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September meetings include CDI Week after-hours events


The CT CDI networking group meets Thursday, September 8, 9-10:30  a.m., at The Hospital of Central Connecticut, Bradley Memorial Campus in Southington. For information, contact MaryAnn Shanley at


The next Southeast ACDIS meeting will take place Friday, September 9, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon. RSVPs are requested to Jamie Doster at or by phone at 404/578-0262.

Plan to arrive by 9:20 a.m. to allow time for parking, registration, morning refreshments, and networking. Save time by submitting your membership application (see below) and pay dues to the treasurer prior to the meeting date. Attached are:

New York

A CDI round table discussion will be held on Thursday, September 15, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. For information, contact Than Than Lee at 212/824-8180 or email

CDI Week Meetings

(Editor’s Note: Meeting locations listed in italic denote special, after-hours events associated with CDI Week not necessarily formal “chapter” events.)

San Francisco Bay, CA

Is organizing a happy hour meet-and-greet for CDI and related professionals on Wednesday, September 21, 5-8 p.m. at the Clement Street Bar and Grill. All CDI-related professionals are welcome to drop by for drinks and/or appetizers and dinner. RSVP to or call 573/529-1791.

N. Illinois

The next Northern Illinois CDI chapter meeting will be at Delnor in Geneva, on Thursday, September 22, 1-3:30 p.m. For information, contact Colleen M. Stukenberg by phone at 815/599-6820 or by e-mail at

Las Vegas, NV

The Nevada ACDIS Chapter will host a CDI Week happy hour Friday, September 23, 5-8 p.m., at the Fire Fly, 3900 Paradise

Take a peek at the Fire Fly menu. Those Vegas CDI professionals sure know how to celebrate CDI Week. Want to host an after-hours event for CDI in your area? Post the information below or email mvarnavas@

Road, Las Vegas. The event is a “buy your own” but because it is a tapas bar, items are typically under $10. It should be a bunch of fun and a great networking opportunity! Here is a link to their website if you want to see what they have.

RSVP to Alisa Kompare at or call 702/343-7232.

Los Angeles, CA

A gathering of  CDI-colleagues from the Los Angeles and San Gabriel Valley areas are invited to attend a happy hour event in honor of CDI Week Friday, September, 23, 5-8 p.m., at the Yard House – Paseo Colorado in Pasadena. For information and to RSVP contact, Cris Gumayagay at


Our next ACDIS-CA Chapter meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 28, 9-10 a.m. The speaker will be Wendy DeVreugd from Kindred Healthcare who will be presenting on Kindred’s model of CDI. For information, contact Dexter D’Costa at or by phone at 573/529-1791.


New England

The NE Regional CDI  network meets Wednesday, October 5, 1-3:30 p.m., at Lowell General Hospital’s Clark Auditorium. The meeting will feature a presentation by Richard Birkhead, MD, FACC, Chief of Cardiology regarding documentation for fluid overload vs CHF, Cor Pulmonale, pericarditis, and tamonade, among other topics. For information, contact Kelley Sears at or call 508/954-7432.

Tri-State (WI, MI, MN)

The ACDIS Chapter leaders from Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota invite CDI specialists and related professionals to join them for the first Tri-State Regional Meeting Saturday, October 15, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Kalahari Resorts in Wisconsin Dells, WI. The agenda includes:

  • Registration
  • Strategies for dealing with difficult physicians
  • Physician query process: The ins and outs
  • Lunch
  • Continually educating physicians to avoid staleness in your program
  • Over documentation: Challenges and Solutions
  • Collaboration between coders and CDI professionals to break down the silos
  • Roundtable discussion

Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Five CEs will be provided for those who need CEs for the CCDS credentials. For those needing lodging a block of rooms has been reserved for October 14 and 15 at $129 per night inclusive of taxes. Reservations can be made by calling the Kalahari directly at 877/253-5466 by Wednesday, September 14 and request the WI-ACDIS room block. After this date, the prevailing hotel room rate may be charged at the discretion of the hotel.

Registration is $50 and the deadline is October 1. For information, contact Heidi Hillstrom at or call 218/249-5461.


The fifth quarterly ACDIS Virginia Chapter will meet Saturday, October 22, with Robert Gold, MD, CEO of DCBA, Inc.,  as the guest speaker. Gold will discuss “CDI Initiatives: Start now for ICD-10.” For information, contact Linda Steinhoff by phone at 757/312-5154 or email

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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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