHIMA leadership as we share how we are achieving the AHIMA mission of Empowering People to Impact HealthTM. We will also share accomplishments, detail what’s coming up and how we will continue in leading the revolution of healthcare.

1.0 hr   Evolving Topics   

12:00pm – 2:00pm

Lunch and Business Meeting
  • Installation of Officers,
  • Distinguished Member Award,
  • PHIMA Student Scholarship Award

2:00pm – 3:00pm

Dessert and Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting for Exhibit Hall

3:15pm – 5:00pm

Exhibit Hall

3:15pm – 4:15pm Track 2

Lean Info Effective Coding Operations

Coding Operations has always been a difficult endeavor. 2020 introduced unprecedented challenges to operational norms and they are here to stay; A difficult task is now near impossible. Introducing some proven lean six sigma methodologies can help add value, reduce waste in coding operations while improving coding quality…and you don’t have to be a process expert to do it!

  • Onboarding – give the coder the best start possible
  • Decision support – offer coders ways to make the right coding decisions
  • Quality assurance – monitor quality continuously
  • Education – provide relevant, consistent and engaging education
  • Motivation, recognition, and engagement – an engaged team is a successful team
  • Measurement and Management – Using lean principle to react less and improve more.

1.0 hr   Organizational Management and Leadership   

3:15pm – 4:15pm Track 1

The Capture of Social Determinants of Health

The presentation will review the concept of Social Determinants of Health and current findings and then transition to reviewing current guidelines for capturing SDOH via ICD-10-CM and how Optum360 Artificial Intelligence coded data has seen shifts in the capture of these codes over the past few years and thoughts on the future.

1.0 hr   Informatics, Analytics and Data Use   

3:15pm – 4:15pm Track 3

Update on COVID 19 Coding for Facility Inpatients

We will review updated guidance regarding coding COVID-19 in the INPATIENT setting including the most recent FAQs and impact on reimbursement. There will also be a discussion on the new ICD-10-PCS codes related to COVID-19 vaccinations and treatments.

1.0 hr   Clinical Foundations   

4:30pm – 5:30pm Track 1

How Data Can Aid in Transition of Care Planning

We will show how we utilize data to help strategically plan interventions to address Transition of Cares to reduce admissions and readmissions.

1.0 hr   Informatics, Analytics and Data Use   

4:30pm – 5:30pm Track 3

Information Governance for Sensitive Records

Behavioral health and psychotherapy notes are covered by specific state and federal laws but appropriate access to this information is still extremely important for continuity of care. We will discuss the importance of information governance as it relates to behavioral health records and what you need to know to create ideal policies on the HIPAA Privacy Rule, the Right to Access provision, release of information, Health Information Exchange (HIE), and record retention in compliance with the specific regulations.

1.0 hr   Information Protection: Access, Disclosure, Archival, Privacy and Security   

4:30pm – 5:30pm Track 2

Time Management Tools in a Hybrid Work Setting

The compromise between working from home and working remotely has taken off. Hybrid work settings can require an adjustment of how priorities are managed. If you are working part-time from home and part-time in the office, write out your agenda the day before, including how you will allocate time for family and home matters. If you are working on-site and the rest of the staff is on a remote schedule, communicate effectively so that meetings are productive and the work gets done right the first time. Creating your home office space to be separated from the rest of the home can help to get into a work “zone,” mentally. Everyone having access to the same information can save time in hybrid work settings. In this practical session, Preethi Fernando will give easy-to-follow tips on effective time management tips for a hybrid work setting.

1.0 hr   Organizational Management and Leadership   

6:00pm – 8:00pm

President’s Reception

April 26, 2022

7:00am – 12:00pm


7:30am – 8:15am

Breakfast with the Vendors

7:30am – 8:30am

Educator’s Forum (Invitation Only)

8:30am – 9:30am Track 3

Denials and Appeals Management

Denials are on the rise in healthcare. Eleven percent (11%) of hospital claims are initially denied at a cost of over $427 billion. Eighty-eight percent (88%) of those claims are preventable yet facilities don’t take the time to respond or have the insight to do so. This presentation is very timely and will share with the participants the following: how to manage the denials; understand the denial volumes; get to the root cause(s); how to write successful appeal letters; and how to measure successes.

1.0 hr   Revenue Cycle Management   

8:30am – 9:30am Track 1

Electronic Documentation Templates: Year-Round Reviews to Comply with Coding Updates

Many healthcare organizations (HCOs) have a formal committee and process, such as an Electronic Health Record (EHR) Documentation Governance Workgroup, that is charged with overseeing the development and annual re-evaluation of electronic documentation templates (EDTs). Unfortunately, many EHR Documentation Governance Workgroups don’t perform year-round reviews and revisions of EDTs based on the release of new or revised official coding guidelines. This presentation will address how HIM professionals can take the lead in developing and maintaining a year-round evaluation process to ensure EDT compliance with coding changes and guidelines that are released throughout the year by the Cooperating Parties and the American Medical Association.

1.0 hr   Health Law and Compliance   

8:30am – 10:45am

Exhibit Hall

8:30am – 12:00pm

Facility Specific Coding Guideline Development Workshop

Attendees should bring their laptops to the session.

The goal of this 4-hour workshop is for the attendees to have their own facility-specific coding guidelines developed and have identified areas where others in their organizations will need to be consulted. The presenters will discuss the areas to be included in facility-specific guidelines and assist the attendees. This session will follow the AHIMA Practice Brief on the Development of Facility-Specific Coding Guidelines.

3.5 hrs   Revenue Cycle Management   

8:30am – 9:30am Track 2

Mitigating/Eliminating Threats to PHI in a Remote World

This session will cover the following:

  • Where we were. ePHI was primarily protected inside the office.
  • How offices thought they were doing. All systems were secure because only a small number of employees worked remotely. Nonetheless, most employees were not secure working remotely.
  • Wakeup call. Everyone was sent home when COVID-19 began. Then (not before), companies worried about securing environments. The majority of businesses were reactive instead of proactive.
  • Results. 2020 With an estimated 70% of employees working from home part or full-time due to COVID-19, this creates an opportunity for hackers.
  • 2021 Cybercrime outgrowing/outgrows health careCybercrime is a growing, highly successful and profitable industry. According to Cybersecurity Ventures, cybercrime costs will grow by 15 percent per year to reach US$10.5 trillion by 2025: the third greatest “economy” in the world, after those of the U.S. States and China. 2022It’s up to health information leaders to improve cyber security within their businesses.
  • Threat Vectors. We will show various threat vectors that hackers can use to get into household networks. We will show a real-world example of an attack. In addition, we will show how that same attack fails when the system is secure. Offensive Security (Achieving HIPAA compliance while working remotely)Provide real-world information and resources, e.g., HIPAA-compliant stacks, to protect one’s home networks when dealing with ePHI. Q&A

1.0 hr   Information Protection: Access, Disclosure, Archival, Privacy and Security   

9:45am – 10:45am Track 1

The Survey Process in Long Term Care

During this session learn about the structure of the Federal survey process conducted in the long-term care industry. Unlike acute care surveys, both the structure and the content of the survey are mandated by Federal regulation. Though conducted by state Department of Health surveyors, state-specific requirements and accrediting agencies have a limited impact on the survey.

1.0 hr   Health Law and Compliance   

9:45am – 10:45am Track 2

Unifying ROI Across the Enterprise: Large Health Systems Leading the Way

This session will address how large health systems are unifying ROI and the path they are taking to achieve this goal. While many health systems have discussed transitioning to a unified approach, COVID-19 demonstrated that it’s past time to accelerate this transition. The session will identify how to build the business case, project planning, pitfalls and lessons and the benefits to an entire health system.

Achieving compliance while improving service and reducing cost is the central challenge for ROI. As this session will underscore, achieving these goals requires a unified approach to ROI across the enterprise, including ambulatory services and affiliated practices.

1.0 hr   Organizational Management and Leadership   

9:45am – 10:45am Track 3

Update on COVID19 Coding for Ambulatory/Pro Fee

We will review the latest and greatest guidance regarding coding COVID-19 in the OUTPATIENT setting, the increasing use of telemedicine, and the ever-evolving updates to Medicare guidance in regards to these alternatives to the in-person office setting.

1.0 hr   Clinical Foundations   

11:00am – 12:00pm Track 3

Coding for Social Determinants of Health
  • What determines health?
  • What are Social Determinants of Health (SDOH)?
  • Who can document SDOH?
  • Why are SDOH and ICD-10-CM Coding for SDOH important?
  • What is the benefit of standardizing the capture of SDOH data?
  • Social Determinants of Health ICD-10-CM Z Codes
  • Can Coding Professionals use non-physician documentation to support ICD-10-CM coding for SDOH
  • What payers do with SDoH data?
  • Case Studies (Where to find documentation in the chart)
  • Summary

1.0 hr   Revenue Cycle Management   

11:00am – 12:00pm Track 1

The Need for Data Analytics and How to Meet It

This presentation will focus on an overview of the increased need for health data analytics, the current preparation of the HIM workforce, and ways to advance the current knowledge in order to meet the increased demand.

1.0 hr   Data Structure, Content and Information Governance   

11:00am – 12:00pm Track 2

Virtual HIM Departments: The Good, The Bad and The Sustainable

In the wake of COVID-19, many HIM departments were forced to implement emergency work-from-home operations. What lessons were learned? How did workflows evolve? And what does a permanent and sustainable virtual solution look like in HIM? In this session, speakers offer expert insight on strategic and tactical approaches for HIM departments transitioning from an emergency remote workforce to a more formal, sustainable, virtual program.

1.0 hr   Organizational Management and Leadership   

12:15pm – 1:30pm

Vendor Appreciation Lunch

1:30pm – 2:30pm Track 1

21st Century Cures Act

This timely presentation delivers an update about new privacy and security rules, guidance and regulatory changes. These new rules are related to the ONC Information Blocking and CMS Interoperability and Patient Access rules based on the 21st Century Cures Act which has many dimensions that may be addressed depending upon implementation dates and industry trends.

The presentation is intended to impart a large volume of information about the rapidly changing regulatory privacy and security environment in a relatively short timeframe with comprehensive slide content useable by attendees after the presentation as they adopt and train others on these subjects. Mr. McLendon is well known for condensing and simplifying the complex presentation content into easily learnable points with his signature delivery style.

Topics such as how patient access and exchange of patient information is affected by information blocking and interoperability for Providers, Payers, HIEs, HINs. Other topics that may be included are how patients should be educated about Mobile Health Apps, the importance of designated record sets and EHI, information blocking exceptions, etc.

The slides themselves will be selected from a larger master set Mr. McLendon maintains to reflect the timing and audience of the presentation. This master set of slides constantly undergoes updates as the rules and guidance changes. Any really ‘HOT’ topics that arise after handout submission, as is typical within the fast-changing nature of healthcare privacy and security, will be covered with new slides that are also discussed with an updated slide deck for these additions to be offered to the attendees after the session. For example, ONC owes us more enforcement rules for the 21st Century Cures Act. These new rules might drop at any time, if they are released prior to the presentation, they will be addressed within its content.

Mr. McLendon works with many successful privacy and security professionals, including attorneys, on the topics of healthcare regulatory privacy and security which allows him rapid access to the deluge of information that is now typical, as new pressures on privacy and security compliance is being applied in an ever increasing manner as increasingly records become electronic and health information exchange expands.

1.0 hr   Health Law and Compliance   

1:30pm – 2:30pm Track 3

Behavioral Health: The Challenges, Reimbursement and Current Need

Tricia will present Behavioral Health issues and treatment of Drug & Alcohol addictions; as well as the coding/billing and reimbursement and the challenges.

1.0 hr   Revenue Cycle Management   

1:30pm – 2:30pm

Exhibit Hall

1:30pm – 2:30pm Track 2

Introducing Data Science to HIM and HI Curricular

This session will cover the definition of Data Science, what constitutes Data Acumen and other factors related to HIM and HI curricula.

1.0 hr   Information Protection: Access, Disclosure, Archival, Privacy and Security   

2:45pm – 4:00pm

Leadership Today

AHIMA members, credential holders and students are required to abide by the principles set forth in the AHIMA Code of Ethics.

This presentation:

  • Orients attendees to the thirteen ethics principles and guidelines to better navigate situations you may encounter
  • Illustrates how to incorporate ethics into your HIM practice through case studies
  • Outlines the Ethics self-assessment
  • Describes the AHIMA Standards of Ethical Coding and Ethical Standards for Clinical Documentation Integrity Professionals

1.0 hr   Health Law and Compliance   

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