AAHIM Southern Coding Symposium

Friday, July 10, 2020

8:30 AM - 3:45 PM CT


7:45 – 8:25 AM - Sign-in/Light Breakfast


8:25 – 8:30 AM - Welcome


8:30 – 9:30 AM - National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) Overview
Karen Northcutt, BS, RN, COC



  • Know what the initiative means and the reasons behind the NCCI
  • Know the basic rationale for specific NCCI targeted areas
  • Know the correct modifiers to use when faced with a procedure to procedure code pair edit
  • Understand the differences between CCI, MUE and frequency edits
  • Understand whose responsibility it is within the organization for application of modifiers


CEU - Data Structure, Content and Information Governance


9:30 – 10:30 AM - I-10 Specifics
Laura Little


CEU - Data Structure, Content and Information Governance


10:30 – 10:45 AM - Break


10:45 – 11:45 AM - TBA

Leah Ainsworth


11:45 – 12:30 PM - Lunch


12:30 – 1:30 PM - ICD-19 2020 Updates


CEU - Data Structure, Content and Information Governance


1:30 – 2:30 PM - Evaluation and Management Changes 2021

Tammie Lunceford, CMPE, CPC


Outpatient new and established office visits have been coded using history, exam and medical decision-making for more than 25 years. In 2021, the guidelines will change. Learn the new guidelines documentation changes and workflow changes.


CEU - Data Structure, Content and Information Governance


2:30 – 2:45 PM - Break


2:45 – 3:45 PM - The Superheroes of Health Care

Kerry Flowers, MS


Returning sick patients back to health truly requires a team effort in today's complex health care environment. By accurately determining crucial information that helps both the patient and the health care entity to which they belong, coders play a critical role on the team. Some might say they are SUPERHEROES!




Karen Northcutt, BS, RN, COC


Karen M. Northcutt, BSRN, COC is the co – founder and Executive Vice President of Medical Management Plus, Inc. (“MMP, Inc.”), Birmingham, Alabama. MMP, Inc has been in business since 1989 providing healthcare consulting services. Prior to co-founding MMP, Inc., she was a registered nurse with experience in medical / surgical and urgent care nursing. Karen earned her bachelors degree in Nursing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in 1984.


Ms. Northcutt directs all revenue integrity services including charging, billing, clinical composition audits, HCPCS/CPT/ICD-10 coding, Charge Description Master Reviews, medical record documentation audits, UB04 audits and Corporate Compliance consulting projects. Ms. Northcutt has worked primarily with acute care facilities throughout the Southeast ranging in size from 35 to 902 staffed beds and representing not-for-profit, for-profit corporations, major teaching, general and tertiary provider status.


Ms. Northcutt assisted the Alabama Hospital Association in establishing and facilitating the Revenue Integrity Committee (RIC) in 2002. In this capacity Ms. Northcutt assists the Alabama Hospital Association in facilitating the statewide Revenue Integrity Committee in identifying common reimbursement issues and clarification of billing / documentation guidelines with Alabama's MAC, Palmetto Government Benefit Administrators (GBA), Medicaid of Alabama, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama and select Medicare Advantage Plans. In this capacity as a provider representative, Karen presents issues and facilitates discussion and promotes resolution with representatives of the major payers in the state of Alabama.




Amy has been a coder for over 25 years with her most recent position being held at Change Healthcare as the facility coding services line manager.

She has many years of experience in several different areas of coding and serves as an interim instructor. Amy has owned and operated her own medical billing and coding company, Gulf Coast HIM Solutions located in Mobile, Alabama. Amy shares her expertise in publications and as a lecturer at conferences such as HEALTHCON and Coding-Con for the Coding Institute. Amy has served as the President, Vice President, Member Development and Education Officer for her local Mobile, Alabama AAPC chapter. She is also serving a consecutive term as the Treasurer of our local SAAHIM chapter.


Tammie Lunceford, CMPE, CPC


Tammie Lunceford serves Warren Averett as a dental and healthcare consultant. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Health Administration from UAB in 1995. Tammie is a Certified Medical Practice Executive, CMPE, Certified Professional Coder, CPC and registered with the American Society of Pathology as a medical laboratory technician, collectively bringing her clinical and administrative experience to more than 25 years. Tammie was formerly the Director of Primary Care University of Alabama Health Services Foundation and Director of Business Operations Urology Centers of Alabama. She has served in an Administrator or Director role in multiple specialties, with health systems, private practice, and medical management organizations. Tammie serves medical and dental practices by evaluating scheduling, patient flow, operational efficiencies, revenue cycle management, and EMR selection process and planning. In addition, she has experience with the Merit Based Incentive Program. Throughout this past year held workshops for Alabama MGMA State Conferences and regional workshops across Florida and Alabama, including the Medical Association for the State of Alabama.


Kerry Flowers, MS


Kerry is an author, speaker and consultant from Fairhope, AL. Kerry started his career in physical therapy (MSPT '92) where he was director of rehabilitation for UAB Sports Medicine until 2001. From 2001 – 2005 he worked at Thomas Hospital where he managed Therapy Services and the Wellness Center. When Thomas became a part of Infirmary Health System, Kerry expanded his role to system wide therapy services, then Organizational Development and Customer Service where he served as VP for 6 years. During his time at Infirmary, Kerry and his team were recognized for creating their in-house leadership program which was featured by Emergenetics International as a Leadership Best Practice Award. Their Customer Service Program, DUO which stands for Do Unto Others, won a Bright Idea Award from VHA Southeast. His team started the inaugural iHELP Community Program where Infirmary Health system formally organized its efforts to be a community partner in the greater Mobile area. Since leaving Infirmary, Kerry started Flowers Consulting Group and wrote two books. The Soul of Business is a how to guide for creating and sustaining a high-performance culture in your business. His second book, The Go Fish Project, is a 40-day spiritual journey which encourages small groups of people to unite and impact their surrounding community. Kerry consults with individual leaders to large companies to inspire their leaders to inspire others. He believes that leadership is key to the development of culture—which in turn dictates the health of organization.



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Continuing Education

CEUs: 6.0


During the week following the meeting, all paid attendees will receive an email with a link to the online evaluation and a CE certificate.


Member: $135


Non-Member: $160


Student: $60


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