RSSAll Entries Tagged With: "networking"

Conference Update: Read what previous attendees enjoyed most

Conference networking is one of the greatest benefits as these 2013 pre-conference no doubt would agree. During a lunch break they decided to venture out, enjoy the day, and talk shop about what they learned during the morning session.

Conference networking is one of the greatest benefits as these 2013 pre-conference no doubt would agree. During a lunch break they decided to venture out, enjoy the day, and talk shop about what they learned during the morning session.

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

Local Chapter Events: Winter warms up with networking opportunities

dssds

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.

January
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 grichardson@shc.org or glorianaz94@cox.net, 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 nyc5b.acdis@gmail.com or wmejias@wyckoffhospital.org.

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 trobinson@nix.com or 210-579-3121 or Shirley Alkire at salkire@baptisthealthsystem.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 jagin@carondelet.com

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 kimrichert01@gmail.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 ali.williams@uasisolutions.com. Cost is $10 for members, $20 for non-chapter members. Chapter membership is $25 per year.

February
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 bbudderpat@yahoo.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

March
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.

Seven groups set to meet in October, more sessions slated for November

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:

Oregon

  • 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)
To register, contact Eileen Pracz at mrsmgd@comcast.net.

Michigan: Meets Saturday, October 12, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at North Central Michigan College (NCMC) in

Michigan

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”

For information, contact Sue Haley at shaley@northernhealth.org or Patti Nemeth at pnemeth1@hfhs.org.

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 FLmoment’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 grichardson@shc.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”md
  • 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
For information, contact Andrea Norris at ANorris@uchs.org.

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 leah.taylor@iredellmemorial.org.

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 deborah@rra-inc.com.

Texas: The Houston ACDIS Chapter meets Thursday, November 14, location TBD. For information, email Santa.Lopez@harrishealth.org or budderpat@yahoo.com.

Local Chapter events heat up at summer’s end

Pick a state. There's lots of local meetings to chose from in November.

Pick a state. There’s lots of local meetings to chose from.

Connecticut
The Connecticut ACDIS Chapter meets Thursday, Sept. 12, noon to 2 p.m., at The Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain. Lunch will be provided. For additional information, email Maryann Shanley at mshanley24@yahoo.com.

Illinois
Meets Friday, Sept. 12, 12:30-4 p.m., at the Anne and Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. The agenda includes:
  • 12:30-1:30 p.m., registration/lunch
  • 1:30 p.m., Official welcome
  • 1:45 p.m., Shellaine Kang, manager of HIM and CDI will provide an overview of pediatric APR-DRG methodology and pediatric CDI
  • 2:15 p.m., Anthony Chin, MD, pediatric surgeon and physician advisor and Cynthia Castiglioni, MD, hospitalist and physician advisor will discuss clinical documentation challenges
  • 3-4 p.m., tour of hospital
Registration required to meeting host Lynne McCoy at LMcCoy@luriechildrens.org. For additional information regarding the Illinois ACDIS Chapter contact Colleen Stukenberg at CStukenberg@fhn.org.
Tennessee
The next meeting will be held Friday, September 13, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Center Pointe, Covenant Health, Knoxville. The agenda includes:
  • 8:30 a.m., Welcome and announcements
  • 8:45 a.m., Sherri Ernst, RN, MBA, corporate manager of revenue integrity and Mary Boruff, RHIA, revenue integrity supervisor, “RAC audits and appeals”
  • 10 a.m., John Adams, MD, “Sepsis/SIRS/septicemia”
  • 11 a.m., James Kennedy, MD, “Updates in Coding Clinic
  • 12 p.m., Lunch and presentation provided by CDI Search Group
  • 1 p.m., Tenn. ACDIS Chapter business meeting
Registration required to Sherri Clark at sclark@utmck.edu.
Georgia
The next Georgia (formerly the Southeast) ACDIS Chapter meets Friday, Sept. 13, 9:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at Athens Regional Medical Center. The agenda includes:
  • 9:15 a.m., Registration and continental breakfast
  • 10 a.m., Anne Mosomillo, director of care management, welcome and introductions
  • 10:15 a.m., Christy Williams, RN, BSN,  ICD-10 Certified Trainer, senior manager with 3M HIS Consulting “Severity of Illness and Risk of Mortality-The Basics”
  • 11:25 a.m., Linda Franklin-Yildirim, RN, MN, MBA, CCDS, “From Paper to Electronic: Transformation to E-queries”
  • 12:25 p.m., 3M HIS discussion and lunch
  • 1:30 p.m., GA-ACDIS business meeting
  • 2:15 p.m., Announcements
New York
The New York City Five Boroughs ACDIS Chapter meets Thursday, Sept. 19, 6-8 p.m., at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, Brooklyn. For information, email Wanda Mejias-Gonzalez WMejias@wyckoffhospital.org.
Michigan
The Michigan ACDIS Chapter holds its next meeting Saturday, Oct. 12, from 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”
Register by Wednesday, Sept. 25, to either chapter leader Sue Haley at shaley@northernhealth.org or Patti Nemeth at pnemeth1@hfhs.org.
South Carolina
The SC ACDIS Chapter holds its meeting Friday, Sept. 27, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Providence Hospital in Columbia. Agenda includes:
  • Karen Carr, discussing cardiac conditions
  • Ali Williams, discussing orthopedic CDI concerns
  • Peggy Likovich, discussing renal conditions and CDI
  • Brandy Mangum, discussing neurological concerns
  • Tara Bell, discussing respiratory conditions
For information, email Ali Williams at ali.williams@uasisolutions.com.
Virginia
The Virginia ACDIS Chapter meets Saturday, October 5, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at CJW Medical Center in Richmond. For information, contact Lisa Romanello at Angelisa.Romanello@hcahealthcare.com.
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)
To register, contact Eileen Pracz at mrsmgd@comcast.net.

Texas chapter shares lessons learned; upcoming chapter meetings this week

ACDIS Director Brian Murphy and members of the Tennessee ACDIS Chapter sport their Tenn. pride.

ACDIS Director Brian Murphy and members of the Tennessee ACDIS Chapter sport their Tenn. pride.

The Austin/San Antonio ACDIS Chapter met Saturday, June 1 at St. Luke’s Baptist Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. During the session Rosemary Chacko, MD, FACP, CHCQM, FAAHPM, a physician advisor at St. Luke’s shared an internet-based tool she developed to help teach physicians about documentation efforts related to severity of illness (SOI) and risk of mortality (ROM). She shared a snip-it of the tool so you can see how it works.

It was only the group’s third meeting but already they are experiencing terrific success tapping into local members’ expertise and rotating meetings between venues and host facilities. During the ACDIS national conference in Nashville, chapter leader Barbara Anne Presley, RN, CCDS, CDI specialist at University Medical Center Brackenridge in Austin, met several area CDI specialists at the local chapter networking lunch and came away from the event with topic and speaker ideas as well as future meeting hosts.

During the conference every year, our host state chapter members sponsor the “Day 2″ lunch. This year everyone was treated to a special trivia game speckled in with fun facts about Tennessee. The  Chapter gave out “moon pies” to the top three scoring tables.

We are so happy and proud of the growth and strength of our local chapters and are indebted to them for their ongoing networking and educational efforts.

There are two additional networking meetings taking place in June Illinois and Connecticut. For a complete list of networking groups, visit the Local Chapter page on the ACDIS website.

Connecticut: Meets Thursday, June 13, 1:30-3 p.m., at the Hospital of Central Connecticut’s Bradley Memorial Campus in Southington. For information, email Mary Ann Shanley at mshanley24@yahoo.com.

N. Illinois: Meets Friday, June 14, 12:30-3:30 p.m., at Central DuPage Hospital Campus of Cadence Health in Winfield. Agenda includes:

  • Registration, networking, and lunch
  • Anne Lindstrom, RN, APN, FNP-BC: “Stroke Care through the Continuum”
  • Open Forum: 2013 ACDIS National Conference Recap
  • Door prize raffle
  • Wrap up

Plan ahead: The next N. Illinois meeting takes place on Friday, July 12, at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington. For information, contact Colleen Stukenberg at CStukenberg@fhn.org.

Local Chapter Events: More meetings scheduled for April’s end

The new Five Boroughs NYC ACDIS network meets next week.

The new Five Boroughs NYC ACDIS network meets next week.

Missouri: The Kansas City, Mo., ACDIS Chapter meets today, Thursday, April 11, 2:30 p.m., at Heartland Health in St. Joseph. For information, contact Joann Agin at jagin@carondelet.com.

Northern Ohio: Meets Tuesday, April 16, at Cleveland Clinic. For information, contact Debroah Lee-Tyiska at tyiskad@ccf.org.

New York: The NYC Five Borough ACDIS Chapter meets Tuesday, April 16, from 6-7:30 p.m., at Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center, 1650 Grand Concourse, in the Bronx. For information, email Wanda Mejias-Gonzalez at wmejias@wyckoffhospital.org.

Idaho: The Northwest Mountains Chapter which welcomes participants from Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, and Nevada, meets Wednesday, April 17, for a presentation and discussion regarding CDI efforts associated with patient safety indicators. For information, contact Robin L. Hetzler at rhetzler@kmc.org.

Phoenix, Arizona: Meets Wednesday, April 17, at 6 p.m., at Mimi’s Cafe at Desert Ridge, on N. Tatum Blvd. For information, contact Gloria Richardson at 602-316-6415 or grichardson@shc.org.

Illinois: Meets Thursday, April 18, from 12:30-3:30 p.m., at St. Alexius Medical Center. The agenda includes presentations on “Physician Advisor Role in CDI, Coding, and Recovery Auditor Efforts” and “Infectious Disease: What’s Bugging You?” For information, email Ellen Chang at Ellen.chang@alexian.net.

Washington: The Evergreen Washington State ACDIS Chapter meets Thursday, April 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Skagit Valley Hospital, in Mt. Vernon. The agenda includes:

  • New malnutrition guidelines review
  • Starting a CDI Program from scratch: How we did it and how it is working
  • Audio conference: “2013 CC/MCC List”

For information email meeting host, Erika Duncan at eduncan@skagitvalleyhospital.org, or call 360-814-5506.

ACDIS NW (Oregon): Meets Friday, April 19, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center in Tualatin. Agenda includes:

  • CDI: ICD-10 and beyond
  • Webinar regarding latest ACDIS/AHIMA query guidances
  • Malnutrition and the ASPEN criteria
  • CDI and ICD-10

For information, email Eileen Pracz at pracze@ohsu.edu.

New York: The next Albany ACDIS Chapter meeting takes place Friday, April 19, from 2-4 p.m., at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady. For information, contact Nancy Trumpler at trumplern@ellismedicine.org.

New Jersey: Meets Friday, April 19, 12-4:30 p.m., at Reimbursement Review Associates, Inc., 385 West Ferris St. Suite D, in East Brunswick. The program “A Computer Assisted Coding Workshop Immersion for ICD-10 and CDI” begins at 1 p.m. For information, contact Deborah Gardner-Brown, at 732-238-4511 or email dgardnerbr@aol.com.

Maryland: The next meeting of theMaryland Hospital Association Clinical Documentation Improvement Workgroup will be held Friday, April 19, 1:30–3 p.m., at Maryland Hospital Association Headquarters in Elkridge. For information, email Christine Mobley, RN, director of clinical documentation at Prince George’s Hospital Center at christine.Mobley@dimensionshealth.org or call 301-618-6507.

Massachusetts: Meets Thursday, April 25, 12:30-2 p.m., at Emerson Hospital Wellness Center, in Concord. For information visit the website http://masscdis.weebly.com/calendar.html or contact Sarah Eby at mass.cdis@gmail.com.

Virginia: The Virginia ACDIS meeting originally slated for January was postponed due to inclement weather and will be held on Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Chesapeake Regional Medical Center. Guest speakers include Robert Gold, MD, CEO of DCBA, Inc, who will present a program on ICD-10 (2.0 CEUs) and Crystal Brown, CCS, RHIT, who will present a program titled ‘RACs – Rolling with the Punches,’ (1.0 CEU). In keeping with our tradition of community service and ‘ACDIS Gives Back,’ participants are invited to bring donations of non-perishable foods, which will support our South Hampton Roads Food Bank. For information, contact Vivian Gannon at 757-312-6486 or email vivian.gannon@chesapeakeregional.com.

Texas: The next Houston ACDIS Chapter meeting takes place Thursday, May 9. For information, contact Pat Spooner at budderpat@yahoo.com.

Philadelphia/NJ: The next Philadelphia/New Jersey ACDIS Chapter meeting takes place Thursday, May 16, from 8:30-10 a.m., at Albert Einstein Medical Center, in Philadelphia. For information, contact Deborah Dallen, at DallenD@einstein.edu.

South Carolina: Meets Friday, May 31, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Providence Hospital, in Columbia, SC. For information, contact Rebecca A. Williams at Ali.williamsrn@gmail.com.

Georgia: The next SECACDIS Chapter meeting will be held on Friday, June 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Gwinnett Medical Center Resource Center in Lawrenceville, Ga. RSVP by Friday, May 24 to James Doster at james.doster@emoryhealthcare.org.

April networking meetings announced

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.

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.

The following ACDIS local chapters have meetings coming up in April. If you are interested in participating or joining, contact the chapter leaders listed below.

Dallas, Texas: Meets Friday, April 5, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at HCA North Texas Division in Irving. The agenda includes:
  • Open officer position/discussion
  • Heart failure
  • Encephalopathy and brain-related severity of illness
For information, contact Joanne.dukes@hcahealthcare.com or call 972-566-5526.
Central Indiana: Meets Wednesday, April 10, 10 a.m. to noon at Riverview Hospital in Noblesville. The agenda includes:
  • CDI Week-Terri Leap
  • Shadowing update-Leap/Kari Ellis/Terri Burke
  • Post-discharge Query Process-Leap
  • CCDS Study Group Update-Angie Green
  • National ACDIS Conference- Green
  • National ACDIS Website Video-Leap/Green/Susan Bradford
  • Combined IN-KY Meeting Update- Bradford
  • Code of Ethics- Leap/Green/ Bradford
  • Presentation-Michelle Barrett/ Leap
For information, contact Angie Green at Agreen3@ecommunity.com.
Northern Ohio: Meets Tuesday, April 16, at Cleveland Clinic. For information, contact Debroah Lee-Tyiska, RN, MA, CCM at tyiskad@ccf.org.
Phoenix, Arizona: Meets Wednesday, April 17, at 6 p.m., at Mimi’s Cafe at Desert Ridge, on N.Tatum Blvd. For information, contact Gloria Richardson at 602-316-6415 or grichardson@shc.org.
Central Illinois: Meets Thursday, April 18, 12:30-3:30 p.m., at St. Alexius Medical Center. For information, email Ellen Chang at Ellen.chang@alexian.net.

Washington: The Evergreen Washington State ACDIS Chapter meets Thursday, April 18, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., at Skagit Valley Hospital, in Mt. Vernon. The agenda includes:

  • New malnutriton guidelines review
  • Starting a CDI Program from scratch: How we did it and how it is working
  • Audio conference: “2013 CC/MCC List”

For information email meeting host, Erika Duncan at eduncan@skagitvalleyhospital.org, or call 360-814-5506.

ACDIS NW (Oregon): Meets Friday, April 19, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center in Tualatin. Agenda includes:
  • CDI: ICD-10 and beyond
  • Webinar regarding latest ACDIS/AHIMA query guidances
  • Malnutrition and the ASPEN criteria
  • CDI and ICD-10
For information, email Eileen Pracz at pracze@ohsu.edu.
New Jersey: Meets Friday, April 19, 12-4:30 p.m., at Reimbursement Review Associates, Inc., 385 West Ferris St. Suite D, in East Brunswick. The program “A Computer Assisted Coding Workshop Immersion for ICD-10 and CDI” begins at 1 p.m. For information, contact Deborah Gardner-Brown, at 732-238-4511 or email dgardnerbr@aol.com.
Maryland: Maryland Hospital Association Clinical Documentation Improvement Workgroup Friday, April 19, 1:30–3 p.m., at Maryland Hospital Association Headquarters in Elkridge.For information, email Christine Mobley, RN, director of clinical documentation at Prince George’s Hospital Center at christine.Mobley@dimensionshealth.org or call 301-618-6507.
Virginia: The Virginia ACDIS meeting originally slated for January was postponed due to inclement weather and will be held on Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Chesapeake Regional Medical Center.
Guest Speakers include Robert Gold, MD, CEO of DCBA will present a program on ICD-10 (2.0 CEUs) and Crystal Brown, CCS, RHIT will present a program titled ‘RACs – Rolling with the Punches,’ (1.0 CEU). In keeping with our tradition of community service and ‘ACDIS Gives Back,’ participants are invited to bring donations of non-perishable foods, which will support our South Hampton Roads Food Bank.
For information, contact Vivian Gannon at 757-312-6486 or email vivian.gannon@chesapeakeregional.com.

SC ACDIS Chapter shares insight about retrospective reviews

South Carolina

South Carolina

“Having all the knowledge in the world is useless without the desire for charity (sharing).”

~1 Corinthians 13:2

The following question and answers were exchanged amongst the South Carolina ACDIS Chapter and shared here with their permission. The question itself asks about how facilities handle queries post-discharge. Do CDI specialists follow their queries through the entire process, closing queries even after the patient left the building? Or do CDI specialists hand over query duties once the patient medical record hits the coders’ hands letting the coding/HIM team follow-up on any outstanding queries and conduct any additional, retrospective queries as needed?

According to the 2010 Physician Query Benchmarking Report, CDI programs focus on concurrent review (98%), but an increasing number (58%) indicated they also conduct retrospective, pre-bill queries. In response to the South Carolina members’ exchange, ACDIS posted the question to its weekly poll.

It certainly warrants further discussion. As you read through the responses below even, you’ll notice the wide variety in how different program have decide to handle the matter. Regardless of how your program proceeds, be sure your process is clearly outlined in formal policies and procedures and that you annually review and update those policies according to the latest best practices.

What also struck me about the exchange was the pure generosity of the quick responses. Of course, the petitioner asked for help as soon as possible but within the hour she had heard back from more than a dozen chapter members offering their experiences up as evidence to assist her.

This type generosity of spirit is evident in every single ACDIS chapter throughout the country. This type of generosity of spirit is evident in the tremendous sharing that takes place every day on the CDI Talk network. The type of generosity of spirit is evident, and has been evident, at every single ACDIS National Conference. This type of generosity is evident since the beginning of the association.

Well, now that I’ve fully gushed with pride. How about some examples of what was shared?

Q: I need to know how each hospital handles the query post discharge. Do the CDI specialists get the answers to the post-discharge queries by coders or do the coders handle their own queries? Do the CDI specialists continue their concurrent queries post discharge or do the coders continue the concurrent queries?

A: At Georgetown Hospital System we do all queries both concurrent and retrospective and follow them all the way through to completion. It is labor intensive and time consuming but we feel that it is beneficial for continuity of process.

At Medical University of South Carolina we have a CDI specialist who works “the back end.” One of her duties is to follow-up on open queries.

Our coders only query physicians if the pathology reports (post discharge) are involved. Once the patient has been discharged, CDI staff no longer follows for unanswered queries. We log it as a no response in our program. However, if the coder feels that a query is warranted and within their scope of practice, they will repost the query. Coders post any new queries and follow up for any new opportunities they identify, as well.

Our CDI specialists follow the clarifications through to discharge and beyond if needed. We normally contact the physician one last time. We are tracking physician responses, which makes it very important for CDI staff members to follow up on open or unanswered queryies. We have gotten away from coder queries.

At Grand Strand we have just gone to electronic queries. The CDI specialist posts queries electronically and they appear in the same location as the coding queries. If the CDI specialist query is warranted post discharge, it is marked as a deficiency and the coder no longer needs to re-issue the query. If the query was not warranted, the coder retires it. If an additional query is needed, the coder initiates it. It is the responsibility of the CDI specialist to check in the electronic chart to see if the query has been answered.

Our coders follow up on any CDI unanswered queries and submit retrospective queries to the physicians if needed. Our coders also write and follow up on any retrospective queries.

Currently, the coding staff determines whether to continue a query post discharge and they submit that as a retrospective query and follow up on it.

Here at Beaufort Memorial Hospital, I am the only CDI specialist and there is one in-house coder. We both work together as a team to get the post-discharge queries answered. Often I have to do a review after the patient is discharged since that is when most physicians will answer my queries.

Getting to the heart of the matter: Local networking meetings announced

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

Austin, Texas: Meets February 9, 1-4 p.m., at St. David’s Medical Center. For information, email Barbara Presley at baPresley@seton.org.

Houston, Texas: Meets Thursday, February 14, 3 p.m., at Harris County Hospital District, Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital. For information, email Pat Spooner at budderpat@yahoo.com.

Maryland: The next Maryland Hospital Association Clinical Documentation Improvement Workgroup meets Friday, February 15, 1:30–3 p.m., at the Maryland Hospital Association Headquarters in Elkridge. For information, email Christine Mobley, christine.Mobley@dimensionshealth.org, or call 301-618-6507.

North Carolina: Meets Friday, February 15, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte. Agenda includes:

  • Severity of Illness/Risk of Mortality influence on CDI by Beth E. Bumgarner
  • Panel discussion with leader Abby Steelhammer
  • NCACDIS Business Meeting
  • Recovery Auditors from a CDI perspective by Sharon Easterling

For information, contact Leah Taylor, at 704-878-7436, or email Leah.Taylor@iredellmemorial.org or visit the NC ACDIS Blog at http://ncacdis.org/home.

Kentucky/Indiana: Meets Thursday, February 21, 1-4 p.m. at Floyd Memorial Hospital in New Albany, Ind. For information, contact Rita Fields at 502-896-7874 or email  rita.fields@bhsi.com.

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

Missouri: The Heartland ACDIS Chapter meets Wednesday, February 27, 8-9 a.m. via webinar. Presentations topics include improving core measure reporting with concurrent record reviews and chapter officer election overview. For information email Sara Baine at sbaine@sehealth.org.

California: Meets via webinar Wednesday, February 27, 9 a.m., for a presentation on quality measures by Lyda Gardiner, RN, BSN, M. Ed., the Practice Director of Quality and Performance Innovation for Jacobus Consulting. For information, contact Michelle Limo by email at MLIMO@svmh.com.

Alabama:  Meets on Friday, March 1, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika. For information, contact Kim S. Murphy at 205-759-7371 or email kmurphy@dchsystem.com.

West Virginia: Meets on Wednesday, March 20, 2 p.m. at Charleston Area Medical Center to discuss Recovery Auditor trends and risk reduction, as well as value-based purchasing initiatives. For information contact Shelia Harrison by email at Sheila.Harrison@camc.org.

 

Save the date:

Central Indiana: Meets Wednesday, April 10, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For information, email Teresa Leap at Teresa.Leap@wishard.edu.

Oregon: Meets Friday, April 19, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center in Tualatin, featuring a discussion regarding ICD-10 documentation challenges, case studies, and query template examples. For information, contact Eileen Pracz at 508-418-4023 or email pracze@ohsu.edu.

Virginia: The Virginia ACDIS meeting originally slated for January was postponed due to inclement weather and will be held on Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring a presentation by Robert Gold, MD. For information, email meeting host Vivian E. Gannon, at vivian.gannon@chesapeakeregional.com.

Reminder: Quarterly Conference Call tomorrow

Quarterly conference call tomorrow.

The next ACDIS Quarterly Conference Call is scheduled for Thursday, November 15, from 1-2 p.m., ET. ACDIS members have received e-mail regarding how to access the call. If you have not received instructions, please contact Member Relations Specialist Penny Richards at prichards@cdiassociation.com.

Due to heavy call volume, we recommend that you dial in 10 minutes early.
These calls are offered as a means for ACDIS members to network with one another and to discuss any industry-related issues. We will have a few ACDIS Advisory Board members on the call as well. We encourage your comments, thoughts, and questions during the call.
If you cannot attend the call, a digital recording will be available for members to download on the ACDIS website. In addition, we will now be offering one CE credit towards the ACDIS CCDS certification.