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Local Chapter Events: Maryland, Georgia meet Dec. 5

mdThe Maryland ACDIS Chapter has been meeting for more than five years. Although previously under the auspicious of the Maryland Hospital Association (MHA) (which still graciously houses the group’s monthly meetings), the group became an “official” ACDIS chapter back in 2013.

On Friday, December 5, 12:30- 3 p.m., at the MHA headquarters in Elkridge, the group once again hosts its annual holiday pot luck event. In addition to inviting attendees to bring a tasty tidbit of food to share, the group also collects donations for Toys for Tots Foundation.

In fact, many local chapters have incorporated charitable giving into their meeting agendas. The North Carolina and Virginia ACDIS Chapters often ask the host facility to identify a charity in their area and a donation suggestion. Often hosts choose nearby food pantries, collect canned goods, and deliver the items following the event.

Such charitable efforts go above and beyond expectations as leaders, hosts, and even attendees often come to local meetings on their own time and on their own dime taking personal time off to attend and working after hours to ensure the event’s success.

Kudos to all who not only ensure the sharing of CDI wealth but who share their good fortune with those less fortunate in their vicinity. For information about the upcoming Maryland event email Andrea Norris at anorris@uchs.org.

Additional meetings coming up include:

GeorgiaGeorgia
The Georgia ACDIS Chapter holds its winter meeting Friday, December 5, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at Lanier Technical College in Oakwood. Dorothy Sneed will present “The Clinical Documentation Role in Preventing Healthcare Fraud.” For information, email Georgia.acdis@gmail.com.

Maine
The Maine ACDIS Chapter meets Friday, December 12, noon to 4 p.m., at Maine General Medical Center in Augusta. For information email Cheryl McInnis, cheryl.mcinnis@mainegeneral.org, or Cathy Seluke cathy.seluke@mainegeneral.org.

New Jersey
The New Jersey ACDIS Chapter partnered with the Delaware AHIMA Chapter for a 21-part webinar series on ICD-10-CM/PCS titled, “Sharpening the Focus for Accurate Data and DRG Assignment,” which begins in November and continues through June 2015. For information, visit www.dehima.org/continuing-education/on-demand-education/icd-10-cmpcs-webinar-series.

 

New York
Suffolk County ACDIS Chapter meets Friday, January 9, 10 a.m., at Stony Brook University Hospital. For information, email Bernadette Slovensky at bernadette.Slovensky@stonybrookmedicine.edu.

Indiana
Indiana ACDIS plans its first quarterly meeting Wednesday, Janaury 14. For information, email Angie Green, AGreen3@ecommunity.com.

South Carolina
South Carolina ACDIS Chapter meets at Baptist Hospital in Easley on January 16. For information, email PJ Floyd, floyp@musc.edu.

Editor’s Note: For additional information about ACDIS networking and state and local events, visit the Local Chapter page of the ACDIS website or visit the ACDIS Blog and click on the Local Chapters category.

Winter CDI networking meetings scheduled

Networking meetings offer a cool way to learn from peers.

C. Indiana: Meets via teleconference on Wednesday, January 9, 10 a.m. to noon, hosted by Riverview Hospital.  For information, contact Teresa Leap at Teresa.Leap@wishard.edu; Lisa Farhar at lfarhar@iuhealth.org; or Angie Green at AGreen3@ecommunity.com.

Connecticut: Meets Thursday January 10, 1:30-3 p.m., at The Hospital of Central Connecticut in Southington. For information, contact MaryAnn Shanley 860-714-1261 or e-mail mshanley@stfranciscare.org.

Colorado: Meets Wednesday, January 16, 6 p.m., at Boulder Community Foothills Hospital. For information, contact Eric Ryland by email at eric.ryland@dhha.org, or call 303-602-8020

Arizona: Meets Wednesday, January 16, 6 p.m., at Carlos O’Brien’s restaurant on East Northern Ave., Phoenix. This meeting includes the chapter’s “bring a co-worker” initiative. Discussion will include electronic queries benefits and challenges. For information, contact Gloria Richardson by email at grichardson@shc.org or glorianaz94@cox.net.

POSTPONED (See comments section below for update) New Jersey: The Philadelphia/Southern New Jersey Regional Workgroup meets Wednesday, January 16, 9-10:30 a.m., at Doylestown (Penn.) Hospital. Agenda includes discussion of AHIMA and ICD-10 guidance. RSVP by January 11. For information, contact Deborah Dallen at 215-456-8902 or by email dallend@einstein.edu.

Minnesota: Meets Wednesday, January 23, 1-2 p.m., for a group discussion on ICD-10 preparation and electronic medical record (EMR) implementation. Agenda includes:

  • Prompts in EMR: How can facilities embed CDI prompts in the EMR to assist the provider
  • EMR CDI documentation: How are smart text phrases used, free text only, or any additional forms filled out
  • Directing the ‘problem list’: Does CDI or coding staff review or refer to the problem list
  • ICD-10 transition and education: Are there ICD-10 project leads or task team in place to educate  providers, education tools for CDI specialists and coding staff

Physician advisors are particularly invited to attend. For information, email Barb Smith at bsmith7@fairview.org or Mark LeBlanc at mark.leblanc@hcmed.org.

Missouri: The Heartland ACDIS Chapter meets Wednesday, January 23, 9-10 a.m., at SoutheastHEALTH in Cape Girardeau. Kay Piper, RHIA, will provide a presentation regarding ICD-10 implementation. For information, contact Sara Baine at 573-331-6932 or email sbaine@SEhealth.org

Virgina: Meets Saturday, January 26, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Chesapeake (Va.) Regional Medical Center. Agenda includes:

  • Robert Gold, MD, CEO of DCBA Inc., will present a program on ICD-10 (2.0 CEUs)
  • Crystal Brown, CCS, RHIT will present a program ‘RACs – The Best Defense is a Good Offense’ (1.0 CEU)

RSVP by January 15. For information, contact Vivian Gannon  757-312-6486 or email    Vivian.gannon@chesapeakeregional.com.

Idaho: The next Idaho regional networking meeting will be held Wednesday, January 30, 2-3:30 p.m. The group will review the CDI Week presentation “Clinical Documentation Improvement: What’s in it for the physician.” For information, Robin Hetzler by email at rhetzler@kmc.org or call 208-819-0706.

Missouri: The Kansas City ACDIS Chapter meets at North Kansas City Hospital on Thursday, January 31,  2:30-4:30 p.m., in the Skyview Room. For information, contact Joann Agin at jagin@carondelet.com or call 816-943-2115.

February Events

Georgia: The Southeastern Regional ACDIS Chapter meets Friday, February 1, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Emory University Hospital Midtown in Atlanta. Agenda includes:

  • Bonnie Epps RN, MSN, Manager, Emory University CDI department “Physician Engagement!”
  • Colette Morgan, MD, Hospital Medicine Dept. at Emory University “Clinical Significant: Functional Quadriplegia, acute blood loss anemia, and precipitous drop in H/H.”

RSVP by January 18 to Jamie Doster at james.doster@emoryhealthcare.org.

South Carolina: Meets Friday, February 8, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Palmetto Health in Columbia. For information, contact Rebecca “Ali” Williams, by phone at 864-560-5701 or via email at rawilliams@srhs.com.

Texas: The next Austin CDI Chapter meets February 9, 1-4 p.m., at St. David’s Medical Center. For information, contact Barbara Presley at baPresley@seton.org.

Kentucky/Indiana: Meets Thursday, February 21, 1-4 p.m. at Floyd Memorial Hospital in New Albany, Ind. For information, contact

Florida: Meets Saturday, February 23, at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater. For information, contact Clare Garrard at clare.garrard@baycare.org; John Noble as the new Vice President at john.noble@baycare.org; or Jamie Dugan as the new Secretary/Treasurer at Jamie.Dugan@bmcjax.com.

SE ACDIS Chapter inaugurates new leadership

SE ACDIS swears in new chapter leadership with special "surprise" guest ACDIS Director Brian Murphy.

On Friday, June 15, I was a (mostly) surprise guest at the Southeast ACDIS local chapter meeting at WellStar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta, GA. Incoming president Linda Franklin-Yildrim and her colleague Maria Mann asked me to welcome their new group of chapter officers and sign a few autographs (all right, that last part isn’t true). While ACDIS headquarters in Danvers, MA is a short distance away (well, it’s actually kind of far—about 937 miles, according to travelmath.com) I couldn’t pass up the opportunity.

It was a great meeting!

I got to watch outgoing president Bonnie Epps pass the torch after two dedicated years of service running the chapter. SE ACDIS put on a first-class meeting with speakers that included Dr. Robert Gold of DCBA (who spoke about respiratory failure) and Millie Alexander, who spoke on behalf of a Recovery Audit contractor. Lunches were provided courtesy of Maxim Health Information Services. They gave away numerous door prizes too.

I spoke a few words about the growth of the CDI profession and the tremendous opportunities that exist for CDI specialists. With new initiatives like outpatient CDI, pediatrics, value-based purchasing, and expansion into long-term acute care facilities (LTACs), as well as opportunities in recruiting, education, consulting, and working for auditors, insurance companies, or vendors, I likened CDI to the early days of Silicon Valley. The skills CDI specialists bring to the table are unique and a wonderful commodity for employers, both inside and outside the acute-care hospital setting.

Many people were surprised and pleased to see me at the meeting but I was touched to see the dedication and commitment of SE ACDIS.

The trip also served as a reminder to me of what all our local chapters continuously provide—networking opportunities where terrific, dedicate people continue to do such great work promoting and supporting the CDI profession behind the scenes.

As pure volunteers working to put isolated CDI specialists in touch with each other, and secure speakers to help further their continuing education—all while trying to find hospitals to host their meetings, arrange travel details, schedule lunches, purchase door prizes, and more—chapter leaders are really one of a kind.

I wish Linda and Maria and all the new officers of SE ACDIS all the best in the months and years to come. I think the new leadership is going to do just fine.

More than a dozen opportunities to learn locally this spring

Texas: The state-wide TX ACDIS group holds its annual meeting Friday, April 6, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at KPMG Building in Dallas. The agenda includes:

  • Registration and networking
  • Chapter Business Meeting
  • The Importance of Capturing Shock in the ICU Setting, Cindy Pritchett
  • Lunch
  • IPPS and ICD 10: What the future holds, Beverly Cunningham
  • Value Based Purchasing, Scott Robins, MD
  • Networking, Q&A

For information, contact Joanne Dukes at 972/566-5526 or email joanne.dukes@hcahealthcare.com.

New Orleans: The NOLA ACDIS Chapter holds its next meeting on April 11, 4-6 p.m., at Semolina’s restaurant in Metairie, LA. For information, email Melissa Mayer melissamayer@ejgh.org.

Indiana: The Central Indiana Chapter is gearing up for its next meeting Wednesday, April 11, 10 a.m. to noon, with featured speaker Nancy Ignatowicz presenting “CDI Success:  How Do You Measure It?”  For information, contact Susan Bradford at 317/776-7285 or by email at sbradford@riverview.org.

PHIMA: The Pennsylvania AHIMA group holds a CDI-related education session on Friday, April 13, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Wesley Village Conference Area, in Pittston. The agenda includes:

  • Continental Breakfast
  • Physician Buy In for your CDI Program, David McCann, director, Berkeley Research Group, LLC
  • Physician Leadership and CDI Initiatives, Herbert Weinman, MD, president, BCE Technology
  • CDI Programs: Why you Need One, Make it Successful, and Justify It, Mario A. Perez, III, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P director, clinical consulting, J.A. Thomas & Associates
  • Lunch
  • Roundtable Discussion: CDI Programs Implementation and Use, AHIMA CDI Tool Kit
  • Review of Documentation Requirements for Optimal Reimbursement, Caroline Rader Znaniec, manager, Health Care Advisory Services, Grant Thornton, LLP

For information, email Eve Ellen Mandler at Eve-Ellen.Mandler@stclair.org.

Nevada: The next Southern Nevada ACDIS meeting will be on Wednesday, April 18, at 5:30 p.m. Guest speaker Karen Zaninovich Parker, RHIT, 3M Health Information Services consulting, will discuss how CDI specialists can begin ICD-10 documentation improvement now. She is making a special trip from Utah to join the Nevada ACDIS Chapter group. Attendees are invited to bring a brown-bag dinner. Admission is free. RSVP to Ailsa Kompare by April 16 at 702/343-7232 or email ailsa.kompare@kindredhealthcare.com.

Tennessee: The TN ACDIS and the THIMA host a joint session Friday, April 20, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., focused on ICD-10 and the CDI program development. The agenda includes:

  • ICD-10 and Beyond: The changing world of classification systems, Kathy Hallock, RHIA
  • CDI from a Physician’s Perspective, Drew Rothschild, MD
  • Best Practices for CDI Programs: Practical advice for improving or creating a successful program, Kyra Brown, RHIA, CCS
  • What you should be doing now to prepare for ICD-10: How you can help your physicians improve documentation practices now, James Kennedy, MD, CCS
  • Working lunch: HCA’s Approach to CDI.
  • Group work: groups will choose a diagnosis or procedure where documentation must drastically change to support ICD-10 coding. The groups will discuss ways to improve documentation practices relative to those situations. In the second half of the group work session participants will discuss how to propose and justify a CDI program to hospital administrations.
  • Reports from group work and open forum

Registration is $120. Online registration closes at the end of the business day on Tuesday, April 17th.
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to register. For information contact, Wanda M. Johnson executive director, TN Health Information Management Association, Nashville, at 615/242-7275 or email wanda@thima.org.

Michigan: The MACDIS Chapter will hold its quarterly telephone conference call on Thursday, April 19, noon to 1 p.m. The guest speaker is ACDIS Advisory Board member Fran Jurcak, RN, MSN, CCDS, director of CDI Practice for Huron Healthcare in Chicago. She will discuss ICD-10, goals/objectives of a CDI program, CDI staff productivity standards, leading queries,and the benefits of the CCDS certification.

The July MACDIS conference call is in its planning stages. The October quarterly meeting will be a joint regional meeting in collaboration with the Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Northern Illinois, ACDIS associations.

For more information, contact Janet Gentle at 231/487-7509 or email jgentle@northernhealth.org.

New York: The next Albany, NY-regional ACDIS meeting will be held Wednesday, April 25, 2-4 p.m., at the Krause Center at Samaritan Hospital in Troy. For information, contact Lois Rubin at 518/525-1081 or email LRubin@sphcs.org.

Illinois: The next Northern Illinois ACDIS meeting will be held on Friday, April 27, 12:45 p.m., at Centegra Hospital, in McHenry. For information, contact Colleen Stukenberg at 815/599-6820, or email CStukenberg@fhn.org.

Maryland: The MDHIMA hosts its meeting 1-5 p.m., Thursday, May 3, at the Convention Center in Baltimore. The agenda features ACDIS Advisory Board member Robert S. Gold, MD, and discussion of CDI-related efforts including:

  • Getting Medical Staff Interested in ICD-10”
  • Metrics of CDI
  • Writing Effective Queries

For information, visit http://www.mdhima.org/ContactUs.html.

West Virginia: The newly formed West Virginia ACDIS Chapter holds its first meeting Monday, May 14, at 1 p.m., at CAMC Hospital in Charleston. For information, contact Sheila Harrison at 304/389-0689 or email Sheila.Harrison@camc.org.

Kentucky/Illinois: The next session of the Kentucky/Illinois ACDIS Chapter will be Thursday, May 24, 1-4 p.m., at St. Mary’s and Elizabeth Hospital in Louisville, KY. For information, contact Rita Fields at or email rita.fields@BHSI.COM.

Georgia: The next meeting of the Southeast Chapter of the Association of Clinical Documentation Specialists will be Friday, June 15, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta, GA. For information, contact Bonnie I. Epps at 404/712-4550 or email Bonnie.Epps@emoryhealthcare.org.  Visit the Southeast Regional ACDIS Chapter Facebook page for announcements and other information.

New groups, meetings promote CDI efforts in February

The Las Vegas, NV chapter at its first meeting in June 2011. Pictured above from left to right: Sharon Yens (Centennial Hills Hospital), Kathy Bird (Southern Hills Hospital), Karen Thorsteinson (St Rose Hospital – De Lima), Kathy Hurst (Kindred Hospital – Flamingo), Lori Mejia (Southwest Medical Associates), Sherry Siewers (DDCM Kindred Desert District), Sherry Shariff Hall (St Rose Hospital – Siena), and Marissa Schanbacher (Mountain View Hospital). Taking the photo: Ailsa Kompare (Kindred Las Vegas Market).

New networking groups

Philadelphia: The Philadelphia CDI network has new energy and is planning its first meeting for 2012. For information, contact Judi Bates at Lourdes Health System at 856/757-3161 or e-mail at BatesJ@lourdesnet.org. Or call Debby Dallen at Albert Einstein Medical Center at 856/786-0897 or e-mail dallend@einstein.edu.

Rochester, NY: Ruth Pfrengle, BSN, RN, director of utilization management at the University of Rochester Medical Center, has volunteered to help facilitate networking opportunities in the region. For information, contact 585/273-3816 or e-mail ruth_pfrengle@urmc.rochester.edu.

Texas: Barbara Presley, RN, CDI specialist at the University Medical Center Brackenridge in Austin has volunteered to help professionals from the San Antonio/Austin area to network. For information, contact her at 512/324-7679 or e-mail baPresley@seton.org.

Vermont: Suzanne Schultz, RN, BSN, CCM, CCDS, CDI specialist at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, has volunteered to connect CDI professionals in the state. For information, contact her at 802/847-2140 or e-mail suzanne.schultz@vtmednet.org.

Washington: The Evergreen ACDIS Chapter of Northwest Washington seeks new volunteers to help lead the group in 2012. For information, contact Jennifer Woodworth, RN, BSN, CCDS, director of CDI at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle by phone at 206/215-2073 or e-mail Jennifer.Woodworth@swedish.org. Or contact Cathie Murphree, LPN, CCDS, Documentation Improvement Specialist/HIM, at St. Joseph Medical Center, in Bellingham, at 360/788-6300 ext. 3429 or e-mail CMurphree@peacehealth.org.

West Virginia: Sheila Harrison, RN, BSN, CDI specialist at the Charleston Area Medical Center, Teays Valley Division, has volunteered to help get networking efforts started in the state. For information, contact 304/389-0689 or e-mail Sheila.Harrison@camc.org.

February meetings

New Hampshire: The next meeting will be held Wednesday, February 8, 1-2:30 p.m., at Elliot Hospital in Manchester. For information, contact Carla A. Heyn at 603/663-3452 or by e-mail at cheyn@Elliot-HS.org

Albany, NY: The Albany (NY) ACDIS Regional Chapter holds its next meeting Wednesday, February 8, 2-4 p.m., at St. Peter’s Hospital. The group will discuss documentation regarding acute renal failure. For information, contact Lois Rubin at 518/525-1081 or e-mail lrubin@sphcs.org.

Virginia: The next Virginia ACDIS Chapter meeting will be held Saturday, February 11, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 1222 Jefferson Park Ave., in Charlottesville. Each attending facility will present/discuss what works well in their facility and what needs improvements. There will also be a teleconference/webinar presentation by ACDIS Advisory Board member Glenn Krauss.

Continuing its “ACDIS gives back” tradition, UVA has decided to donate to The HAVEN, a safe and welcoming place for the homeless in our community. Donations can range from warm items such as gloves, hats, or scarves to nonperishable food. A complete list can be obtained at www.thehavenatfirstandmarket.org/give/. For information, contact Sequana Webb 434/760-4491 or e-mail sck8u@virginia.edu.

Wisconsin: Will hold its winter meeting Saturday, February 18, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Wheaton Franciscan Health Care, in Wauwatosa. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. CCDS and AHIMA credits will be offered. The meeting agenda includes:

  • “A Clinical Perspective on Chart Review and Diagnoses Assignment: A QIO Reviewer’s Perspective,” by Jessica Whitley, MD, MBA, hospitalist and QIO reviewer.
  • “CDI’s Impact on the Recovery Audit Contractor Initiative: Capitalizing on our Strengths to Minimize Hospital Financial Exposure,” by Diane Draize, RN, CPUR, CCDS, CDI specialist at Ministry Health, and Joan Korn, BSN, RN, CDI specialist at Wheaton Franciscan Health Care.
  • “What You Don’t Know About Principles of Multiple Significant Trauma is What You Don’t Know!,” by Kathy Thomas, RN, CDI specialist at Wheaton Franciscan Health Care, and Renee Hedtcke, RN, CCDS, at Aurora Summit Medical Center
  • Open Discussion/Roundtable: Opportunities for CDI Initiatives in the Ambulatory Care environment as well as inpatient setting beyond reimbursement

Deadline to register is Sunday, February 12. Registration is $25 for WI ACDIS members; $50 non-members.

For information, contact Kathy Thomas, RN, at Wheaton Franciscan Health Care, kathleen.Thomas@wfhc.org; Renee Hedtcke, RN, CCDS, at Aurora Health Care, renee.hedtcke@aurora.org; Diane Draize from Ministry Door County Medical Center Sturgeon Bay  at diane.draize@ministryhealth.org, Joan Korn from Wheaton Franciscan St. Francis in Milwaukee at joan.korn@wfhc.org, or Glenn Krauss, independent consultant, glennkrauss@earthlink.net.

N. Illinois: The next meeting will take place on Thursday, February 16, from noon to 3:30 p.m., at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights. The agenda includes:

  • Participation in the ACDIS Quarterly Conference Call
  • Presentation by Maralee Gray, BSN, CDI specialist at Rockford Memorial Hospital regarding “CDIS and ICD-10 Crossing Over: How to Safely Make it to the Other Side”
  • Presentation by Karolee Fill, MSN, APN-CNP, at Northwest Community Hospital regarding “Basic Review of Echocardiography in the Heart Failure population”

For information, contact Nancy R. Ignatowicz at 815/806-2322 or e-mail nancy.ignatowicz@provena.org. Or contact Colleen Stukenberg MSN, RN, CMSRN, CCDS, at 815/599-6820, or e-mail CStukenberg@fhn.org.

California: The California ACDIS Chapter holds its regular meeting the fourth Wednesday of the month, February 22, 9-10 a.m. Those interested in volunteering to help lead the chapter are invited to step forward at this time. For information, contact Dexter D’Costa at 573/529-1791 or e-mail dr_dexterdcosta@yahoo.com.

Maine: The next meeting will be held Thursday, February 23, noon to 4 p.m., at Mid-Coast Hospital in Brunswick. For information, contact Cathy Seluke at 207/872-1796 or e-mail Cathy.Seluke@mainegeneral.org.

New England: The next New England Regional ACDIS Chapter meeting will be held Tuesday, February 28, 2-4 p.m., at Tufts Medical Center, Stearns Auditorium. Janet Cavagnac from Baystate will review ICD-10 coding in 3M software. Participants should bring a 3M equipped laptop if possible. Volunteers are needed to schedule future meeting and help lead the group. For information, contact Kelley Sears at 508/954-7432 or e-mail Kelley.Sears@steward.org.

Georgia (Southeast): The next Southeast ACDIS meeting will be Wednesday, February 29, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Parkridge Medical Center in Chattanooga, TN. For information, contact Bonnie I. Epps at 404/712-4550 or e-mail Bonnie.Epps@emoryhealthcare.org.  Or visit the Southeast Regional ACDIS Chapter Facebook page for meeting announcements and other information.

Upcoming events

New Jersey: The next NJ meeting will take place Friday, March 2. For information, contact Deborah Gardner-Brown at 732/238-4511, or e-mail Deborah@RRA-INC.com.

Tennessee: The next TN-ACDIS meeting will be held at Baptist Hospital in Nashville on Friday, March 16, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For information, contact Sherri Clark at 865/804-6561 or e-mail SClark@mc.utmck.edu.

Long Island, NY: St. Francis Hospital hosts the next networking meeting on Tuesday, March 6, 3-5 p.m. For information, contact Adelaide M. La Rosa at 516/562-6229 or e-mail Adelaide.LaRosa@chsli.org.

Mid-West Regional: The Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota state ACDIS networks’  mid-west regional conference, has been postponed.

Meeting minutes

The following minutes and/or presentations have been made available from the following chapters:

Local Chapters announce December/January meetings

Looking for your holiday wishes to come true? The present of CDI education is waiting to be unwrapped during December's collection of local networking meetings.

Minnesota

The next meeting of the Minnesota group will be a 3M sponsored event Friday, Dec. 16, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the 3M Innovation Center in Maplewood. For information, contact Mark LeBlanc at Mark.LeBlanc@ParkNicollet.com.

Northern Ohio

The next meeting of the Northern Ohio ACDIS Chapter takes place Thursday, Dec. 8, at Mercy Medical Center in Canton. Steven Robinson, MS, PA-O, RN, CPUR, senior director of CDI for Maxim Health Information Services will discuss the following CMS mandates and concurrent review opportunities:

  • CMS current and upcoming mandates
  • The importance of documentation in the medical record
  • The typical CDI program
  • MS-DRG IPPS (CC/MCC lists)
  • POA coding
  • RAC
  • JCAHO quality core measures

For information, contact Kristine Cilona, RN, at Kristine.Cilona@cantonmercy.org.

Southeastern (Georgia)

The next Southeastern Chapter of ACDIS meets Friday, Dec. 9, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. The agenda includes:

  • SECACDIS Chapter meeting
  • ICD-10 coding for orthopedics
  • E/M coding
  • Lunch and networking
  • IPPS Final Rule updates applicable to CDI

For information, visit the group’s Facebook page or e-mail james.doster@emoryhealthcare.org.

Central Indiana

The deadline for leadership nominations are due Friday, Dec. 9.  Please take the opportunity to nominate a colleague via e-mail to Carla Payne at cpayne@ecommunity.com. Candidate biographies/forms are due Dec. 12 and membership voting will take place from Dec. 19 through Jan. 9, 2012. There are currently 68 members in the chapter directory.  Please take the time to participate by submitting your nominations today and make this a meaningful election of our chapter leadership.

The next Central Indiana ACDIS Chapter meeting takes place Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012. For information, contact Susan Bradford, RN, BSN, by phone at 317/776-7285 or by e-mail at sbradford@riverview.org.

Maryland

The next Maryland Hospital Association Clinical Documentation Improvement Workgroup meets Friday, Dec. 16, from 12:30-1:30 p.m., for a holiday pot-luck lunch followed by its regular meeting from 1:30-3 p.m., at the Maryland Hospital Association Headquarters in Elkridge. For information, Contact Christine Mobley, RN, director of clinical documentation at Prince George’s Hospital Center, at christine.Mobley@dimensionshealth.org, or James Nagel at jen.01@ex.uchs.org.

Click here to read the minutes from the previous meeting.

Northern Illinois

The next Northern Illinois CDI meeting is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012. For information, contact Nancy R. Ignatowicz, at 815/806-2322 or by e-mail nancy.ignatowicz@provena.org. Or contact Colleen Stukenberg at 815/599-6820 or CStukenberg@fhn.org.

Maine

The Maine ACDIS Local Chapter will meet at Midcoast Hospital on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012. For information, contact Theresa Davis at 207/735-8340 or tdavis@emh.org.

Nevada

The Southern Nevada Association of Clinical Documentation Specialists holds its next meeting Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012. Guest speaker former ACDIS Advisory Board member Wendy DeVreugd will discuss “How to measure the success of your CDI program.” RSVP to Ailsa Kompare by Jan. 11, 2012 at 702/343-7232 or ailsa.kompare@kindredhealthcare.com.

California

The next California ACDIS webinar featuring a presentation regarding the role of CDI in RAC reviews and audit prevention will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 9-10 a.m., PST. For information, contact Dexter D’Costa, MBBS, MHA, at Dexter.G.Dcosta@kp.org.

Other chapter news

The North Carolina ACDIS chapter now has a web site. Visit http://ncacdis.org/ to see photos from its November meeting and to learn more about recent events and initiatives. For information, contact Leah Taylor at 704/878-7436, or e-mail Leah.Taylor@iredellmemorial.org.

Editor’s Note: If you are interested in joining an existing local chapter please visit the Local Chapter page on the ACDIS web site. If you do not see a group listed for your area please e-mail ACDIS Associate Director Melissa Varnavas at mvarnavas@cdiassociation.com

Local networking groups plan November/December events

If you don't see your state among those gathering with fellow CDI professionals for networking and education let us know. E-mail mvarnavas@cdiassociation.com.

Connecticut

The CT ACDIS Chapter meets Thursday, November 10, 9-10:30 a.m., at The Hospital of Central Connecticut, Bradley Memorial Campus in Southington. The group will discuss “Principal Diagnosis: What Does It Really Mean?” CE credits for CCDS will be provided. For information, contact chapter leader MaryAnn Shanley at 860/714-1261 or e-mail mshanley@stfranciscare.org or co-leader Alison Yazmer at 860/358-6224 or e-mail at alison.yazmer@midhosp.org.

North Carolina

The next NC ACDIS Chapter meeting will be held Friday, November 11, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Alamance Regional Medical Center in Burlington. The agenda includes:

  • 9-10 a.m.: Sandra Musselwhite of CSG Health Solutions
  • 10:15-11:15 a.m.: NC ACDIS business meeting
  • 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.: Lunch
  • 12:15-1 p.m.: Pamela Riddle, RHIT, CCS: “2012 Coding changes and hot button topics.”
  • 1:15-2 p.m.: Jacquelin M. Smith, RHIT, Data Integrity Specialist: “RAC Issues.”

To register download the form and e-mail it to Brenda.Harris@carolinashealthcare.org. Cost is $20. For information, e-mail leah.taylor@iredellmemorial.org.

South Carolina

The next SC ACDIS Chapter meeting will be held Friday, November 11, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at Providence Hospital in Columbia. The agenda includes:

  • Laura Nardone, RHIA, CCS, Senior Coding Manager and educator at AnMed Health: “The CDI Role in ICD-10-CM/PCS Transition.”
  • Angela Worden, RN, BA/BS, Managing Director with FTI Consulting: “CDI Metrics: Making your program a success.”
  • Nita Seel, RN, CCDS, CDI Supervisor Greenville Hospital System: “CCDS Exam: Preparation and What to Expect.”
  • Brian Miller and Gayl Kirkpatrick: “3M Demo: 360 Encompass.”

Admission is free. To RSVP, e-mail Dawn Oman at Dawn.Oman@RoperSaintFrancis.com and include your name and the name of your facility. For information about the SC ACDIS Chapter, contact Rebecca “Ali” Williams, by e-mail rawilliams@srhs.com or call 864/560-5701.

Kentucky

The next Kentucky ACDIS networking meeting will be held Thursday, November 17, 1-4 p.m. The agenda includes:

CEUs will be offered. To RSVP, contact meeting host Rita Fields at rita.fields@BHSI.COM. For information or to join the networking group, contact chapter leader Dee Schad at 502/550-0911, or e-mail Dee.schad@clarkmemorial.org.

Wisconsin

The next Wisconsin ACDIS meeting takes place Thursday, November 17, 1-2 p.m., via teleconference. The guest speaker will be Arnold Ardevela, MBA, CCS, CPC, CPC-I, CPC-H, of AE & Associates LLC, regarding HCCs and Medicare’s Value Based Purchasing Program, slated to begin in October of 2013.

The Wisconsin ACDIS Chapter recently re-launched its website http://wisc-acdis.org. For information, contact co-leaders Diane Draize from Ministry Door County Medical Center Sturgeon Bay (diane.draize@ministryhealth.org), Joan Korn from Wheaton Franciscan St. Francis in Milwaukee (jaon.korn@wfhc.org), or Glenn Krauss, independent consultant (glennkrauss@earthlink.net).

Save the date

Northern Ohio

The next meeting of the Northern Ohio ACDIS Chapter takes place Thursday, December 8, at Mercy Medical Center in Canton. The event features speaker Steven Robinson, MS, PA-O, RN, CPUR, senior director of CDI for Maxim Health Information Services. Robinson will discuss the following CMS mandates and concurrent review opportunities:

  • CMS current and upcoming mandates
  • The importance of documentation in the medical record
  • The typical CDI program
  • MS-DRG IPPS (CC/MCC lists)
  • POA coding
  • RAC
  • JCAHO quality core measures

For information, contact Kristine Cilona, RN, at Kristine.Cilona@cantonmercy.org.

Southeastern (Georgia)

The next Southeastern Chapter of ACDIS meets Friday, December 9, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. Reservations are requested by Friday, November 25. For information, visit the group’s Facebook page or e-mail james.doster@emoryhealthcare.org.

Minnesota

Note there will be no November meeting for MN ACDIS Chapter members. The next meeting of the Minnesota group will be a 3M sponsored event which takes place Friday, December 16, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the 3M Innovation Center in Maplewood. The agenda includes:

  • 8-8:30 a.m.: Check-in and registration
  • 8:30 -8:45 a.m.: Ben Oberle, Client Relationship Executive: Welcome 8:45-9:15 a.m.: Brian O’Rourke, Consulting Solution Sales Executive: “ICD-10:  No Time Like the Present.”
  • 9:15-9:45 a.m.: Discussion:  “ICD-10 Impact Analysis,” “ICD-10 Progress Made in Your Organization”, “3M ICD-10 Education Program / Translation Management Tool”
  • 9:45-10 a.m.: Break
  • 10-11 a.m.: 3M World of Innovation Tour (3M Innovation Center Host)
  • 11-11:45 a.m.: Debbie Peppard, RHIA, Data Innovation / Clinical Solution Sales Executive: “Coding Data Management – Making Data Actionable.”
  • 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Lunch: 3M Innovation Center Dining Room
  • 12:30-12:45 p.m.: Ben Oberle, Client Relationship Executive: “3M 360 Encompass System – Seeing the Future, Starting Now.”
  • 12:45-1:30 p.m.: Lynn Playter, RHIA, HIM Solution Sales Executive: “3M – Your Partner on the Journey to Coding Excellence.”
  • 1:30-1:45 p.m.: Break/door prizes
  • 1:45-2:30 p.m.: Brian O’Rourke, Consulting Solution Sales Executive: “Improving Documentation….and Proving It!”
  • 2:30-3:15 p.m.: Dan Western, Document Creation/Management Solution Sales Executive: “eHealth Documentation Solutions – Helping Transition to ICD-10.”
  • 3:15-3-:30 p.m.: Questions / Answers /Adjourn

For information, contact Mark LeBlanc at Mark.LeBlanc@ParkNicollet.com.

Meeting minutes

Central Indiana

The Central Indiana ACDIS Chapter met on October 12 with nearly 40 attendees, 19 of whom attended via teleconference. The event featured guest speaker Danita Forgey who discussed the transition from ICD-9-CM to ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-CM/PCS.

During the meeting the group approved a proposal to formally elect officers. Members of the Central Indiana group will receive an invitation to a closed website that outlines the nomination and voting process. Nominations are due by November 20. Voting will take place between December 12 and January 9. Officers will be announced at the next Central Indiana ACDIS meeting scheduled for January 11. (Note, this meeting will be a teleconference meeting to avoid winter travel.)

For information, contact Susan Bradford by phone at 317/776-7285 or e-mail svradford@riverview.org.

Oregon/SW Washington

The Oregon/SW Washington ACDIS Chapter met October 21 at Providence Portland Medical Center with more than 30 attendees. The event included a live webinar with Cesar Limjoco, MD, VP of Clinical Services for DCBA in Atlanta, and presentations by Hoa Ly, MD, of Legacy Salmon Creek, and Teresa Benson, RHIT, of Providence Portland Medical Center.

The chapter celebrated the expansion of its leadership board with the announcement of nine volunteers who will serve the group in the following roles:

  • Juanita Carriveau-President Elect
  • Christy Brown- Secretary
  • Marjie Aranda-Treasurer
  • Tami Robinson-Member Services Director
  • Mikala Iris and Marica Pinneau- Communications Officers
  • Committee Members:
    • Cindy Fessler
    • Julie Walsh
    • BarDee  Pattle

For information, visit the group blog at http://oregonswwashingtonacdischapter.blogspot.com/

August meetings have agendas full of education and enrichment

North Carolina

The NC ACDIS Chapter meets Friday, Aug. 5, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Sapona Country Club, in Lexington. The agenda includes:

  • 8-9 a.m.: Registration and reception with continental breakfast
  • 9-10:30 a.m.: Keynote Speaker-Steve Robinson, MS, RN, PA, CPUR, Sr. Director, Clinical Documentation Improvement Solutions at Maxim Health Information Services “Current/Upcoming CMS Mandates and Concurrent Review.” Robinson will discuss:
    • Appropriate MS-DRG assignment
    • RAC preparedness
    • POA coding
    • Core Measures Coordination
    • 2012 IPPS proposal and pending final rule
    • ICD-10 impact on CDI
  • 10:45-11:30 a.m.: NC ACDIS business meeting
  • 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Lunch
  • 12:30-2 p.m.: Closing Speaker-Nicole Greer, PPCC, founder of Vibrant Coaching and lead trainer for Laurie Beth Jones Inc. National Training Team “Engaging the Elements of Success: A Highly Intuitive Tool for Communication, Growth, and Success!”

Attendees are asked to register by Friday, July 29. Cost is $25 per person and includes breakfast, lunch, CEUs, and door prizes. For information, contact Leah Taylor via e-mail at Leah.Taylor@iredellmemorial.org or by phone at 704/878-7436; or Brenda Harris via e-mail at Brenda.Harris@carolinashealthcare.org or by phone at 704/863-6378; or visit http://ncacdis.org/

NC ACDIS members are asked to participate in a short, three question survey prior to the meeting.

Central Ohio

The ACDIS Central Ohio Chapter meets Thursday, Aug. 18, 1:30-3 p.m., at the James Cancer Hospital. The topic for discussion will be ICD-10 and CDI. RSVP to sheri.blanchard@osumc.edu.

NY/PA

NY/PA Regional Network meets at The Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA, in its Patterson Auditorium, Friday, Aug. 19, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. We also have video conferencing available for seven more facilities, so sign up soon. (Please allow time to complete a video trial before the conference day.)

We have been approved by ACDIS for four credits towards the Certified Clinical Documentation Specialist (CCDS) certification. We will have four guest presentations including:

  1. Jonathan Elion, MD: Dr. Elion has 40 years of experience in computing and more than 25 years of experience in medical computing and information standards, and is the founder of ChartWise Medical Systems. He will be speaking about ethical practices in CDI and the importance of quality documentation.
  2. Mario A. Perez, III, RHIA, RHIT, CCS, CCS-P: Perez is the Director, Coding and Documentation Compliance for J.A. Thomas & Associates, Inc. He will be speaking about why facilities need CDI programs, how to makes them successful, and how justify CDI efforts to the larger facility stakeholders.
  3. Glenn Krauss, BBA, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, C-CDIS, CCDS, independent consultant based in Madison, WI, will discuss the future of CDI.
  4. Jean Elsener, RN CPUR, CRN-C, CRN-A CCDS, CDI specialist, Quality Management, will discuss writing concise, standardized, and non-leading queries.

For information, contact Susan Tiffany RN, CCDS, supervisor CDI, Guthrie Healthcare System, Robert Packer & Corning Hospitals at 570/887-6094 or by e-mail at tiffany_susan@guthrie.org

New Jersey

The NJ ACDIS Chapter holds a “summer outing” Friday, Aug. 19, 1:30-4 p.m., at RRA, Inc., Meeting Annex, 385 West Ferris St., East Brunswick. The meeting will include tasty frozen drinks and yummy appetizers and door prizes. It also features an opportunity to share CDI best practices and trouble areas, explore ways to achieve physician compliance, and preview of Quadrameds ICD-10 Simulator and CDI Tracking software. For information contact, Deborah Gardner-Brown at 732/238-4511, or e-mail Deborah@RRA-INC.com

Florida

FLACDIS Quarterly Meeting is set for Saturday, Aug. 20, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Sacred Heart Medical Center, 5151 N Ninth Ave., Pensacola. The agenda has changed slightly:

  • Three CEU’s awarded for CCDS renewal including:
    • Virginia Bailey/Dr. Dragut – Coding Quiz
    • Trivia Contest-Kimberly Richert
    • Dr. Michelle Dragut (E-mail topic requests to Virginia.bailey@baycare.org)
    • Katherine (Kitty) Novak, Director FTI Consulting presenting on principal diagnosis selection
  • Raffles, even a 50/50 one this time!
  • Corn dogs, candy apples, cotton candy!
  • Opportunity to network with your peers
  • Blue Ribbon Pie Contest

RSVP by August 10 to pcassady@csg-hs.com. For more information, visit the FLACDIS website or the Florida ACDIS Chapter’s Facebook page.

California

ACDIS-CA chapter meets via teleconference Wednesday, Aug. 24, 9-10 a.m. For information, contact Dexter D’Costa by e-mail at dr_dexterdcosta@yahoo.com.


Multiple meetings being held across the US help CDI professionals chill out the summer season with educational offerings.


Planning ahead

Georgia

The next meeting of the Southeast Chapter will be at Medical Center Central Georgia in Macon, Sept. 9, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. RSVP to james.doster@emoryhealthcare.org. Attendance is $10 for non-members; annual membership dues are $25.

Maine

The next Maine ACDIS meeting is scheduled for Sept. 20. For information, contact Theresa Davis BSN, RN, CCDS, by e-mail at tdavis@emh.org.

Michigan

The MI ACDIS Chapter has postponed its July meeting and will hold its next teleconference on Thursday, Oct. 20, noon to 1 p.m. The meeting features an in-depth look at how ICD-10 affects CDI program practices with MI member Sue Haley. For information contact, Janet Gentle, at 231/487-3564 or by e-mail at jgentle@northernhealth.org.

South Carolina

The first SC ACDIS Chapter kickoff was a huge success, so save-the-date for the next meeting slated for Friday, Nov. 11, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at Providence Hospital, in Columbia. For information, contact Rebecca “Ali” Williams at 864/560-5701 or by e-mail at rawilliams@srhs.com.

Local meetings heat up in June and July

Georgia

Beat the heat with these CDI educational opportunities in June and July

The spring meeting of the Southeast Chapter of ACDIS meets Friday, June 17, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at DeKalb Medical Center in Decatur, GA. The event includes: networking, educational sessions with CEs, door-prizes, and more. To RSVP, e-mail james.doster@emoryhealthcare.org.

California

The next ACDIS-California chapter teleconference will be held Wednesday, June 22, 9-10 a.m. For information, call Dexter D’Costa at 573/529-1791 or e-mail dr_dexterdcosta@yahoo.com.

Minnesota

The next MN CDI networking meeting will be held Wednesday, June 22, 1-2 p.m., featuring guest speaker A. Robert Tucker III, MD, chief medical officer/medical director of utilization management, at a 400-bed tertiary hospital in Northern Virginia. Dr. Tucker will discuss encephalopathy with CABGs.

For information, contact Heidi Hillstrom MS, MBA, RN, CCDS, by phone at 218/249-5461 or by e-mail at hhillstrom@slhduluth.com

Wisconsin

The next Wisconsin ACDIS Chapter teleconference will be held Thursday, June 23, 1-2 p.m. Agenda items include:

  • Lessons learned from the ACDIS audio conference Physician Query Workshop
  • Results of WI chapter member survey
  • Creation of bylaws, formation of a meeting events committee
  • Update on the development of a state chapter website

For information, contact Glenn Krauss at glennkrauss@earthlink.net.

New England

The next NE Regional CDS meeting will be held Wednesday, June 29, 12:30-3 p.m., at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton, MA. Please feel free to bring a lunch. The agenda includes a presentation by Ann Wallace, geriatric nurse practioner on the topic “Delirium: Underappreciated and over treated.” The presentation has been approved for 2.0 nursing CE contact hours. For information, contact Kelley Sears, RN, CCDS at Kelley.Sears@CaritasChristi.org.

Tennessee

The Tennessee ACDIS Chapter meets Friday, July 1, 9 a.m. to noon, at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, in Knoxville. The agenda includes:

  • A presentation by James S. Kennedy, MD, CCS, managing director of FTI Healthcare in Brentwood titled “CDI in an APR-DRG environment: bridging the gap between coders and providers.”
  • Discussion of the foundational requirements for establishing the chapter.
  • Discussion of Blue Cross Blue Shield’s impending transition to APR-DRGs and its impact on quality measurement and reimbursement.
  • Discussion of a pathophysiologic approach to common conditions (e.g., sepsis, chest pain, heart failure, altered mental status, chronic kidney disease) pertinent to APR-DRGs.
  • Networking

For information, contact Jennifer Turner, RN, CCDS by phone at 423/778-9225 or by e-mail at jennifer.turner@erlanger.org.

New Orleans

The New Orleans ACDIS Chapter meets Tuesday, July 12, 4-6 p.m., at Semolinas Restaurant at Clearview Mall in Metairie. For information, contact Royceann Brechtel Fugler, RN, BC, MHA by phone at 504/ 456-5186 or by e-mail at rfugler@ejgh.org.

Indiana

The Central Indiana ACDIS Chapter meets Wednesday, July 13, at the IU Health Bloomington Hospital. The agenda features a presentation by Glenn Krauss, ACDIS Advisory Board member and independent consultant regarding strategies to communicate with difficult physicians.

RSVP by Wednesday, July 6 to Wendy Wilson by e-mail at WWilson4@iuhealth.org. For more information, contact Susan Bradford, RN, BSN by phone 317/776-7285 or by e-mail at sbradford@riverview.org

Virginia

The next Virginia ACDIS Chapter meeting will be held Saturday, July 30, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at August Health in Fisherville. To RSVP, contact Bea Benson, RN, BSN at bbenson@augustahealth.com.

NY/PA 
The NY/PA Regional ACDIS Network holds its next meeting Friday, August 19, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA. The event is free. Video conferencing is available to the first 10 registrants who require it. The agenda includes guest speakers:

  • Jonathan Elion, MD, founder of ChartWise Medical Systems, who will discuss ethical practices in CDI and the importance of quality documentation.
  • Mario A. Perez, III, RHIA, RHIT, CCS, CCS-P, director of coding and documentation compliance at J.A. Thomas & Associates, Inc., who will discuss CDI programs, why they are needed, how to make them successful and how to justify implementation.
  • Glenn Krauss, BBA, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, C-CDIS, CCDS, independent consultant who will discuss the future of CDI programs, understanding the value of CDI beyond financial reimbursement.
  • Jean Elsener, RN CPUR, CRN-C, CRN-A CCDS, who will discuss how to craft concise, standardized, and non-leading queries.

Each presenter will speak for an hour, with time for questions and discussion. There will also be time to network, visit with exhibitors, and sign up for raffles.

For information, contact Susan Tiffany RN, CCDS, at 570/882-6094, pager #465; or by e-mail at tiffany_susan@guthrie.org.

February meetings feature detailed agendas

Indiana

The Central Indiana ACDIS Chapter meeting was re-scheduled from January to Wednesday, February 2, 10 a.m. to noon, at Riverview Hospital in Noblesville, IN.  The agenda includes:

  • Review and discussion of local member survey
    • Meeting topic and speakers suggestions for 2011


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    • Vendor participation
    • Chapter dues
    • Chapter leadership
    • Term service of executive team
    • Nominations for leadership positions/officers
  • ICD-10 Education, with Indiana Health Information Management Association Task Force leader Danita Forgey

For information, contact Susan Bradford, RN, BSN, Clinical Documentation Specialist at Riverview Hospital by phone at 317/776-7285 or by e-mail at sbradford@riverview.org.

Kentucky

The Kentucky ACDIS Chapter will meet Thursday, February 10, 1-4 p.m., at the be Jewish Hospital downtown campus. For information, contact Dee Schad, RN, BSN, CCDS, by phone at 502/361-6492 or by e-mail deanna.schad@jhsmh.org.

Georgia

The Southeast Regional ACDIS meets Thursday, February 24, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Redmond Regional Medical Center, in Rome, GA. For information, and to reserve your spot, contact Melanie Thompson at melanie.thompson@hcahealthcare.com or call 706/802-3803 by February 16.

Ohio

Sheri Blanchard, RN, CDI specialist at Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute is set to start a networking group in the Columbus, Ohio area. Those interested are welcome to attend a meeting Thursday, February 17, 1-3 p.m., at OSUMC/The James Cancer Hospital. Contact her by phone at 614/ 366-4197 or e-mail Sheri.Blanchard@osumc.edu.

Wisconsin

The next Wisconsin CDI Chapter meets Thursday, February 17, 1-2 p.m., featuring Gamal Eskander, MD, speaking on several different clinical disease processes. For information, contact Glenn Krauss director, Clinical Documentation Improvement Services for YPRO Corporation at glennkrauss@earthlink.net.

Oregon

The Oregon/SW Washington Chapter of ACDIS meets Friday, February 18, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center in Tualatin. The agenda includes:

  • Continental breakfast
  • Business meeting:
    • President Report
    • Secretary/Treasurer Report
    • Officers‘ presentation
    • Survey results
  • Presentations:
    • “Physician Best practices and CDI involvement,” Hoa Ly, MD, CDI Physician Advisor
    • “How to attain “buy-in” and compliance from physicians,” Elise Fulsang, MD, CDI Physician Advisor
    • Audio conference: Surgical Complications

For information, contact Nancy R. Seebert, RN, BS, MA , Clinical Documentation Specialist at Legacy Mt. Hood Medical Center 503/674-1820 or by e-mail at nseebert@lhs.org; or contact  Janet Barber, BSN, RN, MBA, Clinical Documentation Specialist by phone at 503/215-0642 or by e-mail at Janet.Barber@providence.org.

California

The California ACDIS Chapter hosts its monthly conference call Wednesday, February 23, 9-10 a.m. For information contact Dexter D’Costa, MD, by phone at 650/723-5343, or by e-mail at DD’Costa@stanfordmed.org.

Minnesota

Minnesota CDI holds its next meeting Wednesday, February 23, 1-2:30 p.m. Contact Mark LeBlanc, RN, MBA, CCDS, at Park Nicollet Health Services by phone at 952/993-5692 or by e-mail at mark.leblanc@parknicollet.comfor dial-in instructions.

New York

The Albany, NY, ACDIS Chapter meets Thursday, March 10, 2-4 p.m. For information, contact Lois Rubin, RN, BSN, CPUR, CCDS, lead clinical documentation specialist in the case management department at St. Peters Hospital in Albany, at LRubin@sphcs.org.