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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 anorris@uchs.org.

Additional meetings coming up include:

GeorgiaGeorgia
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 Georgia.acdis@gmail.com.

Maine
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, cheryl.mcinnis@mainegeneral.org, or Cathy Seluke cathy.seluke@mainegeneral.org.

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 www.dehima.org/continuing-education/on-demand-education/icd-10-cmpcs-webinar-series.

 

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

Indiana
Indiana ACDIS plans its first quarterly meeting Wednesday, Janaury 14. For information, email Angie Green, AGreen3@ecommunity.com.

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

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.

Local Events: May and June meetings offered

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Where will your local chapter education take you?

Minnesota

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.

South Carolina

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.

Agenda includes:

  • “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 lynli@musc.edu. 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.

Wisconsin

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.”

For information, contact Diane Draize at diane.draize@ministryhealth.org, or Glenn Krauss glennkrauss@earthlink.net.

Maine

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 cathy.seluke@mainegeneral.org.

Massachusetts

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 ebys@southcoast.org, mass.cdis@gmail.com or visit www.masscdis.weebly.com.

Penn./N.J.

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 mmoakes@beaconpartners.com.

Washington

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 susan.browne@capellahealth.com.

Maryland

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.

Arizona

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 carlena2014@gmail.com.

Winter CDI networking meetings scheduled

Networking meetings offer a cool way to learn from peers.

C. Indiana: Meets via teleconference on Wednesday, January 9, 10 a.m. to noon, hosted by Riverview Hospital.  For information, contact Teresa Leap at Teresa.Leap@wishard.edu; Lisa Farhar at lfarhar@iuhealth.org; or Angie Green at AGreen3@ecommunity.com.

Connecticut: Meets Thursday January 10, 1:30-3 p.m., at The Hospital of Central Connecticut in Southington. For information, contact MaryAnn Shanley 860-714-1261 or e-mail mshanley@stfranciscare.org.

Colorado: Meets Wednesday, January 16, 6 p.m., at Boulder Community Foothills Hospital. For information, contact Eric Ryland by email at eric.ryland@dhha.org, or call 303-602-8020

Arizona: Meets Wednesday, January 16, 6 p.m., at Carlos O’Brien’s restaurant on East Northern Ave., Phoenix. This meeting includes the chapter’s “bring a co-worker” initiative. Discussion will include electronic queries benefits and challenges. For information, contact Gloria Richardson by email at grichardson@shc.org or glorianaz94@cox.net.

POSTPONED (See comments section below for update) New Jersey: The Philadelphia/Southern New Jersey Regional Workgroup meets Wednesday, January 16, 9-10:30 a.m., at Doylestown (Penn.) Hospital. Agenda includes discussion of AHIMA and ICD-10 guidance. RSVP by January 11. For information, contact Deborah Dallen at 215-456-8902 or by email dallend@einstein.edu.

Minnesota: Meets Wednesday, January 23, 1-2 p.m., for a group discussion on ICD-10 preparation and electronic medical record (EMR) implementation. Agenda includes:

  • Prompts in EMR: How can facilities embed CDI prompts in the EMR to assist the provider
  • EMR CDI documentation: How are smart text phrases used, free text only, or any additional forms filled out
  • Directing the ‘problem list’: Does CDI or coding staff review or refer to the problem list
  • ICD-10 transition and education: Are there ICD-10 project leads or task team in place to educate  providers, education tools for CDI specialists and coding staff

Physician advisors are particularly invited to attend. For information, email Barb Smith at bsmith7@fairview.org or Mark LeBlanc at mark.leblanc@hcmed.org.

Missouri: The Heartland ACDIS Chapter meets Wednesday, January 23, 9-10 a.m., at SoutheastHEALTH in Cape Girardeau. Kay Piper, RHIA, will provide a presentation regarding ICD-10 implementation. For information, contact Sara Baine at 573-331-6932 or email sbaine@SEhealth.org

Virgina: Meets Saturday, January 26, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Chesapeake (Va.) Regional Medical Center. Agenda includes:

  • Robert Gold, MD, CEO of DCBA Inc., will present a program on ICD-10 (2.0 CEUs)
  • Crystal Brown, CCS, RHIT will present a program ‘RACs – The Best Defense is a Good Offense’ (1.0 CEU)

RSVP by January 15. For information, contact Vivian Gannon  757-312-6486 or email    Vivian.gannon@chesapeakeregional.com.

Idaho: The next Idaho regional networking meeting will be held Wednesday, January 30, 2-3:30 p.m. The group will review the CDI Week presentation “Clinical Documentation Improvement: What’s in it for the physician.” For information, Robin Hetzler by email at rhetzler@kmc.org or call 208-819-0706.

Missouri: The Kansas City ACDIS Chapter meets at North Kansas City Hospital on Thursday, January 31,  2:30-4:30 p.m., in the Skyview Room. For information, contact Joann Agin at jagin@carondelet.com or call 816-943-2115.

February Events

Georgia: The Southeastern Regional ACDIS Chapter meets Friday, February 1, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Emory University Hospital Midtown in Atlanta. Agenda includes:

  • Bonnie Epps RN, MSN, Manager, Emory University CDI department “Physician Engagement!”
  • Colette Morgan, MD, Hospital Medicine Dept. at Emory University “Clinical Significant: Functional Quadriplegia, acute blood loss anemia, and precipitous drop in H/H.”

RSVP by January 18 to Jamie Doster at james.doster@emoryhealthcare.org.

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

Texas: The next Austin CDI Chapter meets February 9, 1-4 p.m., at St. David’s Medical Center. For information, contact Barbara Presley at baPresley@seton.org.

Kentucky/Indiana: Meets Thursday, February 21, 1-4 p.m. at Floyd Memorial Hospital in New Albany, Ind. For information, contact

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

Sandy affects CDI professionals, ACDIS members

As news reports continue to illustrate the extensive damage caused by hurricane Sandy our thoughts and prayers go out to those who live and work in the affected communities.

The Association of Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists (ACDIS) currently has chapters in some of the hardest hit areas and members throughout the affected regions. We join the entire nation in expressing its sincere concern for the victims of the hurricane and understand that assistance is desperately needed now and will continue to be needed in the weeks of clean-up to come.

Over the coming days, ACDIS will continue to reach out to its local chapter leadership in support and solidarity. If you currently work or live in one of these areas please feel free to share how this storm has affected you by leaving a comment below. Additionally, those who wish to leave their comments of support may also do so.

End of June local meeting reminders

Heartland: The new Heartland ACDIS Chapter (encompassing the region where MO, IL, KY, TN, and AR meet) will host its first annual meeting HealthPoint Plaza in Cape Girardeau, MO, on Friday, June 22, 5-7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. For information, contact Sara Baine at 573/331-6932 or email sbaine@SEhealth.org. Click here to read the agenda for the June 2012 meeting. 

New Jersey: The next NJ ACDIS meeting will be held Friday June 22, 12:30-4:30 p.m., at The Meeting Annex, 385 West Ferris St. Suite D,  East Brunswick, NJ. Featuring speakers Kim Felix, RHIA, and Ian Diener, MD, regarding ICD-9 and ICD-10 preparations. Lunch will be provided. A webinar connection will be available for those who cannot attend in person. To register visit: http://knowledgeconnex.com/RRA/register.htm.

South Carolina: The next SC ACDIS meeting takes place Saturday, July 28, at Georgetown (SC) Hospital System. Please RSVP to JBratz@georgetownhospitalsystem.org by Monday, June 25.

Minnesota: The next MN telephone conference will be held June 27, 1-2 p.m., Central. For information, contact Mark LeBlanc, RN, MBA, CCDS, at Hennepin County Medical Center, by phone at (612) 873-9376 or by e-mail at mark.leblanc@hcmed.com or contact Barb Smith, RN, by e-mail at BSMITH7@Fairview.org.

California: The next CA-ACDIS teleconference takes place Wednesday, June 27, 9-10 a.m., pacific. There will be a general discussion and sharing of information from the 5th Annual ACDIS Conference held in San Diego in May. For information, contact, Emmons.Emily@scrippshealth.org

Pediatric CDI Network: The Association of Pediatric Documentation Specialists (APDIS) meets Thursday, June 28, 2-3 p.m., Eastern. Robert S. Gold, MD, will discuss pediatric/NICU heart failure. For information, contact Valerie Bica BSN RN CPN, at Nemours/AI duPont Hospital for Children by phone at 302-651-6319 or email at vbica@nemours.org.

North Carolina: The next NC ACDIS meeting takes place Friday, July 20, at CMC NorthEast in Concord. For information, call  Leah Taylor at 704/878-7436 or Brenda Harris at 704/863-6378; or visit ncacdis.org.


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:

August meetings have agendas full of education and enrichment

North Carolina

The NC ACDIS Chapter meets Friday, Aug. 5, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Sapona Country Club, in Lexington. The agenda includes:

  • 8-9 a.m.: Registration and reception with continental breakfast
  • 9-10:30 a.m.: Keynote Speaker-Steve Robinson, MS, RN, PA, CPUR, Sr. Director, Clinical Documentation Improvement Solutions at Maxim Health Information Services “Current/Upcoming CMS Mandates and Concurrent Review.” Robinson will discuss:
    • Appropriate MS-DRG assignment
    • RAC preparedness
    • POA coding
    • Core Measures Coordination
    • 2012 IPPS proposal and pending final rule
    • ICD-10 impact on CDI
  • 10:45-11:30 a.m.: NC ACDIS business meeting
  • 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Lunch
  • 12:30-2 p.m.: Closing Speaker-Nicole Greer, PPCC, founder of Vibrant Coaching and lead trainer for Laurie Beth Jones Inc. National Training Team “Engaging the Elements of Success: A Highly Intuitive Tool for Communication, Growth, and Success!”

Attendees are asked to register by Friday, July 29. Cost is $25 per person and includes breakfast, lunch, CEUs, and door prizes. For information, contact Leah Taylor via e-mail at Leah.Taylor@iredellmemorial.org or by phone at 704/878-7436; or Brenda Harris via e-mail at Brenda.Harris@carolinashealthcare.org or by phone at 704/863-6378; or visit http://ncacdis.org/

NC ACDIS members are asked to participate in a short, three question survey prior to the meeting.

Central Ohio

The ACDIS Central Ohio Chapter meets Thursday, Aug. 18, 1:30-3 p.m., at the James Cancer Hospital. The topic for discussion will be ICD-10 and CDI. RSVP to sheri.blanchard@osumc.edu.

NY/PA

NY/PA Regional Network meets at The Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA, in its Patterson Auditorium, Friday, Aug. 19, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. We also have video conferencing available for seven more facilities, so sign up soon. (Please allow time to complete a video trial before the conference day.)

We have been approved by ACDIS for four credits towards the Certified Clinical Documentation Specialist (CCDS) certification. We will have four guest presentations including:

  1. Jonathan Elion, MD: Dr. Elion has 40 years of experience in computing and more than 25 years of experience in medical computing and information standards, and is the founder of ChartWise Medical Systems. He will be speaking about ethical practices in CDI and the importance of quality documentation.
  2. Mario A. Perez, III, RHIA, RHIT, CCS, CCS-P: Perez is the Director, Coding and Documentation Compliance for J.A. Thomas & Associates, Inc. He will be speaking about why facilities need CDI programs, how to makes them successful, and how justify CDI efforts to the larger facility stakeholders.
  3. Glenn Krauss, BBA, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, C-CDIS, CCDS, independent consultant based in Madison, WI, will discuss the future of CDI.
  4. Jean Elsener, RN CPUR, CRN-C, CRN-A CCDS, CDI specialist, Quality Management, will discuss writing concise, standardized, and non-leading queries.

For information, contact Susan Tiffany RN, CCDS, supervisor CDI, Guthrie Healthcare System, Robert Packer & Corning Hospitals at 570/887-6094 or by e-mail at tiffany_susan@guthrie.org

New Jersey

The NJ ACDIS Chapter holds a “summer outing” Friday, Aug. 19, 1:30-4 p.m., at RRA, Inc., Meeting Annex, 385 West Ferris St., East Brunswick. The meeting will include tasty frozen drinks and yummy appetizers and door prizes. It also features an opportunity to share CDI best practices and trouble areas, explore ways to achieve physician compliance, and preview of Quadrameds ICD-10 Simulator and CDI Tracking software. For information contact, Deborah Gardner-Brown at 732/238-4511, or e-mail Deborah@RRA-INC.com

Florida

FLACDIS Quarterly Meeting is set for Saturday, Aug. 20, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Sacred Heart Medical Center, 5151 N Ninth Ave., Pensacola. The agenda has changed slightly:

  • Three CEU’s awarded for CCDS renewal including:
    • Virginia Bailey/Dr. Dragut – Coding Quiz
    • Trivia Contest-Kimberly Richert
    • Dr. Michelle Dragut (E-mail topic requests to Virginia.bailey@baycare.org)
    • Katherine (Kitty) Novak, Director FTI Consulting presenting on principal diagnosis selection
  • Raffles, even a 50/50 one this time!
  • Corn dogs, candy apples, cotton candy!
  • Opportunity to network with your peers
  • Blue Ribbon Pie Contest

RSVP by August 10 to pcassady@csg-hs.com. For more information, visit the FLACDIS website or the Florida ACDIS Chapter’s Facebook page.

California

ACDIS-CA chapter meets via teleconference Wednesday, Aug. 24, 9-10 a.m. For information, contact Dexter D’Costa by e-mail at dr_dexterdcosta@yahoo.com.


Multiple meetings being held across the US help CDI professionals chill out the summer season with educational offerings.


Planning ahead

Georgia

The next meeting of the Southeast Chapter will be at Medical Center Central Georgia in Macon, Sept. 9, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. RSVP to james.doster@emoryhealthcare.org. Attendance is $10 for non-members; annual membership dues are $25.

Maine

The next Maine ACDIS meeting is scheduled for Sept. 20. For information, contact Theresa Davis BSN, RN, CCDS, by e-mail at tdavis@emh.org.

Michigan

The MI ACDIS Chapter has postponed its July meeting and will hold its next teleconference on Thursday, Oct. 20, noon to 1 p.m. The meeting features an in-depth look at how ICD-10 affects CDI program practices with MI member Sue Haley. For information contact, Janet Gentle, at 231/487-3564 or by e-mail at jgentle@northernhealth.org.

South Carolina

The first SC ACDIS Chapter kickoff was a huge success, so save-the-date for the next meeting slated for Friday, Nov. 11, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at Providence Hospital, in Columbia. For information, contact Rebecca “Ali” Williams at 864/560-5701 or by e-mail at rawilliams@srhs.com.

Mark your calendars and let ACDIS Chapters meetings fill up your summer schedule

Don't let your summer schedule fill up without making time for local CDI networking events.

July

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 by phone at 504/456-5186 or by e-mail at rfugler@ejgh.org.

Indiana

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

The Central Indiana Chapter recently named new Advisory Board members including:

For more information, contact Susan Bradford by phone 317/776-7285 or by e-mail at sbradford@riverview.org

Kansas City, Missouri

The KC MO ACDIS Chapter holds its next meeting, Wednesday, July 27, 2:30-4:30 p.m., at Shawnee Mission Medical Center, in Shawnee Mission, KS. The meeting agenda will include topics as determined by members of the group.  Those interested in attending should contact Joann Agin at jagin@carondelet.com.

To read the minutes of the April KC MO ACDIS meeting click here.

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.

August

So. Nevada

The Southern Nevada ACDIS Chapter meets the first Wednesday of every month at 5:30 p.m. (August’s meeting will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 3) at Kindred Hospital Flamingo Campus (Classroom), 2250 East Flamingo Road, Las Vegas. For information, contact ailsa.kompare@kindredhealthcare.com.

North Carolina

The NC ACDIS Chapter meets Friday, Aug. 5, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Sapona Country Club, in Lexington. The agenda includes:

  • 8-9 a.m.: Registration and reception with continental breakfast
  • 9-10:30 a.m.: Keynote Speaker-Steve Robinson, MS, RN, PA, CPUR, Sr. Director, Clinical Documentation Improvement Solutions at Maxim Health Information Services “Current/Upcoming CMS Mandates and Concurrent Review.” Robinson will discuss:
    • Appropriate MS-DRG assignment
    • RAC preparedness
    • POA coding
    • Core Measures Coordination
    • 2012 IPPS proposal and pending final rule
    • ICD-10 impact on CDI
  • 10:45-11:30 a.m.: NC ACDIS business meeting
  • 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Lunch
  • 12:30-2 p.m.: Closing Speaker-Nicole Greer, PPCC, founder of Vibrant Coaching and lead trainer for Laurie Beth Jones Inc. National Training Team “Engaging the Elements of Success: A Highly Intuitive Tool for Communication, Growth, and Success!”

Attendees are asked to register by Friday, July 29. Cost is $25 per person and includes breakfast, lunch, CEUs, and door prizes. For information, contact Leah Taylor via e-mail at Leah.Taylor@iredellmemorial.org or by phone at 704/878-7436; or Brenda Harris via e-mail at Brenda.Harris@carolinashealthcare.org or by phone at 704/863-6378; or visit http://ncacdis.org/

NC ACDIS members are asked to participate in a short, three question survey prior to the meeting.

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.

New Jersey

The NJ ACDIS Chapter holds a “summer outing” Friday, Aug. 19, 1:30-4 p.m., at RRA, Inc., Meeting Annex, 385 West Ferris St., East Brunswick. The meeting will include tasty frozen drinks and yummy appetizers and door prizes. It also features an opportunity to share CDI best practices and trouble areas, explore ways to achieve physician compliance, and preview of Quadrameds ICD-10 Simulator and CDI Tracking software. For information contact, Deborah Gardner-Brown at 732/238-4511, or e-mail Deborah@RRA-INC.com

Florida

The next FLACDIS Chapter meeting will be held Saturday, Aug. 20, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Sacred Heart in Pensacola. Although the meeting agenda is still under construction the theme for the first meeting of the “panhandle” region is “Meet Me at the ClinDoc Fair.” The event will feature state-fair corn dogs, sausages and peppers, cotton candy, and even a best-pie contest. Non-FLACDIS members can attend for free for the first time, with a $10 charge to receive CEUs. Visit the FLACDIS Chapter on Facebook, at the web site www.flacdis.org, or download the latest newsletter. To attend the upcoming meeting, RSVP to pcassady@csg-hs.com.

Planning ahead

Michigan

The MI ACDIS Chapter has postponed its July meeting and will hold its next teleconference on Thursday, Oct. 20, noon to 1 p.m. The meeting features an in-depth look at how ICD-10 affects CDI program practices with MI member Sue Haley. For information contact, Janet Gentle, at 231/487-3564 or by e-mail at jgentle@northernhealth.org.

South Carolina

The first SC ACDIS Chapter kickoff was a huge success, so save-the-date for the next meeting slated for Friday, Nov. 11, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at Providence Hospital, in Columbia. For information, contact Rebecca “Ali” Williams at 864/560-5701 or by e-mail at rawilliams@srhs.com.

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.

November CDI networking meetings scheduled

New Jersey

Meets Friday, November 5, from noon to 4 p.m., at the New Jersey Hospital Association Conference Center in

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

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

Northern Ohio

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.

Minnesota

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.

Connecticut

Meets 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.

Georgia

The 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.

Kentucky

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.

Pennsylvania

The Southwestern CDI networking group tentatively plans to meet for November 19, at the Monvalley Hospital in Monongahela.  For information, contact Josie Pearson, BSN, RN, CDIS, at Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown, via e-mail at jozierp@comcast.net.

Long Island, NY

The next Long Island New York ACDIS Chapter meeting will be held Tuesday, November 30, 3-5 p.m., at South Nassau Communities Hospital. For information, contact Adelaide M. La Rosa, RN, by phone at 516/562-6229 or by e-mail at Adelaide.LaRosa@chsli.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.