2018 SCHIMA Coastal Region Virtual Coding Roundtable

April 6, 2018
1:30 PM – 3:30 PM ET



1:30-2:30 – First Quarter Coding Clinic for 2018

Learning Objectives:

  • Examine important coding advice & clarifications pertaining to ICD-10-CM reporting.
  • Review important coding advice & clarifications pertaining to ICD-10-PCS reporting.
  • *Review anatomy and other pertinent clinical information important to understanding ICD-10-CM/PCS recommendations.
  • Examine some of the proposed FY 2019 ICD-10-CM changes discussed at the September 2017 ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Committee Meeting

CEU: 1.0 – Clinical Data Management

Laura Nardone, RHIA, CCS


Laura Nardone, RHIA, CCS, currently serves as the Vice President of Coding Services at United Audit Systems Inc. based in Cincinnati, OH. With more than 30 years’ experience in Health Information Management, Laura is thoroughly involved in the strategic growth and operational performance of UASI and is responsible for UASI’s remote and onsite coding projects. Prior to joining UASI in 2011, Laura has served in many roles in her HIM career primarily focused on coding, auditing and education. Laura currently lives in Charleston, SC and is an active member of SCHIMA and previously served on the ICD-10 Task Force which provided education to the local members.

Marcy Blitch, RHIA, CCS, CIC


Graduated from MUSC 1986 with a BS in Health Information Management
Education Manager, Coding Services UASI 2014 – Present
ICD -10 Trainer for SCHIMA 2013-2015
Speaker for American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
Adjunct Faculty Member 2014-2016
Data Coding Specialist, Roper St. Francis Healthcare, Chas.SC 2007 to 2013
Office Administrator/Owner, Lowcountry Family Podiatry 2003 -2007
Coding Consultant, Vivra Dialysis Clinics
Adjunct Coding Instructor, Trident Technical College

2:30-3:30 – Assessing Coding Quality Data in ICD-10 through Quality Assurance

  • Different metrics that are used to track coding quality• How to zero in on effective coding education based on QA
  • Review of the coding quality data and the trends identified
  • System developed to audit a large group of coders (hundreds) yet still provide value to each coder
  • Review how QA tools can provide efficiency and improve coder-to-auditor communication and workflows

CEU: 1.0 – Clinical Data Management

Christopher Gaarlandt, MS, RHIA, CDIP


Christopher Gaarlandt is currently the Coding Quality and Performance Director at nThrive. In this role, Christopher has provided guidance and oversight for all internal coding quality assurance, spearheaded the ICD-10 transition, and oversees coding education. Mr. Gaarlandt has over 10 years of experience in the healthcare industry. Prior to joining Precyse in 2015, Christopher held HIM Director and Consulting positions in healthcare organizations. As an HIM and healthcare informatics professional, he possesses strong knowledge in managing large teams of coders and auditors and has worked closely with clinicians in a variety of capacities. He has a proven record for delivering sustainable results with process efficiency integrated into the workflow of coding operations and compliance. Christopher is a solution-oriented professional that engages key stakeholders to take action and grow the strategic vision of an organization.

Lisa Marks


Lisa has been in the health care industry for over 27 years. Lisa serves as director of client audits for nThrive where she leads the coding auditing division composed of 35 experienced auditors. Just prior to her role as Director of Client Audits, Lisa worked with Ingenix/St. Anthony Consultant as a senior health care consultant performing coding auditing. Her expertise was sought in the development of educational seminars and learning manuals that span all aspects of APC, DRG, Modifiers, CCI Edits, OCE Edits, and ICD-9. Lisa has been a presenter on Talk 10 Tuesdays and numerous webinars where her clear, concise and innovative approach to clinical audits is well received by the attendees. Her white paper, The Value of a Complete Coding Quality Audit Program, has been the basis of many professional dialogues and engagements. In her role as nThrive’s Director of Client Audits, Lisa employs her collaborative approach to develop customized auditing solutions for her clients that include compliance audits, comprehensive education for coders and physicians, and risk mitigation reviews. Her 27 years of experience in all aspects of HIM and auditing solutions, combined with her knowledge of HIM technology applications, enables nThrive’s clients to improve their processes, attain established benchmarks, and improve the financial health of their organization.

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