Director’s note: Spotlight on NAHRI Quarterly Calls

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

by Jaclyn Fitzgerald, CHRI


NAHRI offers its members a number of benefits to promote continued learning, engaged networking, and high-level professional development. If you have yet to explore all the benefits available, we invite you to explore our website for additional information, view our online demo, and follow our Benefits Spotlight series, which begins today with a focus on our Quarterly Members-Only Calls.

NAHRI Quarterly Members-Only Calls take place on the last Tuesday of each quarter from 1‒2 p.m. Eastern and feature a variety of timely topics presented by members and non-members from across the country. Our next call takes place July 28 and we hope you are able to call in and join us. Our topic is "Coding Tips to Drive Quality and Maximize Reimbursement on your COVID-19 Claim" presented by Leigh Poland, RHIA,CCS, AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer, Executive Director, Coding Education, AGS Health in Houston, Texas.

Each call begins with an association update, making it the perfect way to stay on top of NAHRI happenings while brushing up on your professional skills. We offer one-time registration for our calls, which opts you into automated email reminders so remembering our call dates is easier than ever. There is no additional fee for these calls as they are baked right into your comprehensive NAHRI membership.

Past topics from this year include price transparency, charge reconciliation, key performance indicators (KPI), and telehealth reimbursement. If you’re ever unable to join us live, don’t worry! Following the live program, members can access a recording of the call and the full program slide deck on the NAHRI website.

In April, we welcomed Bruce Preston, CPC, director of revenue integrity for Grady Health System in Atlanta, as he walked us through the KPIs used at his facility, giving listeners insight into metrics and employee productivity measurements. Following Preston’s presentation, Joe Rivet, Esq., CCS-P, CPC, CPMA, CICA, CHRC, CHPC, CHC, CCEP, CAC, CACO, delivered a detailed overview of the Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Policy and Regulatory Revisions in Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency interim final rule. Rivet highlighted many of the waivers implemented by CMS throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and discussed how certain items or services must be coded.

Back in January, Terri Rinker, MT (ASCP), MHA, revenue cycle director at Community Hospital Anderson in Anderson, Indiana, expanded on the topic of price transparency during her presentation, explaining how laws, rules, and executive orders all tie together when healthcare organizations implement policies. Using price transparency as an example, Rinker outlined a decade of modifications, beginning with the 2010 Affordable Care Act and ending with the 2020 Outpatient Prospective Payment System final rule. Rinker’s presentation was followed by a demonstration from Debra Seyfried, MBA, CMPE, CPC-I, CPC, director of revenue integrity at Truman Medical Centers in Kansas City, Missouri. Healthcare organizations are often searching for efficient and effective charge reconciliation programs, and Seyfried took time to explain how Truman Medical Centers has excelled in this area.

As an added perk, members qualify for one Certification in Healthcare Revenue Integrity (CHRI) CEU credit upon the completion of the accompanying survey, which is linked on the final slide of the presentation materials. And while we’re on the topic of certification, NAHRI members who qualify to sit for our CHRI credential exam can save $100 on exam fees and $100 on recertification. Take a look at our CHRI Exam Handbook for additional information.

If you’re a NAHRI member and are interested in presenting on an upcoming NAHRI Quarterly Members-Only Call or have a topic you’d like to suggest we cover, please contact me at


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