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New groups, meetings promote CDI efforts in February

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

New networking groups

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

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

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

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

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

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

February meetings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Upcoming events

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

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

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

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

Meeting minutes

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

September meetings include CDI Week after-hours events

Connecticut

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 mshanley24@yahoo.com.

Georgia

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 james.doster@emoryhealthcare.org 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 ThanThan.Lee@mountsinai.org.

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 dexter.g.dcosta@kp.org 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 CStukenberg@fhn.org.

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@ cdiassociation.com

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 Ailsa.Kompare@kindredhealthcare.com 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 cris.gumayagay@ahmchealth.com.

California

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 dexter.g.dcosta@kp.org or by phone at 573/529-1791.

Save-the-date

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 Kelley.Sears@steward.org 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 HHillstrom@slhduluth.com or call 218/249-5461.

Virginia

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 Linda.Steinhoff@chesapeakeregional.com.

Local meetings heat up in June and July

Georgia

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

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

California

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

Minnesota

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

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

Wisconsin

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

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

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

New England

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

Tennessee

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

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

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

New Orleans

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

Indiana

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

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

Virginia

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

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

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

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

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

NJ ACDIS meeting next week, more March events

Maryland

The Maryland CDI group meeting takes place Friday, March 18, 1:30 p.m., at the Maryland Hospital Association in Elkridge, MD. Contact Christine Mobley, RN, director of clinical documentation at Prince George’s Hospital Center, at christine.Mobley@dimensionshealth.org or 301/618-6507.

Long Island

The Long Island New York ACDIS Chapter meets at Stony Brook University Medical Center, Tuesday, March 22, 3-5 p.m. For information, contact Adelaide M. La Rosa, RN, director of clinical documentation improvement at St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn by phone at 516/562-6229 or by e-mail at Adelaide.LaRosa@chsli.org.

Northeast Regional

The next New England CDI networking meeting will be held at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston Tuesday, March 22, 1-3 p.m. For information, contact Patty Spry and Kelley Sears, co-chairs at pattyspry2@yahoo.com or sears.kelley@yahoo.com.

New Jersey

The NJACDIS quarterly education meeting will be held Friday, March 25, from noon to 4:30 p.m. at 385 West Ferris

The arrival of EMR may seem like some distant ship on the horizon but next week the New Jersey ACDIS Chapter has your ship-to-shore lifeline ready by offering a hands-on workshop with an EMR provider.

Street Suite E, in East Brunswick, NJ. The event features an electronic medical record (EMR) simulation from medical billing company MTBC and presentation “Meaningful Use and Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH): Integrating the CDI professionals in ambulatory care.” The simulation provides:

  • an overview of the three stages of Meaningful Use
  • a look at  patient portal
  • an examination of the architecture of the EMR
  • an opportunity to view  how CDI professionals can be supportive in the transition of the EMR, PCMH and Meaningful Use-driven Incentives

The event agenda includes:

  • Registration noon to 12:30 p.m.
  • Lunch 12:30-1:30 p.m.
  • Presentation 1:30-2:45 p.m.
  • Break 2:45-3 p.m.
  • Presentation 3-4:15 p.m.
  • Questions/announcements 4:15-4:30 p.m.

Registration is $27 for members, $24 for additional participants from the same facility, $30 for non-members, $27 for additional non-member participants from the same facility, $20 for AHIMA or nursing students.

To register, visit http://www.knowledgeconnex.com/RRA/register.htm.

For information, contact Deborah Gardner-Brown, RHIT, CCS, C-CDI, at 732/238-4511, or e-mail Deborah@RRA-INC.com, or contact Melanie Halpern, RN-BC, MBA, CCDS, CCRA, Clinical Documentation and Coding Integrity Supervisor at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark, NJ, at melanie.halpern@gmail.com.

Minnesota

The next Minnesota ACDIS Conference call will be held Wednesday, March 23, 1-2 p.m. Send meeting agenda items to Sue Baklarz, RN, Clinical Documentation Specialist at St. Cloud Hospital, by Thursday, March 17 BaklarzS@centracare.com. For information, contact Mark LeBlanc, RN, MBA, CCDS, at Park Nicollet Health Services by phone at 952/993-5692 or by e-mail at mark.leblanc@parknicollet.com.

Tennessee

Jennifer Turner, RN, CDI specialist at Erlanger Health System in Chattanooga hopes to gather CDI professionals in the state for local networking meetings. The first meeting will be Thursday, March 31, 1-4p.m., at Erlanger East/ Women’s East Pavilion, in Chattanooga. Contact her at Jennifer.Turner@erlanger.org or by phone at 423/778-9225.

Nevada

In Las Vegas, Ailsa Kompare, RN, BS, ACM, CCDS, clinical documentation improvement specialist for Kindred Hospitals, is planning a networking meeting. The first meeting will be Wednesday, May 11, 6 p.m., at Kindred’s Flamingo Campus. General networking is on the agenda as well as a presentation “Clinical Documentation Integrity: It’s not just about reimbursement,” by Sherry Siewers, RN, Desert District Director of Case Management for Kindred Healthcare, which has been approved by Nevada State Board of Nursing for 1.0 Continuing Education Hours. Contact her at ailsa.kompare@kindredhealthcare.com or by phone at 702/343-7232.

Local chapters announce March meetings

Visit the Albany area for a New York networking experience.

New York

The Albany, NY ACDIS Chapter meets Thursday, March 10, 2-4 p.m. For information, contact Lois Rubin, RN, BSN, CPUR, CCDS, CCS, supervisor of clinical documentation improvement at St. Peters Hospital in Albany, by phone at 518/525-1081 or e-mail at LRubin@sphcs.org.

Connecticut

The Connecticut Chapter meeting was postponed because of bad weather. The next “regularly” scheduled meeting will be Thursday, March 10, 9-10:30 a.m., at The Hospital of Central Connecticut, Bradley Memorial Campus, in Southington. The agenda includes discussions of present-on-admission, various report types used by CT hospitals, RAC information, and ACDIS National Conference attendance. For information, phone MaryAnn Shanley at 860/714-1261 or e-mail mshanley@stfranciscare.org. Or call Alison Yazmer, RN, BSN, Clinical Documentation Specialist, Middlesex Hospital, in Middletown at 860/358-6224 or contact her by e-mail at alison.yazmer@midhosp.org.

Ohio

The Southwestern Ohio Chapter hosts a St. Patrick’s Day ACDIS Chapter party on Thursday, March 17, 2-4 p.m., at

Spend much time in the south western portion of Ohio? Stop by the next CDI networking meeting there.

Kettering Medical Center in Kettering.  The event features door prizes, CDI jeopardy, and plenty of green food.  We will also be collecting 2011 dues of $40 per member. For information, contact Teri Sholder, RN, BSN, CPC, manager of documentation specialists in the clinical quality department at Kettering Medical Center in Dayton, at Teri.Sholder@khnetwork.org or 937/395-8462.

Maryland

The Maryland CDI group meeting takes place Friday, March 18, 1:30 p.m., at the Maryland Hospital Association in Elkridge, MD. Contact Christine Mobley, RN, director of clinical documentation at Prince George’s Hospital Center, at christine.Mobley@dimensionshealth.org or 301/618-6507.

New England

The next New England CDI networking meeting will be held at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston Tuesday, March 22, 1-3 p.m. For information, contact Patty Spry and Kelley Sears, co-chairs at pattyspry2@yahoo.com or sears.kelley@yahoo.com.

California

The next California CDI conference call will be held Wednesday, March 23, 9-10 a.m. Presentations are sought. Contact Dexter D’Costa, MD, manager, clinical documentation program, quality improvement & patient safety, by phone at 650/723-5343 or e-mail at dr_dexterdcosta@yahoo.com.

Don't miss the first South Carolina CDI chapter meeting this month

South Carolina

SC ACDIS local chapter holds its kickoff meeting at Spartanburg Regional, Spartanburg, on Friday, April 29, featuring Robert S. Gold, MD. For information, contact Rebecca “Ali” Williams, RN, BSN, Manager – Documentation Integrity, at 864/560-5701 or rawilliams@srhs.com.

15 different groups plan CDI networking opportunities

Join the CDI community at one of 15 events taking place this fall.

October meetings

The New Hampshire CDS Chapter meets Thursday, October 7, 1-3 p.m., at St Joseph’s Hospital in Nashua.  The speaker, Sandra Egan, RN, C-CDI, nurse auditor from Exeter Hospital will present, “CDI and its proactive role in RAC activities:  How what you do affects the outcomes later.” For information, contact Carla Heyn, RHIT, BS, Clinical Documentation Specialist, at Elliot Hospital in Manchester, at 603/663-3452 or by e-mail at cheyn@Elliot-HS.org.

The Central Indiana ACDIS Chapter meets Wednesday,  October 13, 10 a.m. to noon, at the Hughes Board room  at Clarian’s Methodist campus.   In addition to the main topic, “RAC Impact on CDI Programs” by Kathy Bennett from Bloomington Hospital, the group will discuss chapter organization with regard to the length of service for executive team members, and topics for future meetings, speakers, etc. For information, contact Susan Bradford, RN, BSN,  CDI specialist at Riverview Hospital in Noblesville, IN, at 317/776-7285 or by e-mail at sbradford@riverview.org.

The New England ACDIS Chapter meets Wednesday, October 13, noon to 2 p.m., at the Miriam Hospital in Providence, RI.  Lunch will be provided. For information, contact Karen M. DiMeglio, by phone at 401/444-9393 or by e-mail at KDiMeglio@Lifespan.org.

Maine State CDI Local Chapter meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 19, 1-5 p.m., at the Harold Alfond Cancer Center in Augusta and feature guest speaker Glenn Krauss on expanding the role of CDI’s. Other agenda items include:

  • CDMP Guide Demo
  • Blastgroups
  • Update on CDI No Response Action Plan

For information, contact Theresa Davis, RN, clinical documentation specialist at Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems in Bangor, at 207/735-8340 or by e-mail at tdavis@emh.org.

The Oregon/Southwest Washington Chapter of ACDIS meets Friday, October 15, 10 a.m., at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland. For information, contact Eileen Pracz, RN, at 503/418-4023 or by e-mail at pracze@ohsu.edu.

The Florida ACDIS Chapter holds a Halloween masquerade meeting, Saturday, October 23, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Morton Plant Northbay Hospital in New Port Richey. The meeting, dubbed “The Unmasking of Clinical Documentation” features:

  • Election of 2011 officers
  • ICD 10 with Gayl Kirkpatrick
  • E/M Billing with Jonathan Becker
  • Out patient CDI-a new frontier with Carolyn Rader
  • A CSI approach to physician education with Sylvia Hoffman
  • Four CEU’s toward CCDS renewal
  • Four CME’s for physicians
  • Contests, giveaways, raffles

For information, contact Virginia Bailey by phone at 727/859-4880 or by e-mail at Virginia.bailey@baycare.org.

November meetings

The first meeting of the Texas ACDIS Chapter takes place Wednesday, November 3, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the offices of KPMG in Dallas. For information, contact TexasACDIS@gmail.com or call Melinda Fleet at 214/840-2295.

The New Jersey ACDIS quarterly education meeting will be held Friday, November 5, from noon to 4 p.m., at the New Jersey Hospital Association Conference Center in Princeton. The meeting features the presentation “Forensic CDI: Are you missing clues in the operative care or the post-op care?” by guest speaker Sue Fitzgerald, RN, MAS. Fitzgerald has more than 30 years experience in emergency, adolescent psych, PACU, cardiac transport, bronchoscopy nursing, and as a surgical clinical reviewer NSQIP. To register, visit http://www.knowledgeconnex.com/RRA/register.htm.

For information, contact Deborah Gardner-Brown, RHIT, CCS, C-CDI, at 732/238-4511, or e-mail Deborah@RRA-INC.com, or contact Melanie Halpern, RN-BC, MBA, CCDS, CCRA, Clinical Documentation and Coding Integrity Supervisor at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark, NJ, at melanie.halpern@gmail.com

The Northern Ohio ACDIS Chapter meets Wednesday, November 10, 11 a.m., at Genesis Healthcare System. For information, contact Kristine Cilona, RN, at Mercy Medical Center 330/489-1111 ext. 3157 or by e-mail at Kristine.Cilona@cantonmercy.org.

The Minnesota ACDIS Chapter meets Wednesday, November 10, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth. For information, contact Heidi Hillstrom MS, MBA, RN, CCDS, Clinical Documentation Management by phone at 218/249-5461 or e-mail hhillstrom@slhduluth.com.

The Connecticut ACDIS group gathers, Thursday, November 11, 9-10:30 a.m., at The Hospital of Central Connecticut, Bradley Memorial Campus. For information, contact MaryAnn Shanley by phone at 860/224-5900 ext., 2168 or by e-mail at mshanley@THOCC.org.

Southeast Regional ACDIS Chapter (which includes Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, and other states in the Southeast) holds its next meeting Friday, November 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, GA. The meeting comes after the CDI Boot Camp visited the area, so meeting planners anticipate a good discussion of lessons-learned from Boot Camp attendees. A CCDS exam preparation session is also planned. For information, contact Bonnie Epps, MSN, RN, by e-mail at bonnie.epps@emoryhealthcare.org or by phone at 404/712-4550.

The Northern KY/Southern IN Chapter meets Thursday, November 18, 1-4 p.m., at Jewish Hospital in Louisville, KY. For information, contact Dee Schad, RN, BSN, CCDS, by phone at 502/361-6492 or by e-mail at deanna.schad@jhsmh.org.

December/January meetings

Northern IL CDI Networking meeting is tentatively planned for December 7, at Provena St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet. For information, contact Colleen Stukenberg MSN, RN, CMSRN, CCDS, by phone at 815/599-6820, or by e-mail CStukenberg@fhn.org.

The “start-up” of the Southern California ACDIS Chapter is tentatively planned for Wednesday, January 26, 2011, with an  evening 6-8 p.m. meeting at Kindred Westminster.  Planned speakers include Hassan Alkhouli, MD, CCS, CDI physician adviser and Paryus Patel, MD, both experienced CDI physicians. For information, contact Wendy De Vreugd, RN, BSN, PHN, FNP, CCDS, by phone at 714/899-5020 or by e-mail at wendy.devreugd@kindredhealthcare.com.