2021 Annual Meeting Agenda

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2021 AHIMA Update  

7:00 a.m. - 7:45 a.m.


7:45 a.m. - 7:55 a.m.

Welcome & Opening Comments Alyson Stichter, MHI, RHIA
IHIMA President

7:55 a.m. - 9:20 a.m.

Opening Keynote Breakfast

People, Passion, Purpose: Engaging the Never Give Up Mindset

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Scott Lesnick

9:20 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Networking Break/Exhibitor Showcase  

10:00 a.m. - 10:55 a.m.

Business Meeting and AHIMA Update Live Q & A IHIMA Board & 
Brenda K. Beckham, RHIA Director, AHIMA Board of Directors

11:00 a.m. - 4:25 p.m.
(Breakout option 1)

Half Day of ICD-10-PCS Case Studies

We'll will cover soft tissue reconstruction procedures on the skin, subcutaneous tissue, tendons, ligaments and muscles and then move on to orthopedics with bones and joints. We’ll finish up with spinal procedure coding. The program features videos, helpful images and decision-making tools to help you in your work. Bring your 2021 ICD-10-PCS book or your laptop loaded with the FY2021 CMS file, found at https://www.cms.gov/medicare/icd-10/2021-icd-10-pcs so you can fully participate. Be sure to download the Code Tables and Index file, as well as the Guideline file from this URL before you come to the meeting. If you don’t know how to use the CMS files, that’s the first thing we’ll work on. And no worries!  It will be Q&A time all day long, so you’ll be sure to get your questions answered. 
Lynn Kuehn,

11:00 a.m. - 11:55 a.m.
(Breakout option 2)

 How to Manage in a Pandemic Panel

ModeratorCindy Spann, MIS, RHIA,CHPS,CCS,CCS-P, FAHIMA 

Jennifer Osborne, RHIA
Jacquie Villarreal, RHIA
Travis Kearney, RHIT

11:00 a.m. - 11:55 a.m.
(Breakout option 3)

 E/M Changes Beverly Strube, CPC, COC, CPC-I, CPMA, CEMC AND COBGC

11:55 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 


1:30 p.m. - 2:25 p.m.
(Breakout option 2)

The Intersection of HIPAA Privacy and Information Blocking

HIPAA Privacy and the Cures Act Information Blocking rules are intersecting. Healthcare providers must not block information that should be available while protecting patient privacy by following the privacy rules. Hear and participate in an educational and interactive discussion that will include the latest information about these rules, industry trends and how organizations are operationalizing these changes. 

Learning Outcomes

1.  Share the latest information on the Privacy and Information Blocking rules. 
2.  Understand where and how the Privacy and Information Blocking rules intersect.
3.  Discuss industry trends on how Information Blocking in conjunction with our Privacy Rules is being implemented and operationalized.

Jaime James, MHA, RHIA

Christine Rys, RHIA

1:30 p.m. - 2:25 p.m.
(Breakout option 3)

 CPT and Musculoskeletal Coding  Danita Forgey, RHIA

2:30 p.m. - 3:25 p.m.
(Breakout option 2)

 Is Your Information Compromised Mark Clausman

2:30 p.m. - 3:25 p.m.
(Breakout option 3)

Telehealth Coding Updates

During the Public Health Emergency Declared in 2020, telemedicine services and included services has been expanded to urban as well as rural areas until the pandemic has been declared over.  However, legislation has been introduced to expand these services permanently as it has proven to be a valuable tool for patient care. 

This session will cover:

  1. Current update to Telehealth criteria during the pandemic
  2. CMS guidance in 2021
  3. Procedures codes approved for use
  4. Modifiers required for Telehealth
  5. The potential future of telehealth coding
Deb Grider, CDIP,


3:30 p.m. - 4:25 p.m.
(Breakout option 2)

Records Related to Telemedicine Release


Mark Swearingen, Attorney
Hall, Rendar, Killian, Heath & Lyman Law Firm

3:30 p.m. - 4:25 p.m.
(Breakout option 3)

APIs – What are they? How do they impact HIM?

Standardized Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) will make the use of third-party applications more prevalent and easier to use in healthcare.  This in turn will allow patients to be more in charge of their health information and determine who to share their information with.  This session will discuss what HIM and ROI professionals need to know about APIs and the potential changes to consider. 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Gain an understanding of APIs and the use of third-party apps.
  2. Discuss the Information Blocking and CMS rules related to APIs.
  3. Share industry trends and the impact on HIM and release of information.

Jaime James, MHA, RHIA

Christine Rys, RHIA

5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Closing Keynote Dinner

2021 and Beyond: Benefits of Successfully Navigating Change in a Fast-Paced Healthcare Workplace

 Scott Lesnick