AzHIMA Coding Roundtable
Introducing New Quarterly
We have created a new educational format designed to meet Beginner –Intermediate to Intermediate-Advanced topics for all levels of code set skills. We have selected the topics based on AHIMA’s article by Mary Butler titled Analyzing 8 months of data identifying ICD-10’s five weaknesses to date. We are designing these quarterly meetings to provide education to strengthen these identified weaknesses.
First Quarterly Meeting
Recorded: March 11, 2017
Topic: Boxing Forum-Knocking Out the Myths about Coding
|8:30 AM - Come early for light breakfast, networking, & raffles
9:00 AM – 10:15 AM - Round One – Beginner to Intermediate Session
Presenters: Heather Guscott, RHIA and Evelyn Thomas, RHIA
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM - Round Two – Intermediate to Advanced Session
Presenters: Cheryl Richardson, RHIT, CCS and Debra Beisel Denton, RHIA, CCS, CCDS
Debra Beisel Denton, RHIA, CCS, CCDS
Debra has over 25 years in Health Information Management, coding, billing, revenue cycle and Clinical Documentation Improvement. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business with a RHIA, CCS and CCDS. Originally from Michigan where she managed an internal medicine practice for 14 years, Coding Supervisor for Henry Ford Hospital Trauma I ER for facility and professional billing. Has worked at other large facilities like William Beaumont Hospital, Mayo Clinic, Scripps and Sutter Health as a consultant providing, coding, auditing and clinical documentation services.
Debra is an AHIMA Approved ICD-10-Cm/PCS Trainer, currently working at Maricopa Integrated Health System as the Coding Supervisor and Coding Educator/Trainer.
She is the AzHIMA Coding Roundtable Coordinator from 2015 to 2017. Debra has recently received the 2016 1st Place AHIMA Roundtable Achievement in Coding Excellence Award in Baltimore, MD. She also received the AzHIMA Appreciation Award in June.
Heather Guscott, RHIA
Heather Guscott, RHIA has worked in hospital outpatient coding at the Mayo Clinic for 12 years, the last 7 years she has been an outpatient quality reviewer and a team lead. Heather has also spent time as an adjunct faculty member at Phoenix College in the Health Information Management department which she hopes to return to this year. Heather is in her last two weeks of her Project Management graduate program and looks forward to utilizing her new skills.
In her spare time, Heather enjoys hiking in the Grand Canyon, traveling, and reading non-textbook books
Evelyn Thomas, RHIA
Evelyn has worked in HIM for over 25 years in Critical Access Hospitals in the Midwest. Her background consists of working in a variety of HIM roles, from being coding team leader to HIM Director. She continues to provide consulting HIM services to her rural hometown hospital. Six years ago, she made the transition to education and was the HIM Program Director and teaching several HIM subjects for North Central Missouri College. More recently, she has joined Central Arizona College as an Instructional Specialist for an accredited HIT online program. In addition, Evelyn is an AHIMA-approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer.
Cheryl Richardson, RHIT, CCS
Cheryl has a varied coding background and has worked in many acute care hospitals across the eastern region of the United States including, The Detroit Medical Center (MI), Tufts Medical Center (Boston MA), Grady Hospital (Atlanta GA) Barnes Jewish Hospital (St. Louis, MO) and JFK Hospital (Boynton Beach FL). Growing tired of cold climates, a work assignment became available at St. Joseph Hospital in Phoenix AZ which lasted 4.5 years, which afforded the opportunity to relocate here permanently. She is currenting a Coder IV at MIHS where she codes and audits inpatient accounts. Cheryl enjoys coding challenges that increase knowledge and provide opportunities to share and grow.
The most rewarding of the 17 years of working in healthcare profession has been making (and keeping) new acquaintances.
Maricopa Integrated Health System
Administration Bldg, Navajo E&W
2601 E. Roosevelt St.
Phoenix, AZ 85008
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