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Know someone who has gone above and beyond CDI expectations this year? Nominate them for the annual professional of the year award!

Every year, ACDIS awards one CDI Professional of the Year and bestows two Recognition of CDI Professional Achievement awards. We consider it one of the annual conference highlight events. We know how diligently you all work every day to ensure that your facility’s medical records are as accurate as possible, how hard you work to spread the ‘gospel’ of CDI to your coworkers, how you and your team put in extra hours to develop physician education materials or audit each others queries or help train new staff members.

Over the past six years, ACDIS Director Brian Murphy and I have been blessed to get to know the distinguished professionals you have nominated for these honors. In many instances, these individuals have gone on to become program leaders at their facilities, volunteers within their chapters, and even ACDIS Advisory Board members. (You can read more about last year’s winners in the 2013 ACDIS Conference Special Section.)

Most importantly, these awards are based on your input. We rely on you to shine the light on those who have made a big impact in their own facility, among their local chapter, or on the broader industry. Such efforts may have included mentoring someone from a nearby facility, helping form a CCDS Exam study group, spurring your CDI program expansion into a new area, or volunteering to lead the education initiatives associated with ICD-10 implementation. The ways in which you all affect your CDI program’s growth and support your healthcare teams are too varied to number.

Please consider yourselves and your coworkers’ efforts over the past year and if you have done something extraordinary, please click this link and download the nomination form. Fill out all required fields and email it back to ACDIS Associate Director Melissa Varnavas by Friday, February 14, 2014.

Honorees will be recognized during the welcoming reception and cocktail celebration on the evening of Tuesday, May 6, and kick off our conference experience.

Professional of the Year award nominations due Friday

Nominations due for CDI Professional of the Year Friday, February 8.

It’s time to gather nominations for the 2013 CDI Professional of the Year, to be awarded at the sixth annual ACDIS Conference in Nashville, May 21-23, 2013.

In addition to the CDI Professional of the Year, ACDIS will also award two members with the 2013 Recognition of CDI Professional Achievement awards.

These awards are based on your input. You are the ones who work side-by-side with outstanding colleagues who represent the best of the profession. You know them and understand the critical role they play in documentation excellence, accuracy and integrity of reimbursement, quality of care, and physician education. We’re looking for CDI professionals who have made a big impact in their own facility, among their local ACDIS chapter, or on the broader industry as well.

Please click this link, and download the nomination form. Fill it out and email it back to me by Friday, February 8, 2013.

We are excited to find the 2013 CDI Professional of the Year and will be even more excited to introduce that person to you in Nashville next May.

2013 CDI Professional of the Year nominations sought

Nominations open for CDI Professional of the Year.

Dear ACDIS member,

It’s time to gather nominations for the 2013 CDI Professional of the Year, to be awarded at the sixth annual ACDIS Conference in Nashville, May 21-23, 2013.

In addition to the CDI Professional of the Year, ACDIS will also award two members with the 2013 Recognition of CDI Professional Achievement awards.

These awards are based on your input. You are the ones who work side-by-side with outstanding colleagues who represent the best of the profession. You know them and understand the critical role they play in documentation excellence, accuracy and integrity of reimbursement, quality of care, and physician education. We’re looking for CDI professionals who have made a big impact in their own facility, among their local ACDIS chapter, or on the broader industry as well.

Please click this link, and download the nomination form. Fill it out and email it back to me by Friday, February 8, 2013.

We are excited to find the 2013 CDI Professional of the Year and will be even more excited to introduce that person to you in Nashville next May.

Best regards,
Brian Murphy, CPC
Director
Association of Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists (ACDIS)
Danvers, MA
781-639-1872, ext. 3216
bmurphy@cdiassociation.com

Meet the 2012 CDI Professional of the Year and the winners of 2012 Recognition of CDI Professional Achievement

ACDIS is pleased to introduce the 2012 CDI Professional of the Year, and the two members who will receive the 2012 Recognition of CDI Professional Achievement awards, selected by the 2012 ACDIS Conference Committee. All three will be presented with their awards at the ACDIS conference in San Diego on May 10.

2012 CDI Professional of the Year

Cathy Seluke, RN, BSN, ACM, CCDS, Supervisor Clinical Documentation Compliance

MaineGeneral Medical Center, Waterville, ME

2012 Recognition of CDI Professional Achievement

Dee Schad, RN, BSN, CCDS, Director of the Care Coordination and CDI

Clark Memorial Hospital, Jeffersonville, IN

and

Robert S. Hodges, BSN, MSN, RN, CCDS, Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialist

Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center, Saginaw, MI

Meet Cathy

Cathy Seluke received multiple nominations from her coworkers that included these comments:

Cathy Seluke

  • “So much of the success of the CDI program at MaineGeneral Hospital stems from Cathy’s operational and clinical leadership through the years.”
  • “Cathy displays the qualities of authentic leadership. In addition to her administrative duties, she continues to work as a CDS when needed. I identified that oncology was my weakest area and she approved my time to spend at the Cancer Center’s weekly nursing study group… I appreciate that she fosters the growth of new staff.”
  • “Cathy also spends time researching for the best practice when questions arise regarding CDI policy and procedures and then uses this information to provide reports to upper management.  She has developed a strong supportive relationship with our Coders and actively encouraged working as a team.”
  • “Cathy has been involved with this program since it started over 10 years ago.  She has been instrumental in developing and leading a successful CDI program with excellent outcomes.”
  • And from her hospital’s Chief Medical Officer, “She has both enhanced our system and created a valuable team that we now cannot envision not being in place and leading us.”

Congratulations, Cathy!

Meet Robert

Robert Hodges

Robert Hodges developed a query program at his facility that became a model for a national program. The reason for his nomination is summarized here:

Robert developed a CDI program at the Aleda E. Lutz Medical Center and because of his experience and knowledge, was instrumental in developing a national VHA standardized provider query process.  The VHA Provider Query process includes a practice brief and query forms that were developed to assist all VA Medical Centers nationwide with implementing a clinical documentation improvement program.

He presented on the new process, the query forms, and query tracking to provide CDI education to all VA Medical Centers during a national VHA satellite broadcast.

Congratulations, Robert!

Meet Dee

Dee Schad

Dee Schad is the president of her local ACDIS Chapter (Southern Indiana/Louisville, Kentucky) where she ensures the members receive on-going relevant education and networking opportunities. In part, her nomination included this description of Dee:

“Dee is passionate about clinical documentation improvement.  When she speaks about clinical documentation, there is a gleam in her eye and excitement in her voice.  She is very knowledgeable and experienced in the field of clinical documentation improvement and conveys a level of professionalism that extends beyond many individuals.  Even at her organization’s department level, Dee understands the current challenges of the field and helps to continue to develop the practice of clinical documentation improvement. ”

Congratulations, Dee!

 

Editor’s Note: Say hello and congratulate Cathy, Dee, and Robert in San Diego at the 5th Annual ACDIS Conference in May.

Shoestring budget? No problem. You can still attend this year’s ACDIS conference!

Don't miss out on an educational trip to San Diego.

We all know that education and travel budgets in many facilities are practically non-existent these days, but don’t let that stop you from attending this year’s ACDIS conference in San Diego. Attending the annual conference is such a great investment, both financially and professionally!  As ACDIS Director Brian Murphy pointed out in his post yesterday, this year’s conference includes the opening address Change: The Choice is Ours by keynote speaker Dr. Janet Lapp as well as the General Session,  Medicare claims recoupment: Case study of Department of Justice settlement  presented by Benjamin S. Schecter, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Western District of Kentucky; Sarah B. Morris, Benefit Integrity Analyst, AdvanceMed Corporation. I am very excited to attend both of these sessions and hope to get a lot of good information from them.

In addition the conference includes 27 breakout sessions that you get to choose from.  If you think about what your facility would pay for a single audio conference or webinar presentation (probably $200 or more) and compare that to the cost of the annual conference, the conference is an extremely cost-effective way to get training on the latest CMS rules and regulations and learn best practices from the leaders in the field.

Worried about the transition to ICD-10 and how you’ll train your CDI staff?  This year’s conference includes a two-day pre-conference event developed especially for CDI specialists: ICD-10 for CDI Boot Camp. Course content includes an overview of the ICD-10 system with special emphasis on those body systems and documentation challenges due to the transition to this new code set. Of course, I think its a great program because I’m teaching it, but in all honesty ICD-10 is really something CDI specialists need to start wrapping their minds around.

An ACDIS survey included in the January edition of the CDI Journal indicated that many CDI specialists feel that their physician advisors are not as effective as they want them to be.  I think one reason may be that very few physician advisors receive any formal CDI physician advisor training. This year, education for new physician advisors is being offered as a pre-conference event.  Due to the overwhelming positive feedback from last year’s session, this year’s program has been expanded to two days in order to provide in-depth coverage of the topics requested (and needed) by physicians.

Last year’s poster session was a huge success – the presenters showed creativity, ingenuity, and humor.  The topics ranged from measuring the success of CDI programs to innovative ways to show physicians “what’s in it for them.”   Presenters accepted for this year’s poster session will receive 50% off the price of their conference registration! Click here to download the poster application form, complete it, and e-mail it to ACDIS Director Brian Murphy at bmurphy@cdiassociation.com.  This is a GREAT way to make the conference more affordable and shine a spotlight on your facility’s CDI success story!

So now you understand what you’ll be missing if don’t join us in San Diego but how will you be able to afford to come, especially if your facility isn’t paying? Here are some ways to nickle-and-dime your way to San Diego:

  1. Share a hotel room with a colleague (or more than one) and split the cost.  You only sleep there, after all, so do you really need a room all to yourself?
  2. Book double rooms and roll-away beds to squeeze in as many people as you feel comfortable sharing a space with. Remember those pajama parties from way back when?  Those were a lot of fun, and you were probably sleeping on the floor!
  3. Book your airfare as far in advance as possible to take advantage of the best discounts and available flights.  The closer you get to departure day, the higher the fares.
  4. Compare airfares with online discounters such as Travelocity, AARP, AAA, Expedia, Hotwire, Priceline, Kayak, etc.  Also compare the cost of direct flights with those with one or two stop-overs.  A little inconvenience may save you a lot of money.
  5. Also look at whether booking your airfare, hotel, and a car together (package deals) is a money-saving option.
  6. Ask around to see if your friends, relatives, or colleagues have frequent flyer miles they’d be willing to donate.  Most frequent flyers have accumulated miles that they’ll never be able to use.
  7. Travel as light as possible.  The airlines allow two free carry-ons.  If you take soft-sided duffle bags or luggage you can fit more than enough clothes and toiletries for a three-day stay.  Checked bag fees vary among airlines; some allow one free checked bag, others charge for each one.  The cost of one checked bag could pay for your dinner instead, for example.
  8. Try to coordinate travel to and from the airport with friends or colleagues.  Sharing a taxi, shuttle van or limo with several people can save you 50% or more off the cost of a single passenger commute. Use this strategy while exploring the San Diego sites and attractions during the conference; it’s not only a way to save money, but it’s safer to travel in a group.
  9. Eat breakfast free in the hospitality room.  There’s no limit on the coffee, juice, bagels, or danishes – so load up!
  10. There are many options for lunch on your own and often the portions are large enough to share.  So again, buddy up with an old or new friend and split the cost. Better yet:
    1. A networking lunch is provided on Day 1, during which time the awards ceremony will take place.
    2. Day 2 offers the local chapter lunch – so make sure to connect with your chapter colleagues for this event!
  11. There’s still almost 17 weeks until the conference.  For ACDIS member early registration costs $795 that breaks down to about $47/week.  If you had started saving from the time of last year’s conference, the amount you would have needed to save weekly would have been about $15/week – the price of a couple fast-food meals or five lattes at your favorite coffee shop.

Anyone who has attended an ACDIS conference will tell you that it is a not-to-be-missed experience.  I have been lucky enough to attend every conference so far.  I have presented at two, I was an award winner at one (and that was cool!) and each one helped me grow personally and professionally.

It was my first time speaking to such a large group; I figured I’d be lucky if 50 people attended my breakout session, only to discover that the entire large room was almost filled!  It was certainly an experience outside my previous comfort level but one I’ll always cherish.  That experience taught me to not be afraid of trying something new because you never know what is possible until you push yourself to do what you think is impossible.

I encourage all of you to be there in San Diego this May so that you, too, can experience everything that the ACDIS conference can do for your career!

 

Nominations sought for CDI Professional of the Year Award

Nominations for CDI Professional of the Year are open through February.

2012 nomination period open through February 3, 2012

It’s time to submit your nomination for the 2012 CDI Professional of the Year award, to be presented at the fifth annual ACDIS Conference, May 10-11 in San Diego.

Each year the ACDIS annual conference committee selects one CDI Professional of the Year Award winner and two winners of Recognition of CDI Professional Achievement.

The winner of the Professional of the Year award receives one free admission to the ACDIS annual conference. All three winners are recognized before their peers at the conference’s networking and awards luncheon.

Nominees should be ACDIS members who have a passion for the CDI profession and adhere to the ACDIS Code of Ethics. Consider nominating those who may have made a difference to your hospital’s CDI program or someone who positively influenced your CDI team. We also encourage nominees who have made an impact on the broader CDI profession, outside of their own program.

Click here to download the 2012 award nomination form. It is in ‘word’ format; you can type into the form and return it as instructed in the form.

2011 ACDIS Conference Slide Show

Since we’ve finally published the complete 2011 ACDIS Conference special section under the July edition of the CDI Journal, I thought I’d give our blog readers a taste of the great photos it includes via a little slide show. ACDIS members can read about the highlights from this year’s conference, learn about the CDI professional of the year and winners of the 2011 recognition of professional achievement, and get some great educational highlights from the Orlando program.

Start planning now to attend the 2012 conference at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, CA, May 10-11. Speaker applications are open through September 23. To apply, please use our speaker application form.

Post-conference musings from Recognition award recipient

Earlier this week, I received an e-mail from Kara Masucci, RN, PNP, MSN, CCDS, Morristown (NJ) Memorial Hospital/Atlantic Health. In it she recounts a post-conference experience she had while meandering through Downtown Disney contemplating all the lessons learned during this year’s sessions. She gave me permission to post it here to the blog so you can read it for yourselves. I hope you find it as inspiring as I did.

“I thought I’d forward you this picture. I thought you might get a kick out of it. As I walked around Downtown Disney the last day I was thinking and meditating on all the great things I learned attending this year’s conference. I was energized to return to work,  to get started on some of these ideas, when I came across this statue outside of the Dublin Pub.

Statue prompts post conference thoughts

“As strange as it may seem, the statue reminded me of the two sides of documentation. I saw it as though it represented both the physician and practitioners as well as the CDI professional. When I looked at the hat on the right and the sad demeanor of the gentlemen, it felt as if he was deflated, as if someone had broken his spirit. Maybe he was a CDI specialist and a physician had just written “blaspheme” all over a query (this has happened to me in the past…true story!). But when I looked at the statue independent of the hat, with the arms crossed and the legs out, I thought of a physician. Angry, upset, perhaps tired, overworked. I remembered the presentation by Alan E. Williamson, MD, FACS, the vascular physician who showed a schedule of an orthopedic doctor who saw 60 patients in a day. I thought about how tired he must feel. I thought how getting one of our queries was probably the last thing he needed in his day.

“So there I was just thinking all these things and wondered to myself so what? What could this possibly mean to me, as a CDI professional and as someone trying to bridge a gap between the two people I had imagined the statue to represent? And then, I saw the bench. The statue wouldn’t be present independent of the bench! It wasn’t just the image of the man that was powerful, it was powerful because of the entire composition. The man needed something to lean on. So, like I tell my physicians all the time, we need to learn to sit together on the bench. At any rate, that was my parting wisdom and I thought you might enjoy it!”

Just so you know, Masucci received the 2011 Recognition of CDI Professional Achievement award at this year’s conference. In nominating her,  Joseph J. Arcuri, Jr., MD, Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine at Morristown Memorial Hospital said:

“As we all know, healthcare providers, and physicians in particular, can be very resistant to cultural change affecting their own practice styles. Despite the many challenges of her position, Kara provides all of these services with a smile and a positive energy that is infectious.”

I can personally vouch for her infectious and heartwarming energy. Congratulations again, Kara!

Last chance: Submissions due today for professional of year award

The 2011 ACDIS annual conference committee will choose one CDI Professional of the Year award winner and two winners of the Recognition of CDI Professional Achievement award. The winner of the Professional of the Year award will receive one free admission to the 2011 ACDIS 4th annual conference in Orlando, FL (April 7-8, 2011). All three winners will be recognized before their peers at the conference’s networking and awards luncheon on Thursday, April 7. Read about the 2010 winners on pp. 23-25 in the July edition of the CDI Journal.

To submit a nomination, download the CDI Professional of the Year nomination form. After you fill out the form, submit it to ACDIS Director Brian Murphy via e-mail at bmurphy@cdiassociation.com.

Reminder: Nominations for CDI Professional of the Year due Jan. 31

Daydreaming about winning the 2011 CDI Professional of the Year Award? There are only a few weeks left to submit your nomination.

I know I’ve used the cartoon at the left before to reference the annual CDI Professional of the Year award but I still find it both amusing and heartwarmingly apropos. 

There are many CDI professionals who come to work, get out their list of record reviews, and set to their daily tasks. And then, in my opinion, there are the other 95% of CDI specialists. This 95% of  individuals not only conduct thorough reviews of patient medical records they help their facility track data related to CDI, help conduct documentation improvement educational sessions for physicians, and seek out ways to improve their respective CDI programs.

So what makes CDI Professional of the Year unique? Perhaps, they have implemented an innovative idea to help educate physicians about a specific documentation item. For example, I recently heard a story about a CDI team that put educational fliers on the inside door of sugeons’ locker rooms.

Or maybe, this individual while conducting their daily medical record reviews discovered a pattern of documentation errors, brought the matter to the director’s attention and helped implement a corrective active plan that netted their facility a quantifiable net increase to their overall reimbursement.

To my mind, a CDI Professional of the Year may be someone who actively participates in the Association for Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists (ACDIS), contributing their insight to the CDI Talk forum or responding to posts here on the ACDIS Blog or participating in dialogue via the ACDIS Facebook or LinkedIn pages. The Professional of the Year may help facilitate the professional growth of their peers by hosting or coordinating local chapter events or volunteering on any of the ACDIS committees.

This cartoon, which illustrates a CDI professional imaging an over-sized honor atop his desk, helps remind me that that it isn’t just one thing or another that makes a person’s efforts valuable. Rather, it is the underlying will to succeed and to help others succeed that marks award-worthy attributes. As President Abraham Lincoln said: “Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.”

If you have not already done so, I hope you will consider submitting a nomination for yourself or a worthy CDI professional from your institution. The nomination period for the 2011 CDI Professional of the Year award is open through January 31, 2011.

The 2011 ACDIS annual conference committee will choose one CDI Professional of the Year award winner and two winners of the Recognition of CDI Professional Achievement award. The winner of the Professional of the Year award will receive one free admission to the 2011 ACDIS 4th annual conference in Orlando, FL (April 7-8, 2011). All three winners will be recognized before their peers at the conference’s networking and awards luncheon on Thursday, April 7. Read about the 2010 winners on pp. 23-25 in the July edition of the CDI Journal.

To submit a nomination, download the CDI Professional of the Year nomination form. After you fill out the form, submit it to ACDIS Director Brian Murphy via e-mail at bmurphy@cdiassociation.com.