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Note from the Associate Editorial Director: What’s so special about ACDIS?


Associate Editorial Director Melissa Varnavas

By Melissa Varnavas

In short, the membership. There are more than 5,500 ACDIS members now as we celebrate our 10th anniversary. That’s the size of a city. Sure, it’s not a large city but it’s definitely a community. It’s a community that’s chosen to live together and work together and ensure that its neighbors succeed. And that’s an amazing and special thing to be a part of in this day and age.

But it’s been that way since the start of the organization. Back then everyone was scrambling to figure out the best way to do this job. Back then everyone was looking for the best clinical indicators to help win their physicians over. Back then everyone was struggling to find their niche within the hospital hierarchy of department reporting structure. So everyone shared. Everyone shared just about everything they possibly could. [more]

CDI Week 2017: Celebrations nationwide

Last week, ACDIS celebrated our seventh annual CDI Week, recognizing professionals across the country for the incredible work that they do. Facilities and local chapters nationwide joined the fun, embracing the 2017 theme, “The Wild West: New Frontiers in CDI,” fully.

We were lucky enough to get our hands on a few photos from last week’s activities. Please enjoy this little slideshow we put together. Thanks for another great CDI Week!

Note from the Associate Editorial Director: A Little Local Chapter Love


Associate Editorial Director Melissa Varnavas grabs a picture with a Local Chapter leader from Kentucky at the 2017 Conference!

By Melissa Varnavas

Next Friday, August 11, ACDIS Editor Linnea Archibald and I will head down to Newton, Massachusetts for the third-annual joint ACDIS/AHIMA New England CDI Symposium. The leaders of the MaHIMA, NYHIMA, and MA ACDIS have met for months to develop a comprehensive agenda to fit the educational needs of both coding and clinical documentation professionals.

The full-day event, sponsored by 3M, was originally the brainchild of then ACDIS Advisory Board member Walter Houlihan, director of HIM for Baystate Health in Springfield, Massachusetts. Houlihan, at the time, served as the president of the MaHIMA and, although his time in that role was ending, he had yet to see his vision for a multi-state event come to pass. After mentioning his hopes in a passing phone call, we decided to see if we could, in fact, bring this idea to fruition. The first year, more than 100 attendees arrived. The second held nearly 160. Baystate Health generously hosted those first two events.

This year, attendance has topped 200 and the registration has closed due to the constraints of the room size (although there is a wait list).

This is an amazing story about the importance of collaboration and the value of networking and education in our tiny slice of the healthcare industry we serve. And it’s a story that’s not just happening in New England but is playing out across the country. Every week in this email newsletter, we list local chapter upcoming events and offer a tip or tale about what’s happening at the local level. Recently, on ACDIS Radio, we remarked about the number of full-day events coming up.

In August, not only do we have the New England event but also North Carolina and Florida are holding full-day educational sessions. In September, both California and Alabama hold full-day events. The California event will be its third annual, and generally gathers more than 200 attendees. The leaders from each of the three Missouri ACDIS chapters have been meeting for more than a year to plan their big full day event coming up in October. Last year there were nearly 150 attendees and this year they expect to reach 200 attendees as well. South Carolina and Oregon also hold events in October and although it’s still in the planning stages, Texas hopes to have a full-day event in October too.

These volunteer leaders have done a tremendous job planning these events for the benefit of their communities. We cannot thank them enough for their efforts and hope that you, too, reach out to them, volunteer, attend, extend your own involvement in this, our ever growing, ACDIS community.

Editor’s Note: Varnavas is the Associate Editorial Director for ACDIS. To find out about what’s happening in your neighborhood visit the local chapter page. To learn more about starting a chapter or networking group, scroll down below the map to read our local chapter leadership resources. Contact her at


Local Chapter Update: Summer meetings, CCDS study groups, and other networking opportunities


Find a local chapter meeting near you today.


The Georgia ACDIS Chapter meets June 12, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at John D. Archbold Memorial Hospital in Thomasville. Please RSVP to Chaka Prior For additional information,


The Indiana ACDIS Chapter hosts a series of study group sessions for those interested in taking the Certified Clinical Documentation Specialist (CCDS) credential exam. (Note, professionals must qualify for the exam in order to take the test. Visit for certification requirements.) The next sessions take place Saturday, June 13 and June 20, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For information, contact Angela Green, RN, CCDS, 317-962-0698 or

The Northwest Illinois ACDIS Chapter meets, Thursday, June 18, noon to 4 p.m., at Palos Community Hospital in Palos Heights. Discussion includes ICD-10 and CDI, radiology terminology, and malnutrition. RSVP by June 1


The Kansas City, Missouri, ACDIS Chapter meets Tuesday, June 23, 2-4 p.m., at Saint Luke’s Hospital Plaza Location, in the Crockett Conference Room. For information, email Christine Neuman

The CA ACDIS Chapter hosts its first in-person conference on Friday, June 26, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Henry Mayo Hospital in Valencia. For information, contact Emily Emmons at 858-677-6813 or email


The New Orleans CDI networking group meets Wednesday, July 8, hosted by East Jefferson General Hospital is a hospital in Metairie. For information, email Melissa Mayer at


The Iowa ACDIS Chapter meets Wednesday, July 8, 1:30-3:30 p.m., at Unity Point Health Methodist West Hospital in Des Moines. For information, email meeting host Hanh Ly at or chapter leader Sherry Morreau at


The Heartland Missouri ACDIS Chapter hosts its next meeting Tuesday, July 14, at 2 p.m., at Lake Regional Health System, at Osage Beach. For information, email Karen Elmore at


The Massachusetts AHIMA Chapter joins ACDIS national and regional networking groups for a CDI education summit, Thursday, July 30, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts. For information, email


The joint Indiana/Kentucky ACDIS Regional meeting takes place Friday, August 21, At Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis. The agenda includes:

  • “Compliant Query Process,” by James E Fee, MD, CCS, CCDS, Associate Director, Huff DRG Review
  • “HAC, VBP, and Readmission Reduction,” by Shannon Newell, of HCQ Consulting
  • “Hitting a Home Run: How to Transform from a Mortality Loser to the Best In League,” by Gracie Gomez-Meeker, RN, MBA, CDI, Conway Regional Medical Center and Harvey Blair, Director, Clinical Services Consulting
  • “Why Is That Healthy Patient Dead in the Bed?” MedPartners
  • “ICD-10-PCS for the CDI,” by Cheryl Barbee, RHIA, CCS, HIM Indiana University Health, Revenue Cycle

The deadline to reserve hospital tours is July 1; email Terri Leap deadline for hotel reservations with Candlewood Suites is July 21. The deadline for conference registration is August 2. For additional information, contact Angie Green at ordownload the agenda and registration forms.

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

Additional meetings coming up include:

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

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,, or Cathy Seluke

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


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

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

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

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.

Florida ACDIS Chapter has Renewed Energy

Attendees at the November Florida ACDIS Chapter meeting

Attendees at the November Florida ACDIS Chapter meeting

After attending her first ACDIS national conference, Kimberly Richart returned to her CDI program energized. “I knew we had to get our state of Florida involved,” she says.

So Richart called surrounding hospitals asking to talk with CDI staff. Most didn’t know what CDI meant, few had a team in place. Nevertheless, she found enough interested people to hold a meeting. It had 17 attendees.

Today, the chapter has nearly 200 members and typically more than 30 attendees at each quarterly meeting. Shortly after its first meeting, the Florida ACDIS Chapter formalized its agreement with ACDIS National, elected a president, vice president, and secretary/treasurer. The team developed by-laws and created a state logo. Since that first meeting at Morton Plant Mease Healthcare, the chapter has met in all corners of the state from the Pensacola to Miami and those unable to travel attend virtually via webinar and teleconferencing when available.

“It is extremely important to keep up to date with the ever-changing information related to CDI and government healthcare reimbursement initiatives,” says Richart who stepped down from her leadership role following the Chapter’s meeting and election earlier this month.

“Our goal has always been to provide a cohesive bond between between CDI specialists professionals from the diverse clinical settings throughout Florida; to provide advocacy for the CDI role. This support is just so important.”

We want to thank outgoing Florida ACDIS Chapter leaders Richart, Edie Brown, and Jamie Dugan and welcome incoming leaders (pictured below) Colleen McComas, Cynthia Knight, Deb Dallos, and Joannie Crotts.


Incoming FL ACDIS Chapter leaders.

Incoming FL ACDIS Chapter leaders.

Michigan ACDIS plans fall blowout; fall meetings planned


Join the Michigan ACDIS Chapter in Grand Rapids!

Local ACDIS Chapters function in a wide-range of formats and meeting styles; some are more formal than others with sophisticated agenda, schedules, and rotations. In that regard, we have to tip our hat to the Michigan ACDIS Chapter this month which pulled out all the stops for its upcoming event Saturday, October 25, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the JW Marriot in Grand Rapids (discounted room rates expire October 5).

Just take a look at the agenda:

  • Jon Elion, MD, FACC, founder and CEO of ChartWise Medical Systems, in Providence, R.I., offers the keynote address “Challenges in Clinical Documentation: Stories from the Front Line.”
  • Kathleen Luther of Accretive health discusses “Population Health/Risk Adjustment via HCC Methodology: The Difference CDI Can Make.”
  • Michael Putkovich and Carrie Horn of Spectrum Health present “Successful Outcomes: CDI Processes at Spectrum Health.”
  • Angela Jacobson and Patty Vitasinski of UASI discuss “Travel CDI: Rewards and Challenges.”
  • Jennifer Lesnek from Anthelio discusses “Pediatric CDI.”
  • Fran Jurcak from Huron Consulting offers an “Intro to APR-DRG and Medicaid CDI in OB/Babies.”

Chapter leaders Sue Haley and Patti Nemeth know, however, that all work and no play isn’t any way to conduct an all-day affair so they’ve interspersed the event with great food—including breakfast complete with bacon, eggs, and caramelized onions and roasted potatoes, a “Taste of the Mediterranean Buffet” for lunch, and snacks like pretzels, popcorn, chips throughout the afternoon. For those who will be traveling for the event and arriving Friday, they’ve even set up a pre-conference gathering at the Grand Rapids Brewing Co., within walking distance of the hotel.

And that’s not all…

Patti and Sue also challenged attendees to an essay contest. Attendees are asked to write three to four paragraphs (no more than 1,000 words) in response to the following prompts:

  • What makes me get out of bed and drive an hour to work?
  • I get to work and then do “______________________”and I know it’s going to be an awesome day!
  • I “______” my job.
  • This is how my manager motivates me. This is how I motivate myself.
  • Recall a time you were fully engaged in any activity, work-related or otherwise… describe it (elaborate as fully as you like). What elements of that experience still resonate with you today?

“The stories we share tell us important things about our values and ways of working,” they wrote in their email invitation. Through telling and sharing these stories “we also discover our strengths, those unique talents and skills that allow us to persevere and flourish in our work.”

The Michigan ACDIS Chapter leaders told attendees not to worry too much about the grammar and mechanics of the essay but to focus on sharing something spectacular about the CDI experience. They’ll collect content entries until midnight October 17, pick five finalists, and pass them over to independent judge Kathy Luther to select the prize winner. The winner gets a collection of Vera Bradley totes and bags.

We can’t wait to read some of the entries!

There’s also going to be raffle items, giveaways, a panel discussion, Q&A period, and… phew! We’re getting tired just talking about the planning!

If you’re a CDI specialist in Michigan Grand Rapids is the place to be. Just RSVP ASAP to ensure your spot! The deadline to register is October 6!

Kudos to Sue and Patti! For more information contact them via email at and

Additional meetings coming up this month include:


The Arizona ACDIS Chapter meets Wednesday, October 15, 5:30-8 p.m., at Mimi’s Café at Desert Ridge in Phoenix. Debra Beisel-Denton and Diane Adrignola have gathered examples of denials and will discuss how CDI departments are involved in the denials process and clinical indicators needed to RAC proof charts. For information, or to RSVP by October 10, email Carlena Forsha at


The Alabama ACDIS Chapter meets Friday, October 17, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Huntsville Hospital, featuring a speaker from Huff DRG Review, Inc., continental breakfast and lunch.  RSVP to Margaret Stephens at 256-658-6113 or by October 14.


The ACDIS NW chapter will meet Friday, October 31, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at Salem (Oregon) Health System. It’s Halloween and costumes are encouraged (but optional). The agenda includes:

  • 7:30-8:30: Registration, Continental Breakfast Provided
  • 8:30–9:15: Business Meeting and Elections, ACDIS NW Chapter Members and Board
  • 9:15–9:30: Break (Basket Raffle)
  • 9:30–9:45: CDI Search Group Presentation, Devon Santoro and Scott Ettinger
  • 9:45–10:45: How to Talk to Doctors About CDI, Dr. Claire Norton, Internal Medicine
  • 10:45–11:45: Diabetic Complications, Dr. Cort Garrison, Internal Medicine
  • 11:45-12:00: Halloween Costume Contest (Judged by honored speaker Dr. Garrison)
  • 12:00-1:00: Lunch (Basket Raffle)
  • 1:00-2:00: Renal Failure, Dr. Lance M. Dicker, Nephrology
  •  2:00-3:00: Heart Failure, A-Fib After Heart Surgery, Dr. Priya Kansal, Cardiology and Mary Bedell, Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • 3:00–3:15: Break (Basket Raffle)
  • 3:15–4:15: Encephalopathy, Dr. David Tate, Internal Medicine
  • 4:15–4:45: Wrap – Up (Final Basket Raffle)

Meeting cost is $30 for chapter members, $40 for non-members. Pay at the meeting, cash or check only. Reservations by October 6, please. Email Eileen Pracz at

The Florida ACDIS Chapter meets November 8 in Margate (north of Ft. Lauderdale). Save-the-date; the agenda will include this year’s election of officers. For information, contact Kimberly Reichert at; or vice president Jamie Dugan at

South Carolina

Save the date: The next South Carolina ACDIS Chapter meets at Baptist Hospital in Easley, SC on January 16. For information, email PJ Floyd,

Local Chapter leaders plan August, September sessions

Don't get lost on the road to success. Join local chapter members for educational opportunities.

Don’t get lost on the road to success. Join local chapter members for educational opportunities.

Kentucky/Southern Indiana
The Kentucky and Southern Indiana ACDIS chapters join for their annual group meeting Wednesday, August 20, from 1 to 4 p.m., at Baptist Health in Louisville. Topics include hepatorenal and cardiorenal syndrome. RSVP to Rita Fields at

The Southwest Ohio ACDIS Chapter will hold an informal gathering and cookout later this summer. If interested, email Kay Kolb Huber at


The Maryland ACDIS Chapter meets Friday, August 22, from 1 to 3 p.m., at the Maryland Hospital Association Headquarters in Elkridge. Contact Andrea Norris at for information.

The Tennessee ACDIS Chapter meets Friday, August 22, at TriStar Division office, 110 Winners Circle, Brentwood. For information, email Sherri Clark at

The Northern Illinois ACDIS Chapter meets on Wednesday, August 27, from noon to 3 p.m., at Northwest Community Hospital. For information, email Nancy R. Ignatowicz at or Colleen Stukenberg at

The Minnesota ACDIS Chapter meets Wednesday, August 27, from 1 to 2 p.m., via teleconference, hosted by St. Cloud. For information, email Tracy Boldt at; Barbara Smith at; or Laurie Engeldinger at

South Carolina
The South Carolina ACDIS Chapter meets Friday, September 5, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Providence Hospital in Columbia. The agenda includes:

  • Registration/Check in
  • Welcome/Chapter Business
  • CDI Pre-Bill Review Process, Mary Hopkins, MSHI, RHIA, HCA, Division Manager, CDI
  • Managing Psych Diagnoses in CDI, Bradley Clayton, MD, Providence Hospital
  • CDI Reporting/Department Metrics, Kay Blue, RN, BSN, ACM, IQCI, Regional Director of CDI, Carolinas Healthcare
  • Lunch
  • Pressure Ulcers and Debridement, Elizabeth Jones, RN, CWOCN, CFCN, Providence Hospital
  • Compliant EHR Systems: CDI Tasks to Ensure Medical Record Accuracy, webcast, HCPro

The South Carolina ACDIS Chapter also seeks nominations for two open positions on the leadership board—secretary and vice president. Cost is $10; $20 for non-members, lunch and CCDS CEUs included. For information, email PJ Floyd at

The Colorado ACDIS Chapter meets Wednesday, September 17, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., at Lutheran Medical Center, Learning Center Room 1, 8400 W. 38th Ave., in Wheat Ridge. For information, email Natalie Esquibel at

Washington ACDIS Chapter creates CDI Survival Kit giveaways; summer sessions scheduled

Looking to add some 'spice' to your CDI efforts? Local chapters have the answers!

Looking to add some ‘spice’ to your CDI efforts? Local chapters have the answers!

If you haven’t joined your local ACDIS chapter yet, what are you waiting for? Local chapter leaders and meeting hosts put a ton of volunteer effort into making sure these events are both educational and fun. Perfect case in point was the June 18 meeting of the Evergreen (Washington state) ACDIS Chapter hosted by Susan Browne, RN, MN, CCDS, CDI director at Capital Medical Center in Olympia.

More than 20 attendees participated in the meeting which featured several education sessions including Capella Healthcare CDI Director Marcie Mofield’s, RN, CCDS, presentation on “Lessons Learned in CDI,” a review of ACDIS 2014 conference take-a ways, shared ICD-10-CM/PCS queries and discussion during a working lunch, and an HCPro webcast on respiratory coding and documentation.

The group emphasized its meeting theme “Add some spice to your CDI career” by supplying small herbal garden starter kits as the table centerpieces and also made “CDI Survival Kit” gift bags which included:

  • A chocolate kiss: To remind you that everyone needs a hug, kiss, or word of encouragement every day.
  • Penny: To remind you of the value of your thoughts – BIG ones and little ones! Share them with others.
  • Life Savers: To remind you to think of your peers as your “life savers”. Care about each other and help each other through the stressful times.
  • Band-aid: For when things get a little rough!
  • Snickers: Take the time to laugh, it is an instant stress reliever.
  • Marble: For when you lose yours!
  • Gum: To remind you to stick to it!
  • Tissues: To remind you to see the tears and needs of others, including those of yourself and your peers.
  • Ice pack: For your ICD-10 headaches!
  • Stress Ball: Well, … you know why!

Other local meetings taking place this summer include:

Minnesota ACDIS meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month (except July and December) from 1 to 2 p.m. Meetings are teleconferences (you will dial in). Host facilities are St. Cloud (August 27) and Park Nicollet (September 24). Agendas are emailed to chapter members in advance and CEUs will be offered. To RSVP, contact chapter leaders Tracy Boldt at; Barbara Smith at; or Laurie Engeldinger at

The Florida ACDIS Chapter holds its quarterly conference on Saturday, July 12, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. CCDS CEUs will be offered. RSVP to Sheila Smith at 941-917-1107 or email

The Arizona ACDIS Chapter meets Wednesday, July 16, 5:30 to 8 p.m., at The Autumn Court (Chinese food), 3752 East Indian School Road, in Phoenix. RSVP to Carla Forsha at

The Michigan ACDIS Chapter holds a “lunch and learn” conference call on Thursday, July 17, noon to 1 p.m. RSVP to Patti Nemeth at, or Sue Haley at

The Georgia ACDIS Chapter meets Friday, August 15, at Rockdale Medical Center in Conyers, featuring Jonathan Elion, MD, president of Chartwise Medical Systems. RSVP to

Kentucky/Southern Indiana
The Kentucky and Southern Indiana ACDIS Chapters join for their annual group meeting Wednesday, August 20, 1 to 4 p.m., at Baptist Health in Louisville. Topics include hepatorenal and cardiorenal syndrome. RSVP to Rita Fields at

The SW Ohio ACDIS Chapter will hold an informal gathering and cookout later this summer. If interested, contact Kay Kolb Huber at  937-298-3399 ext. 57809, or email

Local Chapter Events: Winter warms up with networking opportunities


Don’t the winter weather give you the seasonal blues. Get out there and network with your CDI peers.

The following ACDIS chapters are planning upcoming networking events. For additional information visit the Local Chapter page of the ACDIS website or visit the ACDIS Blog and click on the “Local Chapters” category.

Arizona: The Arizona ACDIS Chapter meets Wednesday, January 15, at 6 p.m., at Lucille’s BBQ, in Tempe. The group will discuss transition of leadership, naming the chapter, the May 2014 conference, and questions for April meeting speaker. For reservations, contact Gloria Richardson at or, or call 602-316-6415.

New York: The New York City Five Boroughs (NYC5B) ACDIS Chapter meets Wednesday, January 15, 6-8 p.m., at the Hospital for Special Surgery on E. 70th Street. Food will be provided. Agenda includes:

  • Final bylaws and member fee(s)/structure
  • Welcome and overview of CDI at the Hospital for Special Surgery
  • “Medicare’s Bundled Payment Initiative: A Look at Value-Based Purchasing and Meaningful Use,” by Judith Cashman, RN, CPHQ
  • Q&A
  • Survey for future meeting topics

For information and reservations email or

Texas: The Austin/San Antonio ACDIS Chapter meets Saturday, January 18, 9:30 a.m. to noon, at Nix Hospital, on Navarro Street in San Antonio. Nephrologist Srinath K. Tamirisa, MD, will discuss on renal failure clinical indicators and query opportunities. For information, contact Tessa Robinson at or 210-579-3121 or Shirley Alkire at or 210-297-5718.

Massachusetts: The Massachusetts ACDIS Chapter meets Tuesday, January 21, 1-3 p.m., in the Allen Riddle Building at Newton Wellesley Hospital. For additional information and to RSVP visit the chapter website

Missouri: The Missouri ACDIS Chapter meets Wednesday, January 22, 2:30-4:30 p.m., at North Kansas City Hospital, Skyview Room, in Kansas City. Agenda items, discussion topics, and RSVP to Joan Agin at

Florida: The Florida ACDIS Chapter meets Saturday, January 25, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne. The agenda focuses on ICD-10 concerns related to:

  • Obesity and diabetes
  • Renal diseases
  • Challenges of CDI related to ICD-10

For information and reservations contact Kimberly Richert at The meeting is free for chapter members and $10 for non-members.

South Carolina: The South Carolina ACDIS Chapter meets Friday, January 31, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Providence Hospital in Columbia. For information and reservations contact Ali Williams at Cost is $10 for members, $20 for non-chapter members. Chapter membership is $25 per year.

The Houston ACDIS Chapter meets Thursday, February 13, at noon. Location TBD. Discussion will include query forms and worksheets. For additional information, contact Pat Spooner at

Illinois: The Northern Illinois Chapter meets Tuesday, February 18, at noon at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in Melrose Park. The agenda topic is “The Oncology/Hematology Service Line and CDI: The Game Show.” For reservations and information, contact or 708-216-5943

The SW Ohio ACDIS Chapter meets Wednesday, March 12, at Miami Valley Hospital, on Wyoming Street, Dayton. Additional details are pending but the meeting focus will be on I-10 education tools for CDI. For information, contact Kay Huber at