Distinguished Member Award
About PHIMA-Distinguished Member Award
The Distinguished Member Award of the Pennsylvania Health Information Management Association is an honor whereby one outstanding member of the Association is recognized for loyal services to the Association and contributes to the profession. It is the intent that this award be conferred at any point in a member’s career and not be limited to recognition at retirement. Nominees may be submitted on a regional basis or by any PHIMA member throughout the year.
Several documents need to be completed when nominating a candidate. These documents include:
Individual letters of recommendation from the sponsor
The nominee must meet the following requirements:
- Current AHIMA member and designated Pennsylvania as your Component State Association (CSA)
If you have the privilege of knowing someone who meets these criteria, please take the time to nominate them for this “distinguished” honor.
If you have any questions, please contact the PHIMA 2nd Year Director. Please visit the board roster for contact information.
Click here to view past Distinguished Member recipients.
2017 PHIMA Distinguished Member
Laurie has over 35 years of health information management (HIM) experience and is recognized as an expert in coding and reimbursement, auditing and training. Her previous experiences include APC/DRG review, RAC education/services, ICD-9-CM/CPT-4/ HCPCS coding and education, revenue cycle turnaround, and transitioning to ICD-10-CM/PCS.
Laurie is currently responsible for overseeing HIM consulting services for Panacea Healthcare Solutions. This team performs inpatient and outpatient coding audits as well as provides educational services to clients.
Prior to joining Panacea Health Care solutions, Laurie served as the Director of ICD-10 Content Development Team at Optum. At Optum, she participated in a project working with the National Health Services in the United Kingdom regarding coding and documentation audit strategies using WHO’s version of ICD-10. She was also actively engaged in the Optum ICD-10 implementation as the Training Workstream Co-Leader and provided internal ICD-10 education.
In 2013, Laurie was awarded the designation of Fellow of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Laurie has been a featured speaker at over forty conferences and seminars including AHIMA audio-conferences. She is currently a member of AHIMA’s Classification and Clinical Terminology Practice Council and previous co-chair with three-year tenure of Quality Initiatives and Secondary Data Practice Council. She has served on the AHIMA Clinical Documentation Improvement Task Force.
Laurie is a Past President and Director of PHIMA and previously led the award winning PHIMA ICD-10 initiative. She holds a B.S. in Health Records Administration from University of Pittsburgh, a M.S. in Healthcare Information Systems, also from University of Pittsburgh. She was recognized as a Health Information Management Distinguished Alumnus at the University of Pittsburgh in 2015.
We congratulate and thank Laurie for her long exemplified level of commitment to the HIM profession and for serving as a role model to others within Pennsylvania and nationwide.