2015 Summer Inland Empire Conference

Thursday & Friday July 23rd – 24th

The Calm before the Storm….

Navigating the treacherous waters of healthcare & preparing for smoother sailing.

Join us for a quality educational conference

Stay on top of the latest IDC-10 information

Conference Topics and Speakers

The Joint CommissionCordero

Christina L. Cordero, Ph.D., MPH Project Director,
Department of Standards and Survey Methods Division of Healthcare Quality Evaluation
Advancing Effective Communication & Cultural Competencies and Patient-and-Family-Centered Care
The roadmap for hospitals provides recommendations to help hospitals address unique patient needs, meet the patient-centered communication standards, and comply with related Joint Commission requirements.  
Example practices, information on laws and regulations, and model policies, and educational tools.
JCAHO is an organization made up of individuals from the private medical sector to develop and maintain standards of quality medical facilities in the United States.  Meaningful Use will be a topic of discussion.
Christina Cordero is a Project Director in the Department of Standards and Survey Methods, Division of Healthcare Quality Evaluation at The Joint Commission.
Dr. Cordero is focused on standards development projects for the hospital and laboratory accreditation programs. She developed the patient-centered communication standards and The Joint Commission monograph Advancing Effective Communication, Cultural Competence, and Patient- and Family-Centered Care: A Roadmap for Hospitals. Dr. Cordero has also provided research and technical support to The Joint Commission’s Hospitals, Language, and Culture: A Snapshot of the Nation study, and she is a contributing author of One Size Does Not Fit All: Meeting the Health Care Needs of Diverse Populations.
Prior to joining The Joint Commission, Dr. Cordero conducted basic science and public health research at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.
Dr. Cordero earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Immunology and Microbial Pathogenesis, and her Master of Public Health degrees from Northwestern University, Chicago, IL.

ICD-10 Ready or NotPeggi Ann Amstutz

 Peggi Ann Amstutz – Confluence Health
Peggi Ann is a CCS and CCS-P as well as an AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer. 
Is your facility ready for a successful transition for all stakeholders, including healthcare providers, payers, clearinghouses and vendors?
This two hour session is a crucial event for all professionals and a must-attend event for a close-up and comprehensive look at ICD-10 readiness, training, and implementation. 
Come gain the education and training necessary to initiate ICD-10, improve current practices, and move the industry forward. 

Overcoming the Implementation Hurdlelisa2

Lisa Goren – Healthcare Speaker,  www.lisagoren.com
Conundrum: Leaders and teams can generate the best of ideas, but the daily distractions and obstacles we face within the complexity of healthcare, can make implementation seem nearly impossible. 
By generating the right support, identifying the necessary resources and maintaining a clear vision, the impossibility of implementation can become a reality.
Lisa can help you …
  • Circumvent the obstacles that hinder progress
  • Leverage three strategies for implementation
  • Create a plan for execution
“Easily one of the best, most valuable workshops I’ve attended.”

 Emergency Department Charges

Auditing and Charge Capturing

Lee Tinsley – NW Healthcare Consulting
RN for 38 years. Specialize in charge capture. ER codes and physician billing for ER. Audit systems to capture missed charges Observation coding and billing usual increase of ER billing in rural hospitals visited exceeds $1,000,000. CPSI and T-System EMR competent

Remarkable RecoveryNorthValleyHospital

The Story of how North Valley Hospital kept the doors open
Jana Symonds – PFS Director

Jana will be sharing the Story of how North Valley Hospital’s remarkable recovery. North Valley Hospital was next to closing their door just a few short years ago to now having money in the bank. 


Kari Tye – Vice President, Business Operations and Marketing

OneHealthPort’s Health Information Exchange (HIE): Brief overview of what it is including what type of documents can be exchanged – particularly those eligible for MU. OneHealthPort’s SSO: Is everyone already familiar with the SSO or is a brief overview needed? Are there specific questions you would like addressed?

Join us for Dinner and Entertainment at DutchOven_03
Columbia Point Marina at 5:30 PM
(walking distance – next door to the hotel)
Guests are Welcome!
Come and network with your peers while enjoying a mouth watering full course Barbecue dinner prepared by Master cook and President of the Columbia Basin Dutch Oven Society.
Courtesy of CardonOutreach, Que Financial, Emdeon, and Armada

Summer Conference CharityAdult-Day
Trios Adult
Day Services
For over 30 years, our licensed healthcare team has provided structured therapeutic activities and other personalized services to adults in need – in a safe and compassionate environment conducive to personal and social well-being. 
Our primary goal is to help the participants in our program maintain or improve their level of functioning so they can remain at home within the family or community structure for as long as possible. 
Trios Adult Day Services is a daytime healthcare program that serves adults experiencing challenges in any of the following areas:
  • Health/Physical
  • Cognitive
  • Emotional
  • Social  

Courtyard by Marriott  –  Richland, WA


Reservations are now open. Call (509) 942-9400, mention group code of AAHR.

River View $119, Sunset View $109