Steering Committee Members
Keith Stokes, MD, AIHCD® - Chair
Dr. Keith I. Stokes is a board certified physician with a diverse career that includes experience as a clinic medical director, hospital chief of staff, hospitalist, consultant and physician advisor. Dr. Stokes is a graduate of Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. He completed internship and a residency in Family Medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi. Dr. Stokes has served as a consultant for numerous hospitals, primarily focused in the areas of utilization management and clinical documentation improvement.
Dr. Stokes is a member of the Society of Hospital Medicine and the American College of Physician Advisors.
Betty B. Bibbins, MD, BSN, CHC, C-CDI, CPEHR, CPHIT
Dr. Bibbins, a Physician with a background in Nursing, is certified in Healthcare Compliance, Clinical Documentation Improvement, Electronic Health Records, and Health Information Technology. Dr. Bibbins has had over 35 years of healthcare experience as an educator, clinician, and administrator. She has presented at numerous conferences and written many articles regarding physician documentation improvement.
Dr. Bibbins focus is on the needs of Physicians, Nurses, and HIMs in the providing of healthcare, and the Hospitals that depend on clinical documentation to capture appropriate levels of service, severity of illness, third party reimbursements, maintain Compliance, prepare for the Electronic Medical Record, prepare for increasing standards for the utilization-of-healthcare services, Medical Cost Recovery, and prepare for “Quality-of-Care”
AIHCD® - Vice Chair
Nicole Harper is currently the Director of Training & Development/Process Improvement & Clinical Documentation Integrity at St. Vincent Health in Indianapolis, Indiana. Dr. Harper has over 20 years of experience in the health care field. She holds certifications as a Registered Health Information Administrator, Certified Coding Specialist-Physician Office, Clinical Documentation Improvement and is an AHIMA Approved ICD-10 Trainer.
James Lawlor, DO, FACOI
Dr. Jim Lawlor is a board certified Internist with an extensive background in hospital medicine. Currently, he is an Executive Health Physician at The Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. His role with the medical center also includes serving as the Assistant Medical Director of Utilization Management.
In his role with the Utilization Management department, he performs case reviews of medical appropriateness of observation/inpatient stays (often including secondary reviews of in-house physician advisor determinations) and supports the revenue cycle, MIM, and Case Management departments. Handling appeals with third party payors and education of the faculty/house staff are ongoing duties as well.
Dr. Lawlor has served in various leadership and consulting roles over his 15 years of clinical experience. He currently serves on the Compliance Committee, Clinical Resource Utilization Committee, and OSUCOM’s Admissions Committee. He currently holds the title of Assistant Clinical Professor with The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine, and Kansas City University of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
Glenn A. Krauss, RHIA, BBA, CCS, CCS-P, CPUR, CCDS, C-CDI
Glenn Krauss is a seasoned consultant in the Revenue Cycle and Health Information Management field with a passion for improving clinical documentation in all settings of the healthcare delivery system, – Glenn has more than 15 years experience in the healthcare industry as a consultant and has held various staff positions in numerous healthcare systems, including Revenue Systems Manager, Data Quality Manager, Director of Health Information Management, and Director of Case Management and Revenue Enhancement. His business background in and experience as a practicing coder and as a consultant in Clinical Documentation Improvement, medical necessity education for physicians with a focus upon the impact to the physician’s practice of medicine, MS-DRGs, ICD-9-CM, Chargemaster, Billing, APCs and CPT-4 coding enable him to effectively combine a working knowledge of hospital management with the importance of a functioning and effective Health Information Management Department.
He currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Association for Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists. Glenn also has extensive experience in teaching physiology, surgical procedures and the rationale of therapeutic treatments with ICD-9 and CPT coding. His ability to help others conceptualize such complex medical, billing and clinical documentation issues have proved successful in both quality issues as well as reimbursement. Rounding out Glenn’s accomplishments has been numerous speaking engagements at different professional association meetings such as national and state level HFMA, Maryland AAHAM, Association for Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists, and teleconferences that include AHIMA, Lorman Educational Services, HCPRO and Health Care Compliance Strategies. He has written extensively on subject matter content of clinical documentation improvement, medical necessity and clinical accuracy in coding in publications such as HCPRO, Health Leaders, and Physician News.
Cynthia Compton is a consultant in the Revenue Cycle and Health Information Management field with more than 15 years’ experience in the healthcare industry both as a consultant and various staff positions in a healthcare system. Ms. Compton has extensive experience with working with Medical Staffs and ancillary staff to understand DRG methodology and the importance of documentation in the medical record.
Ms. Compton organized a team to work with medical necessity issues within a 3 hospital system recovering more than $100,000 in the first year alone. This effort included implementation of process systems and the development of an effective appeal process. Ms. Compton’s areas of expertise include: Clinical Coding Reviews, Clinical Coder education, Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists education and training, and Clinical education and Training in Medical Necessity. Necessity Issues.
Gerrie James has 30 years of nursing experience and has aligned her medical/surgical/oncology and labor/delivery clinical expertise with other areas unique to health care. Over the past ten years, Ms. James has focused much of her time in the Corporate Compliance arena. Gerrie’s combination of clinical and coding expertise, has allowed her the opportunity to partner with clinicians at the point of care, all the while introducing them to the complexity of medical necessity documentation and the inpatient and outpatient coder’s world.
Gerrie received her BSN from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, and her MSN from San Diego State University, San Diego, CA. She is a member of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), the California Health Information Association (CHIA), the Association of Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists (ACDIS), the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordinators (AANAC) and the Association for Integrity in HealthCare Documentation (AIHCD). Gerrie is a Certified Coding Specialist (CCS), a Resident Assessment Coordinator-Certified (RAC-CT), a Certified Professional in Utilization Review (CPUR), has a Legal Nurse Consultant Certificate, an ICD-10 CM/PCS Trainer and a Certified Compliance Professional (CCP).
Sylvia Dianne Reimann nursing career spans over 40 plus years. She has been an active educator in the nursing profession for more than 40 years. Most recently she was an Emeritus Associate Professor of Nursing, at Tidewater Community College in Portsmouth, Va. She was responsible for Didactic Content, College Lab and Clinical rotations for freshmen students in following subject areas: Nursing Fundamentals, Physical Assessment, Pharmacology, Medical Nursing I, Maternity Nursing, Psychiatric Nursing. She also was responsible for development and implementation of LPN Nursing Transition Course 2008 and held the title of Curriculum Chairperson. Dianne has experience in the implementation of organization policies, development of staff educational programs, and evaluation of patient care.
She is currently the Strategic Planning Committee Chairperson of Eastern Shore Rural Health Board of Directors and has participated in the National Symposium of Home Health Nurses and Educational Training committee of Ohio Department of Mental Health. Dianne has conducted and published research on forensic hospital patients and attention deficit order through her master thesis at Wright State University. She is currently a member the Steering Committee of AIHCD and an active member of National League of Nursing and Sigma Theta Tau at Wright State University. Her education includes: Wright State University-Miami Valley College of Nursing Master of Science in Nursing, December, 1994, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, May, 1991 from College of Mount Saint Joseph on the Ohio, a B.S. -Social Psychology, May 1987 from Park College, in Parkville, MO, and an Associate Degree in Nursing, June, 1974 from Sinclair Community College in Dayton, OH. She also holds a Certification in Clinical Documentation Improvement and Integrity- C-CDI Specialist DocuComp LLC Healthcare Compliance & Education.
Dr. Ravitz has over 15 years of experience in clinical medicine as well as over 5 years as a physician advisor working with case management and utilization review in clinical documentation. He currently serves as the physician advisor for MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, Baltimore Maryland. President of the Medical Executive Committee, Medical Director of the Observation Unit, as well as multiple hospital and corporate MedStar Health committees.
Dr. Ravitz is a native of Detroit Michigan where he completed a Residency program in Internal Medicine at Mount Carmel Mercy Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. Dr. Ravitz pursued a fellowship in chemical dependency at The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism in Bethesda, Maryland where he now resides.
Board Certification - Emergency Medicine, Board Certification - American Board Of Addiction Medicine, Secretary Medical Executive Committee. Additionally, Dr. Ravitz is a Certified Physician Advisor in Clinical Documentation Improvement.