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N. Illinois group discusses ICD-10 preparation and respiratory radiology

Mrs. O'Leary's cow kicking over the lantern.

By Colleen Stukenberg, RN, CCDS

We had a great time at our Northern Illinois CDI group meeting in April. Thanks to Centegra McHenry Hospital for hosting. We had two informative presentations:

First, Marilee Gray from Rockford Memorial Hospital, who won a copy of The Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialist’s Guide to ICD-10 during a previous meeting, presented a PowerPoint presentation book review for attendees. Gray added her own twists and insights (much appreciated) about “crossing over.”

Since her presentation, I’ve looking forward to going to the Library of Congress to see a .pdf file of the 1893 Classified Causes of Death. We could have been doing this role back then. Not being a horse person, however, I wouldn’t have enjoyed delivering those queries. Just remember the future ICD-10 queries for cause of death would probably need additional documentation for my death; something along the lines of:

“Patient died delivering a cause of death retrospective query. She was thrown off the black stallion horse, to the left (lateral), hitting the grassy but rough ground and broke bones A, B, C, D, E, and F on her left side. This occurred in the Prairie Grasses of Northern Illinois while taking the query from the city of Chicago to the town of Rockford. The query involved the cause of the deaths from the Great Chicago Fire when the alleged Mrs. O Leary’s cow kicked over the lantern. The query was a retrospective query because the fire was in 1871 but the original cause of the fire of the cow kicking over a lantern in a barn is not necessarily the etiology of the fire. According to Wikipedia ‘Michael Ahern, the Chicago Republican reporter who created the cow story, admitted in 1893 that he had made it up because he thought it would make colorful copy.’ So needless to say now the cause of death had to be re-coded for all of those people for the initial cause of the fire.”

Okay, I guess I got a little off course but I thought I would throw in my own two-cents worth of humor.

Second, Spiro Gerolimatos, MD, Medical Director of Imaging for Centegra Health System discussed respiratory radiology, explaining various terms CDI professionals frequently see on x-rays and CT scans such as pleural effusions, atalectasis, exudate, transudate, etc. This was a great way to apply the clinical knowledge and films to the documentation we frequently see.

The next Northern Illinois CDI meeting is tentatively set for September at Hinsdale. We will let you know more as we have more details.

Editor’s Note: Stukenberg is co-leader of the N. Illinois ACDIS Chapter and a former member of the ACDIS Advisory Board. She is currently a CDI manger at FHN Memorial Hospital in Freeport.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  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 Or call Debby Dallen at Albert Einstein Medical Center at 856/786-0897 or e-mail

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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 For information, contact Sequana Webb 434/760-4491 or e-mail

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,; Renee Hedtcke, RN, CCDS, at Aurora Health Care,; Diane Draize from Ministry Door County Medical Center Sturgeon Bay  at, Joan Korn from Wheaton Franciscan St. Francis in Milwaukee at, or Glenn Krauss, independent consultant,

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 Or contact Colleen Stukenberg MSN, RN, CMSRN, CCDS, at 815/599-6820, or e-mail

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

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

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

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  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

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

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

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.


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

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

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

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 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


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, or James Nagel at

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 Or contact Colleen Stukenberg at 815/599-6820 or


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


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


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

Other chapter news

The North Carolina ACDIS chapter now has a web site. Visit 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

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

September meetings include CDI Week after-hours events


The CT CDI networking group meets Thursday, September 8, 9-10:30  a.m., at The Hospital of Central Connecticut, Bradley Memorial Campus in Southington. For information, contact MaryAnn Shanley at


The next Southeast ACDIS meeting will take place Friday, September 9, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon. RSVPs are requested to Jamie Doster at or by phone at 404/578-0262.

Plan to arrive by 9:20 a.m. to allow time for parking, registration, morning refreshments, and networking. Save time by submitting your membership application (see below) and pay dues to the treasurer prior to the meeting date. Attached are:

New York

A CDI round table discussion will be held on Thursday, September 15, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. For information, contact Than Than Lee at 212/824-8180 or email

CDI Week Meetings

(Editor’s Note: Meeting locations listed in italic denote special, after-hours events associated with CDI Week not necessarily formal “chapter” events.)

San Francisco Bay, CA

Is organizing a happy hour meet-and-greet for CDI and related professionals on Wednesday, September 21, 5-8 p.m. at the Clement Street Bar and Grill. All CDI-related professionals are welcome to drop by for drinks and/or appetizers and dinner. RSVP to or call 573/529-1791.

N. Illinois

The next Northern Illinois CDI chapter meeting will be at Delnor in Geneva, on Thursday, September 22, 1-3:30 p.m. For information, contact Colleen M. Stukenberg by phone at 815/599-6820 or by e-mail at

Las Vegas, NV

The Nevada ACDIS Chapter will host a CDI Week happy hour Friday, September 23, 5-8 p.m., at the Fire Fly, 3900 Paradise

Take a peek at the Fire Fly menu. Those Vegas CDI professionals sure know how to celebrate CDI Week. Want to host an after-hours event for CDI in your area? Post the information below or email mvarnavas@

Road, Las Vegas. The event is a “buy your own” but because it is a tapas bar, items are typically under $10. It should be a bunch of fun and a great networking opportunity! Here is a link to their website if you want to see what they have.

RSVP to Alisa Kompare at or call 702/343-7232.

Los Angeles, CA

A gathering of  CDI-colleagues from the Los Angeles and San Gabriel Valley areas are invited to attend a happy hour event in honor of CDI Week Friday, September, 23, 5-8 p.m., at the Yard House – Paseo Colorado in Pasadena. For information and to RSVP contact, Cris Gumayagay at


Our next ACDIS-CA Chapter meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 28, 9-10 a.m. The speaker will be Wendy DeVreugd from Kindred Healthcare who will be presenting on Kindred’s model of CDI. For information, contact Dexter D’Costa at or by phone at 573/529-1791.


New England

The NE Regional CDI  network meets Wednesday, October 5, 1-3:30 p.m., at Lowell General Hospital’s Clark Auditorium. The meeting will feature a presentation by Richard Birkhead, MD, FACC, Chief of Cardiology regarding documentation for fluid overload vs CHF, Cor Pulmonale, pericarditis, and tamonade, among other topics. For information, contact Kelley Sears at or call 508/954-7432.

Tri-State (WI, MI, MN)

The ACDIS Chapter leaders from Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota invite CDI specialists and related professionals to join them for the first Tri-State Regional Meeting Saturday, October 15, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Kalahari Resorts in Wisconsin Dells, WI. The agenda includes:

  • Registration
  • Strategies for dealing with difficult physicians
  • Physician query process: The ins and outs
  • Lunch
  • Continually educating physicians to avoid staleness in your program
  • Over documentation: Challenges and Solutions
  • Collaboration between coders and CDI professionals to break down the silos
  • Roundtable discussion

Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Five CEs will be provided for those who need CEs for the CCDS credentials. For those needing lodging a block of rooms has been reserved for October 14 and 15 at $129 per night inclusive of taxes. Reservations can be made by calling the Kalahari directly at 877/253-5466 by Wednesday, September 14 and request the WI-ACDIS room block. After this date, the prevailing hotel room rate may be charged at the discretion of the hotel.

Registration is $50 and the deadline is October 1. For information, contact Heidi Hillstrom at or call 218/249-5461.


The fifth quarterly ACDIS Virginia Chapter will meet Saturday, October 22, with Robert Gold, MD, CEO of DCBA, Inc.,  as the guest speaker. Gold will discuss “CDI Initiatives: Start now for ICD-10.” For information, contact Linda Steinhoff by phone at 757/312-5154 or email

May meetings for local chapters

Joining a local CDI networking group is one way to get off the routine CDI treadmill and find innovative ways to enhance your team's performance.


During the next Connecticut ACDIS Chapter meeting on Thursday, May 12, memebers will discuss the creation of chapter bylaws and mission statement, complete a learning module regarding principal diagnosis and share tools for the creation of a chapter resource library. For information, contact MaryAnn Shanley at Read the minutes from the March meeting.


St. Alexius Medical Center hosts the next N. Illinois ACDIS Chapter meeting on Friday, May 13, from 12:30-3 p.m. Possible agenda items include sharing information learned from the 4th Annual ACDIS conference and recent RAC findings/experiences. For information, contact Ellen Chang, RN, CCDS, Clinical Documentation Manager, at 847/755-7610 or by e-mail at


The next Maine ACDIS Meeting will be held Tuesday, May 17, 1-5 p.m., at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Brewer. Agenda includes:

  • Updates from 2011 ACDIS National Conference
  • CEUs for local meetings
  • Networking
  • ACDIS website demonstration
  • Group structure


The Hawaii ACDIS Chapter meets Wednesday, May 18, from noon to 1:30 p.m., at Castle Medical Center where attendees will listen to and discuss the HCPro audio conference “Short Stays: A Data Driven Approach to Medical Necessity.” For information, contact Eleu Zane at


The Columbus, OH, ACDIS Chapter meets Thursday, May 19th. For information, contact Sheri Blanchard, RN, Clinical Documentation Specialist, at Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital at 614/366-4197.


The next meeting of the Florida ACDIS Chapter themed “Another Day in Paradise,” takes place Friday, May 20, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Jupiter Medical Center in Jupiter, FL. The agenda includes:

  • Registration and breakfast
  • Margi Brown, consultant: “Blending Denials into the CDI Mix”
  • Raffles and networking
  • Cortnie Simmons and Cheryl Bowling, Kforce Healthcare: “Translating ICD-9 to ICD 10 for Common Diagnosis
  • Lunch and networking
  • Cathy Cover, manager of RAC Denials at MPM and Dr. Mark Michelman, physician advisor at MPM: “Sink or Swim: Surviving the RAC Attack

Reserversations requested. Contact Iris at 561/745-5783. First time attendees are welcome. CEUs cost $10.

Be sure to visit FL ACDIS’ Facebook page and its new website

Click on this link to read the latest FL ACDIS Newsletter.


The First Annual WI ACDIS Conference will be held on Saturday, May 21, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, in Wauwatosa. The meeting titled “Clinical Informatics for the CDIS Query Process,” includes:

  • “Recognition of Atypical Clinical Presentations and the Query Process” by Dr. Gamal Eskander
  • “Highlights of the 4th Annual ACDIS Conference including legal perils of physician querying” by Lynn Sisler, Diane Draize, and Glenn Krauss.
  • “Sharing of CDIS Best Practices from WI ACDIS Members,” a panel discussion.
  • “Recognition of Query Opportunities,” role playing participations of verbal and written query dissemination.
  • “The Expanded Role of CDI specialists,” discussion of how to collaborate with case management.

CCDS CEUs offered. Buffet Lunch will be provided and ample time will be available for chapter networking. RSVP required. Registration will be from 9-9:45 a.m. Meeting will start promptly at 10 a.m. Registration fee is $20 and includes lunch, drinks, and morning coffee.

For information, contact Diane Draize at or by phone at 920/743-5566 ext. 3143; Joan Korn at or by phone at 414/647-5248; Glenn Krauss at or by phone at 603/303-3337.

The next California meeting takes place Wednesday, May 25, 9-10 a.m., via webinar. For information, contact Dexter D’Costa,


The next Minnesota ACDIS Chapter teleconference meeting will be held Wednesday, May 25, at 1 p.m., hosted by North Memorial Health Care in Robbinsdale, MN. For information, contact Nancy Barnes at or call 763/520-1974. Or contact MN Chapter leader Heidi Hillstrom by e-mail at