SCHIMA | 2020 Virtual Fall Session

Sessions include: Successfully Appealing Clinical Validation and Coding in Malnutrition; OCR Update on HIPAA Policy and Enforcement; and COVID-19 Response: Emerging Best Practices for Health

To continue with social distancing guidelines and to respect the health needs for all of our SCHIMA members and non-members seeking education from SCHIMA this is the first of our virtual education events for 2020. All SCHIMA education will be virtual through 2020 and potentially first quarter of 2021 and in-person events will be considered once health authorities advise meetings are safe to hold.

SCHIMA has also embarked on a new affiliation agreement with AHDAM – Association for Healthcare Denial and Appeal Management. To learn more about AHDAM, please follow this link.

AHDAM has agreed to provide a series of educational topics aimed at intermediate and advanced coders and billers in inpatient settings beginning in October with this first session and ending in March of 2021. AHDAM leadership will present each session and all sessions will be AHIMA approved and session 1 is also approved by NAHRI and ACDIS.


Session 1

Topic: Successfully Appealing Clinical Validation and Coding in Malnutrition

Denial of the malnutrition diagnosis code by a payer on a submitted claim can result in a lower-weighted DRG which translates to a lower than expected payment to the provider. Launching a successful appeal for this type of denial requires detailed insight into the coding rules and clinical validation standards that support the appropriate assignment of the malnutrition diagnosis. This 90-minute webinar will describe the current state of medical insurance denials being issued for coding and clinical validation of the malnutrition diagnosis on the inpatient hospital claim. The presenters will discuss successful appeal strategies from a coding and clinical validation standpoint.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand common denial rationale.
  • Recognize the differences between coding and clinical denials for malnutrition.
  • Discover successful strategies to compose winning appeals when the Malnutrition diagnosis is denied, even though you got it right.

CEU: 1.5 – Revenue Cycle Management

Date Published:

October 8, 2020

Verisma is sponsoring our additional 3 sessions for the SCHIMA 2020 Virtual Fall Session. There is one additional step to access these three recorded sessions after your paid SCHIMA registration is received. You will receive the website link and must enter your name and email address to access the recordings from Verisma and to receive the CEU form for the three sessions. You will have up to 60 days to access and playback the AHDAM and Verisma sessions from October 8th.

Session 2

Topic: OCR Update on HIPAA Policy and Enforcement

Timothy Noonan, Deputy Director for Health Information Privacy at the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR), highlights

recent COVID-19 and HIPAA-related bulletins, reinforces the importance of advancing the Individual Right of Access and discusses OCR’s Right of Access Initiative.

CEU: 1.0 – Information Protection: Access, Disclosure, Archival, Privacy and Security

Session 3

Topic: COVID-19 Response: Emerging Best Practices for Health – Part 1

Information Disclosure Management

Health information access and disclosure management practices are impacted by the urgent need to distance workers, modify access processes, and innovate to maintain and improve services. This webinar brings together the lessons being learned in real-time by health systems across the country.

CEU: 1.0 – Organizational Management and Leadership

Session 4

Topic: COVID-19 Response: Emerging Best Practices for Health – Part 2

Information Disclosure Management

This webinar focuses on health information access and disclosure management practices, including release of information, and how they are impacted by the urgent need to distance workers, modify access processes, and innovate to maintain and improve services. Participants will learn about steps they should be taking now and what risks they should be planning for to ensure workforce and level of service during a time of extreme disruption.

CEU: 1.0 – Organizational Management and Leadership



AHDAM Registrants – contact AHDAM directly [email protected] for any additional CEU forms for NAHRI or ACDIS.


Denise Wilson, MS, RN, RRT

Denise serves as the Senior Vice President at Denial Research Group – AppealMasters. Denise is also President of The Association for Healthcare Denial and Appeal Management. Denise is a Registered Respiratory Therapist, Registered Nurse, and holds a Master’s degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Illinois, Springfield.

Denise has over thirty years of experience in healthcare, including clinical management, education, compliance, and appeal writing.

Denise has extensive experience as a Medical Appeals Expert and has personally managed hundreds of Medicare, Managed Medicare, and Commercial appeal cases and presented hundreds of cases at the Administrative Law Judge level. Denise is a nationally known speaker and dynamic educator on Medicare and Commercial appeals processes, payer behaviors, standards of care, appeal template development, and building a road map to drive the payer to a decision in the provider’s favor. She has educated thousands of healthcare professionals around the country in successfully overturning medical care denials. Denise’s special area of expertise is in writing and producing successful appeals.

Malissa Powers, B.S., RHIT, CCS, CDIP CICA

Malissa has 20 plus years of experience in the Health Information Management field.

She has worked in multiple capacities within the HIM profession to include years of management and leadership experience. 

She has over 12 years of teaching experience in her field.  Malissa has successfully authored hundreds of coding appeals at all levels including ALJ overturns.  She has authored several articles related to denials and appeal writing for organizations such as the HFMA, and AHIMA along with other various webinars.


SCHIMA/AHIMA Member: $35
NAHRI Member: $35
ACDIS Member: $35
AHDAM Member: $35
Non-Member: $45


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