May 13, 2009 | | Comments 0
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ACDIS precon addresses coding, CDI, and more

Wow! My head is spinning. A beautiful 5+ hour flight from Boston last night. It was the longest sunset I’ve ever watched. By traveling across time zones I was able to see the sun set the entire time. What the light does to the clouds. . . simply a landscape for dreamland.

And while ICD-9-CM may not be your idea of dreamland, I swear I learned so much today that I might as well have been in intellectual heaven. Shannon McCall took a class of more than 100 people on a tour of the Manual, which she followed up with a lession in specific diagnoses and the importance of their related Coding Clinics. Shannon’s presentation in this area generated a number of discussions both in-session and outside of the pre-conference. She covered items like HIV and related illnesses, sepsis and septicemia (what a hot-button item, huh!), neoplasms, CKD, obesity, and so much more.

After lunch, we continued this conversation regarding the Coding Clinic guidelines about congestive heart failure, respiratory failure, pregnancy related conditions, and pressure ulcers. . .  Is now a good time to say “wow” again? Or, “my head is spinning,” again?

After all this Shannon gave us a quick tour of MS-DRGs, and a crash course in ICD-10. . . Did I already say “wow”?

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Melissa Varnavas About the Author: Melissa Varnavas, is the Associate Director of the Association of Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists (ACDIS). ACDIS is a community in which CDI professionals share the latest tested tips, tools, and strategies to implement successful CDI programs and achieve professional growth. With more than 5,000 members, its mission is to bring CDI specialists together. To learn more about ACDIS, go to or call HCPro customer service at 800-650-6787.

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