KCHIMA Fall Symposium

Saturday, September 7, 2019

8:00 AM - 1:30 PM CT



8:00 AM - 8:20 AM - Registration with Coffee-N-Donuts


8:20 AM - 8:30 AM - Welcome and Announcements


8:30 AM - 9:20 AM


Coding Track
E&M Coding & Provider Reimbursement Updates
Richelle Marting, JD, MHSA, RHIA, CPC, CEMC, CPMA, CPC-I
1 CE - Clinical Data Management


Why Population Health Matters to HIM
Abby Van den Haak, RHIA
1 CE - External Forces


9:30 AM - 10:20 AM


Coding Track
Peripheral Vascular Disease and Treatment incl Vena Seal Procedure
Ronnie Smalling, MD, FACC, FSCAI
1 CE - Clinical Data Management


Regulatory Changes Impacting HIM
Richelle Marting, JD, MHSA, RHIA, CPC, CEMC, CPMA, CPC-I
1 CE - External Forces


10:30 AM - 11:20 AM


Coding Track
Lessons Learned and Take-aways from IP Coding Audits
Kay Piper, RHIA, CDIP, CCS
1 CE - Clinical Data Management


Psychological Safety in the Workplace
Michelle Kosmacek - Waddell & Reed HR
1 CE - External Forces


11:30 AM - 12:20 PM


Lunch Sponsored by Nuance


Coding Track
Box Lunch & Coding Roundtable
Kay Piper, RHIA, CDIP, CCS


Box Lunch & KS/MO HIMA Updates
Taryn Schraad, RHIA, KHIMA President
Deanna Peterson, MHA, RHIA, CHPS, MoHIMA President


12:30 PM - 1:20 PM - Opioid Epidemic Right Here in KC


Shawn Billings, MS, CCM
Director of Substance Use Programming
1 CE - External Forces


1:30 PM - 2:30 PM - Meet-N-Greet @ Tanners 39th & Rainbow











Richelle Marting, JD, MHSA, RHIA, CPC, CEMC, CPMA, CPC-I


Richelle is an attorney with Forbes Law Group in Overland Park and focuses her practice on regulatory compliance, privacy and security, and healthcare reimbursement. She has administrative and compliance experience in the long term care, ambulatory surgery, medical group, and private practice settings with multi-specialty providers. Richelle has served as an expert in both privacy and reimbursement litigation matters, and represented providers in supporting their security risk assessments and related policies through Meaningful Use audits and OCR desk audits and appeals.











Abby van den Haak, RHIA












Ronnie Smalling, MD, FACC, FSCAI


Dr. Ronnie G Smalling is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine where he also completed his residency. His medical training continued when he accepted one of the four seats offered in the Cardiovascular Fellowship at LA County Hospital. Dr. Smalling's decades of performing successful, extremely complex cardiac and peripheral procedures via endovascular techniques has him pegged as the Cardiologist's venous referral specialist. His practice, In Vein, makes him the only Interventional Cardiologist in a solo private practice solely dedicated to the art and skill of ridding patients of the troubling side effects of lower extremity inefficient venous systems and CVI.











Kay Piper, RHIA, CDIP, CCS


Kay's passion is helping coders grow in knowledge and improve coding skills. Her efforts toward this mission include serving as

  • Inpatient Coding Educator for SSM Health-St. Louis which staffs coders for eight-hospitals
  • Member of AHA's Coding Clinic Editorial Advisory Board
  • MoHIMA Delegate and MoHIMA Coding Roundtable Coordinator
  • Editor of AHIMA's CCA Exam Preparation Workbook, Fourth Edition
  • AHIMA Rapid Designs Team member, a volunteer group that creates ICD-10 educational materials


Kay is honored to have received


  • 2014 MoHIMA Distinguished Service Award
  • 2014 and 2015 AHIMA Coding Roundtable Achievement in Coding Excellence Award











Michelle Kosmacek
Waddell & Reed HR


Michelle is the Organizational Effectiveness and Culture Consultant at Waddell & Reed Financial, Inc. She's helping to build a progressive and agile culture by designing people process that focus on growth and development. She also leads the diversity and inclusion and employee engagement initiatives. Michelle is the President of Kansas City's Organizational Development Network, where she works to build connections within her industry. She is a group fitness instructor with Genesis, a wife and mother to two kiddos and a pup.











Taryn Schraad, RHIA
KHIMA President


Taryn has over a decade of experience helping healthcare organizations capture accurate and comprehensive documentation in clinical and revenue cycle workflows in compliance with regulatory standards. As an RHIA, Taryn builds strong relationships with clients' clinical, coding, and billing departments to improve the payment and charge/data processes. Taryn has supported hospitals as an internal auditor, new service coordinator, and chargemaster senior analyst.












Deanna Peterson, MHA, RHIA, CHPS
MoHIMA President


Deanna Peterson serves at the Vice President for Health Information Management at First Class Solutions, Inc.. Ms. Peterson leads the long-term care services division of the firm, which serves over 80 long-term care facilities in multiple states. She assists the facilities with documentation compliance, medical records policies and procedures, EHR implementation, legal health record definition and privacy issues. Ms. Peterson received her B.S. in Health Information Management and M.H.A. from Saint Louis University. She is an active member of the Missouri Health Information Management Association (MoHIMA) and American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), having held several positions in both organizations including currently serving as President-Elect of MoHIMA. Ms. Peterson is a sought after speaker on a variety of HIM and regulatory topics. She received the 2016 Outstanding Volunteer Award from MoHIMA and 2017 Emerging Leader Award from AHIMA.


Shawn Billings, MS, CCM
Director of Substance Use Programming


Shawn Billings currently serves as the Director for Substance Use Programming for the Missouri Hospital Association. He has over 10 years of experience managing local, state and federally-funded programs to enhance and expand behavioral health treatment services. Mr. Billings has a Masters in Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Drury University and holds a certification in Court Management from the National Center for State Courts.



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Registration open through 9/7/2019 1:30 PM Central Time (US & Canada)


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Continuing Education

CEUs: 4.0


During the week following the meeting, all paid attendees will receive an email with a link to the online evaluation and a CE certificate.



Non-Members $25

Student Members FREE

Student Non-Members $10



Health Education Building- University of Kansas Medical Center

3901 Rainbow Blvd
Kansas City, KS 66160


Sessions will take place in the Basement Studios: Klepper & Jaeger in the HEB

Parking: P4 Bluff Parking Garage (see Map) – no Permit required

Instructions: Enter garage from Rainbow Blvd, access barrier will be raised, proceed to any open parking space. Take elevator to 5th/roof level. Follow the signs for well-marked directions to meeting rooms. Walk across sky bridge into Hemenway building. Cross Hemenway lobby and walk out other side to HEB. Follow the signs downstairs or along the walkway on the right side of the building to door in the corner. Take steps down to B-level or cross the lobby to elevator and take elevator to B-level.

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