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Penny Richards

Penny Richards is the ACDIS Member Services Specialist. She is your primary contact for membership questions, including those about certification, recertification, continuing education credits, and employer verification inquiries.

CDI Week Cartoon Caption Contest

It is time for the CDI Week Photo/Cartoon Caption Contest. Post your (tasteful and respectful please) suggested captions for the following cartoon in the comments section and ACDIS Members Services Specialist Penny Richards will chose a favorite to win a prize.

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CDI Week Photo Caption Contest

Here’s the next CDI Week Photo/Cartoon Caption Contest. Post your (tasteful and respectful please) suggested captions for the following photograph in the comments section and ACDIS Members Services Specialist Penny Richards will chose a favorite to win a prize.

 

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CDI Week Photo Caption Contest

Here’s the next CDI Week Photo/Cartoon Caption Contest. Post your (tasteful and respectful please) suggested captions for the following photograph in the comments section and ACDIS Members Services Specialist Penny Richards will chose a favorite to win a prize. This one also comes from the 2014 ACDIS National Conference!

 

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CDI Week Photo Caption Contest

It is time for the CDI Week Photo/Cartoon Caption Contest. Post your (tasteful and respectful please) suggested captions for the following photograph in the comments section and ACDIS Members Services Specialist Penny Richards will chose a favorite to win a prize. This one comes from the 2014 ACDIS Conference in Las Vegas!
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CDI Week Cartoon Caption Contest

It is time for the CDI Week Photo/Cartoon Caption Contest. Post your (tasteful and respectful please) suggested captions for the following cartoon in the comments section and ACDIS Members Services Specialist Penny Richards will chose a favorite to win a prize.

 

Cartoon DRGs

Certified Clinical Documentation Specialist (CCDS) Credential Reminders

How many professionals from your state hold the CCDS certification?

Be sure to take note of your recertification due date.

The following changes will take effect on October 1, 2014:

1. Exam eligibility period will change from one year to 120 days (four months) in which to schedule and take the exam

Candidates will have 120 days (four months) to schedule and take their CCDS exam. Once the application is approved, ACDIS submits the candidate’s names to the exam company. The exam company emails (and mails) the candidate’s scheduling instructions. The candidate is responsible for scheduling his or her exam at a location and date convenient to him or her.

Note: Presently, candidates have a one-year window in which to take the exam. Any candidate sent to the exam company prior to October 1, 2014, will be grandfathered into the one-year eligibility window.

Candidates who do not take their exam within the eligibility period forfeit their exam fee and must reapply.

2. Re-exam fee will change from $100 to $125.

This fee is applicable for a one-time only re-exam for a candidate who fails on his or her first attempt. It also applies to candidates who are absent from their scheduled exam. ACDIS is charged by its testing company for every scheduled exam. Candidates may change their scheduled testing date one time with no fee, and must do so by contacting the exam company at least two business days prior to their scheduled testing appointment.

3. Fees implemented for replacement certificates and lapel pins

Replacements for certificates and pins damaged in transit will be provided at no cost. ACDIS will assess a fee of $25 each for other replacement requests for certificates and lapel pins. The fee is payable by check or credit card at the time of the request.

All replacement orders and payment instructions should be sent to: ACDIS CCDS Administrator, 75 Sylvan Street #A101, Danvers MA 01923 Email: prichards@hcpro.com; Fax: 781-639-5542

Reminder: Your CCDS re-certification is due by the two-year anniversary of the date you passed the exam. There is no current plan to restructure the CCDS re-certification requirements to include any specific number or level of ICD-10-related continuing education units. You may re-certify at your convenience and if you need more time, there is a 45-day grace period.

For example if you passed the CCDS exam on Sept. 1, 2014, you need to re-certify by Sept. 1, 2016. Using the 45-day grace period, it will be due no later than November 15, 2016. To re-certify, you need to submit continuing education credits earned during the two year period that you held the CCDS certification (so, from Sept. 1, 2014 to Sept. 1, 2016).

When you are ready to renew, complete the re-certification application, and send it, along with proof of CEUs and the applicable fee, to the address on the application (mail, fax, or email). The application is available on the ACDIS website.

We send several courtesy email notices as your renew date approaches, but you may not hear from us if we don’t have your correct email address or if our notices are blocked on your end. Make note of when your recert due date (your original exam date is on your certificate and on the score sheet you got when you took the exam). It is your responsibility to know when you recertification is due. If you’re not sure of your exam date, drop me an email and I’ll look it up.

CCDS renewals and CEU requirements

If you are thinking about taking the CCDS exam the first step to take is to review the CCDS Candidate Handbook.

Don’t forget to renew your CCDS!

Your Certified Clinical Documentation Specialist (CCDS) re-certification is due by the two-year anniversary of the date you passed the exam. You may re-certify at your convenience and if you need more time, there is a 45-day grace period.

For example if you passed the CCDS exam on August 1, 2014, you need to re-certify by August 1, 2016. Using the 45-day grace period, it will be due no later than October 15, 2016. To re-certify, you need to submit continuing education credits earned during the two year period that you held the CCDS certification (so, from August 1, 2014 to August 1, 2016).

When you are ready to renew, complete the re-certification application, and send it, along with proof of CEUs and the applicable fee, to the address on the application (mail, fax, or email). The application is available on the ACDIS website.

It is your responsibility to know when you recertification is due. We send several courtesy email notices as your renew date approaches, but you may not hear from us if we don’t have your correct email address or if our notices are blocked on your end. Make note of when your recert due date (your original exam date is on your certificate and on the score sheet you got when you took the exam). If you’re not sure of your exam date, drop me an email and I’ll look it up.

There is no current plan to restructure the CCDS re-certification requirements to include any specific number or level of ICD-10-related continuing education units.

ACDIS announces several important changes to CCDS exam

CCDS certification discussed during latest Quarterly Membership Call

CCDS certification.

The following changes will take effect on October 1, 2014:

Exam eligibility period will change from one year to 120 days (four months) in which to schedule and take the exam

Candidates will have 120 days (four months) to schedule and take their CCDS exam. Once the application is approved, ACDIS submits the candidate’s names to the exam company. The exam company emails (and mails) the candidate’s scheduling instructions. The candidate is responsible for scheduling his or her exam at a location and date convenient to him or her.

Note: Presently, candidates have a one-year window in which to take the exam. Any candidate sent to the exam company prior to October 1, 2014, will be grandfathered into the one-year eligibility window.

Candidates who do not take their exam within the eligibility period forfeit their exam fee and must reapply.

Re-exam fee will change from $100 to $125.

This fee is applicable for a one-time only re-exam for a candidate who fails on his or her first attempt. It also applies to candidates who are absent from their scheduled exam. ACDIS is charged by its testing company for every scheduled exam. Candidates may change their scheduled testing date one time with no fee, and must do so by contacting the exam company at least two business days prior to their scheduled testing appointment.

Fees implemented for replacement certificates and lapel pins

Replacements for certificates and pins damaged in transit will be provided at no cost. ACDIS will assess a fee of $25 each for other replacement requests for certificates and lapel pins. The fee is payable by check or credit card at the time of the request.

All replacement orders and payment instructions should be sent to:

ACDIS CCDS Administrator

75 Sylvan Street #A101

Danvers MA 01923

Email: prichards@hcpro.com

Fax: 781-639-5542

Contact Penny Richards with questions.

Breaking: CMS confirms October 1, 2015, as ICD-10 implementation date

Providers expected October 1, 2015, to be the new ICD-10 compliance date and CMS made it official Thursday with the release of a final rule.

Congress forced the one-year delay when it passed H.R. 4302, “Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014″ in March. President Obama signed the bill April 1. The bill also forced HHS to delay implementation of ICD-10 until at least October 1, 2015.

HHS referenced the new 2015 compliance date as part of the 2015 IPPS proposed rule, released April 30. HHS then issued a statement advising the industry that it would release an interim final rule making October 1, 2015, the new implementation date, making it official with the release of the rule.

Check out the 2014 Conference Posters

See a poster presentation at the conference that you just wish you'd had a chance to take another look at? Now you can. Just visit the Conference section of the Forms & Tools Library.

See a poster presentation at the conference that you just wish you’d had a chance to take another look at? Now you can. Just visit the Conference section of the Forms & Tools Library.

We know that not every ACDIS member gets to come to the conference every year—and those that do attend can’t get to every session. That’s why we make sure to post the materials to the Forms & Tools Library on the ACDIS website. ACDIS members have access to all the session presentations—not only from this year’s outstanding 2014 schedule but from all our previous conferences as well.

As a cheat sheet, this year’s conference tracks were as follows:

  • Track 1: ICD-10
  • Track 2: Physician engagement and education
  • Track 3: Quality and CDI
  • Track 4: Documentation and coding
  • Track 5: New initiatives
  • Track 6: Program management

To find materials, visit the page, type “control F” and type in your keyword into the search bar (usually on the lower left-hand side of the screen). For example, if you are searching for presentations by Sara Baine you would type in her name and the search function would highlight any references on the page matching that search. If you know the topic but cannot recall the presenter simply type in the topic such as “outpatient.”

We’ve posted photos of the posters from the 2014 ACDIS conference to the web site and invite you to visit and take a look. A number of the participants submitted a document that supplements their poster image.

Topics include:

With more than 30 presentations to chose from there was an educational tid-bit for everyone.

With more than 30 presentations to chose from there was an educational tid-bit for everyone.

  • Outdated Coding System
  • Hydrocephalus: Congential v. Acquired
  • Physician education: How to avoid a query
  • Integrated CDI model
  • Pediatric documentation acute respiratory distress
  • Clinical validation
  • Charting compliance and query success
  • Malnutrition documentation
  • Countdown to ICD-10
  • Collaborate with coding
  • CMI increase
  • Ensuring quality and safety for patients
  • Pneumonia
  • Role of CDI in ICD-10 physician education
  • Gambling on EHR to solve ICD-10 physician education
  • Undocumented diagnoses and query opportunities
  • Coding Type 2 myocardial infarction
  • Oncology secondary diagnosis
  • Program evolution, two facilities to system-wide
  • Pediatrics and physician education
  • Computer assisted coding
  • Effective provider communication and education
  • Malnutrition documentation program
  • Accurate documentation, code assignment, reimbursement
  • Anatomy of an effective query
  • DRG denial prevention
  • Transforming from ICD-9 to ICD-10
  • Mortality: Don’t be the biggest loser
  • Data quality
  • Physician education
  • CDMP manual for CDS
  • Implementing ICD-10 changes
  • Urology physician champions
  • Enhancing accuracy of PSI data
  • Road to query suspension
  • Pre-bill review

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If you presented a poster and your description document isn’t part of the file, please email it to Penny Richards and she’ll update the web file.