Speakers

Sue Anderson-Lenz, Margie Banse, Andrew Bledsoe, Rebecca Cheatham, Daniel Cornett, Robin Curnel, Amy Daley, Vance Drakeford, Kristen Gardner, Mary Luvisi, Laura Wright

Sue Anderson-Lenz

Health IT Specialist
QSource
Lexington, Kentucky

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Margie Banse, BA

Quality Data Reporting Manager
Qsoure
Willisburg, Kentucky

Margie Banse, BA, AAS, is the Quality Data Reporting Manager for Qsource. She has more than 26 years of experience in information technology with experience ranging from programmer, support/implementation specialist, business analyst, and project management all in various industries. Prior to entering the healthcare technology field Margie lead projects for custom development of web and client/server applications for private and public sector entities. She has more than ten years’ experience in implementing large applications and providing training for those applications. She received her AAS degree from Elizabethtown Community College in data processing technology and her BA from Western Kentucky University majoring in Economics with a minor in Computer Science.

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Andrew Bledsoe, MBA, CHPS, PCMH CCE, CHTS-PW

Executive Director
Northeast Kentucky Regional Health Information Organization
Olive Hill, KY

Andrew Bledsoe, MBA, PCMH CCE currently serves as Executive Director for the Northeast Kentucky Regional Health Information Organization (NeKY RHIO). Mr. Bledsoe has worked in the NeKY RHIO for over five years. He began working as a Practice and Hospital EHR Consultant working to assist providers (both primary care and specialty) and critical access hospitals in attaining meaningful use. Mr. Bledsoe then became the Network Director for the Rural Health Information Technology Network Development program and has since been named Executive Director.
Mr. Bledsoe holds both a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a master’s degree in Health Administration. In addition, he holds a certificate in Patient Centered Medical Home from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), HIPAA Privacy and Security and Healthcare Technology Specialist-Workflow Redesign, both from the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). He has completed specialized training in HL7, project management, Meaningful Use, patient navigation and federal grant administration. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Kentucky Rural Health Association (KRHA), the Executive Committee for the Western Appalachian Kentucky Health Care Access Network (WAKHCAN) and chairs the Public Information Committee for KRHA.

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Rebecca Cheatham, MHA

Quality Improvement Advisor
Kentucky Regional Extension Center
Lexington, Kentucky

Rebecca Cheatham, MHA is a Quality Improvement and Health Information Technology Advisor for the Kentucky Regional Extension Center (REC). Rebecca’s work includes subject matter expertise on CMS’ Quality Payment Program (QPP), EHR technical guidance, and process improvement to support operational and workflow efficiency. Rebecca also supports two federally-funded grants, both focused on practice improvement and transformation. Rebecca earned her Bachelor of Arts in Health Communication and Master’s in Healthcare Administration from the University of Kentucky. Rebecca also holds a Graduate Certification in Improving Healthcare Value and additional certifications in quality improvement initiatives such as LEAN Process Improvement.

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Daniel Cornett, MS LPP

Health Innovation Advisor
KY Regional Extension Center
Lexington, Kentucky

Danny Cornett is from central Kentucky, and has spent most of his professional career working in the field of Psychology and Leadership. He earned a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Kentucky University, then began working with children and families. After a few years, he transitioned to working as the Interdisciplinary Team Lead at a facility for adults with intellectual disorders; then in 2008, he began working in a post-acute rehabilitation program for adults with brain injuries. He was Lead Psychologist until asked to serve as Clinical Director, and later as Program Director. In his current role as Quality Improvement Advisor for the Ky Regional Extension Center, Danny enjoys opportunities to learn and use his experience to help improve healthcare across the state. Danny’s primary interests are in healthcare leadership and quality, and is currently in UK’s College of Public Health doctoral program, focusing on Health Policy & Management.

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Robin Curnel, MSN RN

Health Innovation Advisor
KY Regional Extension Center
Lexington, Kentucky

Robin Curnel is a Health IT and Practice Transformation Advisor with the Kentucky REC. Robin has been with the Regional Extension Center over two years. She received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing at Murray State University and her Masters in Science in Nursing Management and Leadership from University of Southern Indiana-Evansville. Robin has nearly 25 years of nursing experience in rural healthcare and hospital services that range from bedside nursing in several patient care areas up to senior management. In addition to her nursing certifications, she also is a Fellow of Quality Improvement from the Institute of Healthcare Improvement. With the REC, she assists Medicaid eligible providers with attesting to the requirements of Kentucky’s Promoting Interoperability Program, advises eligible clinicians to be successful with and attest to the Quality Payment Program, along with working with health care organizations on transforming their practices to improve patient outcomes and be successful in the current value-based payment systems.

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Amy Daley, CHPS

HIT Advisor
Kentucky Regional Extension Center
Lexington, Kentucky

Amy Daley has been a Health IT Advisor for Kentucky REC for 4 ½ years. Amy’s areas of expertise include assisting with the Promoting Interoperability (formerly Meaningful Use) program and conducting Security Risks Analyses for multiple clients across the state of Kentucky. Amy holds a certification in healthcare privacy and security. Prior to working for Kentucky REC, Amy worked as a systems analyst and EHR training manager for a healthcare organization in western Kentucky for 5 years.

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Vance Drakeford, PCMH, CCE

Health IT Advisor
KY Regional Extension Center
UK HealthCare
Lexington, Kentucky

Vance Drakeford is a Health Information Technology and Quality Improvement Advisor for the Kentucky REC. Vance earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music-Liberal Arts from the University of Kentucky. He is a NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Certified Content Expert (PCMH CCE), and holds a graduate-level certification in Health Informatics through Northern Kentucky University while pursuing his MHI at NKU. With over 8 years in healthcare, Vance has experience in hospital Surgery environment, Ambulatory EHR implementation, assisting multiple Kentucky REC clients achieve PCMH/PCSP Recognition, and providing support for clinicians preparing for MACRA’s Quality Payment Program (QPP).

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Kristen Gardner, RHIA PCMH CCE

Health Innovation Advisor
KY Regional Extension Center
Lexington, Kentucky

Kristen Gardner is a Health IT Advisor for the Kentucky REC. Kristen has experience in Ambulatory EHR implementation, PCMH/PCSP Recognition, and providing support for clinicians participating in the Kentucky Medicaid EHR Incentive Program (Promoting Interoperability).

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Mary Luvisi

Health IT Advisor
Kentucky Regional Extension Center
Lexington, Kentucky

Retired from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services after 27 years. Final position was with the Kentucky Health Information Exchange. Has been with the Kentucky Regional Extension Center (Kentucky REC) for over two years as a Technical Project Specialist. Responsible for implementing process improvement; project planning and implementation. Health IT advisor supporting numerous practices for the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program (also known as Promoting Interoperability). Advisor on KY REC team Quality Initiatives projects involving Colorectal Cancer, Breast and Cervical Cancer, Diabetes Self-Management Education, Self-Monitoring Blood Pressure and Diabetes Prevention projects with Kentucky Department of Public Health.

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Laura Wright, BS

Health Innovation Advisor
KY Regional Extension Center
Lexington, Kentucky

Laura Wright is a Health IT Advisor for the Kentucky Regional Extension Center (KY REC) focusing on Promoting Interoperability for Eligible Providers and Hospitals, as well as the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative. Laura graduated from the University of Pikeville with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Sociology, and offers more than 18 years of experience in the healthcare industry. Laura currently partners with her clients to provide education, improve performance and maximize clinical quality and outcomes. Prior to joining the KY REC, Laura served as a Senior Service Account Manager at Optum 360, where she helped engage staff and drive growth by providing hands-on training and financial analysis for a large group of ambulatory practices. Earlier in her career, Laura was an ITS Physician Liaison with Catholic Health Initiatives. She was responsible for providing training and support to providers and staff related to the implementation and successful adoption of the electronic medical record. Laura’s responsibilities included proactively identifying and evaluating provider needs related to IT, as well as developing user efficiency and process improvements through optimization and continued education. She served on the CHI National AEHR Workflow Committee where she helped create and revise AEHR workflows and job aids.

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