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Conference Special Update: ACDIS honors Achievement Awards winners at annual conference


This year’s award winners.

The Association of Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists (ACDIS) honored the nation’s top clinical documentation improvement professionals at its 9th annual conference in Atlanta, GA. On May 23rd ACDIS recognized Candace E. Blankenship, BSN, RN, MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, with the Rookie of the Year award; Susan E. Kohl, MD, Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, with the Excellence in Provider Engagement award; Jessica M. Vaughn, RN, BSN, CCDS, Wake Forest Baptist Health, with the Recognition of CDI Professional Achievement award, and Karen M. DiMeglio, RN, MS, CCDS, CPC, Lifespan, as its 2016 CDI Professional of the Year.

ACDIS Director Brian Murphy presented the four awards in the general morning session to kick off the 9th annual conference. The awards were presented in front of an audience of more than 1,700 of their peers.

ACDIS recently revised, updated, and expanded its awards for 2016 to reflect the changes occurring in healthcare and the CDI profession in particular. The new Rookie of the Year award recognizes the rapid growth of the CDI profession by awarding an outstanding CDI professional on the job less than two years at the time of nomination. The new Excellence in Provider Engagement award recognizes a professional who has made measurable impacts engaging providers (physicians, nurses, and others) in the need for accurate and complete documentation in the health record. The Recognition of CDI Professional Achievement award recognizes a professional who has made outstanding achievements within his or her facility, and the CDI Professional of the Year award is ACDIS’ top honor, given to a CDI professional who has made significant contributions within his or her organization and on the broader CDI community.

“These four individuals represent the best the CDI profession has to offer,” said Murphy. “Their contributions to the profession in the past year are truly remarkable. All the great work hospitals and providers do cannot be measured without accurate and complete health information in the medical record, including a full accounting of each patients’ diagnoses, procedures, and treatments, and physicians’ medical decision-making and clinical indicators to support diagnosis and treatment. CDI professionals play a critical role in today’s environment of quality and accountability by ensuring that all of these critical data elements are present in the chart.”

To learn more about the ACDIS Achievement Awards, the annual ACDIS conference, or ACDIS membership, please visit

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Katherine Rushlau About the Author: Katherine "Katy" Rushlau is the CDI Editor for ACDIS at HCPro.

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