Improving Coding Query Response

Wednesday, September 27th 2017

3:00pm-3:30pm EST

Who Should Attend?

If you are an HIM Director, Coding Manager, Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialist, Revenue Cycle Director, CFO, Inpatient or Outpatient Coder, or ICD-10 Trainer, then you’ll find this webinar especially useful.


1. To educate the intended audience on the impact that Post ICD-10 coding queries can have on can have on everyday coding production, consistency and compliance and reimbursement.

2. To expose coders and managers to the changing query benchmarks since 2011 compared to today’s guidelines on queries and why the process is so important.

3. To provide how-to tips for creating compliance with physicians being queried AND you will hear the physicians side of the querying from the doctors perspective, what they like and don’t like about the process, and what they would change.

Registration is Closed…Video Replay Coming Soon!

Meet the Speakers

Nandu Gourineni, MD, FACC, FSCAI 

Guest Speaker

Interventional Cardiology Consultant, Section Chief, Division of Cardiology, Southern Indiana Heart and Vascular

Nandu Gourineni, M.D. FACC, FSCAI graduated from Gandhi Medical College, India, and completed his residency at Michigan State University in internal medicine where he was awarded the “Bernard H. Smookler Outstanding Resident Award’ for the year 2007-08, and served as The Chief resident from 2008-2009. He also completed fellowships at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in heart failure/transplantation; Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan in cardiovascular disease; and Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois in interventional cardiology. In 2013, Dr. Gourineni became an Interventional Cardiology Consultant, Section Chief of the Division of Cardiology at the Southern Indiana Heart and Vascular Columbus Regional Hospital where he presently practices. His special interests include peripheral vascular disease and peripheral vascular interventions as well as coronary arterial interventions.

Dr. Gourineni has also held a membership at the American College of Cardiology council since 2015.

Marie Thomas, MHA, RHIT, CCS, CCDS, CPC-H

ECLAT Speaker

Senior Director, Coding and HIM Operations, ECLAT Health Solutions

Marie Thomas, MHA, RHIT, CCS, CCDS, CPC-H has been working with Eclat since 2008 and is also an AHIMA ICD-10 Ambassador. As a Senior Director, Coding and HIM Operations, Marie is in charge of directly supervising the US Quality Assurance (USQA)  and coding teams while effectively managing client accounts and relationships. Her role also consists of monitoring, mentoring, and maintaining the quality of our coders’ work while adhering to our clients’ specifications and coding guidelines. Marie works closely with the coding teams and updates them about any changes in the guidelines thus ensuring that our clients’ expectations are always met if not, exceeded.

With more than thirty years of career-related experience specifically focused on revenue cycle management, her diverse leadership, application, and training expertise in ICD-9, ICD-10, CPT, HCPCS and DRG, plays an essential role in Eclat’s success. Her attention to detail and flexibility for adapting to HIM changes has helped our team overcome any challenges in today’s healthcare environment.

Marie Thomas holds a Masters Healthcare Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration from Pfeiffer University in Charlotte, NC. Marie has furthered her career education by becoming an AHIMA-Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer and Ambassador as well as earning the RHIT, CCS, CCDS, and CPC-H credentials.

Leo Schafer

Master of Ceremony

Director of Healthcare Solutions, ECLAT Health Solutions & NIHA Technologies

Leo Schafer is a Clinical Documentation and Computer-Assisted Coding and Coding Services Sales Consultant with 25 years of Health Information Management Sales experience across the United States. Leo has been a guest speaker on Health Information Management at WHIMA, GHIMA, KYHIMA, IaHIMA, MNHIMA, FHIMA, CFHIMA & NEFHIMA and has been part of the AHIMA Webinar series. Leo has an IT &

Sales background and has been involved in the implementation of various HIM systems as well as managed the coding infrastructure for Coding Vendors, Small Hospitals and Large Health Systems.

Leo’s career has spanned National & Regional Sales positions with MMODAL NLU, NUANCE Speech Recognition & Natural Language Processing, DOLBEY FUSION Transcription and Speech Recognition, PLATOCODE CAC & KIWI-TEK Coding Services, Coding Systems and Audit Services.

EDUCATION: Indiana University Purdue University – Indianapolis, Indiana (IUPUI)