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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: 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.

Conference Corner: Shipping out to Vegas!

If you’ve ever felt that your luggage always ends up too heavy, taking a trip down to the loading dock to see the pallets shipping out to the 10th annual ACDIS conference in Las Vegas would certainly make you feel better about your bag.

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Linnea Archibald (left) and Penny Richards (right) joining in on the packing fun.

Though we already extended our thanks to the internal staff who make the ACDIS conference possible, the team putting this conference together deserve another round of applause. On Tuesday, the office management team finished packing up the pallets to ship to the conference. CCDS Coordinator Penny Richards and ACDIS Editor Linnea Archibald ventured down to the loading dock to see the process in action and were thoroughly impressed.

On the dock were five pallets ready to go onto the truck – each wrapped in cellophane and jam packed with ACDIS supplies. Here are a few of the items making the trek to Vegas:

  • More than 2,000 tote bags with goodies included
  • More than 2,000 event agendas, exhibit hall floor plans, program guides, and exhibitor directories
  • Close to 50 signs and posters
  • Office and setup supplies such as batteries, clips, box cutters, calculators, envelopes, extension cords, first aid kits, pens, scissors, and more
  • More than 600 pieces of pre-con materials
  • Book store merchandise
  • The ACDIS Achievement Awards

There’s no way the ACDIS conference would be as spectacular without the many staff members working behind the scenes. When you arrive at the conference, look around and imagine packing all that in your roll-around suitcase!

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The pallets packed and ready to go!

Conference Corner: Thanks to our internal staff!

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Staff answer questions and work at the ACDIS booth

The days are winding down to the long awaited 10th annual ACDIS conference. Next week, more than 30 members of our HCPro and BLR teammates will make their way to the airport to support the ACDIS community during the largest conference we have ever conducted—with more than 1,500 paid attendees, 50 exhibitors, upwards of 300 exhibitor attendees, and more than 90 speakers and presenters.

In addition to the core ACDIS team, dozens of people lend their time, energy, and innumerable talents. When put all together, they produce the thriving conference we will experience in Las Vegas. We hope you’ll join us in thanking our staff members who make the conference possible.

While it would be nearly impossible to name every single person who contributed in some way, we’re going to give it our best shot:

Shannon Storella and the entire events team: Shannon is our fearless leader throughout the conference, from the planning stages to the live event. She keeps us all in line and helps the event run as smoothly as possible.

Kathy Wilson does an amazing job holding the entire event together working between the various departments as well as with the hotel staff and conference center management to ensure everything stays inline. The conference wouldn’t be as successful (or fun) without her!

Our conference presenters have gotten to know Wendy Walsh (or W2, as she sometimes signs her emails) very well over the past six to eight months. She is our conference producer, helping guide the speakers from the planning stages of their presentations through to execution at the actual conference. She keeps track of speakers’ presentations, makes sure their travel arrangements are set, ensures their presentations meet ANCC continuing education requirements, and a host of other tasks required to keep the sessions full of quality information. She helps prepare our room moderators to produce the best session experience possible.

Maggie Gagnon does a fantastic job both behind the scenes leading up to the conference and throughout the conference to generally ensure that the entire event runs smoothly.

Jess Carbone is the brain behind our ACDIS conference App, adds messaging, uploads materials, and trains the rest of the ACDIS staff on how to use the App. We love seeing the attendees interact through the app and post updates from the sessions.

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Staff working at the registration desks

Mary Ann Genovese, Kerry Neenan, Jennifer Hollis, and the rest of our exhibit hall support staff do a great job working with exhibitors and organizing floor plans, and assisting and directing attendees during the conference.

Andrea Kraynak, Stephen Andrews, Nicole Votta, Rebecca Hendren, Linnea Archibald, Sharme Brodie, Allen Frady, Shannon McCall, and Wendy Walsh: These lovely people will be our room moderators for our five session tracks, making sure the sessions ran as smoothly as possible. They’ll let you know where the bathrooms are, ask you to silence your cell phones, and remind you to use the microphones to ask your questions at the close of the session. They will keep the rest of the conference group updated via the App on interesting quotes and tidbits from each presentation as well.

Sheila McGrath, Erin Smith, Sarah Devlin, Melissa Varnavas, Penny Richards, and everyone in the ACDIS booth will be available to explain the various books, pocket guides, newsletters, and other products available to help CDI programs train their staff and grow. In between sessions, the booth will be open to attendees who wish to make a purchase or ask a question, and they will be ready and eager to help.

Mary Ann Genovese, Kerry Neenan, Jennifer Hollis, and the rest of our exhibit hall support staff do a great job working with exhibitors and organizing floor plans, and assisting and directing attendees during the conference.

Melissa Ketelsen (in customer service in our Tennessee office), Shannon McCall, Dave Garvey (both onsite) and our registration folks make the registration process run so smoothly, and for answering attendee’s questions, fixing or replacing badges, and providing support throughout the conference.

Casey Thomas, Mike Mirabello, Matt Sharpe, Mollika Sun and AnnMarie Lemoine do a fantastic job organizing ALL of the pieces here in the office that gets shipped to the conference! Their efforts ensure that we have everything we need to run a successful event onsite.

The list goes on, and surely we’ve still left off a few names! It takes a huge group of people to make the conference as spectacular as it always is. The conference wouldn’t be what it is without the effort of each and every person on this team.

Note from the Associate Director: Learn from the best around in CDI

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Rebecca Hendren

By Rebecca Hendren

One of the tasks I enjoy most in my role as the ACDIS associate director of membership and product development is getting to interact with our book authors and CDI Boot Camp instructors. Many of these talented professionals have been involved in CDI longer than they’d care to admit, but through that experience have developed a keen insight into advancements in the industry along with a desire to share that knowledge with ACDIS and with the larger clinical documentation improvement community.

Once a year, at the ACDIS national conference, we also get to see their expertise in action as they share pearls of wisdom in one of three pre-conference events.

This year, CDI Education Director Laurie Prescott, MSN, RN, CCDS, CDIP, CRC, and Shannon McCall, RHIA, CPC, CCS, CCS-P, CPC-I, CCDS, CEMC, CRC, director of the HCPro suite of coding Boot Camps, bring a two-day version of their risk-adjustment record review and coding program.

If you never been in a class with these two, trust me, it’s a blast. I know. I know. As the associate director of membership and product development, I’m supposed to tell you that—but I mean it. As someone who comes from neither a clinical or coding background, diving into something as complex as coding guidelines’ application to CMS-Hierarchical Condition Category (HCC) methodology is more than intimidating but these lovely ladies do a tremendous job of providing detailed instruction on the individual HCCs and opportunities for improved documentation with clinical scenarios to demonstrate how these concepts can be incorporated into CDI practice.

As an ACDIS staff member, I’m particularly lucky because I get to bounce around to a number of different sessions. So, I’m also looking forward to catching up with two of my favorite CDI people Richard Pinson, MD, CCS, and Cynthia Tang, RHIA, CCS, co-creators of the beloved CDI Pocket Guide. They’re teaching a pre-conference event designed to help CDI programs break down departmental silos into a collaborative, cohesive team. It’s called “Building a Best Practice CDI Team,” and throughout the program Pinson and Tang will explore the importance of understanding how your medical staff thinks and learns—and adjusting CDI efforts accordingly.

“A successful CDI team is based on engagement of medical staff obtained through effective communication,” says Pinson. “For example, physicians often respond to education using evidence-based literature and consensus guidelines. By collaborating with your team, you will find the methods that work.”

Over the course of the past year, I’ve also had the distinct pleasure of being able to work with Trey La Charité, MD, FACP, SFHM, CCDS, medical director of clinical documentation integrity and coding for UT Hospitalists at the University of Tennessee Medical Center (UTMC), as he crafted not one but two books—The CDI Companion for Physician Advisors and The CDI Field Guide to Denial Prevention and Audit Defense. That’s in addition to the volume, The Physician Advisor’s Guide to Clinical Documentation Improvement, that he co-wrote with James S. Kennedy, MD, CCS, CCDS, CDIP, president of CDIMD-Physician Champions.

I know how beloved both doctors La Charité and Kennedy are within our community and know how much people love their pre-conference deep-dive into essentially everything a CDI physician advisor needs to know to help CDI programs flourish. The second day of this preconference event includes a second track case study featuring Erica E. Remer, MD, FACEP, CCDS, and Kelly Skorepa, BSN, RN, CCDS, corporate manager of clinical documentation integrity for University Hospitals Health System in Cleveland. I’ve heard Remer speak during ACDIS Radio programs, so I’m interested in learning more from her as well.

If you’re already signed up for one of these pre-conference events, I’m sure you’re as excited as we are. If you’re still on the fence about whether these extra courses will meet your CDI program’s educational needs, check out the agendas on the ACDIS website or feel free to reach out to me to learn more.

Editor’s note: Rebecca Hendren is the associate director of membership and product development at ACDIS. If you have any questions, please reach her at rhendren@acdis.org.

Conference Conversations: Fox helps make CDI programs “physician-friendly”

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Nicole Fox, MD, MPH, FACS, CPE

Editor’s Note: The ACDIS Conference is only a little over two months away. Over the coming weeks, we’ll take some time to introduce members to a few of this year’s speakers. The conference takes place May 9-12, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Today, we talked to Nicole Fox, MD, MPH, FACS, CPE, the medical director of pediatric trauma and CDI at Cooper University Health Care in Camden, New Jersey, who will be presenting “Playing to Win: How to Engage Physicians in Clinical Documentation Improvement.” Currently, Fox leads a team of 13 CDI specialists and achieved a 100% physician response rate to queries.

Q: What has been the biggest challenge you faced with physician engagement at your facility?

A: Actually one of the strengths of our program is physician engagement. We have a 100% response rate to our CDI queries. I think one of the general challenges with physician engagement is not recognizing that the best way for physicians to receive information is peer-to-peer. There is no substitute for a practicing physician embedded in your CDI program who will proactively educate peers and handle any concerns that arise. Physicians are never taught how to document, so they struggle with this much-needed skill set and are often hesitant to ask for help. But, they respond most effectively to one of their peers.

Q:  What are three things attendees can expect from your session?

A: Attendees can expect an interactive, dynamic presentation. They will have tangible “take-aways” to help make their CDI program physician friendly. They also will have tools to handle difficult physicians.

Q:  What one tool can CDI professionals not live without?

A: An engaged medical director for their program.

Q: In what ways does your session challenge CDI professionals to think outside the box?

A: This session challenges non-physicians to see CDI from a physician’s perspective and really evaluate their own program to determine whether or not they are set up for success in terms of physician engagement.

Q: What are you most looking forward to about this year’s conference?

A: I cannot wait to hear about other program’s successes, particularly with ambulatory CDI which is our next area of growth and expansion.

Q: Fun question: what’s your favorite breakfast food?

A: An egg white burrito with quinoa and black beans. It’s awesome with tomatillo sauce. They make a great one at the Wynn Hotel café in Vegas, so try one while you are out at the ACDIS conference.

 

Conference Update: Things to do in Las Vegas, part 2

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Last week on the blog, we provided readers with a list of fun indoor activities to keep you busy when you’re not in the conference. If hiking and adventuring are more your speed, though, the Las Vegas area offers a wide range of attractions for you as well.

Below is a list of suggested activities for the outdoor enthusiast. Enjoy!

To read our list of indoor activities, click here.

  1. Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area: Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, located 20 miles from Las Vegas Strip, allows visitors to hike, picnic, and view plant and animal life under 3,000-foot-high red rock formations. It’s open daily 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Learn more at http://www.redrockcanyonlv.org/.
  1. Valley of Fire: The Valley of Fire is a 35,000-square-mile state park, named for the magnificent red sandstone formations formed from great shifting sand dunes during the age of the dinosaurs more than 150 million years ago (Mesozoic Era). These brilliant sandstone formations can appear to be on fire when reflecting the sun’s rays. It is located in the Mojave Desert approximately 58 miles northeast of the Las Vegas. Learn more at valley-of-fire.com/.
  1. Boulder City: Boulder City is located about 20 miles outside Las Vegas (and on the way to the Hoover Dam). You’ll find great restaurants, shopping, and antique stores. Learn more at bcnv.com.
  1. Hoover Dam: No trip to the area is complete without a stop at the Hoover Dam. The damn holds back the waters of Lake Mead and straddles the border between Nevada and Arizona. You can take a bus tour from the Strip. Learn more at vegas.com/attractions/near-las-vegas/hoover-dam/.
  1. Ghost towns: There is a way to step back into the Silver State’s astonishing past. Dotting the vast landscape of Nevada are countless ghost towns, and while indecipherable ruins and tumbleweeds mark some, others are surprisingly intact. Either way, these remarkable places are portals into a Nevada of old and certainly worth a wander. Learn more at lvlg.com/lasvegas/attracts/ghstwns.htm.

 

Conference Update: Things to do in Las Vegas, part 1

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Yes, the ACDIS 2017 Conference is sure to keep you busy, provide valuable education, and great networking opportunities, but make sure you leave some time to enjoy the Las Vegas area.

When you first think of a week in Las Vegas, you likely think of slot machines, shows, and parties. But, a number of alternative activities in the area are real crowd pleasers, too. Below is a list of some excellent museums and indoor attractions in the Vegas area.

Make sure to check back on the blog next week for some outdoor activities, as well

  1. Neon Museum: The Neon Museum is dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying, and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs for educational, historic, arts and cultural enrichment. The Neon Museum campus includes the outdoor exhibition space known as the Neon Boneyard. Learn more at neonmuseum.org.
  1. The Mob Museum: The Mob Museum presents a bold and authentic view of organized crime’s effect on Las Vegas history, as well as its unique imprint on America. It presents real stories and actual events of mob history via interactive and engaging exhibits that reveal all sides of the story about the role of organized crime in the U.S. Learn more at themobmuseum.org.
  1. The Linq and the High Roller: The Linq is a hotel and outdoor shopping district featuring a curated array of unique shops, restaurants, bars, and entertainment experiences, anchored by the High Roller, the world’s tallest observation Ferris wheel. Learn more at https://www.caesars.com/linq.
  1. The National Atomic Testing Museum: The National Atomic Testing Museum is a science, history, and educational museum focused on the story of America’s nuclear weapons testing program at the Nevada Test site. Located only 1.7 miles from the strip, it’s a quick trip to this history focused museum. Learn more at http://nationalatomictestingmuseum.org/.
  1. Madame Tussauds: No list of Vegas activities would be complete without a reference to Madame Tussauds. It is one of the most famous wax museums in the country for good reason. It’s located less than a mile from the strip and there is a public transport bus that will take you straight there if you want. Learn more at https://www.madametussauds.com/las-vegas/en/.