NHHIMA Annual Winter Meeting

January 19, 2018
8:00 AM – 2:00 PM ET

CEUs: 5.0


8:00 AM – 8:30 AM  – Breakfast / Networking

8:30 AM – 8:45 AM – Introductions, Thank Sponsors & Volunteers

8:45 AM – 9:45 AM – Challenges for the Modern Healthcare Professional
Jon Elion, MD
President & CEO
ChartWise Medical Systems

9:45 AM – 10:45 AM – Rock Your Super Power at Work (no cape necessary)
Rebecca Harmon, MPM, RHIA, CCA
Chief, Health Information Management Services
VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System

10:45 AM – 11:00 AM – Break

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Wearable Devices: The Next Wave of Cybercrime
Roger Shindell, MS, CHPS, CISA
Founder & CEO
Carosh Compliance Solutions

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Clinical Documentation Improvement – The Rebirth of a Broken Process
Creator and Founder of Core-CDI.com

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM – Leading the Way to Healthier New Hampshire
Kathy Bizarro-Thunberg, MBA, FACHE
Executive Vice President, Federal Relations
Paula Minnehan, MHA
Vice President, State Government Regulations

Speaker Bios

Jonathan Elion, MD, F.A.C.C.

Dr. Jonathan Elion founded ChartWise Medical Systems, Inc., in 2009. He also serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Elion is a cardiologist and computer scientist. He serves as an Associate Professor of Medicine at Brown University. He has been involved in cardiac image processing since 1983 and was director of the cardiac image processing lab at the University of Kentucky for many years before returning to Brown University. He has continued his image processing research there and is well published in this field. Dr. Elion was a Co-Founder of Heartlab Inc. and served as its Chief Medical Officer. He spent several years as the director of medical computing at Lifespan (the multi-hospital health care organization in Rhode Island and Massachusetts). With over 40 years of experience in computing and more than 25 years of experience in medical computing and information standards, Dr. Elion has committed his career to innovations in high value services and healthcare delivery to maximize efficiency and cost effectiveness. Dr. Elion also maintains an active practice in cardiology and is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology.

Rebecca Harmon, MPM, RHIA, CCA

Rebecca Harmon currently leads the Health Information Management department for the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System – an integrated delivery system serving Veterans in the tri-state region. She began her career in healthcare with a tour of duty in the US Navy as a Hospital Corpsman and Medical Laboratory Technician where she saw the power of information technology as it began to disrupt (and improve!) the workflow in the laboratory and hospital. She knew then that she wanted to be a part of that continued forward movement and several years after leaving the US Navy, returned to school and completed her bachelor’s degree in Health Information Management. Never content to sit still for long, Rebecca has enjoyed a diverse career in the public, private and government sectors. In addition to her service in the US Navy, Rebecca spent her early HIM years in a data management and analysis role, served as the Associate Dean of Allied Health for Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC), and taught in the HIM program at the University of Pittsburgh. She continues to serve as an adjunct with various academic institutions, and enjoys inspiring others by sharing what she’s learned through public presentations and writing for several venues, including Libman Education where she blogs about the intersection of HIM practice and life. Rebecca has been invited to speak at local and state meetings as well as the national AHIMA conference and was tapped to write a feature article that was published by For the Record magazine in 2016. While at the University of Pittsburgh, Rebecca worked as a consultant for CCAC on the Office of the National Coordinator’s Health Information Technology training grant and was instrumental in helping to launch the grant locally. She has been recognized over the years for her contributions in various roles including an Exceeding Excellence award from VHA, Inc. (now Vizient), and recent recognition by the Federal Executive Board – Exc ellence in Government program for being an Outstanding Supervisor/Manager in an administrative series.


Glenn Krauss is well-recognized and respected subject matter expert in the revenue cycle with a specialized emphasis and focus upon collaborating and working closely with physicians in promoting, advocating for, educating and achieving sustainable improvement in clinical documentation that accurately reflects and reports the communication of fully informed coordinated patient care. His experiences include working with a wide variety of healthcare systems spanning the entire spectrum ranging from critical access hospitals, community hospitals, Federal Qualified Healthcare Centers to large academic medical centers and fully integrated healthcare systems. He possesses twenty-five plus years of progressive practical hands on experience in clinical coding and documentation improvement, subscribing to the philosophy that quality of medical record documentation strongly correlates with overall quality of care achieved and the overall achievement of a high performing revenue cycle. Gle nn has demonstrated the unique skill sets and core knowledge of principles and standards in best practices of clinical documentation, effectively and successfully driving physician engagement through proven strategies that create and foster a sustainable model for clinical documentation improvement. What sets Glenn apart in the clinical documentation improvement arena is the recognition of clinical documentation effectiveness, accuracy, completeness and contextual consistency as fundamentally integral and intertwined with all components of the revenue cycle. He is a professional speaker, sought after for speaking engagements throughout the country on a wide variety of cutting edge thought provocative clinical documentation improvement topics and subjects.

Paula M. Minnehan

Paula M. Minnehan, VP, State Government Relations, has been with the New Hampshire Hospital Association since 2001. Paula oversees state government outreach efforts for NHHA. She is responsible for the strategic direction and management of the association’s efforts before the legislative and executive branch of government. She is also responsible for the development of relationships with key legislators and committee staff and regulators to effectively communicate the association’s priorities and legislative initiatives.  Prior to assuming the role of state government relations in late 2015 she was the VP, Finance and Rural Hospitals at NHHA.

Paula has worked in health care in Maine and New Hampshire for over 30 years. Her experience includes working for the Maine Bureau of Medical Services, working in the managed care field as a Director of Provider Services and an Account Executive as well as the Administrator for the New Hampshire Certificate of Need Program.

Paula earned her undergraduate degree and her Master’s in Health Administration from the University of New Hampshire.

Roger Shindell, MS, CHPS, CISA

Roger is a founder and the chief executive officer of Carosh Compliance Solutions, which specializes in HIPAA compliance for small to mid-size practices and their business associates.  He is a member of AHIMA’s privacy and security council, a board member of Indiana HIMSS, and the past -chair of the HIMSS Risk Assessment Work Group.  Roger is a former columnist and member of the editorial board for HCPro’s Briefings on HIPAA and is currently a columnist and a member of the editorial advisory board of HMP Communications’ Today’s Wound Clinic.  Roger is a prolific author and columnist for a variety of professional journals and speaker at industry and association conferences.  Roger has over 30 years multidisciplinary experience in healthcare, the founder of two medical device companies and has served as an advisor or principal in a number of healthcare, technology and service companies.

Kathleen Vizarro-Thunberg, MBA, FACHE

Kathleen A. Bizarro-Thunberg, MBA, FACHE, Executive Vice President/Federal Relations, has been with the New Hampshire Hospital Association (NHHA) since 1985. Kathy is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and served as the President of the Northern New England Association of Healthcare Executives, ACHE Regent for the State of New Hampshire and as a Governor on the ACHE Board of Governors.

At NHHA, Kathy works with NH’s congressional delegation and the American Hospital Association regarding legislation on the federal agenda that affect health care and hospitals. Her other responsibilities include supporting state advocacy efforts, health policy development, hospital financial reporting, data management, HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), public health issues and hospital emergency preparedness planning. Kathy also oversees the internal financial management of NHHA and the Foundation for Healthy Communities, an affiliate of NHHA.

She has an associate of science degree in computer information systems from the New Hampshire Technical Institute (1985), a bachelor of science in health management and policy from the University of New Hampshire (1992) and an MBA in Leadership through Franklin Pierce University (2008).


Manchester Community College
1066 Front St.
Manchester, NH 03102

Phone: 603-206-8000



From Interstate 293 North

From Interstate 293 North, take exit 7. The college is 200 yards ahead on the left.

From Interstate 293 South

If you should take Interstate 293 South, you will have to get off at Exit 6, Amoskeag Bridge. Take a right at the end of the exit ramp. You will cross a bridge over the highway, and then bear left at the fork. Follow signs to get onto Interstate 293 North on the right. Take your first exit, which is Exit 7. The college is 200 yards ahead on the left.

From Interstate 93, North or South

From Interstate 93 (North or South), take exit 10. At the end of the ramp, take a left and drive for approximately two miles. The college entrance will be on your right. Be prepared to take a sharp right turn.


Members: $60
Non-Member: $75
Student: $10

Continental Breakfast and snack included.


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