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Brian Murphy

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.

Join the ACDIS team: Become a CDI Education Specialist

HCPro, Inc. and the Association of Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists (ACDIS) are currently seeking an individual to serve as a CDI Education

CDI Boot Camps are everywhere. Why not bring one to your facility?

CDI Boot Camps are everywhere. Why not bring one to your facility?

Specialist. The primary function of this role is serving as instructor for the ACDIS-sponsored CDI Boot Camp and ICD-10 for CDI Boot Camp, as well as customized boot camps and other client engagements. Enjoying teaching and education are a must, as are excellent verbal and written communication skills. Candidate must be familiar with PowerPoint use and design. The CDI Education Specialist also serves as in-house support and expertise for ACDIS-related functions, including assisting with articles and related product development. In addition, the CDI Education Specialist is responsible for updating and revising class materials under the direction of the CDI Education Director.

The per diem CDI Education Specialist position is home-based but requires approximately 50% travel. Candidates will preferably have 4 to 10 years experience in the CDI field. Candidates will have a current RN licensure or be a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) through AHIMA. Certified Clinical Documentation Specialist (CCDS) or Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) credentials preferred.

Compensation: Competitive, based on experience

HCPro offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package. Qualified candidates should send a resume to careers@blr.com HCPro/BLR® is an EEO employer. For additional information contact ACDIS Director Brian Murphy at bmurphy@cdiassociation.com.

Quarterly Conference Call for ACDIS members scheduled

Don't miss the November quarterly conference call for ACDIS members.

Don’t miss the November quarterly conference call for ACDIS members.

Our next quarterly conference call is scheduled for Thursday, November 21, from 1-2 p.m. ET. To access the call, please dial the toll-free number that was emailed to you.

If you did not receive the email dial-in information please email Penny Richards at prichards@cdiassociation.com at least one-day prior to the call.

Due to heavy call volume, please dial in 10 minutes prior to the start of the program. These calls are offered as a means for ACDIS members to network with one another and to discuss any clinical documentation improvement related issues.

We will have a few ACDIS Advisory Board members on the call as well. We encourage your comments, thoughts, and questions during the call. If you would like to submit a topic or question for discussion please email ACDIS Director Brian Murphy at bmurphy@cdiassociation.com

Reminder: Applications for advisory board openings due Friday

The application period for four new ACDIS advisory board members is now open. The deadline for returning completed applications is November 15, 2013. A nominating committee and the ACDIS membership will make final selections by January 2014.

ACDIS advisors are important, volunteer positions that help shape the direction of the association and provide leadership and expertise for the membership. The term of service is a maximum of three years. The role and expectations of ACDIS advisory board members is described on the advisory board page.

Please fill out and submit the application form here: http://www.keysurvey.com/f/557833/77cd/

Applications open for ACDIS advisory board positions

The application period for four new ACDIS advisory board members is now open. The deadline for returning completed applications is November 15, 2013. A nominating committee and the ACDIS membership will make final selections by January 2014.

ACDIS advisors are important, volunteer positions that help shape the direction of the association and provide leadership and expertise for the membership. The term of service is a maximum of three years. The role and expectations of ACDIS advisory board members is described on the advisory board page.

Please fill out and submit the application form here: http://www.keysurvey.com/f/557833/77cd/

In Memorium: Vivian Gannon

Vivian Gannon

Vivian Gannon

ACDIS is very sad to report that Vivian Gannon, RN, CCM, CCDS, Clinical Documentation Coordinator at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center in Chesapeake, VA, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, October 27. She was 56 years old.

Vivian graduated from Massachusetts General Hospital School of Nursing in 1978 and began working at the Chesapeake Regional Medical Center as a Registered Nurse in 1990. As the Clinical Documentation Improvement Coordinator at CRMC, she was active in multiple committees promoting quality standards throughout the hospital. She was a major member and contributor to ACDIS National and to the Virginia Local Chapter, and presented a wonderful, well-received session at the ACDIS National Conference in Nashville in May 2013.

Vivian leaves her husband, three children, her father, a sister, two brothers, nieces, nephews and cousins, as well as many coworkers and colleagues.

Her funeral will be held in the Chesapeake Chapel of H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., 1416 Cedar Road, Chesapeake, VA, on Saturday, November 2, at 3:30 p.m. The family will receive friends in the funeral home from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. prior to the service. Burial will be in Milton, MA.

Donations in lieu of flowers can be made in memory of Vivian to the Lifestyle Center at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center; Designation: Lifestyle Center.

You may also send online condolences to the family via the funeral home website, at hdoliver.com.

We, at ACDIS, express our condolences to her family, friends, and extended ACDIS network. Her contributions will not be forgotten.

CDI Week: Thanks to our 2013 sponsors

ACDIS’ continued growth depends on the vivacity of its membership and the continued support of its affiliated sponsors. This year CDI Week is generously supported by:

  • 3M Health Information Systems: Best known for its market-leading coding system and ICD-10 expertise, 3M Health Information Systems delivers innovative software and consulting services designed to raise the bar for clinical documentation improvement, computer-assisted coding, performance monitoring, and quality outcomes reporting.
  • ChartWise Medical Systems: “ChartWise:CDI” brings computer-assisted clinical documentation improvement to your facility.  A comprehensive web-based software solution, it streamlines the CDI process by translating clinical terms, labs, and medications into the diagnostic terms needed for coding. Electronic queries, flexible workflow, robust on-demand multi-level reporting, data security, reference materials all to help provide not just CDI tools but CDI intelligence.
  • Optum: OptumTM is an information and technology-enabled health services business platform serving the broad health marketplace, including care providers, plan sponsors, life sciences companies and consumers. OptumInsight  specializes in improving the performance of the health system by providing analytics, technology and consulting services, and is the leading provider of computer-assisted coding solutions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

CDI Week: Thanks to planning committee members

The 2013 CDI Week theme is "ICD-10: Preparing for tomorrow today."

The 2013 CDI Week theme is “ICD-10: Preparing for tomorrow today.”

We first put out the call for volunteers to plan the third-annual CDI Week back in February. As always, our CDI community responded with tremendous enthusiasm and eight volunteers started meeting on March 27.

The group almost immediately honed in on ICD-10-CM/PCS implementation and documentation improvement efforts as this year’s theme. We batted around fun ideas to highlight the importance of the topic and the impending October 1, 2014 deadline. We contemplated a rocket ship (blast-off your ICD-10 preparations), bridge (bridging the gap between ICD-9 and ICD-10 documentation), and New Year’s Eve (New York City-style ball drop) but ultimately determined that a simple stopwatch best represented the reality facing institutions as they prepare for the imminent code set change.

With the theme and message in place, the committee turned its attention to developing tools CDI professionals can use to educate themselves and to help spread the word about the role of CDI in ICD-10 implementation and the value of the profession throughout the healthcare industry. We think the various materials and events available for free to all CDI and related professionals on the ACDIS website are exemplary and we hope you do too!

Special thanks go out to our hard-working volunteers including:

  1. Carol Huffman
  2. Sheri Blanchard
  3. Glenn Krauss
  4. Karen McKaig
  5. Sharon Kru
  6. Leah Taylor
  7. Peggy Reap
  8. Sherri Clark

ACDIS/CDI Week featured on tomorrow’s ‘Talk Ten’

The 3rd Annual CDI Week celebration begins next week!

The 3rd Annual CDI Week celebration begins next week!

Greetings ACDIS Blog readers,

Tomorrow, Tuesday, September 10, at 10 a.m., I will join the ICD-10 Monitor team for a special “Talk Ten Tuesday” to formally announce the kick-off of our national Clinical Documentation Improvement Week celebrations. This year CDI Week takes place September 16-20, and focuses on efforts associated with ICD-10 preparedness, with the theme “ICD-10: Preparing for tomorrow, today!” The Talk Ten program is the second part of a series titled: “ICD-10 and CDI: The Foundational Imperative.” As a special guest on the program, I will join Cassi L. Birnbaum, Bonnie Cassidy, and Mike Hodgson for what we think will be a dynamic look at the importance of CDI in ICD-10 education and roll out. All of us share the firm belief, just as the title of the program suggests, that CDI is the foundation for the code-set transition to come.

Now in its third year, CDI Week offers CDI professionals the opportunity to step out of their day-to-day efforts to celebrate their accomplishments and tout their importance to the wider community. Over several months a six-person committee deliberated on this year’s theme, helped craft this year’s CDI Industry Survey, and developed new materials that CDI professionals can use. The CDI Week Toolkit includes:

  • CDI Week poster: Download the poster and have your facility print office create copies for you to hang throughout your hospital.
  • ICD-10 implementation case study: Sherri A. Clark, BSN, RN-BC, CCDS, CDI specialist at The University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, shares the experiences of her CDI and coding team as they have so-far educated and readied themselves for ICD-10 implementation.
  • CDI Week logo: Add the CDI Week logo to your team’s email signature line, use it on your query forms throughout the week, add it to the stationary that you use to write your physician thank you notes.
  • Documentation quotes: Print this collection of fun CDI quotes and hang them throughout physician documentation areas.
  • PowerPoint presentations: Customize one of the four presentations which cover everything from CDI basics to the importance of CDI efforts for physician’s own E/M documentation and reimbursement.
  • Free webinars: Join me on Monday, Sept. 9, at 1 p.m., Eastern, for the 3M sponsored Foster Physician Involvement and Education Under ICD-10,” or participate in Tuesday’s program, Advanced Procedures and Diagnosis Sequencing in ICD-10″ Sept. 10, at 1 p.m., Eastern, featuring ICD-10 Boot Camp instructors Jennifer Avery and Shannon McCall.

And, believe it or not, that’s just a small selection of the materials available. Sample CDI games such as Bingo, word search, and “two truths and a lie” help keep this week’s event fun and educational. There will be CDI trivia games taking place at ACDIS headquarters and within the CDI Talk networking channel as well as photo and cartoon caption contests on the ACDIS Blog and social media venues.

ACDIS will distribute the CDI Week Industry Survey and daily industry Q&As to its membership via email throughout CDI Week, but you need not be a member to access all the amazing materials–it is all free and available under the CDI Week tab on the ACDIS website.

All this is to help you spread the word about the great work you do as CDI professionals. We encourage you to take advantage of these materials. We encourage you to reach out to your physicians, nurses, case managers, quality professionals, administrators, to explain the value of your profession. We encourage you to step further and share your team photo and an explanation of your program with your local newspapers and with your local legislators. We know you do great work every day and we think everyone else should know it too.

Cheers and Happy CDI Week!

Reminder: Quarterly membership call Thursday

ACDIS quarterly conference call Thursday.

ACDIS quarterly conference call Thursday.

ACDIS members are invited to participate in a Quarterly Conference Call taking place, Thursday, Aug. 22, 1-2 p.m. (EST). Dial-in instructions were sent via email to ACDIS members. If you are an ACDIS member but did not receive your dial-in instructions please email prichards@cdiassociation.com for information.

Please note that due to heavy call volume, we recommend that you dial in 10 minutes early.

These calls are offered as a means for ACDIS members to network with one another and to discuss any CDI related issues. We encourage your comments, thoughts, and questions, as ACDIS Advisory Board members will provide feedback during the call. If you would like a particular topic discussed email ACDIS Director Brian Murphy at bmurphy@cdiassociation.com.

Applications for 2014 Conference presentations due Aug. 12

What lesson learned do you have to share? Your peers are waiting to hear your insight. Submit your ideas for the 2014 ACDIS National Conference now.

What lesson learned do you have to share? Your peers are waiting to hear your insight. Submit your ideas for the 2014 ACDIS National Conference now.

ACDIS is currently seeking speakers to present at the seventh annual ACDIS Conference, to be held May 7–9, 2014, at Bally’s Hotel in Las Vegas.

Is that special person you or a colleague?
We seek speakers to present on all aspects of CDI. Advanced CDI sessions that push the profession forward are particularly welcome. Based on the learning needs identified by participants of the successful 2013 ACDIS Conference, several topics have emerged as areas of great interest therefore potential 2014 speakers should consider the following topic areas:

  • ICD-10: Service line documentation requirements, Coding Clinic guidance and coding guidelines, dual coding, education for physicians, pathophysiology education/clinical sessions
  • Physician queries: Queries for diagnoses without supporting clinical indicators, querying beyond basic heart failure/CKD/etc., examples of poor/noncompliant queries
  • Complex chart review and/or coding scenarios, presenting actual cases
  • Quality and its relationship to CDI (HACs, PSIs, mortality reviews, etc.)
  • Value-based purchasing, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and other new or revised legislation affecting CDI
  • Strategies for physician involvement: Presenting formal (group) and informal (one-on-one) educational sessions, strategies for reaching non-responsive physicians and increasing response rates/accountability, CDI and its relationship to physician E/M
  • CDI opportunities by service line: Oncology, neurosurgery, advanced cardiology, pediatrics, etc.
  • CDI metrics: Measuring success, explanation of data gathering and use, and presentation of data to hospital administration
  • Recovery Auditors and payers: Successful strategies for denial avoidance and avoiding DRG downgrades, appeals writing, and collaboration with case management; combining case management and CDI functions
  • EHRs and new technology: Implementation strategies and CDI-specific issues; electronic querying and computer-assisted coding; coping with cut-and-paste documentation issues, etc.
  • CDI in other settings/program expansion: Outpatient CDI, HCCs, medical necessity review, ED, LTACs, critical access hospitals, psychiatric, additional payers, etc.
  • Program management issues: Managing a remote program, setting productivity standards, managing across multiple facilities, determining staffing levels, career ladders/motivation for CDI staff
  • Combining quality measures review, core measures review, and traditional DRG review: Case studies of successful programs
  • CDI for the newcomer: How to review a record, basic concepts and queries, overview of important coding guidelines and clinical indicators by MDC
  • Severity of illness and risk of mortality querying
If you don’t see your hot topic listed here, please write and let us know what expertise you can bring to the podium! Original ideas are welcome.

Deadline
To access the application, please click here, complete the form, and submit it to us no later than end of day Monday, August 12, 2013. Please  complete all the fields. Leaving the form open for a lengthy period may cause it to time out, so you may wish to draft your submission in a separate Word document and paste it into the fields to ensure proper transmission.

We look forward to hearing from you! If you’d like more information or wish to discuss a potential topic, email ACDIS Director Brian Murphy at bmurphy@cdiassociation.com and we’ll set up a convenient time to speak by phone.