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Conference Special Update: Farewell from the ACDIS Director

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Have a safe trip home, everyone!

The biggest and best CDI event of the year took place this week—the 9th annual ACDIS Conference in Atlanta. We had more than 1900 attendees, a figure that included CDI specialists, managers, revenue cycle directors, HIM/coding professionals, physicians and physician advisors to CDI, and exhibitors and sponsors. This was once again our biggest conference yet. Our team at our home base in Danvers, Massachusetts spent the past 14 months preparing for the conference, and the last few weeks have truly been “crunch time” with late nights and the usual anxieties that come with an event of this magnitude. But now that the conference has come to a close, I believe all the hard work was worth it. For those who attended the event, I hope you found it so.

This year we added some new wrinkles, including a 5th breakout and four panel sessions. At the end of day 1 we featured a panel of four physicians with the latest updates on the newly released definitions of sepsis and septic shock (Sepsis-3). We hosted two panels with the ACDIS advisory board, who gave a look inside what we’ve been working on at ACDIS, including our newly revised ACDIS Code of Ethics. I am very pleased that we had a presenter from CMS, Chief Medical Officer from the Atlanta Regional Office Dr. Richard Wild, who kicked off with a day 1 session on Value Based Purchasing and the Transformation of Healthcare. Healthcare is changing before our eyes and CDI professionals are perfectly positioned to lead the way through this change, positioned as they are at the intersection of clinical medicine and coded data. And we had a dynamite day 2 keynote speaker, Vicki Hess, who brought energy and passion and actionable change management strategies like you’ve never seen.

As great as our educational sessions were, I most looked forward to meeting old friends, making new ones, and learning from them all. Networking is at the heart of the ACDIS conference and I’ve never been ashamed to admit that our members learn as much or more from each other as we can bring them with our publications and leadership. With the return of our popular conference app, the networking began before we arrived in Atlanta in our busy activity feed. It was awesome to see! We were in a great spot and there was much fun to be had after hours with a nearby CNN tour, a world-class aquarium, terrific restaurants, and much more.

If you were one of the 1900 attendees, thank you for helping us create such a successful event. Though the conference has come to a close, please continue to let us know how ACDIS can best serve you. I’m here to listen and learn.

Safe travels home, everyone, and thank you for making the 9th annual ACDIS conference the most successful event yet!

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Brian Murphy About the Author: Brian Murphy, CPC, is director of the Association of Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists (ACDIS). Brian is also an executive editor in the revenue cycle division of ACDIS’ parent company HCPro, Inc.

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