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 – New Hampshire Hospital Association Update (title pending)
Kathy Bizarro-Thunberg, MBA, FACHE
Executive Vice President, Federal Relations
Paula Minnehan, MHA
Vice President, State Government Regulations

Speaker Bios

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.


Anyone who pays registration fees and cannot attend the event may send a substitute. A 5 day notice of cancellation is required for refund. A $25.00 cancellation fee will be retained by NHHIMA for cancellations received prior to the registration date deadline. The entire registration fee will be retained by NHHIMA for cancellations received after the (cancellation date) registration deadline.

Click here if you need to cancel your registration or provide a substitute.


Online registration will close at 11:59 PM ET January 16, 2018. Onsite registration will NOT be available.

When you register online, you will have the option to pay by mail with a check or pay online with a credit card (AMEX, MasterCard, Visa, or Discover).

If you are paying by check, select “mail a check” under payment options. You will later see instructions to print the confirmation page and mail your payment to KnowledgeConnex. The mailing address will be on the invoice. Make your check payable to KnowledgeConnex and include the confirmation/order number with the check. Checks that do not reference the confirmation number will be returned to you and will not be applied to the registration.