Conversations with our Physicians

Welcome to The Breakroom!

The Breakroom was created at the onset of the COVID-19 crisis to offer our physician-led clinical and coding expertise to HIM, Coders, and CDI professionals. Our goal was to help fill the gap created by the shift in physician efforts to the direct care of patients which resulted in limited physician advisory support.  We continue this commitment to support the Revenue Cycle and HIM/CDI communities.

Our primary mission is to provide up-to-date clinical information in support of documentation and coding challenges and other pertinent topics.

We invite you to join this collaborative dialogue with our physicians and guest speakers.


2024 Upcoming Sessions

To register, click on the title. All sessions are Eastern Time unless otherwise noted.

TBD TBD Sep 13 11 am
TBD TBD Dec 13 11 am


2024 Sessions

To request previous Breakroom recordings, click the Download button below.

Recordings are available for download up to 60 days after session date.

Tiny Patients, Big Impact: Enhancing CDI in the NICU Dr. Fee/Kim Conner Jun 21
Denials, CDI, and AI, Oh My! Dr. Freilich/Jennifer Venters Mar 1

2023 Sessions

Clinical Validity–Is it Ready for Prime Time? Dr. Freilich/Dr. Haik Oct 20
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: ECU Health’s OIG Journey Dr. Huff with Dr. Matacale and Ashley Strickland, ECU Health Jun 23
The STARS and Medicare Advantage Update Dr. Freilich/Rebecca Bradley Mar 31

2022 Sessions

Extrapolation: The Sword of Damocles Hanging over MAOs: Lessons Learned – Part 2 Dr. Freilich/Brandi Grey Dec 9
Special Edition: Dissecting the Query Practice Brief Dr. Martin with guests Tammy Combs, AHIMA & Laurie Prescott, ACDIS Nov 18
Resuscitating the Diagnosis of Respiratory Failure Dr. Stein/Andrea Mathias Aug 19
Medicare Turns 58 and the Rise of MAO’s Dr. Golden/Melissa Rodriguez May 20
Coding Clinic Controversies and More Dr. Haik/Anna Kuehnl Mar 11

2021 Sessions

COVID 2 Years: Looking Back & Looking Forward Dr. Golden/Katy Good Dec 10
MA Payor Challenges-Lessons Learned from Litigation Dr. Fee/Melissa Rodriguez and Guest Speaker Oct 8
The Covid-19 Pandemic: Impact on CMS Quality Measures Dr. Golden/Katy Good Aug 20
Extrapolation: The Sword of Damocles Hanging over MAOs–Lessons Learned Dr. Freilich/Dr. Senor Jun 18
COVID-19 UNMASKED: Year in Review Dr. Golden/Katy Good Apr 16
Defending Malnutrition: Will Your Documentation Stand Up to an OIG Audit? Dr. Martin/ Dr. Matacale, Vidant Health Feb 19

2020 Sessions

CDI and Quality Alignment: Strategies for Success Dr. Golden/
Leif Laframboise, YNHH
Dec 11
CDI in the Doctor’s Lounge Dr. Fee/Dr. Martin/
Dr. Golden
Nov 13
Hypercoagulable States: Breaking Down the Documentation and Coding Dr. Golden/Connie Ryan Oct 16
2021 E/M Changes – Will You Be Ready? Dr. Freilich/
Schuyler Connell
Sep 11
COVID-19 Impact on ACOs – What We Know So Far Dr. Senor/Jennifer Eaton Aug 14
Renewed Value: Discussing CDI with Brian Murphy and Tammy Combs Dr. Fee w/guests
Brian Murphy, ACDIS & Tammy Combs, AHIMA
Jul 31
What’s New with CMS-HCCs? Dr. Freilich/
Schuyler Connell
Jul 17
FY 2021 IPPS Proposed Rule: Sorting through 1600 Pages So You Don’t Have To  Dr. Martin/Dr. Golden Jun 19
Denials-Will Anything Change Post COVID-19?
Part 2: Status Determination
Dr. Arwood/Jim Gaffney Jun 5
Denials-Will Anything Change Post COVID-19?
Part 1: DRG Focus
Dr. Arwood/Andrea Taylor May 22
COVID-19 Sepsis Considerations Dr. Freilich/Katy Good May 8
Respiratory Failure and ARDS: Clinical Coding Guidelines Dr. Senor/Katy Good Apr 24
COVID-19 Coding Guidance Q & A Dr. Golden/Katy Good Apr 9
Current COVID-19 Coding Guidance Dr. Golden/Katy Good Mar 27