Pre-Conference Programs

NHCAA is pleased to offer 4 additional professional development opportunities in Atlanta. Additional registration is required. Please refer to the registration rate table.

Register for both the morning and afternoon Pre-Conference and receive a complimentary lunch.

AHFI®Prep Course
Tuesday, November 15 | 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Level II, 8 CPEs
Registration includes a networking luncheon.

Prepare to sit for the Accredited Health Care Fraud Investigator (AHFI) exam by participating in this full-day preparatory program, designed to highlight key content areas on the AHFI® examination. Expert faculty will lead sessions on coding and medical terminology, health care fraud laws, federal and state regulations, health insurance and health care system overview, and basic investigative skills. AHFI candidates will have the opportunity to take the AHFI® exam at the conclusion of the Annual Training Conference.

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Faculty include:
Louis Saccoccio
Chief Executive Officer, National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association

Daniel Bowerman, DC, AHFI, FACO, CPC

James McCall, AHFI

Robert Mays, AHFI, CFE
Staff Vice President, SIU, Anthem, Inc.

Who Should Attend:
Mid-level and senior investigators seeking to advance their career by obtaining The Gold Standard of Professionalism in Health Care Fraud Investigation, the AHFI®.

Sit for the AHFI® Exam at the Annual Training Conference
Exam Date: Friday, November 18 at 12:00 pm (paper exam)
Application Deadline: Monday, October 24, 2016

To request an AHFI® application email To download a transcript of your NHCAA training, visit NHCAA Credit Tracking.



Decoding the CPT® Medicine Section
Tuesday, November 15 | 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Level II, 8 CPEs
Registration includes a networking luncheon.

Join this high energy workshop focused on the medicine section of the CPT™ book. Experts in coding will lead this day long workshop and walk participants through each section of the medicine codes, including diagnostic testing, neurology procedures, vascular studies, infusions, nutrition, and education services. Through real world examples, participants will learn about appropriate coding as well as inappropriate coding and the latest schemes. Walk away better prepared to investigate health care fraud.

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Faculty include:
Jonnie Massey, AHFI, CPC, CPC-I, CPC-P, CPMA
Director, Special Investigations Unit, BlueShield of California

Karna Morrow, CPC, RCC, CCS-P
Manager, Consulting Services, Coding Strategies, Inc.

Kathleen A. Shaker, RN, BSN, AHFI, CPC, CPC-H
FWA Subject Matter Expert, Shaker Consulting Services, LLP

Karen Weintraub, AHFI, CPC-P
Executive Vice President, SIU, Healthcare Fraud Shield

Who Should Attend:
Mid-level investigators and law enforcement personnel seeking increased familiarity with medical records, coding and coding schemes.

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The Pre-Conference program Decoding the CPT® Medicine Section has been approved for 6.5 Continuing Education Units.

Granting of approval in no way constitutes endorsement by the Academy of the program, content or any program sponsor. To receive credit the appropriate AAPC evaluation form must be completed; the form will be available on the NHCAA Training Materials Portal at the Conference commencement.



The Leadership & Management Development Program
Tuesday, November 15 | 8:00 am - 11:30 am
Level II, 4 CPEs

Maximize your time in Atlanta and spend time enhancing your management and leadership abilities. Whether you are a new manager or seasoned, you can always benefit from improving your skills.

Thought-leaders will lead sessions that:

  • Offer insight on what the challenges for leaders in the health care environment. Where are the growth opportunities?
  • Examine strategies for managing staff in ways that help their growth and development. What skills sets should you be looking for and developing in your teams as you move into the future.
  • Discuss how data and analytics are changing investigative work in health care fraud. How can you train your staff appropriately? What resources should you consider both externally and internally?

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Aneta Andros, AHFI
Fraud Manager, CIGNA

Ralph Carpenter
Senior Director, SIU, Aetna

Christa Jewsbury, JD, AHFI
Director, SIU, Humana

Daniel Kreitman, CFE
Centene Corporation

Katherine Leff, RN, CLU, ALHC, CFE, AHFI, CPC, CHC
Director, Special Investigations, CareSource

Roger Purnell
Manager, SIU, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina

Jackie Smith
Vice President, CareSource

Who Should Attend:
Health care fraud investigators seeking to enhance their leadership and management skills.



Emerging Schemes in Health Care Fraud
Tuesday, November 15 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Level II, 4 CPEs

Identify emergent schemes in Medicare, Medicaid and private programs and tips on the rapid identification of these schemes.

Thought-leaders will lead sessions that:

  • Examine the trending schemes in the Medicare and Medicaid markets. How have they changed recently?
  • Discuss the trending schemes in the private market. How can you stay ahead of the latest schemes?

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Jenny Trussell
Senior Advisor, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, OIG

Jose M. Ramos, AHFI
Manager, Special Investigation Unit, Florida Blue

Kimberly Obermeyer, AHFI, CFE
Senior Investigator, Anthem, Inc.

Mary Jo Blank, RDH
Director, Fraud Prevention & Recovery, DentaQuest

Who Should Attend:
Mid-level investigators and law enforcement personnel interested in hearing in-depth discussions about the latest schemes or schemes resurfacing in the Medicare, Medicaid and private markets.


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