AIHCD - Chair
Betty B. Bibbins, MD, BSN, CHC, C-CDI, CPEHR, CPHIT
President, Chief Medical Officer, and Executive Physician Educator, DocuComp, LLC, Cape Charles, VA
Dr. Bibbins, a Physician with a background in Nursing, is certified in Healthcare Compliance, Clinical Documentation Improvement, Electronic Health Records, and Health Information Technology. Dr. Bibbins has had over 35 years of healthcare experience as an educator, clinician, and administrator. She is President, Chief Medical Officer and Executive Physician Educator for DocuComp LLC. She has presented at numerous conferences and written many articles regarding physician documentation improvement.
Dr. Bibbins focus is on the needs of Physicians, Nurses, and HIMs in the providing of healthcare, and the Hospitals that depend on clinical documentation to capture appropriate levels of service, severity of illness, third party reimbursements, maintain Compliance, prepare for the Electronic Medical Record, prepare for increasing standards for the utilization-of-healthcare services, Medical Cost Recovery, and prepare for “Quality-of-Care” standards.
AIHCD - Vice-Chair
Karen Lawlor RN, C-CDI, CHC
Consultant at Independent; former Manager at Good Samaritan Hospital
Karen Chivattoni’s nursing career spans over 25 years, she began her career in Critical Care Trauma and it has grown to include experience in care management, utilization review (provider and payer) and revenue cycle/ clinical documentation improvement consulting. Prior to her current role as manager of the Clinical Documentation Services dept, Karen’s experience as a consulting project manager has made her a recognized expert in the field of revenue cycle/clinical documentation improvement initiatives.
Karen is a task-oriented self-motivated leader whose strengths lie in the area of planning, organization and problem solving. Her extensive experience has been in providing documentation, coding (ICD 9 & ICD 10) and data solutions for improved reimbursement, compliance and patient care as well as auditing and providing education to clients and staff.
AIHCD - Secretary
Nicole D. Harper, PhD, RHIA, MBA, CCS-P, C-CDI
Director, Training & Development/Process Improvement, St. Vincent Health, Indianapolis, IN
Nicole Harper is currently the Director of Training & Development/Process Improvement & Clinical Documentation Integrity at St. Vincent Health in Indianapolis, Indiana. Dr. Harper has over 20 years of experience in the health care field. She holds certifications as a Registered Health Information Administrator, Certified Coding Specialist-Physician Office, Clinical Documentation Improvement and is an AHIMA Approved ICD-10 Trainer.
Nicole is trained in Lean Six Sigma methodologies and enjoys working on the Indiana Health Information Management Association (IHIMA) where she co-chairs the ICD-10 Education Task Force.She received a PhD in Leadership & Organizational Change from Walden University, Baltimore, MD.
Glenn A. Krauss, RHIA, BBA, CCS, CCS-P, CPUR, CCDS, C-CDI
Manager Clinical Documentation Improvement Services, YPRO Corporation, Corydon, IN
Glenn Krauss is a seasoned consultant in the Revenue Cycle and Health Information Management field with a passion for improving clinical documentation in all settings of the healthcare delivery system, – Glenn has more than 15 years experience in the healthcare industry as a consultant and has held various staff positions in numerous healthcare systems, including Revenue Systems Manager, Data Quality Manager, Director of Health Information Management, and Director of Case Management and Revenue Enhancement. His business background in and experience as a practicing coder and as a consultant in Clinical Documentation Improvement, medical necessity education for physicians with a focus upon the impact to the physician’s practice of medicine, MS-DRGs, ICD-9-CM, Chargemaster, Billing, APCs and CPT-4 coding enable him to effectively combine a working knowledge of hospital management with the importance of a functioning and effective Health Information Management Department.
He currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Association for Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists. Glenn also has extensive experience in teaching physiology, surgical procedures and the rationale of therapeutic treatments with ICD-9 and CPT coding. His ability to help others conceptualize such complex medical, billing and clinical documentation issues have proved successful in both quality issues as well as reimbursement. Rounding out Glenn’s accomplishments has been numerous speaking engagements at different professional association meetings such as national and state level HFMA, Maryland AAHAM, Association for Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists, and teleconferences that include AHIMA, Lorman Educational Services, HCPRO and Health Care Compliance Strategies. He has written extensively on subject matter content of clinical documentation improvement, medical necessity and clinical accuracy in coding in publications such as HCPRO, Health Leaders, and Physician News.
Cynthia Compton, CCS, FCS, C-CDI
Revenue Cycle & Health Information Management Consulting
Cynthia Compton is a consultant in the Revenue Cycle and Health Information Management field with more than 15 years’ experience in the healthcare industry both as a consultant and various staff positions in a healthcare system. Ms. Compton has extensive experience with working with Medical Staffs and ancillary staff to understand DRG methodology and the importance of documentation in the medical record.
Ms. Compton organized a team to work with medical necessity issues within a 3 hospital system recovering more than $100,000 in the first year alone. This effort included implementation of process systems and the development of an effective appeal process. Ms. Compton’s areas of expertise include: Clinical Coding Reviews, Clinical Coder education, Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists education and training, and Clinical education and Training in Medical Necessity.
Jessica Whitley, MD, MBA, C-CDI
Internist & Hospitalist, Cleveland, OH
Dr. Jessica Whitley is a graduate of Case Western Reserve School of Medicine and is board certified in Internal Medicine. She currently practices medicine as a hospitalist physician in the Cleveland, OH area. She has been active in clinical documentation improvement and utilization review since 2007, at which time she served as the Medical Director of the Care Coordination Department for Lake Health Systems in Willoughby, OH. In 2008, she joined DocuComp LLC as a physician educator consultant and has excelled in her ability to communicate the importance of clinical documentation improvement to other physicians.
Dr. Whitley realized the importance of bridging the business and clinical aspects of medicine, so she attended Cleveland State University and completed a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Healthcare Administration in 2009. She has a passion for excellence, and enjoys opportunities to utilize her valuable combination of business and clinical skills in order to help to facilitate the practice of evidence-based, high quality, efficient health care.
Those who have worked with Dr. Whitley are often impressed not only with her breath of knowledge, but also remark about her warm and engaging personality. She considers her ability to connect and build positive relationships with many people to be her greatest strength.
Gerrie James, MSN, CCS, CCP, RAC-CT, CPUR, Certified ICD-10 CM/PCS Trainer
Compliance, Sharp HealthCare (SHC), San Diego, CA
Gerrie James has 30 years of nursing experience and has aligned her medical/surgical/oncology and labor/delivery clinical expertise with other areas unique to health care. Over the past ten years, Ms. James has focused much of her time in the Corporate Compliance arena. Gerrie’s combination of clinical and coding expertise, has allowed her the opportunity to partner with clinicians at the point of care, all the while introducing them to the complexity of medical necessity documentation and the inpatient and outpatient coder’s world.
Gerrie received her BSN from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, and her MSN from San Diego State University, San Diego, CA. She is a member of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), the California Health Information Association (CHIA), the Association of Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists (ACDIS), the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordinators (AANAC) and the Association for Integrity in HealthCare Documentation (AIHCD). Gerrie is a Certified Coding Specialist (CCS), a Resident Assessment Coordinator-Certified (RAC-CT), a Certified Professional in Utilization Review (CPUR), has a Legal Nurse Consultant Certificate, an ICD-10 CM/PCS Trainer and a Certified Compliance Professional (CCP).
Bernard Ravitz, MD, Advisor PAC-CDI
Medical Director Cardiology/Medical Physician Assistants and Medical Director SSU/HCU/ Observation Unit , MedStar, Baltimore, MD
Linda Mullins, RN, BSN, CHC, C-CDI
Director of Compliance, Cancer Treatment Centers of America®
Bertha Williams Adams, RN, C-CDI Specialist
CDS University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, Maryland
Sylvia Dianne Reimann, RN, AND, BS, BSN, MSN
Sylvia Dianne Reimann nursing career spans over 40 plus years. She has been an active educator in the nursing profession for more than 40 years. Most recently she was an Emeritus Associate Professor of Nursing, at Tidewater Community College in Portsmouth, Va. She was responsible for Didactic Content, College Lab and Clinical rotations for freshmen students in following subject areas: Nursing Fundamentals, Physical Assessment, Pharmacology, Medical Nursing I, Maternity Nursing, Psychiatric Nursing. She also was responsible for development and implementation of LPN Nursing Transition Course 2008 and held the title of Curriculum Chairperson. Dianne has experience in the implementation of organization policies, development of staff educational programs, and evaluation of patient care.
She is currently the Strategic Planning Committee Chairperson of Eastern Shore Rural Health Board of Directors and has participated in the National Symposium of Home Health Nurses and Educational Training committee of Ohio Department of Mental Health. Dianne has conducted and published research on forensic hospital patients and attention deficit order through her master thesis at Wright State University. She is currently a member the Steering Committee of AIHCD and an active member of National League of Nursing and Sigma Theta Tau at Wright State University. Her education includes: Wright State University-Miami Valley College of Nursing Master of Science in Nursing, December, 1994, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, May, 1991 from College of Mount Saint Joseph on the Ohio, a B.S. -Social Psychology, May 1987 from Park College, in Parkville, MO, and an Associate Degree in Nursing, June, 1974 from Sinclair Community College in Dayton, OH. She also holds a Certification in Clinical Documentation Improvement and Integrity- C-CDI Specialist DocuComp LLC Healthcare Compliance & Education.