SCHIMA Coastal Region Winter Meeting

January 18, 2019

8:30 AM – 2:00 PM ET

CEUs: 4.0


MUSC South Park Plaza
Building 1, 3rd Floor, Room JB301A – multi-Purpose Room

1 South Park Circle Suite 300
Charleston, SC 29407

Parking is to the right of the main entrance (flag pole is in the front) and no fees. Overflow parking available at the Citadel Mall.


8:45 - 10:00 am

CY 2019 CPT Updates, Overview

Katherine Isbell, RHIA, CDIP, CCS

CEU: 1.0 – Clinical Data Management

This training will include the major revisions and additions to the CPT code set and guidelines for CY 2019. We will also discuss the impact of the new E&M rule on coding.

Learn More About Katherine

Katherine Isbell, RHIA, CDIP, CCS

Education Services Manager at LexiCode

Kathy is the Education Services Manager at LexiCode and a subject matter expert in the ICD-9 and ICD-10-CM/PCS Classification systems, MS-DRG and other payment methodologies, anatomy, surgical procedures and disease process for coding. She is an AHIMA FORE Scholarship recipient, a Phi Theta Kappa honors graduate from the CPCC Health Information Technology program in Charlotte, North Carolina, and an honors graduate from the University of Kansas Health Information Management program. During her coding career, she has worked as a coder, consultant, auditor and educator. She is a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA), a Certified Coding Specialist (CCS), and an AHIMA-Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer. A teacher before entering the Health Information field, she brings a passion for learning and sharing information about coding.

10:00 - 11:00 am

The Road Map to Successful Denials Management, Prevention & Recovery

 Denny Roberge

 CEU: 1.0 – Clinical Data Management

Claim denials plague health care providers nationwide, siphoning up to 5 percent of patient net revenue per year and causing a cycle of rework on roughly 20 percent of claims. Couple that with the troubling statistic that upwards of 50 percent of denied claims are never worked by hospitals, and the scope of the issue becomes clear: denials management is vital to the financial health of your organization.

Join us for an informational presentation geared towards collections and denials professionals to learn proven strategies for protecting revenue and minimizing cost to collect. Hear how providers are tackling denials to improve billing processes for denials prevention through analytics, technology, and staffing education and support.

Learn More About Denny

Denny Roberge

Denny Roberge is currently the Vice President of Advisory Services for nThrive. He is a recognized leader in bridging technology and processes that create industry leading revenue cycle results. Denny has served as nThrive’s liaison with Epic, Cerner and Allscripts and has led numerous patient accounting system (PAS) conversions pioneering innovative approaches with nThrive’s EMR/PAS vendor partners.

Before joining nThrive, Denny worked in several other healthcare organizations, including, The Elliot Health System, Concord Hospital, The Massachusetts General Hospital, Tucker Alan Inc., and The New Hampshire Hospital Association’s Foundation for Healthy Communities. His work includes the writing of legislative reports related to recommended healthcare reform, management of front-end revenue cycle redesign initiatives, creation of physician compensation models and systems, budget cycle redesign, and the design and installation of new patient accounting systems in many of the nation’s top health systems. Denny’s work and progressive approach to revenue cycle improvement have appeared in several national publications.

Denny mentors undergraduates from the University of New Hampshire’s Health Management and Policy program and was recognized with the University’s Alumni Award. Denny is also active with several non-profit organizations that focus on community improvement.

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Lunch – SCHIMA Update

Box lunch provided.

12:00 - 1:00 pm

Embracing the Future: The Evolving Role of the HIM Professional

Denise Johnson

CEU: 1.0 – Management Development

The time is now for HIM Professionals to re-invent themselves to take on exciting and new challenges with the ever evolving roles in health care. This session will take a look back in time at what HIM Professionals have accomplished (you need to know where you have been to know where you are going). Explore the factors influencing healthcare environment and impact on the HIM Professional and discuss emerging roles, potential career paths and opportunities.

Learn More About Denise

Denise Johnson

Denise M. Johnson serves as the Vice President of HIM Integrated Services at nThrive with leadership responsibilities for clinical documentation improvement, case management, and HIM Strategic Sourcing operations. She brings extensive leadership expertise in healthcare operations and consulting. Ms. Johnson has served as a consulting practice director, revenue cycle services for a national EHR company, manager for a national consulting firm, vice president of health information services for a national IT and consulting firm, and vice president of quality and utilization management for a multihospital system. She holds a Master of Science in Health Care Administration from the University of Detroit. Additionally, she is an active RHIA and CPHQ. Ms. Johnson is a member of AHIMA, FHIMA, HFMA and NAHQ. She has presented at speaking engagements on various topics for AHIMA, state and local HIM, and state healthcare financial associations.

1:00 - 2:00 pm

Career Development Roundtable


Shalonda P. Holmes – MHA/INF, CPC, SCHIMA Coastal Region Coordinator

Daniel Ellison, RHIA, SCHIMA President Elect

CEU: 1.0 – Management Development

Attendees will discuss current HIM career trends and the AHIMA Career Map considering recent AHIMA strategy pivots. Students and new graduates will share their plans to seek out employment opportunities and receive feedback from HIM professionals in the workforce and trends they are seeing in the organization and across the healthcare industry.


AHIMA Member: $45
Non-Member: $65
Student: $15

Box lunch provided.


Registration fees will be refunded (less $25 processing fee) upon written notice received 72 hours prior to the meeting. Cancellations with less than 72 hours notice will not be refunded. Substitution for registrants is permitted.

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