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.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com; or vice president Jamie Dugan at Jamie.Dugan@bmcjax.com.
Save the date: The next South Carolina ACDIS Chapter meets at Baptist Hospital in Easley, SC on January 16. For information, email PJ Floyd, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Minnesota ACDIS Chapter meets Wednesday, May 28, 1-2 p.m., at North Memorial Hospital
Hosted by North Memorial Hospital in Minneapolis. A dial-in number will be available for those unable to attend in person. The agenda includes:
- Focus on malnutrition with discussion of guidelines, physician education strategy, and denials and appeals
- Obesity hypoventilation query opportunities
- Laparoscopic vertical (sleeve) gastrectomy
For information, contact Tracy Boldt at Tracy.Boldt@hcmed.org.
The South Carolina ACDIS Chapter meets Friday, May 30, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at the Gazes Auditorium, Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston.
- “The Importance of Leadership,” by Barton Sachs, MD, MBA, PhD, Professor, Chair of Medical University Hospital Authority (MUHA) CDI Committee
- “CDI is more than Reimbursement: Partnering with quality and analytic to increase CMI, improve mortality risk scores, and review patient safety indicators,” by Priscilla Browder, RN , PCCN, CDI specialist, Jackie Robinson, RN, MSN, CDI specialist, Danielle Scheurer, MD, medical director of quality and safety, and Amy Wilson, PhD, director of enterprise analytics
- “Integration of the CDI Specialist into the Care Team: A process and outcome review,” by Eric Kimchi, MD, associate professor, department of surgery, Marsha Cisa, RN, CCDS, and Becky Green, RN, CCDS, MUHA CDI Committee
- “Lunch and Learn,” featuring Brian Miller, RHIA, MBA, client relationship executive, 3M Health Information Systems, Inc.
- “Obtaining Physician Buy in for CDI: A private hospital’s perspective,” by Johanne Brautigam, RN, BSN, CCDS, manager Roper St. Francis Hospital, Cynthia Flynn, RN, second level reviewer; Beth Wolf, MD, CDI physician champion
- “Before the Bill Drops: Retrospective reviews and query follow-up, are they worth the time and FTE?” Pam Parris, RN, BSN, CCDS, MUHA CDI Committee
- “The Role of CDI in ICD 10 Education,” Cindy Kicklighter, RN, MSN, PJ Floyd, RN, BSN, MBA, NE-BE, CCA, director of HIS/CDI MUHA
- “A Joint Strategy: Developing teamwork between CDI and Coding,” by Christine Lewis, MHA, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, Manager, Health information Services, MUHA
Cost is $10 for chapter members and $25 for non-members. Registration is limited to 75. Call 843-792-8136 or email email@example.com. Staying overnight? Contact Guest Services at MUSC for discount hotel reservations (first come, first serve) at 843-876-8456. Identify yourself as a member of the MUSC ACDIS conference.
The Wisconsin ACDIS Chapter meets Saturday, May 31, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the Wheaton Franciscan Wauwatosa Campus in Wauwatosa. The spring meeting’s theme is “Maintaining Relevance to the Practice of CDI,” featuring:
- “Thinking like a Clinician: Understanding the physician’s clinical thought processes and medical decision-making in developing an assessment and plan,” by Mitch Hulbert, MD, from Columbia St-Mary’s Hospital in Milwaukee.
- “Clinical Documentation for Medical Necessity,” by Glenn Krauss, Manager, Accretive Health, in Milwaukee.
- “Querying under ICD-10,” attendees will break into small groups to work on and develop query templates for common clinical scenarios taking into the clinical specificity required under ICD-10.
- “Updates from the National ACDIS Conference.”
Maine ACDIS Chapter meets Thursday, June 5, 12-4 p.m., at the Alfond Center for Health in Augusta. For information, call 207-248-5093 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Massachusetts ACDIS Chapter will meet on Tuesday, June 10, 1-3 p.m., at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, R.I. For information, contact Sarah Eby at email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.masscdis.weebly.com.
The Philadelphia/Southern NJ Chapter ACDIS meets Tuesday, June 17, 8-10 a.m. Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Camden, N.J.. For information, contact Mary Ellen Moakes at email@example.com.
The Evergreen Washington ACDIS Chapter meets Wednesday, June 18, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Capital Medical Center in Olympia. For information, contact Susan Browne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The MD ACDIS Chapter meets Friday, June 20, 1:30-3:30 P.M., at the Maryland Hospital Association in Elkridge. For information, email Andrea Norris at ANorris@uchs.org.
The Phoenix Arizona ACDIS Chapter meets Wednesday, July 16, 5:30-8 p.m., at Autumn Court (Chinese food restaurant), on East Indian School Road in Phoenix. For information, contact Carlena Forsha email@example.com.
We’re nearly down to the wire–there’s little more than a month left before the 7th Annual ACDIS Conference and pre-conference events. The ACDIS team begins to arrive on Saturday and Sunday and the Physician Advisor and ICD-10 for CDI Boot Camp sessions start first thing Monday morning, May 5. The main event kicks off Tuesday evening, May 6, with the award reception and welcome networking event with dozens of sessions, exhibitors, poster presentations, after hours activities, and other events taking place throughout the remainder of the conference May 7-9.
More than 900 attendees already signed up and we’re excited to welcome new CDI professionals and to network with those individuals we’ve come to regard as friends as we’ve met and networked at the conference over the past six years. While we like to think we’ve done our very best to make the conference a welcoming, informative event, it’s the past attendees who typically say it best. So we’ve gathered a few comments and thought we’d share them here.
- “The conference gives attendees time to connect and network with others and recharges your batteries. There is just such a great level of excitement here.” Robin Jones
- “I have been to the conference three times and [the 2013 event] was by far the best one. The speakers were all great and the material is so relevant and helpful in my day-to-day work. Where else can we get such a wealth of CDI information in a few days? It’s fabulous.” Laura Bohls
- “This was my first conference and the speakers were excellent and the material covered was relevant. It was a great conference.” Alex Gilman
- “I have been involved in CDI since October 2007 and ACDIS has always been my ‘go to’ resource. As programs across the country mature, I believe seasoned CDI specialists would appreciate a greater number of advanced presentations.” Kimberly Mineroldi
- “Great conference!! Loved the opportunity and will be back next year!! Networking in our field of expertise is priceless. There is no better way to achieve this than here at the conference. Thanks to all who pulled this together.” Kimberly Ogle
Have you registered yet? #Vegasbaby! #ACDIS2014
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, 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
- Survey for future meeting topics
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 210-579-3121 or Shirley Alkire at email@example.com 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 http://masscdis.weebly.com/.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Cost is $10 for members, $20 for non-chapter members. Chapter membership is $25 per year.
Texas: 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 email@example.com.
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 NIgnatowicz@LUMC.edu or 708-216-5943
Ohio: 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 Huber@KHNetwork.org.
Oregon: The ACDIS NW Chapter holds its annual conference Friday, October 11, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the St. Charles Health System, in Bend. The agenda includes:
- 8:30 a.m., Registration and continental breakfast
- 9 a.m., Introduction by meeting host Charonne Sutherland
- 9:15 a.m., NW Chapter business meeting
- 9:30 a.m., CDI Search Group sponsor recognition
- 10 a.m., Aaron Askew, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon
- 11 a.m., Bev Jackson, ICD 10 Ambassador
- 12:30 p.m., Lunch provided with live music by Bill Keale
- 1:30 p.m., John Blizzard, MD, Cardiothoracic Surgeon
- 2:30 p.m., Break
- 2:45 p.m., Mathew Hegewald, MD, Pulmonologist/Intensivist
- 3:45 p.m., Kenneth Goode, RN, Orthopedic Specialty Coordinator
- 4:30 p.m., Door prize (must be present to win)
Michigan: Meets Saturday, October 12, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at North Central Michigan College (NCMC) in
Petoskey. The agenda includes:
- 7:30 a.m., Continental breakfast
- 7:45 a.m., Welcome and introductions
- 8 a.m., Nancy Ballinger, Ballinger Coaching and Consulting, keynote address
- 9 a.m., Kitty Kremer, BA, RHIT, director of coding education at Anthelio Healthcare Solutions, “ICD-10-CM/PCS Basics”
- 10:15 a.m., Amy Rector, RN, CCDS, CDIP, director of CDI at Anthelio Healthcare Solutions, “Documentation and the Query Process”
- 11:15 a.m., Dan Gerard, RPh, pharmacist for critical care services at McLaren Northern Michigan, “Sepsis: Clinical Indicators and Treatment Modalities”
- 12:15 p.m., Lunch
- 1 p.m., Debbie Rough, president of Namson Change Consulting, “Accountability”
- 2 p.m., Fran Jurcak, RN, MSN, CCDS, senior director at Huron Healthcare, “Ensuring Quality through Accurate Documentation: Going beyond the low hanging fruit”
- 3:15 p.m., Kathleen Luther-Huff, RHIT, director of Accretive Health, Beaumont, “The Building Blocks of Effective Queries”
Florida: Meets Saturday October 12, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Halifax Health, Daytona Beach. The theme is “Trauma and CDI.” The agenda includes:
- 8 a.m., Registration and breakfast (provided)
- 8:30 a.m., Welcome and introductions, Betty Garard, Director HIM
- 8:45 a.m., Scott Klioze, MD, Interventional Radiologist, “Fat Metabolism in Obese Related Trauma”
- 9:45 a.m., Kevin Captain, RN, trauma program manager, “Your Community’s Trauma Team: Ready in a moment’s notice”
- 10:45 a.m., Break and raffle drawings
- 11 a.m., Michelle Dragut, MD, CCS, CDIP, physician advisor, Florida Hospital Association, “Multi-Trauma & ICD 10” Part One
- Noon, Lunch and raffle drawings
- 1 p.m., Dragut, “Multi-Trauma & ICD 10” Part Two
- 2 p.m., Kathy Jowers, RN, CWON, “Treatment of Trauma Wounds”
- 3 p.m., Round table discussion and adjournment
For information, contact Donna 386-848-6555 or Dorie 386-631-5021.
Arizona: The Phoenix ACDIS Chapter meets Wednesday, October 16, 6-8 p.m., at Mimis Café in Desert Ridge. For information, contact Gloria Richardson at 602-316-6415, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maryland: Meets Friday, October 18, 1:30–3 p.m. at the Maryland Hospital Association Headquarters in Elkridge. Agenda includes:
- MedLearn presentation
- MD ACDIS dues update
- ACDIS presentation: “Fostering Physician Involvement and Education Under ICD-10”
- CDI certification: Weighing options, determining the right time
- 2-midnight benchmark for inpatient hospital admissions
- New physician orientation – how do you access new physicians?
- CMI vs. MHACs: Change of CDI focus
- Physician pushback: Escalation policies and EHR concerns
- Discussion: Physician education and ICD-10
North Carolina: Early registration for the NC ACDIS Chapter upcoming meeting is Friday, October 18. The event takes place Friday, November 1, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Moore Regional Hospital, in Pinehurst. Admission is $40 for chapter members, $45 for non-members, $50 at the door. For information, contact Leah Taylor at 704-878-7436 or email email@example.com.
Ohio: The Southwest Ohio ACDIS Chapter meets, Thursday, October 24, 3:30-5:30 p.m., at the Atrium Medical Center, in Middletown. The event features a physician discussing clinical indicators for acute renal failure followed by a discussion and case studies of how to code for conditions in ICD-9 and ICD-10. For information, contact Kay Huber at Kay.Huber@khnetwork.org.
New Jersey: The NJ ACDIS Chapter meets Friday, November 8, 1:30-4:30 p.m., at Reimbursement Review Associates, Inc., in New Brunswick. Deborah Gardner-Brown, RHIT, CCS, C-CDI, CI-CDI, CDIP, and Sandra Phillips Sperry, RN, MPA, APC, CMC, FACHE, present on ICD-10-CM/PCS guidelines and risks and opportunities for CDI programs. For information, contact Gardner-Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org.