2021 HEALTHCON International Virtual Experience

February 27, 2021 | 8 CEUs | $250 $125 Early Bird

2021 HEALTHCON International Virtual Experience

Discover how to be a thought leader with some of the business of healthcare’s brightest minds. Breakdown the world of revenue cycle management and deliver breakthrough ways of getting your business fewer denials and better management. Plus, get the CEUs you need to maintain your certifications.

Here are a few more reasons to attend:

  • Get inspired during any of our 8 breakout sessions
  • Build your network and connect with industry leaders and experts
  • Take the opportunity to hear our world class general speakers
  • Meet the makers of products you use every day

Saturday, February 27, 2021 HEALTHCON International Schedule

Exhibitor Networking
Time: 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM IST

Conference Welcome

Presenter: Dan Schwebach, Senior Vice President, AAPC
Time: 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM IST | 1 CEU

Welcome Note | Latest Announcements and Updates

Dan Schwebach, Senior Vice President, AAPC will present the introductory welcome message. He will cover exciting new and upcoming developments in the organization and industry and how these changes will impact your day-to-day life.

Breakout Session 1 A

Presenter: Dr. Mohd Ali Hadi CPC, COC, CCS
Time: 10:05 AM to 11:20 AM IST | 1.25 CEUs

IR-DRG Classification and Coding Concepts

The session will provide clear understanding of IR-DRG classification, principles, generic components, calculations and conceptual framework. It will also cover case scenarios to show how the IR-DRG, coding and clinical documentation improvements are interrelated and impact the patient quality of care in terms of accurately capturing patient severity of illness, risk of mortality, length of stay, resources utilized and the reimbursements.

Breakout Session 1 B

Presenter: Michael Miscoe Esq, CPC, CPCO, CPMA, CASCC, CCPC, CUC
Time: 10:05 AM to 11:20 AM IST | 1.25 CEUs

Compliance Training

Breakout Session 1 C

Presenter: Rhonda Buckholtz CPC, CDEO, CPMA, CRC, CENTC, CGSC, COBGC, COPC, CPEDC, Approved-Instructor
Time: 10:05 AM to 11:20 AM IST | 1.25 CEUs

To be Announced

Break 1

Time: 11:20 AM to 11:35 AM IST

General Session 1

Presenter: Raemarie Jimenez CPC, CDEO, CIC, CPB, CPMA, CPPM, CPC-I, CANPC, CRHC
Time: 11:35 AM to 12:35 PM IST | 1 CEU

To be Announced

Breakout Session 2 A

Presenter: Dr. Rashid Sultan Khan M.B.B.S CPC
Time: 12:35 PM to 1:50 PM IST | 1.25 CEUs

Clinical Documentation Improvement Programs-Fad or Reality

CDI has become a buzzword within the healthcare RCM domain. Year on year, Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI) programs are gaining momentum in the UAE. The core benefits surrounding its success include improved quality, patient safety outcomes as well as increased reimbursement. The premise of CDI is simple: engage clinicians to improve the clinical documentation in the medical record in “real time” so that it is fit for reporting, analysis and reimbursement. Is CDI programs a fad or a much-needed Reality…?

Breakout Session 2 B

Presenter: Robert A Kiesecker BSHA, CPC, CPC-I, CCC, AAPC Fellow
Time: 12:35 PM to 1:50 PM IST | 1.25 CEUs


Breakout Session 2 C

Time: 12:35 PM to 1:50 PM IST | 1.25 CEUs

Taming Terminologies, A Data-Knowledge Perspective

One of the main challenges faced by today’s health information management professionals is to cope with myriad of terminology classifications which are changing or evolving. Regardless of where or by whom the codes are captured, be it coders, providers or the machines, HIM always do have high stake on terminologies, quality of codes and how they are used. Taming HIM/coding students and HIM freshers, clinicians or anyone new to classifications is an ever-challenging task; nevertheless, evidence-based approaches by harnessing technologies help the work get done with better outcomes.

Lunch Break

Time: 1:50 PM to 2:20 PM IST

Breakout Session 3 A

Time: 2:20 PM to 3:35 PM IST | 1.25 CEUs

What Happens Within the Revenue Cycle Process

This presentation will first explain what a robust RCM comprises. It will then explore the critical roles of key players and processes, challenges that can erupt with a disconnecting process and how to overcome hurdles, and what measures need to be strategized to help with the seamless operations of the RCM and where to focus on revenue leaks.

Breakout Session 3 B

Presenter: Jaci Kipereos COC, CPC, CDEO, CPMA, CPC-I, CEMC
Time: 2:20 PM to 3:35 PM IST | 1.25 CEUs

E/M 2021 Changes

Breakout Session 3 C

Presenter: Vatsala Muthukumaraswamy COC, CCS
Time: 2:20 PM to 3:35 PM IST | 1.25 CEUs

Untangling Sepsis Coding

When coding inpatient charts, we still have confusion regarding the correct coding for sepsis. In this presentation, we will discuss the terminologies, coding of sepsis with other infectious conditions, coding of sepsis with non-infectious coding, and coding sepsis in pregnant and newborn patients. We will discuss the clinical indicators, documentation requirements and when and how to place a query to the provider for accurate reimbursement.

Breakout Session 4 A

Presenter: Padmaja Chilaka, CPC, CPMA
Time: 3:35 PM to 4:50 PM IST | 1.25 CEUs

Telemedicine Guidelines and Impact Before and After COVID-19

Currently, coders and auditors are receiving more files related to telehealth, telephonic services, and virtual visits compared to face to face visits. This session will cover introduction to telemedicine, the confusion over when to use 95 vs GT modifier, pre- and post COVID-19 guidelines and major changes, and more.

Breakout Session 4 B

Presenter: Adilakshmi Sankara CPC, CPC-I, CIC, CPMA, CRC, CCS, AM (Australian Modification) Certified
Time: 3:35 PM to 4:50 PM IST | 1.25 CEUs

Coding Denial Management Process

This session will help coders attain a better understanding of denial management and ways to analyze the reason for denial and take correct action to prevent similar type of denials in the future. It will also help identify opportunities for additional training to clinical staff and tools required for coders to improve the coding denial management process.

Breakout Session 4 C

Presenter: Siji Susan Roy
Time: 3:35 PM to 4:50 PM IST | 1.25 CEUs

Integrated Approach, AI & HIM Coders Towards Quality of Care

Healthcare industry is constantly evolving in managing population of health and creating better patient outcomes in a cost-efficient manner using Artificial Intelligence (AI) integrated Population Health Management Solutions and Fraud, Waste and Abuse Solutions. Accurate input data sets is the key towards the success of any AI initiatives. The Insights from HIM domain experts must go hand-in-hand with the analytics in order to prevent false inferences towards quality of care and provider patient engagements. This is a different skill set than traditional coding and coding professionals must prepare themselves for this change by expanding their capabilities to work with new technology as data modellers, validators and develop sharp critical thinking and auditing skills.

Break 2

Time: 4:50 PM to 5:05 PM IST

General Session 2

Presenter: Raemarie Jimenez, Dan Schwebach, Rashid, Dr. Mohd Ali Hadi, Platinum Sponsors
Time: 5:05 PM to 6:05 PM IST | 1 CEU

Panel Discussion | Industry Trends and Q&A Session

Leverage AAPC’s First International Virtual HEALTHCON on February 27, 2021 to empower your organization’s mission, and reach out to our large community of members and key industry players - from dedicated room for exhibiting your products and communicating with attendees to space on the conference program book. Choose from three different sponsorship levels:

  • Platinum
  • Gold
  • Silver


- 3 Conference Attendee FOC & Best Available Discount on the group purchase
- Space on the Conference Program Book
- Company Logo on the AAPC India Website with Conference Product
- Company Logo on the marketing letter as “Conference Sponsored by”
- Dedicated Room During the Event for exhibiting the Products and communicating with attendee


- 2 Conference Attendee FOC & Good Discount on the group purchase
- Space on the Conference Program book
- Company Logo on the AAPC India Website with Conference Product
- Dedicated Room During the Event for exhibiting the Products & Communicating with attendee


- 1 Conference Attendee FOC & Discount on the group purchase
- Space on the Conference Program book
- Company Logo on the AAPC India Website with Conference Product
- Dedicated space at the Virtual Café room to exhibit the Product and direct communication with attendee’s

Dr. Mohd Ali Hadi

Dr. Mohd Ali Hadi

Senior Director-Training and Education

Dr. Hadi holds a bachelor’s degree in medicine and surgery from Aligarh Muslim University, India. He is a certified coder from AAPC and AHIMA and holds multiple credentials with over 18 years of experience in the healthcare industry working within all the domains such as providers, payers, Health Information System (HIS) and Revenue Cycle Management (RCM). During his career spanning almost two decades, he has worked in areas such as coding, auditing, clinical documentation improvement, training, authoring and content development. He has been associated with many organizations, including 3M, Prexus Health Partners, Zawna,Oman Insurance and Accumed Practice Management.

Raemarie Jimenez

Raemarie Jimenez


Raemarie Jimenez has 15 years of experience in the health care industry. She has worked as a billing and coding manager and medical assistant and currently manages the clinical development of the AAPC’s exams program. She served as national externship director for the AAPC’s Xtern program and as advertising coordinator. Prior to joining the AAPC, she spent many years at ConCorde Career Institute, Fla., where she served in several roles, including as an instructor for the coding and medical assistant programs. Raemarie received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Florida Atlantic University.

Michael Miscoe

Michael Miscoe


Miscoe has over 25 years of experience in healthcare coding and over 20 years as a forensic coding/compliance expert and consultant. He has provided forensic analysis and testimony as an expert witness on a wide range of coding and compliance issues in civil and criminal cases on behalf of providers and payers. Miscoe’s law practice concentrates on representation of healthcare providers involved in post-payment disputes with commercial and government payers. He has published a variety of coding, compliance and health law topics in numerous publications. He is the incoming president of the AAPC National Advisory Board, is a member of the AAPC Legal Advisory Board and is the chair of the AAPC Ethics Committee.

Rhonda Buckholtz

Rhonda Buckholtz


Buckholtz is a leading authority in managing and improving the performance of physician practices. With 30+ years of experience in healthcare, she has primarily worked in the management, compliance and reimbursement/coding sectors and has provided her insights to how physician practices can achieve operational excellence.

As a VP at AAPC, Buckholtz was responsible for developing comprehensive ICD-10 training materials ensuring AAPC membership and their employers were prepared for the monumental changes facing the industry. Buckholtz has authored numerous articles for healthcare publications and has spoken at numerous national conferences for AAPC, AMA, HIMSS, MGMA, AAO-HNS, AGA and ASOA. She is a past co-chair for the WEDI ICD-10 Implementation Workgroup, Advanced Payment Models Workgroup and has provided testimony for ICD-10 and standardization of data for NCVHS — she is also on the National Advisory Board for AAPC. Buckholtz is a John Maxwell Team Executive Director where she fulfils her life’s purpose by adding value to other people.

Jaci Kipreos

Jaci Kipreos


Kipreos has been in the field of medical coding and auditing for 29 years. She has worked in a variety of practice settings and has expertise in coding for family practice, urgent care, OB/GYN, general surgery, Medicare’s Teaching Physician Guidelines, with an emphasis on compliance with Evaluation and Management guidelines.

Kipreos has been with Practice Integrity since 2003. There she leads a group of AAPC Certified Instructors in teaching the Professional Medical Coding Curriculum. She also manages a national client list in monitoring provider documentation and performing audits for physician practices. Kipreos has been an instructor for various AAPC workshops for the past five years and is a certified ICD-10 Instructor through AAPC for both ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS. She has spoken at the annual AAPC HEALTHCON event over the past seven years as well as AAPCs regional conferences. She has provided presentations for the American Association of Nurse Practitioners state event in Virginia and for the national event for the American Association of Medical Assistants.

Robert A. Kiesecker III

Robert A. Kiesecker III


Kiesecker has more than 15 years of revenue cycle experience and several years’ experience as an instructor and auditor. As coding manager at a large cardiovascular practice in Arizona, he oversees the day-to-day operations of the coding team, and provides leadership and guidance to help the revenue stream and internal compliance. Kiesecker has spoken nationally on various medical coding topics. He has designed and implemented a leadership program to promote mentorship and growth among the local chapters of Arizona, and served as member development officer in 2017 for the Mesa, Arizona, local chapter.

Dr. Rashid Sultan Khan

Dr. Rashid Sultan Khan


Dr. Khan is a driven and compassionate healthcare professional with over 17 years of experience in fast-paced medical coding and patient account billing companies and hospital environment. As a physician-executive, he has interacted and worked with key players in healthcare sectors of UAE, KSA, Philippines and Pakistan. He was a clinician in Ophthalmology Department at the prestigious Mayo Hospital and later transitioned to healthcare management and RCM domain. He pursued MBA-Health at the esteemed Ateneo Graduate School of Business as well as obtained his CPC Certification.

Being passionate about training, learning and development, he undertook responsibility as the managing director and lead-trainer at a leading training institute in the Philippines. Over 800 coders have successfully attained certification under his mentorship. Prior to his undertaking with DHA, he was director of RCM with an RCM service-provider company. He played key role as part of the consulting project-team, engaged at multiple facilities within SEHA (Abu Dhabi).

As the pioneer president of the AAPC’s Philippines Chapter, he spearheaded the team organize “CODE-1”, AAPC’s first coding-conference in the Philippines. He has been a keynote speaker at various conferences and an “Ambassador” of Clinical Documentation Improvement and Data Integrity.

Mujeeb C Kandy

Mujeeb C Kandy


Kandy is a Health Information Management professional with 22 years of experience in the Middle East. He has established and managed HIM departments, EHR transition projects, and coding CDI and RCM programs in UAE and Qatar.

Kandy specializes in health intelligence, business analytics, clinical documentation improvements, clinical coding quality and healthcare quality and process management. He is an AHIMA-approved ICD-10-CM/PCS trainer.

Anita N Kangat

Anita N Kangat

Regional Director, AAPC

Kangat is a qualified Health Information Management professional bearing the key credentials of CHIM (CHIMA) RHIT(AHIMA) CPC-I (AAPC) with over 18 years of industry experience out of which 12 years is within the UAE itself right from the inception of DRG in Abu Dhabi. She is currently the regional director of AAPC and oversees its Middle East operations.

Vatsala Muthukumaraswamy

Vatsala Muthukumaraswamy


Muthukumaraswamy has over 14 years of experience in medical coding field with expertise in facility inpatient coding and experience in anesthesia and surgery coding. Muthukumaraswamy is responsible for client onboarding, implementation, account management, strategy and assessment, and establishing strong client/customer relationship for successful coding transitions.

Padmaja Chilaka

Padmaja Chilaka


Chilaka is a senior process trainer with over 8 years of experience in medical coding. She has expertise in Evaluation and Management physician coding. She is a certified CPMA and has been recognized for her outstanding performance as coder and auditor. Chilaka firmly believes in the saying “In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn”

Adilakshmi Sankara

Adilakshmi Sankara

CPC, CPC-I, CIC, CPMA, CRC, CCS, AM (Australian Modification) Certified

Sankara is an astute and result-oriented professional with over 24 years of experience in healthcare, medical coding, auditing, clinical documentation, education. She is proficient in managing medical coding operations and complex business models.

Sankara has experience in enhancing business processes, optimizing resource utilization, improving productivity and operational efficiencies. She has expertise in Middle East, Indian and healthcare industry across other countries. Sankara has conducted HAAD audits to various hospitals in UAE, ICD-10 & CDI workshops in HAAD, and CDI training and implementation in various hospitals in UAE and GULF.

Siji Susan Joy

Siji Susan Joy

Joy is a HIM coding professional with more than 17 years of experience in HIM domain — leading HIM coding/audit services and analytics solution projects for providers and payers of US and UAE industries. She applies the clinical coding domain expertise to identify revenue opportunities for payers and providers using HIM technology, analytics and research initiatives to improve the quality of care.

Her progressive and continuous contributions towards payment integrity audit solution/product development strategies for healthcare claims fraud and abuse detection, population health analytics and claims audit solutions to prevent re-submissions and revenue leakages, clinical data mapping projects and quality measure development, and HIM coding validation and post-payment audits have helped many organizations grow manifold. .

As a mentor and educator for clinical coding academies, she has promoted continuing education activities driven to meet the industry and project standards. Roy holds academic credentials of Masters in Science & Graduation in Physical Therapy.


  • When and where is HEALTHCON International Virtual Experience?

    February 27, 2021: Virtual – join us online!

  • Who can attend HEALTHCON International Virtual Experience?


  • How can I register?

    Register Here!

  • How much does HEALTHCON International Virtual Experience cost?

    Early Bird Registration Until Jan 12th: $100
    Standard Registration starting Jan 13th: $125
    Standard Registration starting Feb 15th: $150

  • What is included in my registration fee?

    Access to the latest updates in the industry, latest announcements from our Senior Vice President, Dan Schwebach, general sessions and selected breakout sessions, 8 CEUs, and networking opportunities.

  • The conferences is less than a week away and I still haven’t received access link. What do I do?

    Please check your SPAM mailbox. If you are still unable to locate your access link email conference@aapc.com and we will be able to get your personalized access link.

  • What are the Refund/Cancellation Policies?

    Non-refundable. All sessions will be available

  • Do I need to download software to attend the virtual event?

    You will only need a computer with a web browser (Google Chrome, Apple Safari), an Internet connection and speakers. There will be no software to purchase. Stay tuned for instructions from us on connecting to the event.

  • What are the hours of the event?

    The hours of the event can change. Check agenda on the event website for the most up to date schedule.

  • How do I earn CEUs?

    At the end of each session the speaker will provide you with a CEU code that you will put into your CEU tracker on aapc.com. You can also input this CEU code directly into AAPC’s app.

  • How do I access the conference app?

    You will receive an email a week prior to conference with instructions on how to download and access the app.

  • When are session slides available for me to download?

    One week prior to the event

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    If a session slide is not available this is because we have not yet received it from a speaker

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