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Conference Corner: ACDIS honors achievement award winners at annual conference

ACDIS honored the nation’s top CDI professionals at its 10th annual conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, on May 10, including:

  • Nicole Kosiba, RN, BSN, CDI specialist at Advocate Health Care – Illinois Masonic Hospital in Chicago, with the Rookie of the Year award

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    Nicole Kosiba, RN, BSN

  • Nicole Fox, MD, MPH, FACS, CPE, medical director of CDI and of pediatric trauma at Cooper University Health System in Camden, New Jersey, with the Excellence in Provider Engagement award

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    Nicole Fox, MD, MPH, FACS, CPE

  • Fran Jurcak, MSN, RN, CCDS, director of clinical innovations at Iodine Software in Austin, Texas, with the Recognition of CDI Professional Achievement award

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    Fran Jurcak, MSN, RN, CCDS

  • Rita Fields, BSN, RN, CCDS, regional CDI manager at Baptist Health in Louisville, Kentucky, with the 2017 CDI Professional of the Year award

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    Rita Fields, BSN, RN, CCDS

ACDIS Director Brian Murphy presented the four awards in the morning’s general session to kick off the 10th annual conference. The awards were presented in front of an audience of more than 2,000 of the winner’s peers.

The Rookie of the Year award (a 2016 addition) 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 Excellence in Provider Engagement award (a 2016 addition) 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 to the broader CDI community.

“We had a very impressive pool of candidates this year. The 2017 Conference Committee had some difficult decisions to make. But in the end they selected four winners who exemplify all the qualities that make for great CDI professionals—the initiative to step outside their comfort zones and advance the profession, the ability to lead others and lead by example, the willingness to work as part of a team with HIM/coding professionals, physicians, and others, and above all a passion for what they do and the CDI profession as a whole,” says ACDIS Director Brian Murphy.

“The hardest thing was that each of the nominees had done such tremendous work in their own respect, but there could only be one winner for each category. […] Just to be on that nominee list, you must have done something wonderful, but I’m very, very confident that people will agree with our choices. The work the winners have done has been stellar, to say the least,” says Faisal Hussain, MD, a member of the 2017 Conference Committee.

“It was really difficult, but I think the process went pretty smoothly. All of the nominees were excellent. It’s very difficult to choose because you hate to have to say no to anyone when they’re all so close to the top of the list. It was great to see the number of nominations, though. The people who supported the nominees put in so much work to do that!” adds Jeanne O’Connor, RN, MS, CCDS, another member of the 2017 Conference Committee.

To read more about the ACDIS Achievement Awards criteria, award descriptions, and selection process, click here.

Conference Corner: How to use the new ACDIS bookstore booth

Those who’ve attended multiple conferences may recall the previous ACDIS bookstore booth as a pretty hectic place, both for the attendees and the staff involved. With those memories in mind, the ACDIS team worked to redesign the booth for this year’s conference.

The booth has three distinct areas: one for browsing and asking questions, one for purchasing your books, and one to demo our e-learning courses and chat with our sales staff. This layout will streamline the experience of shopping at the booth for everyone involved.

Please take a few moments to review the following steps to ensure you know how the booth setup works.

  1. First, head over to the tables at the booth to browse the book and product selections. ACDIS team members will be present to answer any questions you might have.

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    Step 1: Choose your books

  1. After you’ve selected which books to purchase, head over to the checkout area. Once there, tell the staff member which book(s) you’d like. They’ll retrieve them from the bookshelves and you can pay right there.

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    Step 2: Make your purchase

  1. To demo a CDI e-learning course or chat with one of our sales reps, head on over to the final area of the booth.

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    Step 3: Chat with a sales rep and demo our e-learning

If you have any questions about the booth setup while at the conference, head on over. The staff is happy to help walk you through the process.

 

Note from the Director: ACDIS conference turns 10

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ACDIS Director Brian Murphy

By Brian D. Murphy

Wow, ACDIS is turning 10. Sometimes I still find it hard to wrap my head around that fact.

We’ve managed to accomplish a lot in our first decade, growing from little more than an idea in 2006, to launch in October 2007, to more than 5,400 members nationwide.

What am I most proud of? That we’ve brought so many people together. That’s what we do. Here is just a sample:

  • 40 local chapters under the banner of ACDIS
  • Thousands on our membership conference calls and ACDIS Radio
  • Thousands more in the classrooms of our boot camps
  • And tens of thousands of CDI specialists from around the country, here at our national conference

That’s what ACDIS is all about—fellowship, networking, and learning from each other. The plan is, 10 years from now we’ll still be bringing people together. Because in the end, that is what CDI is all about. It’s the ultimate team sport. What do I mean by that?

Patient registration, up front, doing their job so the process of review can begin.

All the efforts of the query go nowhere without an HIM/coding professional applying the code which he or she believes is supported by the documentation.

All those efforts go for naught without billing professionals submitting the claim on the back end.

And of course, CDI is completely hamstrung without an engaged physician willing to put pen to paper, or fingers to the keyboard. Or just to listen.

It’s a team, all working together, to move an object that can seem very heavy.

And CDI is the tie that binds all this together. CDI is the glue, the jet fuel that makes this engine run. How many more clichés can I spout? You get the idea. Every day you accomplish amazing things in your pursuit of the integrity of the medical record.

CDI specialists move that heavy object every day, meeting regulatory burdens head-on and marrying administrative codes to clinical practice.

And I like to think we at ACDIS have played a part, taking a turn and shouldering some of the burden right alongside you.

So, thank you for 10 years of ACDIS.

For 10 years of crossing the country to come to our conferences, 10 years of learning from us while we learn from you.

For 10 years of memories, and many fond meetings.

Team ACDIS is looking forward to the next 10!

–Brian

Conference Corner: Getting from place-to-place in Las Vegas

The 10th annual ACDIS conference starts this week. To help you prepare for your travel to Las Vegas, we’ve put together a few transportation options from McCarran International Airport to the MGM Grand Hotel, the location of the conference. While ACDIS does not provide attendees with transportation to and from the conference, we did want to provide a resource to help you find the options in one place.

Taxi and car services

The MGM Grand is actually only a little more than two miles away from the airport itself. There are five different taxi cab services from the airport to hotels in Vegas, some of which are cash only. It’s recommended that passengers ask prior to getting into the cab whether or not they accept credit cards. There is also a $2.00 additional charge on all taxi fares originating at the airport.

The taxis are available outside Terminals 1 and 3 and at the Rent-A-Car Center at the airport. For more information regarding the taxi services provided from McCarran airport, click here.

In addition to the taxicabs, there are four different limousine car services operating out of the airport if you want to travel in a bit more luxury for those two miles. For information on this option, click here.

The MGM Grand also has a town car service through Executive Transportation. For more information about the hotel’s service, click here.

Airport shuttles

While the hotel does not provide a free shuttle to guests, there are a number of affordable options for airport shuttles.

The first option is through Executive Transportation, working with the MGM Grand. A one way-ticket to or from the airport on this shuttle is $7.00 per person. To make a reservation from the airport, contact Executive Transportation at 702-646-4661 or info@executivelasvegas.com. To make a reservation back to the airport at the end of the conference, simply see the MGM Grand Concierge.

BellTrans Charter Shuttle also operates between the airport and the MGM Grand. Each shuttle holds up to 24 passengers and makes three to five stops at various hotels. Their rates are $14-$17, round trip, depending on the hotel destination. To book a spot, visit their website by clicking here.

SuperShuttle also offers an airport shuttle to any destination on the Vegas Strip. If you’re traveling in a group, you can book transportation at a group price. To make a reservation, contact them at 800-258-3826. For information about group transportation, click here.

Ride Share

Uber and Lyft ride sharing also provide service to and from McCarran airport. Like the taxi services, the ride share vehicle operate out of Terminals 1 and 3. To make a reservation, download either app to your smart phone and request a ride. For more information about Uber, click here. For more information about Lyft, click here.

The MGM Grand also offers a discount for guests who choose Uber. By using the promo cod “MGMGRAND2,” you’ll get your first ride (up to $20) for free.

Driving

For those of you who live locally or are driving from the airport, make sure to use the address 3799 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, Nevada 89109.

The McCarran Rent-A-Car center is located at 7135 Gilespie Street. An airport shuttle bus departs approximately every five minutes from Terminal 3 to the rental center. Due to road construction, the shuttle bus takes approximately 30 minutes to reach the rental center.

Parking

Hourly self-parking rates at the hotel are as follows:

  • 1-2 hours: $7
  • 2-4 hours: $10
  • 4-24 hours: $12
  • Over 24 hours: $12 per additional day or fraction thereof

Hourly valet parking rates at the hotel are as follows:

  • 0-4 hours: $15
  • 4-24 hours: $20
  • Over 24 hours: $20 per additional day or fraction thereof

Editor’s note: For additional transportation from the airport and around Las Vegas, please visit the MGM Grand Hotel’s website.

Conference Corner: ACDIS office closed for the 10th annual conference

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ACDIS office closed May 8-12

The annual ACDIS conference will be the blowout CDI event of the year, as always, but with a special flair for the 10th anniversary festivities. Because of the size and reach of the conference, all the ACDIS staff needs to devote their full attention on the conference. This means the ACDIS office will be closed starting on May 8 and reopening on May 12.

While the ACDIS team will be busy in Las Vegas making the conference as memorable and helpful as possible for the attendees, customer service remains open for questions. Please contact Customer Service at customerservice@hcpro.com or call 800-650-6787 for any of the following concerns:

  • Requests for a receipt
  • Assistance with your username and/or password
  • Questions about ACDIS website access
  • Inquiries about your ACDIS membership expiration date

Should you have other questions, the ACDIS team will do their best to answer promptly upon returning to the office on May 12.

We look forward to seeing everyone in Vegas!

 

Conference Corner: ACDIS app comes back

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The App is back!

Much like The Cat in the Hat, the ACDIS app comes back. While the title of this post may sound like a new-fangled Dr. Seuss book, we are, in all serious, very excited about welcoming the ACDIS Conference App back for the 10th annual ACDIS conference.

Attendees should have received an email with your login information and download instructions. Check your spam filters and hospital firewalls. Please note that if you downloaded last year’s App, you need to update the App to access the 2017 version. This post is meant to overview some of the App features, for those of you who are new to the App, as well as an introduction to some new tools.

A couple years ago, ACDIS went green If you want paper materials, you need to print them out on your own, prior to leaving the office for the conference. To print the materials, use the download link included in your welcome letter.

All PowerPoint presentations, speaker bio, daily agendas, and other important information is also located in the ACDIS App.

The conference App will be your lifeline for all things ACDIS 2017. There are dedicated icons (located along the bottom of your screen) for the following items:

  • Home newsfeed: Feel free to post pictures, tag other attendees, or include your location. Use the App to check into sessions and to share any take-home tips from a given speaker in a particular session.
  • Notifications: Anytime someone follow you, messages you, tags you, or you win a raffle, you’ll get a notification. We’ll also send you reminders with general conference information. Be sure to “allow notifications” from the ACDIS App so you don’t miss out.
  • Agenda: This tab houses a complete agenda for the event. You can personalize it, adding sessions you wish to attend, making it easy to keep track of your schedule. By clicking on the session, you will be brought to a page with a brief description of the topic and speaker. Here you can access the slides before, during, and after the conference right from your phone. (Note: Materials will open within the App for iPhone users. For Android users, the materials will download to your phone and can be accessed through your phone’s downloads folder.)
  • App sponsor, The Claro Group: Here you can find a special message from our App sponsor. We’re very grateful for their sponsorship!
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The App menu

There’s also a number of features in the menu section of the App. To access these features, go to the “more” icon along the bottom of the screen and scroll through the various categories, including:

  • Discussion groups: New this year, the discussion groups function much like the popular ACDIS Forum. You simply click on the topic section you’d like to join and click the “Join Channel” button on the bottom of the screen. These are dedicated areas to share information with other attendees and get some input from new friends you meet at the conference.
  • Exhibitors: This tab features an alphabetic list of all our exhibitors and information about each one. To find one in the exhibit hall, simply click on the name and then click the booth number. This will open the interactive exhibit hall map and help you navigate to the booth.
  • Raffle winners: Unlike previous years, we’ll announce the vendor raffle winners through the App. If your name is drawn, you will get a notification during a session break in the App about what you won and where to pick it up. The winners will also be listed in the “raffle winners” section.
  • Conference details: This section includes all the logistical information about the conference you need to know. For instance, this section includes continuing education credit information, location, parking, suggested attire, and WiFi instructions.
  • Maps: This section has a map of the conference center as a whole with track and room numbers, all of which are color coded.
  • Sponsors: Similar to the exhibitor section, this section features a list of all our sponsors and information about those companies.
  • Messages: Much like Facebook, this section will be for any private messages you may receive through the App. This can be especially helpful for connecting with old friends.
  • Photo feed: This is where all the photos uploaded to the App will live.
  • Attendees: This tab lets you network with and “follow” one another, much like Twitter (don’t worry, we do not provide any contact information—only your name, credentials, and facility). This allows you to network with all your CDI friends, old and new.

To get started, simply download the App by visiting the Google Play store or the Apple App store and searching ACDIS Conference. (If you downloaded the App last year, make sure to update it within the Google Play or Apple App store to access new features). We will provide a special App-related help desk near the registration area during the conference should you need technical assistance.

Once you’ve downloaded the app, there are a few things you should do:

  • Upload a photo of yourself, if you wish
  • Double check your profile information—your name, title, and facility or company—and edit if needed
  • Link your account to existing Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn accounts, allowing you to post status updates to multiple accounts at once

Next, play around with the App to familiarize yourself with the agenda and the calendar, make sure you know how to access the slides, and try updating a status or picture (or both).

Remember—this App is intended for professional networking purposes. Please keep all posts and pictures appropriate!

We appreciate your cooperation, and we hope you are as excited as we are. Of course, you may have a few questions or concerns. If you need help we’ll have a special kiosk near the registration desk you can visit onsite, or you can message our App coordinator, Jessica Carbone. You can also call our customer service folks at 800-650-6787 or customerservice@hcpro.com.

 

Conference Corner: #TBT ACDIS conference through the years

Can you believe we’re just a couple days away from the 10th annual ACDIS conference? As we prepare for this monumental anniversary celebration, the ACDIS team is getting a bit nostalgic. Take a look at these pictures from the last nine years of ACDIS conference. We can’t wait to see you in Las Vegas!

10th Annual ACDIS conference by Slidely Photo Gallery

Conference Corner: Packing and reminders

The 10th annual ACDIS conference in Las Vegas starts in less than a week. As the departure date for more than 1,500 attendees quickly approaches, we wanted to leave you a couple reminders to help you prepare for the trip.

First, make sure you subscribe to the ACDIS Blog for the next few days. We’ll post a series of helpful hints and tips to help you get the most out of the conference.

Second, as a reminder, the ACDIS office will be closed for the conference starting Monday, May 8, and will reopen Tuesday, May 16. We look forward to seeing you in Vegas!

What to wear…

Wear comfortable but professional clothing, comfortable shoes you can walk in, and bring extra layers (such as sweaters or jackets). We have no control of the temperature in the convention center and it may fluctuate from room to room.

  • Day 1 of the annual conference is always “show your CDI pride day.” We encourage you to wear purple and orange. In the past, attendees have sported purple ties and orange shirts, fancy hats, and scarves. We’ll be giving out spirit ribbons and special prizes for those who go above and beyond.

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    Show your ACDIS spirit on Day 1!

  • Day 2 is always “state pride day.” We encourage you to wear an item of clothing emblematic of your state. Visit the local chapter page for your state to stay up-to-date on what the chapter leaders have planned for this year’s festivities.

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    Show your state pride on Day 2!

What to bring. . .

Bring your business cards! Networking is one of the most important aspects of the conference. Be sure to bring plenty of business cards so you can share your contact information with colleagues, and enter drawings in the exhibit hall.

Bring some pens and paper to swap. ACDIS’ CCDS Coordinator Penny Richards participates in a “stationary swap” and had a great time bringing this game to ACDIS conference attendees over the last couple years. To join in, pick up a fun pen or two and a small stationary item (like a flower-shaped sticky note pad or flamingo shaped pen) wrapped in a paper bag and drop it off at the ACDIS registration desk on Day 1 starting at noon through Day 2 at noon. You’ll receive a blue ticket which you can exchange for a different package from the bin on Day 2. To make your donation to the exchange extra special, consider including a motivational note or CDI tip in your package.

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Don’t forget your pens!

Early arrivals…

For those arriving on Tuesday, May 9, we strongly encourage you to pre-register from 2-6 p.m. Pre-registration will be held at the registration desk in the Grand Ballroom Foyer, on level 1 of the conference center. By pre-registering you will avoid waiting in line Wednesday morning! We also look forward to seeing you at this year’s pre-event cocktail reception on Tuesday, May 9, 5-7:30 p.m., in the Exhibit Hall (the Marquee Ballroom).

Conference Corner: Conference Committee members share their experiences, highlights

We’re only eight days away from the 10th annual ACDIS Conference at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Even as the core ACDIS team busily prepares, attendees may not realize the amount of behind-the-scenes volunteer work that helps bring the conference’s educational offerings together. A committee of 12 ACDIS members volunteers their time and energy beginning in August each year and meet regularly to set priorities for the event, evaluate speaker applications, and ensure content submissions meet rigorous quality expectations. Over the months leading up to the conference, they work to ensure the event is as memorable and valuable as possible.

ACDIS would like to extend a special thank you to your 12 conference committee members for the 2017 conference:

  • Susanne Warford, MBA-HCM, RN, CCDS
  • Faisal Hussain, MD
  • Deidre Barnett, RN, MHCL, CCDS
  • Valarie Bica, RN, CPN
  • Karen DiMeglio, RN, MS, CPC, CCDS
  • Jessica Fetterley, RHIT, CCDS
  • Jeanne O’Connor, RN, MS, CCDS
  • Theresa Ryan, RN, MBA, CCDS
  • Lynn Sisler, RN, MS, CCDS, ACM
  • Brandy White, RN, CCS, CDIP, CCDS
  • Kara Masucci, RN, MSN, CCDS
  • Shelia Bullock, RN

Over the past few weeks, ACDIS Editor Linnea Archibald had the privilege of chatting with a few of the committee members about their experiences and what they’re looking forward to. Here are some of their responses:

Q: What were some of the highlights of serving on the ACDIS conference committee?

“I was really amazed at the breath of the speaker submissions. I’ve been attending the conference for years and seeing all the great submission offerings behind the final choices was definitely a highlight. We also had a great cross-section of different people on the conference committee, which really supports a well-rounded conference selection and some great dialogue during our meetings,” Lynn Sisler, RN, MBA, CCDS, says.

“Looking at how much work goes into planning the whole thing was a highlight and probably the biggest learning experience for me. You don’t realize it until you’ve been in that role. probably the. The collaboration with all the members, though, was the most rewarding part of it. I loved getting everyone’s experience and takes on the sessions,” Faisal Hussain, MD, says.

“It was a great opportunity and I was honored to be selected to serve. And, it was very educational, not only from reading all the different submissions, but also from talking with and being in discussions with the other committee members,” Jeanne O’Connor, RN, MSN, CCDS, says.

Q: What was your process when evaluating a speaker or sessions?

“I would start by looking at them in terms of my own personal thoughts as to what would be good and then try to couple it with a particular track. I tried to remain very cognoscente of the fact that, even if it didn’t appeal to me, there may be someone interested. We wanted to create a well-rounded conference. Sometimes, that meant ACDIS Director Brian Murphy would reach out to submitters for more details about their proposal. I think the team did a really good job with making sure no stone was left unturned,” Sisler says.

“The first thing I wanted to know was which category the presentation belonged in: beginner, intermediate, or advanced. I think each track needs at least one beginner and one intermediate level session. I also asked how new the findings in a session were, trying to avoid sessions that had been done before. We want attendees to learn something new, so you have to make the conference for everyone,” says Hussain.

“I did it in the evenings after work, starting with going through the applications for that week. Then, I wrote down a sentence of two about each session to jog my memory during the meetings and went back through my top picks,” O’Connor says.

Q: Are there any tracks or sessions that you’re particularly interested in?

“I’m always excited about the new and innovative sessions and also the leadership tracks. Those are usually the most applicable to my current role, but all the regulatory sessions are also helpful,” Sisler says.

“I’m personally very interested in the quality and regulatory track. I’m big on how CDI can help reducing denials. I’m also always interested in finding out about new coding challenges. Personally, I don’t have much experience with outpatient CDI, so that’s exciting too,” Hussain says.

“I was most interested in the clinical part. I think it’s important for CDI specialists to stay abreast of the newest in clinical research and how it relates to us. I’m also really interested in the quality and regulatory track because that’s the one I need the most education on myself, plus, they’re the most apt to change. Really, I’m excited for everything, though,” says O’Connor.

Q: What, in general, about this year’s conference are you excited about?

“I’m always excited to get all those experts in one place! I’m really excited about the networking opportunities and learning from other attendees, too,” says Sisler.

“I’m really looking forward to meeting all the conference committee members in person and catching up with the speakers I met last year. Ultimately, I’m looking forward to learning from everyone,” Hussain says.

“I love seeing everyone [I’ve met during previous conferences]. The poster sessions are also great. And, I think it’s wonderful that they’re listed on the ACDIS website after the conference so I can go back and see them all over again. This will be my third conference and I’ve found that, for me, it’s best to get there early so I don’t miss anything,” says O’Connor.

Note from Associate Editorial Director: Quotes of note

Melissa Varnavas

Melissa Varnavas

by Melissa Varnavas

As a young journalist on deadline, I stared down a blank white computer screen as the clock ticked toward midnight, pondering an exposition regarding my home town’s complicated municipal budget. In the end, I settled on introducing the article with a quote from Theodore Roosevelt. “Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort…”

As the article devolved into a collection of quotes from city councilors, my editor at the time simply titled the piece “Beverly Budget Debate: Quotes of Note.”

While not exactly one of my more shining journalistic moments, it is true that certain quotes, like that of Roosevelt’s, reverberate through time, echoing with the truth of the sentiment they express. It’s probably the reason so many ACDIS members include famous quotes in their email signatures.

I love the one from hockey player Wayne Gretzky that ACDIS member Tracy Boldt, RN, BSN, CCDS, CDIP, system manager for CDI at Essentia Health in Duluth, Minnesota, uses in her signature: “A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.” The 2016 CDI professional of the year award winner Karen Newhouser played off Gretzky’s quote in her acceptance speech, encouraging those in attendance to use the resources available to them to stay informed about changes in healthcare reimbursement and their effect on CDI efforts.

Another of my favorites related to the CDI profession has long been Mark Twain’s: “The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter. ’Tis the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.” Don’t call it congestive heart failure if it’s actually acute-on-chronic diastolic heart failure.

Musing on this, I asked the ACDIS team to put on their thinking caps and come up with a few themselves. Both ACDIS Director Brian Murphy and ACDIS CCDS Coordinator Penny Richards stuck with a writerly theme and the importance of thoughtfully chosen words to convey a message.

Murphy chose John Cheever’s: “A page of good prose remains invincible.”

Richards chose Emile de Girardin’s: “The power of words is immense. A well-chosen word had often sufficed to stop a flying army, to change defeat into victory and to save an empire.”

“Not to mention invited in the auditor or caused claims to be denied,” she added.

ACDIS Editor Linnea Archibald pointed to a quote from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: “It takes less time to do a thing right than to explain why you did it wrong,” as evidence of the importance of educating physicians on proper clinical documentation habits. Those physicians who take the time to heed CDI professionals’ advice, she says, ultimately end up saving time by getting the documentation correct to begin with.

ACDIS Associate Director of Membership and Product Development Rebecca Hendren chose a quote from Jane Austin, tweaking the details a tad. “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a physician in possession of poor documentation must be in want of a CDI specialist.” We’ll leave it to you to look up the original wording.

ACDIS Educational Director Laurie Prescott couldn’t settle on just one. Her favorites include:

  • “Good words are worth much, and cost little,” by George Herbert
  • “I like good strong words that mean something,” by Louisa May Alcott, in Little Women (like acute, chronic, and acute on chronic, Prescott added)
  • “It’s always a bit of a struggle to get the words right, whether we’re a Hemingway or a few fathoms below his level,” by Rene J. Cappon (which is why you have CDI specialists to assist you, Prescott joked)

We’re sure you have your own favorites, too. Feel free to share them with us or better yet, why not play this game with your CDI team and post your quotes near physician’s documentation stations and around your CDI department as a fun way to provide a little additional insight into the importance of CDI.

After all, as Aristotle said, “The aim of CDI is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.”

Editor’s note: Varnavas is the Associate Editorial Director of ACDIS. Contact her at mvarnavas@acdis.org.