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Wednesday, July 23
 

8:00am

AHDI National Leadership Board Meeting
Wednesday July 23, 2014 8:00am - 3:00pm
Messina 2 The M Resort

3:30pm

Leadership Summit
Wednesday July 23, 2014 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Messina 1 The M Resort

5:30pm

Navigating the Conference: An Orientation
First-time attendees and veterans alike are encouraged to join us for this orientation. This is the perfect opportunity to see what the Healthcare Documentation Integrity Conference has to offer and let past attendees show you how to make the most of every minute.

Meet AHDI National Leadership Board members, along with numerous new friends to make life-long connections that make the AHDI Conference the most important event of the year for healthcare documentation specialists to attend.

Wednesday July 23, 2014 5:30pm - 6:15pm
Messina 1 The M Resort

6:30pm

Welcome Reception Sponsored by M*Modal
Join us for a fun evening of networking as we kick-off the 2014 conference in true Las Vegas style. Richard Lederer will entertain attendees with his “Poker 101” overview. You’ll leave the reception armed with great tips and tricks you can take to the casino floor. At the reception, we’ll serve light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be open. Immediately following the reception, up to 20 people will have the opportunity to sit down with Richard Lederer for Introductory and Intermediate hands-on poker training. Spectators are welcomed!

Sponsored by M*Modal

Wednesday July 23, 2014 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Molise The M Resort

8:00pm

Free Fun Night of Poker Training
Come enjoy free poker lessons taught by special guest Richard Lederer, PhD.

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Speakers
avatar for Richard Lederer, PhD

Richard Lederer, PhD

Longtime AHDI language columnist Richard Lederer, PhD, is the author of more than 40 books about language, history, and humor, including The Write Way, Sleeping Dogs Don’t Lay. Comma Sense, and Lederer on Language. He has been named International Punster of the Year and Toastmasters International’s Golden Gavel winner.


Wednesday July 23, 2014 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Messina 1 The M Resort
 
Thursday, July 24
 

8:00am

Keynote: Patient Safety: Next Stop, High Reliability - Ronald M Wyatt, MD, Medical Director in the Division of Healthcare Improvement at the Joint Commission
Dr. Wyatt will explore The Joint Commission’s sentinel event and
complaints data, while specifically discussing the 2012 Juno case (see
related article from Plexus, Sept/Oct 2013). In this case, Ms. Sharon
was administered of a lethal dose of Levemir insulin, an outcome that
originated with a transcription/speech recognition error. Dr. Wyatt will
also discuss The Joint Commission’s initiative around high reliability
and zero patient harm and TJC’s standards that may apply to medical
transcription.

Credit: 1 ML

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Speakers
avatar for Ronald M Wyatt, MD

Ronald M Wyatt, MD

The Joint Commission
Ronald M. Wyatt, M.D., is the medical director in the Division of Healthcare Improvement at The Joint Commission. In this role, Dr. Wyatt promotes quality improvement and patient safety to internal and external audiences, works to influence public policy and legislation for patient safety improvements, and serves as the lead patient safety information and education resource within The Joint Commission. Dr. Wyatt collaborates in the development of... Read More →


Thursday July 24, 2014 8:00am - 9:00am
Milan Ballroom 4 The M Resort

9:00am

AHDI Integrity Awards Presentation
Thursday July 24, 2014 9:00am - 10:00am
Milan Ballroom 4 The M Resort

10:00am

Exhibit Hall Grand Opening & Coffee Break
Thursday July 24, 2014 10:00am - 11:30am
Milan Ballroom 2 The M Resort

11:30am

Integrative Medicine Approaches for a Healthier You
Alternative medicine and holistic treatments are a growing trend in the United States and more and more often, words like "reiki," "chakra healing," "homeopathy," "acupuncture," and "energy work" are appearing in patient files. What is "alternative medicine?" How does it work and is it a legitimate medical specialty? Do they need transcriptionists? NEMT President Linda Allard, CHPS, has spent more than 25 years in the transcription field, working with "traditional" health information, but she is also a certified reiki healer, yoga teacher, and a practitioner of other "alternative" therapies. In her presentation, she will combine the two fields, discussing holistic treatment as a growing medical specialty that transcriptionists need to know about and also highlighting reiki and yoga from her personal point of view. At the end of the program, Allard will lead attendees through some short reiki breathing and meditation exercises to help them open and clear their minds, energizing themselves. She'll also show them how to take what they learned back home with them so they can use reiki breathing and meditation to help de-stress and re-center themselves in the middle of a long workday.

Learning Objectives:
1. Terminology for alternative medicine.
2. How to market to alternative medicine practitioners.
3. Learn the differences between the alternative medicine modalities.

Credit: 1 CoM

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Speakers
avatar for Linda Allard, CHPS

Linda Allard, CHPS

President, New England Medical Transcription
Linda Allard, CHPS, president of New England Medical Transcription, has worked in the transcription industry since 1987. After spending several years as an at-home transcriptionist, she advanced through the ranks and now oversees approximately 200 employees and independent contractors at NEMT. As a transcription professional, she has spent more than 25 years in the transcription field. As a certified Reiki master, Linda is also a practitioner... Read More →


Thursday July 24, 2014 11:30am - 12:30pm
Molise 1 The M Resort

11:30am

Shoring Up the Printer/Copier HIPAA Hazard
Data and document security are key concerns for any healthcare organization. Consider this: In 2010, CBS News purchased a copier formerly leased by a not-for-profit managed healthcare plan only to discover private medical information for more than 335,000 patients still stored on the hard drive. In August 2012, under a settlement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the plan paid over $1.2 million in damages for violating HIPAA Privacy and Security rules. In today's healthcare environment, how do organizations safeguard their multi-function devices (MFDs)—equipment that offers scanning, printing, copying, and faxing capabilities—and ensure they are compliant with the HIPAA/HITECH act, which mandates them to maintain and produce an audit trail so they can answer the questions who, what, when, where and why? During this session, we'll discuss how to protect printed and electronic protected health information against opportunistic or targeted threats, both internal and external. We'll outline common security concerns to consider and discuss how to protect your MFDs from physical as well as infrastructure security issues.

Learning Objectives:
1. Identify HIPAA/HITECH implications for MFDs in health care.
2. Summarize what you are required to provide should you be audited.
3. Describe the audit notification process and documentation submission
4. Define what policies and procedures need to be in place to safeguard medical information.  5. Explain the physical and infrastructure security actions you need to take, including authentication and encryption.

Credit: 1ML

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Speakers
avatar for Kash Hatton

Kash Hatton

Manager, Technical Architect Solutions for Healthcare, Ricoh America
At Ricoh, Kash Hatton is manager of Technical Architect Solutions for Healthcare. He has more than 20 years' experience designing, developing, and managing technology as well as ensuring compliance with multiple regulations including HIPAA, the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance and Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act Compliance (GLBA). His areas of expertise include IT security and compliance, document... Read More →
avatar for Nannette Sloan

Nannette Sloan

Nannette Sloan has 30 years of healthcare experience in acute, ambulatory, post-acute, home care, and long-term care on both the client and EMR vendor side with emphasis in regulatory and compliance, with her last 7 years focusing on all aspects of EMR application government certifications. She actively participates in HIT Policy and Standards meetings, CLIA, NQF, Standards and Interoperability (S&I) Framework Workgroup, HL7's EHR/PHR... Read More →


Thursday July 24, 2014 11:30am - 12:30pm
Molise 3 The M Resort

11:30am

Conan the Grammarian Grammar Usage
Dr. Richard Lederer, Usage Editor of the Random House Dictionary of the English Language and author of The Write Way, will offer a common-sense approach to grammar and usage. Where do you stand on terminal prepositions, split infinitives, “hopefully” as a floating adverb, “impact” as a verb, and “they” as a third-person singular pronoun? He’ll be available throughout the conference to answer your questions about language.

Learning Objective:
  • Improvement of grammar, usage, spelling and punctuation skills, as well as the acquisition of a philosophy of correct mechanical skills.

Credit: 1 MTT

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Speakers
avatar for Richard Lederer, PhD

Richard Lederer, PhD

Longtime AHDI language columnist Richard Lederer, PhD, is the author of more than 40 books about language, history, and humor, including The Write Way, Sleeping Dogs Don’t Lay. Comma Sense, and Lederer on Language. He has been named International Punster of the Year and Toastmasters International’s Golden Gavel winner.


Thursday July 24, 2014 11:30am - 12:30pm
Milan Ballroom 4 The M Resort

12:30pm

2:00pm

Equivocal Death: Victor or Victim?
This session will discuss equivocal deaths to include highlights of some of Coroner Murphy’s more interesting and challenging cases and how/why cause of death was or was not able to be determined. *Note: Content may be graphic.

Learning Objectives:
1. Understand things are not as they seem.
2. Understand the need to investigate with an open mind.
3. Let the case speak for itself.
4. Grasp the concept of alternative conclusions.
5. Facts and truth speak for themselves.

Credit: 1 CM

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Speakers
avatar for P Michael Murphy, DBA, F-ABMDI

P Michael Murphy, DBA, F-ABMDI

Coroner, Clark County Office of the Coroner/Medical Examiner
Dr. P, Michael Murphy is the coroner for the Clark County Office of the Coroner/Medical Examiner, bringing more than 30 years of law enforcement and public service experience to the position from working as an entry-level police officer in Kansas City, KS, to serving as Chief of Police in Mesquite, NV. | | Dr. Murphy has served as President of the International Association of Coroner & Medical Examiners (IAC&ME), the Nevada Chapter of... Read More →


Thursday July 24, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Molise 1 The M Resort

2:00pm

Tech Talk with the IT Magician
The IT Magician will discuss basic computer security; how to make Windows 8 more user-friendly; how to use your computer, tablet, and smart phone to be more efficient professionally and personally; and a lot more. Bring your questions, and let the IT Magician work his magic as he helps simplify what may seem like a mysterious device. He'll cover some basic troubleshooting techniques, and he'll show you a way to capture what's happening on your screen so you can show the support person. He has a way to taking the tech speak out of IT and presenting information in everyday English. You'll leave this session with tools that will make your life easier and a bit more fun.

Learning Objectives:
1. Basic troubleshooting techniques.
2. Integrating tablets/smart phones into your life.
3. Making Windows 8 more user friendly.
4. Documenting issues for tech support.
5. Computer security basics.

Credit: 1 TW

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Speakers
avatar for Andrew Clarke

Andrew Clarke

New England Medical Transcription
Andrew Clarke began working in the computer field as a freelance programmer when he was a teenager. His skills came in handy during his naval career and, upon discharge, he embarked on a career in the healthcare field. After initially working in engineering and sales, he began writing custom programs for billing automation and eventually ended up in medical transcription in 2000 when he accepted a position as Vice President of Operations for a... Read More →


Thursday July 24, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Molise 3 The M Resort

2:00pm

Spell-Binding Comma Sense
Dr. Richard Lederer, Usage Editor of the Random House Dictionary of the English Language and author of The Write Way, will offer a commonsense approach to spelling and punctuation. He’ll be available throughout the conference to answer your questions about language.

Credit: 1 MTT

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Speakers
avatar for Richard Lederer, PhD

Richard Lederer, PhD

Longtime AHDI language columnist Richard Lederer, PhD, is the author of more than 40 books about language, history, and humor, including The Write Way, Sleeping Dogs Don’t Lay. Comma Sense, and Lederer on Language. He has been named International Punster of the Year and Toastmasters International’s Golden Gavel winner.


Thursday July 24, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Milan Ballroom 4 The M Resort

3:10pm

Standing and Active Workstations: Novelty or Disruptive Technology?
Nearly 60 years ago, Morris and colleagues showed that train conductors who were more physically active at work than bus drivers had fewer coronary heart incidences. Since then, numerous comprehensive studies on physical activity and health have been launched, and today, the relationship is clear. Far less attention has been focused on health implications for how active one is at work. Meanwhile, a related but distinct area of research on sedentary behavior has emerged. We know that those who sit for prolonged periods of time have increased blood lipids, glucose, and additionally have suppressed triglyceride uptake—all of which increase risk for a myriad of chronic diseases. In response to these findings, many manufacturers of standing and active workstations are cropping up. Yet, seated office stations remain the normative standard for most workplace environments. Although standing and active workstations clearly have the potential to reduce occupational sitting and increase overall energy expenditure, their feasibility and acceptability in workplace environments is unclear. This session will address this potential and engage attendees in a critical examination of the acceptability and feasibility of standing or active workstations in their own workplace environment.

Learning Objectives:
1. Learn health risks associated with prolonged sitting.
2. Learn how U.S. occupational trends away from goods production to service industry enterprises and the related changes in occupational energy expenditure.
3. Learn the importance of workplace environmental and policy modifications to increase occupational energy expenditure.
4. Critically examine the feasibility and acceptability of standing and active workstations workplace environments.

Credit: 1 CoM

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Speakers
avatar for Monica Lounsbery, PhD

Monica Lounsbery, PhD

Associate Vice Provost for Faculty, Policy and Research, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Dr. Monica Lounsbery directs the Physical Activity Policy research program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She has expertise in conducting studies that examine physical activity in relation to policy and the environment in a variety of free living domains, including schools, workplaces, community recreation venues, and transportation. Dr. Lounsbery has conducted state, regional, and national studies on these topics. Recent efforts have... Read More →


Thursday July 24, 2014 3:10pm - 4:10pm
Molise 1 The M Resort

3:10pm

What All MTSOs & ICs Should Know About HIPAA
MTSOs and ICs face a multitude of challenges in today's healthcare market. Shrinking profit margins due to healthcare's ongoing budget decreases and increased reliance on their EHRs add huge challenges to even the most frugal business owner. Learn lessons from a recent security breach where the FTC stepped in. Gambling on not getting caught for failing to deploy HIPAA is like rolling the dice and risking it all.

Learning Objectives:
1. Outline key requirements of HIPAA for business associates.
2. Summarize recent security incidents and remediation plans.
3. Examine the risks and compare the consequences.
4. Recognize strategies for best practices.

Credit: 1 ML

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Speakers
avatar for Susan Lucci, RHIA, CHPS, CHDS, AHDI-F

Susan Lucci, RHIA, CHPS, CHDS, AHDI-F

Just Associates, Inc.
Susan Lucci has worked in healthcare documentation since 1985. Currently she is a consultant and Chief Privacy Officer for Just Associates, Inc. In 2009, Susan served as President of AHDI and is on the board of directors through 2014. Advance for Health Information Professionals named Susan Lucci Top 10 in HIM in 2008 and again in 2010. She represents AHIMA on the executive committee for the Health Story Project now affiliated with HIMSS and... Read More →


Thursday July 24, 2014 3:10pm - 4:10pm
Molise 3 The M Resort

3:10pm

How HDSs' Role Can Stay Relevant in the EMR
Doctors are drowning in red tape regulating exactly how they must practice, including how they document patient encounters throughout their day. Learn how transcription providers are in a unique position to solve problems associated with providers performing their own documentation to meet Meaningful Use (MU) requirements, including reduced revenue, lower morale, and higher risks. While early impressions were that MU requirements for structured data meant transcriptionists could not help physicians, Stage 2 includes a requirement for EMR programs to accept Consolidated CDA documents. AHDI was a founder of the Health Story Project that developed Consolidated CDA, and this early investment is paying off in a big way for 2014 and beyond. Learn how medical transcriptionists can now create documents that include both narrative and structured data suitable for the EMR and MU requirements. With technology that renders these documents in Consolidated CDA format, all Stage 2 certified EMRs can accept them. Medical language specialists, using the newest technology, can secure their futures by helping doctors enjoy their work, achieve EMR MU, see more patients, and reduce risks from errors and omissions by returning to rapid, expressive dictation.

Learning Objectives:
1. Learn how to stay relevant in the EMR era.
2. Learn how Consolidated CDA is your new best friend.
3. Learn how transcription is morphing into a new form of documentation.

Credit: 1 ML

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Speakers
avatar for Nick Mahurin

Nick Mahurin

Founder and CEO, InfraWare
Nick Mahurin is the founder and CEO of InfraWare, a leading transcription technology firm. He is married with two grown daughters and lives in central Indiana. Nick is an avid pilot.


Thursday July 24, 2014 3:10pm - 4:10pm
Milan Ballroom 4 The M Resort

4:15pm

Exhibit Hall Refreshment Break
Thursday July 24, 2014 4:15pm - 4:45pm
Milan Ballroom 2 The M Resort

4:45pm

Burn Survivors: Healing the Emotional Scars
The American Burn Association estimates that more than 1 million burn injuries occur per year in the US. A burn is one of the most traumatic injuries a person can endure. The painful and intrusive medical procedures required to treat a burn injury can be overwhelmingly traumatizing. Burn survivors are profoundly affected in all aspects of their life. They hurt and struggle long after the physical pain is gone. This session will go beyond the physical scars and dive into the emotional impact of a traumatic burn injury and how Child Life Specialists and Family Therapists effectively support psychological healing throughout all phases of recovery, including reintegration. The goal of this presentation is to educate healthcare professionals on the importance of treating the whole patient and not just the injury.

Credit: 1 CM

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Speakers
avatar for Cara Goodman, LMFT

Cara Goodman, LMFT

Trauma Burn Care Unit, University Medical Center
Cara Goodman, LMFT, is a graduate of Stanford University. She holds a BA in Psychology, an MA in Organizational Behavior, and an MS in Counseling, with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy. She focuses on the psychological effects of an illness, disease, or accident, working with the entire family, not just the patient. She works at University Medical Center in Las Vegas, NV, focusing on medical family therapy in the Trauma Burn Care... Read More →
avatar for Kimberly Grettum, MS, CCLS

Kimberly Grettum, MS, CCLS

Trauma Burn Care Unit, University Medical Center
Kimberly Grettum, MS, CCLS, is a graduate of the University of La Verne and holds a BS in Child Development and Family Science and an MS in Child Life. She works in the Trauma Burn Care Unit at University Medical Center in Las Vegas, NV. While working with other healthcare professionals providing medical care, Kimberly helps children and adolescents minimize anxiety, maintain relationships with their families, and retain their independence and... Read More →


Thursday July 24, 2014 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Molise 1 The M Resort

4:45pm

Understanding the Fair Labor Standards Act

Howard Cole will present a timely seminar with emerging strategies for handling critical wage and hour issues, ensuring compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act and evaluating potential compensation claims. The seminar will include detailed discussion of the following subjects: Fair Labor Standards Act coverage and exemptions, including proper classification of employees, overtime eligibility, piece work compensation, risks of misclassification; independent contractor classification; travel time or preparatory/concluding time; timekeeping policies and procedures; training and prevention; complaint mechanisms; and audit protocol. 

The last ten years have seen a dramatic increase in the number of claims involving the Fair Labor Standards Act and state wage and hour laws. The courts have become cluttered with wage and hour lawsuits.  Perhaps even more challenging has been the exponential increase of class action lawsuits by plaintiffs' lawyers who utilize wage and hour lawsuits as their new arena to leverage multimillion-dollar settlements.  Learn about the current trends in wage and hour litigation and, about the trends for 2014 and beyond.

The following topics will be discussed:

  • Common Mistakes That Lead to FLSA Litigation and DOL Investigations
  • Overview of Minimum Wage Requirements
  • Overview of Overtime Regulations
  • Independent Contractor Determinations 
  • Preventative Measures to Avoid FLSA Liability
  • Compliance with the FLSA and state requirements

Credit: 1 ML

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Speakers
avatar for Howard E. Cole

Howard E. Cole

Lewis Roca Rothgerber
Howard’s practice includes both traditional labor law and employment law and litigation. His ‎practice is limited to exclusive representation of employers in both the private and public ‎sectors, including gaming, health care, public agencies, construction companies, and dozens of ‎other industries.‎ | | In the area of traditional labor law, Howard has extensive experience ‎representing employers in union organizing... Read More →


Thursday July 24, 2014 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Molise 3 The M Resort

4:45pm

Focusing on the Top Five: Discovering and Deploying Your Strengths
What does it look like to work and lead from a position of strength? In a culture where we have been programmed to focus on improving our weaknesses, many organizations are turning toward competency-based development to identify and develop the right leaders and build successful teams. A 30-year Gallup research study on this approach, based on the work of Dr. Donald O. Clifton, resulted in the The Clifton Strengths Finder assessment that has captured global attention over the last decade. Over 7 million people have read StrengthsFinder 2.0 and/or taken the Strengths Finder assessment in order to identify their core strengths. Strengths Finder is based on the principle that people are born with a certain set of natural strengths and talents and that most of the time, people spend more time focusing on fixing their shortcomings than they do honing and directing their core strengths. StrengthsFinder research has identified 34 strength themes on the human competency spectrum that fall into four distinct domains (Executing, Thinking, Impacting, and Relating).

Registrants for this workshop will be directed to the StrengthsFinder assessment site prior to the event to purchase an activation code and take the assessment. You can opt to receive a report of only your top 5 strengths ($9.99) or a breakdown of your results across all 34 strengths ($89.99). Activation code purchase is separate from workshop registration, is paid directly to the Gallup Strength Center, and although it is not required to participate in this workshop, registrants are strongly encouraged to pay for the minimum assessment to get the most out of the workshop itself.

The workshop is designed to provide an overview of the StrengthsFinder philosophy, an explanation of the core domains, an outline of the 34 strength themes, and insight and direction on how to interpret your own assessment results. A discussion around how organizational leaders and recruiters should be using competency-based assessment tools will also be included. Attendees should bring their StrengthsFinder assessment reports with them for this workshop.

Learning Objectives:
1. Understand the ideology and philosophy behind competency-based strengths development.
2. Know the 4 core domains and 34 distinct themes that separate human strengths.
3, Learn how to interpret the StrengthsFinder assessment results and how to hone, position, and advance your Top 5 core strengths.
4.Understand how to deploy a strengths-based recruitment and employee development approach for leadership identification and team building.

Credit: 1.5 PD

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Speakers
avatar for Lea Sims, CMT, AHDI-F

Lea Sims, CMT, AHDI-F

Senior Healthcare & Innovations Marketing Strategist, Verizon Enterprise Solutions
Lea Sims is a senior marketing strategist for Verizon’s Global Strategies Team, and in that role helps to shape Verizon’s go-to-market strategy for innovation in health care. She also supports the Verizon healthcare practice with internal strategy alignment through team building. Lea has 20+ years’ experience in people development through business ownership, association management, and ministry—currently deploying a... Read More →


Thursday July 24, 2014 4:45pm - 6:15pm
Milan Ballroom 4 The M Resort
 
Friday, July 25
 

8:00am

The Great Debate
One of your favorite activities is BACK! AHDI will again be hosting The Great Debate, a 1-hour, facilitated, collegiate-style debate on three key industry topics. Each topic will be presented by both point and counterpoint opening statements, followed by timed debate from the floor and an audience poll. This year’s topics will be:

  • Book of Style: Obsolete or Awesome?
  • QA of Physician-Entered Documentation: Luxury or Necessity?
  • HDS entrepreneurs: Go For It or Forget About It?
  • Speech Recognition: Improved Over the Years or Stuck in the Past? (Bonus round, time permitting)

Sponsored by 3M

CE Credit: 1 PD

Friday July 25, 2014 8:00am - 9:00am
Milan Ballroom 4 The M Resort

9:00am

Annual Business Meeting
Friday July 25, 2014 9:00am - 10:00am
Milan Ballroom 4 The M Resort

10:10am

Robotic Surgery in Gynecology
Robotics is a surgical tool used to maximize visualization and dexterity in minimally invasive surgery. Since 2005, its use in gynecology has expanded, and now a significant proportion of hysterectomies for fibroids, endometriosis, pelvic masses, cervical cancers, and uterine cancers are performed using robotic technology. Advantages include less pain, a shorter hospital stay, better patient satisfaction, lower risk of complications, and a shorter recovery time.

Learning Objectives:
1. Introduce technology used in robotic surgery.
2. Learn how robotics are used in gynecologic surgery.
3. Learn the pros and cons of robotic surgery in gynecology.

Credit: 1 CM

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Speakers
avatar for Lynn Kowalski, MD, FACOG, FACS

Lynn Kowalski, MD, FACOG, FACS

The Las Vegas Institute of Robotic Surgery; Nevada Surgery and Cancer Care
Dr. Lynn Kowalski is a gynecologic oncologist and renowned author practicing in Las Vegas, NV since 1998. She has extensive experience performing more than a thousand robotic surgeries since 2005. Her book, Not Your Mother's Hysterectomy: A Transformation in Women's Health Care, walks women through their diagnosis and surgical treatment options, helping empower them in their healthcare decisions. She is the medical director for The Las Vegas... Read More →


Friday July 25, 2014 10:10am - 11:10am
Molise 1 The M Resort

10:10am

Turning Giant Projects into Bite-Sized Tasks
In our business, or any business, there are tasks that we perform every day. We can do them in our sleep. But occasionally we're called upon to perform projects, both large and small. These projects can seem overwhelming, but the good news is they don't have to be. In our field, with all its changes, we are tasked to create new areas in our departments all the time, from HIPAA to quality analysis. Everything is easier when you have a plan and the right tools. Projects are no exception. Using project management software is easier than you think, and many programs are available for free. Interestingly enough, you can also use your tablet to manage your projects. There is even a way to integrate both, making it easier for you to keep up with your tasks while you're on the go. Let us show you how to create a project plan using all the latest technology including integration between your PC and tablet.

Learning Objectives:
1. Learn how to create a successful project plan.
2. Learn how to have your projects complete on time.
3. Learn how to successfully use project management software including free aps on tablets.

Credit: 1 PD

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Speakers
avatar for Linda Allard, CHPS

Linda Allard, CHPS

President, New England Medical Transcription
Linda Allard, CHPS, president of New England Medical Transcription, has worked in the transcription industry since 1987. After spending several years as an at-home transcriptionist, she advanced through the ranks and now oversees approximately 200 employees and independent contractors at NEMT. As a transcription professional, she has spent more than 25 years in the transcription field. As a certified Reiki master, Linda is also a practitioner... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Clarke

Andrew Clarke

New England Medical Transcription
Andrew Clarke began working in the computer field as a freelance programmer when he was a teenager. His skills came in handy during his naval career and, upon discharge, he embarked on a career in the healthcare field. After initially working in engineering and sales, he began writing custom programs for billing automation and eventually ended up in medical transcription in 2000 when he accepted a position as Vice President of Operations for a... Read More →


Friday July 25, 2014 10:10am - 11:10am
Molise 3 The M Resort

10:10am

Documentation Errors and Risk
The EHR has developed many shortcuts to enable physicians and other healthcare providers to spend less time on documentation and more time treating patients. However, the EHR is far from perfect and documentation errors still exist, whether a transcriptionist, a voice recognition system, or a template is utilized. There are numerous legal cases where documentation errors have resulted in financial settlements. This presentation will present these legal cases as well as the responsibilities of risk management in proper training for all involved in documentation.

Learning Objectives:
1. Understand the responsibilities of risk management in preventing medical documentation errors.
2. How a template error can result in financial risks.
3. How to communicate with risk management to help prevent errors.

Credit: 1 ML

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Speakers
avatar for Laura Michelsen, MS, RHIA

Laura Michelsen, MS, RHIA

Associate Professor, Joliet Junior College
Laura Michelsen has over 30 years of medical records experience, including 17 years as the coordinator of transcription and medical records for a large orthopedic group. She worked 4 years as the medical records director for the Illinois Department of Corrections. Currently she is an associate professor at Joliet Junior College teaching HIM classes, including a class on computers in health care, and is an adjunct instructor at the University of... Read More →


Friday July 25, 2014 10:10am - 11:10am
Milan Ballroom 4 The M Resort

11:10am

Exhibit Hall Refreshment Break
Friday July 25, 2014 11:10am - 11:40am
Milan Ballroom 2 The M Resort

11:50am

Medical Innovation and Documentation—A Case Study
This session will discuss protocols developed by Dr. Odell and Dr. Richard Sorgnard to successfully treat all forms of peripheral neuropathies. The combined electrochemical treatment (CET) is composed of low doses of local anesthetic block combined with an advanced electromedical cell signaling device manufactured in Germany. This has produced about an 80% success rate in local and nationwide patients.                                                                                                                                                                          

Medical groups around the country were trained to perform the treatment protocol with the appropriate electrical stimulation device. Unfortunately, untrained individuals, employing non-validated protocols and devices, offered inferior treatment protocols and devices while citing our research as proof of the efficacy of the technique. Unscrupulous device salesman cited peer-reviewed studies authored by Dr. Odell and Cindy Cernak, DPM, as support for these inferior protocols and devices. Such citation was grossly misleading. These activities led to push-back from Medicare around the country.

Fortunately, complete, accurate, and ethical documentation had always been a mainstay in Dr. Odell’s practice. Shortly after the CET inception and spread, groups using CET came under attack by Medicare in the form of audits and new Local Coverage Decision implementations denying medical necessity for the protocol. An early adapter to EMR, Dr. Odell created ethical, complete, and nearly bullet-proof templates that have enabled him to 1) win all appeals to date at the Administrative Law Judge level and continue treating our Medicare patients; 2) not even be audited because of record completeness.

Learning Objectives:
1. Introduce concept of the Electrochemical Block for the treatment of chronic neuropathic pain.
2. Learn how safe and effective this technique is.
3. Trace how maximize the chances of true medical innovation being accepted against a backdrop of “Evidence Based Medicine” requirements.
4. Underscore the importance of medical documentation when dealing with the government and third party payers.
5. Gain an understanding of how medical literature can be misused when a new technique is popularized.

Credit: 1 CM

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Speakers
avatar for Robert H Odell, Jr, MD, PhD, DABA, DABPM, FIPP

Robert H Odell, Jr, MD, PhD, DABA, DABPM, FIPP

Neuropathy & Pan Centers of America
Robert H Odell, Jr, MD, PhD, a fellow of the Medical Scientist Training Program, received his PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Stanford University in 1974 and his MD degree in 1976. He completed his residency in anesthesiology at UCLA, serving as chief resident at Harbor/UCLA Medical Center in 1982. He assisted in the development of Neuralscan, used to detect the level of the pain generator in spine and peripheral nerve pain. He has extensive... Read More →


Friday July 25, 2014 11:50am - 12:50pm
Molise 1 The M Resort

11:50am

Encryption For Dummies (And Smart People, Too!)
The most valuable protection against HIPAA breaches of electronic protected health information (ePHI) is encryption. This presentation will provide information on specific ways to encrypt data, including a real-time demonstration of encrypting electronic storage media.

Learning Objectives:
1. Explaining the importance of encryption to HIPAA compliance.
2. Demystifying the topic of encryption for practitioners who may be avoiding it for lack of understanding.
3. Showing by real-time demonstration that encryption is readily accessible and inexpensive.

Credit: 1 TW

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Speakers
avatar for Jay Vance, CMT, CHP

Jay Vance, CMT, CHP

HIPAA Compliance Officer, Superior Global Solutions
Jay Vance is a 15-year veteran of the healthcare documentation industry with experience in a wide variety of roles. He is currently the HIPAA Compliance Officer for Superior Global Solutions and holds the Certified HIPAA Professional certification. Jay is a long-time member of AHDI and publishes one of the most popular Facebook pages for healthcare documentation professionals, with over 4,500 followers.


Friday July 25, 2014 11:50am - 12:50pm
Molise 3 The M Resort

11:50am

Improving Your Odds of Winning in the Healthcare Documentation Game! (Panel Discussion)
Healthcare documentation specialists are positioning themselves as key players in the changing healthcare documentation industry.  A roulette wheel of new job roles is emerging, including applications analysts, physician practice consultants, document quality representatives, provider trainers, and even “healthcare documentation ninjas.”  Panelists will discuss these new and emerging roles and provide strategies for increasing the chances of success.      

The panelists will discuss the following key points:
  • Challenges facing healthcare documentation specialists and their employers.
  • Opportunities for the healthcare documentation workforce to transition into new roles.
  • Review of training and education involved with making the transition to new roles.
  • Overcoming barriers to workforce development.
  • Individual and group workforce development strategies.
Credit: 1 PD

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Moderators
avatar for Sheryl Williams, BSBA, CHDS, AHDI-F

Sheryl Williams, BSBA, CHDS, AHDI-F

Command Health
Sheryl Williams, BSBA, CHDS, AHDI-F, has been employed within the healthcare documentation industry in a variety of capacities for more than 25 years.  She currently works for Command Health.  Sheryl is serving on the AHDI National Leadership Board as the District 3 Director.  She lives on a small farm near beautiful Red Wing, Minnesota. 

Speakers
avatar for Sheila Guston, CHDS, AHDI-F

Sheila Guston, CHDS, AHDI-F

Spectrum Health
Sheila Guston, CHDS, AHDI-F, is supervisor of HIM Corporate Transcription Services at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, MI. The leadership team at Spectrum Health juggles the fast-paced demands of an organization on the cutting edge of healthcare documentation technology with the needs of over 100 healthcare documentation specialists, approximately a quarter of whom are now involved in something other than traditional transcription/editing. Sheila... Read More →
avatar for Melissa Harper

Melissa Harper

UC Health
Melissa Harper is manager of clinical documentation services for UC Health in Cincinnati, Ohio. CDS reports to IS&T leadership where Melissa also serves as an IS&T functional manager and analyst for documentation systems. CDS is compiled of medical document specialists, clinical documentation analysts as well as quality and operations coordinators. Post EHR implementation, CDS has lead organizational initiatives such as transitioning... Read More →
avatar for Kat King, AS, AHDI-F

Kat King, AS, AHDI-F

Provider Services Supervisor, MidRogue IPA
Kat celebrates 40 years in healthcare documentation.  She started in a hospital medical records department, then owned a medical transcription service in Santa Barbara for 20 years with 50+ clients and 100+ MTs. After moving to Oregon, she managed national transcription companies with MTs in seven countries. After being laid off in 2009, she obtained two associate degrees, including Healthcare Informatics, and is transferring to OregonTech... Read More →
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Sarah Spoelman, CMT

Department Technical Analyst, Spectrum Health
Ms. Spoelman is the current Department Technical Analyst for transcription at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  She has been a medical transcriptionist and quality/education specialist in the past.  She is President of the West Michigan Chapter of AHDI and served at Education Coordinator for the chapter’s RMT/CMT program.  Sarah has a Bachelor’s Degree in history and education at Cornell and an... Read More →


Friday July 25, 2014 11:50am - 12:50pm
Milan Ballroom 4 The M Resort

1:00pm

Exhibit Hall - Lunch at AHDI Bistro (lunch for purchase)/Vendor Prize Drawings
Lunch served from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m., price drawings at 2:45 p.m., exhibit hall closes at 3:00 p.m.

Friday July 25, 2014 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Milan Ballroom 2 The M Resort

3:10pm

Speed Reading Workshop

Are you behind in your reading? Do you easily forget what you read? Learn speed-reading techniques that will help you catch up with your reading and save time. Learn how fast you currently read and how to start reading faster, how to improve your comprehension and retention, how to read faster on the computer screen, and how to improve your concentration while reading.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Find out your current reading speed and make an improvement during the workshop
  2. Learn how to boost speed while maintaining comprehension
  3. Learn how to focus and avoid re-reading

Credit: 1 MTT

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Speakers
avatar for Paul Nowak

Paul Nowak

Founder & CEO, Iris Reading
Paul Nowak is the Founder & CEO of Iris Reading, the largest provider of speed-reading training and memory improvement. Iris Reading is based in Chicago and focuses on helping students and professionals read and remember information more effectively. Paul Nowak’s training programs have been taught to employees of NASA, professionals at Google, students at Harvard and many more. Iris Reading has provided its workshops in more than 30... Read More →


Friday July 25, 2014 3:10pm - 4:00pm
Milan Ballroom 4 The M Resort

3:10pm

Your "Hitchhiker's Guide" to Medicine's "Tower of Babel"
American health care has reliability problems in treating individuals or groups, and it can’t easily tell us which drugs, devices, or procedures work in large groups. One key reason is the medical “Tower of Babel” with its thousands of medical codes (13,000 in ICD-9; 68,000 in ICD-10), separate lab codes (LOINC), and radiology codes; plus issues of terminologies, ontologies, “dirty” data versus  normalized data, semantic search, machine learning, noSQL vs. SQL databases, natural language processing. Could you use some "translations"?

This session is your guide to medicine's "Tower of Babel.” It gets you past the coding babble so you know how to create “smart data” that drives innovation. It shows how to use paper data, notes, dictated text, and database information all at once in a new kind of medical record—one effective for patient (and provider) analytics and for searching large data volumes with simple queries.

Learning Objectives:
1. Patient Adherence to Medication.
2. Data normalization that scrubs “dirty” data.
3. Site selection decisions for clinical trials.
4. Care coordination in hospitals, clinics.
5. FDA-compliant management of adverse events. 6) Analytics for treatments used and outcomes produced.
Credit: 1 TW

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Speakers
avatar for Kyle Silvestro

Kyle Silvestro

CEO and founder, SyTrue
Kyle Silvestro is a national thought leader in Natural Language Processing (NLP) and the application of Semantic Search and Retrieval. As of December 2012, Silvestro has been pioneering a new clinical analytics platform. Branded as SyTrue, Silvestro’s new endeavor is building tools to unleash the digital data revolution. As CEO and founder of SyTrue, Silvestro is helping shape and change the healthcare industry as we know it. This... Read More →


Friday July 25, 2014 3:10pm - 4:10pm
Molise 3 The M Resort

3:10pm

QA Summit - Clinician-Created Documentation: The Reinstitution of the QA Program
Co-sponsored by: AHDI and AHIMA

People must drive quality processes – not technology. The integrity of the patient’s health
information is in danger. Implementation of the electronic health record (EHR) has changed how clinicians create documentation and many quality assurance (QA) programs have been lost in the transition. Weaknesses in EHR documentation practices are being revealed and, with the absence of a QA process, documentation is at risk both from a revenue cycle and patient safety standpoint.

A QA program for clinician-created documentation is a critical piece to creating quality documentation. In 2013, AHDI and AHIMA convened a joint task force to develop QA best practices and a toolkit for clinician-created documentation. The final paper and resources are due to be released in June, 2014.

At the QA Summit, an expert panel will introduce you to the fundamentals of the updated guidance and resource documents. They will walk you through the implementation process of the QA program for clinician-created documentation they employed at their facility and share how they approached various roadblocks along the way.

The QA Summit will be followed by a webinar presentation on September 24, 2014. Visit the AHDI website for complete information.

Learning Objectives:
1. Understand the fundamental concepts of
creating a quality assurance program for
clinician-created documentation.
2. Identify critical errors verses non-critical errors.
3. Learn the basics of creating a dashboard to
present QA program findings to the C-suite.
4. Gain knowledge from case studies on how QA
programs for clinician-created documentation
were implemented.
5. Learn about the kaizen approach to data
governance.

Speakers to be announced soon.

Credit: 2 MTT

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Friday July 25, 2014 3:10pm - 5:20pm
Molise 1 The M Resort

4:20pm

Information Governance in a Post-EHR Era
We are now in the post-EHR era—a time when a critical mass of healthcare providers have implemented EHR technology, spurred by meaningful use incentive payments provided by the federal government to jumpstart adoption. In order to meet the government’s deadlines and new business needs, however, EHR technology has often been hurriedly implemented (“slammed in”) with little thought given to data and information integrity. Some healthcare organizations will literally have to pay for this, now having to backtrack in order to address costly quality, safety, and workflow issues. This session will explore how information governance is not only addressing these data and information integrity issues, but also enabling the use of all their information assets for managing in a new environment of healthcare reform. Attendees will learn how and why healthcare data and information integrity is more important than ever for the sustainability of providers and how it will become nearly impossible for them to succeed without information governance in this new era.

Learning Objectives:
1) Explain what information governance is and its relationship to data governance.
2) Understand the environmental aspects of health care that are driving the need for and adoption of information governance program.
3) Discuss the role of the documentation integrity specialist in the information lifecycle.\

Credit: 1 ML

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Speakers
avatar for Lydia Washington, MS, RHIA, CPHIMS

Lydia Washington, MS, RHIA, CPHIMS

AHIMA
Lydia Washington is senior director of practice excellence at AHIMA, where she provides industry analysis and advocacy on current and emerging issues that impact health information management. With a focus on the advancement and use of health information management standards and best practices, she represents AHIMA in a number of industry and standards groups. Ms. Washington provides professional expertise in several areas of importance for... Read More →


Friday July 25, 2014 4:20pm - 5:20pm
Molise 3 The M Resort

4:20pm

Mind Mapping and Memory Improvement Techniques

How many times have you been told to memorize something in school or at work? But have you ever been taught “how to memorize”? This workshop will teach you practical techniques that will help you strengthen your memory. You’ll learn how mind mapping, a visual note-taking technique, helps your brain remember information more effectively. Also learn how to use mind maps as an aide to your memory, the Method of Loci Memory Technique, the Similar Sound Memory Technique, and how to remember anything with the numeric peg system.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn how to implement memory techniques in school, work and life.
  2. Learn how to apply a variety of memory techniques to improve your memory
  3. Learn how to create mind maps to organize information more effectively

Credit: 1 MTT

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Speakers
avatar for Paul Nowak

Paul Nowak

Founder & CEO, Iris Reading
Paul Nowak is the Founder & CEO of Iris Reading, the largest provider of speed-reading training and memory improvement. Iris Reading is based in Chicago and focuses on helping students and professionals read and remember information more effectively. Paul Nowak’s training programs have been taught to employees of NASA, professionals at Google, students at Harvard and many more. Iris Reading has provided its workshops in more than 30... Read More →


Friday July 25, 2014 4:20pm - 5:20pm
Milan Ballroom 4 The M Resort

5:30pm

Open Hour for District Members to Meet & Greet
As AHDI’s districts encompass several states, members can enjoy this dedicated time to meet with their District Director and other members from their district. Listed below are the known locations for meet-ups.

District 1: Milan Ballroom 4

District 2: Messina 1

District 3: Messina 2

District 4: Messina 3

District 5: Molise 1

District 6: Molise 3

Friday July 25, 2014 5:30pm - 6:30pm
The M Resort
 
Saturday, July 26
 

8:00am

A Second Look: Fabrication of Custom Ophthalmic Prosthetics
Few people are familiar with the profession of creating artificial eyes, though many of us know or know of someone who has lost an eye. This presentation will introduce this obscure profession and provide a better understanding of the experience of eye loss and the steps necessary for a patient to have one of these prosthetic works of art created.

Learning Objectives:
1. Learn the basics of the mostly unknown profession of ocularistry.
2. Understand the relationship between patient, ophthalmologist, and ocularist.
3. See the progression of the fabrication process and some of the newest technologies available to patients.
4. Learn some of the challenges facing the profession in today's healthcare environment.

Credit: 1 CM

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Speakers
avatar for Eric Lindsey, BCO, BADO

Eric Lindsey, BCO, BADO

President and CEO, Eric M Lindsey Ocular Artists, Inc.
Eric Lindsey is the president and CEO of Eric M Lindsey Ocular Artists, Inc. He studied fine arts and earned a bachelor's degree from California State University, Long Beach, graduating cum laude. He has received numerous awards and scholarships for his artwork and studied sculpture and painting in Italy. Between 2003 and 2008 Eric trained with Phillip Danz and now creates ocular prostheses using the methods perfected by Mr. Danz over the past... Read More →


Saturday July 26, 2014 8:00am - 9:00am
Molise 1 The M Resort

8:00am

Chasing Your New Career Dreams

Are you confident navigating today's job market? Are you chasing your dreams without success? Join us for a fun, casual look at what today's recruiters are searching for in an applicant including those deal breakers that can happen in just seconds! Most importantly, explore how you know the company is a good fit for you! Leave this presentation ready to "ACE" that next job interview/phone screening!

Learning Objectives:
  1. To identify first impression "deal breakers" than can occur throughout the application process
  2. To  explore the strong benefits of cover letters that can assure your phone rings
  3. To identify those "soft skills"  that help you shine as an applicant and how to showcase them
  4. To discuss how being tech savvy can help seal the deal
  5. To identify what makes an employer stand out as a "good fit" for you!

Credit: 1 PD

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Speakers
avatar for Jane Bates, RHIA

Jane Bates, RHIA

VP-Human Resources, Amphion Medical Solutions
Jane Bates, RHIA, is currently VP-Human Resources, for Amphion Medical Solutions, an industry leader providing innovative coding and transcription solutions, headquartered in Madison, WI. She is passionate about employee recruitment and retention and enthusiastically reviews resumes and job applications daily. She's seen it all! Today she joins us to share the changing dynamics in the world of recruitment from the recruiter's perspective. 


Saturday July 26, 2014 8:00am - 9:00am
Molise 3 The M Resort

8:00am

Evolution of the TeleScribe:  A Natural Fit
Learning Objecitves:
1. Describe the practical differences between Healthcare Documentation Specialists and Medical Scribes.
2. The growth of the telemedicine industry.
3. The growth of virtual medical scribing.
4. Certifying yourself as a telescribe.

Credit: 1 PD

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Speakers
avatar for Luis Moreno, MD

Luis Moreno, MD

Luis Moreno, MD, is co-founder and CMO of ScribeAmerica. He graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1998 and completed his residency in emergency medicine at UCLA in 2002. He's a diplomate of the American Board of Emergency Medicine. Since founding the company in 2004, ScribeAmerica has grown into the nation's most widely-used medical scribe company with over 3,700 employees working in 41 states.


Saturday July 26, 2014 8:00am - 9:00am
Milan Ballroom 4 The M Resort

8:00am

Managers/Supervisors Workshop
Sponsored by 3M

8:00 - 9:15 am
Play Your Cards Right – Ante Up with Industry Leaders
Sheila Guston

Take advantage of this opportunity to hear from your peers about issues that matter to you! Attend this Managers/Supervisors Workshop for invaluable networking and engaging discussion on the topics that YOU choose. Fellow leaders will help you formulate solutions through this interactive brainstorming session. 

When was the last time you asked yourself any of the following questions:

  • How are other leaders/facilities/organizations doing, managing, or handling ________?
  • What are other leaders doing to ____________ (improve performance/cut costs/prepare their workforce, etc.)? 
  • Are our expectations for ____________ (productivity, efficiency, etc.) on track?

Please forward questions/issues you would like discussed to sheila.guston@spectrumhealth.org.

Credit: 1.5 PD

9:15 - 10:30 am
Quality Divided…

Joyce Smith and Melissa Harper

As healthcare documentation integrity professionals, we see a stark difference between a transcribed note and a provider-created note. Provider-created notes contain medical slang, misspelled or misused medical terms, undefined structure and formatting of a note, as well as other forms of abbreviated documentation. Errors we would never accept in our profession. Is our quality divided

Technology is demanding direct keyboard entry and/or front-end voice recognition entry from providers.  Does this affect patient care? Are there legal ramifications? What about CMS/Joint Commission requirements and reimbursement? How can we help bridge the “quality divide” as documentation integrity professionals?   

Join our presentation and discussion to address how we can tackle the “quality divided” issue and implement solutions.

Credit: 1 PD or 1 MTT

10:30 - 10:45 am
Break

10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Get Their Attention & Make Your Point!
Susan M Lucci, RHIA, CHPS, CHDS, AHDI-F

When you have a great idea, it should be easy to organize your thoughts, communicate your plan, and get it implemented for all the right reasons. It sounds simple, but it's not as easy as it sounds. In this session, attendees will gain insights and strategies to incorporate to help make communication work on your terms so that you can "Get Their Attention and Make Your Point!"

Learning Objectives:

  1. Recognize appropriate planning for "talk time."
  2. Identify the approach of how to make your case.
  3. Give examples of best opportunities for speaking up.
  4. Outline various audience types.
  5. Differentiate your approach.
Credit: 1.25 PD

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Speakers
avatar for Sheila Guston, CHDS, AHDI-F

Sheila Guston, CHDS, AHDI-F

Spectrum Health
Sheila Guston, CHDS, AHDI-F, is supervisor of HIM Corporate Transcription Services at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, MI. The leadership team at Spectrum Health juggles the fast-paced demands of an organization on the cutting edge of healthcare documentation technology with the needs of over 100 healthcare documentation specialists, approximately a quarter of whom are now involved in something other than traditional transcription/editing. Sheila... Read More →
avatar for Melissa Harper

Melissa Harper

UC Health
Melissa Harper is manager of clinical documentation services for UC Health in Cincinnati, Ohio. CDS reports to IS&T leadership where Melissa also serves as an IS&T functional manager and analyst for documentation systems. CDS is compiled of medical document specialists, clinical documentation analysts as well as quality and operations coordinators. Post EHR implementation, CDS has lead organizational initiatives such as transitioning... Read More →
avatar for Susan Lucci, RHIA, CHPS, CHDS, AHDI-F

Susan Lucci, RHIA, CHPS, CHDS, AHDI-F

Just Associates, Inc.
Susan Lucci has worked in healthcare documentation since 1985. Currently she is a consultant and Chief Privacy Officer for Just Associates, Inc. In 2009, Susan served as President of AHDI and is on the board of directors through 2014. Advance for Health Information Professionals named Susan Lucci Top 10 in HIM in 2008 and again in 2010. She represents AHIMA on the executive committee for the Health Story Project now affiliated with HIMSS and... Read More →
avatar for Joyce Smith

Joyce Smith

Joyce Smith is manager of transcription/document integrity for Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Spectrum Health is an integrated health care system with eight hospitals, a 600+ physician medical group, and health plan serving western Michigan. Spectrum Health is beginning to transition some of their 100+ transcriptionists to document integrity positions, including physician trainers (training Cerner PowerNotes and Dragon) and document... Read More →


Saturday July 26, 2014 8:00am - 12:00pm
Messina 3

9:10am

Epilepsy: Mysterious and Misunderstood (Updated Title)

An estimated 3 million Americans and 65 million people worldwide have epilepsy. Epilepsy affects more people than multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, and Parkinson's combined. Misinformation and inaccurate depictions in television and film have led to misperceptions associated with epilepsy and people with seizure disorders. However, through education and awareness such as this fascinating session, the negative stigma that has been associated with epilepsy over the years can be corrected.

The presenter will discuss epilepsy and seizures—along with truths and myths about this mysterious disorder—to include the different types of epilepsy, epilepsy syndromes, diagnostic procedures performed, and treatment available for this disorder, including the newest drugs on the market.

Bio:  Ann is the owner of a healthcare documentation service in South Florida, having earned a master's in Health Service Administration from Nova Southeastern University. Ann was trained and certified by the Epilepsy Foundation under a grant from UCB Pharma to educate those who have epilepsy and their caregivers, the educational community, especially the teachers who may be the first to recognize this disorder in a student, school transportation drivers, and first responders. Ann has been actively involved in AHDI and is currently finishing her term as the AHDI Director for District 6 on the National Leadership Board. 

Credit: 1 CM

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Saturday July 26, 2014 9:10am - 10:10am
Molise 1 The M Resort

9:10am

Successful Marketing on a Shoestring Budget
Marketing can be intimidating, time-consuming, and expensive, but it doesn’t have to be! In less than an hour, I will show you how to successfully market your business to your target market with very little money and a small time commitment. In this interactive session, you will learn how to identify your target market, how to get people’s attention, and how easy it is to turn them into a hot prospect. We will come up with an action plan for you that focuses on the details and steps to follow to have a successful, yet inexpensive, marketing plan. Be prepared to think, plan, and follow through on a customized plan that will work for your business. Learn what it takes to turn marketing from a chore to a fun, rewarding part of your work day. If you want to grow your business or start a new one, this is the session for you!

Learning Objectives:
  • Identify your target market.
  • Learn 3 different, inexpensive ways to market your business.
  • Learn how to put together a marketing calendar and stick to it.
  • Walk away from the session with a marketing plan and steps to take to make it successful in a very short period of time.

Credit: 1 PD

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Speakers
avatar for Lee Tkachuk

Lee Tkachuk

Lee Tkachuk has been involved in the transcription industry for over 20 years and is the founder and CEO of Keystrokes Transcription Service, ChartNet Technologies, Ellipsys, and SpeechCheck, Inc. While transcription and its related technologies are her business, her passion has always been marketing. She loves to attract potential customers to her business and turn them into true prospects and eventually into customers through fun and... Read More →


Saturday July 26, 2014 9:10am - 10:10am
Molise 3 The M Resort

9:10am

Touchstones: A Structure For Better Communication, Compassion, and Care
“Touchstones” grew out of an effort to improve the human side of health care. It is a set of principles that encompass awareness, communication, conflict resolution, and cooperative goal-setting. In 2000 PeaceHealth in Eugene, OR, sponsored a series of discussions where staff members (including nurses, receptionists, MDs, respiratory therapists, food service personnel, administrators…basically everyone who works in the health system), patients, and their families discussed their experiences at the hospital, both positive and negative. 
 
They utilized 8 basic principles (i.e., Touchstones) to provide a structure for developing better communication, compassion, and care. These same principles were adopted by AHDI-Oregon, and then again by AHDI-West, to carefully (i.e., “full of care”) and effectively work though the tough issues, celebrate the successes, and maintain a “healthy” and cohesive group, all working toward common goals. 

With the establishment of patient-centered care and more healthcare providers becoming a Patient-Centered Primary Care Home (PCPCH), a higher level of careful and effective communication and cooperation with others, including the patient, is required. Touchstones continue to be an effective tool, both professionally and personally. 

Learning Objectives:
1. Learn about the eight (8) Touchstones principles.
2. Recognize your own characteristics in each Touchstone.
3. Apply each Touchstone to any given situation.
4. Discover how Touchstones are being used throughout the healthcare encounter.

Credit: 1 PD

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Speakers
avatar for Kat King, AS, AHDI-F

Kat King, AS, AHDI-F

Provider Services Supervisor, MidRogue IPA
Kat celebrates 40 years in healthcare documentation.  She started in a hospital medical records department, then owned a medical transcription service in Santa Barbara for 20 years with 50+ clients and 100+ MTs. After moving to Oregon, she managed national transcription companies with MTs in seven countries. After being laid off in 2009, she obtained two associate degrees, including Healthcare Informatics, and is transferring to OregonTech... Read More →


Saturday July 26, 2014 9:10am - 10:10am
Milan Ballroom 4 The M Resort

10:20am

The Linx Reflux Management System
The Linx Reflux Management System is an FDA-approved magnetic esophageal sphincter device. Linx is indicated for patients with diagnosed gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), confirmed by abnormal pH testing, who continue to have symptoms of GERD despite maximum medical therapy. Linx has been studied extensively in human subjects, and the long-term results on its safety and efficacy have been published. This session will be helpful for anyone interested in learning about this new technology, its place in the management of GERD, and the challenges in coding and billing for this procedure.

Learning Objectives:
  • Define GERD, its epidemiology, and its medico-economic impact.
  • Identify the indications for the medical and surgical management of GERD.
  • Describe the Linx procedure, including its expected outcomes and complications.

Credit: 1 CM

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Speakers
avatar for Shawn Tsuda, MD, FACS

Shawn Tsuda, MD, FACS

University of Nevada School of Medicine
Shawn Tsuda, MD, FACS, is a minimally invasive bariatric, foregut, and hernia surgeon at the University of Nevada School of Medicine in Las Vegas. He is an Associate Professor of Surgery, Chief of Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery for the school of medicine, and director of the surgical skills and simulation center of Las Vegas. Dr. Tsuda was born in Honolulu, HI, and attended medical school at the University of Hawaii. He did his... Read More →


Saturday July 26, 2014 10:20am - 11:20am
Molise 1 The M Resort

10:20am

HealtHIE Nevada: A Study in Privately Funded Health Information Exchange
This session will begin with a general overview on the functionality of Nevada’s Health Information Exchange (HIE), including a comparison to national trends in HIE. We will take a hard look at the development and sustainability of privately funded HIEs vs. government funded models. We will discuss the importance of the Triple Aim, how it relates to technology and improving our nation’s health system. The importance of data capture, integrity, and use will permeate throughout the duration of the presentation.

Learning Objectives:
  • Appreciate the importance of Health Information Exchange.
  • Recognize the importance of data integrity and use of structured data within HIEs.
  • Understand the differences and similarities between the financial sustainability of private and public HIEs.
  • Consider how HIEs support the Three-Part Aim.

Credit: 1 ML

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Speakers
avatar for Keith Parker, MBA

Keith Parker, MBA

HIT Operations Director Nevada, HealthInsight
Mr. Parker is HIT operations director Nevada for HealthInsight. He is responsible for facilitating a variety of projects within HealthInsight’s quality improvement division, supporting both Utah and Nevada. Mr. Parker’s primary responsbilities include facilitating the implementation and use of HIT. Mr. Parker joined HealthInsight in 2006 upon retiring from the military. He has over 25 years’ experience in healthcare... Read More →


Saturday July 26, 2014 10:20am - 11:20am
Molise 3 The M Resort

10:20am

Freelance Writing Workshop
How would you like to contribute to Plexus magazine or some of the learning products AHDI has in development? Would you like to share your knowledge with others through articles that may be published in industry magazines or on the Internet? Yes? Then, this writing workshop is for you! The workshop will focus on the basics needed to structure articles about technical subjects, quiz-writing techniques, and tips for creating tight, informational writing. We will spend time brainstorming ideas and discuss how to hone them and develop angles for queries. The instructor will also provide you with a wealth of resources about markets for healthcare-related writing, mechanics and style guidance, as well as pitching and querying techniques. Bring your ideas and a notebook—this a hands-on workshop!

Learning Objectives:
1. Discover technical article structures.
2. Learn quiz writing techniques.
3. Develop and craft article ideas.
4. Gather resources for further study.

Credit: 1 PD

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Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Della'Zanna, CHDS, CPC, CGSC, CEHRS

Jennifer Della'Zanna, CHDS, CPC, CGSC, CEHRS

Jennifer Della'Zanna, MFA, CHDS, CPC, CGSC, CEHRS, has been freelancing for more than 20 years. She started by writing a women's column for a weapons magazine, has contributed to more than 15 websites and magazines and now works almost exclusively in the allied healthcare fields. She has moved beyond some of her assignments to become associate editor of Plexus magazine, course developer, contributor to an encyclopedia, online instructor for... Read More →


Saturday July 26, 2014 10:20am - 11:20am
Milan Ballroom 4 The M Resort

11:30am

Lunch on Own
Saturday July 26, 2014 11:30am - 1:00pm
The M Resort

1:00pm

Data Mining: Preliminary Results from the MTSO Benchmarking Survey

Hot off the press! In June/July 2014, AHDI and our Business Alliance conducted an MTSO benchmarking survey. The survey collected data on company demographics, the economic and business climate, workforce information, marketing and sales initiatives, and details on business infrastructure. The goal of this project is to provide relevant, useful data for business forecasting and planning. At this session, the preliminary results of the study will be presented with the final report being available in the fall.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the preliminary results from the 2014 MTSO benchmarking survey.
  • Learn about the composition of the healthcare documentation/medical transcription outsourced service market.

Agenda

  • Introduction to the survey and purpose (5 minutes)
  • Review findings (30 minutes)
    • Demographics
    • Economic and Business Climate
    • Workforce
    • Marketing and Sales
    • Business Infrastructure
    • Open Comments
    • Q&A (all) (10 minutes)

CEC: 0.5 PD


Speakers
avatar for Linda Brady

Linda Brady

CEO, Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity
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Linda Giles

At-large Director, AHDI National Leadership Board, Transcription, Etc.


Saturday July 26, 2014 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Molise 3 The M Resort

1:00pm

Trends in Burn Wound Care
Treatment modalities for the burn-injured patient are ever changing. Treatment plans are based on multiple factors, such as burn size and depth, burn location, patient age, and pre-existing health conditions. No two patients are alike and the plan of care can change hour to hour and day to day based on the current physical assessment of the patient. This session will touch on the factors that dictate the care provided to a burn patient, as well as the current trends in burn care treatment. Followup care and required hospital readmissions will briefly be discussed, also.

Credit: 1 CM

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Speakers
avatar for Mary Martinat, RN, BSN

Mary Martinat, RN, BSN

Burn Program Manager, Lions Burn Center at University Medical Center
Mary Martinat is a registered nurse with more than 20 years’ experience working with trauma and burn patients. She is currently the Burn Program Manager for the Lions Burn Center at University Medical Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. In this role, Mary coordinates all aspects of the Burn Program, to include providing educational offerings to health professionals as well as the general public. Mary is national faculty for the ABA’s... Read More →


Saturday July 26, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Molise 1 The M Resort

1:00pm

HDS to Scribe: Using Your Skills to Keep Doing What You Love!
Whether a provider uses point and click, speech recognition, or scribes to help with increasing workloads of documentation, many HDS jobs, work, and/or pay have been affected. An option some HDSs have transition to is scribing. The HDS skill set is a perfect fit for this occupation. We have superior critical thinking skills and, for many of us, years of experience in producing truly accurate healthcare documentation. The transition to becoming a scribe means regular work hours which equal a regular paycheck, but it is not without some necessary preparation. Deborah Nolan, CHDS, and Dr. Kathleen Myers of Essia Health (formerly Scribes STAT) will explain what the benefits are to providers who use scibes and the benefits to HDSs who become scribes.

Learning Objectives:
1. To help HDS utilize their skill sets in order to continue working.
2. To help HDS understand scribing in an EHR world.
3. To explore day-to-day working as a scribe and other possibilities.

Credit: 1 PD

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Speakers
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Darlene Castles

Essia Health
Darlene Castles, scribe trainer/manager for Essia Health (formerly Scribes STAT), has been an HDS for 15 years.   Most of her experience has been in acute care, and she has worked as both an employee and as an independent contractor.  She has also worked as a trainer and quality assessment specialist for HDSs.  In 2011 Darlene completed a HIT program in the specialty of Trainer in EMR implementation.  She has served as an... Read More →
avatar for Deborah Nolan, CHDS

Deborah Nolan, CHDS

Essia Health (formerly Scribes STAT)
Deborah Nolan, CHDS, began her healthcare career as a California candy striper, medical assistant and then a nurse. Upon moving to Oregon 25 years ago, she decided to stay home with her children and began studying healthcare documentation with the SUM program at a local community college. Since then she has worked as an HDS, quality editor and manager, and now scribe trainer/manager for Essia Health (formerly Scribes STAT). She is former Director... Read More →


Saturday July 26, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Milan Ballroom 4 The M Resort

2:10pm

Closing Keynote: Zubin Damania, MD (AKA ZDoggMD), Director of Healthcare Development, Downtown Project Las Vegas
Sponsored by:
AHDI-FL
AHDI-NEMA
Northern Illinois Chapter

Dr. Damania delves into the ethical challenges of delivering compassionate health care in our severely dysfunctional medical system, while proposing collaborative ways to revitalize it. He examines, through humor and storytelling, the hope that the future of medicine is a bright one provided that all of us work together for the common goal.

Credit: 1 ML

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Speakers
avatar for Zubin Damania, MD

Zubin Damania, MD

CEO and Founder, Turntable Health
Zubin Damania, MD, is the director of healthcare development for Downtown Project Las Vegas, an ambitious urban revitalization movement spearheaded by Zappos.com CEO Tony Hsieh. During his 10-year hospitalist career at Stanford, Dr. Damania received the Russell Lee Award for Clinical Teaching while simultaneously maintaining a shadow career performing stand-up comedy for medical audiences worldwide. His videos, created under the... Read More →


Saturday July 26, 2014 2:10pm - 3:10pm
Milan Ballroom 4 The M Resort