2018 AHIA 37th Annual Conference

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AHIA 37th Annual Conference - Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina

 

August 26-29, 2018



The Association of Healthcare Internal Auditor’s (AHIA) 37th Annual Conference offers a programmatic balance of foundational knowledge and topics that will help healthcare internal auditors prepare for the unprecedented changes evolving in the current environment of reform. The theme of this year’s conference is:  Healthcare Auditing: Weathering Change and Keeping Risks at Bay.

The conference offers seven educational tracks to choose from, so that you are able to capture the information most relevant to you. Over 75 sessions, featuring more than 100 presenters, will provide attendees with a maximum of 30 CPEs. AHIA is the only professional, specialized association for healthcare internal auditors. Our attendees come from all size organizations including hospitals, physician group practices, academic medical centers and regional and national health systems and plans. As we know all too well, navigating your way through the healthcare industry in an era of convergence and reform and change can be daunting. If you are not paying attention, you could be left behind, or worse, left out!

The AHIA Annual Conference offers healthcare internal auditing professionals the opportunity to update their knowledge base, stimulate ongoing professional growth and development and network with colleagues who share your challenges and concerns. Expect the AHIA 2018 Annual Conference in San Diego to be fun-filled, packed with information and "take-aways" for immediate application, and rich with many opportunities to network, make new friends and share your knowledge. 

The 2018 Planning Committee has been working since July 2017 to develop a program that will be interesting and addresses relevant topics facing each of us in our daily challenges. We have listened to our members’ feedback which is a driving factor in the development of this year’s program. Special thanks to our dedicated committee members, without their hard work and tireless efforts, this conference would not be possible:

Chase Whitaker, Chair
Terri Allen, Preconference
Suzanne Applegate, Special Projects
Alicia Capps, Board Liaison
Michelle Elliott, Compliance Track Leader
Katherine Fore, Information Technology & Security
Lisa Litwiller, Care Settings Track Leader
Ginger Manwell, Revenue Cycle Track Leader
Tim Marshall, Social Events
Linda McKee, Keynote Presentations
Greg Newton, Health Plan Track Leader
Jim Passey, AHIA Board Chair
Darryl Rhames, Emerging Topics & Practices
Jackye Thompson, Core Skills Track Leader

AHIA Conference Tracks

The AHIA Annual Conference features seven educational tracks to pick and choose from, in order to capture the information, skills and resources most relevant to you.

CORE SKILLS (TRACK A): The Core Skills track includes topics that will supplement the "auditor's toolkit" with fundamental audits and audit tools from a healthcare perspective. The sessions will walk us through the audit life cycle from IIA Standards overview, strategic risk assessment techniques, planning/information gathering, audit execution, healthcare industry audit tips and reports that get results.

CARE SETTINGS (TRACK B): Recent and proposed healthcare reform legislation has increased the focus on clinical quality.  This track will include topics that impact clinical quality, and increase understanding of related issues facing the healthcare industry today.

COMPLIANCE (TRACK C): The Compliance track sessions focus on increasing the healthcare auditor's understanding of compliance risk areas. Healthcare audit professionals will improve their skills in developing risk based compliance audit plans, evaluating key compliance risk areas, and identifying control improvements.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY & SECURITY (TRACK D): This track is designed to meet the needs of both the IT specialty auditors and general auditors with responsibilities for IT audit service. The track covers IT hot topics in the healthcare industry by offering technical sessions providing information on IT specific risks and controls as well as sessions on broader IT topics that will increase understanding for healthcare professionals.

REVENUE CYCLE (TRACK E): The Revenue Cycle track contains education on topics across the entire revenue cycle from charge capture to collections. Sessions included in this track vary from introductory to specialized information on a specific area of the revenue cycle. Attendees in this track will gain education that can be utilized to conduct valuable reviews in this broad category of operations.

HEALTH PLAN (TRACK F): The Health Plan track will provide insights to the risks, challenges and opportunities facing today’s internal auditor in an environment where the line between payer and provider is becoming more difficult to discern.  Whether you’re a national or regional payer or a provider that is pursuing or already implementing a health plan capability, this track will provide the new auditor and the veteran with greater understanding of payer environment vernacular, will expose you to the risks associated with health plan operations and related compliance challenges, and will enhance your ability to perform effective and efficient audits in the health plan space.

EMERGING TOPICS & PRACTICES (TRACK G): The Emerging Issues Track focuses on topics that are relevant due to current events or trends that impact healthcare.  Emerging Issues track topics may be geographically regional in nature, or more aligned with issues that pertain to specific isolated issues or risks facing healthcare organizations.  Participation in the Emerging Issues track will increase your healthcare knowledge base by zeroing in on specialty topics and issues.

Volunteer as an AHIA Conference Session Moderator

Volunteering to be an AHIA session moderator is a great way to network with your peers and further support the organization. Session moderators serve a valuable purpose by welcoming the audience and presenter(s), introducing the speaker(s), providing CPE sign-in instructions and reporting technical difficulties to the registration desk. A moderator can influence the energy in the room in how he or she introduces the speaker and the topic, welcomes the audience warmly, answers questions that may arise and makes sure the session starts smoothly and ends on time. If you would like to be a session moderator for the 2018 Conference, please call (888) 275-2442, ext. 6117 or email avanwasshnova@kellencompany.com

Continuing Professional Education Credits

AHIA is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, 150 Fourth Avenue North, Suite 700, Nashville TN, 37219-2417; 615.880.4200; www.learningmarket.org. In accordance with the standards of the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, CPE credits have been granted based on a 50-minute hour. National Registry of CPE Sponsors ID Number 103386.

 

Registration Annual Conference REGISTRATION


Conference registration fees:

PLEASE NOTE: The Early Registration deadline is Tuesday, July 10, 2018. No exceptions will be made. We encourage you to register before July 10 to ensure the best value.

Full Meeting
Before July 10, 2018
After July 10, 2018
AHIA Individual Members $995 $1,245
HCCA/ACUA Members/NEHIA Educational Conference Attendees $995 $1,245
Non-Member $1,245 $1,445
     
Group Discounts:    
Two or more registrants from the same organization will each receive a discount off of the full meeting fees. All registration forms must be submitted at the same time.
2-4 AHIA Members $955 $1,155
2-4 Non-Members $1,205 $1,405
5 or more AHIA Members $920 $1,120
5 or more Non-Members $1,170 $1,370
     
ONE-DAY Rates:    
Member $525 $525
Non-Member $610 $610
     
Preconference Workshops/Roundtables:    
ACL1: Foundations of ACL: Intermediate Concepts (lunch included) $349 $449
WS01: Auditing the Construction Lifecycle $149 $199
WS02: Leveraging the Value of Data Analytics $149 $199
EHR1: EHR Auditor User Group Workshop - Epic Focus $99 $199
WS03:Toastmasters: Presentation Skills $0 $100
     
CAE/Audit Roundtables: INVITE ONLY*    
ATTENDANCE IS COMPLIMENTARY. The roundtable format provides the opportunity to discuss common issues, share ideas and best practices and network with peers. The agenda is based upon the issues and topics submitted by the attendees in advance of the meeting. Continuing professional education (CPE) credit is provided. All roundtable events will be held on Sunday, August 26, 2018. Roundtables will be available for CAEs, IT Auditors and Managers/Directors
*To request an invitation, please complete attached form or email: mcunningham@kellencompany.com . Roundtables are limited to 20 individuals. Roundtable attendance is complimentary. Refreshments will be provided.    


How to register:

  • Register Online with a credit card. Confirmations will be sent by e-mail. Month day is the last day we are able to accept and process online registrations.
  • Fax the registration form to 720-881-6101 with payment.
  • Mail the registration form and payment to: AHIA, 10200 W 44th Ave, Suite 304, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033

Cancellations received in writing by July 16, 2018 will be issued a refund less a $50 cancellation fee. NO REFUNDS FOR CANCELLATIONS AFTER July 16, 2018. AHIA reserves the right to cancel any event due to insufficient registration or any unforeseen circumstances. In the unlikely event of cancellation, AHIA is not responsible for any costs, damages, or other expenses of any kind, including, without limitation, transportation and/or hotel costs incurred by registrant. Speakers are subject to change without notice.


Hotel Annual Conference HOTEL INFORMATION


CONFERENCE LOCATION

Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina
1380 Harbor Island Drive
San Diego, CA 92101

Reservations:

  • By Phone 888-544-2523 (reference AHIA)
  • Online

Guest Room Rate: $180 single/double, $200 triple or $220 quad per night, plus tax

Nightly Resort Charge of $14, plus tax which includes the following:

  • High Speed Internet Access (up to 7mb/s) in guestroom and lobby areas
  • Complimentary local and domestic long distance phone calls
  • Daily 1-hour access to tennis facilities
  • Daily 1-hour bicycle, non-motorized water sports rental including kayaks, paddleboards & pedal boats

To take advantage of the conference rate, you must book your room by:  August 3, 2018.

To receive special AHIA rates you must identify yourself as an AHIA Annual Conference Attendee. Please be sure to book your rooms early as we only have a certain number of rooms available at the special rate.

Check-in and Check-out

  • Check-in:             4:00 pm
  • Check-out:          12:00 pm

About the Hotel

Enjoy elegance without pretense…The Sheraton San Diego Hotel& Marina is located near city's vibrant downtown district. You'll find the hotel right on the waterfront, with stunning views of the harbor and the Bay. For those looking to explore the area, we will be in close proximity to popular attractions including the San Diego Zoo, Petco Park, and the Gaslamp Quarter. The hotel is divided between two unique tower experiences - Marina Tower and Bay Tower. You can also take advantage of the many amenities here at the hotel - from tennis courts and three swimming pools to a serene spa and more.

**Be on Constant ALERT for Housing Poachers and Data Scammers!

We continue to say “Beware!” of housing pirates and data scammers.  AHIA does NOT work with any outside companies to provide housing or book hotels for our Annual Meeting. The hotel links and contact information on our website is the only source for booking discount housing for the AHIA room block. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Travel Annual Conference TRAVEL INFORMATION


Transportation

The Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina provides complimentary San Diego airport shuttle service to/from the San Diego International Airport. The courtesy airport shuttle arrives every 20-25 minutes from 4:45am - 1am, seven days a week. If you are arriving in San Diego, see below for Terminal 1 & 2 shuttle pickup instructions.
Parking is available with rates of $32 for self-parking and $40 for overnight valet parking.

Travel Discounts

AHIA is managed by The Kellen Company. Kellen is an Association Management Company with a portfolio of Trade Associations and Professional Societies.
Kellen has partnered with several vendors and has extended their special discounts with AHIA. This will provide AHIA members and conference attendees with significant savings and benefits as well as negotiated rates. We encourage you to enroll in either Avis®, Budget® or Delta Airlines®! Discount codes can be found below:

Airlines

Delta Air Lines is offering special discounted airfares to Kellen association clients for both domestic and International travel. Discounts vary, depending on the class of ticket purchased, up to 10% off the fare for domestic travel.
 
*Please note the following:

  • The same code will now be used for both Domestic and International flights.
  • Not all fares are eligible for a discount; fare rules determine eligibility.
  • Discounts vary, depending on the class of ticket purchased, and apply to round trip travel only.
  • Not valid with other discounts, certificates, coupons or promotional offers.
  • To take advantage of these Travel Discounts for both domestic and international travel:
    • Visit the www.delta.com web site and click the Advanced Search link.
    • Complete the required fields, and enter meeting code "NMRCL".
    • You may also call Delta Meeting Network® Reservations at 1.800.328.1111. (Please use the same phone number to make changes to an existing Delta Meetings Network reservation.)
    • On the Search Results page, verify the discount is applied.

AHIA Car Rental Partners:

AHIA is managed by The Kellen Company. Kellen is an Association Management Company with a portfolio of Trade Associations and Professional Societies.

Kellen has partnered with Avis Budget Group as their primary car rental vendors and has extended their special discounts with AHIA. This will provide AHIA with significant savings and benefits as well as negotiated rates. We encourage you to enroll in either Avis®, Budget® or both! Discount codes can be found below:

AVIS Worldwide Discount (AWD)    
D619101 (negotiated insurances are not included)

Budget Corporate Discount (BCD)
D958401 (negotiated insurances are not included)

Using the Discount  
First, create an Avis or Budget account. For this you'll need your driver's license and credit card ready. You can rent a car without an account, but you'll lose the benefit of skipping the counter.

If you already have a profile, add Kellen's discount codes, D619101 for AVIS Wizard and D958401 for Budget Fastbreak, to your account to receive the rates and benefits Kellen has already negotiated on your behalf. Negotiated insurances are not included.

Detailed instructions on how association members can enroll in Avis can be found here and instructions for enrolling in Budget can be found here.

Making a Reservation
To make a reservation visit www.avis.comor www.budget.com. Your profile is tied to the Kellen program and will give you the rates and benefits that have been negotiated by Kellen. If lower promotional rates are available, they will automatically provide those. If you did not create a profile with Avis or Budget add the discount code to the reservation by using the drop down box.

Detailed instructions on how to make a reservation with Avis can be found here and instructions for Budget can be found here. You can also book and manage your rentals on your smartphone using the Avis and Budget apps.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AHIA CPEContinuing Professional Education Credits:
AHIA is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credits. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, 150 Fourth Avenue North, Suite 700, Nashville TN, 37219-2417; 615.880.4200; www.learningmarket.org. In accordance with the standards of the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, CPE credits have been granted based on a 50-minute hour. National Registry of CPE Sponsors ID Number 103386.