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Virtual Conference

2021 Healthcare Documentation Integrity Virtual Conference (HDIVC21)

All Education
72 Hours


Tag: HDIVC21


Welcome to AHDI's 43rd Annual Conference. We're glad you're here to join us virtually!

The virtual platform provides an interactive experience for participants with live and on-demand educational sessions, discussion forums, live chats with presenters, access to virtual chat, live meet-ups, and so much more. In addition, busy professionals and students will have the convenience and flexibility to access the conference on their own time from anywhere – live as well as on-demand for three (3) months following the event.

Click individual tabs above to see and view the schedule-at-a-glance and continuing education credits offered, and to learn more about the presenters. Still have questions? Our contact information is at the bottom of this page. We're happy to assist you!


Full Conference Registration

Wednesday - Saturday, August 4-7, 2021. Your full registration includes:

AHDI Student or Postgraduate Members

AHDI Members*

List Price

Educational Sessions

Early Rate
5/1/21 to 5/31/21




Live Magic Show *sponsored by CanScribe

Keynote Presentation

Regular Rate
6/1/21 to 6/30/21




Integrity Awards

Live Meetup with Virtual Exhibitors


Daily Social Activities and Prize Drawings

 Onsite Rate
7/1/21 to event





Danielle Alexander, M.A., PPA's Profile

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South Hills High School

Danielle Alexander is a school counselor at South Hills High School in West Covina, California. This is her 15th year counseling in the high school setting, and she has helped thousands of students through challenging life trials to become healthy and successful young adults. She earned her B.A. in Communications & Psychology from California State University, Fullerton, and her M.A. in Educational Counseling at Azusa Pacific University. She is passionate about helping teenagers find their voice and purpose and encouraging them to have fun experiences along the way. 

Caleb P. Bupp, MD, FACMG's Profile

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Spectrum Health West Michigan and Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital

Caleb Bupp, MD, FACMG, is pediatrics-trained, board-certified medical geneticist practicing with Spectrum Health West Michigan and Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He serves as the Division Chief of Medical Genetics and Genomics. He is also an assistant professor at Michigan State University, where he was named a Pediatric Master Series Teacher. He is the chairperson of the Genomics Committee at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital and the Spectrum Health Institutional Biosafety Committee, as well as serving on the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Research Advisory Council. He is the chair of the State of Michigan’s Newborn Screen Quality Assurance Advisory Committee and a member of the Make-A-Wish Medical Advisory Council for the State of Michigan. 

Dr. Bupp received his bachelor of science in molecular biology from Grove City College in Grove City, Pennsylvania, and his medical degree from the University of Toledo College of Medicine in Ohio. He completed a pediatrics residency at the University of Louisville in Kentucky and his medical genetics training at the Greenwood Genetic Center in South Carolina.
His clinical interests include intellectual disability, genetics education, and rare syndromes. He has authored multiple journal articles and textbook chapters in the field of genetics. Recently, he helped describe a new treatable genetic syndrome caused by ODC1 mutations now termed Bachmann-Bupp syndrome. He has been an invited speaker for many conferences and events locally and nationally. 

Stephen D. Cohle, MD's Profile

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Chief Medical Examiner of Kent County

Stephen D. Cohle, MD, is a board-certified Forensic Pathologist in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and serves as the Chief Medical Examiner of Kent County. Dr. Cohle has over 44 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from the University of Missouri School of Medicine. 

Stacy Collins's Profile

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AQuity Solutions, LLC

Described as "passionate" by many of her co-workers, Stacy Collins brings more than 25 years' experience in the healthcare documentation and transcription industry. Beginning as a transcriptionist herself, she shares not only from a background of industry experience but also from her personal experience of constantly learning and growing to fit within an ever-changing trade. Stacy has served in many operational roles during her career, the last several years focusing on transcription and document preparation services in medicolegal and legal markets globally. She currently serves as Director of International Operations at AQuity Solutions. Her favorite part of every role has been the opportunity to dive in and become a subject matter expert in whatever new niche comes along, then share her own passion for learning through teaching and mentoring others.

Jill Devrick's Profile

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3M Health Information Systems

Jill Devrick has developed, implemented, and supported 3M healthcare documentation software for over 25 years and is a past president of AHDI’s National Leadership Board. She is currently a product owner on the 3M CDI development team, and her team focuses on physician workflows for query delivery and response via 360 Encompass MD and Advanced Query Messenger.

George C. Fogg, MD, PhD's Profile

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Helen DeVos Children's Hospital

Dr. George Fogg is a board-certified Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and has over 23 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from Washington University Medical School in St Louis in 1998 and completed his pediatric residency training at the same institution in 2001. He completed pediatric infectious diseases fellowship training at the University of Michigan in 2004. He is affiliated with Helen DeVos Children's Hospital.

Shawna Hansen, M.A., PPS's Profile

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South Hills High School

Shawna Hansen has been working at South Hills for seventeen years. She started as an English teacher for nine years and has been a school counselor for the past eight years, currently holding the position of Head Counselor. She received her B.A. in English at California State University, Fullerton, and her M.A. in Education and PPS Credential from Azusa Pacific University. She enjoys working with students to help them recognize their potential and make tangible plans for the future. She has a son who will be starting high school in the fall and understands the importance of helping children navigate and process the impact the pandemic has on their lives.

Sasha Heflin, H.A., MFT, PPS's Profile

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South Hills High School

Sasha Heflin has worked in education since 2012, first as a district mental health services coordinator, responsible for the development and implementation of mental health services throughout the district, and now as a school counselor at South Hills High School. He received his B.S. in Psychology at the University of La Verne, M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy, and a school counseling certification from the Phillips Graduate Institute. With over 15 years of experience in the mental health field as a personal therapist, life coach and counselor, Sasha has implemented many programs, parent trainings, and prevention programs for our community. His passion has always been to help others achieve personal and relational wellness through healing their past traumas and helping individuals realize personal goals related to resiliency, growth, and interpersonal relations. 

Cathy Kemper-Pelle, EdD's Profile

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Rogue Community College

Dr. Cathy Kemper-Pelle is the president of Rogue Community College, where she has served since 2016. She began her post-secondary education at a community college and was able to complete multiple college degrees and rise through the leadership ranks despite many personal roadblocks along the way. As a result of her journey and need to build her own resilience, she is committed to ensuring RCC offers clear pathways to careers and academic transfer programs, extensive support services to help students overcome barriers, and a growth mindset framework to help students understand their own potential and achieve their dreams. 

In addition to serving as a college president, Dr. Kemper-Pelle is an entrepreneur and a Professor of Practice in the John E. Roueche Community College Leadership Program at Kansas State University. She and her husband Rob have 5 children, 5 grandchildren, and 2 new puppies.

Susan M. Lucci, RHIA, CHPS, CHDS, AHDI-F's Profile

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Senior Privacy and Security Consultant


Susan Lucci is the Privacy Officer and Senior Privacy/Security Consultant for tw-Security. She is a past national president and Fellow of the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI). Susan authored AHDI’s HIPAA Compliance Guide & Quick Reference (2017) and contributed to AHIMA’s Breach Management Toolkit (2018). Her experience leading healthcare initiatives in privacy and security has spanned over 15 years. Prior to that, Susan has 15 years’ experience in acute care and behavioral health hospital Health Information Management (HIM) departments. Susan is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and is a member of their HIM advisory board.

Alexis Mele, M.A., NCC, PPS's Profile

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South Hills High School

Alexis Mele is a school counselor at South Hills High School in West Covina, California. She has been a school counselor for 8 years, starting off her career as a mobile therapist and elementary school counselor in Central Bucks School District in Pennsylvania. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Rider University. She is a certified and credentialed school counselor in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and California. At South Hills, Alexis has worked to create a wellness center on South Hill’s campus and a peer counseling program to support the mental health/wellness needs of students. She is also a certified Youth Mental Health First Aid instructor and a registered yoga teacher and SEL facilitator.

Kevin R. Nelson, MD's Profile

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University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital

Dr. Kevin Nelson is a neuromuscular neurologist in Lexington, Kentucky, and is affiliated with University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital. He received his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, and is board certified by the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology, and Neuromuscular Medicine. He spends a lot of his time teaching residents how to perform and interpret nerve conduction studies and EMG. He is a noted expert on therapeutic botulinum toxin injection. Dr. Nelson is also very active in hospital administration. Currently, his research is centered on the expressions of REM consciousness. He has authored many articles and books, including “The Spiritual Doorway in the Brain: A Neurologist's Search for the God Experience.”

Andrea Raap, JD, CHC's Profile

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Spectrum Health

Andrea Raap is a licensed attorney in the state of Michigan. She received her Juris Doctorate from Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School, where she completed a concentration in Healthcare Compliance and Risk. She has worked at Spectrum Health since 2016, working in Compliance. She has led multiple accreditation and certification surveys for this organization. Andrea has also been a member of the Healthcare Compliance Association since 2017. 

Lea M. Sims, AHDI-F's Profile

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Lea is the Marketing Strategy Lead for Verizon’s Healthcare, Insurance and Life Sciences (HILS) practice, overseeing healthcare messaging, marketing and thought leadership in support of Verizon’s enterprise business group. She has spent ten years at Verizon as a healthcare industry subject matter expert, strategist, and content developer. Lea works with Verizon’s healthcare practice principals, sales leaders, product development teams, and solution architects to advance Verizon’s connected solutions value to enterprise customers and partners. She also oversees the company’s strategic alliances with HIMSS, American Telemedicine Association, Advisory Board and other healthcare industry influencer organizations.

From 2002-2011, Lea was Director of Professional Practices for the Association for Healthcare Documentation (AHDI), overseeing practitioner certification, continuing education, legislative advocacy, and marketing strategy for the association's 20,000+ global professional members. She was Editor-in-Chief of the association’s two clinical/technical journals and authored the Book of Style for Medical Transcription, 3rd edition, the standards manual used by clinical documentation specialists globally. She has been a credentialed documentation specialist since 1995 and spent the first ten years of her career in acute care clinical documentation as owner/operator of AccuTranz Medical Transcription Svcs. She also taught anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, and medicolegal fundamentals as an allied health professor for Florida State College at Jacksonville. Lea lives in Green Cove Springs, Florida, with her firefighter/paramedic husband and three kids.

Deepak Talreja, MD, FACC's Profile

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Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital

Deepak Talreja, MD, a Virginia Beach native, completed his undergraduate education (1993) and medical school at the University of Virginia (1997). He completed an Internal Medicine residency at Vanderbilt University in Nashville (2000) and a Clinical Cardiology Fellowship (2003), as well as an Interventional Cardiology Fellowship (2004) at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He is the director of the cardiovascular division and cardiac catheterization laboratory at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital and helped start the Structural Heart program at Sentara Heart Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia. He serves on the faculty of Eastern Virginia Medical School. He is also the director of the Sentara Cardiology Lipid Clinic. His special medical interests include transcatheter valve replacement, coronary revascularization, and closure of patent foramen ovale. He has extensive training and expertise in echocardiography, nuclear imaging, valvular heart disease, and preventative cardiology.

Meridith Walsh's Profile

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AQuity Solutions, LLC

In her six years at AQuity Solutions Meridith Walsh has quickly become an expert in creative workflows, system and process development, and unique customer solutions. As Director of Domestic Operations, together with a global workforce, she spearheaded the launch of the nationwide rollout of AQuity’s Document Preparation business unit, which currently processes over 11 million pages of electronically sorted files per month. Learning the ropes in acute care documentation management, Meridith was able to grow a foundational knowledge base of production methods and platform technologies and then apply these to the medicolegal world. Quick to learn and assess the need of our customers, this adaptability proved key to the transition into her role as leader of a budding this new service line. 

CEC Policy

The 2021 Healthcare Documentation Integrity Virtual Conference (HDIVC21) has been approved for 12.5 CECs for the 4-day conference.  You will receive a certificate for each credit-worthy session once you have viewed 85% or more, whether live or on-demand after the conference.  If you are unable to attend the live sessions, the recordings will be available for 3 months following the conference.


AHDI Virtual Conference FAQs

Q.  When is the virtual conference?
A.  The virtual conference will be held over 4 days, August 4-7, 2021. See schedule details here!

Q.  What will the price be for the virtual conference?
A.  See pricing information here.

Q.  Can I register for a single day or single session?
A.  Single days or single sessions are not available a la carte; however, your full registration gives you access to all sessions during the live event on August 4-7, 2021, as well as on-demand access for 3 months immediately following.

Q.  How do I attend a virtual conference?
A.  Enjoy the conference from any computer (PC or Mac), tablet, or smartphone using a link provided by AHDI. Click here for more information on minimum specs needed to view. We recommend the latest version of Google Chrome as your internet browser.

Q.  Will I need a webcam to participate?
A.  A webcam is not required for attendees. You will be able to see our speakers and presenters who will be using webcams.

Q.  What if I can’t make one of the live sessions?
A.  All sessions will be recorded and available to you for 3 months immediately following the event to view on-demand.

Q.  What if I have technical difficulty?
A.  Please see our technical FAQs here.  Live phone and email help desk support will be available throughout the conference in case you run into any technical issues.

Q.  How many continuing education credits will be available?
A.  We currently anticipate a total of 12.5 CECs.  Certificates will be available to print upon completion of each session.

Q.  How long is each session?
A.  Each session will last approximately 60 minutes.  Check out the Schedule at a Glance and Speaker Bios – both are being updated frequently!

Q.  Will I be able to ask the speakers and presenters questions?
A.  Absolutely!  During the live event, you will be able to post questions and/or comments to the speakers, presenters and attendees who have joined the session. Everyone joining live will be able to view and interact. This feature will not be available on the recording if viewing on-demand so do your best to join us live!

Q.  Will I be able to meet and interact with other attendees during the virtual conference?
A.  Absolutely!  Once registered, you’ll be able to communicate via the conference forum as well as via chat within each session at the designated social time. You will also see and meet new people during the social activities scheduled at the end of each day and meet with the exhibitors. 

Q. What are the social activities?
A. The social activities are live events held at the end of each day. Details for each are being finalized and we will make announcements along the way. You won’t want to miss them as they will include fun activities and prizes!

Q.  Can I participate with a group of friends?
A.  You are welcome to view the conference with a group, but we ask that each participant have their own registration. A participant of the group may contact AHDI with an attendance list for the CECs to be marked on the individual accounts.

Q.  I’m afraid I’ll miss the fun of not being face-to-face. What can I expect?
A.  We will still be coming to you live for our Integrity Awards Ceremony, AHDI leadership updates, and scheduled social activities!  We’re re-inventing fun!

Q.  Will there be sponsors and exhibitors participating in the virtual conference?
A.  Yes, we couldn’t make this possible without the support of our sponsors who are displayed before, during and after the event. You will also find our exhibitors on our website and on the Virtual Exhibitors tab within the platform. You will hear from them in-between sessions, with an option to connect with them further if you wish. If you or someone you know may be interested, please have them contact us at

Q.  I still have questions, who should I contact?
A.  Please contact us at and we’d be happy to help answer any questions you have.

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